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Categories: Hybrid / Green

Carbon Fiber Vs Steel

On: Thu, Jan 23, 2014 at 3:45PM | By: Karen Cook

Carbon Fiber Vs Steel test 1-1

The Detroit Auto Show held earlier this month abounded with cars sporting the latest in technological applications. A popular trend among manufacturers appears to be carbon fiber used in the body of their vehicles. Previously this sort of thing would be reserved for race cars or high-end luxury cars due to the expense of producing and using the material. What we commonly call “carbon fiber” is actually carbon fiber reinforced polymer. It attracts manufacturers because it is five times stronger than steel and weighs two-thirds less. This means that, if a typical automobile is made of carbon fiber instead of steel, the mass weight will drop by 60% and use 30% less gas—and lower emissions from 10% to 20%.

Another drawback of carbon fiber was the time it takes to mold during production, about five minutes to mold a frame. A few years ago a Japanese company discovered that if a special thermoplastic resin was mixed with the carbon fiber the time could be reduced to less than 60 seconds. This could be part of the reason for the sudden use in newer cars.

BMW Gets Greener

On: Mon, Jan 20, 2014 at 4:46PM | By: Karen Cook

BMW Gets Greener test 1-1

There is a wide range of options for car manufacturers to make their vehicles greener. Most of the research is obviously geared toward electric power instead of gasoline, but there are less obvious changes that can be made to a car’s interior which is also beneficial to the planet. BMW leads the way toward a greener future.

Toyota's Fuel Cell Vehicle Will Be For Sale, Not Just Lease

On: Fri, Jan 10, 2014 at 9:44AM | By: Chris Weiss

Toyota's Fuel Cell Vehicle Will Be For Sale, Not Just Lease test 1-1

In past years, the North American International Auto Show marked the official beginning of the auto new year. As the auto and tech industries cooperate more and more closely, however, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) has taken over as the first major "auto show" of the year, allowing automakers and aftermarket companies to focus attention on their latest navigation systems, connected car hardware, autonomous driving technologies, and green designs. Toyota used this year's CES to showcase its upcoming fuel cell vehicle.

What's Wrong with F1?

On: Thu, Jan 9, 2014 at 4:29PM | By: Nick Bakewell

What's Wrong with F1? test 1-1

In a recent interview, autosport.com asked Formula 1 pundit Martin Brundle whether he saw F1 as a sport, a crucible of technical innovation, or a show. He answered unequivocally that it was a show, a spectacle, that like all major sports it existed primarily to entertain. For if there are no viewers, then there are no sponsors, and if there are no sponsors, especially in a sport with such rampant expenditures as F1, then there is no sport. So why on Earth are the powers that be apparently doing their best to make it so unappealing to watch?


2014 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid

On: Wed, Jan 8, 2014 at 1:04PM | By: Chris Weiss

2014 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid test 1-1

Looking to get the utility of a crossover with a little boost in mileage? The 2014 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid is a compelling option that costs a few thousand dollars more than a comparable V6 model and offers close to 25 percent better fuel economy.

Cutting the Dark with Lasers!

On: Sat, Jan 4, 2014 at 9:20AM | By: Karen Cook

Cutting the Dark with Lasers! test 1-1

The days of squinting into the darkness while driving at night are nearly gone. With most new cars sporting LED headlights we are able to see farther than ever on those poorly lit rural back roads. Deer and other wildlife are safer than ever and the insurance companies sleep a little easier.

Used EVs Will Face Shocking Depreciation

On: Thu, Jan 2, 2014 at 5:27PM | By: Karen Cook

Used EVs Will Face Shocking Depreciation test 1-1

Electric vehicles have been on the market for a while now and some of them are beginning to show up on used car lots. Studies are now being done to determine depreciation in the value of these vehicles and the news is not good. A study by Kelley Blue Book, at the request of USA Today, projects their depreciation figures after five years for all-electric and hybrid vehicles.

Something New Under the Sun

On: Thu, Jan 2, 2014 at 2:28PM | By: Karen Cook

Something New Under the Sun test 1-1

Ford has a hot new idea. Solar-powered vehicles! Next month at the CES (Consumer Electronics Show) Ford will debut its latest concept vehicle, the C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid. The car itself isn’t new, but the technology it sports is. It has a “sunroof,” but not the kind that lets light (and sometimes rain) into the vehicle. This sunroof is made of solar panels which allow the battery to charge using rays from the sun.

Gentlemen, Start Your Engine Sounds!

On: Thu, Jan 2, 2014 at 12:43PM | By: Karen Cook

Gentlemen, Start Your Engine Sounds! test 1-1

Electric vehicles are awesome, right? I mean, they cut down on all kinds of pollution. Emissions are low to non-existent and noise pollution is minimal with a car that travels silently at speeds less than 20 mph. Neighborhoods are peaceful and you can hear the birds singing. What’s not to like?

GM to Buy Tesla?

On: Mon, Dec 30, 2013 at 12:31PM | By: Karen Cook

GM to Buy Tesla? test 1-1

With all the recent hoopla over Tesla’s Model S (if you haven’t heard, Google it) things could be looking up for the electric car company. The share prices dropped 20% since September when all the trouble began and investors weren’t too optimistic. The National Highway Safety Administration didn’t budge on its 5-star rating for the Model S and the faith of the government helped calm the waters. Now General Motors is rumored to be interested in buying the luxury electric vehicle company.

Down Under's On Top Of Legos

On: Thu, Dec 19, 2013 at 2:43PM | By: Karen Cook

Down Under's On Top Of Legos test 1-1

If you are hoping for a car under your tree and wake up Christmas morning to find that Santa didn’t bring you one, don’t despair. You can build one for yourself out of all the Legos you may have gotten instead.