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Report: Honda execs take 'quality-related' pay cut after Fit Hybrid's 5th recall

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Generally, the best policy in life is to admit when you're wrong and just accept the consequences. However, that attitude generally seems to be a bit less common in the world of business - at least without some government or legal prodding. So, it's especially surprising to learn that top Honda executives in Japan are taking a pay cut for the next three months following the fifth recall of the Fit Hybrid (pictured above) in the last 12 months.

According to Reuters, Chief Executive Takanobu Ito is taking a 20-percent pay cut to make amends for the quality issues. Also, 12 other high-ranking executives are taking 10 percent drops in their salaries. In addition to those temporary changes, Honda is creating a new position in charge of monitoring vehicle quality.

The latest recall fixes "noise-related defects," according to Reuters, on both the hybrid and naturally aspirated versions of the Fit, both variants of the Vezel (the sibling to the future HR-V in the US) and the N-WGN. There have also been three recalls for problems with the hybrid's seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. None of them have caused reported injuries or deaths, and these issues haven't affected US models.

Still, the quality concerns come at a rough time for Honda globally. While it tackles these problems in Japan, over five million vehicles in the US could potentially still need repairs due to faulty airbag inflators from Takata.

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Recharge Wrap-up: Carmakers exceed CAFE standard, EVSR sets two electric lap records

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New cars have outpaced the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards for the 2012-2014 model years, according to a new report from the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute. The CAFE standards target a five-percent reduction in CO2 per mile each year through 2025. Based on fuel economy ratings, cars have exceeded this standard - and NHTSA's expectations - for the first three years of the current standard, which started in 2012. "If the current trends in annual improvements continue," the report concludes, "future achieved CAFE performance is expected to continue meeting or exceeding the projected performance levels (and desired GHG reductions) contained in the latest CAFE standards." Read more at the UMTRI website.

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washingtow (CREW) is suing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over transparency failings with regard to industry influence. Earlier, CREW filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for EPA documents regarding the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), and called for an investigation by the EPA's Office of Inspector General. In addition to creating a flurry of acronyms, CREW hopes to shed light on the relationships between government and businesses like the Carlyle Group and Delta Airlines, both of whom lobbied for a reduction in the RFS. "Even though it is nearly 2015, the renewable fuel standards for 2014 still haven't been released," says CREW Executive Director Malanie Sloan. "Is this to avoid potential political fallout in the mid-terms for siding with the oil industry over the biofuel industry?" Read more at the CREW website.

The Sierra Club has launched a new online tool, called Pick A Plug-in, to help people shop for EVs. The tool asks basic questions about driving habits and needs, access to an outlet, budget and certain personal preferences, and provides the user with a list of suitable electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles. It displays the model, its price after government incentives, seating, electric range and states where it is available. The Sierra Club also has a tool to learn about any state and local incentives. Try Pick A Plug-in for yourself or read more about it in the press release below.

EVSR took first place in an SCCA event on at New Jersey Motorsports Park, setting an electric lap record at Thunderbolt Raceway. The event took place on October 18 and 19, and the lap record of 1:33.582 was set during the race on day two, driven by Todd Reid. Earlier in October, EVSR also set an electric lap record of 1:27.482 during practice at the Watkins Glen short course. EVSR Project Manager and Chief Engineer Charlie Greenhaus was behind the wheel for that lap, which clocked an average speed of 100.8 miles per hour. See the record lap at Watkins glen in a video below, where you'll also find a press release.

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Official: Car2go brings incentives to charging in San Diego

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car2go san diegoPlugging in a vehicle to get power makes sense when that vehicle is owned by one person or family and - like most of the cars on the planet - sits still for most of the day. But when you're trying to share an EV, or a few hundred of them, charging time becomes doubly important. You need those electrons to move but every minute spent charging is time the car can't be shared.

So, in San Diego, the all-electric Car2go program is changing how it gets more juice into its battery-powered Smart cars. While Car2go users have always been able to park at a charging station and plug in, Car2go has needed to use a fleet team to move the cars around and make sure they're charged up. To encourage users to leave the cars in a new downtown "Incentive Zone" (where, we presume, the fleet team will have an easier time recharging the cars), they can get free drive time just for parking the car in the right area. If the drive is over 10 minutes, they'll get a 10-minute credit. Since the Smart EDs can take up to six hours to charge, parking them in a central are should simplify things. The new policy started yesterday and the free minutes will last until the end of the year.

Car2go brings incentives to charging in San Diego originally appeared on Autoblog Green on Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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From The Editorial Team: Transport Evolved’s Live Show and This Weekend’s Clock Changes

Hello everyone! This is Nikki here from the Transport Evolved editorial team, and I’d just like to remind you all that this Sunday, October 26, the clocks go back one hour in the UK at 2am. This means that from Sunday morning at 2am, we’ll no-longer be on British Summer Time but on Greenwich Mean Time. […]

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Nissan, Not Tesla, Made Most From California ZEV Credit Sales Last Year

Under current Californian law, any mid or large-volume automaker who wants to operate within the Golden State must obtain a specific number of Zero Emission Vehicle credits equating to a set percentage of its total vehicular output. But while each manufacturer must obtain a specific percentage of ZEV credits, it can choose to either earn them — […]

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Tesla Model X Electric Crossover SUV Could Be Delayed, Hints Analyst

Twenty fourteen has been a busy year for Tesla Motors. Not only has it successfully searched for and found the site of its first massive lithium-ion processing and recycling Gigafactory, but it has also dramatically expanded the number of countries you can buy a Tesla Model S in, overseen an explosion in the number of Tesla Superchargers […]

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The Price of Hybrid and Electric Cars Is Plummeting. Here's Why - TIME

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Quiz: Is an Electric Car Right for You? - Huffington Post

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A lot of people have heard the buzz around electric vehicles (EVs), but they don't know if an EV would be right for them. In fact, many don't even know what would be the right questions to ask themselves to figure out whether cars like the Tesla Model ...