Throughout The Car Industry
Categories: Hybrid / Green
When you say “Saleen” around a car nerd, they'll probably think of a feral Mustang, wrapped in an outlandish bodykit. Saleen has been tuning Ford's pony cars for so long, it's hard to imagine the “Saleen” name attached to anything else. But that's about to change, as the legendary tuner launches a new kind of hot rod. One with a plug, and a battery pack, and an outlandish bodykit. Times are changing, and Saleen's changing too. Say hello then, to the Saleen Tesla Model S.
Tags: tesla model s, saleen, EV
Do you live in a crowded city? Do you commute to work via public transportation? Do you hate the walk to the bus stop or subway station? Are you a business person with lots of Very Important Time Sensitive Documents to transport? If you answered yes to these questions then read on!
Tesla cares about its customers, and not only for their physical safety. With all the negative press surrounding the Model S and its alleged propensity for catching fire, Tesla has gone above and beyond to give buyers of this vehicle peace of mind.
Tags: tesla, model s, titanium plate
Self-driving automobiles are inevitable. Eventually we will have the technology and capability to allow our cars to take us where we want to go without much input from the passengers inside. Swedish researchers may have paved the way for Volvo and other autonomous car manufacturers to do this sooner rather than later.
Tags: magnet, volvo, autonomous, self-driving
If you can afford to buy a Rolls Royce, then you’re not going to be concerned about the gas mileage. You probably own an oil well, or a small country, and you need a suitable conveyance for your massive ego. Obviously, the traditional Rolls customer doesn’t want or need a plug-in hybrid. But government regulators are forcing them to make one…
Tags: rolls royce, rolls royce phantom 102ex, hybrid, plug-in hybrid
If we gave an award for the Most Ridiculous Idea Ever, I would like to nominate Jean-Baptiste Segard's invention, the EP Tender.
What does it do? It provides a way to produce extra electricity during long trips where it may not be possible to recharge your battery. Sort of like those trucks with two gas tanks, the EP Tender is a little like an extra tank, only for electricity. Doesn’t sound too crazy yet, right? Read on.
Tags: ep tender, ev, backup generator
Attention, Toyota Camry Hybrid owners! The National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA) has opened a preliminary evaluation of 2007-2008 Camry Hybrids due to a possible defect of the braking system. Owners have reported that they are experiencing “delayed braking actuation or increased brake pedal effort” meaning the brakes either don’t work or the pedal must be pushed harder to get the car to stop. So far there have been 59 complaints, 40% of which said the issue occurred at speeds of 40mph or more. It seems the problem is more likely as the car ages because 55% of the complaints have occurred in the last eight months.
Tags: toyota, camry hybrid, recall
Almost every merchant establishment has sales. Car dealerships are no different, but it’s rare in the auto industry to get something for nothing. Cadillac is breaking away from the standard with the 2014 Cadillac ELR, its new Luxury plug-in hybrid coupe.
They say everything old becomes new again. Fashions go out of style only to come back a few years later. The same happens with hairstyles, although I’m hoping we never get nostalgic for the afro. Cars are no different from any other trend. Shapes and colors come and go in cycles. Style and the coolness factor are not the only things that can bring back something from the past. Necessity plays its part too, and car manufacturers are digging into the history of the automobile to find ways to make modern vehicles lighter and more fuel efficient.
Tags: wood, aluminum, carbon fiber, steel
The Detroit Auto Show held earlier this month abounded with cars sporting the latest in technological applications. A popular trend among manufacturers appears to be carbon fiber used in the body of their vehicles. Previously this sort of thing would be reserved for race cars or high-end luxury cars due to the expense of producing and using the material. What we commonly call “carbon fiber” is actually carbon fiber reinforced polymer. It attracts manufacturers because it is five times stronger than steel and weighs two-thirds less. This means that, if a typical automobile is made of carbon fiber instead of steel, the mass weight will drop by 60% and use 30% less gas—and lower emissions from 10% to 20%.
Another drawback of carbon fiber was the time it takes to mold during production, about five minutes to mold a frame. A few years ago a Japanese company discovered that if a special thermoplastic resin was mixed with the carbon fiber the time could be reduced to less than 60 seconds. This could be part of the reason for the sudden use in newer cars.
Tags: carbon fiber, steel
There is a wide range of options for car manufacturers to make their vehicles greener. Most of the research is obviously geared toward electric power instead of gasoline, but there are less obvious changes that can be made to a car’s interior which is also beneficial to the planet. BMW leads the way toward a greener future.