Posts from ‘Green Technology’

Jul
21
Camaro vs. Mustang

Will a common drivetrain element invalidate a 50-year feud?

There aren’t too many automotive rivalries for consumers to get excited about anymore. Sure, there’s the annual Honda Accord/Nissan Altima/Toyota Camry sales race—but I’m not sure present-day buyers really care all that much.

Mar
20
City and Suburbs

City driving is especially tough on fuel economy, but the suburbs also pose challenges to efficiency.

By now, most of us have heard the most common bits of gas-saving advice. We all know not to speed, to avoid jackrabbit starts, and to avoid letting the engine idle. Absolutely sound advice. But there is more we can do in the interest of conserving fuel.

Jul
09
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If you’re confused by all the new automatic-transmission types now available, you’re not alone. This Toyota Prius shift lever manipulates a type of continuously variable transmission (CVT).

Automatic transmissions have gone through many changes since being introduced by Oldsmobile for 1940, but rarely have there been as many different types offered as there are today. Following are technical descriptions of the four basic types that have been used of late, but if you prefer to simply know how they might affect the driving experience, just skip down to the “On the Road” section.

Apr
01
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Due in showrooms this fall, the 2015 Ford C-Max Energi Kingsford Edition captures heat energy normally lost when grilling, and uses it to charge the on-board battery.

KINGSFORD, OHIO—Ford Motor Company revealed today the newest member of the C-Max family, the 2015 C-Max Energi Kingsford Edition.

Apr
16

The only obvious differences in appearance between the Fiat 500 and the 500e, shown, are the unique wheels and white lower grille with 500e logo.

Despite being an electric car, the Fiat 500e looks very much like the conventional Fiat 500 upon which it is based. Your average citizen will likely never guess it runs on electricity instead of gasoline.

Oct
13

Greenest Cities

The fact is, being green can be fairly frustrating. Even with the best of intentions–and actions–the efforts of a single person are dwarfed by the task at hand. The chart below illustrates nicely the scope of the situation.

Apr
20
2012 Ford Fusion Hybrid

If your goal is to save money, Chris would suggest passing on the Ford Fusion Hybrid in favor of a conventional car with good rated mileage.

Colleague Ed Piotrowski recently noted seeing more and more hybrid vehicles flying down the highway with nearly reckless abandon. I see that here in Phoenix as well, and I’ll bet it’s happening all over the country.

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