Now playing: Watch this: 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Honda E Prototype is a too-cute EV for Europe Honda 1:54 Post a comment 0 Review • 2019 Honda Insight review: Third time’s a charm Preview • 2019 Honda Insight: The 55-mpg Civic Honda’s adorable E Prototype looks ready to hit the road More From Roadshow 35 Photos Electric Cars Future Cars Hatchbacks Share your voice Enlarge ImageIt’s nice to see the E in something other than white paint, for a change. Honda The Honda E electric hatchback looks awfully promising, even though it’s not coming to the US. The automaker hasn’t exactly been forthright with specifications thus far, but on the eve of its Goodwood Festival of Speed debut, we finally have an idea of how much power the darn thing makes.Honda on Tuesday unveiled a few more tidbits of information about the E. Its single electric motor on the rear axle produces about 148 horsepower and torque “in excess of” 221 pound-feet of torque. Given its diminutive dimensions and 50/50 weight distribution, that means it should rock just about any autocross course it comes across. The automaker also said that, because the rear wheels deliver the power, it was able to add extra steering articulation on the front axle. Its turning diameter is pretty small as a result, requiring a little over 28 feet to complete a full circle. Its four-corner McPherson strut layout means it should be both comfortable yet solid.Honda also said that the E will sport a one-pedal driving mode. Single Pedal Control, as Honda calls it, will allow the vehicle to accelerate and decelerate with just a single pedal, using regenerative braking to slow the vehicle, presumably to a stop. It’s unclear if this will be a default mode, or if it will require a button press to activate. Other EVs have similar systems that can be bypassed if a driver prefers it.Preorders for the Honda E are already open in Europe. It will sport standard camera side mirrors, further distancing it from the US market, where such tech remains illegal. We’ll get a good look at it this week at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, where we hope it will take a run up the famed hill climb course. Honda More about 2019 Honda Insight 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Tags 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value
Oil prices rose in early trading on Monday, lifted by reports of renewed talks by some members of the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) to restrain output.U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil futures CLc1 were at $42.01 per barrel at 0022 GMT (08:22 p.m. EDT), up 21 cents, or 0.5 percent, from their last close.Brent crude futures LCOc1 were trading at $44.40 per barrel, up 13 cents, or 0.29 percent.Analysts said that the price rise came on the back of renewed calls by some OPEC members to freeze production in a bid to rein in output consistently outpacing demand.”OPEC members including Venezuela, Ecuador and Kuwait are said to be behind this latest reincarnation. But just like previous endeavours, it seems doomed to fail, given key OPEC members (think: Saudi Arabia, Iraq, and Iran) persist in their battle for market share, ramping up exports apace,” said Matt Smith of U.S.-based ClipperData in a note.Yet in the absence of an agreement, a fight for market share via high output and price discounts is still weighing on oil markets.Iraq has dropped the September official selling price (OSP) for Basra Light crude to Asia by $1.00 to minus $2.30 a barrel against the average of Oman/Dubai quotes from the previous month, the State Oil Marketing Organisation (SOMO) said on Monday, making it the latest exporter to drop its prices.Meanwhile, oil drilling in the In the United States keeps increasing.”Another increase in the rig count in the U.S. also weighed on sentiment. The Baker Hughes data show rigs operating in the U.S. are the highest since March (at 381),” ANZ bank said on Monday.On the demand side, analysts at AB Bernstein said that oil demand growth had been strong in 2015 and the first half of this year, at 2.0 and 1.5 percent respectively, but that the outlook was weakening.”In July following the UK Brexit vote, the IMF downgraded global growth by 10 basis points (bp) in 2016 and 20 bp in 2017. This has negative implications for (oil) demand,” the analysts said.”We expect that demand growth could slow in the second half of 2016 to around 1.1 percent and slow further in 2017 to a below consensus 1.0 percent on the current global growth outlook,” AB Bernstein added.
Wednesday, August 28, 2019Top afternoon stories:Andrew Schneider/Houston Public MediaHarris County Commissioners Court.Changing How Flood Projects Get Prioritized In Houston RegionHarris County leaders passed a resolution that would accelerate flood infrastructure spending in areas of the county where people are in the greatest danger from flooding. The “Harris Thrives” resolution passed 3-to-2 along party lines. The resolution would prioritize spending from last year’s $2.5 billion flood bond package under a “worst first” formula. The formula was developed using eight separate criteria, including a measurement developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention known as the Social Vulnerability Index (SVI).County Judge Lina Hidalgo and Russell Poppe, executive director of the Harris County Flood Control District, each said that no flood bond projects would be cancelled as a result of the Harris Thrives resolution.Some 146 projects approved in the flood bond are currently underway.Lucio Vasquez/Houston Public MediaHarris County jail inmates.Potential Polling Location For Harris County Jail InmatesInmates of the Harris County Jail may soon be able to vote. Harris County leaders have approved a study on setting up a polling location at the jail as early as this November.The County Clerk’s and Sheriff’s Offices will explore if they can set up a polling location at the jail in time for this Election Day. Commissioner Adrian Garcia proposed the measure.Commissioner Rodney Ellis seconded the proposal, which passed along party lines in a three-to-two vote.County Clerk Diane Trautman said there may not be enough time to set up a voting site at the jail for this year’s election, but there would be time to do so for the 2020 presidential contest.Getty Images/iStockphoto via The Texas TribuneAn AK-47 rifle.El Paso Shooting Suspect Says He Ordered Weapon From OverseasWhen the alleged gunman walked into an El Paso Walmart earlier this month to carry out the worst massacre of Hispanic people in recent American history, he went in with an assault weapon he said he bought from Romania, according to a Texas Department of Public Safety report obtained by The Texas Tribune.The white 21-year-old suspect in the shooting told El Paso police shortly after his arrest that the Romanian AK-47 was sent to a gun dealer near his home in Allen, a suburb outside of Dallas. He also said he bought a thousand rounds of ammunition from Russia.In a manifesto published just before the shooting, the alleged shooter said the rifle was a WASR-10, a semi-automatic version of a Romanian military AK-47 weapon.The DPS report obtained by the Tribune includes a summary of the suspect’s interview with police, providing more details on the weapon and the suspect’s actions in the racist slaying where he said he “wanted to shoot as many Mexicans as possible.” Share
Nick MosbyBaltimore City Councilman Nick Mosby (D-7th), picked up what has historically been a significant endorsement in his quest to become the next mayor of Baltimore. The Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance (IMA), which is composed of ministers who preside over many of the most influential churches in the Baltimore metropolitan area, chose Mosby after interviewing several candidates in the race.“We have faith that Nick Mosby will lead Baltimore to better days,” said Pastor Alvin Gwynn, Sr., of Friendship Baptist Church, and president of the IMA of Baltimore. “It’s going to take time, commitment, resolve, and most importantly, a plan that will both rebuild our city and take care of our most vulnerable residents. Nick Mosby brings all of that and more to this race,” Gwynn added.Mosby probably hopes the IMA endorsement will add a significant spark to a campaign that has been polling in the single digits.“The church has been a cornerstone of our community…so their endorsement means a lot,” Mosby said shortly after exiting a city council meeting. “I’m so thankful and excited to have their support,” he added.The IMA selected Mosby over more veteran politicians like former mayor Sheila Dixon, Sen. Catherine Pugh and Councilman Carl Stokes.“We’re driving in a new direction to build a world class city for all Baltimoreans,” Mosby said. “It’s about who’s going to push the city in the right direction,” he added.The IMA also rejected new entrants into Baltimore’s political arena like businessman David Warnock, former prosecutor Elizabeth Embry and former Obama White House aide, Calvin Young.“It’s (IMA endorsement), just indicative of what this race is all about and that’s change,” Mosby said. “I’m the right candidate to lead Baltimore in this era of change.”