Ford Announces EPA Fuel Ratings for 2015 F-150

Ford Announces EPA Fuel Ratings for 2015 F-150 Last Friday Ford announced its redesigned aluminum-bodied 2015 F-150 will offer the highest EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings among full-size gas-powered pickups.
When equipped with the new 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6, a turbocharged engine that includes Auto Stop-Start, the 4×2 F-150 offers estimated ratings of 19 mpg city, 26 mpg highway and 22 mpg combined.
The 2.7-liter EcoBoost engine has not been previously existing by Ford and is one of four powertrain options available for the updated line-up of this, the country’s best-selling vehicle.
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Also available for the F-150 line are a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6, a 3.5-liter V6 without EcoBoost, and a 5.0-liter V8.
Depending on model, fuel economy for the 2015 Ford F-150 has improved between 5-20 percent when compared to current models, according to Ford.
Ford’s use of “military spec” aluminum has caused much discussion in the diligence and among drivers who use these vehicles both for personal and commercial purposes.
The 700 pounds or so saved thanks to aluminum will incrementally add up to a lot of fuel conserved given the sales volumes of these trucks, and such “lightweighting” is an alternate approach to humanizing powertrain efficiency, such as by hybridization.
Eventually but, the go to aluminum alloy throughout the entire body frame is a risk for Ford. While the aluminum offers high tensile strength and will not corrode, it also comes with a higher price tag. Depending on the model, prices on the 2015 F-150 will rise between $340 and $3,385 over 2014 prices. This represents an increase of between 1 – 7 percent, depending on base trim line.
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Nor does it make the vehicle the most efficient. Ford has been careful not to say the 2015 F-150 has the highest fuel economy ratings of any full-sized pickup available. That designation is now held by the 2014 Ram 1500 4×2 EcoDiesel with its 3.0-liter V6 diesel engine providing EPA fuel-economy ratings of 20 mpg city, 28 mpg highway and 23 mpg combined.
There are no initial projections from Ford as to which of the engine options will dominate sales. The previous F-150 existing a 3.5-Liter EcoBoost engine and accounted for approximately 40 percent of sales. In 2013 Ford more than 521,000 F-150 trucks in the United States.
Ford has recently begun production of the 2015 F-150 with deliveries to dealerships expected to start in December.

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Porsche Adding Third Hybrid Car For Le Mans

Porsche Adding Third Hybrid Car For Le Mans Porsche will enter a third Porsche 919 Hybrid LMP1 race car for the next Le Mans race.
The 2015 edition of the Le Mans 24 Hours race will be held June 13 and 14.
To make sure the race car is ready for the huge race, it will also be entered in the May 2 Six Hours World Endurance Championship (WEC) race at the Belgian Spa-Francorchamps circuit.
“In 2014 we have been competitive immediately with the most complex and innovative race car Porsche has built so far,” said Wolfgang Hatz, Limb of the Board, Research and Development, Porsche AG. “To date we have achieved five podium places, three pole positions and two record laps, in Shanghai and Bahrain. These are outstanding results. But this LMP1 program doesn’t just produce success on race tracks, but also on the engineering side. The target is the highest performance with maximized efficiency in ever growing dimensions. This is why we will take on the challenge with three Porsche 919 Hybrids in 2015.”
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Saint-Hyacinthe Powers Fleet With Garbage-Sourced Gas

Saint-Hyacinthe Powers Fleet With Garbage-Sourced Gas The city of Saint-Hyacinthe in Quebec is now fueling its natural gas powered municipal vehicles with methane sourced from the city’s garbage.
The city of Saint-Hyacinthe started this week to recover organic materials via biomethanization and to use the renewable natural gas produced to meet its energy needs.
In the same breath, this fall, Gaz Métro announced the signing of an agreement in principle with Saint-Hyacinthe for the buy of surplus renewable natural gas produced by the city’s biomethanization centre for injection into its distribution arrangement.
Gaz Métro is the main provider of natural gas in the Province of Quebec.
This project was submitted to Quebec’s Régie de l’énergie for approval.
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The city said it is collecting the organic materials of its citizens and businesses as well as the same from 23 surrounding municipalities to supply the first municipal vehicle fleet with renewable natural gas, in addition of being the privileged source of energy to heat its municipal buildings.
“Gaz Métro is proud to use its gas arrangement for this promising project, to allow all its clients to take advantage of locally produced renewable natural gas,” said Martin Imbleau, Vice President, Development and Renewable Energies at Gaz Métro. “Choosing this energy to fuel vehicles is another step toward the intelligent and systematic recovery of organic materials in Québec, by making an infinitely renewable cycle. We hope that this project will inspire many other municipalities to follow suit.”
At current prices, natural gas generates savings of up to 40 percent compared with diesel, in addition to reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions up to 25 percent, said the city of Saint-Hyacinthe. By opting for renewable natural gas as a fuel, GHG emissions decrease by more than 99.4 percent, considering the fuel’s complete life cycle.
Using natural gas as a fuel for vehicle is not yet widespread in the province of Quebec. To date, there are 350 natural gas vehicles on Quebec’s roads.

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Tesla Repairing 1,100 Model S cars With Defective Drive Units in Norway

Tesla Repairing 1,100 Model S cars With Defective Drive Units in Norway Tesla Motors is working double-time to resolve defective drive units in 1,100 Norwegian Model S sedans in this, one of its most vital markets.
EVs now delight in 15 percent market share in the country of around 5.4 million public, the longer range, nicer Model S “take rate” has surpassed the Nissan Leaf, but the units are experiencing premature failure.
Instead of the charming sound of electric propulsion, Norwegian owners have reported noises like a circular saw in commission and a “clunk” sound. Not excellent.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk has made it a priority, and according to Norway Today, Tesla is flying 300 new motor units per week from California. It is also hiring more techs to do the repairs, and projects the problem will be dealt with in a month or so.
While the U.S. market also experienced drive unit failures, Musk clarified where issue arose:
“Sorry to say, this happened when a generous batch of cars were produced for Norway, affecting approximately 1,100 vehicles,” said Musk as reported by NASDAQ. “Approximately 1% have experienced premature wear out of the coupling.”
Putting a finer point on it, Norway Today cited a newspaper report that said the electric motor to “provider box” connection lacked enough grease, and the drive shaft teeth are being ruined.
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This report adds to other teething problems the company has experienced with its high-end electric sedan. Edmunds and Consumer Reports both reported issues, and individual Model S owners have also not been without problems here and there.
Overall, the Model S is being highly praised by owners, and Tesla’s rapid response and question to make warranty repairs as pain-free as possible has helped much.
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No Charge To Charge Now In Atlanta

No Charge To Charge Now In Atlanta Nissan is adding Atlanta to its no-cost public charging for two years program just in time for Black Friday week.
The automaker announced yesterday the “No Charge to Charge” program for Atlanta, a program that offers no-cost access to more than a dozen quick chargers spread throughout the Superior Atlanta market for two years with the buy or lease of a Leaf electric car.
The dozen or more of quick chargers are of the type that can charge a LEAF from zero to 80 percent in less than 30 minutes.
“Atlanta is America’s largest market for Leaf, and access to free public charging can enhance the convenience of pouring an electric car and motivate additional patrons to make the switch to Nissan Leaf,” said Brendan Jones, director, Nissan Electric Vehicle Sales and Infrastructure. “As the top-selling electric car brand, Nissan is actively working with key partners to ramp up charging infrastructure in Metro Atlanta to make more charging options available for the thousands of area LEAF owners.”
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While the program is kicking off this week, Nissan said it is extending the program to LEAF owners who bought or leased their vehicle on or after Nov. 1.
According to Nissan, Atlanta has been the number one LEAF market since mid-2013 due to a variety of factors, including an available Georgia state tax credit, release-occupant access to high occupancy vehicle (HOV) and high occupancy toll (HOT) lanes and a number of major companies who now grant workplace charging for their employees.
Nissan now offers “No Charge to Charge” in the 13 following markets: San Francisco, Sacramento, San Diego, Seattle, Portland, Oregon, Nashville, Phoenix, Dallas-Ft. Worth, Houston, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles and Chicago. By mid-2015, Nissan said it plans to offer the “No Charge to Charge” program at LEAF dealers in at least 12 additional U.S. markets.
The Leaf has accumulated more than 147,000 global sales and more than 66,000 in the U.S. This electric vehicle has an EPA-estimated pouring range of 84 miles on a fully-exciting battery and MPGe ratings of 126 city, 101 highway and 114 combined.

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2016 Honda HR-V Debuts In LA – Video

2016 Honda HR-V Debuts In LA – Video Last week at the LA Auto Show, Honda introduced its versatile HR-V compact crossover to North America.
Bridging the gap between the subcompact redesign Fit, and also refreshed larger CR-V, Honda’s new “segment buster” is being made in Celaya, Mexico in non-hybrid configuration, although last year it launched a hybrid variant in Japan.
The gasoline powertrain in this “sports car-like” crossover is up-sized for this market to 1.8 liters over 1.5 liters in Japan, and U.S. fuel efficiency numbers and price have not been announced. Read more

Power And Style For Mitsubishi Concept XR-PHEV

Power And Style For Mitsubishi Concept XR-PHEV Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. (MMNA) unveiled the Mitsubishi Concept XR-PHEV during its press conference at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show.
Featuring a performance-oriented yet highly efficient plug-in-hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) drivetrain, the Mitsubishi Concept XR-PHEV crossover is said by its maker to hint at the future design direction for Mitsubishi Motors production vehicles in North America
The motive force for this concept-car creation, said Mitsubishi Motors, comes in the form of a adjoin engine/adjoin-wheel drive gasoline-powered 1.1-liter inline-3-cylinder turbocharged engine producing 134 horsepower (100 kilowatt) which is paired with a compact electric motor producing 161 horsepower (121 kilowatt) with a high-boost converter and a main drive lithium-ion battery pack. The battery pack has a storage room of 14 kilowatt-hour and is located beneath the stump of the cabin.
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MMNA said this potent yet extremely efficient powertrain amalgamation makes for exciting sports car-like acceleration while offering exemplary fuel and energy efficiency – truly the best of both worlds.
A new component development to the MiEV technology system which is included on the Concept XR-PHEV is said to be the high-boost converter. Mitsubishi clarified this converter raises the MiEV system to 700 volts and helps to additional improve energy output and efficiency from both the electric motor as well as the generator. Read more

Is 2016 Volt a 4.5 Seater?

Is 2016 Volt a 4.5 Seater? The present Volt is a four-seat vehicle, a sore spot for some would-be buyers, and General Motors has designed a compromise key that might be called a 4.5 seater.
This week a focus assemble of Volt owners was tolerable a sneak preview of the 2016 Volt prior to its January reveal in Detroit and technically it appears the Volt could be considered a five seater, or effectively a four seater.
Speaking of the essentially finished pre-production version, the blogger at MyChevroletVolt.com wrote “there appears to be a bench in the back between the two original seats. It looks designed to place an infant/child seat there, but not space for an adult/young adult to sit. Seems like more legroom too.”
Assuming this is as stated, the Volt will make a concession for carrying small children, which ought to settle some intenders, but won’t allow for truly comfortable five adult seating, or even four adult and one youth seating.
Given the T-shaped battery pack in succession down the middle row is retained, speculators had already come to that conclusion, but some hoping GM would slim and lower it enough to accommodate a bench or mildly humped bench for five full-size passengers.
Assuming the car is as represented, it will have seat belts in the middle rear seating position as required by law, so someone could conceivably sit in what will undoubtedly be the least desirable seating position.
And this may be a decent trade off. Not a lot of public really use a “five passenger” vehicle to carry all five passengers much of the time, but many more do want that capability, and it’s been a deal breaker for the Volt.
Those wishing to tether a child’s seat have been frustrated, although Volt owners have posted to the GM-Volt forum a technique to make it feasible even for the present generation car.
That takes more than the usual care, and the new car could be purpose made to allow it. Beyond that, all indications are GM has place more effort and resources into making the new Volt better in all vital respects.
We shall see Jan. 12 when it’s finally revealed at the auto show in Detroit.
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