Automobiles

President Obama Expected to Allow Some States to Enforce Tough Emission Standards

January 20, 2009 / No Comments

Uh Oh! President Obama is expected to grant a waiver that will allow California to enforce their own greenhouse-gas emission standards. Yeah, I live in California. Good for me, right? "That would completely change the landscape for vehicle regulation and obligate automakers to produce cars that are far more efficient than those called for under current federal standards," the Los Angeles Times ...

Chrysler 200C EV: Chrysler manages to pull off an electric coupe

January 15, 2009 / No Comments

In age of the media and the internet, it would be real hard to keep a product under the wrap for a longtime and to unveil it on a grand stage in order to create a huge surprise. Leaks, spy shots and media intrusion have put an end to most surprises, but Chrysler has managed to pull off a complete ...

Toyota Plans 10 New Hybrid-Gas Electric Models

January 13, 2009 / No Comments

Toyota says it will launch as many as 10 new hybrid gas-electric models within the next four years IF the economic downturn doesn't prevent them and IF there is renewed consumer demand. When gas was $4+ gallon (US) consumers didn't mind paying an extra $3-5,000. They seem to mind now that gas is half that price. Toyota has a fleet of 500 ...

Eliica – The 8-wheeled Electric Lithium-Ion Car

January 12, 2009 / 1 Comment

Modern day electric cars and bikes are most often viewed by the vast majority as slow slugs that really are no match for the Ferraris and that Hayabusas on the road. But that perception of owning an electric car 'just for the sake of the planet' is being fast changed and Eliica is attempting to bring about that change with ...

Mitsubishi Motors Will Make Electric Cars for Peugeot

January 12, 2009 / No Comments

When a foreign (outside of Japan) car maker can't make a car as good as Japan does, what do they do? Contract a Japanese car maker to make it for them and call it their own. Mitsubishi Motors Corp. will make electric cars for France's PSA Peugeot Citroen Group beginning early next year. The French government is ponying up to 5,000 ...

Cadillac Converj: Luxurious Electric Concept

January 11, 2009 / 2 Comments

The 2009 Detroit Auto Show just opened gates to press and there's good stuff for eco-minded people. GM just officially unveiled their beautifully styled, sleek, and clearly aerodynamic Cadillac Converj. It's a two-door front-wheel-drive coupe extended range electric concept that uses E-Flex technology - now known as Voltec, that is expected to deliver a 40-mile range from a set of lithium ...

Solar Powered Toyota Prius in 2010

January 6, 2009 / 1 Comment

Toyota is coming out with a new Prius, a solar-powered Prius. The car will have solar panels in its roof that will be used to run the car's air conditioning. And, when does a car need air conditioning? Right! When the sun is out. The 2010 Prius is expected to get 55+mpg, be plug-in-able, smaller, a wagon, and even Li-ion battery ...

China’s Carmakers Challenged to “Think Small” Learn from Mistakes of America’s Big Three

January 5, 2009 / No Comments

China wants its car makers to develop smaller, fuel-efficient models NOT the gas guzzlers that the US Big Three produced despite all the warnings to the contrary. "We used to believe medium-sized cars would have the biggest market in China, but actually small cars have the greatest potential in terms of energy efficiency and price," said a senior engineer  of the ...

Suzuki Commmits to Environmentally Friendly Cars, Quits World Rally Championship

December 16, 2008 / No Comments

Suzuki Motor Corp of Japan has made a decision between spending upwards of $50 million a year to participate in the World Rally Championships for the sake of name recognition or spend that money on Research & Development to make more environmentally friendly cars. The decision is in favor of producing more environmentally friendly cars! Hats off to Suzuki for taking the ...

Miljøbil Grenland and Tata Motors

December 11, 2008 / No Comments

I was doing some research on Tata Motors and learned some 20 things that I listed up. One of the things I learned was Tata Motors has a 50.3% holding in electric vehicle technology firm Miljø Grenland/Innovasjon of Norway. So, off to Norway I went to learn something about this technology. The company bills itself as a "Driving for a Cleaner Environment." ...