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Categories: Hybrid / Green

Volvo replaces EV batteries with energy-storing carbon body panels

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


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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.


2014 Prius Plug-In Priced Under $30K

On: Fri, Oct 18, 2013 at 9:41AM | By: Chris Weiss


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The dropping of prices on hybrids and electric cars continue. Toyota has announced pricing for the new Prius Plug-In, dropping the base price by over $2,000, to help the model slide in just below the $30,000 mark. The 2014 Prius Plug-In receives that price drop without any accompanying loss of equipment.


Honda Launches the 50-MPG Accord Hybrid

On: Mon, Oct 14, 2013 at 3:03PM | By: Chris Weiss


Honda Launches the 50-MPG Accord Hybrid test 1-1

The Toyota Prius had better watch out. It may still be a leader in parallel hybrid fuel economy, but its empire is being encroached upon. The all-new Honda Accord Hybrid not only boasts a 50-mpg EPA rating, but it does so in a familiar sedan design.


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.


 

Honda Launches 2014 CR-Z Hybrid

On: Mon, Oct 14, 2013 at 11:58AM | By: Chris Weiss


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The 2014 Honda CR-Z officially hit the market this week. The CR-Z received most of its recent overhauling for the 2013 model year, so the new CR-Z continues in its path, offering a combination of sportiness, agility, and fuel economy that few other cars can match.


@earth Technology

On: Wed, Oct 9, 2013 at 1:01PM | By: Karen Cook


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It’s been a while but Mitsubishi has promised to break away from the everyday design of its vehicles with three completely new models to be unveiled at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show in Japan. Mitsubishi has new @earth TECHNOLOGY for these cars which focuses on environmental responsibility and driving pleasure plus safety and toughness.


The Volkswagen XL1 Makes an Appearance in the US

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


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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.


EVs Go Korean: Kia Announces Electric Soul

On: Sat, Oct 5, 2013 at 9:11AM | By: Chris Weiss


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Confirming rumors that we heard almost exactly a year ago, Kia announced this week that it has an electric Soul in the works. The Korean automaker sees the electric variant as a natural extension of the Soul's urban-focused design.


Three signs that electric cars are here to stay

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


Three signs that electric cars are here to stay test 1-1

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.


Tesla: Still A Few (Fire)Bugs In The System

On: Thu, Oct 3, 2013 at 9:31AM | By: Karen Cook


Tesla: Still A Few (Fire)Bugs In The System test 1-1

Isn’t it exciting when you watch a movie and there’s a car crash scene? You hold your breath until anyone in the car gets out safely. It’s even more exciting when they don’t. Then there’s an explosion and a fire! Of course, we know that all this was planned and happened exactly as it was meant to. There are really very few reasons for an automobile to burst into flames, even in an accident. A normal vehicle doesn’t do that.