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Prius and Volt owners need to pay for roads too

Prius and Volt owners need to pay for roads too

Although fuel taxes encourage people to buy more fuel-efficient vehicles such as the Toyota Prius and Chevy Volt, these vehicles still use roads and cause road wear. But funding to repair roads comes from fuel taxes, and, as more people drive the Prius and Volt and other fuel-efficient cars, the revenue from fuel taxes can no longer cover required highway spending. A solution to this funding shortfall is to tax drivers per mile rather than per gallon.

The Highway Trust Fund, financed by federal fuel taxes set at 18.4 cents per gallon for gasoline and 24.4 cents per gallon for diesel in 1993, provides funding to repair and build federal highways. Since 2008, however, highway spending surpassed the revenues from the trust fund. To make up the shortfall, the Treasury has had to provide $30 billon to the trust fund.

EV vs. Hydrogen: Obama proposes 88% boost for EV, 40% cut for Hydrogen

image Obama undoubtedly supports EV technology more than hydrogen at this point. The “EV vs. Hydrogen” transport battle is leaning towards EV: $588 million for EV technologies (+88%), $200 million for communities investing in EV infrastructure. A $70 million (-40%) investment cut for Hydrogen technology program. EV vs. Hydrogen. 1:0.

Obama’s goal is to have 1 million EV and PHEV advanced technology vehicles on US roads by 2015. President Obama’s EV proposal is based on new efforts to support EV manufacturing, new consumer rebates, investment in R&D and competitive programs to encourage communities that invest in electric vehicle infrastructure.

Earthquake in Japan may leave Toyota Prius in short supply

Earthquake in Japan may leave Toyota Prius in short supply Toyota hasn’t had the easiest year with a number of recalls and a very public Congressional hearing. Things were looking bright for the Japanese automaker in recent weeks with US buyers flocking to dealerships to check out the Prius. The horrific events in the country may impact the number of hybrids that Toyota can ship to the US for some time.

A lot of Japanese car manufacturers source parts from US based plants such as parts from Denso in Battle Creek, Michigan or even set up shop with manufacturing facilities like Nissan’s Leaf plant in Tennessee. The Prius is a bit different because it is sourced entirely in Japan. With limited power supplies and a heavily damaged infrastructure it may be difficult for Toyota to get the Prius back in US showrooms.

Rolls Royce electric vehicle vs. one with gasoline engine = Nuclear Power Plant vs. Solar panels

Rolls-Royce-102EX-electric Rolls Royce is sending a jolt to the EV market by testing a new electric vehicle – the Rolls Royse 102EX in order to see if the market could absorb some electric luxury. It’s hard to admit, but we still need gasoline-powered cars like we still need nuclear power plants, that doesn’t mean solar panels aren’t a great solution though.

Li-Ion batteries for EVs and PHEVs are scaring some people

Basic RGBEV skeptics are among us! And one of the favorite arguments they use is »what  about the EV batteries?! Li-Ion-powered EVs and PHEVs pollute more than regular cars!«

Put your Li-Ion-powered mobile phone or mp3 player away for a moment and explore the basics of Li-Ion batteries life-cycle with us, let’s see if there's something to substantiate these doubts.

Structure of Li-Ion batteries

Charge it: a new battery swap program for electric cars As oil prices keep inching up due to the events in Northern Africa and the Middle East, many Americans are looking at electric cars to reduce the pain at the pump. There’s one big problem, though. You most likely have a gas station near your home or workplace, but not a charging station to power up your Leaf or Volt. A company called Better Place may change the EV world with their novel idea of swap-out batteries for electric cars.

Former SAP higher-up Shai Agassi was a little perplexed when it came to electric cars. He wondered why car manufacturers couldn’t take the same battery based approach to their product as simple items like a TV remote or flashlight; simply swap out your depleted power source for a fresh battery.

PHEV Volt + $2.5 billion + U.S. WasteWise Hall of Fame = GM

PHEV VOLT + $2.5 BILLION + U.S. WASTEWISE HALL OF FAME = GMLately GM is mostly mentioned with regards to the bold industrial step it is undertaking with its PHEV the GM Volt. But did you know GM has been inducted to the U.S. EPA WasteWise Hall of fame and that they’ve managed to make over $2.5 billion in earnings since 2007 just by managing their waste? 

GM Volt, the PHEV. PHEV stands for plug-in hybrid electric vehicle. Basically it means it’s got a regular internal combustion engine and an electric motor and it can be plugged into the grid. That’s very important and it’s got to do with Vehicle-to-grid technology. Essentially, once infrastructure and system are in place, the GM Volt will aid the power grid at peak-times when energy demand is high by returning clean energy it “harvested” from renewable sources such as solar panels placed on your house roof. That makes EV and PHEV the only way to save renewable energy and return it to the power grid when needed!

VW resurrects the legendary Bulli as an all-electric microbus

VW resurrects the legendary Bulli as an all-electric microbus Back in the late 1990’s Volkswagen (VW) got a lot of acclaim for their updated version of the Beetle. The iconic form was updated to more modern tastes with sleeker lines and whimsical additions like a flower vase. VW has taken the same sensibility to re-introduce the van known worldwide as the Type Two, microbus, or Bulli as a sleek all-electric van made for iPad toting hipsters.

Can the most impressive car at Geneva Motor Show be considered "green?"

Can the most impressive car at Geneva Auto Show be considered "green?" For manufacturers at auto shows, getting noticed means demanding the public's attention; girls, fancy lights, demonstrations, VIP lounges, concept cars and dynamic displays all clamor for the attentive gaze of the crowd, and for the most part, boisterous exhibits translate into excessive buzz. With the Koenigsegg Agera R, the questions is, how much is too much?

Now regarded as perhaps the most powerful production sports car in the world, the Koenigsegg Agera R is truly a one-of-a-kind sports car. Set to debut at the 2011 Geneva Auto Show, the bi-turbo 5.0L V8 engine features a 0-62 mph time of 2.9 seconds and comes with a 7-speed dual clutch transmission. Even more impressive, at least from a power perspective, is the 1,115 horsepower potential.

So how does the Agera R achieve a horsepower so off the charts?


Yes, the secret of this ridiculously fast (260 mph) vehicle is the ethanol.

BMW chasing electric car mark with the BMW i, but it may be too slow

BMW chasing electric car mark with the BMW i, but it may be too slowBMW has traditionally focused on an affluent customer segment, and the target for the upcoming all-electric BMW i is no exception; it just also allows that same segment to feel guilt-free. The company began working on electric cars in 2007, calling its endeavor Project i. It’s great to hear that BMW is putting some focus on electric cars but with a release date targeting 2013 it may be a little late to market.