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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.
Ford has a hot new idea. Solar-powered vehicles! Next month at the CES (Consumer Electronics Show) Ford will debut its latest concept vehicle, the C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid. The car itself isn’t new, but the technology it sports is. It has a “sunroof,” but not the kind that lets light (and sometimes rain) into the vehicle. This sunroof is made of solar panels which allow the battery to charge using rays from the sun.
Electric vehicles are awesome, right? I mean, they cut down on all kinds of pollution. Emissions are low to non-existent and noise pollution is minimal with a car that travels silently at speeds less than 20 mph. Neighborhoods are peaceful and you can hear the birds singing. What’s not to like?
Michigan Governor Rick Snyder sees the future. Michigan is the hub of the auto industry in the United States and Gov. Snyder intends to keep it that way with two new laws allowing testing of autonomous vehicles both on the public roads and at a $6.5 million, 30-acre test site near the University of Michigan. This is a huge step toward driverless cars. California, Nevada, and Florida have already put the same type of laws into practice.
Americans get annoyed when they have to pay more for products than people in other countries. Take medicines, for example. The internet has made it possible for someone living in the US to get prescriptions filled in Canada where drug prices are much lower. Everything from pain relievers to birth control to contact lenses can be mail ordered and shipped in from foreign countries. We need a link to Venezuela. Their gases prices are roughly 5 cents a gallon. The shipping would hardly make a dent in the fuel cost savings. Sign me up!
With all the recent hoopla over Tesla’s Model S (if you haven’t heard, Google it) things could be looking up for the electric car company. The share prices dropped 20% since September when all the trouble began and investors weren’t too optimistic. The National Highway Safety Administration didn’t budge on its 5-star rating for the Model S and the faith of the government helped calm the waters. Now General Motors is rumored to be interested in buying the luxury electric vehicle company.
We've been following news of Detroit-bound debuts and concept cars, and it looks like we have a lot more work ahead of us. The auto show released a statement that it's expecting a total of 50 new car and concept debuts when it opens next month. The 2014 auto year will kick off with a strong start.
2013 was a huge year for the automotive industry -- it was full of comeback stories and the rise of the automobile, once again. The success of the industry may be due to smart business practices and internal strategy, but it could also be because this year had some cars that were nothing short of game changers. Here are five of the most influential cars of 2013.
Several years ago (I won’t depress myself by figuring up exactly how many) I was in a car accident on this day, Christmas Eve. It could have ruined Christmas for me and my family. I had two young sons at the time who were thankfully with my mother. I was injured but not severely and we spent most of the day in the emergency room, which is generally crowded around the holidays.
Ford began making its iconic F-150 series way back in the late 40’s. It has been the best-selling truck in America for 37 years and Ford’s best-selling vehicle overall for 32 years. The company counts on this product for strong sales and profit and buyers count on it for handling tough jobs dependably. Ford has come up with an idea to make it even better. With the recent focus on fuel economy and the new standards associated with it, automakers are getting more creative. When your top vehicle is heavy truck creativity must be stretched to the limit.
Chevy has been producing the Silverado for years functioning under the belief that “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” When you’ve got a good thing sometimes the best course of action is to stick with it—unless you can make it better. The new 2014 Silverado has been updated in ways that will make it even more attractive to hard working types but will also give you a decent vehicle for family or to take your significant other on a date.