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Categories: Hybrid / Green

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.

BMW to Debut i3 Electric Car This Month

On: Thu, Jul 11, 2013 at 2:26PM | By: Chris Weiss

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We were expecting the debut of the BMW i3 electric city car this year, but we weren't expecting it for another two months. BMW will jump the gun, debuting its very first electric car on July 29. 

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.

Toyota to Introduce Fuel Cell Model This Year

On: Tue, Jul 2, 2013 at 11:20AM | By: Chris Weiss

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Fuel cell vehicles have long offered one of the best solutions to greener commuting... on paper. The cars are powered by electric motors, but instead of relying on electricity stored in a battery that drops dead after 100 miles, the fuel cells create their own electricity from a chemical reaction between stored hydrogen and air. They emit only water vapor and heat, and offer the potential for longer driving ranges than battery-powered electrics.

Several manufacturers have developed and tested fuel cell technology, but no fuel cell vehicles have made it to the general consumer market. Though fuel cell technology still faces major challenges, Toyota appears ready to introduce the first. Bloomberg reports that the Japanese automaker that spearheaded the hybrid movement with the Prius will do the same for fuel cell technology, introducing its first fuel cell car at November's Tokyo Motor Show.

Are Hybrids or EVs Any Cheaper to Own?

On: Mon, Jul 1, 2013 at 8:54AM | By: Elizabeth Puckett

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The US Department of Energy recently published an article about the consumption of energy by a hybrid or electric vehicle and how that stacks up against gasoline use. With the rising cost of both electricity and gasoline worrying consumers, many wonder if it is actually worth it to buy a hybrid or EV. After all, the cost of owning an electric car or hybrid does go beyond the savings of not having to buy gas.

2014 Honda Accord Hybrid Expected to Average 47 MPG

On: Fri, Jun 28, 2013 at 7:25AM | By: Teddy Field

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It seems that 47 mpg is now the “magic number” for hybrid fuel economy, as car makers rush to meet Obama's lofty CAFE target by 2025. In his proposal, the cumulative average fuel economy for a given car company's entire product portfolio is expected to be 54.4 mpg by the 2025 model year. And that certainly sounds good on paper. But not all models are required to get 54 mpg. That number is merely a mathematical exercise, designed to force car companies to start building more fuel efficient vehicles.

Failure to comply with the government's fuel economy standards will result in steep fines that can amount to thousands per vehicle sold. In order to comply, the combined average fuel economy for most vehicles in a car company's lineup will need to be around 35 mpg, not 54 mpg. To protect their corporate average (CAFE actually stands for Corporate Average Fuel Economy), vehicles that average less than 35 mpg, are offset by vehicles that exceed the average. Hence, the importance of 47 mpg hybrids like the 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid.

Porsche 918 Spyder Scurries Through Nevada Desert (Video)

On: Mon, Jun 24, 2013 at 11:17AM | By: Chris Weiss

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The Porsche 918 Spyder, one of the first of a number of upcoming green supercars, is being readied for launch later this year. During the development process, Porsche managed to string a one-minute clip of video together showcasing hot weather testing in Valley of Fire, just outside Las Vegas, Nevada. Stuttgart shows what has come of nearly one million miles of testing.

Automotive 'Green' Models Take Over Eco-Friendly Movement

On: Sat, Jun 22, 2013 at 8:22AM | By: Elizabeth Puckett

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With tax incentives in place and consumer interest on the rise, the global green markets are rapidly expanding. Manufacturers have found ways to improve their production and distribution of of eco-friendly products. Impressive advertising and marketing has also done a stand-up job of convincing buyers to opt for greener options. There are millions of eco-friendly alternative brands and products on the market at this point, and one industry is dominating the green buying demand, but it’s probably not the one you think!

North Carolina and Others Looking to Tax EVs and Hybrids

On: Fri, Jun 21, 2013 at 2:06PM | By: Elizabeth Puckett

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If you drive a hybrid or electric vehicle, prepare to be shocked about new taxes that may affect you in the near future—especially if you drive one of the 30,000 EVs and hybrids in the state of North Carolina!