Hybrid Cars – AutoGeeze | Latest Sport Car News Insurance Wallpapers Rentals Prices Parts and Reviews https://www.autogeeze.com Bringing super sports cars at your own showroom Wed, 17 Apr 2019 16:06:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.3 Innovative vehicle technology: What will the next few years bring? https://www.autogeeze.com/2019/04/innovative-vehicle-technology-what-will-the-next-few-years-bring/ Wed, 17 Apr 2019 16:06:23 +0000 http://www.autogeeze.com/?p=10555

Whether it’s keeping drivers safe on the roads, or designing luxury comfort features, automotive manufacturers are always striving to improve their vehicle technology. But with technology moving at such a fast pace, what can we expect to see next? We’ve enlisted the help of Grange, who offer prestigious vehicles including the McLaren 570 Gt, to show us what the next few years will bring…

AI and autonomous technology

Self-driving cars have been a huge talking point in the industry for several years. Most manufacturers now offer self-driving technology as part of their latest models – with most used to improve road safety.

Let’s take a look at lane keeping systems and how they can improve driver safety. These intelligent systems keep you within your lane when driving on the motorway. When motorway driving, it’s vital that you stay firmly in your lane, unless you are overtaking. This system alerts you with a vibration on the steering wheel if your vehicle is unintentionally edging out of its lane – and in circumstances when the vehicle thinks you are reacting too slow, the vehicle will take control and provide steering torque to divert you back into the safe space on your lane. This is a safety feature to prevent drivers from veering out of their lane on motorways and dual carriageways where drivers around them are driving at high speeds.

Blind spot information systems (or BLIS) are another clever innovation designed to keep us safe on the roads. When a vehicle enters your blind spot zone, the BLIS system will alert you. The detection area is on both sides of your vehicle, extending rearward from the exterior mirrors to approximately 10 feet (3 meters) beyond the bumper. The system alerts you via a small light on your side wing mirrors – when there is a vehicle in your blind spot zone, the light will illuminate. When your blind spot zone is clear, the light will switch off.

When drivers exceed the speed limit, ISA (Intelligent Safety Assist) technology uses a combination of audio and visual signals to send an alert. By using GPS, the system is able to detect the vehicle location and reference this with a digital road map that is programmed with speed limit information for each road. The system can be used as an active speed limiter whereby it can take control of the vehicle and reduce the speed when travelling above the speed limit. It does this by reducing the throttle signal. Additionally, the system is also fitted with a speed limiting function that increases the pressure on the accelerator when you exceed the speed limit, so that it is harder to accelerate and break the speed limit.

Comfort and eco features

JLR are leading the way in weather adaptation, by equipping all of their new models with the technology. The system allows cars to autonomously adapt to weather changes and situations to make adjustments to drivetrain, suspension, traction control and climate control for optimum efficient driving. The system is said to be able to connect to present and future weather data via telematics and GPS to sensibly adapt both inside the cabin and around the exterior. One feature suggests that the system will automatically close your vehicle windows if it senses that rain is forecast. Onboard rain- and terrain-sensing mechanisms will be used to control the temperature, pressure and humidity inside the cabin, whilst interior and exterior lighting will be altered depending on the circumstances.

This helpful gadget should be rolled out by 2020, so we don’t have to wait much longer to see it in action!

Of course, the popularity of EV’s has led to manufacturers adapting their offerings to include more eco-friendly features and models. With news of how air pollution is negatively impacting our planet and quality of life, automotive manufacturers have been striving to develop all-electric models. An increase in EV charging services from suppliers such as Northern Powergrid and the widespread availability of charging points has meant that the market looks set to take off once again.

Another manufacturer who has been leading the way when it comes to innovative eco tech is Nissan. The new Nissan Leaf not only has double the mileage range of its previous model equivalents, but the one-pedal driving system allows for the accelerator pedal to be transformed into a multifunctioning e-pedal at a touch. The e-pedal functions as a start, stop, accelerate and breaking pedal when activated. Suitable for 90% of urban driving, the system means that the car will slow to a halt by itself with the ability to hold itself on an incline without the need of the brake pedal.

The ECO-pedal system can control the acceleration speed so that the engine doesn’t over-rev. The level of fuel-efficient driving is displayed through a colour and flashing Eco-P lamp. According to Nissan, studies have proven that effective eco-driving with the ECO-pedal can contribute to an improved fuel efficiency by 5-10%.

So, there we have it – there are a number of new tech innovations on the horizon. With a positive future of technology ahead of us, we can expect to see the driving process, and experience, completely transformed in the coming years.

]]>
What to consider when making a greener fleet https://www.autogeeze.com/2017/10/what-to-consider-when-making-a-greener-fleet/ Mon, 23 Oct 2017 14:21:32 +0000 http://www.autogeeze.com/?p=10362 Due to the large number of commercial vehicles on the road today, operated by both public and private sector organisations across the UK, we must consider making a greener fleet. Have you considered just how much your fleet could be costing your business if you haven’t taken the necessary steps to introduce green vehicles into your organisation?

To help better understand the unnecessary costs your business could be accumulating, long-term van hire provider Northgate has put together this handy guide:

Vehicle tax bands

Vehicle excise duty — also known as VED and sometimes referred to as road tax — is a fee that no-one with a van can avoid in the UK. Put simply, it’s the charge you need to pay in order to legally drive your vehicle on public roads across the nation.

Unlike road tax for a car, whereby the rate is partially determined by the car’s CO2 emissions, a van’s VED is set at a flat rate that will be dependent on the age of the vehicle. For the 2017/18 financial year, the rate is set at £132 for six months or £240 for 12 months for all vans which were built after March 1st 2001 and come under the TC39 VED tax code.

However, there are a number of commercial vehicles which have a TC36 VED code. These are either Euro 4 vans which were registered between March 1st 2003 and December 31st 2006 or Euro 5 vans registered between January 1st 2009 and December 31st 2010. If you drive a qualifying vehicle under this banner, for the 2017/18 financial year the rate is set at £77 for six months or £140 for 12 months.

If you happen to drive a commercial vehicle that was manufactured before March 1st 2001 though, there will be yet another rate to be aware of — this time based on the van’s engine size. If your van’s engine measures in at no more than 1,549cc, the rate for the 2017/18 financial year will be set at £82.50 for six months or £150 for 12 months. For vans with an engine size that’s above 1,549cc, the rate for the 2017/18 financial year is calculated at £134.75 for six months or £245 for 12 months.

Cheapest band: Vans with a TC36 VED code — £77 for six months or £140 for 12 months.

Most expensive band: Vans built before March 1st 2001 and with an engine size that’s above 1,549cc — £134.75 for six months or £245 for 12 months.

Fuel costs

According to BBC News, the average price of a litre of fuel across the UK now sits at an estimated £1.16 for petrol and £1.18 for diesel. However, these prices change frequently and can also be influenced by unexpected scenarios. For instance, the effects of Hurricane Harvey in the US in August resulted in the RAC predicting that petrol prices in the UK was on course to rise above 121p per litre — the highest level recorded since 2014.

There is a lot less unpredictability seen when it comes to charging an electric vehicle though. With the average overnight electricity rate in the UK being 13p per kWh, Pod Point has calculated that it will cost £3.64 to fully charge a 30kW Nissan LEAF at home and then receive around 115 miles of range.

It is recommended that a dedicated home chargepoint is set up to achieve this, which will amount to a £400 one-off cost through the government’s OLEV grant — however, £400 + £3.64 per 115 miles of range per full charge is likely to work out considerably cheaper than filling a tank of a petrol or diesel vehicle in the long-term.

Emission charges

In a bid to improve the air quality around the capital city, the Low Emission Zone (LEZ) scheme was introduced in 2008 and could result in more costs for employers if their fleet doesn’t meet the emission standards. In addition to this, the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) is set to be implemented in April 2019 – meaning that buses, coaches and lorries will have to meet the standards too or pay a charge.

With these expenses, in addition to the existing congestion charge that vehicles must pay for driving through the city, owning a fleet that is not environmentally friendly could have massive economic implications on your business.

Although the scheme is currently only operating in London, as the government have air pollution targets to reach, it might not be long before we see this scheme in cities across the country.

Additional sources:

http://www.parkers.co.uk/vans/news-and-advice/2011/september/van-tax-explained/
http://news.sky.com/story/hurricane-harvey-blamed-for-looming-jump-in-uk-fuel-costs-11015543
https://tfl.gov.uk/info-for/media/press-releases/2017/april/gla—mayor-plans-to-introduce-ulez-in-april-2019
https://tfl.gov.uk/modes/driving/low-emission-zone/make-a-payment
https://tfl.gov.uk/modes/driving/low-emission-zone/about-the-lez
https://tfl.gov.uk/modes/driving/congestion-charge
]]>
The Five Fastest Green Cars https://www.autogeeze.com/2015/03/the-five-fastest-green-cars/ Sat, 21 Mar 2015 00:12:59 +0000 http://www.autogeeze.com/?p=10082 Green car technology is no stranger to negative press. And one of the easiest ways to criticise eco-friendly vehicles is by judging their overall performance – or supposed lack of it.

In this blog, we’ll aim to prove the critics wrong and show that green doesn’t mean slow.

Here are the top 5 fastest green cars on the planet.

    Chevrolet Spark EV

  1. Chevrolet Spark EV

Top speed: 90mph

Performance: 0-60 mph in 7.6 seconds

Engine: 97kW electric motor

C02 Emissions: Zero

Cost: c.£27,000

This charming vehicle has been mocked in the past as a ‘glorified golf cart’, but Chevrolet have proved that an electric vehicle certainly doesn’t demand inferior performance.

This impressive vehicle can succeed in reaching 0-60 mph in just 7.6 seconds – making it faster than Mercedes-Benz’s B-Class Electric Drive (7.9 seconds) and Honda’s Fit EV (8.5 seconds).

It’s not much of a surprise, then, that fans of the Chevrolet Spark EV have dubbed it better than its gas-powered counterpart – the Spark.

In addition to its great overall performance, the Chevrolet Spark EV also comes with a DC quick charge option. This means users can charge their vehicle to 80% in just 20 mins – a seriously impressive feature.

BMW i3

  1. BMW i3

Top speed: 100mph

Performance: 0-60 mph in 7.2 seconds

Engine: 130kW electric motor

C02 Emissions: Zero

Cost: c.£30,000

An ideal eco-friendly city car, the BMW i3 is exceptionally easy to drive – and is amongst some of the fastest electric cars on the planet. This has led critics to compare BMW’s eco warrior to similar models by Nissan, Chevrolet, and Ford – all of which prioritise speed and overall performance.

Visually, the design of BMW i3 is in-keeping with the manufacturer’s changing aesthetic. Robust, and perhaps slightly bulky, the Bavarian auto-engineering specialists have gone all-out to ensure this vehicle performs exceptionally well.

And reaching impressive heights of 0-60 mph in 7.2, no one can fault BMW’s incredible accomplishments.

But despite its excellent speeds, one of the downsides to the BMW i3 is its charge time – which can take anywhere between 3-4 hours. This will be undoubtedly disappointing to some drivers – however, it’s unlikely to put off inner-city commuters who value eco-friendly travel and efficiency.

Toyota RAV4 EV (Sports)

  1. Toyota RAV4 EV (Sports)

Top speed: 100mph

Performance: 0-60 mph in 7 seconds

Engine: 115kW electric motor

C02 Emissions: Zero

Cost: c.$49,000

Designed specifically for the Californian market, the Toyota RAV 4 EV was a pioneer of the electric vehicle market – matched only with Tesla.

In terms of speed, the Toyota RAV 4 EV can achieve 60mph in an impressive 7.2 seconds when in Sports mode. However, when in Normal mode, things do slow down to 8.6 seconds – but the RAV 4 EV still manages to leave its competitors behind in its dust tracks.

Although this vehicle has now been discontinued by Toyota, it still remains a firm favourite amongst eco-conscious drivers who still value overall performance. The RAV 4 EV is also a great alternative to Tesla motors (if you feel that way inclined).

Tesla Model S Performance

  1. Tesla Model S Performance

Top speed: 130mph

Performance: 0-60 mph in 4.2 seconds

Engine: 310kW electric motor

C02 Emissions: Zero

Cost: c.$98,000

Immensely popular and available in a variety of customisations, the Tesla Model S Performance is a fantastic inner-city electric vehicle. It has been widely praised as peerless in the green car category – providing drivers with the chance to fully charge this Tesla innovation in only 90 minutes.

And with over 50,000 of these models sold across the world, there’s no sign that the Tesla Model S Performance will be slowing down anytime soon.

But what’s so great about this particular electric vehicle?

The Tesla Model S Performance is exceptionally fast – reaching an impressive 130 mph, making it one of the highest performing vehicles in its class. And with Mercedes-sourced auto-engineering, you can be guaranteed a performance virtually unparalleled amongst electric cars.

In terms of in-car technology, this excellent vehicle comes with a seriously impressive 17-inch screen – resembling the latest tablet computer. However, it’s the incredible acceleration that really sets the Tesla Model S from its peers – providing a smooth and unforgettable driving experience.

Detroit Electric Sp 01

  1. Detroit Electric Sp:01

Top speed: 155mph (17km/h)

Performance: 0-60 mph in 3.7 seconds

Engine: 210kW electric motor

C02 Emissions: Zero

Cost: c.$80,000

If you’re a regular fan of Top Gear, then you’ll probably recognise this seriously impressive car. It has been resolutely voted the fastest green car on the planet – and with a re-launch due in 2015, it promises to be even better than before.

Top of its class and great to handle, this vehicle was created with one simple purpose: to produce the ‘world’s fastest production electric sports car’. And it certainly doesn’t disappoint.

This stunning vehicle comes in two options: Pure and Performance – both of which promise an exceptional drive with plenty of in-car technology. Pure – reaching heights of 106mph – is complemented with Performance which can excel speeds of 155 mph.

Compared to the Tesla Roadster (125 mph), or the Lotus Elise (122 mph), this makes the Detroit Electric SP:01 top of its class.

But perhaps what really makes this car stand out is its manual gear selector. Unlike other electric cars, which are usually single-speed, the Detroit Electric SP:01 paves the way for the future of green auto-engineering. Easier to drive and more efficient, Detroit has pulled out all the stops for this impressive electric car.

Fastest Green Cars on the Planet

With an increased customer demand for clean and high-performing electric vehicles, there are a number of excellent options available on the market.

Ranging from the (comparatively) affordable Chevrolet Spark EV, to the Detroit Electric supercar, it seems likely that electric car technology will become more and more accessible as time goes on.

And we can’t wait to see how this increased demand impacts overall performance too.

This blog was written by Chris Taylor on behalf of The Tilsun Group, the vehicle leasing specialists.

]]>
Honda NSX prototype burns in Nurburgring https://www.autogeeze.com/2014/07/honda-nsx-prototype-burns-nurburgring/ Wed, 30 Jul 2014 10:28:31 +0000 http://www.autogeeze.com/?p=9946 nsx-burn-1

Nurburgring Nordschleife, a prototype of Honda NSX has been driver for a lap test run when the car suddenly bursts into flames.

Witnesses started to see flames coming out from the rear of the car which have the driver forced to stop at Pflanzgarten in the report of worldcarfans.com. In just few moments, the prototype car was completely covered by flames and almost 60-percent of the car burnt-damaged.

nsx-burn-2

It maybe a faulty electrical wiring or something might have gone bad on its mid-mounted V6 engine.

nsx-burn-3

Under the hood of the 2015 Honda NSX is a mid-mounted V6 engine which will paddle up the rear wheels paired with two electric motors, boasting a unique driving system called the ‘Sport Hybrid Super Handling All Wheel Drive’ (SH-AWD). There will be also a third motor which is integrated into the dual-clutch transmission.

You can check out the video while the Honda NSX doing a lap around the famous race track before the sudden fire.

]]>
BMW i8 price released at $135,700 https://www.autogeeze.com/2014/07/bmw-i8-price-released-135700/ Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:11:53 +0000 http://www.autogeeze.com/?p=9936 BMW i8

BMW US has just announced the official price list of the company’s hybrid sports car i8 which starts at $135,700.

You will be able to place an order for a BMW i8 right now if you’re in the United States, as the local division of BMW has just outed its official pricing with starting price of 135,700 USD merely equivalent to 99,000 euros or 79,000 GBP, without the destination and handling charge, which will set you back for another 950 USD.

There will be three BMW i8 packages that you can avail, the Giga World, the Tera World and the Pure Impulse World.

The BMW i8 at a glance from BMW’s official press release:

  • First plug-in hybrid vehicle from the BMW Group and world’s most forward-looking sports car; revolutionary interpretation of BMW’s hallmark driving pleasure; groundbreaking premium character clearly defined in terms of sustainability.
  • 2+2-seater with LifeDrive architecture developed specifically for BMW i, aerodynamically groundbreaking body design and visionary interior design deliver an intense driving experience; Life module passenger cell made from carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP); drive system technology, high-voltage battery, chassis, and crash and structural functions integrated into the aluminum Drive module; curb weight: 3,285 lbs (1,490 kg); Cd: 0.26; very low center of gravity (below 18 inches/460 millimeters); well-balanced weight distribution.
  • Emotion-led visual impression based around established BMW i design language; classical sports car proportions and fresh interpretation of BMW design features; doors open upwards like wings; clean lines, plus surface design (external and internal) based on the layering principle; full-LED headlights as standard, innovative laser headlights – unique worldwide – available as an option where regulations allow.
  • Plug-in hybrid system developed and produced by the BMW Group represents the latest development stage of Efficient Dynamics; debut for three-cylinder gasoline engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology, displacement: 1.5 liters, output: 170 kW/228 hp, maximum torque: 320 Nm (236 lb-ft); power sent to the rear wheels via a six-speed automatic gearbox; model-specific hybrid synchronous electric motor, output: 96 kW/129 hp, maximum torque: 250 Nm (184 lb-ft); power channeled through the front wheels via a two-stage automatic transmission; lithium-ion high-voltage battery with liquid cooling and usable capacity of 5 kWh.
  • First combination of BMW TwinPower Turbo and BMW eDrive technology plus intelligent energy management produce system output of 266 kW/357 hp (max. torque: 570 Nm / 420 lb-ft) and give the BMW i8 the performance characteristics of a pure-bred sports car (0 –60 mph in 4.2 seconds) combined with fuel economy and emissions comparable to a small car  – EU fuel consumption: 2.5 litres per 100 km / 94 mpg (US); “glued-to-the-road” AWD driving experience with torque distribution geared towards optimized dynamics.
  • Driving Experience Control switch and eDrive button allow driver to choose from five driving modes; range of up to 35 kilometers (22 miles) on electric power alone and a top speed of 120 km/h (75 mph); COMFORT mode offers optimum balance between dynamics and efficiency; combined range in everyday conditions: over 500 kilometers (310 miles); SPORT mode with ultra-intense boost function provided by the electric motor; ECO PRO mode can be used in both all-electric mode and hybrid mode.
  • Sophisticated chassis technology featuring a double-wishbone front axle and a five-link rear axle; Electric Power Steering; Dynamic Damper Control comes as standard; 20-inch light-alloy wheels are standard.
  • Intelligent lightweight construction with elements including a CFRP passenger cell, doors with a CFRP-aluminum structure, an instrument panel with magnesium support, an aluminum chassis and a partition between the passenger compartment and boot made from thin glass; comprehensive safety concept and an ultra-torsionally stiff passenger cell.
  • Extensive standard equipment includes the Navigation system Professional with proactive drive system for all-electric driving, fully-digital instrument display, BMW iDrive with freestanding Control Display and leather sports seats; choice of four exterior paint finishes and four interior equipment variants.
  • Wide range of BMW ConnectedDrive features: Park Distance Control, cruise control system with braking function, rain sensor and Intelligent Emergency Call function, driver assistance package with High Beam Assistant, a rear view camera, Surround View, Speed Limit Info including No Passing Info display, and Collision Warning with pedestrian recognition and braking function; also available are the Head-Up Display, BMW Online Entertainment, Concierge Services, Real Time Traffic Information and mobility services developed specifically for BMW i, e.g. intermodal route guidance as standard.
  • Services specifically developed for BMW i as part of the 360° ELECTRIC program: BMW i Charging Station for convenient battery charging at home, ChargeNow card giving customers a cash-free payment option at public charging stations as well as innovative mobility services such as MyCityWay and ParkatmyHouse; flexible sales concept enables made-to-measure mobility solutions.
  • All-embracing sustainability concept running like a thread through the value chain; carbon fiber production and vehicle assembly using 100-per cent renewable electricity; high proportion of recycled materials; use of materials manufactured and treated in an environmentally friendly manner.

]]> 2015 Lexus NX 300h at New York Auto Show https://www.autogeeze.com/2014/05/2015-lexus-nx-300h-new-york-auto-show/ Tue, 06 May 2014 08:03:43 +0000 http://www.autogeeze.com/?p=9852 2015 Lexus NX 300h

At the New York International Auto Show, Lexus have just shown off its latest flagship line the 2015 Lexus NX. And the car enthusiasts at Autospies.com have just posted a full gallery of the automaker’s hidden NX 300h at the basement of  Jacob K. Javits Center where the event is held. Accordingly, the Lexus’ NX 200t F Sport was in the limelight in the showroom for the event, and spectators might have just forgotten there’s still a 300h downstair.

The Lexus NX 30oh is the hybrid variant and features the vehicle’s standard trim which basically the F Sport-specific seats within the car is omitted. Instead, the interior is upholstered in a classy peanut butter colored leather.

And while the event’s crowd focuses on the 200t F Sport variant, in reality the buying crowd might be grabbing the Lexus NX’s standard trim.

Furthermore, you should be staying here so much —-head on the gallery and let us know how do you feel.

]]> Lexus RC and LF-NX to debut at Tokyo Motor Show https://www.autogeeze.com/2013/11/lexus-rc-lf-nx-debut-tokyo-motor-show/ Tue, 05 Nov 2013 01:52:28 +0000 http://www.autogeeze.com/?p=9618 The 43rd Tokyo Motor Show will be one of the most important event for Lexus, as the luxury car manufacturer will have its Lexus RC sports coupe on its production prototype and concept crossover SUV Lexus LF-NX be officially debuted.

rc-coupe

We’ve seen the Lexus RC on its concept development stages, not it’s on its way to hit the road with its symbolic yet totally aggressive spindle grille –head turner that deserves a second glance. Lexus RC will feature a high-performance V6 petrol and hybrid power trains aside from its fluid exterior and interior design.

Lexus LF-NX

Debuted at Frankfurt, the Lexus LF-NX showcase the iconic spindle grille that obviously belongs to the company’s L-finesse design language. It’s a hybrid crossover equipped with a new variant of Lexus Hybrid Drive System that is customized for SUV performance.

The Tokyo Motor Show will be in Koto Ward, Tokyo and will run from November 20 to December 1.

]]>
Low-Carbon Cars: Everything You Need to Know https://www.autogeeze.com/2013/08/low-carbon-cars-everything-need-know/ Thu, 29 Aug 2013 15:11:04 +0000 http://www.autogeeze.com/?p=9538 Toyora Prius Plug-in Hybrid

The need for environmentally friendly cars is growing. The price of petrol is continuing to increase due to inflation, and the rising international price of oil. There is also the pressing need to reduce carbon emissions. The UK Government passed the Climate Change Act in 2008 in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 34% by 2020, and 80% by 2050.

This has become such a prominent concern for government that they have planned to invest £1bm, along with 27 auto industry companies, in a new advanced propulsion centre. This facility will focus on researching and developing low-carbon engines that produce less pollution.

There are four types of environmentally friendly cars at present:

Hybrid Cars

A hybrid car uses two power sources including the traditional internal combustion engine, and one or more electric motors. These vehicles use less fuel by storing energy in a battery. They use the electric motor rather than engine in slow traffic. Hybrid cars are already available in the UK. Diesel hybrids are also becoming available.

Plug-in Hybrid Cars

A plug-in hybrid electric vehicle is a car that combines an energy storage device, such as rechargeable batteries. The plug-in hybrid does exactly what it says on the tin, you can pug them into external electric power sources. You may have seen these in the car parks of new supermarket builds. There are only a few plug-in hybrids available in the UK, but numbers should increase in the future.

Electric Cars

Electric cars utilize one electric motor that uses energy from storage devices, such as rechargeable batteries. This is the perfect alternative to current cars as they do not rely on oil and do not emit pollutants. Electric cars are available in the UK with more due to be released.

Fuel Cell Cars

A fuel cell vehicle is a type of car that has an electric motor powered by an electricity producing fuel cell. The fuel cells use hydrogen and oxygen to produce electricity. There are currently no fuel cell cars available in the UK, there have however been demonstrations of fuel cell capabilities in black cabs and busses in London. The hydrogen-powered Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell is currently under development and should be built by 2015.

There are many reasons why we should look to switching to environmentally friendly transportation. These vehicles can help us save the environment by reducing carbon. We will be consuming less fossil fuel
which will eventually help reduce our dependency on oil.

About the author: Danny Moon blogs for Contract Hire a Car – the UK’s business car leasing specialists. Danny mainly writes about eco-driving and new motoring technology.

]]>
Should it be a Hybrid or an Electric Auto? https://www.autogeeze.com/2013/04/hybrid-or-an-electric-auto/ Fri, 19 Apr 2013 23:45:25 +0000 http://www.autogeeze.com/?p=8489 Electric-hybrid-cars-too-quiet-feds-say-make-some-noise

The general public is now more aware of environmental concerns and gas prices have risen. Alternatively-fueled vehicles have become much more popular, with almost 500,000 purchased in the United States in 2012, and hybrids and pure electric autos are the most readily-available options. Anyone seeking to purchase a car would do well to read the hybrid and electric car reviews by Motoring.

Hybrids use both a gas-powered and electric engine. The electric engine can be charged from a power supply but also generates energy itself from regenerative braking. The most popular hybrid in the United States is the Chevy Volt, while the most popular electric car is the Nissan Leaf.

One worry about electric autos can be put to rest. Their batteries use nickel, whose production is environmentally damaging. A leading car news website reported that the British newspaper, the Mail on Sunday, had published an article stating that a nickel factory at Sudbury in Canada devastated the environment to such an extent that NASA used it to simulate the moon in the training of astronauts. The newspaper removed the article from its website when a reader complained that the damage occurred more than 30 years ago, since when sulfur dioxide emissions have been reduced by over 90 percent and the owner of the facility, Inco, has been praised by the Ontario Ministry of Environment and environmental groups.

Electric cars are eligible for a discount of as much as 50 percent on vehicle registration tax. Electric autos cost more, principally due to their batteries, but the cost of batteries will fall in the future and costs can be reduced by renting rather than buying them. Electric cars require less maintenance as they have fewer moving components.

Electric vehicles have limited range, causing “range anxiety” when greater distances must be traversed. The range can be as little as 40 miles or as much as the 265 miles of the Tesla Model S, but is usually around 100 miles. Electric cars would be fine for driving to work and running errands, but if you have to drive greater distances, a hybrid is preferable. You won’t be conducting road trips in an electric auto. A hybrid can manage around 400 miles, but every gadget you use diminishes battery life, from plugging in your iPod to turning on the heating or air conditioning.

You won’t have to ensure that you are home every night to charge a hybrid. Its use of gas entails that you’ll never be stranded. With electric autos, if you are home every evening and possess a garage with electricity, there’ll be no problem, but charging won’t be easy if you reside in an apartment or park on the street. Worse still, your day could be extended or you may find you have extra errands to perform. Charging points are becoming more widespread, particularly in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Portland, Oregon, but time will be required before they are always to hand.

The choice between a hybrid or electric auto partly depends upon your location. Electric cars may produce no emissions, but require electricity that might have been generated by coal or natural gas, which produces greenhouse gases. More greenhouse gases can arise from charging an electric auto than driving an efficient hybrid. The key is whether your state uses nuclear or renewable energy. Electric cars won’t be the most climate-friendly option in Florida, Montana, Nevada, Ohio, Tennessee, or Texas. They would, however, be better in Idaho, New Hampshire, Oregon, Vermont, or Washington.

]]>
2014 Audi A8 L TDI Price and Fuel Economy Announced https://www.autogeeze.com/2013/02/2014-audi-a8-l-tdi-price/ Tue, 05 Feb 2013 05:39:51 +0000 http://www.autogeeze.com/?p=8393 2014-Audi-A8-TDI-Quattro-105-626x382

The big question, is there really a market for luxury hybrid diesel sedan?

Apparently, the market segment isn’t like to BMW ActiveHybrid 7, Mercedes-Benz S400 Hybrid, Lexus LS600hL or Porsche Panamera Hybrid. We can’t also consider the sales performance of the Q7, as it’s in the SUV segment which recorded 50/50 for gasoline and TDI, respectively.

For the starting price of $82,500 and EPA estimated fuel efficiency of 24 city, 36 highway and 28 for combined, as a luxury car buyer —-are you considering owning one?

If ever you’ve owned a diesel or TDI hybrid before, kindly share its performance and maintenance level.

 

Press Release

Audi announces pricing and fuel economy for 2014 Audi A8 L TDI® clean diesel

Pricing starts at $82,500 for the first ever 2014 Audi A8 L TDI® clean diesel with an EPA estimated fuel efficiency of 24 city/ 36 highway/ 28 combined MPG


The Audi A8 has set new standards for the luxury sedan in terms of interior and exterior design, technology, performance and efficiency. Now equipped with the new 3.0 liter TDI clean diesel engine, the 2014 Audi A8 L TDI represents a dramatic expansion of the flagship sedan and the first of four new TDI models to be introduced this year.

Starting at $82,500, the A8 L TDI clean diesel, with quattro® all-wheel drive, makes a powerful statement in achieving the best fuel economy in its segment with an EPA estimated 24/ 36/ 28 mpg (city/ highway/ combined), while at the same time generating an impressive 240 horsepower, 406 lb.-ft. of torque that seamlessly launches 0-60 MPH in 6.4 seconds.

For the 2014 Audi A8 L TDI, the package options were optimized to better reflect customer demand. The available Premium Package now consists of Audi side assist and pre sense rear, 22-way multi-contour comfort seats, font seat ventilation with massage and full LED headlights.

The A8 L TDI joins an expanding model line-up including the A8 3.0T, A8 4.0T, S8 4.0T and A8 W12. The A8 L TDI will be available in the long-wheelbase version only.

The 2014 Audi A8 L TDI will go on sale in early Spring 2013. Additional 2014 model year information and pricing for other models will be announced at later in the year.

]]>