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Categories: Technology

Charging Made Easy

On: Thu, Oct 24, 2013 at 11:07AM | By: Karen Cook


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Electric vehicles have been on the market for years now. Eventually they will be a necessity rather than a choice. The main problems the industry must overcome are the relatively low travel distance compared with gasoline engines and the lack of charging stations nationwide. Gas is much more readily available and the benefits from it are instantaneous. You never have to wait to use the fuel you just put in your tank. These issues are being addressed as quickly as researchers can find new options.


McLaren Confirms P1's Performance Specs

On: Wed, Oct 23, 2013 at 11:54AM | By: Chris Weiss


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We already knew that the McLaren P1 would be one of the highest performing pieces of road machinery in the world. But just how that quantified into hard specs remained in question until this week. The general performance specs like "0 to 62 mph in under 3 seconds" have gotten a little more specific.


Volvo replaces EV batteries with energy-storing carbon body panels

On: Tue, Oct 22, 2013 at 11:48AM | By: Chris Weiss


Volvo replaces EV batteries with energy-storing carbon body panels test 1-1

Volvo has detailed some cutting-edge reserach that it claims makes conventional batteries a thing of the past. The automaker believes a newly developed carbon fiber-based nanomaterial has the potential to replace heavy centralized battery systems by building energy storage into car components, such as doors and body panels.


Porsche and Acura Websites Rank Supreme Among Consumers

On: Fri, Oct 18, 2013 at 10:51AM | By: Chris Weiss


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It may just be that people like to look at fast, pretty cars, but Porsche has scored highest among automakers for website design. On second thought, it might not be the fast, pretty cars at all. Acura, whose cars are not quite as fast or pretty as Porsche's, save for the NSX, tied for the top spot. The recognition comes from J.D. Power's 2013 Manufacturer Website Evaluation Study.


 

Ford Demonstrates Self-Driving Capabilities

On: Tue, Oct 15, 2013 at 3:41PM | By: Chris Weiss


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Autonomous parking isn't even available yet, and it's already becoming old news. Ford joins the likes of Audi, Volvo, and Valeo in demonstrating its latest self-parking advancements. Ford gave attendees of its Ford Futures event in Belgium a look at how Ford vehicles could one day park themselves.


Tiny Car, Huge Personality

On: Mon, Oct 14, 2013 at 5:38PM | By: Karen Cook


MINI Cooper Hardtop test 2

The new 2014 BMW MINI Cooper hatchback is set to be presented in Los Angeles, Tokyo, and Oxford, England next month. Here’s a sneak peek at the tiny car with a huge personality.


Why Drive When You Can Fly?

On: Mon, Oct 14, 2013 at 3:02PM | By: Karen Cook


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It was only a matter of time. Since the first literary geniuses invented the concept of a flying car, humanity has been waiting for one. Well, now you can reserve yours from a company called Terrafugia. Their tagline is Driven to Fly. According to their website the average commuter spends five hours a week stuck in traffic and more than a million people die in auto related accidents every year. Their answer is the flying automobile.


The Volkswagen XL1 Makes an Appearance in the US

On: Wed, Oct 9, 2013 at 9:04AM | By: Chris Weiss


The Volkswagen XL1 Makes an Appearance in the US test 1-1

Arguably the most technologically advanced "mainstream" car that the world has ever seen, the XL1 represents Volkswagen's way of jumpstarting the green auto industry with a no-expenses-spared approach. Dubbed as the world's most fuel efficient and aerodynamic car, the XL1 debuted earlier this year at the Geneva Motor Show. In Germany, one needed only stop into the Frankfurt train station during the recent IAA international auto show to get a close-up look of the technological marvel, but Americans have had to have a bit more luck and timing. Until last week.


EPA says the 2014 Mercedes CLA250 gets 38 mpg

On: Mon, Oct 7, 2013 at 4:44PM | By: Teddy Field


EPA says the 2014 Mercedes CLA250 gets 38 mpg test 1-1

To most people, the idea of a cheap, front-wheel drive Mercedes is absurd. Like seeing Martha Stewart at a monster truck rally sipping Boone's Farm from a Dixie Cup, it just won't happen. But it already has! The 2014 Mercedes CLA250 starts at $29,900, it's driven by the front wheels, and the EPA just announced that it can achieve 38 mpg on the highway. So peel back the price tag and crack open that bottle of Fuzzy Navel, Ms. Stewart! It's time to learn about the new definition of budget luxury.


Three signs that electric cars are here to stay

On: Thu, Oct 3, 2013 at 4:11PM | By: Bill Wilson


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Nothing in recent automotive history has stirred up as much passion as the move towards electric vehicles. To some drivers, they’re the long-awaited breakthrough that will free us all from the grip of the oil companies. To others, they’re overpriced hippy-mobiles that stand for everything that’s wrong with America. 

But, like them or not, electric cars are here to stay, if recent trends continue. Here’s a look at three signs that this is the case.


The Modern Gypsy

On: Thu, Oct 3, 2013 at 1:55PM | By: Karen Cook


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Oh, to be a gypsy and wander at will, never knowing where you’ll be tomorrow! My husband and I have had a plan for years now to retire to a motor home and see the country in our old age. We’ve planned to purchase our motor home a year before we retire so I can pack and repack at my leisure. Anything that’s not in the motor home has to be discarded, so I want time to decide what I’m keeping and what must be sacrificed. But when that’s done, oh, the freedom!

With today’s technology this is not such an outlandish idea. What with cell phones and laptops, staying in touch is easy and, unfortunately, even bills find you with ease wherever you happen to be. And with onboard GPS you’ll always know where that is.