GM’s Fort Wayne Assembly Plant One Of Greenest

GM’s Fort Wayne Assembly Plant One Of Greenest General Motors is being recognized as a green manufacturer, status fifth crosswise the country.
General Motors’ Fort Wayne Assembly Plant, where the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra are built, gets 43 percent of its power from methane captured from decomposing gibberish in a close landfill. This plant ranks fifth among the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s top 30 generators of onsite green power.
The automaker claims the plant’s generation of 53 million kilowatt hours of green power could supply the equivalent electricity use of more than 5,000 American homes annually.
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The Five Safest 2015 Green Cars Under $35,000

The Five Safest 2015 Green Cars Under $35,000 Last week J.D. Powers’ U.S. Tech Choice Survey reported respondents overwhelmingly said they wanted advanced crash mitigation technologies and it so happens these are required to make the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety’s Top Safety Pick Plus list.
Our list culled from the newest IIHS data thus merges two desirable “technologies” – electrified powertrains that save gas and cut emissions as well as the crash avoidance systems offering superior chances of personal safety.
Two of these vehicles are hybrid variants within broader model ranges, but being heavier, they may even do slightly better in some kinds of accidents according to IIHS Vice President of Communications Russ Rader.
“All other things being equal, larger, heavier vehicles are more protective in crashes than less vital, lighter ones,” said Rader. “Similarly, in keeping with the laws of physics, public riding in a hybrid are better protected in a crash than public riding in the same non-hybrid model. Batteries add weight which improves protection in collisions.”
Two Measures of Safety
Each year the IIHS evaluates vehicles for 1) crashworthiness – how well the airbag-equipped vehicle protects in various types of collisions, and 2) crash avoidance and mitigation.
The TSP+ category is the highest acknowledgment the IIHS bestows on vehicles in various size categories. It measures one step above “Top Safety Pick” which requires “excellent” ratings in five crash tests: moderate overlap adjoin, side, roof strength and head restraint tests, as well as a excellent or acceptable rating in the small overlap adjoin test. Potential ratings are: excellent, acceptable, marginal, and poor.
Crash avoidance technology can include radar, cameras, automatic braking and more to make the car virtually vigilant in case you are not, or caught off guard.
As you can tell given only five models under $35,000 qualify, it is not available on many cars, but more are expected to get it in years ahead. At this stage many cars with crash avoidance technology tend to be priced higher than our mainstream-ish level cutoff, but there are a growing number of exceptions.
This list is not a status because even authorities do not go so far as to grade a hierarchy of definitive “safest,” next-safest, and so on. Each car listed is linked to the IIHS original report. You’ll note also it is dominated by Toyota products. No pure electric cars made the list.
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Audi Confirms It’s Preparing A Tesla Fighter

Audi Confirms It’s Preparing A Tesla Fighter We’ve seen reports of Audi preparing EVs with Tesla-like levels of range and performance, and in China it has again said it will have an answer for the Model X.
Speaking to Automotive News Europe, CEO Rupert Stadler remained cautious in this area all-electric vehicles and believes that for the next 10 to 15 years, customers will still prefer plug-in hybrids for electrified vehicles.
As for Audi’s Model X fighter, it will have a 310-mile range and will be introduced in ahead of schedule 2018 and Stadler said that it will be able to get 80 percent of its charge in 20 minutes suing a quick-charging station. It is believed that the EV will be based on the company’s current Q5 but will have a new design as previewed in the image above.
SEE ALSO: 2017 Audi Electric SUVs To Be BMW and Tesla Fighters
Expect the model to be underpinned by the German automaker’s second-generation MLB platform that will offer weight savings, helping increase the range of the EV. The model will also be Audi’s first mainstream electric vehicle.
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Nissan Introduces Murano Hybrid For China

Nissan Introduces Murano Hybrid For China Nissan has revealed a Murano hybrid variant for the Chinese market.
Debuted at the 2015 Shanghai Motor Show, the Nissan Murano hybrid is powered by a supercharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine paired to a lithium-ion battery pack and dual-clasp hybrid system.
The powertrain is similar to what’s found in the Infiniti QX60 hybrid and Pathfinder hybrid, where it has 250 horsepower and 243 pounds-feet of torque.
The Japanese automaker didn’t announce rigorous specifications, but did promise that it will have similar power to the 3.5-liter V6 in the standard Murano, which has 260 horsepower and 240 pounds-feet of torque.
The Murano hybrid follows up the X-Trail (Rogue) hybrid that is going on sale in Japan.
The Murano hybrid will arrive in Chinese dealerships this summer and now it’s unknown if the company plans on bringing it to the U.S.
Nissan is reportedly “considering” bringing the Rogue hybrid to the U.S. but has not made an official announcement yet.
Presently, having discontinued the Altima Hybrid, the automaker has no Nissan badged hybrids for U.S. sale, but is growing a stable of three and counting Infiniti performance hybrids.
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BMW i ConnectedDrive Apple Watch App Ready

BMW i ConnectedDrive Apple Watch App Ready BMW i’s ConnectedDrive technology will be available on the soon to be released Apple Watch.
The BMW i Remote app can be used to remotely check and control functions of BMW i models such as the battery’s state of charge.
BMW i said customers will be able to use its app from day one on the new Apple Watch.
The BMW i Remote app on the Apple Watch will allow users to stay updated on the car’s current battery status, for example, and alert them when the high-voltage unit is fully exciting. In addition, BMW i said Apple Watch can continue the navigation instructions from the BMW i3 to the user’s final destination after the car has been parked as well as guiding them back to the car if required.
SEE ALSO: Next BMW i-Series May Arrive As Ahead of schedule As 2018
The app for the “smart” watch will also allows the interior temperature to be pre-conditioned.
As well as the car’s battery charge, the available range and the timing of updates, the watch’s glance screen also shows BMW i Remote app users whether the car doors are locked.
Through other menus in the app, users can check other vehicle information such as if the sunroof is still open or the trunk is clogged. Service alerts are also flashed up, for example if a brake fluid change or service is due.
The app also offers a remote control feature for the horn, which can be activated to help owners find their vehicle easily, even in generous car parks – and if someone else has parked the car. A touch of the show is all that is required to activate the relevant functions.
The app on the Apple Watch will work with both the i3 and the i8.

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自動車保険は軽自動車が安い

軽自動車の自動車保険を安いプランに変更しました
 
現在軽自動車に乗っていて、仕事柄毎日乗っています。ですが、それほど距離を乗るわけではないので、もう少し安いプランを探していました。自動車購入時に、言われるがままに、自動車保険に加入したので、安いプランがあることを知りませんでした。厳しい世の中なので、プラン変更して節約することができました。長距離に乗らない場合や車両保険に入らなければ、とても安く保険に加入することができます。もちろん入らない選択肢はありませんので、適切なプランを選べて満足です。
 
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「燃費」を考え軽自動車と自動車保険を
 
今回、主に通勤用にと中古の軽自動車を買いました。 距離を踏むので、とにかく重視したのは燃費でした。 そして当然自動車保険(加入)となったのですが、ここでも私が重視したのは「燃費」でした。 もっともここでいう意味はより効率的というもので、無駄がなく低料金であるという視点です。 そうした意味では、保険のプロのご意見をと、担当の方には細かいアドバイスを受けました。 その結果として、友人にも強く勧めたい自動車保険に入ることができたのです。
 
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税金が安い軽自動車でも自動車保険の費用は抑えたくて
 
普通の自動車より税金が低く、維持費もとても安くすむので軽自動車に乗ることにしました。それに加えて軽自動車は自動車保険(任意保険)も安いのですが、実際の保険料は各社によってかなりの差があることを知りました。税金をはじめとする維持費ばかりが気になっていましたが、自動車保険の料金もバカになりません。各社の違いを確認して慎重に選ばないと、軽自動車のメリットが損なわれてしまうと感じました。違いを比較できるサイトを家族のすすめでじっくり見て、うち数社に問い合わせをしました。金額面もまずまずで、何と言ってもサポートが良い印象だった業者にお願いすることにしました。良い業者に出会えて良かったです。
 
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China Reveals Its First Home-Grown Electric Supercar

China Reveals Its First Home-Grown Electric Supercar Debuting earlier this week at the Shanghai Auto Show was China’s first internally designed and built electric supercar.
Dubbed the Qiantu K50 Event! – yes, with an exclamation point! – and will be entering the Chinese market in 2016.
The Event! will be priced approximately $113,000 (700,000 yuan), similar to what a Tesla Model S costs in China. Additional, buyers of the K50 will be eligible for EV incentives, exempting them from the 10 percent sales tax.
Qiantu based this K50 on a concept revealed last year at the Beijing Auto Show, at the time it was simply known as the CH Auto Event concept.
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According to CarNewsChina, the Qiantu K50 Event! is said to have an electric motor pushing out 400 horsepower, a 41.1 kwh battery, and a range of 124.2 miles; in comparison the Tesla Model S 85D has a range of up to 270 miles.
Those 400 cattle are stated to help motivate the vehicle to a top speed of 124.2 miles per hour, and lead it to a 0-62 time of five seconds.
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Congress-Commissioned Study Recommends Tax Credit Become Point Of Sale Rebate

Congress-Commissioned Study Recommends Tax Credit Become Point Of Sale Rebate A comprehensive study commissioned by Congress surveying adoption and progression of the plug-in electrified vehicle (PEV) market recommends the federal tax credit become a point-of-sale discount.
This recommendation has been politically dead on arrival as endorsed by President Barack Obama for the past four years or more, but the 205-page exhaustive and throughly vetted non-supporter study by the National Research Council adds its voice(s) to the thought.
SEE ALSO: Does The $7,500 Plug-In Car Tax Credit Need Reform?“Given the research on fiscal incentives and HEVs [hybrid electric vehicles], the effectiveness of the federal income tax credit to motivate patrons to buy PEVs would be enhanced by converting it into a discount at the point of sale,” says the first of several findings of the study regarding the tax credit depiction in America.
Precedent was set with lower-dollar-amount incentives for HEVs. Initial costs are higher for PEVs, and incentives are just one recommendation among many to educate patrons, stimulate the market.
The study, titled, “Overcoming Barriers to Deployment of Plug-in Electric Vehicles” additional points out a recent survey found the present state of incentives between federal and state and local level leaves many patrons unaware.
“But, a recent study found that 94.5 percent of survey respondents (adult drivers from the general public in 21 major U.S. cities) were not aware of PEV incentives and suggests that the effectiveness of the PEV credits could be enhanced through superior consumer awareness and education (Krause et al. 2013),” says the study.
This is the case, observes the study despite the fact “overall, that literature suggests that financial incentives do motivate patrons to buy more fuel-efficient vehicles.”
So, incentives work, but they are only working so well in the U.S. says the study commissioned by Congress.
At the same time, it resists deeper level recommendations because “there appears, but, to be a lack of research to indicate which incentives might be the most effective at encouraging PEV deployment.”
Held out as case examples are well-published effective programs stimulating Norway and the Netherlands, as well as an “fascinating” incentive policy in Japan existing by the Clean Energy Vehicle Promotion Program.
It [Japan's program] is notable because it has a clear sunset, the discount level declines each year on the basis of a preset formula, and the discount amount financed by the government depends on whether vehicle manufacturers meet a preset annual price target (see Figure 7-1). The administering agency, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Diligence (METI 2013) calculates an annual price target by assuming a linear decline between a base price in 2012 and a long-term target price in 2016. To encourage vehicle manufacturers to reduce their sales prices each year, the government provides 100 percent of the discount if the manufacturer meets the annual target price but subsidizes only in this area 67 percent of the discount if the manufacturer exceeds the annual price target.
 
The study but says firm conclusions based on other countries with unique culture and politics aren’t easily drawn but clearly incentives work, and it says the U.S. could stand to modify its programs to make it as effective as those in other nations.
Proof of even worse policies are in Germany, it says.
“Those with modest or no financial incentives for PEVs — most notably Germany, which has not
existing consumer incentives and has relied on demonstration programs in four major regions — have experienced minimal sales,” says the study.
And then you have the anomaly China which has been throwing money at the problem for at least six years and yet last year the state of California bought more PEVs.
“Financial incentives, but, are not working everywhere, most notably in China, where there has been tepid consumer uptake despite the substantial financial incentives existing,” says the study. “One ahead of schedule analysis of that puzzling circumstances concludes that Chinese patrons are more concerned in this area vehicle performance than cost at this stage (Zhang et al. 2013).”
Coming back to the U.S. depiction, the present patchwork comforter of state-level incentives ranging from up to $6,000 in Colorado, to nothing in some states is an implicitly inequitable inequitable of these states’ rights to conduct plicy as their respective lawmakers see fit.
The study does not take a stand on that, but does benignly note consumer education is at stake because of the way things are now run.
Concerns beyond the study have been voiced that if incentives re not held up, and manufacturers reach sales caps too soon, progress in the market’s progression could stall.
“The many state incentives that differ in fiscal value, restrictions, and calculation methods make it challenging to educate patrons on the incentives that are available to them and emphasize the need for a clear, up-to-date source of information for patrons,” says the study.
Whether this study full of other recommendations and sad on other aspects of PEV acceptance is heeded is anyone’s guess, but your taxpayer dollars funded it. Pains were taken by its long list of distinguished authors for it to remain unbiased, and it recommends more is needed if the U.S. wants to grow the market like it means it.
“Overall, the encounter worldwide demonstrates that substantial financial incentives are
effective at motivating patrons to adopt PEVs,” says the study.
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