Coming Soon: 5 Questions on the Future of Green Fleet

During the 2014 Green Fleet Conference, we asked experts from across the Green Fleet spectrum to give us their thoughts about where Green Fleet will be in 5 years.  We'll take each of their answers and post them, one per company in this special section.  Click here for the gateway...

2014 Green Fleet Sustainable All-stars

Meet the 2014 Green Fleet Sustainability All-stars

Green Fleet Magazine  announced the 2014 Green Fleet All-stars at this week's 2014 Green Fleet Conference. The Green Fleet All-stars are fleet professionals incorporating green and efficient solutions into their company’s fleets.  The award is a way to recognize those who have made significant contributions to environmental sustainability and fleet efficiencies in...

The New Volkswagen e-Up to go on sale in China, image courtesy of Volkswagen

VW Plans to Sell 100,000+ Hybrid and Electric Cars in China by 2020

On October 28, 2014 the Volkswagen Group announced plans to market more than 20 hybrid and electric versions of their lineup in China. "In the near future, Volkswagen will be offering Chinese drivers over 20 new-energy vehicles, from small cars to large-sized SUVs, from plug-in hybrids to pure electric cars," Heizmann...

Tesla Model S, courtesy of Tesla Motors

New: Lease a Tesla, Give it Back in 90 Days if Not Satisfied

On Saturday October 25, Tesla announced a new wrinkle to it's improved lease program.  Here's Elon talking about the improved lease program at his blog: Leasing now also comes with the Tesla happiness guarantee. If you don't like our car for any reason in the first three months, you can just return it...

27 Days to Formula-E at Putrajaya: Fanboost Voting Opens

Formula-E fans will now be able to vote for their favorite driver to get the "fanboost", a 5-second boost of power.  The second Formula-E E-prix will take place at Putrajaya, Malaysia on November 22, 2014.  Late last week, FIA, the holding company for Formula-E announced that the popular "Fanboost" crowdsourcing...

Where Does One Field Test a Self-driving Car?

Where do you field test a self-driving car?  At a decommissioned weapons depot, silly rabbit. All kidding aside, according to Automotive News, Mercedes Benz is taking the old Concord (CA) Naval Weapons Station out of mothballs in order to set up an environment to test self-driving cars. "We can use the test...

Formula-E News: 30 Days to the Putrajaya E-Prix

The second race of the inaugural season of the world's first electric car racing circuit will take place on Saturday, November 22. Four types of fan tickets are available ranging from general admission – priced from just 50 Malaysia Ringgit (MYR) equivalent to 12 Euros – to the premiere grandstand seating...

Common Hybrid Car Maintenance: Rotor Bearing Wear and Tear

As bearings wear down, they impact the space between the rotor and the stator, which affects the magnetic field as well. Because these bearings keep things centric between the rotor and the stator, driving performance can suffer, causing “hunting” or torque changes in the motor. Luckily, there is bearing wear testing...

What is the Current State of the Sustainable, Green Fleet?

Let's christen this new section on Green Fleet with a recent column from Mike Antich, Editor and Associate Publisher of GreenFleet.com. My contention is that if you ask 5 people on the street about "green cars", you'd get a range of answers, mostly the names of individual car models.  If you...

Coming To America: the 2015 Porsche Macan Diesel

"We are now busy with the development and the engineering," Andre Oosthuizen, Porsche's North American marketing VP, told Automotive News. "I can confirm that V6 diesel offering with about 245 horsepower." And with that, those on the waiting list for the European version of this car are cursing under their breaths.  Or...

Roadster 2.5 windmills trimmed by Roadster 2.5

Tesla Cars Have Driven More than 500 Million Miles

This is something that Tesla should have talked about in last week's "D-Day" announcement.  To me it was more impressive than AWD in the Model S or Autopilot. On Wednesday, October 15, Elon Musk tweeted that as a fleet, all Teslas have driven more than 500 million miles.  That's huge. That's 100...

Common Hybrid Car Maintenance Issues: Temperature Sensors

When it comes to Hybrid Vehicles and their batteries, temperature is a big deal. This includes air temperature around the battery pack but also the temperature of each individual cell of the battery pack as well. Because each HEV manufacturer is different, automotive service providers will often get confused when diagnosing a...

Volvo Cars reveals 450 horsepower High Performance Drive-E Powertrain Concept

Volvo’s New Drive-E Powertrain: F1-type Power in a Volvo?

On Tuesday, October 7, Dr. Peter Mertens, Senior Vice President for Research and Development at Volvo Car Group, introduced the world to the High Performance Drive-E Powertrain Concept: “When we launched the Drive-E powertrain family, our aim was to deliver the most advanced 4-cylinder engines in the industry based on emissions and fuel consumption...

July 2014 European EV Sales

August 2014 Electric Car Sales Report: Europe

With some 6.600 units sold and still without the Italian and Belgian numbers, the European EV market continues in good health, with sales up 55% regarding last year (4.253 units then). Looking at the models ranking, the BMW i3 climbed to #3 at the expense of the Tesla Model S, which...

Lamborghini in Paris: the Asterion Plug-in Hybrid Concept

On Wednesday, October 2nd, Lamborghini introduced a new hypercar concept at the 2014 Paris Motor Show. This is the new Lamborghini Asterion. Lamborghini introduced this new hypercar at the 2014 Paris Auto Show.  Big deal, you say?  Another super-fast, super-sleek, Italian tourer for the Amalfi Coast? Stuff your snark, this new hypercar is...

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