Trump’s offshore oil ban in SC also covers wind farms, feds say | News

Oil and gas drilling wasn’t the only thing halted by President Donald Trump’s recent order covering offshore South Carolina.

It also blocked the expansion of wind farm technology, which came as a surprise to state and coastal leaders.

“I think almost no one was expecting that it would affect offshore wind,” said Chris Carnevale of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy. 

It’s a blow to a nascent industry in South Carolina, where some areas offshore of the northern half of the state have been flagged for future wind farms, though the government hasn’t started leasing waters yet.

“Oh, well that’s disappointing,” North Myrtle Beach Mayor Marilyn Hatley said upon hearing wind was included in the presidential order.

The beach town was opposed to fossil fuel extraction but passed a resolution years ago supporting wind technology and has two experimental turbines on land that power electric car charging stations. 

“We thought

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The Business Car Files: DS Automobiles


06 October 2020


Author: Simon Harris

DS Automobiles, PSA’s technology leader, is on course to meet the EU’s carbon emission targets as it establishes itself as a premium brand. Simon Harris talks strategy with UK MD Alain Descat.

When we talked with Alain Descat late in July he was keen to share the news that DS Automobiles was the only multi-fuel premium car manufacturer to be comfortably in line with the EU average CO2 emissions target.

He told us the DS average for the first half of 2020 was 79.9g/km, while other premium car manufacturers (whose ranges were not solely electric) had not succeeded in going below 110g/km.

Manufacturers must meet an average of 95g/km this year for the cars they sell or risk fines imposed by Brussels. There is a formula that rewards the sale of pure EVs, and DS Automobiles

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City council asked to step up because Westgate’s cheap parking attracts traffic

WESTGATE’s cheap car parking prices might be leading to more traffic jams in the city centre, and there does not appear to be any concrete plan to hike them.

By contrast, Oxford City Council – which runs other car parks around the city centre – does not seem keen on lowering its prices to deter people heading for the shopping centre’s underground parking vault.

The council has been accused of creating a ‘double whammy’ of problems as a result: long traffic jams despite policies to reduce the number of cars on the road, and a loss of income to the council’s own car parks.

Traffic levels in the city centre reduced during lockdown, but the number of cars on roads is rising again as restrictions have eased.

ALSO READ: Students at Oxford University ‘coughed at staff’ while ignoring Covid rules

As the city council met last Monday (October 5), its

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What’s The Best Way To Downsize Payments On Multiple Cars?

As Jalopnik’s resident car-buying expert and professional car shopper, I get emails. Lots of emails. I’ve decided to pick a few questions and try to help out. This week we are discussing downsizing payments on multiple cars and buying new cars instead of used while there’s an inflated market for pre-owned vehicles.

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First up, if you have several cars and too much loan debt, what is the best way to manage it?

“I have a 2020 Gladiator that I lease. I have 24 payments left at $650 a month (rolled in equity from trading another lease in too soon). I also have a 2015 Miata – 3 years left at 4.75% – $452 a month – $13500 owed. We just bought a new house and our mortgage payment is significantly higher than it was. I can afford everything, but will have very little left over in reserve.

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We reveal the ten battery and plug-in hybrid models with the slowest depreciation over three years

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With electric car demand booming in 2020, more drivers than ever before are contemplating making the switch to vehicles that need to be plugged into the grid.

However, with the price of battery electric vehicle and plug-in hybrids still at a premium over a petrol or diesel alternative, motorists will want to make sure the models they invest in will keep hold of their value for the foreseeable future.

With the help of car valuations experts cap hpi, we have revealed the list of the slowest depreciating electric and plug-in hybrid models to help drivers make an informed choice when switching to greener vehicles.  

Value-retaining EVs: This is Money has teamed up with cap hpi to tell buyers which cars are likely to see them hold onto more of their initial investment

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Value-retaining EVs: This is Money has teamed up with cap hpi to tell buyers which cars are likely to see them hold onto more of their initial investment

Using cap hpi’s data,

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Governments Are Forcing People Into Dirty Company Cars

European taxpayers are paying €32 billion ($38 billion) each year on polluting petrol or diesel cars, according to a new study released this week by the environmental NGO Transport & Environment.

Six out of ten cars in Europe are owned by companies or organisations who give them to their employees to use. Almost all of these are powered by fossil fuels, the study finds, despite the increasing availability of electric vehicles. The 10 largest leasing companies alone – including BMW’s Alphabet and Daimler’s Athlon – cause 8% of EU car CO2 emissions because they are driven over twice as many miles as private cars, according to the study.

The problem is particularly acute in countries with high income tax that allow companies to pay employees with tax-free benefits instead of cash in order to lessen the heavy income

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Real estate gold mine in railway stations

Here are a few takeaways from the meeting: as it is a Unesco World Heritage site, the old structure cannot be touched. The plan is to restore the station to its pre-1930 glory by demolishing the nearby buildings that housed administration offices, an eyesore by any standard. The refurbished station will function like a city-centre mall complete with retail outlets, eateries, entertainment facilities, hotels and souvenir shops, among others.

Since CSMT caters to over one million commuters daily during normal operations, arrival and departure need to be segregated. The core operations such as train and parcel movement, signaling and ticketing will continue to remain with the railways. The project will try to integrate various modes such as the proposed fast track of Harbour Line that connects the island city to Navi Mumbai, and the metro line, to make it a transport hub.

Two weeks earlier, a similar pre-bid meeting was

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Car Finance Explained – Which?

When you’re buying a car, almost every dealer, car broker or car supermarket will offer you a finance scheme – it’s a major source of profit for the motor trade. We explain the different types of finance plan, how to understand your payment options and the advantages of each, as well as the things to be aware of before you sign on the dotted line.

But there are also other ways to pay for your car that could be cheaper than dealer finance and suit you better, such as a credit card, personal loan or other form of independent borrowing. We look at all the options available to help you make the best decision for your needs and financial circumstances.

Discover the cars we recommend by viewing our Best Buys.

Dealer finance

There are three main types of finance a dealer is likely to offer:

Hire purchase (HP)  

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Used Renault Zoe electric car buying guide

Until 1 February 2018, all Zoes came with a four-year, 100,000-mile manufacturer warranty, but make sure you buy carefully, because after that date the warranty was reduced to three years and 60,000 miles. From 18 December 2019 onwards, however, Renault pushed its warranty back up to five years and 100,000 miles. 

Irrespective of this, every Zoe will have an eight-year, 100,000-mile battery warranty, which guarantees the battery will retain up to 66 per cent of its full capacity. From 1st March 2020, extra guarantees were added, for 80 per cent capacity in years 1-3, and 70 per cent in years 4-5. 

Battery leased cars, meanwhile, are guaranteed for the duration of the lease up to 75 per cent capacity – so one useful bonus of a battery lease car is that you should be able to get your battery replaced if it drops below that figure, no matter how old

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How much does it cost to rent a car in Singapore?, Lifestyle News

Owning a car in Singapore is famously expensive, but there are times when public transport or public hire services just won’t cut it. If you have a valid driving license (or know someone who does) short-term car or vehicle rental can be the ideal solution.

We attempt at curating the average costs of renting different types of vehicles in Singapore, and what you should look out for when getting one.

A vehicle for every occasion and price

The Singapore car rental market is a vibrant one with every make of car available for rental, for the right price.

As you’d expect, the rental price depends largely on the physical characteristics of your chosen vehicle such as its brand, model, age, engine capacity, seating capacity and so on. 

Type of vehicle Rental cost per day* 
Sedans/Hatchbacks $50 to $150
Luxury Sedans/Hatchbacks $80 to $600
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