AD #2291 – Trump Supports Gas Tax Increase, AMG GT Family Gets New Member, More Model 3 Driving Impressions

February 15th, 2018 at 11:23am

Runtime: 7:12

0:31 Trump Supports Gas Tax Increase
1:14 New Details on Dyson’s EV Plans
2:14 Hyundai to Show Electric Buggy Concept
2:58 Mercedes-AMG GT Family Gets New Member
3:18 Subaru to Show VIZIV TOURER CONCEPT
3:35 Performance eBike
4:54 More Model 3 Driving Impressions

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25 Comments to “AD #2291 – Trump Supports Gas Tax Increase, AMG GT Family Gets New Member, More Model 3 Driving Impressions”

  1. Barry T Says:

    Thanks for the Tesla update feature – I’m addicted to Autoline, partly because of the amazing technological advancements that keep on coming in the Auto Industry.

    On EVs: Can we get rid of the “Zero Emission? tags, logos and talking points?? How about “Remote Emission” or even “Coal Fired”? There is a lot to like about EVs for certain applications or characteristics, but I’m pretty tired of the “Fake Facts” that come from the EV evangelists.

    Let’s keep it real and honest!

  2. Lambo2015 Says:

    Seems the general consensus is that most people would be okay with a 25 cent tax if it actually goes toward infrastructure spending as we are told.

    So Dyson wants to build something that doesn’t suck?

    The Hyundai buggy, Very cool looking even its not very practical.

    The E-bike, I just have to ask why? I cannot imagine anyone spending that kind of money for what is a really fast moped. So many other options that sip gas at a fraction of the cost.

  3. Joe Pastor Says:

    On the model 3 benchmarking, Sandy several times has alluded to the “transmission”. I’m a little confused on this because I didn’t think Tesla’s had transmissions, I thought they were some sort of direct drive electric motors. Could John speak to this and clarify?

  4. XA351GT Says:

    Hyundai, seriously? IED Did anyone really think that one out?

  5. XA351GT Says:

    Is that the same Dyson that makes vacuum cleaners?

  6. XA351GT Says:

    Lambo I would not be okay with a additional 25 cents on top of the already highest gas tax in the country that PA pays now, for the pleasure of driving over mine fields for roads. Being told that the money is being used for roads along with the money for Increased registrations and inspections and every other fee that they have increased in the name of road repairs. Matbe the problem lies in driving by any construction site and seeing 7 PennDOT workers standing with their thumbs up their bums while one guy works. all while making $60+ a hour

  7. Chuck Grenci Says:

    While watching the Model 3 segment, I happened to spy the rear seat head restraint, which was noticeable small. While this may be good for reward visibility, I can’t help but think unless your rear passengers are preciously situated, that in a rear-ended crash, the headrests would actually deflect the head from one or the other side; this could cause severe upper spinal damage (if the crash were severe). Now I suppose this could be said for all head restraints, however, those cited are a very small target, to do any good, and could very easily make it worse. This just an observation (and my opinion).

  8. Kit Gerhart Says:

    3 The Teslas, and most EV’s, don’t change gears, but they have a one-speed transmission to gear down the high rpm motor to turn the wheels of the car.

  9. Bob Wilson Says:

    What is a “5 bar link” Sandy mentioned?

  10. Ron Paris Says:

    This week’s Model 3 Tesla updates aren’t nearly as informative or interesting as last week’s. Why not just wait until Sandy can sit down in the AAH studio and discuss his findings in detail rather than stumbling through these almost incoherent sound bites?

  11. Lisk Says:

    The $.25 gas tax would be ok with me but we all know but we all know within the legislature to authorize this, there’s going to be plenty of pork to divert at least 24 1/2 of those cents. I’m sure will be to see the gas tax be used for Narcan, a 3 year study of the mating habits of North American Fireflies, and bridge out detour signs because we’re still not able to make infrastructure repairs.

  12. Bradley Cross Says:

    I think the upcoming Tesla roadster will need 2 gears. Might also be multiple gears for Porsche Mission E. i.e. you need multiple gears if you are going to do crazy speeds.

  13. Lisk Says:

    9) A 5-bar link usually means upper and lower control/trailing arms for the rear suspension for holding the rear knuckle in place for vertical motion and a track bar for lateral location.

  14. Lambo2015 Says:

    #6 XA351GT Trust me when I say I’m not for a gas tax either, my comment was based on the feedback on here from last week. Most are not in favor, unless it was actually used for roads and bridges. I think the general public is just so sick of the corruption behind allocation of funds and government mismanagement that most people dont trust that the funds will be used as intended like Lisk said. Most figure only a small fraction of that 25 cents will ever see a construction site.

  15. Cozy Cole Says:

    Wow, I cannot believe I agree with
    Trump on anything, but it is high time we increase the fed gas tax.
    The way gas prices go up and down, nobody would notice a nickel every six month for ten years, and the beauty of the gas tax is, the more you drive, the more you pay for road repair. Now if only the money would be used wisely? ha ha PS we have a lot of freeze thaw cycles in Penna., plus all the salt etc just eats up the concrete and the metal bridges.

  16. Buzzerd Says:

    I don’t understand why someone would be against an increase in the gas tax. Work needs to be done, the gov is already running a huge deficit with huge debt so there’s no “ extra money “, fuel is cheap compared to most of the world and it’s a user pay system.
    Motion carried, next item.

  17. Ron Paris Says:

    #16: In Calif, where we’re already paying over $3 per gallon of regular while the rest of the country pays a buck less, gas tax increase proceeds such as the recent $.12 hike just get diverted into wasteful boondoggles like Governor Moonbeam’s “high-speed train to nowhere”. The same thing happens on a national level with federal tax increases. THAT’S why people are against increases in the gas tax!

  18. phred Says:

    I look forward to the Tesla reports and I am struck by the amount and number of automotive engineering “oops” that have found their way into this car. Is there any speculation as to why??

  19. Bob Wilson Says:

    #1 Asked, “Can we get rid of the Zero Emission tags …” no problem.

    Donald Trump reports we now have “beautiful, clean coal” that probably uses VW diesel technology.

  20. Kit Gerhart Says:

    To pay for infrastructure, I’d favor an increase in income tax, on those who truly have the ability to pay, like very wealthy people. That, obviously, is not going to happen in the next three years, so maybe we need higher gas tax. We don’t need to balloon the debt, even more than is already happening, so borrowing to pay for infrastructure doesn’t seem a very good idea.

  21. Roger Blose Says:

    How about a temporary gas tax that would expire down the road to get the emergency road repairs done now. After 3-4 years, a re-vote would have to be done to verify that progress has been made with this huge problem. If no progress is made then some other plan would have to be developed to pay for road / bridge repairs.

  22. Kit Gerhart Says:

    17 It’s about $2.60 in central Florida. The bottom line is that gas is cheap everywhere in the U.S., compared to the rest of the developed world. That shows in our lack of infrasture investment, and in our incredibly inefficient vehicle mix.

  23. Lambo2015 Says:

    Well not all roads are repaired with federal funds certainly not 100%. State and local funds have a huge impact on what repairs are made and afforded. Not sure how the funds are distributed but if all states get equal federal funding it would be no wonder the northern states struggle.

  24. Todd T Says:

    Of course, Trump supports gas tax. It disproportionately affects middle and lower wage earners than it does the wealthy, no big shocks there.

  25. Chuck Grenci Says:

    Taxes aren’t equally distributed, because if you think about it, what’s the point of equally redistributing money back to where it came from minus the administrative cost to collect it. The purpose of a tax is to accrete money to be used to a common good or defined needs. Certainly there are some inherent problems with this (infrastructure of the taxing authority takes a cut, some funds get misdirected to other hither-to areas, etc.) but that’s the general idea. Sometimes it works better than others but the U.S. infrastructure needs help and needs it now (many needs: bridges, tunnels, potholed roadways are long overdue). If you want better, you have to pay for it.