Archive for the ‘Electric cars’ Category

Many Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles to Choose From Soon

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Earlier this month, I attended the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.  The mood was upbeat, as auto manufacturers were feeling positive and people are starting to buy cars again.  In fact, if there is one word to describe the show, its “electric.” While 100% electric vehicles like the Nissan Leaf are starting to [...]

Let’s Hear it for Electric Cars!

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Let’s hear it for electric cars!  No really.  I mean, let’s hear electric cars…. As electric cars hit mainstream markets this year in greater numbers, safety concerns about their operation are on the rise.  That’s because, without a combustion engine, electric vehicles operate practically silently. You might not hear them driving behind you as you [...]

Charging Ahead with Electric Vehicles: Owners Need to Consider Insurance

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If you follow automotive news at all, you probably have heard the predictions that electric vehicle (EVs) are hot this year.  In fact, some are calling 2011 the year of the electric car.  For those of us considering owning an electrified vehicle, insurance companies are cautioning about potential issues that may arise. For example, some [...]

Electric Car-Friendly Scenic Byway to be Created in Washington State

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The first of its kind in the nation, an electric car-friendly Scenic Byway will be created in Washington State.  Its no accident that the Evergreen State will be the site of a green highway.  Infrastructure for electric vehicles has been best established along the West Coast of the United States, laying the groundwork for a [...]

Electrifying Detroit at the North American International Auto Show

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I am just returning from the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan.  As a guest of Ford Motor Company, I was able to hear about – not only the new electrified vehicles from Ford – but also to tour the facilities and check out other EV offerings from a wide range of auto [...]

Ford’s Focus EV to be Unveiled at Consumer Electronics Show

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This weekend, I am heading to Detroit, Michigan to attend the biggest, most discussed car show in the United States, the North American International Auto Show.  I am fortunate to be one of the green bloggers selected to cover the event.  Ford Motor Company is paying for my travel and accommodations at the 2-day Driving [...]

Will 2011 Be the Year of the Electric Car?

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One of the hottest topics around the dinner table this Christmas (at least at my house) was the question of, “will 2011 be the year of the electric car?” My father has been involved in developing the infrastructure, working with auto manufacturers and just getting the work out to the general public, via op eds [...]

Electrifying Times: Electric Car Magazine Published in Bend, Oregon

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While 2010 may be the biggest year for the electric vehicle since…. well…. ever, one man in Bend, Oregon has pinned high hopes on the alternative means of transportation for nearly a decade.  Bruce Meland has been publishing Electrifying Times, an electric car magazine, internationally (right here from Central Oregon) since 1992! Seems that there [...]

Electric Cars, Auto Insurance & Your Home

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A standard wall outlet may now allow the average citizen to save a few hundred dollars a year. With the wave of electric cars soon to be hitting the market ‘en-masse’, people are preparing their homes to power these automobiles.  The question begs, do you have the right equipment in your house? Depending on the [...]

Nissan Leaf to Get 99 MPG?

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There’s been some hooplah in the news recently about the projections for the new Nissan Leaf.  The electric vehicle, which will go on sale next month in 5 states in the U.S., is claimed to be able to get 99 MPG (miles per gallon) per the manufacturer’s website. The battery-powered electric car might not be [...]

Chevy Volt Commercials

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After all the hype and hoopla, its time for the rubber to meet the road.  Quite literally. The 2011 Chevy Volt is officially on the market in several regions of the United States. Several new Chevy Volt commercials are inspiring consumers to go for the electric car, and hoping to dissuade naysayers from negative preconceptions: [...]

Japanese Anxious About Electric Cars

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I read the other day in the New York Times that the Japanese are anxious about electric cars. Why would that be, I wondered? Turns out that Japan is one of the world’s largest auto parts suppliers.  And, with the advent of electric cars, many vehicle components that would be in demand with gasoline cars [...]

Hybrid Electric Car from Volkswagen

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Once again, its time to re-think any preconceptions of electric cars as geeky or gutless.  A new hybrid electric car from Volkswagen will hit showrooms next year, which shares its electric drive system with Porsche’s Cayenne S Hybrid. VW is taking its popular SUV, the Touareg, and creating a gasoline-electric hybrid sport utility model for [...]

Can Electric Cars Go Mainstream?

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The next 12 months will be a big test for electric cars.  After years of hype, several prominent auto manufacturers are finally releasing new electric vehicle models for sale to the general public.  The Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf are just two of several new EVs that you’ll soon see driving along streets and highway. [...]

Mitsubishi i-MiEV: Electric Car Coming to U.S. in 2011

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Another new electric car is about to hit U.S. roads in 2011.  The Mitsubishi i-MiEV is already available in Japan, with plans to start selling in America in fall of next year.  After several years of fine-tuning its concept EV, Mitsubishi is finally ready to put this urban car on the global market. The i-MiEV [...]