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Categories: Hybrid / Green

A Tale of Two Car Fires

On: Tue, Jul 8, 2014 at 1:02PM | By: Karen Cook


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This story is about another Tesla Model S fire. It seems like this happens frequently but does it really, or is it just that we don’t hear about the “other” vehicles that catch on fire? Tesla says its vehicles are safer that gas-powered cars and it seems that even with more safety modifications being made to the Model S, news reporters want to point out every instance of the electric car catching fire.


2014 Nissan Leaf Recall

On: Mon, Jun 30, 2014 at 3:38PM | By: Karen Cook


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Nissan is issuing a recall on 196 2014 Leafs (Leaves?) because there is a problem with the vehicle shutting down. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration explains that the problem is with the motor control circuit board which can cause the inverter to fail. If the inverter fails the vehicle will shut down thereby increasing the risk of crashes and injuries.


Detroit Electric Readies the Launch of 'World's Fastest Electric Vehicle'

On: Tue, Jun 24, 2014 at 2:06PM | By: Chris Weiss


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Ever since the Tesla Roadster retired a few years back, the world of electric vehicles has been a little less exciting. The Model S is a nice replacement, and there are a number of high-end electric supercar designs floating around, but the market really misses a sporty, semi-attainable electric two-door. It's a void that Detroit Electric will soon fill with the new SP:01, a car it calls the world's fastest production electric vehicle.


Ford shows off its light-weighting strategy with Lightweight Concept

On: Fri, Jun 20, 2014 at 10:39AM | By: Chris Weiss


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The "Ford Lightweight Concept" won't win any prizes for naming creativity, but it could very well influence the future of automotive engineering. The concept is a comprehensive approach to cutting weight that uses advanced materials and construction techniques.


 

Walking On Sunshine, Driving on... Tomatoes?

On: Thu, Jun 12, 2014 at 4:43PM | By: Karen Cook


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I spent two years in a small town in Germany in the mid-80s and I learned a few things. For example, when you order French fries they come with mayonnaise, not ketchup. Eventually I found out that German cooks are offended if you ask for ketchup for anything. They believe this condiment covers up rather than enhancing the flavor of food, and a diner who asks for it is telling the host that their food tastes bad.


Have Hybrid Cars Peaked?

On: Wed, Jun 11, 2014 at 9:10AM | By: Elizabeth Puckett


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For years, we were all so fixated on rising gas prices. From checking the news daily to see what we can expect when we left the house, to hanging on to every word made by forecasters on the issues, Americans were once downright obsessed with gas prices. Now, we’re taking the issue with stride—we’re pretty desensitized and accepting of the situation. So, what does this mean for the hybrid market?


Special Delivery

On: Mon, Jun 2, 2014 at 1:34PM | By: Karen Cook


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When I think of the United Kingdom I think of tradition, history, dignity, and some pretty good music. I do not think of innovation and futuristic designs. Apparently, I am wrong.


Owners Might Have to Leave Leaf At Dealership

On: Fri, May 23, 2014 at 3:12PM | By: Karen Cook


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Nissan is recalling 211 pure-electric Leaf vehicles in the United States and another 65 in Canada due to a major manufacturing error. The affected vehicles may be missing a series of six spot welds in the motor compartment which could affect the car’s ability to withstand a crash. The welds are missing to the right and left of the electric motor above the sway bar ends. All the affected vehicles were built between February 28th and March 12th of this year.


Mercedes New Fancy Pants EV

On: Thu, May 15, 2014 at 2:11PM | By: Karen Cook


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Before the summer ends, showrooms will be getting the first Mercedes-Benz all electric compact cars. The B-Class Electric Drive will be the most expensive EV on the market to date, starting at $42,375. The question is whether or not consumers will see enough value to choose it over the less expensive Nissan Leaf or Chevy Spark, both of which are almost half the price.


Say Goodbye to Some Discontinued Cars in 2014

On: Mon, May 12, 2014 at 12:04PM | By: Karen Cook


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We all face an eventual demise and automobiles are no different. Every year models drop off the map, some to be replaced by better versions and others to be forgotten.


Why EVs Haven't Sparked Interest in the US

On: Mon, May 5, 2014 at 2:33PM | By: Karen Cook


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Back in 2007 and 2008 it appeared that the electric vehicle revolution was about to begin. With fuel prices rising with no end in sight and awareness of the effect of gas-powered engines also rising, President Obama predicted that there would be one million electric vehicles on the roadways of America by 2015. The US Department of Energy even paid out billions in low interest loans under the Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing Program. What happened to derail what many automakers saw as a necessary and fated shift in consumer purchasing? Actually, it was a combination of factors that include better technology and buyers’ disinclination to purchase unfamiliar engines.