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Categories: Hybrid / Green

Solar Vehicles; Here Comes the Sun

On: Fri, Nov 15, 2013 at 3:48PM | By: Karen Cook

Solar Vehicles; Here Comes the Sun test 1-1

Police investigators have files in their offices, which are labeled “cold”. Anyone who watches crime dramas knows this. If a case is unable to be solved it sits and waits for new information to be uncovered or new technology to be invented to help find out ‘whodunit”. Why don’t car manufacturers have cold cases? You know, someone who looks at great ideas from the past that were not able to be realized at the time.

Kia Details the 120-Mile Electric Soul

On: Wed, Nov 13, 2013 at 1:04PM | By: Chris Weiss

Kia Details the 120-Mile Electric Soul test 1-1

When it first announced plans to develop a Soul EV, Kia provided little information about the model's build or performance. It's rectified that dearth of information this week, providing some key specs on its first all-electric US model. 

I'll Be There As Soon As My Car Is Done Printing

On: Tue, Nov 12, 2013 at 9:28AM | By: Karen Cook

I'll Be There As Soon As My Car Is Done Printing test 1-1

Do you remember sitting in class and working on “ditto” worksheets? If you’re somewhere in the neighborhood of 40, I’m sure you remember those purple printed pages with the distinctive chemical aroma. It took the teacher about 10 minutes to copy enough pages for a typical class of students. My, how technology has progressed! Faxing, making copies or printing from your computer is commonplace and can be done in seconds. The next big thing in printing and copying is done in 3D. From clothing to body parts, the possibilities are limitless.

Peugeot Making Progress On Production Hybrid Air Concept

On: Thu, Nov 7, 2013 at 1:36PM | By: Chris Weiss

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Modern battery technology is both the reason that EVs and plug-in hybrids exist and the reason we don't see more of them. While batteries a're the life blood of EVs, allowing them to store the energy necessary to power their electric motors, they're also the downfall, possessing insufficient storage capacity to deliver anywhere near gas-vehicle range, slowing down the refueling (charging) process, and adding lots of weight and expense. 

Earlier this year, Peugeot revealed a concept that could replace batteries with an innovative alternative energy-storage system. Its Hybrid Air technology uses compressed air as a means of energy storage, replacing costly, insufficient batteries. It had the makings of a fanciful concept, but the company is reportedly progressing with the design. Auto Express reports that the Hybrid Air technology is on track for production and could debut as early as 2015. That confirms that the technology is still being prepped for production, and ups the possible launch from the 2016 date Peugeot gave when it first announced Hybrid Air in January.


Steam: The Original Alternative Fuel

On: Fri, Nov 1, 2013 at 1:38PM | By: Bill Wilson

Stanley Steamer at 2008 Great Dorset Steam Fair test 2

These days the news is filled with stories about alternative fuels. Whether it’s biodiesel, ethanol, electricity, or what-have-you, it seems that someone, somewhere has built a car that will run on it. But, long before the modern environmental movement, steam-driven vehicles were common sights on American roads.

Volkswagen XL1 To Cost 110,000 Euros in Germany

On: Wed, Oct 30, 2013 at 1:18PM | By: Chris Weiss

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The Volkswagen XL1 is the first in a new breed of supercars, a breed designed not for exotic looks, fast speeds and world records, but for driving clean and cutting your carbon footprint. Volkswagen stripped the cap off its R&D budget and threw money at designing a so-called one-liter car, reaching new heights in efficiency and design.

But such a supercar presents a dilemma: While it's easy enough to recoup supercar-level R&D investments by selling super-fast, exotic cars to multimillionaires, it might be less easy to recoup costs on a car that's cutting-edge technology is invested in low weight and light emissions. VW is going to try, however, announcing a six-figure price tag in its home market. 

Your Right Foot and Your Bank Balance: Driving Economically

On: Tue, Oct 29, 2013 at 11:29AM | By: Nick Bakewell

Your Right Foot and Your Bank Balance: Driving Economically test 1-1

These are trying times for those of us fortunate enough to be able to drive cars (it may be a necessity, but it’s not a right); the modern motorist is beset from all sides by inquisitions and assailants. We’re told that our cars are singularly responsible for the planet’s impending death by asphyxiation, that cars as a whole are more dangerous to the human populace than all world wars combined, that cars are the primary contributor to the proliferation of obesity, etc, etc. The list goes on, and while some of that may or may not be true, one issue plaguing the modern driver is readily apparent: the cost of fuel.

Mazda3 Gets Compressed Natural Gas Concept

On: Thu, Oct 24, 2013 at 5:35PM | By: Chris Weiss

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At the upcoming 2013 Tokyo Motor Show, Mazda will showcase the flexibility of the new Mazda3, highlighting its multiple powertrain options. Headlining this display will be a compressed natural gas concept called the SKYACTIV-CNG Concept. Will the Mazda3 be the next vehicle to get a compressed natural gas option?

Car Rentals for the Modern Age

On: Thu, Oct 24, 2013 at 1:54PM | By: Karen Cook

Car Rentals for the Modern Age test 1-1

Most of us depend on our vehicles for daily transportation to and from work and to run errands. Most towns are not small enough to handle everyday tasks on foot or bicycle. What do you do if you don’t need a car every day? Maybe you work from home, have no children, and the expense of a personal vehicle is just not worth it. You could use public transportation, taxis, or impose on a friend. Or you could rent a Zipcar. This is not really a new concept. It’s been around for years, but recent mergers have now given the convenient automobiles nationwide availability.

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.

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.