Posts from ‘Green Technology’

Mar
23
2017 Honda Clarity

2017 Honda Clarity Fuel Cell

Consumer Guide First Spin

Even in this line of work, it’s not often we get to drive something truly revolutionary.

Feb
11

Midwest EVOLVE logo

2017 Chicago Auto ShowAnnounced at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show was the launch of Midwest EVOLVE, a three-year project to promote electric vehicles in seven midwestern states: Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and North Dakota. A partnership between the American Lung Association and eight Clean Cities coalitions in those seven states, Midwest EVOLVE plans to host more than 200 events, including some that will allow drivers to get behind the wheel of an electric vehicle.

Oct
06
Ford EcoBoost, What is Direct Injection

As you might expect, direct injection involves the introduction of fuel directly into the combustion chamber.

Direct injection is a form of fuel injection that is gaining popularity as auto manufacturers work to improve fuel economy. Direct injection’s primary benefit is improved engine efficiency. A common secondary benefit of direct injection is the ability to use regular-grade gasoline in engines that might otherwise require more-expensive premium fuel.

Oct
04
2017 Toyota Prius Prime

A plug-in version of the Toyota Prius returns for 2017 as the Prius Prime. It boasts unique styling and offers up to 25 miles of electric-only range, after which it carries on as a regular hybrid — for a total of up to 640 miles between fill-ups.

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When the Toyota Prius was redesigned last year, its Plug-in sibling was notably absent from the lineup. But a plug-in version returns for 2017 as the heavily updated Prius Prime, and it stands as a truly viable alternative to the “normal” Prius.

Jul
21
10-Speed Transmission

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.

Aug
21

A small fleet of ForTwo Electric Drives lined up in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The electric Smart starts at $25,750

In an automotive world where many vehicles look too much alike, the Smart ForTwo stands out. Like a baby shoe surrounded by sneakers, wingtips, and cowboy boots, the Smart’s diminutive size almost always elicits a smile. But just like that baby shoe, it really doesn’t fit the needs of most American buyers.

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.

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