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Tesla Motors Aims To Be The Future of Automobiles

On: Tue, Jul 23, 2013 at 10:37AM | By: Bill Wilson


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If you haven’t heard of Tesla Motors, chances are you soon will. The upstart auto company is barely 10 years old and is already one-quarter the size of GM. Motor Trend magazine named the manufacturer’s latest vehicle, the Model S, 2013’s Car of the Year. Its developments in battery technology have set it far ahead of its competitors, including global giants like Nissan, and its stock price has gone through the roof, from $32 in early 2013 to over $120 at the time of this writing. Yet, whether the company will be able to continue its momentum depends on how successful it is with middle-class car buyers.


New Programs Help Older Persons Maintain Driving Skills

On: Mon, Jul 22, 2013 at 3:45PM | By: Bill Wilson


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We’re all getting older; that’s undeniable. But what may not be as obvious is that Americans as a group are aging, all 319 million of us. For the people who plan and build the nation’s infrastructure, this presents a monumental challenge, given that most people’s motoring skills decline as they age. Studies conducted by both government and private sources reveal the following facts:


VW Builds 265 MPG Car

On: Thu, Jul 18, 2013 at 12:49PM | By: Bill Wilson


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Whatever you think of automaker Volkswagen, one thing is for sure: its leaders aren’t likely to shrink from a challenge. Most car companies chafed when Uncle Sam released its updated fuel economy standards in August of 2012. The new guidelines mandate that vehicles sold in the United States must achieve an average of 54.5 miles per gallon (MPG) by 2025.  VW, on the other hand, decided to not only meet the requirement but to exceed it, and do so 12 years ahead of time. The result is the XL1.

Scheduled to go into production at the end of this year, it will be the first vehicle available to the general public able to go 200+ miles on a single gallon of fuel. Consumers can almost hear oil company executives quaking in their $1,200 patent leather shoes.


Fuel Economy Ratings: Myth vs Reality

On: Wed, Jul 17, 2013 at 5:44PM | By: Bill Wilson


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For much of the car-buying public, the news was shocking. To the thousands of Kia and Hyundai owners who had filed complaints for well over two years, however, it came as a long-awaited relief. In November of 2012 the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that the two automakers had long been misrepresenting fuel economy results for most of its models, in some cases by as much as six miles a gallon.


 

Next-Generation Technologies are Here and Affordable

On: Wed, Jul 17, 2013 at 3:20PM | By: Chris Weiss


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Cars are advancing more and more, from "dumb machines" that use basic mechanical components to propel you through space, to much smarter devices that monitor and interact with their environments and even chaffeur you around. Over the past few years, we've seen the introduction of automated technologies that will one day underpin the self-driving car. While some of these technologies are still in the prototype stages, and some only available on expensive luxury cars, a bulk have moved into mainstream territory. Edmunds reports that many car technologies are now affordable for the average car consumer.


Infiniti LE EV Gets Delayed

On: Wed, Jul 17, 2013 at 12:33PM | By: Chris Weiss


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It seemed like development of the Infiniti LE was coming along swimmingly. Not a month ago, Nissan global planning chief Andy Palmer was talking optimistically about wireless charging technology. Now it seems that technology is taking a little longer to develop than Infiniti expected. Palmer said last week that the car will be delayed from the 2015 launch window that it had been working toward.


GM and Honda Team Up on Fuel Cells

On: Tue, Jul 16, 2013 at 8:45AM | By: Chris Weiss


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In an effort to get one of the most promising next-generation green driving technologies off the ground more quickly, General Motors and Honda announced a partnership recently. The two automakers will work together on developing a fuel cell system and hydrogen storage systems for supporting fuel cell electric vehicles. They have cited 2020 as a timeline.


Garmin Introduces Aftermarket Head-Up Display

On: Fri, Jul 12, 2013 at 4:46PM | By: Chris Weiss


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Some newer cars, particularly luxury models, come with the option of a head-up display (HUD) that casts important information, such as turn-by-turn directions, on the windshield right in the driver's line of sight. While it may sound dangerous, the jet fighter-like technology is designed to deliver essential visual information while the driver keeps his eyes on the road. With a head-up display, the driver doesn't have to glance down at a separate screen, and the information doesn't completely block any part of the windshield. 

Of course, head-up displays are a relatively new technology not available on every car. So the navigation experts over at Garmin are offering an aftermarket head-up display that brings the capabilities into any vehicle.


Cities Making Plans Driverless Cars Already

On: Thu, Jul 11, 2013 at 11:03AM | By: Elizabeth Puckett


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Google’s driverless car experiments have been nothing short of fascinating. They have sparked many innovative minds to start making big plans for the use of these kinds of vehicles. Major planning is underway that involves implementing these driverless vehicles once the technology is perfected and they become legal in all states—and it involves the way cities are operated.


More EV Chargers Available; Charging Etiquette is Encouraged

On: Sat, Jul 6, 2013 at 11:12AM | By: Elizabeth Puckett


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Last month, IKEA announced its plans to expand the number of EV chargers available at their stores around the country. The Swedish furniture retailer is not alone in offering more electric vehicle charging availability—many are looking to tremendously increase the number of publicly accessible charging stations in the United States. On the heels of this growth are many disgruntled EV owners who want their fellow drivers to use their manners when it comes to EV chargers.


Drayson Racing Sets 204 MPH Electric World Speed Record

On: Fri, Jul 5, 2013 at 11:34AM | By: Chris Weiss


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While it's still subject to FIA homologation, UK-based Drayson Racing has set a new World Electric Land Speed Record. Leaving the bullet-shaped streamliners to other world record outfits, Drayson did it in the B12 69/EV Le Mans prototype. Its 204.185 mph record topped the 40-year-old 175 mph standing record by nearly 30 mph.