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Karma Automotive Creates E-Flex platform for Electric Vehicles

Karma Automotive has just announced its new Karma E-Flex Platform. It’s a chassis that will become the foundation of a broad range of electric vehicles – from regular, daily driver cars, to autonomous vans, to high-performance electric cars.   Karma announced that the platform will first be used in the 2020 Revero GT extended-range electric vehicle (EREV). New designs for battery electric-only vehicles and additional extended-range electric vehicles will be announced soon. Karma is demonstrating its developing capabilities not just in the electric vehicle space, but also autonomous vehicle, and artificial intelligence solutions for personal and utility vehicles.  The new platform will allow Karma to significantly lower cost of developing new vehicles.  As you probably know, we are big fans of Karma, so we are looking forward to servicing and maintaining new designs from Karma. In the meantime, if you have any concerns or questions about your Fisker Ka ... read more

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Soy Wiring Insulation - Hyundai Goes Green

Traditionally, electrical wiring has been insulated by being coated with plastics – the multi-color wire insulation you see on most electrical wiring comes from petroleum-based plastics. Hyundai decided to change this by moving in a new direction (and so apparently did Kia, Toyota, Honda, and Subaru). Hyundai decided to change their vehicle wiring harness insulation to a soy-based “bioplastic”. This new soy-based material not only costs less to produce but functions just as well as regular plastics when it comes to electrical insulation, however, it is biodegradable – it will decompose in a landfill. Unfortunately, it turned out that rats and mice discovered the new soy-based insulation – they found it tasty and also a great nesting material. As a result, many Hyundai owners found new issues with their otherwise reliable vehicles: dash lights coming on, no start problems, sub-system shutting down, pretty much anything that relies on electricity sent thro ... read more

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Hyundai Women in STEM Scholarship

Hyundai just announced a new scholarship with the goal of closing the gender gap in engineering, autonomous driving and mobility fields. At Pat’s Garage, we are big fans Hyundai, and we not only offer Hyundai repair in San Francisco but also follow developments at Hyundai in general.  The new Women in STEM scholarship will offer five female students interested in pursuing a career in autonomous driving, engineering, or mobility, an award of $10,000 each. They must be high school seniors or undergraduate female students who want to pursue a STEM-related field of education, and they must reside in the United States. Students apply for the award by writing an essay of 500+ words on why they chose to study a STEM-related field, and what drives them to be better. At Pat’s Garage we are huge believers in the power of education, and we salute Hyundai for its efforts. At Pat’s we do our share by offering regular training to our technicians, including the ones that rep ... read more

Karma Automotive New Design Studio

  Karma Automotive, manufacturer of Fisker Karma and Karma Revero, has unveiled a new design studio at its Irvine, CA headquarters.  The 12,000-square-foot studio is designed to allow Karma to grow its design services, and not just in the automotive field.  Treated as a separate business unit, it will offer design services targeted at the luxury-lifestyle market. It includes a floor-to-ceiling power wall that gives designers ability to show their concepts in full size - digitally.   Karma's design team is responsible for the design of company's striking SC1 and SC2 concept cars, and its latest reincarnation of the Karma Revero - the 2020 Revero GT, which is the winner of the 2020 Luxury Green Car of the Year Award. At Pat's Garage we are delighted to follow the continued development of Karma, and as always, stand ready to assist Fisker Karma and Karma Revero owners with their service and repair needs. Pat's Garage remains committed to Karma ... read more

Catalytic Converter Theft in San Francisco

There has been an epidemic of catalytic converter thefts in San Francisco in particular, and in Northern California in general. Thieves use power saws to cut off the catalytic converters in the middle of the night. Police estimate that for some vehicles it only takes a few minutes to steal one. Frequently targeted vehicles It seems that Prius Gen 2 is the most likely target, but other cars are at risk as well, especially Honda Element. Police estimate that thieves get somewhere between $100 to $200 for the precious metal recovered from the stolen catalytic converters. In some cases, the scrap value is as much as $450. Preventative steps you can take To avoid having your car become a statistic, we recommend parking your car in the garage, not leaving it outside. If you must leave a car outside, try to leave it near security cameras or in well-lit or busy areas. What to do if your catalytic converter is stolen If your car does have its catalytic converter stolen, call us and we wil ... read more

EV battery prices are coming down fast – the dawn of a new era

BloombergNEF, which provides energy research and information, predicts that the cost of EV high voltage batteries will continue to come down in the near future.   They predict that by 2025 the cost of the battery will only be about 20% of the cost of the entire vehicle. They also believe that even sooner, by 2022, EVs will become the cheaper option for car buyers.    As a percentage of the cost of the vehicle, the price of high voltage batteries is dropping – in 2015 the battery cost amounted to 57% of the entire vehicle price, while this year it is down to 33% of the vehicle cost.   Pat’s Garage has been at the forefront of the hybrid / EV revolution. Long before Toyota offered a plugin-hybrid, Pat’s Garage was converting regular Prius hybrids to plug-in hybrids. We are also Fisker Karma and Karma Revero Authorized Customer Support Program (CSP) provider. Karma is the groundbreaking sport EV vehicle that preceded Tesla.    Our n ... read more

Least and Most Recalled Cars

Least and Most Recalled Cars

Least and Most Recalled Cars iSeeCars.com just released their review of the 2013-2017 model years of vehicles that sold at least 50,000 units. They used the NHTSA’s (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) database to look for recall data. Four of the five least recalled cars are among the models we work on:     Hyundai Accent    Toyota Corolla    Honda Civic    Honda CR-V The only model we work on that made the top 5 most-recalled list is the Nissan Pathfinder. So if you drive a Pathfinder, do make sure to bring it in for a checkup. If we find repairs are required – we will let you know if those problems are subject of a recall – if a recall has been issued, you will be able to take your vehicle to a dealer and get it fixed free of charge

Toyota Discontinues Scion - We Still Support It

Toyota Discontinues Scion - We Still Support It

Pat's Garage has been a San Francisco service and repair shop for Scion since it first appeared in 2003. We love these cars - they are economical to own, and economical to drive. 2005 Scion tC by Shagun, used under CC BY 2.0 We were saddened to learn that Toyota will no longer manufacture Scions. Scion 2016 is the last in the product line. In an interview, a spokesman for Toyota said that the decision was not taken lightly. Many industry analysts suspect that low gasoline prices were a big reason for the decision - Scion was built with fuel economy in mind. As the price of gasoline fell, so did the sales of Scion. The good news is that Pat's Garage will continue to service and repair Scions. Our experienced ASE certified mechanics an take good care of your Scion. We do not think there will be any parts shortages either - this is ... read more

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