AAA: 1 in 5 U.S. Drivers Want an Electric Vehicle

first_imgChevrolet Bolt EV Premier Midsize Car Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Compact Car Category Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom Subcompact Car Best Under $30K Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 TAGSAAAElectric Vehicles Previous articleApril’s showers nearly double the average rainfall for many countiesNext articleOn this day in Florida history: Skyway Bridge collapses Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Large Car Survey reveals its annual top picks for electric, hybrid and fuel-efficient vehiclesAmerica’s appetite for electric vehicles is heating up. A new AAA survey shows that 20 percent or 50 million Americans will likely go electric for their next vehicle purchase, up from 15 percent in 2017. With lower-than-average ownership costs, increased driving ranges and the latest advanced safety features, AAA sees a strong future for electric vehicles. To help “green” car shoppers make an informed choice, AAA conducts independent, rigorous test-track evaluations of electric, hybrid and fuel-efficient, gas-powered vehicles.“Electric vehicles have become more affordable, attractive, and they include innovative technology,” said Matt Nasworthy, Florida Public Affairs Director, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “Many consumers view electric vehicles as the cars of the future, but AAA still encourages consumers to do their homework when choosing an EV to determine whether or not it is a good fit for their lifestyle.”Perhaps fueling American’s desire for electric vehicles, AAA’s survey found that “range anxiety” is beginning to ease. Among those unsure or unwilling to choose an electric vehicle for their next car, 63 percent (down 9 percent from 2017) cited not enough places to charge as a detractor while 58 percent (down 15 percent from 2017) expressed concern over running out of charge while driving. Range anxiety is less of a concern for millennials (48 percent) than Generation X or Baby Boomers (64 percent and 66 percent, respectively).While the range is important to most (87 percent) electric and hybrid vehicle shoppers, it is not the only consideration. Reliability is king with nine-in-ten (92 percent) of those likely to by an electric or hybrid vehicle stating it is important when evaluating which car to buy. Electric and hybrid car shoppers are also prioritizing crash ratings (77 percent), cost (71 percent), acceleration and handling (69 percent) and advanced safety technology such as automatic emergency braking and lane keeping assistance (60 percent). Fewer drivers are concerned with style, color, or design of the vehicle (34 percent) or brand of the vehicle (33 percent). Full survey results available here.To help drivers looking to making the switch or find their next green vehicle, Automobile Club of Southern California’s Automotive Research Center conducts extensive and thorough testing of high fuel efficiency, hybrid, plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles each year, and assigns ratings based on criteria important to buyers such as ride quality, safety and performance.“Electric Vehicles are energy efficient and environmentally friendly,” continued Nasworthy. “Potential buyers also like the fact that electric vehicles require less maintenance than internal combustion engines.”In 2018, the following vehicles earned AAA’s Top Green Vehicle award: Ford F-150 4X4 XLT Sport BMW 530e i-Performance You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Chevrolet Bolt EV Premier Pickup Tesla Model X 75Dcenter_img Kia Niro LX Best Over $50K Tesla Model S 75 UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Tesla Model X 75D SUV/Minivan Vehicle LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Overall Winners, detailed evaluation criteria, vehicle reviews and an in-depth analysis of the green vehicle industry can be found at AAA.com/greencar.Although Americans may be more eager to buy an electric vehicle, having the right infrastructure will be critical to its widespread adoption. In 2018, the availability of charging stations had grown to more than 16,000 in the United States and, although anxiety over range has reduced, AAA’s survey found consumer expectation for charging time while on the road may not align with reality. Seven-in-ten (68 percent) Americans feel that while out driving, a charging time of no more than 30 minutes is a reasonable amount of time to wait.Drivers can access charging station locations through AAA’s Mobile app or TripTik Planner. Additional survey data, study methodology, graphics, photos and video can be found at NewsRoom.AAA.com. Tesla Model X 75D Nissan Leaf SL Please enter your comment! Please enter your name here Best $30K – $50K Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

Dominic Thorburn on Winning Laughs in London’s One Man, Two Guvnors & Stripping Down for Charity

first_imgThe hit London comedy One Man, Two Guvnors is entering its final stretch at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket, its giddy commedia dell’arte-inspired zing intact. For that, credit a cast made up jointly of old-timers and newcomers, the latter including a bravura comic turn from 24-year-old Dominic Thorburn as Alan Dangle, the self-appointed actor extraordinaire of the piece. Broadway.com recently caught up with the gifted West End newbie to talk take-overs and, um, posing nude. I first saw you in director Ed Hall’s all-male Propeller company, performing Henry V and The Winter’s Tale in repertory. What was that like? Insane! There we were 12 or 14 guys touring the world in Shakespeare, and I was the youngest. We were a very, very cohesive group to the extent that we trained with the British military for five weeks. So, there we were, piggy-backing one another around Clapham Common [in south London], watched over by Ed, who was there with a newly born child in one hand, a phone in the other and directing us at the same time! What was the most obvious challenge of entering the farcical world of One Man, Two Guvnors? Just to be in something that has this level of actual play in it was an outrageous privilege. Until this job, I had mostly been doing classical, heavyweight texts since leaving drama school [in 2010]. It felt like a real test of my comic ability. You and your predecessor in the role, Daniel Ings, worked together in Manchester last summer in Kenneth Branagh’s Macbeth. Yeah, that was cool. He had done a 12-month contract [as Alan], so he had a wealth of experience in the part, and it was very interesting to work with him on something that couldn’t have been more of a polar opposite to our show. When I auditioned for Alan, I had this enormous four-month beard [from Macbeth], so it was about encouraging the people considering me to see the struggling artist beneath the hair. Luckily, they were enormously flexible. Richard Bean’s comedy has become a London mainstay. Were you aware of the show before you became a part of it? I’d seen the original production, just as a regular member of the audience because it was the show to go to, so I experienced its very peak. What was interesting to me is that it’s very traditional in its old-school style of British comedy, with all the pratfalls and slapstick and innuendo, and at the same time it feels completely contemporary. It’s such an infectious piece of work. One Man, Two Guvnors You’re wonderfully natural in a part that, in the wrong hands, can look forced. Do you have acting in your bloodstream? I do actually come from a family of creatives: My dad is a drama teacher, and my mom’s an artist, so I guess it’s in the blood cells. I feel as if I know the world in which Alan moves, since I’ve been marinated in that level of intensity. A human tempest, then? Yes [laughs]. You have to find in Alan this forgivable naivete, but also a lovely energy. And you shouldn’t just laugh at him, you should care about him, too. Everything about Alan is lovably exaggerated, from his swagger to his way of turning his body toward the audience in the most grandiose way. Yes, as a character Alan quickly reaches levels of the absurd [laughs]. At the same time, you have to find a way of making it ring true and not just outlandishly and wildly large, so I try to come at it from a point of extreme earnestness. The thing about Alan is that he reacts extremely to people who offend his poetic soul. If, for instance, someone mocks the concept of love, then he becomes a storm and everyone around him gets wet! You also appeared in a revival of Our Country’s Good, during which you posed nude for Gay Times magazine in the UK. How did that come about? Simple: [director] Max Stafford-Clark dared me, and I called his bluff [laughs]. I thought, “Yeah, let’s take it on and see how we go!” The whole thing was absolutely hilarious, fantastic—and it was for charity, which felt right, as well. So, what was it like to take over as Alan, who must be one of the most wonderfully preening actors ever conceived for the stage? I had friends who took over in the second cast so I was invited to see the play again; I ended up seeing it three times, each time with a different cast. By the time I joined it, I was aware of the show’s DNA and its history and I knew how easy it would be to do a bad impression of what I had seen. That’s when I realized the importance of taking what was there and putting my own stamp on it. Were you worried about what your family might think? I’ve been trying to shock them since I was five, so I think at this point they’re kind of bulletproof! Related Shows View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 2, 2012last_img read more

Gary Neville questions Unai Emery’s decision to start with a diamond in Arsenal’s loss to Liverpool

first_imgAdvertisement Comment Metro Sport ReporterSunday 25 Aug 2019 6:00 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.3kShares Advertisement Gary Neville questions Unai Emery’s decision to start with a diamond in Arsenal’s loss to Liverpoolcenter_img Arsenal’s midfield struggled as Liverpool took control early on (Picture: Getty)Murphy wrote in his column for the Daily Mail: ‘I am all for trying different things tactically but the problem here was that it didn’t look as if Arsenal players had worked on a system that I know from experience requires good understanding between team-mates and an awareness of the opposition strengths and weaknesses.‘One of Liverpool’s greatest strengths most people would agree are their full-backs, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson, who are arguably the best partnership in Europe.‘And yet by lining up so narrow because of the diamond, Arsenal were playing right into their hands and allowing them to bomb up the pitch at will and rain in free crosses on the Arsenal goal.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Neville felt Arsenal’s diamond struggled to get out to cover Liverpool’s full-backs (Picture: Getty)‘The diamond was a big ask, and it had an element of risk with it particularly in terms of dealing with the full-backs of Liverpool,’ said the former Manchester United defender during commentary on Sky Sports.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘The 4-3-3 they’ve now got out there, you wonder how it might have been if he’d have started with that. It looks a little bit better balanced.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘There was a period where you just thought the wear on the legs [in the 4-4-2 diamond] was big, in terms of the fatigue setting in, and that does come from the side-to-side movement of chasing the ball.’Former Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy was also critical of Emery’s decision to play a diamond and believes it played into Liverpool’s hands. The former Man Utd defender felt Arsenal looked better when they ditched the diamond (Picture: Reuters)Gary Neville has questioned Unai Emery’s decision to pick a midfield diamond in Arsenal’s defeat to Liverpool on Saturday and believes they looked better after switching to a 4-3-3.Opposite number Jurgen Klopp admitted he was ‘surprised’ by Arsenal’s formation at the start of the match, though Liverpool quickly adapted, overloading the flanks, and secured a 3-1 victory thanks to goals from Joel Matip and Mohamed Salah.After going three goals down, Emery changed his shape – playing a front three of Nicolas Pepe, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette – and Neville preferred the balance it provided.last_img read more

More single women seeking IVF treatments

first_imgNZ Herald 10 May 2015The number of single women seeking fertility treatment has almost doubled in two years as career-minded professionals without partners opt to parent alone.Demand at New Zealand’s largest private fertility clinic is so high women are waiting 18 months for sperm donors. Fertility Associates’ Dr Simon Kelly said numbers of single women wanting fertility treatment had swelled from 80 in 2012 to 156 last year. It was expected to be higher this year.That compared with 56 heterosexual and 88 same-sex couples receiving treatment last year, similar levels to in 2012 and 2013.Donor treatment costs start at $2,235 and increase depending on the drug treatment required. A full round of IVF can cost more than $11,000.Kelly said the growing use of fertility treatment reflected women putting careers ahead of having a family.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11446090last_img read more

Seven basketball-only schools of Big East vote to leave conference

first_img Related Stories Never the same: The Big East’s era as an elite basketball conference comes to an end with Syracuse’s departureBig East basketball-only schools lean toward breaking away from conference, according to reportsRutgers will leave Big East after accepting invitation to join Big TenSyracuse set to leave Big East for Atlantic Coast Conference in 2013 Published on December 15, 2012 at 3:12 pm Contact Chris: [email protected] | @chris_iseman The seven basketball-only members of the Big East announced Saturday they are leaving the Big East.The schools without Football Bowl Subdivision teams – Georgetown, Providence, Marquette, St. John’s, Villanova, Seton Hall and DePaul – are leaving the conference they helped build into one of the greatest basketball leagues in the nation.“Earlier today we voted unanimously to pursue an orderly evolution to a foundation of basketball schools that honors the history and tradition on which the Big East was established,” the schools’ presidents said in a statement. “Under the current context of conference realignment, we believe pursuing a new basketball framework that builds on this tradition of excellence and competition is the best way forward.”The likelihood of the move gained traction when the Big East added Tulane to replace Rutgers, which is moving to the Big 10.“The basketball institutions have notified us that they plan to withdraw from the Big East Conference,” commissioner Mike Aresco said in a press release. “The membership recognizes their contributions over the long distinguished history of the Big East.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Big East has been a conference in flux since Syracuse and Pittsburgh announced they were leaving to join the Atlantic Coast Conference. Ever since, a defection of more schools, including West Virginia and Notre Dame, made the conference’s future even murkier.Trying to attain sustainability going forward, the Big East added schools from coast to coast, though it came at the expense of the level of competition for the league’s basketball programs.Connecticut is the lone founding member of the Big East that will remain in the conference since it is a full member. UConn was reportedly hoping to join the ACC to replace Big 10-bound Maryland, but the league took Louisville instead.“We have a strong Conference with respected national universities, and are working together to forge the future,” Aresco said in the statement. “We have a variety of options, and are looking forward with great partnership, collegiality and optimism.” Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more