This Week in Review features automakers who complained to President Donald Trump that pressure to bring higher fuel efficiency vehicles to the market will lead to job loss. Another story suggested that the flying car of the future may be here now, as Dubai will unveil a drone taxi this summer. Fake news made the news again this week, this time between EV maker Tesla and the UAW. A solar ambulance that seems simple to us in the western world will be able to improve so many lives in Bangladesh. And the air transportation industry met to brainstorm what can be done to improve fuel efficiency. Here are those stories, and more.
The Obama administration’s efforts to enforce vehicle fuel efficiency rules through 2025 may not hold up — that is, if eighteen major automakers and their U.S. subsidiaries have their way. The automakers made their ennui clear this week in a letter to President Donald Trump, pleading for him to review the policy, which they say could put thousands of jobs at risk. The letter from the CEOs for our Week in Review asked Trump to deliberate “without prejudging the outcome” and praised Trump’s “personal focus on steps to strengthen the economy in the United States and your commitment to jobs in our sector.”
Dubai’s Road & Transportation Agency intends to unveil its first fully-electric autonomous aerial vehicle drone starting this July with short distance passenger trips. EHang 184 is a human-sized drone manufactured in China which was showcased at the CES in Las Vegas this year after 100 successful test flights. The EHang 184 is designed so that a single person with one small suitcase can be aboard. The drone taxi is controlled through 4G mobile Internet technology.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk and the United Automobile, Aerospace, and Agricultural Implement Workers of America (UAW) made our Week in Review following Twitter remarks. Musk alleged that an employee who posted a blog about unfair working conditions at Tesla’s Fremont factory may have, in fact, been a pawn for the UAW. “Our understanding is that this guy was paid by the UAW to join Tesla and agitate for a union.” The UAW cried foul. Later in the week, multiple Tesla factory employees were reported to be chatting with the UAW about the possibility for union representation.