October 27th, 2011
Though its animal avoidance system may still be a few years away, Volvo’s safety engineers have been collecting data in zoos and safari parks in Sweden in an attempt to overcome the difficult task of making a camera and computer recognize large animals…
October 20th, 2011
Here is a list of some of the more notable electric cars that are now available or coming soon:
Tags: · Electric Cars
October 14th, 2011
Did you know that electric vehicles are so reliable because they have 10 times fewer moving parts than a gasoline powered car?
That’s right, there’s no engine (OK, you knew that already) and no transmission, spark plugs, valves, fuel tank, tailpipe, distributor, starter, clutch, muffler or catalytic converter.
September 16th, 2011
Across the country, Americans are finding ways to build a greener future and create immediate employment for workers who desperately need good jobs.
One such project, ready to move from the drawing board to execution is the Chicago-Quad Cities-Iowa City passenger rail line, slated to be funded with $230 million in federal grant money
August 10th, 2011
Ford will offer customers a rooftop solar system with its new Focus Electric that goes on sale later this year. Ford said its “Drive Green for Life” option will provide buyers with enough clean, renewable energy to offset the electricity used to charge the vehicle.
July 29th, 2011
America’s cars and trucks will average about 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025 under the second phase of the Obama Administration’s national vehicle program, which is backed by 13 automakers.
Ford, GM, Chrysler, BMW, Honda, Hyundai, Jaguar/Land Rover, Kia, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Toyota and Volvo — which represent more than 90 percent of the cars and light trucks sold in the US, all back the plan, which was formally announced today.
“We’ve set an aggressive target and the companies are stepping up to the plate,” said President Obama, who called the plan the single most important step the nation has taken to reduce its oil dependence.
Tags: · 2025 car mileage standards, car and truck gas savings, energy efficient cars, energy efficient transportation, greenrightnow.com, mileage standards, oil dependence, oil independence, US gas mileage standards
July 7th, 2011
ust as the EPA keeps tabs on companies that use green energy for buildings and stamps out Energy Star labels for efficient appliances, the Department of Energy has begun recognizing companies that are greening their vehicle fleets.
June 20th, 2011
Americans love their cars. There are more cars, per capita, in the United States than in any other country – more than eight cars for every 10 Americans, according to recent government figures. But most of the time, those vehicles sit idle, parked in a driveway or on the street. Now, several startup companies on the U.S. West Coast are helping people rent their personal car to someone else when they don’t need it.
June 17th, 2011
Want to know what tomorrow’s automobile engineers have been up to?
They’ve been designing cars that get gas mileage or gas mileage “equivalents” that raise the bar for vehicles not just in America, but worldwide.
June 10th, 2011
The 2011 Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid is the first gasoline-electric hybrid to make me say, “Wow,” and “Boy, howdy.”
The hybrid driving experience is typically cerebral, as in “What efficient technology. The long-term fuel savings will be beneficial to both the environment and my wallet.” The Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid driving experience is visceral, as in “Woohooooooooo.”
June 9th, 2011
If the idea of owning an electric car intrigues, but a $40,000 price tag for a Chevy Volt isn’t exactly in your price range, Neal Farris has a solution. Build your own.
May 20th, 2011
From Green Right Now Reports
Even though only about 2,000 of GM’s electric Volt have been sold so far, the company sees a charged market ahead for the newly introduced vehicle, if it can ramp up production to meet consumer desire for the Volt.
To that end, the company will be closing the Volt factory next month to retool.
General Motors’ Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant will close for four weeks starting in June for upgrades that will help speed the rate of Volt production, GM reports. The decision to shut down production, so it can be speeded up later, comes in response to “tremendous consumer demand” for the Volt, said spokeswoman Christi Landy.
The re-tooling also will assist the assembly of the 2013 Chevy Malibu.