Throughout The Car Industry
Categories: Hybrid / Green
The Tesla Model S has had its share of news coverage. The recent engine fires have been everywhere from television to You Tube. It has made for some pretty bad press for Tesla. Model S owners aren’t too happy either. Shareholders have shown their disgust. However, the news isn’t all bad. The Model S is available in Germany and the government there has done its own investigation.
The Leaf, the Volt, smart cars… the electric car industry has produced a variety of vehicles that most of us are familiar with. They reduce carbon emissions and lower your fuel bill. Automobile manufacturers are not the only ones thinking about the environment though. Of course, it’s not headline news that even a gas-powered motorcycle does the same thing as a car, on a smaller scale. However, the benefits to the atmosphere and your wallet are even greater if you can combine the two. An electric motorcycle leaves one of the smallest carbon footprints possible in the field of transportation. There are quite a few out there doing all kinds of duties. Sadly, we don’t hear much about them.
A new hybrid was recently shown at the Tokyo Motor Show in Japan. This one comes from Volkswagen and they call it the Twin Up!. It is the next offering in the XL1 line and is a plug-in hybrid version of the Up! already on the market.
I don’t know about where you live, but here in central Florida most of us have been issued special trash cans to be used with the new garbage trucks. They have special handles that allow the truck to pick them up without human intervention. And they are huge. At least compared to the one we used to have. I remember thinking when we got it that we would never fill it up in a week. I was wrong. I am amazed at the amount of garbage we can produce. On a global scale it’s a problem. We simply don’t have room for all the trash human beings generate. So we recycle what we can. But what can you really do with all those plastic bottles, besides make new plastic bottles?
There is a global awareness of the need to reduce pollution. One issue is automobile emissions. It has been in the news for decades and the United States has taken the electric path in answer. Overseas the response has leaned more toward diesel cars. The US government has put emission standards in place that run through the year 2025 which make diesel cars almost impossible to produce here. Also, diesels are not popular due to the price of fuel.
We've heard that Tesla has a number of cars in the pipeline, including the Model X crossover, a sub-Model S sedan and a new roadster. This is by far the strangest item on the docket, however: Tesla said this week that it's planning a pickup truck.
Posted In: Car News, Hybrid / Green, Reports, Rumors
Tags: Tesla, trucks, EVs, electric, new cars, reports, electric
Next week, both the Tokyo and LA Auto Shows kick off. As such, we may as well just call this week "New Car/Concept Preview Week." One of the most radical concepts of either show is sure to be the BladeGlider concept from Nissan, a triangular 1 + 2 electric sports car that "shifts the engineering paradigm."
Posted In: Auto Shows, Concept Cars, Hybrid / Green, Technology
Tags: Nissan, concept cars, 2013 Tokyo Motor Show, sports cars
Police investigators have files in their offices, which are labeled “cold”. Anyone who watches crime dramas knows this. If a case is unable to be solved it sits and waits for new information to be uncovered or new technology to be invented to help find out ‘whodunit”. Why don’t car manufacturers have cold cases? You know, someone who looks at great ideas from the past that were not able to be realized at the time.
When it first announced plans to develop a Soul EV, Kia provided little information about the model's build or performance. It's rectified that dearth of information this week, providing some key specs on its first all-electric US model.
Posted In: Car News, Hybrid / Green, Reports
Tags: Kia, Soul, EVs, electric, green, new cars, technology
Do you remember sitting in class and working on “ditto” worksheets? If you’re somewhere in the neighborhood of 40, I’m sure you remember those purple printed pages with the distinctive chemical aroma. It took the teacher about 10 minutes to copy enough pages for a typical class of students. My, how technology has progressed! Faxing, making copies or printing from your computer is commonplace and can be done in seconds. The next big thing in printing and copying is done in 3D. From clothing to body parts, the possibilities are limitless.
Modern battery technology is both the reason that EVs and plug-in hybrids exist and the reason we don't see more of them. While batteries a're the life blood of EVs, allowing them to store the energy necessary to power their electric motors, they're also the downfall, possessing insufficient storage capacity to deliver anywhere near gas-vehicle range, slowing down the refueling (charging) process, and adding lots of weight and expense.
Earlier this year, Peugeot revealed a concept that could replace batteries with an innovative alternative energy-storage system. Its Hybrid Air technology uses compressed air as a means of energy storage, replacing costly, insufficient batteries. It had the makings of a fanciful concept, but the company is reportedly progressing with the design. Auto Express reports that the Hybrid Air technology is on track for production and could debut as early as 2015. That confirms that the technology is still being prepped for production, and ups the possible launch from the 2016 date Peugeot gave when it first announced Hybrid Air in January.
Posted In: Car News, Hybrid / Green, Technology
Tags: Peugeot, Hybrid Air, concept cars, technology, green, hybrid