GARY KAPANOWSKI: The Future of Zero Emission Cars

The 2017 Detroit Auto show started with an industry makeover, moving toward zero emission vehicles.  With the goal of efficiency, the new wave of vehicles will also offer improved air quality, more domestic energy consumption with natural gas, and improved technology to be used in other products.  This trend will only benefit the customer.  It […]

GARY KAPANOWSKI: The move to autonomy transportation, the ‘New Mobility’ of our time

The switch to autonomous vehicles is alluring.  Being a lean manufacturing professional, I see the waste in our current condition.  This includes loss of life and property in traffic accidents to removing wait time in transportation.  The benefits for this transition are astounding. Safety:  There are over 30,000 annual traffic deaths in the US of […]

GARY KAPANOWSKI: Self-driving closer than you think

There is an interesting change occurring.  Babies born today will never drive cars like we do today.  Think of that statement.  It really caught my attention as I read Carol Cain’s article.  Currently, ride sharing services are going in popularity, i.e. Uber and Lyft are great examples. Maven is a new style of this service.  […]

GARY KAPANOWSKI: Many Pathways for Autonomous Cars

There are many companies competing for the top stop in the next generation of the automobile, autonomous vehicles.  This article describes the following groups in play for the next generation winner for transportation. Apple Project Titan: Currently reduced staff for this project.  Apple has R&D resources for this type of project and is a constant […]

GARY KAPANOWSKI: Alternative fuel buses now and the future

Roush Enterprises has a segment of its organization devoted to producing propane buses, vans, and heavy-duty pickups since 2010.  Although it took six years to sell 14,000 units, this current year’s forecast has over 6,000 units being sold, almost half of its entire history in one year.  This improvement is due to its expanding customer […]

GARY KAPANOWSKI: GM to end production of current Chevy Volt

General Motors will halt production of the Chevrolet Volt electric car for the summer to eliminate over seven months of unsold inventory and smooth the way for the next generation of the hybrid sedan.  The first Volt went on sale in 2010 with high expectations, but sales have been lackluster amid low gasoline prices and […]

GARY KAPANOWSKI: Keystone pipeline wouldn’t be ‘disaster’ for climate says EPA Chief

I didn’t know we entered the Orwellian world of ‘doubletalk’ but it really seams the US government is a perfectionist in the art.  After years of hearing how the Keystone pipeline would be an environmental disaster, we now learn that not only is the Keystone pipeline not a specific issue for a disaster but all […]

GARY KAPANOWSKI : To Save the Middle Class

To save the middle class is the latest “rebel yell” coming from former US Secretary of Labor Robert Reich.  In his most recent commentary dated 1/30/15, he elaborates on many items from the financial stock market crisis to insider trading laws claiming these are the reasons for the destruction of the middle class. Being a […]

GARY KAPANOWSKI: Gas savings spending on more gas

This is an interesting outcome that was not predicted by economic community, but history indicates otherwise.  One indicator to support this data is that the price drop in gas of 37% was not correlated against the drop I sales at gas stations of 25%.  Another interesting fact is the EPA standard for emissions.  Since 1980, […]