The Problem With Hybrid, Electric, and Alternative Fuel Cars

Is gas efficiency at the top of everyone’s list when it comes to car shopping? It’s becoming clear that for automakers at least, higher fuel economy cars like hybrids and electric cars are a number one priority. This is further reflected at the most recent Detroit Auto Show a couple weeks ago. New hybrids and electric cars were unveiled by the numbers. However, if consumers were more green minded, in other words, the demand for green cars do not match up with the supply.

Hybrid sales do not reflect an audience that is willing to explore alternative gas cars just yet. Read more

Electric Cars: Better for the Environment?

Most of us know that electric vehicles are pricey, but have distinct environmental benefits not found on any other cars. For these reasons alone, some consumers are attracted to EVs, caring little about the price, but eager to reduce their personal impact on the environment. Let’s take a look at some the attributes of electric cars and how these models can be better for the environment.

No internal combustion engine — Without an internal combustion engine under the hood, cars like the Nissan LEAF do not emit harmful pollutants. Read more

Tech Specs of the Lexus ES Hybrid

The Lexus line up is one of the most varied and expansive among all luxury makes. Its portfolio is dominated by gasoline-powered cars and SUVs, with nary a diesel model in the U.S. fleet. Instead of relying on diesels to give its line up an important edge, Lexus serves up five hybrid vehicles including its five-passenger ES Hybrid sedan. The Lexus ES Hybrid slots above the CT200 Hybrid, and is a front-wheel drive vehicle that features Lexus’ now signature hourglass grille. This vehicle is priced from $38,850.

Hybrid Powertrain

Officially known as the Lexus ES 300h, the ES Hybrid is powered by a 2.5-liter in-line four cylinder engine. Read more

Have You Ever Thought of Changing the Fuel of Your Car From Gas to Electric?

The Midwest has some of highest gasoline prices in the nation. Months ago, on the way home from a play, I got excited to see a sign on the toll way for $4.01 for unleaded gas. It was selling for 10 to 15 cents a gallon less than the stations near where I lived. So, seeing that price, I felt lucky to be able to fill up.

These soaring gas prices are not only having an effect on our wallet, but on our driving habits as well. I myself am reluctant to waste gas driving to a distant outlet mall. Read more

Fuel Cell Energy – A Safe Way to Save on Gas

Science and technology is becoming more and more advanced. A lot of progress is being made in almost all the fields. Well, in this run for progress and development, all the non-renewable resources of energy are getting exhausted. Hydrogen fuel cells are the perfect fuel alternatives through which you can fulfill all your energy needs and requirements. They are the most efficient renewable energy resources through which you can power your vehicles and improve their efficiency. Well, further in this article, I will tell you all the essential facts related to the fuel cell energy.

Hydrogen fuel cells are the most efficient power resources through which one can easily fulfill all his needs and requirements related to power supply. Read more

Mercedes B-Class Revealed

Mercedes have released the official details of their upcoming 2012 B-Class model, ahead of its full unveiling at the Frankfurt motor show in September. For those of you unaware, the B-Class has of course been the companies foray into the small family car market for over six years now, enjoying a fair amount of success along the way. Since its facelift back in 2008, it has remained wholly untouched until now with the upcoming model being the first total redesign since its initial release back in 2005.

Despite the lack of official exterior shots, there is an indication as to what the styling will look like. Read more

Electric Vehicles Are Here, But Can They Really Compete With Conventional Cars?

Nissan Leaf. Car of the year 2011. The first 100% Electric car to win. Ever.

We believe the best way to address the problem of emissions is simply not to produce any emissions at all. So say Nissan, makers of the new Leaf.

The Nissan Leaf is a battery-powered car. But don’t let that put you off! Nissan have spent a lot of time and money on the development of this plug-in electric vehicle. It may have cost the company billions and it’s now going into mass production in the UK and at Nissan plants around the world.

This car already has a reputation as a purpose-designed electric car rather than a modification of an exisiting model which makes it very exciting.

Carlos Ghosn Nissan President and CEO claims the ‘Nissan Leaf (is) competitive to conventional cars in terms of safety, performance, spaciousness and handling.’

But can it give conventional established petrol and diesel cars a run for their money? Some critics think so.

Here’s some of the good things they are saying:

High top speed – they claim a top speed of 90 mph (144 kph)

A very smooth and quiet drive train

The car has excellent handling and road-holding.

Careful design means the batteries are well-hidden

Plenty of space for passengers and luggage.

Good build quality and careful attention to detail

Like all present-day electric vehicles it’s biggest downside is the range it can travel before needing to be recharged. Read more

How to Use Solar Energy To Move Vehicles

Solar energy can be used for many purposes. One of the applications that engineers are currently intrigued by is solar-powered vehicles. Although there are many concept cars that are built using solar power as its source of energy, there is still a long way to go before solar-powered cars can be commonly found on public roads.

One of the greatest challenge to realizing this potential is cost. Till today, high-efficiency solar panels are expensive. Mass produced PV panels only have a maximum of about 16 percent efficiency. Read more

Want a Hybrid? Convert Your Current Auto

Convert your current auto to run on electricity. Want a hybrid? Let me tell you that converting your car to run on electricity is more reality than science fiction.

Let me share a few tips with you on the possibilities of converting your car to run on electricity. You mind quickly runs to, I have to be some kind of mechanic or something or I must know something about cars. Think again! You will also be surprised that you will not be spending tons of money either.

There are thousands just like you with no technical expertise that are converting the old gas guzzler or should we say money guzzler to run on low-cost electricity. Read more

Why Buying a Hybrid Might Not Save You Any Money

Hybrid technology is certainly not new but if you have been in the market for a new car recently you probably have considered buying one. If you have already bought a hybrid, thank you for contributing to decreasing the global dependency on oil.

What’s in it for you though? Does buying a hybrid car save you any money? Is there a compelling argument to going for the hybrid car compared to the non-hybrid alternative.

If you think that “Hey, I’m getting more MPG’s so I am saving money…” hold your horses because you might be missing on some important details. Read more