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February 15, 2007

Gas Prices Go Higher on West Coast


Blame whatever you want, but gas prices are on the rise, especially in CA where drivers are paying an ave. of $2.60/gal.

Did Tom Kloza of OPIS have it right or not? To start the year he posted 10 predictions for 2007 on his blog, Speaking of Oil. #5 said that CA, WA, OR & HI would be seeing $3/gal gas, but not quite so bad east of the Rockies (our synopsis).

It’s starting to happen. Look here for his expert take on the subject.

Filed under:Fleet Managers,Fuel Price Trends,Hedging,Price Shocks | by Pump Girl @ 4:03 pm | 

From Darling to Deadwood in a Year


DaimlerChrysler has taken a good hard look at the Chrysler end of the company, and it’s not pleasant. In 2006, Daimler showed a net profit of $4.3 billion, Chrysler a net loss of $1.3 billion. Quite a swing from the $2.02 billion Chrysler profit for 2005.

Guess what? Jobs will be cut. Plants will be closed. Hope for profitability in 2008.

Filed under:Fleet Managers,Fumes,Vehicle News | by Pump Girl @ 1:50 pm | 

February 14, 2007

Hybrids Not Perfect After All


Ok, here’s the bad rap on hybrids: They are too quiet, and hazardous to the blind. Blind persons rely on engine sounds to figure out when it’s safe to cross the street.

“Hybrid and electric cars can be dangerous for all pedestrians, but they are particularly hazardous to the blind because we rely on traffic noise to navigate safely and efficiently,” said Dr. Michael Gosse, an engineer who’s president of the National Federation of the Blind of Maryland.

Pedestrians come first, of course. This could be a tricky situation since many states, including MD, are working on legislation to encourage more environmentally friendly vehicles.

We say just include a bag of marbles with each hybrid sold. Customer can choose to install them in trunk, wheel wells or gas tank

Filed under:Fuel Economy,Fumes,Vehicle News | by Pump Girl @ 6:54 pm | 

February 13, 2007

NASCAR Bullies


Yes, believe it or not, Toyota is now trying to muscle its way into NASCAR races and the good old boys don’t like it one bit. Not that it seems to present much of a threat ( only one car in the top 15, and not at #1), but they don’t seem to be welcome.

“We will not be intimidated by any new team or manufacturer that comes in,” said Roush, who fields five Ford cars in Nextel Cup. “Toyota will not find that established teams will wither in their path. We’re going to war with them, and they should give us their best shot.

“I’m preparing myself for siege.”

Ooooo, they are luring drivers, crew and engineering talent with high salaries.

What’s so bad about that? Let the new kid on the block play too. It’s the American way, not???

Filed under:Fumes,Vehicle News | by Pump Girl @ 8:41 pm | 

February 12, 2007

OPEC Happy With Oil Situation


Monday Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and OPEC’s head of research said the oil market was in better health, and it doesn’t look like more supply cuts will be necessary at the March 15 meeting.

“If you are asking me are we going to make additional cuts or increase supply I do not know. … But, most probably if the trend is like it is today with the market getting in much, much better balance, there may not be any reason to change,” Saudi Oil Minister Ali Al-Naimi, OPEC’s most influential voice, said.

Oil futures are back in the neighborhood of $60, up from under $50 in mid January.

Filed under:Fleet Managers,Fuel Price Trends,Hedging,Price Shocks | by Pump Girl @ 7:24 pm |