2016 Ford Explorer EcoBoost: The King is Dead, Long Live the King

Ford introduced the newest iteration of the classic Explorer SUV at this year's Los Angeles Auto Show.  The Ford Explorer, the Jeep Grand Cherokee, and the Range Rover have to be 3 of the most recognizable SUV silhouettes ever.  Over 7 million Explorers have been sold since it's 1990 debut.   “Explorer...

Thoughts about “Driving into the Future (With the Brakes On)”

In this morning's Telegraph.co.uk there is a great column on the future of automobiles from Kevin McCullagh, Founder of Plan.  Titled "Driving into the Future (With the Brakes On)", it is a better than average prognostication of what's coming for the car.  At least to me. Here are a few snippets, the...

Where Toyota’s New “Mirai” Fuel Cell Vehicle Gets it Right

This is an excerpt from an Examiner.com column written by  Sebastian James, publisher of Hybrid and Electric Car News. Enjoy, and be sure to subscribe to his posts. In Japanese, "Mirai" means the future. Toyota hopes the hydrogen-powered "Mirai" becomes synonymous with the same success as their car named after the Latin...

Sam Bird, winner of the Formula-E Putrajaya E-Prix

Breaking News: Sam Bird Wins the Putrajaya Formula-E Prix

From the official Formula-E website, November 22, 2014: Sam Bird cruised to victory at the second race of the season in Putrajaya ahead of championship-leader Lucas di Grassi and Sebastien Buemi. The Virgin Racing driver crossed the line to pick up the full 25-points and clinch his maiden ePrix win. Bird said: “The...

Replacing a Hybrid Car Battery

Hybrid Battery Replacement, Conditioning, Service & Maintenance Owning a hybrid vehicle is an environmentally responsible choice, but when it comes to the care and maintenance of the vehicle it can get costly, especially if you have to replace a hybrid battery. Most hybrid cars have a nickel-metal hydride battery, which can...

Chevy Unleashes Turbo-Diesel ZR-2 Concept at 2014 LA Auto Show

Chevy introduced a new Colorado ZR-2 concept midsize pickup at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show. “From the bold stance to the trail-ready special equipment, the Colorado ZR2 is all about the fun of driving where the pavement ends – and doing it in characteristic Chevy style,” said Tony Johnson, Colorado...

2014 BMW i3, the 2015 Green Car Journal "Car of the Year"

BMW i3 Named Green Car of the Year at 2014 LA Auto Show

The Green Car Journal.com today named the BMW i3 their "2015 Green Car of the Year".  The award, announced at the 2014 LA Auto Show, recognized the i3 as the first premium all-electric vehicle. As much as I like the BMW i3, I think Tesla might have something to say about...

Optimus Technologies On the Future of Green Fleet

As part of our "5 Questions on the Future of Green Fleet" series, we discussed the future of sustainable fuels with Mike Glatz, VP of Sales and Business Development for Optimus Technologies.  Optimus Technologies provides high performance biofuel conversion solutions that allow medium and heavy-duty truck fleet operators to extend...

Volkswagen Golf Variant HyMotion Fuel Cell Vehicle, courtesy of VW Global Media

VW Introduces the Golf SportWagen HyMotion Fuel Cell Vehicle

On the heels of yesterday's premiere of the Toyota Mirai, Volkswagen used the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show as the stage to pull the curtain on the Golf SportWagen HyMotion fuel cell vehicle.  VW calls the HyMotion is a a progressive research vehicle, a testbed for integrating innovations into production models....

EcoEngineers logo, courtesy of EcoEngineers

EcoEngineers on the Future of Green Fleet

As part of our "5 Questions on the Future of Green Fleet" series, we discussed the future of sustainable fuels with Shashi Menon, the Managing Partner for EcoEngineers, a Des Moines, IA based independent engineering/software firm that specializes in developing processes and technologies that result in more responsible environmental stewardship and energy independence from...

iCarMode app, courtesy of iCarMode

A 2-Trip Review of the iCarMode Driving App

HECN Rating: A+ Click here for more product information and to buy the iCarMode driving app This is a fantastic little driving app that integrates everything you NEED to do with a phone while driving into one big and easy to use interface. Think about it.  You don't need to show images to your...

GFO Oil On the Future of Green Fleet

As part of our "5 Questions on the Future of Green Fleet" series, we discussed the future of sustainable fleets with Kyle Stults, the Director of Business Development for GFO Oil, a liquid technology startup. Q: Tell us more about GFO Oil. A: GFO (www.gfo-oil.com) is a revolutionary green oil additive that...

WWCD

WWCD is "what would a chicken do"?  Probably not cross this particular road, if you ask me....

What ELSE is Inside a Hybrid Car Battery?

We know there are cells in a hybrid car battery.  And electricity.  Outside of that, most of us don't know whats going on in there.  Jeff Minter, AR&D's Executive Director of Technical Training highlights the components of the High Voltage Battery Pack for a hybrid car....

2015 Mazda CX-5, Courtesy of Mazda USA Media

Mazda Introduces Unlimited Mileage Warranty in Canada

Before you start ooh-ing and ahh-ing like I did for six seconds, remember this: For the average person, mileage doesn't matter as much as the number of months covered by a warranty. Today, our friends at AutoBlog.com brought us this: Cold weather might be starting to grip parts of Canada, but our neighbors to...

5 Big Ideas Coming from VW’s “Innovation Workshop 2014”

On November 11, 2014, Volkswagen announced a list of 18  innovations that are coming soon or have already arrived in production models.  The announcement was part of an event called the "Innovation Workshop 2014".  The Innovation Workshop 2014 served as a nice umbrella for the carmaker to publicly recommit to...

Coming to the 2014 LA Auto Show: The New Mustang, Powered by EcoBoost

"EcoBoost" and Mustang are two words that used to go together only when the driver's nickname was "EcoBoost". These days, with engine technology pumping more horsepower and torque from smaller engines,"Eco" and "Boost" and Mustang only means lighter, faster, and better. Back in August, Ford announced they were going to add a third...

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