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507 Battery Electrics = New Guinness World Record
Oct 01, 2014 - 12:17 AM - by xcel
And reasons for going electric.

Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Oct. 1, 2014

California was the site of the world’s largest parade of battery electric vehicles (EVs), 507 cars in one place ... and most were Nissan LEAFs.

As the exclusive automotive sponsor for National Drive Electric Week this September, Nissan had a message to share: EV sales are rising – and the trend is going to continue.

National Drive Electric Week is a nationwide grassroots celebration of electric vehicle technology. The annual event shows the fun, convenience, clean-air benefits... [Read More]
2 Replies | 347 Views
Chrysler Doubling Ram 1500 EcoDiesel Production!
Sep 30, 2014 - 1:10 PM - by seftonm
Last week that the plant was “ramping up” to almost 230 EcoDiesels a day, up from 100.
Mike Sefton - CleanMPG - Sept. 30, 2014

2014 RAM 1500 EcoDiesel - $30,890 to start incl. D&H (Tradesman std. cab with the 8' box) while offering a chart topping 20/28 mpgUS city/highway rating and a tow rating in base trim form with the 3.55 rear end of 8,200 pounds.

Chrysler Group LLC announced plans Tuesday to double the production of its hot selling Ram 1500 EcoDiesel!

The 2015 Ram 1500 is easily America’s most fuel-efficient pickup truck thanks to its 240 horsepower, 420 lb.-ft. of torque 3.0L V6 EcoDiesel... [Read More]
5 Replies | 510 Views
VWs All-new 2016 Passat PHEV
Sep 29, 2014 - 5:22 PM - by xcel
Europe first but we’ll get it eventually. I hope.
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Sept. 29, 2014

2016 VW Passat PHEV-20? – Pricing and EPA may be a while.

Next week VW will be introducing the 2016 European Passat PHEV at the 2014 Paris Motor Show. Equipped with the latest fuel efficient drivetrain and advanced assistance and infotainment systems, it is a new design with more exciting proportions. The all-new eighth generation is currently being launched in Europe and the first Passat PHEV will follow soon after.

The GTE combines a... [Read More]
6 Replies | 660 Views
2016 Chevrolet Volt Revealed <-- Yeah that’s click bait ;)
Sep 29, 2014 - 10:08 AM - by xcel
Another GM camouflage story but cool nonetheless.
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Sept. 29 2014

The 2016 Volt from above.

The next-generation Chevrolet Volt is one of the automotive world’s best-kept secrets. I still have to wonder why however? GM states it is to keep the media eager to see the successor until the debuts at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January. And this kind of controlled release succeeds up to a point although no manufacturer is going to copy the Volts styling in 4-months.

GM stated it is its engineers that are charged to create the “cool” camouflage designs covering the car hiding the... [Read More]
4 Replies | 714 Views
Ford’s Global LED Lighting Installations
Sep 29, 2014 - 9:19 AM - by xcel
A 56 million kWh reduction expected.
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Sept. 29, 2014

This morning Ford revealed it is investing in low carbon LED lighting at manufacturing facilities around the world. The new lights with a street value of more than $25 million, will save both energy and corporate $s while improving lighting quality.

The 25,000 new LED fixtures will replace traditional high-intensity discharge and fluorescent lights, and are expected to reduce Ford’s energy use at manufacturing facilities by 56 million kilowatt-hours annually!

That equates to an up to 70 percent reduction in lighting energy consumption... [Read More]
2 Replies | 526 Views
Kia Optima Concept: Mild Hybridizing the Turbo Diesel in Europe
Sep 29, 2014 - 8:38 AM - by xcel
Kia getting serious about efficiency again.

Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Sept. 29, 2014

The Optima Hybrid Turbo Diesel Mild Hybrid Animation.

Kia will reveal the new Kia Optima mild hybrid concept at the 2014 Paris Motor Show on October 2, the first application and demonstration of a new new mild hybrid powertrain.

The Kia Optima T-Hybrid (turbo hybrid) concept is powered by the existing 1.7L CRDi I4 turbo-diesel mated to a small electric motor and powered by a 48V “lead-carbon” battery. The diesel-electric powertrain concept enables full hybrid... [Read More]
3 Replies | 567 Views
2015 Fiat 500e Now in Oregon
Sep 29, 2014 - 1:43 AM - by xcel
Fiat’s best product moves beyond California.
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Sept. 25, 2014

2015 Fiat 500e - $32,650 incl. D&H and better yet, $199 a month for 36 months with $999 up front and a class-leading 87 miles of AER.

Earlier this week Chrysler announced that the 2015 Fiat 500e is now available at FIAT studios in both California and Oregon for $199 a month over 36 months with $999 due at signing. Previously, 500e had been sold only in California as a compliance vehicle since 2013.

Of all the EVs I have driven to date, this one is the closet to providing fun with style and affordability.

Changes to the 2015 Fiat 500e include a... [Read More]
0 Replies | 507 Views
Iowa Curbs Tesla Test Drives
Sep 28, 2014 - 8:45 AM - by xcel
“Tesla does not believe the statutes apply because the company was not selling cars, only providing test drives.”
Joel Aschbrenner - Des Moines Register - Sept. 25, 2014

Hypocrisy as car dealer groups appear to be looking out for themselves more than the consumer? -- Ed.

2014 Tesla Model S 60 - $72,240 to start incl. D&H with a 208 mile range.

Don't plan on taking the Model S for a test drive in Iowa anytime soon… Iowa told the company to cut short three days of test drives earlier this month in West Des Moines.

The Iowa DOT... [Read More]
2 Replies | 693 Views
Man Breaking a Windshield with His Face Might Convince You That You Need a Dash Cam
Sep 27, 2014 - 8:28 AM - by ALS
Nothing shouts “get a dash cam!” quite like video of a man leaping onto the hood of a car and bashing his head, zombie-style, into the windshield.

Zach Noble - THEBLAZE - September 27, 2014

The circumstances surrounding the video remain unclear, though the video poster wrote that the incident took place on Sept. 19 in South Korea and labeled the man as an “insurance scammer.”

In the video, the man rushes the car as the people inside scream, leaping on the hood... [Read More]
7 Replies | 851 Views
Cadillac Heading to NY
Sep 24, 2014 - 1:14 PM - by xcel
What will change?
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Sept. 23, 2014

2014 Cadillac CTS - $46,025 to start incl. D&H with the 2.0L T provides owners a paltry 20/30 mpgUS city/highway rating.

GM announced a new strategic realignment that will establish Cadillac as a separate business unit with a New York headquarters scheduled to open in 2015.

GM stated that a new Cadillac business unit allows it to pursue new growth opportunities in the luxury automotive market.

As it stands, Cadillac is the only luxury brand not experiencing growth while luxury brand competitor’s sales are up between 10 and 20 percent this year.

Johan de Nysschen, who... [Read More]
9 Replies | 1,220 Views
Audi, Toyota, and Porsche at 4th Round of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC)
Sep 24, 2014 - 12:18 PM - by xcel
Austin’s Circuit of Americas qualifying positions did not equal podium results.
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Sept. 24, 2014

#2 Audi R18 e-tron quattro, eventual winner in Austin but not without drama.

The FIA World Endurance Championship season resumed for the fourth of eight races scheduled for this year, following the Le Mans 24 Hours.

The WEC qualifying format requires two drivers from each car to set a minimum of two flying laps each. The grid is decided by the combined average of each driver’s fastest two laps.

Toyota begins on top

Toyota Racing held a one-point advantage in the Manufacturers' World... [Read More]
0 Replies | 1,193 Views
GMs 2015 Colorado and Canyon: 20/27 mpgUS City/Highway
Sep 22, 2014 - 8:14 AM - by xcel
Pickup truck wars heating up yet again with this all-new segment leading entry from the General.
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Sept. 22, 2014

2015 Chevrolet Colorado - $20,995 to start incl. D&H when equipped with the standard DI 200 hp 2.5L I4 mated to a 6-speed MT.

From our first preview of the Colorado/Canyon twins Pricing and just a week before the all-new Ford F-150 Pricing and EPA release, there has been some movement in the pickup truck segment. This morning GM released their compact lineups full EPA results and they are pretty damn healthy... [Read More]
34 Replies | 2,039 Views
2015 Toyota Sienna Preview
Sep 21, 2014 - 10:29 PM - by xcel
Prettier face with room for 8 and.
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Sept. 21, 2014

2015 Toyota Sienna - $29,485 to start with an 18/25 mpg city/highway rating.

Toyota’s minivan is refreshed for the 2015 MY as the Sienna will arrive with a new exterior, interior, improved safety and new infotainment.

First experienced in our 2014 Highlander Hybrid First Drive, the Sienna is optionally equipped with the new Driver Easy Speak option. Using the microphone from the Sienna’s voice-command multi-media system, Driver Easy Speak conveys... [Read More]
3 Replies | 1,678 Views
Kia's Soul and Forte: Improved Small Overlap Crash Test
Sep 21, 2014 - 9:04 PM - by MaxxMPG
Soul earns good rating, qualifying for Top Safety Pick
Chris Bernius - CleanMPG - Sep. 21, 2014

Improved Soul shows how to ace the test, while the Forte still has room for improvement.

The Kia Soul, a small car previously rated poor in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's... [Read More]
0 Replies | 1,436 Views
One-Off Nissan Leaf Pickup Used as Shop Truck
Sep 18, 2014 - 5:42 PM - by ALS
The engineering team at the Nissan Technical Center in Arizona uses the strange little EV for transporting various tools and parts around, so the affectionately named “Sparky” essentially acts as a shop truck.

Joseph Capparella - MOTORTREND - September 18, 2014

Say hello to Sparky, a Nissan Leaf pickup truck created by engineers at the automaker's technical center in Arizona. The zero-emissions truck started life when the team needed a new vehicle to haul around their tools, resulting in the funky project Leaf.

Nissan... [Read More]
2 Replies | 1,841 Views
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