Archive for the ‘Electric Vehicles’ Category

EV Charging — Will It Get Vandalized?

Saturday, December 26th, 2009

volt-plug_300Now, I have to tell you guys that I am from Detroit.  In Detroit, as you probably already know, it is all about the urban neighborhoods and all about people parking on the street for lack of driveways.  Well, with the brand new Chevy Volt and the EV charging pads … what about the people that are parking on the streets?

One thing that I think many people are worried about is that there is a lot of crime in places like Detroit and Chicago and if you have a Chevy Volt or any car that needs EV to charge, you might run into a problem of your EV charger getting vandalized.

This is not only a huge concern of mine but of many – many people out there right now.  So what’s the solution?

China’s Changan Auto Brings out a New Concept

Sunday, November 1st, 2009

Changan Auto is one of the five top domestic automakers in China. The company recently revealed their Changan e301 crossover concept. The vehicle was developed right in house and has proven to garner a lot of interest in a relatively short amount of time.

As far as its styling goes, the e301 concept takes quite a few cues from various Citroen models. It is classified as a sports utility vehicle, one that has an innovative and even fashionable design — so, clearly, it is being marketed towards younger drivers. It features an asymmetrical deck, a lower air intake like a fang, and split DLO.

It will be powered by a hydrogen fuel sell propulsion system, as well as two types of hybrid powertrains.

Riversimple Creates Concept of ‘Urban Car’

Thursday, September 3rd, 2009

To be perfectly frank, I am not sure I have ever heard of the Riversimple name before. I think — I am not sure but I think — it might be a European car, perhaps particularly popular in England.

If that is the case, it just makes me want to jump the pond even more than I already do. It is just a concept so far, for an urban car, but what a concept!

Visually, it looks sort of like an alien VW Bug, maybe with a little bit of Mini DNA thrown in for good measure. I think the result is … adorable, is absolutely the only word for it. It is cuter than kittens.

It is an extremely lightweight car and it runs on a hydrogen fuel cell. So, it is smart and cute!

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Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

You have absolutely got to love a roadster, right? And, personally, I fell in love at first sight with the 2009 Tesla Roadster. This car is powered electrically. It has two seats, an open top, and it is rear drive. There is no internal combustion engine, so it has no need of gasoline. Thus, of course, it will not produce any emissions either.

It has lithium ion batteries and — get this — you can use the electricity right in your house to recharge the batteries! In fact, thanks to the option of a Mobile Connector, you can even get a charge from any 110v or 220v electrical outlets, if one is available.

For a clean car, this is a hot ride — and by all available accounts, it has great fuel economy as well!

Though it costs a little over one hundred thousand dollars, it really is well worth the amount.

2010 Toyota Prius: It’s The Leader In Green Cars!

Saturday, June 6th, 2009

2010 Toyota Prius

Okay, so I have to say that the 2010 Toyota Prius is definitely one of those cars that everyone in the world should know about and own at some point in their life.  In this day and age with everyone in the world worrying about gas prices, the 2010 Toyota Prius is slashing those gas prices and saying that you do not have to worry about them because this is a gas/electric hybrid car!

Hybrid cars in this day and age are becoming increasingly popular and while I do not own one specifically, I was thinking about purchasing one and it would definitely be the 2010 Toyota Prius.  This car debuted at Detroit’s Auto Show this year and honestly, it was a freakin’ hit!

So if you want to go a little greener, you should take a look into 2010 Toyota Prius, this car is absolutely one of the best on the market for green cars!

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Effects of Stimulus Bill not be seen until the next two years

Friday, April 24th, 2009

According to the recently concluded conference on the Stimulus Bill, everything pretty much stays the same. There are tax credits added for plug-ins that won’t be out until the next two years or so, but no tax credits are mentioned for the purchase of hybrid vehicles available today.

Otherwise known as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, this stimulus bill is worth $787 billion all in all. Presently, it gives up to $2500 tax credit for buyers of low-speed new electric vehicles. However, this has been criticized as a “pork barrel” for golf carts.

On the plus side, however, it allows new car buyers this year to deduct the local and state taxes paid on their vehicle purchases from their annual federal taxes. While $1.7 billion is allocated to fund this tax deduction, this move received a lukewarm reaction from consumers, probably because they won’t be seeing the figures realized until the end of 2009.