It’s Amazing The Ohio Police Didn’t Kill Anyone In This Wild Chase

Officers appeared reckless throughout the chase in just about every possible way

  • Ohio Police hit a fleeing Hyundai almost a dozen times during a pursuit before stopping it.
  • They also hit a parked truck belonging to a third party.
  • The two suspects captured were teenagers driving an allegedly stolen car.

Short of jumping off of a bridge this chase has just about everything one could imagine. The vehicle is an allegedly stolen Hyundai sedan and the departments chasing it are from Columbus and Whitehall Ohio. Over the course of about five minutes they smash the fleeing sedan, hit a parked truck, nearly crash into each other, and somehow finally get their suspects.

From the moment the dashcams are rolling the crashes begin. An officer in what appears to be a Ford Explorer tries to cut off the Hyundai coming his way. The policeman goes as far as to ram the sedan as it passes by. As he turns around another SUV cruiser attempts to hit the car but misses and the chase is on.

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These officers don’t have a GPS overlay on the footage, but it’s clear that they’re driving at speeds far above the speed limit. Each time the Hyundai makes a turn the officers appear to struggle to make the same maneuver while commanding control of their cars. In back-to-back turns, they nearly hit traffic as it sits motionless. As they line up to enter another turn they drive into the oncoming lanes, hit the curb, miss the suspect, and nearly oversteer into a fire truck.

At one point, an officer performs a PIT maneuver on the Hyundai and sends it sliding into another parked officer’s car. A second officer then hits the sedan but doesn’t disable it. Instead, the Hyundai drives away as that same officer seems to lose control at a very low speed before hitting a parked Chevrolet Colorado.

The remaining units then drive at high speed through an active construction zone in a residential area while openly admitting “I can’t see, I can’t see, I can’t F#@king see bro…”

At one point the Hyundai driver seals his fate though by turning onto a road with no traffic. Initially, the lead officer jumps up and performs a PIT maneuver that again, doesn’t work. Ultimately though, a second attempt just moments later sends the car into a tree. According to a report associated with the video, officers found two teenagers both with a history of incidents with stolen vehicles.

There’s no question that those who commit crimes need to be held accountable. At the same time, this video appears to show several moments where the public was put in serious danger by the officer’s behavior. Thankfully, everyone made it out alive.

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Will The NYPD Stop These ‘Squeeze’ Traffic Terrorizers Before They Kill Someone?

Another crash involving ‘swimmers’ in New York happened recently on the Belt Parkway

  • To no one’s surprise, a reckless driver in New York caused a crash while trying to bully their way through traffic.
  • Another vehicle in the reckless group caught the multi-car crash on a rear-facing camera.
  • Despite several crashes and multiple attempts at contacting it, the NYPD has said nothing about the dangerous trend.

Reckless speeding drivers in New York have caused yet another senseless crash, this time involving a BMW M3. The recent trend of ‘swimming’ or ‘squeezing’ through traffic at high speed seems to be gaining momentum, with accidents piling up. The pressing question remains: What is the NYPD actually doing about this dangerous practice? Evidence suggests very little action.

The latest crash occurred on the Belt Parkway, the same location where a BMW M5 and Chevrolet Corvette collided this week, resulting in both vehicles being engulfed in flames and one driver hospitalized with injuries.

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In this latest incident, the driver of the BMW M3, part of a group of ‘swimmers’ maneuvering recklessly through traffic at high speeds, attempted a lane change where space was insufficient. Subsequently, the vehicle spun out of control, colliding with the wall.”

According to those driving ahead of the crash, they didn’t even realize the accident had happened until long after. Instead, they continued driving recklessly for several minutes, all the while documenting their actions on dashcam footage.

Here’s the real heart of the problem. This account and several others like it, some that we’ve highlighted in the past, showcase exactly this type of driving. On top of that, they glorify trolling the NYPD. Somehow, in every case we’ve seen so far, the NYPD does almost nothing to catch the individuals in question. Police will flash their lights and sirens and sometimes give chase for a short time but the pursuit ends quite quickly.

In fact, the NYPD’s alarming lack of will to chase these suspects is a factor that one notable participant pointed to as a reason he’s confident of getting away. Speaking of these officers, he told a YouTuber during an interview that “They’re not really built for that [high speeds], it’s a lot of real rookie cops right now…. and these guys do not know how to drive on the highway.”

Maybe the wildest part about all of this is that we’re not talking about a department well-known for passive policies. The NYPD is the same department that last year had multiple questionable interactions with people on mopeds. It’s the same one that tickets citizens for calling out illegal parking by cops. How has it seemingly made the decision not just to let these drivers do as they please but also to stay silent on the matter?

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It’s worth noting that evidence suggests chasing a suspect is, on average, more dangerous for the public than not pursuing them. After all, officers have several methods available to track and apprehend suspects without necessitating such high risks for others.

In the vast majority of cases, that’s likely the most prudent solution. In this case, where several individuals are repeating this behavior and influencing others to follow suit, it would seem as though the value of catching the perpetrators is higher. Clearly, they’re putting the public at risk every time they drive like this.

No answer from the NYPD

Carscoops has reached out to several NYPD officials including the public relations department, the heads of various task forces, and individual officers as well. As of this writing, none have responded. It’ll be interesting to see what happens first.

Will the NYPD actually crack down on this behavior or will someone get seriously injured or even die as a result of it?

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Review: 2024 Honda ZR-V e:HEV LX Is A Smooth And Efficient Hybrid

Last year, Honda released the ZR-V in Australia and while that may not sound like a big deal, it actually was. In fact, the ZR-V is Honda’s first brand-new model line launched locally in the past two decades. Slotting between the smaller HR-V and the larger CR-V, it goes head-to-head with the Toyota RAV4.

But let’s start with the basics. For North American readers who might be puzzled by the ZR-V, Honda has adopted a multifaceted approach in the subcompact SUV segment. It offers two models in overseas markets, including Europe, Japan and Australia: the ZR-V, seen here and sold in America and Canada as the HR-V albeit without a hybrid option, and the international market HR-V, which is a distinct model. In Japan, the latter is known as the Vezel.

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With that out of the way and eager to see what Australia’s new ZR-V is like to live with, we jumped behind the wheel of one for a week earlier this month. We tested the small SUV in its flagship e:HEV LX guise, a hybrid variant priced from AU$54,900 (~$35,700).

Quick Facts

The local line-up for the ZR-V is quite simple. It consists of the entry-level VTi X priced at AU$39,500 (~$25,700), the VTi L available from AU$42,500 (~$27,600), the AU$48,500 (~$31,500) VTi LX, and the e-HEV LX that we tested. With the exception of the hybrid, all ZR-V models are sold exclusively with a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder producing 131 kW (176 hp) at 6,000 rpm and 240 Nm (177 lb-ft) of torque between 1,700 rpm and 4,500 rpm.

 Review: 2024 Honda ZR-V e:HEV LX Is A Smooth And Efficient Hybrid
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Then there’s the e:HEV LX. It ditches the 1.5-liter engine in favor of a naturally-aspirated 2.0-liter four-cylinder joined by two small electric motors and a CVT. It produces 135 kW (181 hp) and 315 Nm (232 lb-ft) while sending all the power through the front wheels. All-wheel drive would have been nice but alas, it is not available. As a quick reminder, in the States, the HR-V is exclusively offered with a 2.0-liter naturally aspirated inline-four engine rated at 158 hp, available in both front- and all-wheel-drive variants.

Those who want to pick up the keys to a new ZR-V e:HEV LX can have it painted in either Premium Crystal Garnet, Premium Crystal Blue, Platinum Grey, Platinum White, and Crystal Black, with our test car bathed in Premium Crystal Garnet, a deep shade of burgundy that looks better in the flesh than it does in photos.

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We’re quite fond of Honda’s current design philosophy. A few years ago, most of Honda’s range looked too edgy and a little too unusual. The second-generation HR-V, fifth-generation CR-V, and 10th generation Civic are all perfect examples. However, Honda has got its mojo back with the latest iterations of these three models, opting for slightly more refined and less abstruse styling. The ZR-V is no different.

 Review: 2024 Honda ZR-V e:HEV LX Is A Smooth And Efficient Hybrid
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From some angles, it looks like a Civic that’s taken growth hormones. This makes sense given the two share the same platform. The front end is characterized by a sleek black grille and attractive headlights with LED daytime running lights. Denoting the e:HEV LX as a hybrid is the subtle blue ring around the Honda badge up front. The SUV’s lines are soft and the bodywork has just the right number of curves.

A modern cabin.

The interior of the ZR-V is a highlight. Like the 11th-gen Civic, it feels modern while still retaining plenty of physical buttons, switches, and knobs, not something that can be said of many other new cars currently on the market.

Found in the center of the dash is a large 9.0-inch infotainment display that supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. While Honda’s current operating system isn’t the best, nor is it the most modern, it is easy to understand and laid out brilliantly. Regardless of whether buyers are familiar with other Honda products or not, the system is intuitive.

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The ZR-V is also equipped with a large 10.2-inch digital instrument cluster. It doesn’t offer much scope for personalization but at least it’s clear. Another highlight is the honeycomb grille used in the air vents.

Elsewhere, the cabin is clad in plush black leather, including the seats and steering wheel. The addition of a wireless smartphone charger is a welcome inclusion while the floating design of the center console looks good and gives you a nice place to store your phone if connected to either the USB-A or the USB-C port. Individual buttons are used to select the gears. We also applaud Honda for not bathing the cabin in piano-black plastic.

The seating position up front is good and there is plenty of headroom. It is a similar story in the second row with the two outboard seats offering lots of room. The center seat is small but it’s like that in most cars. Two USB-C ports are found in the rear. With the second row in position, the ZR-V provides 370 liters (13 cubic-feet) of cargo space. That’s quite small and significantly less than the 542 liters (19.1 cubic-feet) of the RAV4.

An efficient and refined powertrain.

Having not experienced a modern hybrid powertrain from Honda before driving the ZR-V, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised to find the ZR-V e:HEV LX’s system a superb all-rounder.

At startup and at low speeds, the SUV primarily operates on electric power and only fires up the 2.0-liter engine when needed and at speeds of around 40 km/h (24.8 mph) or higher. Plenty of other hybrid cars out there operate like this but the ZR-V’s system is one of the smoothest we’ve experienced. Indeed, I often had to glance down at the gauge cluster to see whether or not the engine was on, as it operates so quietly.

 Review: 2024 Honda ZR-V e:HEV LX Is A Smooth And Efficient Hybrid
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For many driving enthusiasts, CVTs are unholy. In the case of the ZR-V, it feels nice and ensures that the SUV remains smooth to drive, regardless of the speed. Honda has even fitted a pair of paddle shifters but we rarely used them, preferring to let the system do the work for us.

The ZR-V isn’t fast but it isn’t slow either. The instant power and torque provided by the two electric motors mean it feels quicker off the line than it is. These motors also aid in overtaking, ensuring you can get up to speed quickly and without feeling like you need to rev the hell out of the engine. Even when you do step on the gas, the engine isn’t obnoxiously loud. This is helped by the fact Honda has equipped the ZR-V with an acoustic windscreen to block out ambient noise.

Fuel efficiency is a key advantage the hybrid has over other ZR-V models. Honda says it can sip just 5.0 l/100 km (47 U.S. MPG) over the combined cycle. We averaged 5.6 l/100 km (42 U.S. MPG) during our time with it.

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 Review: 2024 Honda ZR-V e:HEV LX Is A Smooth And Efficient Hybrid
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Not everything is perfect. The electric motors have a habit of overpowering the front wheels in wet conditions, even with the traction and stability control systems turned on. As such, you have to be careful with how much you depress the accelerator or you’ll start spinning up the wheels every time you set off in the rain. It was in situations like this where we would have liked to see all-wheel drive as an option.

Honda’s engineers have also done a fine job on the handling and comfort fronts. The ZR-V remains impeccably smooth over bumps at both low and high speeds. Should you drive it more aggressively, it thrives in this environment too, remaining poised and planted.

The Honda Sensing suite of driver-assistance functions comes standard on the ZR-V e:HEV LX. It includes lane keeping assist, lane departure warning, forward collision warning, collision mitigation braking system, adaptive cruise control, and traffic sign recognition. The lane keeping assist system worked well but it did have a habit of slowing bouncing between lane markings, rather than keeping us in the center of the lane as it should.

Verdict

Honda has developed quite a compelling option with the ZR-V e:HEV LX. It compares favorably to rivals like the Toyota RAV Hybrid and the larger (and pricier) Nissan X-Trail Ti e-Power, looks the business and is well-equipped. It proves Honda has got its mojo back and is worthy of consideration.

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Top 10 Best Selling EVs At CarMax: What Are People Trading In?

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Searches for electric vehicles have increased 177 percent at CarMax over the last three years.

The Tesla Model 3 and Model Y are the most popular used EVs among buyers.

The most popular trade-in vehicles are the Ford F-150 and the Honda Accord.

Sales of new electric vehicles have been growing in recent years, which means that more and more become available on the secondhand market. Used car retail giant CarMax reports that searches for EVs on its website grew by 177 percent between 2021 and 2024.

In terms of what shoppers are actually buying, it won’t surprise you to learn that Tesla is well represented at the top of the used EV sales charts. The Tesla Model 3 is CarMax’s most popular secondhand EV in 2024, and the Model Y was the second-most popular.

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It wasn’t all good news for the American automaker, though. The Model X fell out of the top 10, and the Model S is just hanging on in ninth position, according to CarMax’s used EV sales data.

Reflecting the greater variety of EVs entering the market, the Nissan Leaf was the third-most popular used EV for the retailer, the VW ID.4 was the fourth-best selling model, and the Ford Mustang Mach-E rounded out the top five.

Top 10 Best-Selling Used EVs, 2024

RankModelAvg Price1Tesla Model 3$34,0452Tesla Model Y$43,8963Nissan Leaf$18,4654VW ID.4$31,5765Ford Mustang Mach-E$38,7136Audi e-tron$41,2057Chevrolet Bolt EUV$26,7768Chevrolet Bolt EV$22,5649Tesla Model S$45,57410Hyundai Ioniq 5$37,036Source: CarMax


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The average sales prices for used EVs are falling, suggesting that consumers are looking for a good deal. In 2023, the average price range for battery-powered vehicles at CarMax was $22,000 to $72,000. In 2024, the average price is $22,000 to $46,000.

What’s fascinating about the retailer’s data is that it also included information about what vehicles are being traded in for EVs. The Ford F-150 and the Honda Accord share the top spot as the most traded in vehicle for a second-hand EV.

By vehicle type, most shoppers are getting rid of SUVs (39 percent) or sedans (31 percent) when they buy an EV. By brand, Toyota, Ford, and Honda drivers are the ones giving up their vehicles the most frequently.

By state, California leads the way in the secondhand market. It’s followed by its West Coast neighbors, Oregon and Washington. Nevadans are the fourth-most eager to buy a used EV, and buyers in Idaho are the fifth most EV hungry.

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Eco-friendly hotels to check in to for a sustainable stay

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With ever-growing cruise ship capacity, car traffic, hotel development, jet fuel, food waste and suitcases full of fast fashion, it’s safe to say that travel and tourism take a significant toll on the environment. And the numbers don’t lie: 8% to 10% of annual global greenhouse gas emissions were a direct result of the travel industry in 2021, according to the World Travel & Tourism Council. Some studies put it closer to 12%, now.

Given that the positive effects travel has on society are well demonstrated, too — and given that we, here at TPG, love travel — we’re not suggesting skipping out on well-earned vacations. Rather, we’re advocating traveling smarter, starting with booking more sustainable hotels. These days, accommodations of all types, from off-grid glamping spots to luxury resorts with spas, pickleball courts and infinity pools, are making it easy to make your getaway a bit more earth-friendly.

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Here are 14 hotels that go so much further than in-room recycling bins. Think on-site composting, solar energy, turtle releases, apiaries, monthly beach clean-ups, zero-waste menus, invasive species removal, biophilic design, coral nurseries and shower timers.

Coulibri Ridge: Soufriere, Dominica

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A masterclass in maximizing surroundings to minimize the impact on the environment — without sacrificing luxury — seemingly every inch of the 285-acre Coulibri Ridge, the brainchild of late founders Daniel Langlois and Dominique Marchand, has a sustainable origin or purpose, down to the stone quarried from within the compound and hand-chiseled by only local laborers, the recycled wood and aluminum, the slants of the rooftops and the angle at which the buildings were placed on a lush hillside of the Caribbean isle. The latter was chosen to soak up the most hours of sunlight with solar panels as well as optimize rainfall capture to power the Beyond Green member’s 14 suites, two restaurants, a spa, conference rooms, an office and heated pools. And speaking of pools, minimal chlorine is used because the water is purified using copper ionization.

Two wind turbines, in a shape believed to reduce the impact on birds and bats, also power this off-grid nirvana. The walkways, terraces and stairs collect rainwater, which is used for landscaping and Coulibri’s farm, which provides 20% of the produce used on the property for nice touches, including daily fresh-squeezed juice, in-room fruit baskets and regional treats like guava cheese. Another 60% is sourced on the island. The dining rooms refrain from serving red meat or non-locally caught fish, and everything is composted. Guests are even invited to get in on that action with countertop collection bins in the ensuite kitchen and reusable Keurig K-cups.

Rates at Coulibri Ridge start at $700 and include breakfast. I Prefer Hotel Rewards members receive a discounted rate and other benefits, including free Wi-Fi and complimentary room upgrades.

1 Hotel San Francisco: San Francisco

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Even city hotels are leveling up their pro-planet game. Take this newish 200-room San Francisco treat on the Embarcadero waterfront. Driftwood sculptures, handwoven rugs, a lobby floor made from 7,000 square feet of reclaimed barn wood, elevator landings built out of salvaged Bay Bridge redwood, “do not disturb” stones and a ceiling composed of preserved plants are easy on both the eyes and the environment.

Rooms are full of sustainable details, from the wooden keycards and drinkware made from recycled wine bottles to five-minute shower timers to keep bathers mindful of the Golden State’s recurrent drought. Low-flow plumbing and infrared HVAC systems that shut off when occupants aren’t present don’t add to the aesthetic but are still important. The 1 Less Thing initiative motivates guests to leave behind gently used clothing for donation to a regional charity.

The same goes for the farm-to-table restaurant Terrene, where the chef prioritizes organic and seasonal goods from purveyors within 100 miles of Highway 1. He even grows his own greens in a rooftop garden with beehives. Not to be outdone, the beverage director narrows the ingredient field to within 50 miles and uses citrus scraps and spent coffee grounds to infuse spirits and garnish glasses.

The starting room rate at 1 Hotel San Francisco is $325 a night.

Fairmont Mayakoba: Playa del Carmen, Mexico

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Margaritas, mariachis, Mexican food, massages, Mayan ruins, mysterious cenotes! You can have all the usual (and beloved) trappings of a Riviera Maya vacation while simultaneously making a difference by staying at the sprawling Fairmont Mayakoba, a 594-acre, 401-key community plopped in the middle of a mangrove jungle and on the sandy shores of the aquamarine Caribbean.

At the corporate level, both Fairmont and parent company Accor were early adopters of sustainable building and operations and have committed to achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050. The success of sustainability initiatives, such as installing air conditioning that cuts off when doors aren’t closed properly or providing reusable water bottles and filtered water, is vouched for by the numerous certifications they’ve earned from organizations like Preferred by Nature, PROFEPA (Mexico’s version of the Environmental Protection Agency) and Spain’s Green Building Council.

More interesting are the moves being made at the local level. The resort, which features multiple pools, crystal-themed cocktails at a rooftop bar, outdoor yoga classes and boat tours along its meandering wildlife-filled waterways, began collaborating with Oceanus in 2015 on a coral reef restoration. Snorkeling excursions take guests to see the three nurseries. The annual Reef Week kicks the education element up a notch with daily talks with biologists working on resuscitating reefs. Following the ideals of the Slow Food and KM 0 movements, the restaurants source as much as they can from ecological producers within a 100-mile radius.

Keeping bees is also a Fairmont brand standard, and Mayakoba has three hives in its care, including one at the recently revamped spa. But they aren’t just any ol’ bees. Melipona bees are minuscule, stingless and endangered vital pollinators believed to be sacred by the Mayans. Visit them between munching on vegan bites, a copal cleanse and a sweat session in the temazcal.

Rates at the Fairmont Mayakoba, which belongs to the ALL — Accor Live Limitless loyalty program, start at $499 per night.

Vermejo: Colfax County, New Mexico

Ted’s Suite. JEN JUDGE/VERMEJO, A TED TURNER RESERVE

Vermejo — a 550,000-acre collection of pinon pine forests, snowcapped mountains, streams, picturesque meadows (inhabited by 1,200 of the most genetically pure bison in the world) and 19 fishable lakes — is one of three Ted Turner Reserves with lodging in the Land of Enchantment on a mission to “save everything,” as the ubiquitous branded merchandise in the gift shop will remind you. In almost three decades under the former media mogul’s stewardship and that of his charitable foundations, the rugged retreat (which is 45 minutes away from the closest town) is off to a good start with too many pro-environment programs to name here (including ecological preservation, habitat restoration, native species reintroduction and wildlife protection). Many pertain to returning the former cattle ranch to its natural bucolic splendor via sustainable methods like designing water-smart roadways, removing fencing to promote animal migration, stopping river bank erosion, building riparian enclosures to aid vegetation recovery, and managing the number of large ungulates and grazers to align with the landscape carrying capacity.

To achieve its biggest goal — encouraging guests to care deeply about nature by immersing them in it — Vermejo offers wildlife safaris, horseback riding, bike and UTV adventures, fishing, and hunting. There’s a scenic conservation-themed tour that gives you a closer look at the scientific studies and restorations and the opportunity to build the aforementioned enclosures. Once back at the main hub of hospitality, kids make crafts with found objects or ice cream using only hand power. Foodies tour the greenhouse to learn about growing techniques like using old beer and potatoes as pest control and get a sneak peek at what might appear on that night’s menu alongside the freshly caught Rio Grande cutthroat trout or bison fillet. To go farther into the wild, bunk at the more remote LEED Silver certified Costilla Fishing Lodge or the new hike-in Bernal Lake cabin with a gas fireplace and outdoor cedar soaking tub.

Rates at Vermejo start at $1,650 per night with a two-night minimum and include accommodations, meals and all activities.

Hotel Marcel: New Haven, Connecticut

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The former Armstrong Rubber Company headquarters, a 1970s masterpiece by Bauhaus architect Marcel Breuer, has been reimagined as a climate-crusading member of the Tapestry Collection by Hilton. Creatively reusing an existing office building means less need for new materials and less construction impact on the land and air. The 165-room concrete giant has racked up a number of accreditations in its first two years of operation, including being the nation’s first Passive House-approved hotel (PH rates air tightness and energy consumption) and one of only 10 U.S. hotels to score LEED Platinum certification. The all-electric, fossil fuel-free spot is awaiting a net zero recognition as well.

Hotel Marcel’s solar panel array and microgrid power the efficient electric internal systems (i.e., heat and air conditioning, water heating, and laundry) as well as 24 electric vehicle-charging stations and the all-electric induction kitchen for its all-day eatery, BLDG, and event catering. No single-use plastics are used in either food-and-beverage output (or the caramel-and-sky-blue midcentury modern rooms, for that matter). To make her Latin, Italian and steakhouse specialties, the chef sources ingredients from within 250 miles, changes the menu seasonally and composts the leftovers. When it’s time for goodbyes, an electric shuttle will zip you back to the airport.

Hotel Marcel‘s starting rate is $135 a night. Hilton Honors members can book with 44,000 points per night.

Vida Cayman: Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

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Just opened in March, this property in West Bay has already proven that getting some R&R in paradise can be both planet-positive and exceptional. Eco-friendliness was built into the blueprints of the 12-suite beachside boutique, which resulted in only acquiring materials from ethical vendors and making architectural and design choices to minimize pollutants and reduce energy expenditures. Even interior temperatures are controlled with sustainable methods including shaded balconies, breezy walkways and sun-shunning insulation. To encourage biodiversity and preserve habitats for area critters, the landscaping team saved existing endemic flora and installed turtle-friendly lighting.

The local products and green choices continue when it comes to room details, bathroom amenities and the reusable water bottles handed out at check-in. Dishes at the in-house restaurant Nourish — several of which are vegetarian, vegan or dairy-free — are spiced from the living herb wall and filled with produce grown on the island. Food waste, including that collected in room garbage cans, is sent back to the farmers to compost.

In between sunrise kiteboarding, reading in the hot tub, cooking classes and sound bowl meditations, guests can help release turtles with the Cayman Turtle Centre or tour the mangroves. (To offset its carbon footprint, Vida donates to a national fund that protects the critical ecosystem.)

Room rates at Vida Cayman, which include breakfast, start at $550 per night.

Saffire Freycinet: Coles Bay, Australia

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You wouldn’t know by looking at this peaceful plot of east coast peninsula on Tasmania’s Great Oyster Bay, but it was in dire straits in the fairly recent past. The previous tenant, a caravan park and backpackers’ accommodation, caused erosion, degradation and a whole lotta plant murder. Today, however, it’s home to a 20-suite seaside sanctuary and pampering spa where yoga on the beach, courtyard hammocks and hyperlocal cuisine are commonplace.

Before building this undulating outpost that brings the outside in through the extensive use of stone and timber and floor-to-ceiling windows that gaze out on the pink granite Hazards mountains, they rehabbed the grounds with 30,000 native plants. Then came a green design plan with double glazing, energy-efficient lighting and insulation, and water collection.

The hotel, a Luxury Lodges of Australia member, has an on-site apiary, partners with the Raptor Refuge bird rescue and maintains a 2 1/2-acre free-range Tasmanian devil enclosure and breeding program in an attempt to keep the world’s largest carnivorous marsupial from going extinct. Stuffed devils made in a nearby knitting mill that employs people with intellectual, cognitive and developmental disorders are sold to raise money for Wildcare Tasmania’s Nature and World Heritage fund.

All-inclusive (lodging, meals, select beverages, daily experiences and complimentary minibar) stays for two people at Saffire Freycinet start at $1,735 a night with a two-night minimum.

The Ritz-Carlton Maui, Kapalua: Maui, Hawaii

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If you’ve spent even a single hour in Hawaii, you’ve become very familiar with the term “aloha.” If you’ve paid attention, you’ve probably picked up “mahalo,” too. The Ritz-Carlton on Maui’s northwest coast wants you to add another important Indigenous word — “malama,” which means “to care for” — to your vocabulary to honor the long legacy of land and sea stewardship among Native Hawaiians.

As showing is better than telling, the posh 468-room playground has instituted several sustainable initiatives, ranging from a solar canopy that generates 60% of the resort’s needed power to complimentary reef-safe sunscreen at the pool and beach. The seven on-site dining outposts cull ingredients from the organic garden. (Don’t sleep on the Sissy, Sassy and Richie salsa trio in the club lounge.) And water-filling stations can be used in conjunction with sleek aluminum Path bottles guests are invited to use while swinging through the two golf courses, walking the clifftop labyrinth, attending the luau, playing tennis or listening to the shockingly talented employee band while sipping a mai tai in the lobby bar.

For those who prefer to learn by doing, edutainment experiences abound. The property is one of only six Ritz-Carlton hotels with a chapter of Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ambassadors of the Environment. Well-educated guides take groups on snorkeling trips, bicycle tours and coast trail walks, and chat about everything from invasive species to how ancient Hawaiians used various flora and fauna while you explore the local area. They also host weekly volunteer efforts (beach cleanups, invasive plant removal and native seed planting). During the annual Celebration of the Arts, groups can join the effort to reforest the Puu Kukui Watershed, which was severely damaged under Dole’s ownership.

The starting rate at The Ritz-Carlton Maui, Kapalua is $900 a night. Marriott Bonvoy members can book from 65,000 points per night.

Rome Cavalieri, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel: Rome

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Perched in a park high above the Eternal City, the 345-room, 25-suite Rome Cavalieri walks the sustainable walk (probably in a leather Gucci loafer, given its well-heeled style) and has five coveted Green Key certifications to prove it.

In conjunction with the usual suspects — like eliminating single-use items, planting 74,000 trees, recycling half-used soap, and installing systems and fixtures that save water and reduce fossil fuel consumption — the elegant property has set its sights on reducing food waste, which is responsible for 8% of all global carbon emissions. Considering the hotel has multiple restaurants, including Rome’s first and only three-Michelin-star restaurant, La Pergola, and the farm-to-table concept Uliveto, it’s a serious undertaking. Through a partnership with Equoevento, wedding and banquet leftovers have been repurposed as more than 18,000 hot meals for those in need. Surplus bread is donated to Birrificio Vale la Pena, a brewery that uses the carbs for beer fermentation. And cooking classes start with a foraging adventure in the Umbrian countryside.

Re(F)use is another outing that gives discarded items a second lease on life. Guests hop in an electric Fiat Spiaggina and visit Carmina Campus, a design workshop that creates pieces from materials that would otherwise have ended up in a landfill, including the pouch each guest takes home as a souvenir.

The starting rate at Rome Cavalieri, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel is $373 or 80,000 Hilton Honors points per night.

Six Senses Crans-Montana: Valais, Switzerland

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Sustainability has been a Six Senses brand standard since this premium provider of wellness-forward hospitality was founded in the mid-1990s. So some green measures — organic bedding on handmade mattresses, bottling its own water in glass, biodegradable cleaning products, composting to make natural fertilizer for gardens and passive cooling — are found across all of its 23 properties in 18 countries. But individual properties, like this high-altitude hideaway, put their own spin on saving the planet as well.

Crans-Montana’s first line of eco-defense is the one-two punch of mindful architecture and efficient engineering. Heating is powered by recovered carbon-neutral wood pellets. Things such as double-glazed windows, waste heat recapture and LEDs probably go unnoticed but definitely enhance the experience when you’re taking a dip at the indoor and outdoor UV-filtered pools, biohacking at the spa, or checking out the apres-ski DJ set.

The Earth Lab hosts zero-waste workshops where participants learn actionable skills to take home, such as upcycling used kitchen oil into candles or making flying seed bombs. The hotel partnered with a horticulturist to create a fruit tree seed bank that identifies and stores heritage varieties from the fertile Alps valley it calls home. Through OPPAL (Organization Pour la Protection des Alpages), the hotel also helps train volunteers who tend the sheep flocks being shepherded on the mountainsides at night to prevent wolf attacks.

The Six Senses Crans-Montana‘s starting double rate, which includes breakfast, is $745; IHG One Rewards members can stay for 180,000 to 361,000 points per night.

Tides Inn: Irvington, Virginia

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“Sustainability, but make it preppy,” could be this 70-room refuge’s motto, given its propensity to decorate with nautical blues, brass and wood buoys, and dedication to shoreline restoration to the tune of $3.6 million. The boat-shoe crews can even sail the Chesapeake Bay, park at the 27-slip marina and sign up for a day of volunteerism planting trees or wetland grasses with Friends of the Rappahannock to stop erosion and increase wildlife and aquatic habitat.

Guests can also help out on-site, planting oysters on the inn’s reef while learning about the keystone species and their water-filtering skills from the resident ecologist. He also runs similar excursions about area birds and the world-famous blue crabs. The staff horticulturalist, who oversees the pollinator gardens, vegetable garden and bee meadow, gives tours of those areas and leads a foraging journey on the mushroom trails while the beekeeper lets guests in on the secret life of bees at the apiary — kooky costume and tasting included.

The starting rate at The Tides Inn is $289 a night.

Phaea Blue Palace: Crete, Greece

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Quiet luxury meets conscious hospitality at the female-led, family-owned boutique on the jagged shores of sunny Crete. Thanks to the Mediterranean climate, bijou private beach (which is Blue Flag certified), alfresco dining, calm azure waters, and 47 airy bungalows and villas fresh off a refresh and stacked across three floors like a Cubist masterpiece, the whole resort has a romantic honeymoon vibe.

The Small Luxury Hotels of the World member derives 91% of its power from renewable solar and geothermal energy, using green-as-can-be detergents and disinfectants concocted from sugar beets and bran, practicing worm- and micro-composting, and installing four-seasons glass, LEDs, sustainable flooring and even a minilodge for cats whose neutering they fund.

The hotel is particularly proud of its agricultural and dining measures. Phaea funds a progressive program to supply resources and training to resort staff members to encourage them to stay on the island and work the offseason as environment-friendly farmers. Then, it buys the bounty to serve at the hotel along with the honey harvested from Blue Palace hives and the house-made and -bottled olive oil. All that is combined with items from the property’s edible landscaping and organic gardens to create a mostly vegetarian menu — seafood is procured from the fishing village down the road — to lessen tourist impact. Guests can book an opportunity to harvest veggies from the garden with the farmers, cook them with the chef, feast alfresco at a communal table and wash it down with organic Greek wines.

The starting rate at Phaea Blue Palace is $309 a night.

Hotel Three Sixty: Ojochal, Costa Rica

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Off-grid and eco-conscious resorts are par for the course in Costa Rica. One of the newer adults-only options that cares for the earth almost as much as it cares for the guests is this 12-villa property set atop a 58-acre rainforest reserve. It’s bursting with biophilic design elements like living walls, open architecture to better see the surrounding emerald canopy and, the piece de resistance, the lobby’s rain-fed water feature made of local stones.

The living areas take up less than 8% of the acreage, and guests are encouraged to wander the jungle trails to commune with nature and see some of the types of trees planted through a partnership with One Tree Planted. If you’re truly lucky, you might even see some of the creatures that benefit from the reforestation, including white-faced Capuchin monkeys, yellow-throated toucans, glass frogs and giant anteaters. For every night of your stay, the hotel will plant one tree somewhere in the country’s highlands, lowlands or mangroves.

Also in practice here: grey water reuse, irrigating with collected rain, green cleaning products, biodegradable bath products by Costa Rican company Raw Botanicals, a no-pesticide policy, and a food-and-beverage program that is locally sourced, organic and sustainable.

The starting rate at Hotel Three Sixty is $436 a night.

The Broadmoor: Colorado Springs, Colorado

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Turns out you can teach an old lodge new tricks. The 5,000-acre, 784-key grande dame of the Rockies opened in 1918, obviously long before anyone built hotels to combat carbon footprints, deforestation or melting polar ice caps. Or even worried about them, for that matter.

The Broadmoor, to its credit, has built a fairly robust sustainability plan to see it through its second century despite retaining its stained-glass ceilings and towering stone fireplaces. It started by upgrading existing details, including its 30,000 light fixtures. Now, it features natural gas boilers, low-flow commodes, minifridges that use nearly 80% less energy, full-size bathroom toiletry dispensers, and shopping bags and boxes made from recycled materials in the shops.

With 20 restaurants, cafes and lounges, dining is a giant part of the Broadmoor business, and many of its sustainable practices involve growing produce in the property’s gardens and greenhouses, harvesting honey from its hives, and raising wagyu beef at the owner’s ranch. It also leads Food Rescue, which sends untouched, uneaten food from buffets and banquets to Springs Rescue Mission.

Another big draw is the tennis and pickleball center, and The Broadmoor has come up with a clever way to extend the life of tennis balls — donating them to senior living facilities for walkers and chairs, and local humane societies and dog parks for pet play. Not only that, but the two golf courses are certified Audubon sanctuaries. How’s that for green?

The starting rate at The Broadmoor is $336 or 75,000 I Prefer Hotel Rewards points per night.

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Fatal Crash With Huawei-Backed Aito Highlights Cross-Brand Collaboration Issues In China

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Three people, including a two-year-old child, were killed in a fiery crash in China last week.

The accident involved an Aito M7 Plus, which was supposed to have an automatic emergency braking system.

However, both Bosch and Huawei deny having produced the AEB system, leaving consumers with unanswered questions.

A tragic car crash in China that claimed three lives has sparked concerns about potential gaps in accountability within the domestic auto industry. These concerns stem from the influx of tech giants collaborating with established car manufacturers.

The accident occurred on Friday, April 26, when an Aito M7 Plus ran into the back of a slower-moving water truck on a highway in Yungcheng, a city in the north of China. The SUV in question is produced by Aito, a subsidiary of the Seres Group, with technology and marketing help from smartphone giant Huawei, and more traditional suppliers, like Bosch.

Read: 5 Injured After EV Goes AWOL At Chinese Auto Show

In the moments leading up to the accident, the M7 Plus was traveling at 71 mph (115 km/h), and in the aftermath, the vehicle was engulfed in flames, resulting in the deaths of three people, including a two-year-old child, reports Caixin. Unfortunately, many of the details surrounding the crash itself remain unknown, and getting answers has been difficult.

For instance, a family member of the M7 Plus occupants killed in the crash asked why the automatic emergency braking (AEB) system did not work in this instance. In a since-deleted post, Huawei claimed that the car had been fitted with a system developed by Bosch and the SUV was traveling faster than it was designed to work. However, the German supplier denies that it provided the safety system in the M7 Plus.

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Some have also alleged that the vehicle’s airbags failed to deploy correctly, a claim that the Aito brand refutes. Meanwhile, the family asserts that the doors did not unlock following the crash, impeding efforts to extricate occupants from the vehicle.

“On April 26, 2024, at approximately 4:34 PM, an Aito M7 Plus was involved in a serious traffic accident in Yuncheng, Shanxi,” Aito said in a statement. “We are deeply saddened by the casualties in the accident and extend our heartfelt condolences to the victims’ families. According to national platform data access management regulations, the vehicle was traveling at a speed of 115 km/h at the time of the accident. The airbags deployed normally, and the power battery pack functioned as expected”.

The incident remains under investigation, and Aito has committed to cooperating with police. “We are actively collaborating with the local traffic police department to investigate the accident, providing all necessary data to determine the cause and offering full support to the families of those involved.” the company stated.

Nevertheless, an unnamed auto industry veteran told Caixin that the Chinese industry needs more transparency about which brands are providing what when collaborations happen. Without it, it could become unclear who to look toward for answers when faults occur, and could allow guilty parties to avoid accountability.

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Wells Fargo Autograph Journey Card review: Valuable earnings rates and new transfer partners

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Editor’s note: This is a recurring post, regularly updated with new information and offers.  

Wells Fargo Autograph Journey℠ Card overview

The new Wells Fargo Autograph Journey℠ Card (see rates and fees) comes with valuable earnings rates and a handful of transfer partners — a first for the issuer — along with several perks that make the card worth a look if you believe in the potential of the Wells Fargo travel program. Card rating*: ⭐⭐⭐

*Card rating is based on the opinion of TPG’s editors and is not influenced by the card issuer.

The newly launched Wells Fargo Autograph Journey is the mid-tier version of the no-annual-fee Wells Fargo Autograph℠ Card (see rates and fees), coming with additional perks like a $50 annual statement credit for airfare purchases (with $50 minimum airline purchase) and more valuable earnings rates on travel and restaurant purchases.

The card works well for those who want a more straightforward travel rewards redemption process while still seeking to enjoy the upside of a handful of select travel partners.

It has a $95 annual fee and a recommended credit score of 670.

Here’s a closer look at the Wells Fargo Autograph Journey.

Wells Fargo Autograph Journey pros and cons

Pros
Cons

$50 airline credit (with $50 minimum airline purchase)
Valuable earnings rates
Handful of transfer partners

$95 annual fee
Transfer partners still limited
No lounge access

 

Wells Fargo Autograph Journey welcome offer

The Autograph Journey comes with an initial welcome offer of 60,000 bonus points after spending $4,000 in the first three months. TPG values Wells Fargo Rewards points at 1.6 cents apiece, making this bonus worth about $960.

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Wells Fargo credit card applications come with the following terms:

You may not qualify for an additional Wells Fargo credit card if you have opened a Wells Fargo credit card in the last 6 months. We may also limit the total number of open Wells Fargo credit card accounts you have.

Thus, Wells Fargo will consider whether you opened other cards in the past six months and how many credit cards you have with this bank before deciding whether to approve your application or issue the welcome bonus.

Related: The ultimate guide to credit card application restrictions

Wells Fargo Autograph Journey benefits

First, the Autograph Journey is a Visa Signature card, which means you’ll enjoy a few built-in benefits immediately.

The Visa Signature Luxury Hotel Collection provides elitelike benefits on hotel bookings made through its program. Some benefits you can enjoy include room upgrades on arrival (when available), a $25 food and beverage credit at the property, VIP guest status and complimentary breakfast for two each day.

Additionally, there’s the Visa Signature Concierge Service, which can help you with travel bookings, restaurant recommendations and reservations or booking tickets to an event.

Cardholders will also get a $50 annual statement credit for airline purchases after making a minimum of $50 in purchases with airlines.

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The Autograph Journey offers some standard purchase protections as well, such as a secondary auto rental collision damage waiver on rentals when you pay for the entire transaction with your card, cellphone protection (subject to a $25 deductible per claim), 24-hour roadside dispatch, travel and emergency services assistance, and free access to your FICO credit score.

Wells Fargo cardholders can also access My Wells Fargo Deals for cash-back offers from various merchants. You can get an emergency cash advance or emergency card replacement (within 24 hours or up to three days, depending on where you are), too, if necessary.

Related: Everything you need to know about Visa Signature card benefits

Earning rewards with the Wells Fargo Autograph Journey

With the Autograph Journey, you’ll earn:

5 points per dollar spent at hotels
4 points per dollar spent on airlines
3 points per dollar spent on other travel and restaurants purchases
1 point per dollar spent on other purchases

Those are solid earnings rates that can become even more valuable as Wells Fargo Rewards becomes more flexible. If the issuer continues to add transfer partners, look to maximize those earnings rates to save on your next trip.

Related: The best rewards credit cards for each bonus category

Redeeming rewards with the Wells Fargo Autograph Journey

There are a handful of ways to use your points at wellsfargo.com/rewards. You can redeem them at a value of 1 cent apiece as a statement credit, for gift cards (in $25 increments) or to book travel, such as flights, rental cars or hotel stays.

You also can redeem points as a credit to a qualifying Wells Fargo credit card, checking account or mortgage. Plus, you can pay with points at participating merchants, including PayPal.

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It’s also worth noting that you can get a value of 1.5 cents per point when redeeming points for airfare if you have a Wells Fargo Visa Signature® Credit Card (no longer available to new applicants).

The information for the Wells Fargo Visa Signature has been collected independently by The Points Guy. The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.

Transferring rewards with the Wells Fargo Autograph Journey

With the Wells Fargo Rewards program, you’re able to transfer your points to five airline programs — Air France-KLM Flying Blue, Avianca LifeMiles, British Airways Executive Club, Aer Lingus AerClub and Iberia Plus (the latter three all earning Avios) — plus one hotel program, Choice Privileges.

Wells Fargo’s first-ever transfer partners have pegged the value of its points to 1.6 cents apiece — exactly how much more valuable they might become remains to be seen. I hope the list of transfer partners continues to grow, though, and can see an application in my future if so.

Which cards compete with the Wells Fargo Autograph Journey?

Here are a few cards that match up well with the Wells Fargo Autograph Journey:

If you want a Wells Fargo cash rewards card: The Wells Fargo Active Cash® Card earns cash rewards in the form of Wells Fargo Rewards points, meaning you have access to the same points as the Autograph Journey card but without needing to pay attention to bonus categories or worry about an annual fee (see rates and fees). For more information, read our full review of the Active Cash.
If you want fixed-value points with more benefits: The Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card earns a minimum of 2 miles per dollar spent on each purchase, and you can redeem Capital One miles for travel, against travel purchases or by transferring to 15-plus travel partners. For more information, read our full review of the Venture Rewards.
If you want a similar earning structure with more valuable points: The Citi Premier® Card (see rates and fees) has a $95 annual fee and earns 3 points per dollar spent in the following categories: air travel, hotels, gas stations, supermarkets and restaurants (including takeout). For more information, read our full review of the Citi Premier.

For additional options, check out our list of the best credit cards with an annual fee under $100.

Related: The complete guide to credit card annual fees

Should I get the Wells Fargo Autograph Journey?

This card is a solid choice for those wanting a low annual fee but also some quality earning potential and travel and shopping protections. There’s also lots of potential in the growing Wells Fargo travel program thanks to its handful of new transfer partners, making it a potentially smart investment if you rack up rewards now.

That said, serious points and miles enthusiasts might be better off with a more established travel rewards credit card.

Bottom line

The Autograph Journey card is a new, promising offering from Wells Fargo, one that figures to become more valuable if its list of transfer partners continues to grow. Those looking for a simple card with a reasonable annual fee might be able to take advantage. However, points and miles veterans who love extracting maximum value from their cards may not get much out of the Autograph Journey — yet.

Apply here: Wells Fargo Autograph Journey

For rates and fees of the Wells Fargo Autograph, click here.

For rates and fees of the Wells Fargo Autograph Journey, click here.

For rates and fees of the Wells Fargo Active Cash, click here.

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Can You Believe This Rivian R1T Repair Cost $21,000?

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A Rivian R1T owner took his truck to a certified repair shop after a minor accident.

The repair bill ended up costing $21,149.16.

A breakdown of the work shows over 94 hours of labor.

The Rivian R1T is a rugged truck with some wild capabilities. Equally wild though can be the repair bill that results from body damage. When a semi-trailer collided with an R1T, the owner sought repair at a certified shop. The resulting bill totaled $21,149.16, exceeding the cost of an entirely new Kia Soul ($20,190)!

It’s unclear exactly how or where the accident happened, but the damage to the rear quarter is significant. It includes a broken light housing, a large dent in the side of the bed, a gash in the corner of the body, and what appears to be a buckled tailgate. No doubt, a repair of this nature would probably cost thousands on just about any vehicle.

More: Fisker Ocean Totaled After Tiny Door Ding Souring EV Dream

At the same time, it’s hard to fathom how it could end up costing $21,149.16 in this case. The final bill shared on Reddit shows 94.1 hours of labor time at various rates anywhere from $120 to $195 per hour. The parts alone were $4,580.95. Before tax, the repair was $19,209.05. The owner believes that part of the high price had to do with where the Rivian was hit.

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The rear sides of the R1T are physically the same piece that ultimately sits above the front doors. In this case, the repair shop confirmed to the owner that they cut that panel and then reworked it with a new rear half. Finishing such a big job clearly isn’t easy and doesn’t come cheap. Evidently, the shop sent its techs to Rivian’s plant in Normal, Illinois for a week of training.

To the shop’s credit, the repair looks great and the owner says they did a great job too. Frankly, they should for that kind of cash. Perhaps it’s repairs like these that are, in part, driving up the price of insurance for so many across the nation.

At the same time, the insurance company itself might be wondering if it needs to review every hour of labor time on this bill. 

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Like Noisy Cars? You Could Be A Sadist Or Psychopath, Study Says

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Study surveyed 529 undergrad male and female business students to investigate appeal of loud exhausts.

The students also completed a Short Dark Tetrad test to check for dark personality traits.

Results linked a love of noisy cars to sadist and psychopathic traits.

The lack of engine and exhaust noise is one of the factors preventing many car enthusiasts from embracing EVs, no matter how fast they can accelerate. But have you ever wondered why some of us love loud pipes and others don’t? A new study says it’s all linked to personality types and that liking noisy cars could be an indicator of sadist or psychopathic tendencies.

Julie Aitken Schermer, a professor of psychology and management and organizational studies at Western University in London, Ontario, came up with the idea for the study while walking her dog close to the campus.

Related: How Do You Feel About Borla’s Fake Exhaust For EVs That Gives The Mach-E V8 Sounds?

“Every day we come across these loud cars and pickup trucks and motorcycles that are backfiring and I get startled,” she told CBC. “My dog was startled. I see the animals run away that are in the trees and squirrels on the ground.

“I thought, ‘Oh, who really wants to make this kind of noise?’ And so a typical academic, I went and did an extensive search and found nothing.”

So Aitken Schermer decided to carry out her own study, surveying 529 male, female and “other” undergrad business students. She asked the participants if loud cars appealed to them and if they would modify their own rides to make them noisier. And Schermer also gave each person a Short Dark Tetrad (SD4) personality test designed to sniff out four dark personality traits: narcissism, sadism, psychopathy and machiavellianism.

She’d expected to find a clear link between narcissism and a liking for loud cars, assuming that the head-turning potential of a noisy engine would appeal to people who like to draw attention to themselves. But instead she found a greater link to sadism and psychopathy.

“It seems to be this callous disregard for other people’s feelings and their reactions,” Aitken Schermer told CBC. “That’s the psychopathy coming out and it’s also they probably get a kick out of enjoying watching people get startled.”

The research was limited to studying young students on a business degree at the same university, and it didn’t ask about feelings towards other noisy vehicle, like motorcycles, so the results wouldn’t necessarily reflect those found in a larger sample group. But do you agree with these findings?

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China’s Auto Glut Seeks Global Escape: 40M Capacity, 123 Brands, Only 22M Buyers

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China’s auto industry has the capacity to build 40 million vehicles per year, about twice as many as are sold in the nation each year.

That has led to other countries considering imposing extra taxes to protect their own automakers as China’s companies look to exports.

Meanwhile, the Chinese government continues to fund the industry, as it seeks to secure jobs and support economic growth.

Across China, automakers currently have the production capacity to build around 40 million vehicles per year, but consumers in the country only buy around 22 million cars annually. Despite this disparity, the Chinese government continues to support growth in the industry.

China’s overcapacity issue throws a wrench into the plans of both established automakers and those pushing new technologies. Production lines built for internal combustion vehicles are churning out products that are increasingly falling out of favor with consumers.

Read: Chinese Automakers Rake In Profits, Charging Europeans More Than Double For Some Cars

Meanwhile, new-energy vehicles like EVs and PHEVs, which could potentially absorb this excess capacity, are facing their own headwinds due to broader economic concerns.

Last year, 123 brands offered at least one electric model in China, reports the Wall Street Journal. And even companies like Zhido, which went under in 2019, are being brought back from the dead by investors. That has pushed EV makers into a vicious price war, as they try to win over buyers who are spoiled for choice.

Unsurprisingly, automakers are eager to explore new markets, leading to a quintupling of China’s auto exports between 2020 and 2023. Many of these gains were achieved in Russia, where Chinese automakers stepped in following the Eurasian nation’s conflict with Ukraine, which resulted in trade embargoes from the U.S. and its allies.

Chinese automakers are also keen to sell their EVs abroad, prompting concerns among Western competitors and governments alike. In the U.S., the White House is contemplating expanding tariffs to protect domestic manufacturing, while the European Union is investigating China’s EV subsidies and may contemplate similar measures.

That leads to the inevitable question of why China is subsidizing an industry that already faces overcapacity. This has to do with the national government’s desire to bolster its automakers on the global stage, as well as its efforts to support economic growth and preserve jobs amid wider economic challenges.

The government’s support means that even unprofitable automakers can continue to produce more vehicles. In 2023, just four of the nation’s 123 EV-producing automakers sold more than 400,000 vehicles — widely viewed as the number that must be reached for an automaker to break even in China. These companies are BYD, Tesla, Aion, and Wuling.

That has led some Chinese officials to call for consolidation in the automotive industry. However, for now, the expansion mindset espoused by the national government still prevails.

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