Throughout The Car Industry
Categories: Hybrid / Green
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.
In past years, the North American International Auto Show marked the official beginning of the auto new year. As the auto and tech industries cooperate more and more closely, however, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) has taken over as the first major "auto show" of the year, allowing automakers and aftermarket companies to focus attention on their latest navigation systems, connected car hardware, autonomous driving technologies, and green designs. Toyota used this year's CES to showcase its upcoming fuel cell vehicle.
Posted In: Concept Cars, Hybrid / Green, Technology
Tags: Toyota, fuel cell, green, EV, hybrid,
In a recent interview, autosport.com asked Formula 1 pundit Martin Brundle whether he saw F1 as a sport, a crucible of technical innovation, or a show. He answered unequivocally that it was a show, a spectacle, that like all major sports it existed primarily to entertain. For if there are no viewers, then there are no sponsors, and if there are no sponsors, especially in a sport with such rampant expenditures as F1, then there is no sport. So why on Earth are the powers that be apparently doing their best to make it so unappealing to watch?
Posted In: Hybrid / Green, Racing
Tags: fomula, one, F1, 2014, season, sebastian, vettel, lewis, hamilton, jenson, button, fernando, alonso, lotus, ferrari, red, bull, mclaren, mercedes
Looking to get the utility of a crossover with a little boost in mileage? The 2014 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid is a compelling option that costs a few thousand dollars more than a comparable V6 model and offers close to 25 percent better fuel economy.
Posted In: Car News, Hybrid / Green, Reports
Tags: Nissan, Pathfinder, crossovers, hybrid, new cars, pricing
The days of squinting into the darkness while driving at night are nearly gone. With most new cars sporting LED headlights we are able to see farther than ever on those poorly lit rural back roads. Deer and other wildlife are safer than ever and the insurance companies sleep a little easier.
Electric vehicles have been on the market for a while now and some of them are beginning to show up on used car lots. Studies are now being done to determine depreciation in the value of these vehicles and the news is not good. A study by Kelley Blue Book, at the request of USA Today, projects their depreciation figures after five years for all-electric and hybrid vehicles.