Day: November 8, 2021

Should you get an electric car? Here are some pros and cons

Electric vehicles (EVs) used to be a small niche in the automotive world. However, they’ve been gradually getting more mainstream in recent years. With more options on the market with more useful ranges and affordable pricing, EVs are quickly becoming practical alternatives to traditional gas-powered cars for a broader range of drivers.

How do electric vehicles work?

The nuts and bolts of an electric vehicle are actually quite simple. An electric car uses an electric motor to turn the wheels, and a lithium-ion battery pack usually feeds it. There are typically two motors in an EV with all-wheel drive; one for the front wheels and another for the rear wheels.

EV motors are usually AC synchronous electric motors. A controller delivers power from the battery pack to the motor (or motors). The driver uses the accelerator pedal like a traditional gas pedal, but it controls a pair of variable resistors

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Used car market gets even more bizarre

Data: Manheim Used Vehicle Value Index (Cox Automotive); Chart: Axios Visuals

Anyone who’s shopped for a car this year knows that new ones are hard to get and used ones have gotten way more expensive. And we know why: There’s a global shortage of all the computer chips modern-day cars require. But October’s used car price growth still managed to shock even the experts.

The latest: The industry’s key index of used vehicle prices jumped another 9.2% over the span of just a month. That puts the index 38% higher than a year ago — compared to “just” 27% for the same stat in September.

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Why it matters: The market for cars and trucks is one of those that’s most impacted by pandemic-era supply problems. That’s unfortunate because vehicles are big-ticket items that most Americans rely on

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Nutson Weekly Auto News Wrap-up November 7, 2021


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AUTO CENTRAL CHICAGO – November 7, 2021: Every Sunday Larry Nutson, The Chicago Car Guy and Executive Producer, with able assistance from senior editor Thom Cannell from The Auto Channel Michigan Bureau, compile The Auto Channel’s
“take” on this past week’s automotive news, condensed into easy to digest news Nuggets.

LEARN MORE: Full versions of today’s news nuggets along with almost a million pages of the past 25 year’s automotive content, news, articles, reviews and archived relevant stories residing in
The Auto Channel Automotive News Library can be found by just copying a headline and then inserting into any Site Search Box.

Nutson’s Automotive News Wrap-up – Week Ending November 6, 2021; Below are the past week’s important, relevant, semi-secret, or snappy automotive news, opinions and insider back stories presented as
expertly crafted easy-to-digest news nuggets.

* From Reuters we read that U.S. traffic deaths soared by 18.4% in the

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