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Categories: Hybrid / Green

Nissan Leafs Have Problems Starting... And Not Just Because The Electricity's Drained

On: Thu, Apr 14, 2011 at 9:11AM | By: Chris Weiss

Some Nissan Leafs Have Problems Starting test 2

Well, this isn't good news for Nissan. After getting off to a rather sluggish start in terms of sales, the Leaf, Nissan's much-hyped electric vehicle, has been experiencing problems with starting. Those few customers who have bought the Leaf have reported that it sometimes fails to start. Nissan announced that it is launching an official probe into the matter.

Nissan says that the problem is limited to a select number of Leaf models and that it is caused by a sensor in the air conditioning unit. Models in both the U.S. and Japan have experienced problems.

Chrysler To Sell Natural-Gas Cars In 2017

On: Wed, Apr 13, 2011 at 5:19PM | By: Tim Healey

Chrysler To Sell Natural-Gas Cars In 2017 test 2

Chrysler will begin selling vehicles powered by compressed natural gas in 2017. Fiat, which currently owns 30 percent of Chrysler and plans on eventually owning a majority stake in the company, already offers compressed natural gas engines in some of its products in Europe. Chrysler has been looking into bringing the technology to American shores.

Chrysler and Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne likes the technology because it's cheaper than other alternative-fuel technologies, and Fred Diaz, the CEO of Chrysler's Ram truck brand, has expressed an interest in using the technology in pickup truck applications.

Ford Boosts Efficiency To 80 MPG With Focus Econetic

On: Fri, Apr 8, 2011 at 4:12PM | By: Chris Weiss

Ford Focus Econetic  test 2

Ford may not yet have a production plug-in hybrid or electric vehicle on the market, but it's using the all-new Focus Econetic to boost its green credentials considerably. The car will offer class-leading efficiency when it hits the market a year from now. With an estimated 55 mpg U.S. rating, it inches past even the Toyota Prius.

Hyundai Blue2 Fuel-Cell Concept

On: Thu, Apr 7, 2011 at 1:21PM | By: Chris Weiss

Hyundai Blue2 Fuel-Cell Concept  test 2

Not to be outdone by its country-mate, Kia, Hyundai used the 2011 Seoul Motor Show to introduce a green concept all its own. Hyundai's concept, called the Blue2, uses hydrogen fuel cells paired with an electric motor.

Hyundai packages its fuel-cell-powered electric in sedan form. The concept has a 120-hp electric motor that provides around 82 mpg with the help of the hydrogen fuel cells. The car exemplifies Hyundai's "New Thinking—New Possibilities" tagline.


European Commission To Ban Diesel And Petrol Vehicles By 2050

On: Wed, Apr 6, 2011 at 3:57PM | By: Chris Weiss

European Commission To Ban Diesel And Petrol Vehicles test 2

If you had any doubt that hybrid, electric, fuel cell, and other alternatively powered vehicles are the future of the automobile industry, the European Commission is here to dispel those doubts. The executive arm of the European Union has proposed a ban on all gas and diesel vehicles in European city centers by 2050. The ban follows similar actions and proposals in individual cities around Europe.

The proposal seeks to cut emissions and reliance on foreign oil by up to 60 percent. The EU currently relies on foreign oil for around 96 percent of its transportation needs. The European Commission hopes that zero-emissions vehicles will make up half of Europe's vehicles by 2030. By 2050, it wants to all gas and diesel vehicles out of cities altogether.

Seoul Motor Show: Kia Naimo EV Concept

On: Mon, Apr 4, 2011 at 5:13PM | By: Chris Weiss

Seoul Motor Show: Kia Naimo EV Concept  test 1-1

Kia debuted a new electric concept called Naimo at the Seoul Motor Show. That's pronounced the same as everyone's favorite animated fish—Nemo. The Naimo bests the Nissan Leaf in terms of driving range and offers a series of new technologies.

The Naimo is powered by a 107-hp permanent magnet synchronous motor and a lithium-ion polymer twin-pack battery, the Naimo offers up to 124 miles of zero emissions range and 93 mph of speed.

The Sound of Savings; The Cruze Eco

On: Fri, Apr 1, 2011 at 2:29PM | By: Lou Ruggieri

Chevrolet Cruze Eco test 2

So, if you are anything like me, even during this heightened fossil fuel, ‘go green or go home’  paradigm shift that has all but taken hold of the planet, you still are not quite willing to surrender your gas-powered engine for some electrical half-gas, half-battery, silent-synergy science project… At least not yet. Plus with companies like Toyota, you can’t help but wonder about potential recalls at this point. Not to mention batteries that still need a bit more time to really prove themselves totally reliable, there are a lot of reasons to not jump on that electric band wagon.

Obama Administration Wants U.S. Fleets To Use Alternative-Fuel Vehicles By 2015

On: Thu, Mar 31, 2011 at 10:32AM | By: Tim Healey

Federal fleets to be alternative-fuel vehicles test 2

The Obama administration wants all new cars and trucks purchased by federal fleets to be alternative-fuel vehicles, such as hybrid and electric vehicles, starting in 2015.

Considering that the government operates for than 600,000 fleet vehicles, the Obama administration is trying to both lead by example as well as, perhaps, save some money on fuel, as well as some carbon emissions.

Toyota and Honda Extend Shutdowns Through This Week, Prices To Rise

On: Mon, Mar 28, 2011 at 9:27AM | By: Chris Weiss

Toyota and Honda Extend Shutdowns test 2

Two of Japan's Big 3 have extended production shutdowns until this weekend, in the wake of the earthquake and tsunami events that ravaged Japan on March 11. Both companies are experiencing issues with parts supplies and have been forced into extending shutdowns.

Honda said yesterday that it will extend the shutdown of two auto plants and a motorcycle plant until March 27. Toyota extended its shutdown until March 26.

BMW i8 Drifts The Ice

On: Fri, Mar 25, 2011 at 12:55PM | By: Chris Weiss

BMW i8 test 2

Ever since it debuted at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show, the BMW i8 (aka Vision EfficientDynamics) has evoked a certain sense of Old Man winter. The icy glare of the blue kidney grille, the glass cabin, and the ice-blue accents throughout, the car is a virtual iceberg on four wheels. And even though it's been gradually restyled as it pushes toward production, it continues to exude a strong sense of snow and ice.

So, it's with great pleasure that we present a video of the i8 doing some ice testing. The car is finally in its element and it looks more than at home.

Porsche 918 Spyder Is On Sale For $845K

On: Thu, Mar 24, 2011 at 10:29AM | By: Chris Weiss

Porsche 918 Spyder Hybrid test 2

The world's most exhilarating hybrid is officially available. Porsche opened up its order books on the 918 Spyder on Monday, paving the way for up to 918 customers to own the world's hottest plug-in. The 918 Spyder brings a little sticker shock with its sexy exterior and green-but-potent numbers; Porsche has priced the model well above estimates and rumors at $845,000. But, since the 918 Spyder is essentially in a league of its own in terms of hybrid technology and performance, that would be Stuttgart's prerogative.