Green Cars

Mitsubishi delivering another electric car to U.S.: the i-MiEV

Mitsubishi delivering another electric car to U.S.: the i-MiEV Mitsubishi wants more action in the fledgling but growing electric car market in the United States, and with that goal in mind the company is developing a U.S. version of its i-MiEV model that’s a little more spacious and luxurious than its Japanese cousin. The company intends it to be a better fit for American customers, which may be consistent with a generally taller and wider population.

But other than space and standard features like tire pressure monitoring and traction control, drivers have a strong interest in being able to travel without running out of energy. That’s where the i-MiEV may run a bit short with estimates pegging it with a 60 to 70 mile range on a single battery charge.

BMW races to get hybrid plug-in sports car on the market by 2013

BMW races to get hybrid plug-in sports car on the market by 2013 While manufacturers like Nissan and Chevy have been pimping out their hybrid and electric cars, luxury carmaker BMW has remained pretty quiet about the subject except for a handful of hybrid SUVs. This week they announced that they will start production on a new car based on the sporty plug-in hybrid Vision EfficientDynamics Concept car.

Panasonic powers up Tesla with a $30m investment

Panasonic powers up Tesla with a $30m investment Tesla has certainly been a a hot topic in the electric car market with their innovative batteries and sleek designs. While they’ve garnered a lot of attention, they haven’t sold a heck of a lot of cars. They’ve reached out to Daimler and Toyota in order to expand into the consumer market and have recently added Panasonic as their partner when it comes to batteries.

Earlier this week Panasonic snapped up 1.42 million shares of Tesla’s stock which adds up to about $30m. The purchase makes Panasonic Tesla’s “preferred” battery supplier, but the company is free to do business with other firms. The plan is for Tesla and Panasonic to jointly develop battery packs for electric cars that would then be sold to other automakers.

Urbee makes Chevy Volt and Toyota Prius look old fashioned

Urbee makes Chevy Volt and Toyota Prius look old fashioned Moving to different places is part of everyday life for most people. They move from home, to work, to various errands, to the gym perhaps then back home. The vast majority do that moving right now with some sort of vehicle powered by fossil fuels, which is a finite worldwide resource. That opens the door for new innovation and an engineering group in Winnipeg is providing one solution in the form of a solar and ethanol (or gasoline) powered car called the Urbee.

The Urbee achieves 200mpg on the highway and 100mpg in the city when burning fuel, and every part of the vehicle is designed to complement that efficiency. Three large diameter motorcycle wheels, narrow cargo space and solar panels all are part of that system. The Urbee also will be partially manufactured via 3-D printing.

Forget plugging in: wireless charging coming to electric cars

Forget plugging in: wireless charging coming to electric cars There are a lot of mundane things you need to do in a day: unload the dishwasher, walk the dog, charge your cell phone. We do these things on instinct, but what about adopting new habits like charging your electric car? One company out of New Zealand may make it as easy as hitting the highway to charge up your new Chevy Volt or Nissan Leaf.

Ford makes hefty investment in green jobs & EV education

Ford makes hefty investment in green jobs & EV education The current economic climate has smacked the state of Michigan around harder than any fight you’ve seen on an edition of the “Real Housewives” reality show. Manufacturers have left in droves, taking their jobs to countries with cheap labor or states with generous tax cuts. Ford is reversing the trend by investing a pile of money in manufacturing hybrid and electric cars in Michigan as well as starting a website to educate consumers on the technology.

Nissan Leaf gets Windows platform; forms schism with Google?

Nissan Leaf gets Windows platform; forms schism with Google? The digital evolution, and for that matter revolution, has put information, tools, and devices at the fingertips of consumers and has connected people to their surroundings like never before. It's not just smartphones, social media, or apps either. Cars, once sold on features like power doors and locks, are now offering computer platforms to connect drivers to the expansive cloud of information and media now readily available whenever accessible. It's really no surprise then that perhaps the most anticipated electric vehicle utilizes a computer platform developed by the tech giant Microsoft to connect people not only to their cars, but the world around them.

Microsoft announced its "industry-leading" platform, Windows Embedded Automotive 7, is not just used in Ford cars, a relationship existing for quite some time with Sync, but with Nissan cars as well.

New solar panel device charges Chevy Volt completely in 6 hours

New solar panel device charges Chevy Volt completely in 6 hours The 2011 Chevrolet Volt provides a lot of benefits for drivers who can afford the upfront costs. Benefits like driving 40 miles without using any gas, and long term economic savings. But one challenge each potential customer has to work through before taking the plunge is how to charge it. The biggest economic advantages from the Chevrolet Volt come from its electric-only mode and that means its lithium-ion batteries need regular access to electricity. That in mind, Envision Solar has a solution in the form of single vehicle Solar Socket.

Chevy hopes OnStar will give the Volt a boost over the Leaf

Chevy hopes OnStar will give the Volt a boost over the Leaf In the battle for hybrid and electric car supremacy, there’s no bigger battle right now than the fight between Chevy’s Volt and Nissan’s Leaf. Chevy hopes that their new site called MyVolt.com that’s powered by OnStar’s technology can give them a leg up in the fight.

MyVolt.com acts as a butler of sorts for the Chevy Volt with OnStar’s standard features along a few new selections for the car’s battery. Accessible via the web and through a mobile app, the site calculates your total EV range via your battery’s available power and mileage from the gas engine. Users can also check on their mileage history by the week, month, or year.

5 reasons self-driving cars may be more efficient than human drivers

5 reasons self-driving cars may be more efficient than human drivers Bzzt bzzt jingle jangle, time to wake up, according to the alarm clock anyway. That marks the beginning and, for many of us, of a daily routine consisting of things like showering, preparing food, brushing teeth, styling hair and driving to work. It’s not a huge jump in logic then to assume that humans would enjoy automation for some parts of that and driving tends to be the largest time and attention hog. In some ways it’s unsurprising then that Google is working on self-driving cars because the implications in efficiency are alluring both from a time and energy perspective.