AD #2021 – Are Keys Headed For Extinction?, Red Hot Manufacturing, Used Batteries Get Second Life

January 10th, 2017 at 11:45am

Runtime: 7:50

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- Stop Quick, It’s An Emergency!
- I Can’t Find My Keys

- Sierra Club Slams EV Marketing
- Used Batteries Get Second Life
- Red Hot Manufacturing
- Aero Wheels Make MPGs


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19 Comments to “AD #2021 – Are Keys Headed For Extinction?, Red Hot Manufacturing, Used Batteries Get Second Life”

  1. rick Says:

    are the eVOLVE wheels for ford focus available for purchase?

  2. Chuck Grenci Says:

    #1 rick
    Unless you need to replace your wheels, I don’t think you’ll ever get your money back by buying new and reaping in the savings. They would, (the aerodynamic wheel), make sense if fitted from the factory (assuming the price would be par with what is currently being fitted).

  3. Chuck Grenci Says:

    If they, the Sierra Club, can prove (somehow) that people are unaware of these new electric vehicles then they might have something. I’ll go out on a limb and say, that those wanting electric are already buying electric. As pricing is more competitive (without incentives), then I think electric will make a more serious impact on sales.

  4. Lex Says:

    What happens when your battery dies and your vehicle can no longer recognize your keyless key fob? Will you need to break into your own vehicle to open the hood to jump start or replace your battery?

  5. Lex Says:

    I saw Honda Pro Jason checking out the new 2018 Honda Odyssey during your segment at NAIAS 2017.
    Do you guys ever collaborate on stories together?

  6. Kit Gerhart Says:

    4 I suspect cars will continue to have a mechanical key to get into cars, if the electronic stuff fails. At least my current no-key cars do.

    I’ll want to have a mechanical key, no matter what other electronic gadgetry I have. Smart phones, and electronic key fobs aren’t too great to have in your pocket when swimming in the ocean.

  7. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I expected those low-drag wheels to look something like Bonneville style wheel covers, but they look like regular wheels, fairly attractive ones at that.

  8. MJB Says:

    I suppose that ‘Smart Phone as Key Fob’ is fine for those of us who make a habit of keeping our cell phones charged…

  9. buzzerd Says:

    The smart phone key could have a big benefit in that you ” could” program the smart phone to lock out as long as the car is moving, preventing texting. That way you would only affect the phone most likely being used by the driver.

  10. Roger Blose Says:

    Please…no more $900+ keyless entry fobs plus dealer programing! Everyone hates this nonsense but more OEMs keep coming out with this junk. The other night on the news, they showed how the keyless entry fobs could be cloned, cars opened, and driven away in a matter of seconds. 17 cars out of 19 tried were hacked with no problem. They suggested wrapping your fob in aluminum foil when leaving your car. Someone needs to be fired.

  11. buzzerd Says:

    Rodger- not ” everyone hates this nonsense” I personally like it a lot, so does my wife… friends…

  12. Robert Dumont Says:

    keyless fobs have a back up key in the fob itself to open the door . most key holes are hidden in the door handle.

  13. BobD Says:

    deja vu? It is just me, of were most of these stories old news presented before? Perhaps a re-run while everyone is at the Detroit car show?

  14. motorman Says:

    how do those low drag wheels work when you rotate your tires will you have to bust down and remount the tires to keep the wheel in the “correct” location???

  15. motorman Says:

    if the manufactures of EVs are losing money on every one they sell why would they want to do a better job of selling them ???

  16. Kit Gerhart Says:

    10, 11
    Before I had keyless entry/start, I thought it kind of silly, but after having my 2010 Prius for about a day, I came to really like the technology.

    The batteries in my key gadgets have lasted about 5 years, and are easy to replace and cheap, so that is no big deal.

    I haven’t lost or destroyed the key fobs, so I don’t know about the $900+ Roger refers to, but I tend to take care of keys, and similar items, so I hope I won’t need to find out.

  17. Nick@Nite Says:

    John,
    It sounds like the Continental key-less application is exactly what GM is doing with its Maven car sharing service. Hardly new, but brilliant for the users of the service.

  18. Bradley Says:

    The $900+ might be if you lose your keys and need to replace them.

  19. XA351GT Says:

    With these Aero wheels ,I wonder will the brakes get enough air to cool them? Seems to me if you close off those airways the brakes will run hot. I know were not talking race cars ,but I fear warped rotors resulting form this.