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Oct 182011
 

Unrealistic consumer expectations dog EVs, study says

Consumer expectations of electric vehicles are so unrealistic that  automakers are unlikely to satisfy them anytime soon, a study released  by  consulting firm Deloitte concludes.

Craig Giffi, leader of Deloitte’s U.S. automotive practice, said the  so-called pure battery electric vehicle can’t meet the desires of mass-market  consumers in terms of price, range and charging time.

“It certainly doesn’t look like it’s much more than a niche” vehicle, Giffi  said in an interview today. “The solution seems to be a combination of hybrid  technologies for the near future.”

Deloitte surveyed 13,500 consumers in 17 countries. The study found that  consumer interest is high. In most countries, a majority of respondents  considered themselves “first movers” who were likely to buy an EV or were  “willing to consider” EVs. In the United States, 54 percent fell into those  categories.

But when consumers shop for EVs, they are likely to be dissatisfied with:

• Price. In nearly all countries, most consumers were unwilling to pay  any price premium for EVs. Less than a fifth of consumers were willing to pay  more than a $2,000 premium — at a time when EV battery packs cost more than  $10,000. In the United States, 9 percent of consumers were willing to pay more  than a $2,000 premium.

• Range. To satisfy a majority of consumers in most countries, EVs would  have to get 200 miles or more on a single battery charge. That is about double  the range of most EVs today.

• Charging time. Most consumers wanted a charging time of less than two  hours, significantly below Level 2 charging, which uses a 240-volt outlet and  takes three to eight hours, Deloitte said. Charging using a standard U.S.  110-volt household line takes 10 to 20 hours.

 

 Posted by at 10:07 pm
Oct 112011
 

We’ve just noticed an large amount of recalls for the Honda Pilot from 2003 to date there have been 12 recalls. These recalls include:

2011 HONDA PILOT Recall – SUSPENSION

Problem: HONDA IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2010-2011 HONDA ACCORD V6 AND MODEL YEAR 2011 HONDA PILOT VEHICLES.  THE BOLTS THAT ATTACH THE LOWER LEFT AND RIGHT FRONT DAMPER BRACKET TO THE FRONT SUSPENSION AND THE SPINDLE NUTS ON THE PILOT MAY NOT HAVE BEEN PROPERLY TIGHTENED WHICH MAY RESULT IN LOSS OF STEERING.  THE SPINDLE NUTS FOR THE AXLE ON THE ACCORD V6 MAY NOT HAVE BEEN TIGHTENED PROPERLY WHICH MAY RESULT IN EXCESSIVE NOISE AND/OR LOSS OF STEERING. Recall Details- 12/16/2010

2011 HONDA PILOT Recall – SEAT BELTS:FRONT:WEBBING

Problem: HONDA IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2009-2011 PILOT VEHICLES MANUFACTURED FROM MARCH 13, 2008, THROUGH AUGUST 30, 2011.  THERE IS A POSSIBILITY THAT THE STITCHING THAT SECURES THE END OF THE DRIVER AND FRONT PASSENGER LAP SECTION OF THE SEATBELT MAY BE INCOMPLETE OR MISSING.  Recall Details- 9/9/2011

2010 Recalls ↓

2010 HONDA PILOT Recall – SEAT BELTS:FRONT:WEBBING

Problem: HONDA IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2009-2011 PILOT VEHICLES MANUFACTURED FROM MARCH 13, 2008, THROUGH AUGUST 30, 2011.  THERE IS A POSSIBILITY THAT THE STITCHING THAT SECURES THE END OF THE DRIVER AND FRONT PASSENGER LAP SECTION OF THE SEATBELT MAY BE INCOMPLETE OR MISSING.  Recall Details- 9/9/2011

2009 Recalls ↓

2009 HONDA PILOT Recall – SEAT BELTS:FRONT:WEBBING

Problem: HONDA IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2009-2011 PILOT VEHICLES MANUFACTURED FROM MARCH 13, 2008, THROUGH AUGUST 30, 2011.  THERE IS A POSSIBILITY THAT THE STITCHING THAT SECURES THE END OF THE DRIVER AND FRONT PASSENGER LAP SECTION OF THE SEATBELT MAY BE INCOMPLETE OR MISSING.  Recall Details- 9/9/2011

2006 Recalls ↓

2006 HONDA PILOT Recall – EQUIPMENT:OTHER:OWNERS/SERVICE/OTHER MANUAL

Problem: ON CERTAIN PASSENGER VEHICLES AND MOTORCYCLES, THE OWNER’S MANUALS CONTAIN INCORRECT CONTACT INFORMATION FOR THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION’S (NHTSA) VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE. Recall Details- 7/26/2006

2005 Recalls ↓

2005 HONDA PILOT Recall – FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE:STORAGE:TANK ASSEMBLY

Problem: ON CERTAIN SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES, SOME FUEL TANKS WERE IMPROPERLY MANUFACTURED. Recall Details- 11/18/2004

2005 HONDA PILOT Recall – STEERING:COLUMN

Problem: ON CERTAIN MINIVANS AND SPORT UTILITY  VEHICLES, THE STEERING COLUMN MAY BE INCORRECTLY ASSEMBLED, WHICH COULD RESULT IN A LOSS OF STEERING CONTROL. Recall Details- 2/3/2005

2004 Recalls ↓

2004 HONDA PILOT Recall – POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION

Problem: ON SOME MINI VANS, SPORT UTILITY AND PASSENGER VEHICLES, CERTAIN OPERATING CONDITIONS CAN RESULT IN HEAT BUILD-UP BETWEEN THE COUNTERSHAFT AND SECONDARY SHAFT SECOND GEARS IN THE AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION, EVENTUALLY LEADING TO GEAR TOOTH CHIPPING OR GEAR BREAKAGE.     Recall Details- 4/15/2004

2004 HONDA PILOT Recall – EQUIPMENT:OTHER:LABELS

Problem: CERTAIN SPORT UTILITY VEHICLE’S CERTIFICATION LABELS MAY CONTAIN INCORRECT VEHICLE WEIGHT AND TIRE SIZE INFORMATION.   Recall Details- 8/11/2004

2003 Recalls ↓

2003 HONDA PILOT Recall – ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:ENGINE

Problem: ON CERTAIN MINIVANS, SEDANS, COUPES, AND SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH V6 ENGINES, A TIMING BELT TENSIONER PULLEY ON THE WATER PUMP IS MISALIGNED AND COULD CAUSE THE TIMING BELT TO CONTACT A BOLT ON THE CYLINDER HEAD.  EVENTUALLY THE BELT COULD BE DAMAGED AND FAIL. Recall Details- 8/28/2002

2003 HONDA PILOT Recall – POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION

Problem: ON SOME MINI VANS, SPORT UTILITY AND PASSENGER VEHICLES, CERTAIN OPERATING CONDITIONS CAN RESULT IN HEAT BUILD-UP BETWEEN THE COUNTERSHAFT AND SECONDARY SHAFT SECOND GEARS IN THE AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION, EVENTUALLY LEADING TO GEAR TOOTH CHIPPING OR GEAR BREAKAGE.     Recall Details- 4/15/2004

2003 HONDA PILOT Recall – AIR BAGS

Problem: HONDA IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2001-2002 HONDA ACCORD AND CIVIC, MODEL YEAR 2002 CR-V AND ODYSSEY, MODEL YEAR 2002-2003 3.2TL AND ONE VEHICLE FOR MODEL YEAR 2003 HONDA PILOT, CIVIC AND ACURA 3.2CL PASSENGER VEHICLES.  THE DRIVER’S AIRBAG INFLATOR COULD PRODUCE EXCESSIVE INTERNAL PRESSURE.  IF AN AFFECTED AIRBAG DEPLOYS, THE INCREASED INTERNAL PRESSURE MAY CAUSE THE INFLATOR TO RUPTURE. Recall Details – 2/11/2010

If you own a Honda Pilot you should contact your local dealer regarding these issues.

 Posted by at 9:41 pm
Oct 042011
 

Earlier this year the Westake High School Warriors were ranked #7 in California and #39 in the nation. To date they are 3-0 with a combined point totals of  174-33 with one shut out in their opening game. Game 1 was 63-0 against the Calabasas Coyotes, Game 2 was 38-6 against the Thousand Oaks Lancers. Game 3 was 73-27 against the Simi Valley Royal Highlanders. We support all the Southern California teams on their way to having a great 2011 season.

 Posted by at 9:31 pm