1. My first Reuters story


    My first Reuters story was published last week. I reported on the state of the market for electrified vehicles. Below is an excerpt and a link to the full piece:

    DETROIT – A ‘green’ showroom, free charging stations and several acres of solar panels are all part of the pitch by Galpin Ford dealership to environmentally minded car buyers in southern California.

    So how many plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles has the Los Angeles dealership actually sold?

    “Very, very few,” said Beau Boeckmann, whose family owns Galpin Ford, the automaker’s largest U.S. dealership. Only 2 percent of the vehicles Galpin sold last month were plug-ins.

    Dealers and analysts don’t envision a huge leap in sales of plug-ins any time soon despite still-high gasoline prices, a raft of price cuts and cheap lease deals on EVs. Other enticements include a steady stream of new green-car entries and hefty federal and state incentives.

    “Between now and 2020, I don’t see (EVs) getting too far beyond a couple of percentage points” of market share, said Matthew Stover, an industry analyst with Guggenheim Capital Markets.

    Obstacles to EV sales include getting shoppers just to try an electric or hybrid car, easing their qualms about such things as having enough charging stations and, for the salesman, the extra time and effort it takes to close a deal.

    HybridCars.com, which tracks sales, says demand for plug-in vehicles is beginning to pick up. But total plug-in volume remains relatively modest – only 32,705 sales through May, representing a modest 0.5 percent of total industry sales.

    For more, check out the full story on Reuters.com.

    (Photo credit: rudisllart/Wikimedia) 

  2. Rep. John Dingell was first elected to Congress in 1955. He’s already the longest-ever serving member of the House of Representatives, and on June 7 he’ll become the longest-serving member of Congress. Here’s more from the Washington Post: 

As of June 7, Dingell will have served his constituents for 57 years, five months and 26 days, exceeding the previous record held by the late Sen. Robert C. Byrd (D-W. Va.).
Naturally, Congress plans to celebrate.
Top House and Senate leaders announced Thursday that Congress will mark Dingell’s streak on June 13 in National Statuary Hall, the original House chamber and the ornate room used every four years to host the presidential inaugural luncheon.

Photo source: Facebook

    Rep. John Dingell was first elected to Congress in 1955. He’s already the longest-ever serving member of the House of Representatives, and on June 7 he’ll become the longest-serving member of Congress. Here’s more from the Washington Post

    As of June 7, Dingell will have served his constituents for 57 years, five months and 26 days, exceeding the previous record held by the late Sen. Robert C. Byrd (D-W. Va.).

    Naturally, Congress plans to celebrate.

    Top House and Senate leaders announced Thursday that Congress will mark Dingell’s streak on June 13 in National Statuary Hall, the original House chamber and the ornate room used every four years to host the presidential inaugural luncheon.

    Photo source: Facebook

  3. NPR’s new headquarters look amazing. Here’s more from Interior Design. 

    NPR’s new headquarters look amazing. Here’s more from Interior Design. 

  4. fastcompany:

Spotted on Reddit. Our #8 Most Creative Person, Bryan Cranston, gets friendly with the Lone Ranger. We approve. 

This is fantastic!

    fastcompany:

    Spotted on Reddit. Our #8 Most Creative Person, Bryan Cranston, gets friendly with the Lone Ranger. We approve. 

    This is fantastic!

  5. reuterspictures:

REUTERS/Marko Djurica
Weird homes
Home is where the heart is, no matter what unusual form that home may take.

    reuterspictures:

    REUTERS/Marko Djurica

    Weird homes

    Home is where the heart is, no matter what unusual form that home may take.

  6. The Detroit and Chicago papers covered last night’s Game 7 between the Red Wings and Blackhawks just a bit differently. 

    Source: Newseum 

  7. So I just decided to start a Tumblr. I’m not sure what exactly I’m going to use this space for. But here’s a picture of me as a baby. 

    So I just decided to start a Tumblr. I’m not sure what exactly I’m going to use this space for. But here’s a picture of me as a baby.