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Categories: Hybrid / Green

Updated: Ford Teases 2012 Focus Electric

On: Fri, Jan 7, 2011 at 11:58PM | By: Chris Weiss


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2011 will undoubtedly turn out to be a year of green cars and concepts. And one of the first electric vehicles of the year will be Ford's first EV: the Focus Electric. Ford released a teaser picture of the Focus EV today, giving us a slight glimpse at the car, which it will debut this week.

Demonstrating the changing landscape of the automotive industry, Ford plans to introduce the Focus Electric, not at the Detroit Auto Show next week, but at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week.

As is usually the case, Ford's teaser picture doesn't show much, but it does show a charging port encircled by blue LED lights—should prove useful if you ever have to charge in complete darkness. Other than that, we see the requisite electric badging and a powder-blue exterior paint job.


Chevy and Nissan Release EV Sales Numbers

On: Thu, Jan 6, 2011 at 6:20PM | By: Chris Weiss


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After more than a year of hype, the Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf finally hit the market last month. And this week, the first-month sales numbers for the respective vehicles are out. As you'd probably expect, the numbers aren't exactly staggering, with less than a month on the market, but they do represent the first numbers for mass-produced EVs.


Hyundai Sonota Hybrid Travels 2,000 Miles Across U.S. on Two Tanks of Gas

On: Thu, Jan 6, 2011 at 10:07AM | By: Chris Weiss


Hyundai Sonota Hybrid Travels 2,000 Miles Across U.S. on Two Tanks of Gas test 1-1

The 2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid has some serious travel and green accomplishments under its belt. A cross-country drive by Hyundai just wrapped up, and the Sonata Hybrid made it across the southern U.S. on just two tanks of gas. If you plan to replicate the accomplishment in your own Sonata, you should note that Hyundai employed the help and expertise of hypermiler Wayne Gerdes, so your mileage will undoubtedly vary.


Robotic Valet Parking On Its Way In Chicago

On: Thu, Jan 6, 2011 at 10:01AM | By: Chris Weiss


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Robots parking cars? Even taking into consideration how much technology has advanced over the past couple decades, that still sounds like pure fantasy. It also sounds like pure awesome.

Unfortunately for sci-fi and futuristic cartoon fans, the Green Park Eco Garage in Chicago isn't nearly as cool as human-like robotic servants taking your keys and manually parking your car. Instead, the robotic part refers to an automated parking system that helps cram double the number of cars into a confined city space.


 

New BMW Vision EfficientDynamics Spotted

On: Mon, Jan 3, 2011 at 4:14PM | By: Chris Weiss


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Is BMW going full-blown crazy and building the Vision EfficientDynamics with conceptual elements like the clear, teardrop doors present and intact? A new version of the VED spotted in the Middle East seems to suggest that it is. But since the car isn't due out until 2013, it's likely that this latest spied model is just a refined prototype, and that BMW still has some toning down to do before the final production version. Whatever the case, it's a nice, new look at the VED/i8/i100 that we're glad to have.


Happy New Year, London: Jaguar C-X75 Comes to Town

On: Mon, Jan 3, 2011 at 2:10PM | By: Chris Weiss


Happy New Year, London: Jaguar C-X75 Comes to Town test 1-1

New York may have Times Square and the big ball, but London has something even more glamorous for New Year's: the Jaguar C-X75. One of the sexiest concept cars of the year, the Jaguar C-X75 spent the final days of 2010 in a London shop window. If you happen to be in the city, welcome in the new year by taking a trip to see one of the most advanced car concepts of 2010.


Gas Prices To Hit $5, Dealers Looking To Dump SUVs

On: Fri, Dec 31, 2010 at 3:33PM | By: Chris Weiss


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We all know that SUVs are entirely impractical for much of the country. They're huge, inefficient, expensive to buy, more expensive to own, and not really that necessary for average driving. Yet people continue to buy them. According to Kelley Blue Book analyst Alec Gutierrez, SUV sales have dropped by only 1 percent since the spring of 2008—the last time that we experienced a major gas price hike.

One would think that with the high gas prices over the past few years, combined with a growing sense of collective, environmental responsibility, SUV sales would be tanking by the double digits by now. While that's not happening yet, new predictions that gas prices could soar as high as $5 per gallon within two years have consumers and dealers rethinking their SUV strategies.


Tesla Shares Fall After Trading Restriction Lifted

On: Fri, Dec 31, 2010 at 11:53AM | By: Sherry Christiansen


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The electric car is trying desperately to make a comeback. In some small part, we can thank California-based Tesla Motors. They opened the first electric car manufacturing plant in California and have been rolling their “one at a time” hand-crafted electric roadster that boasts an impressive 0-60 mph in just 3.7. Who says electric cars can’t or don't have muscle?

The roadster has a shocking sticker price of $100,000. For many residents of 90210, it’s not that shocking and orders are backed up. Yet, all the positive reviews and company pride wasn’t enough to stop a tumble on recent release of held-back shares. The price took a 15% nose dive. Those in the know point to a six-month restriction, which prevented shareholders from dumping their stock on the market, as the reason for the slide. Once that restriction was lifted and the flood gates opened, the stock skidded. Once again, the laws of supply and demand were in full effect. Now folks are scratching their head, wondering if Tesla can actually compete with the big boys. It will all come down to the battery.


Chevy Releases New Video Explaining The EPA's Volt Rating

On: Wed, Dec 29, 2010 at 5:54PM | By: Chris Weiss


Chevy Releases New Video Explaining The EPA's Volt Rating test 1-1

For well over a year, the world waited to see how the EPA would classify mileage ratings for new plug-in vehicles like the Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf. In one ear, we had company officials showing off overblown numbers like 230 mpg and 367 mpg. And in the other ear, we had those folks that know a little better reminding us that electric vehicles don't really get any miles to the gallon per se. Because there are no gallons in an EV. Meanwhile, the EPA basically told us to wait until it could formulate a proper measurement for plug-in vehicles with electric-only capabilities.

Last month the EPA answered the toll with a rating that it calls "MPG equivalent (MPGe)," a measurement that takes both all-electric and gasoline driving into account. Seeing as how this figure is a little different than the standard "mpg" rating you've come to know and love, GM has taken the opportunity to detail the EPA's new rating system in a video about the Volt.


Paris To Give SUVs Le Boot

On: Wed, Dec 29, 2010 at 5:10PM | By: Chris Weiss


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Ever imagine a city highway/byway system free of large, overconfident, CO2-puking hunks of steel and fiberglass known as SUVs? Of course, we all have; it's only natural. Sure SUVs have their place on certain types of drives, but for too many years they've become the default vehicle of choice for soccer moms and Stepford wives.

Well, if you happen to be living in or visiting Paris, you may not have to fantasize any longer. The city plans to test restrictions on gas guzzling vehicles in the heart of downtown. Pretty soon, the Parisian architecture and skyline will no longer be obstructed by boxy, annoying refrigerators on wheels.


BMW Vision EffecientDynamics To Be Called the i8 in Production

On: Wed, Dec 29, 2010 at 10:45AM | By: Chris Weiss


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Well, we're very happy to report that soon we may never have to write "Vision EfficientDynamics" again. That too-big-to-effectively-fit-on-the-rear-of-a-car collection of consonants, vowels and randomly combined words may eventually be replaced by the much more type-friendly "i8," if recent Internet rumor-mongoring is to be believed.