Porsche 911 GT3, Chevy Bolt EUV, Chip Shortage

British Uber drivers are entitled to rest breaks, paid time off on holidays, and a minimum wage after Britain’s Supreme Court unanimously dismissed Uber’s challenge to a lower court decision. Never in a rush to adopt fair labor practices, Uber says the decision only applies to a limited number of drivers who worked with the company in 2016.

This Week in Sheetmetal

Porsche has gifted us with the next generation of 911 GT3, which will have a new suspension setup and a 502-hp 4.0-liter naturally aspirated flat-six engine that revs to 9000 rpm. Long may it reign.

2022 bolt euv and redesigned bolt ev in front of spaceship earth


Chevy showed not one but two new Bolts this week. One is a redesign of the hatchback we’ve come to know and like, the other an EUV (yes, that’s electric utility vehicle) that shares a platform and powertrain with the smaller Bolt but offers more space and GM’s self-driving suite at a negligible range penalty.

Maserati has a BMW X3 fighter in the works in the form of the 2022 Grecale. Details are scarce, but we know it will share a significant number of components with the Alfa Romeo Stelvio, and we’re hoping there will be a high-performance V-8-powered Trofeo model, too.

McLaren showed its first plug-in hybrid, the Artura, which is powered by a new 577-hp V-6 engine but can travel on battery power alone for an estimated 19 miles (based on the European test cycle). The Artura’s platform is meant to eventually accommodate a fully electric powertrain. Most importantly, it looks like a McLaren ought to. Which is to say, pretty wild.

The Best-Laid Plans

Jaguar announced it will go all-electric by 2025 and also that it has scrapped plans for an electric XJ sedan even though that car had already spent years in development and was nearly ready for market. CEO Thierry Bolloré wouldn’t promise that Jag will continue offering sports cars after its transition to EVs.

Mercedes-Benz’s already delayed EQC, which we once expected to be the first Mercedes EV to make it stateside (we’re not counting the Smart Fortwo and neither should you), has been canceled for the U.S. market. The EQC will still go on sale in Europe, and we expect the EQ brand, which will be home to all of Mercedes’ EVs, to make its U.S. debut this fall with the S-class-based EQS.

Playing Favorites

If you thought you’d heard the last of the global microchip shortage, think again. In the fallout from the winter storm that hobbled Texas’s energy grid, the city of Austin asked two local Samsung plants that manufacture semiconductors to shut down production to conserve energy. NXP Semiconductors and Infineon also manufacture chips in Austin, and both companies have limited production at those facilities. Even companies without manufacturing constraints are choosing to supply other customers before automakers.

The chips that most cars use are relatively simple and low profit compared to the ones in, say, an iPhone. And chip makers that were jilted by automakers when demand for new cars cratered last spring are unwilling to invest in new capacity to fulfill orders they say are unreliable. A group of business organizations, including some that represent the auto industry, are lobbying the Biden administration for federal subsidies to support domestic microchip manufacturing, but new plants would take time to come online. IHS Markit now expects the production of a million vehicles to be impacted by the shortage just in the first quarter of this year.

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Expert Advice

Speaking of winter weather, it has come to our attention that there are perhaps millions of American drivers who are being exposed to the perils of driving in the snow for the first time. Most members of the Car and Driver staff have a lifetime of experience in snow driving, so if you’re in need of some tips look no further than our guides to winter driving and protecting your car from damage due to extreme cold. If reading two more articles sounds like too much, here’s our number one expert tip on not ending up in a snowy ditch: go slow.

Further Reading

A (not yet peer-reviewed) study from the University of California, Davis, has found that EV owners drive a lot less than their peers with conventional cars, traveling an average of 5300 miles a year or less than half the U.S. average. The study also found that EVs charging increased a household’s energy use by less than half the previously estimated amount.

Or if you’ve already spent more time than you’d like to thinking about EVs, watch this drag race between a Dodge Demon and a Porsche 911 Turbo S instead.

And since we almost got to the end without mentioning Tesla, take a look at this Wall Street Journal analysis of how the company went from billionaire pet project to the S&P 500.

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Avs Off-day Notebook – and why I had to call 911 today

LOS ANGELES – I’ve had better starts to days than the one today, Day 5 of a seven-day Avs road trip. Out of a sound sleep at about 8:15 a.m. in my hotel here, an inexpensive hotel where the doors open to the outside, a knock at the door. I wake up quickly over things like that, so pretty fast I said loudly “Hello?” No answer.

I get up to look through the peephole and see three people standing there. They look young, with coats on, masks on. Of course, everybody wears masks now today so…

I say “Hello?” again. No answer. I’m already thinking the worst now. Then, a loud knock on the door with what was some kind of hard, blunt instrument. Was it a baseball bat? A billy club? Some brass knuckles? Guess I’ll never know. By that point, I grabbed my phone and dialed 911. As I’m talking to the 911 operator, I still see the three people outside. Looked like two guys and one female. They seemed young, but that’s about the best I could tell. The guy standing closest to the door started talking on a phone of his own.

A few seconds later – maybe 20-30 – they were gone. About 10 minutes later, cops were at my door, looking around for the people I described. That’s the last I know/knew of anything. I checked out, and went for a drive for a couple hours, to the downtown LA area, and around Sunset Boulevard.

Hey, when I thanked all of you who contributed to the Avs Travel Tip Jar for this trip, I meant it. I promised to stay in low-cost digs, not to waste money needlessly. But, yeah, one pledge moving forward: No more hotels where the door opens to the outside, where anyone at all can stand right outside it and beat on it with hard objects and not answer you when you call out to them. I’ll admit, I was a bit nervous for a few seconds there.

The drive around LA was fun though. I even checked something off my bucket list in that time, stopping to snap a couple pictures of the Brady Bunch House, which was completely renovated by the HGTV channel last year to exactly match the house from the TV show – of which I was/am a major fan.

OK, on to some Avs off-day notes:

  • I expect Philipp Grubauer to start Sunday’s game against the Ducks, though that isn’t official. The team had the day off from all hockey activities, so not much information from team headquarters about anything. Jared Bednar has now had his hand forced a bit with the injury to Pavel Francouz. He probably would have played Francouz in two of the Avs’ six games by now, but he’s not available tomorrow and going with Hunter Miska probably just isn’t in the cards. Everything is magnified in this shortened season. Every win and loss counts nearly one-third more than it would have in an 82-game season. Coming home 3-3-0 isn’t going to look and feel so good to Bednar, if he loses a game with the inexperienced Miska in net again. I have no doubt that Grubauer doesn’t mind the extra work. I mean, it’s not like he and any other hockey player have been overworked in these last 10 months.
  • We’ll see if Andre Burakovsky can play tomorrow, but it doesn’t sound like it. The Avs almost always want players to have a full practice before they get back into the lineup, and there was no practice Saturday.
  • If Bo Byram keeps playing like he did Friday night, someone who has been used to being in the top six for the past year or so is going to have to sit. Could that be Ryan Graves? I don’t know. But I do know that Graves is off to a slow start, and the Avs have already traded one veteran to help make room for Byram.
  • Anaheim has won its last six games following an overtime game. Something for you bettors to keep in mind.
  • It was reported elsewhere that the Avs kicked the tires with Columbus on what they might have wanted for Pierre Luc-Dubois, who was traded Saturday in a deal that sent Patrik Laine to the Blue Jackets. But if the Avs did at all, I believe it was a very brief conversation. The Avs fully expect Alex Newhook to at least contend for a second-line center spot starting next season.
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Phone & 911 Services Down In Robertson County

Phone & 911 Services Down In Robertson County

Phone & 911 Services Down In Robertson County

ROBERTSON COUNTY TENNESSEE: (Smokey Barn News) – As a result of the explosion in Nashville, phone and emergency communications are affected.

If you have no phone services you might try going to the App Store and downloading a WIFI Phone. Many are free.

We are working on collecting numbers for emergency services for each city in Robertson County. Reload this page for UPDATES.


“Due to the explosion and resulting damage this morning in downtown Nashville, 911 phone service has been interrupted. All Robertson County 911 and Non emergency lines are currently down. If you need assistance please contact the numbers listed below. Law enforcement, Fire Departments, and Robertson EMS will be available on their department lines as well. We are working to resolve these issues as soon as possible and will notify when our services have been restored ” Robertson County 911 Dispatch.

Dispatch numbers

EMS numbers

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to those affected by the explosion in downtown Nashville this morning. As of now, officials are calling the blast “intentional”. We pray that all the first responders and citizens downtown stay safe today,” Robertson County Emergency Medical Services.


According to the Robertson County Emergency Management Agency, all Robertson County fire departments are being staffed to take incoming emergency calls. We are listing their temporary numbers as they come in. If you are a fire department and do not see your number listed below please text your temporary emergency contact number to SBN at 615-513-9844.

“For Springfield Police or Springfield Fire, please call 615-384-8422 Ext. 3 and you will reach someone that can get assistance to you,” City of Springfield.


✈️ TRAVEL ALERT: Nashville International Airport-> Due to telecommunications issues associated with this morning’s incident in downtown Nashville, the FAA has temporarily halted flights out of BNA. They expect the issues to be resolved and anticipate service to resume by 3 pm CT. An update will be provided by 3:30 pm CT.


If you are trying to reach Smokey Barn News please text us at 615-513-9844 or if you have an important matter, call our temporary number at 408 866 0700 (VOICE ONLY).

ORLINDA RESIDENTS: 615-654-2389 or 615-533-9713


“All Robertson County 911 and Non-Emergency lines are currently down. If you need assistance please call 615-643-4361,” Greenbrier Fire Cheif Kyle Hamill.


“Due to the explosion and resulting damage this morning in downtown Nashville, 911 phone service has been interrupted.

For Springfield Police or Springfield Fire, please call 615-384-8422 Ext. 3 and you will reach someone that can get assistance to you.

We apologize for the inconvenience and are working diligently with Robertson County 911 to minimize the impact locally.

IMPORTANT: Many of your family or friends may not have cell, internet, or TV service at this time. Please ensure the word gets to them,” Ryan Martin, Assistant City Manager, City of Springfield


“The ECC is now reporting 911 is off line. Please use the following numbers for emergency and non-emergency calls for Police/Fire/EMS: Sumner County ECC is experiencing phone outages. For non-emergency calls use 615-561-2080 or 615-561-2308. For Emergency, calls use 615-561-2219 or 615-561-2299 or 615-561-2254,” Millersville Police


“Coopertown Police will be temporarily receiving non-emergency calls for service at 615-382-7007”


“If you are in need of assistance in Cheatham County, call the non-emergency line 615 792 2098 for Police, Fire and EMS. Our 911 lines are down. Sorry for the inconvenience. This is a statewide issue,” Pleasant View Volunteer Fire Department


“These numbers are to summon emergency services ONLY. Do not use these numbers to report any kind of outage

From the Sumner County Emergency Communications Center, who handles dispatch duties for Portland PD. This also applies to calls for service inside the City of Portland:

AT&T outage is affecting 911 services for Sumner County. For any EMERGENCY needing police/fire/medical, please use one of the following numbers within Sumner County until further notice,” Portland Police.



“Goodlettsville Emergency Communication Impacts
Currently the City of Goodlettsville Emergency Communications Dispatch Center is experiencing phone outages, as well as, outages with the Sumner County Emergency Communications Center.

For those needing emergency services of Police, Fire and EMS, please contact the City of Goodlettsville Emergency Communications Dispatch Center at 615-851-2216

Everyone’s understanding and patience is appreciated as we work with through this issue that is impacting most of middle Tennessee,” City of Goodlettsville, TN Government


“*URGENT* Currently the phone lines for ECC and the 911 lines are not working. If you need Police, Fire or EMS contact 615-561-2080 or 615-561-2308 for non-emergencies. Call 615-561-2219, 615-5612299 or 615-561-2254 for emergency calls,” Gallatin Police Department


AT&T customers. – “It appears that AT&T Cell Service (including Straight Talk and Tracfone) are experiencing some type of issue in our area. This is causing problems with people calling our admin and 911 lines. If you have an alternative phone service available, please utilize it or just keep trying until you get through. Our phone system is working, it appears to be only people calling in on AT&T cell phones having issues, ” Logan County Sheriff’s Office, Logan County ECC


: 911 system and the non-emergency number is down due to an AT&T outage. If emergency response is needed please call this number:  931-648-5702 Clarksville Police are responding to calls as normal.

This is also causing your Active 911 to not go to your phone. You may not receive pages or they will be delayed.


No photo description available.

“The FBI’s Memphis Division is seeking information and digital media from today’s explosion in Nashville, Tennessee.

Please visit https://www.fbi.gov/nashville.

Those who prefer to call can do so by dialing 1-800-CALL-FBI,” Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The FBI has set up a digital tip line for anyone with any information regarding the explosion. You can submit a tip by clicking here.

You can also contact the FBI with any information by calling 1-800-CALL-FBI.


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