74 MPG For Road-Going Deltawing

74 MPG For Road-Going Deltawing An analysis of the Deltawing’s viability showed a four seat version would reach close to 74 mpg on the highway.
DeltaWing Technology Assemble, Inc. released the results of an independent engineering analysis of a four-passenger road car concept based on the patented DeltaWing narrow adjoin track vehicle architecture.
The study showed it would achieve an unadjusted EPA fuel economy rating of nearly 74 mpg Highway and over 57 mpg combined rating.
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Toyota’s New Powertrain Could Lead To 58 MPG Prius

Toyota’s New Powertrain Could Lead To 58 MPG Prius Toyota Motor Corp.’s new strategy will not only change the way the company builds engines; it will give the Prius’ hybrid drivetrain a 15-percent boost in fuel economy.
The Japanese carmaker said its next generation of engines will share more parts, get better gas mileage and have more power. Under the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA), both hybrid powertrains and gasoline-only systems will benefit.
The Prius will be the first to debut the newly designed hybrid powertrain under this strategy. Toyota didn’t confirm if the upcoming model will feature TNGA, but patrons could see a Prius with a 15-prercent increase in fuel economy as ahead of schedule as this fall.
In other words, the 2016 Prius could post up to 58.7 miles per gallon in the city (55 mpg on the highway and 57.5 combined). The 2015 Prius, which comes with a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine and continuously variable transmission, is now rated at 50 mpg (51 city, 48 highway).
Toyota has not yet confirmed specs for the powertrain on the 2016 Prius, and hasn’t even released concept drawings of the design. Pictured above is the current 2015 model.
This boost in mpg exceeds recent estimates of a 10-percent gain in fuel economy for the next generation Prius, a goal that Toyota once called “idiotic.”
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“It’s very hard, hard work to keep continuous pace from first generation to current generation and fourth generation,” said Toyota Managing Officer Satoshi Ogiso during the 2013 Hybrid World Tour.
“10-percent is a idiotic number, but we will continue our challenge.”
Gains for Toyota’s non-hybrid powertrains will be even higher.
“By humanizing thermal efficiency in engines and energy-relay efficiency in transmissions, Toyota has increased the overall fuel efficiency of its powertrains by approximately 25-percent and overall power output by more than 15-percent,” the company said.
After debuting in the Prius, the TNGA platform will be carried over to the Corolla, Lexus CT and other adjoin-wheel drive cars later this year. The first three models (Prius, Corolla and Lexus CT) represent in this area half of the Toyota’s 10 million vehicles produced worldwide.
The overhaul on the engine architecture is part of a larger strategy to trim costs and increase performance in peacefulness to stay competitive against rivals such as Nissan Volkswagen.
Calling it an “intentional pause,” Toyota is holding off on new projects at production plants to focus on implementing the strategy. Instead, the carmaker will be revamping existing facilities to build the new TNGA platforms, with plans that will include installing equipment that is more compact and downsizing paint booths.

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Toyota RAV4 Hybrid To Bow Next Week In New York

Toyota RAV4 Hybrid To Bow Next Week In New York Next week at the New York auto show Toyota will be revealing a hybrid version of its 2015 RAV4.
No details accompanied a teaser image and mere announcement that this would happen, but there is a relatively excellent chance it will borrow the powertrain from the Lexus 300h.
This is yet to be verified but the Lexus itself borrows underpinnings from the RAV4 and relies on a 2.5-liter Hybrid Synergy Drive full hybrid drivetrain.
Fuel economy from this Lexus compact crossover SUV varies depending on all-wheel or adjoin-wheel drive versions. Less efficient AWD is EPA rated 33 mpg city, 30 highway, 32 combined. The FWD is rated 35 city, 31 highway, 33 combined. Read more

European Nissan Leaf Batteries Post Few Failures

European Nissan Leaf Batteries Post Few Failures A new report says that nearly each Nissan Leaf battery in Europe, 99.99-percent to be rigorous, is still in succession strong.
The data, according to CleanTechnica, says that only three out of 35,000 Nissan Leaf batteries in Europe have failed. This is less than 0.01-percent of all Leafs on European roads.
Though CleanTechnica doesn’t reveal the source of this data, the site does advise that the total number of Leafs includes all models sold in Europe in the last five years. It doesn’t detail how many of the cars are older models.
Even so, such a low rate of failure is excellent news for patrons worried in this area the lifespan of a Leaf battery.
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“The facts speak for themselves. The rate of battery faults in our vehicles is negligible, even the most ardent critic cannot argue with that,” said Nissan Europe Electric Vehicle Director Jean-Pierre Diernaz.
“The battery technology is just part of our success tale. With over 165,000 customers globally, it’s clear that we’re not the only public who are thrilled by the success of this state-of-the-art technology.”
A less vital study in the U.S. also reported that Leaf batteries age well. Plug In America used data from 240 Leafs, driven a total of 3.2 million miles, for its 2012 study on the electric car.
After pouring an average of 13,000 miles, “90.8-percent of the vehicles are still screening all 12 room bars, importance they are within 15-percent of nominal full room,” said Plug In America.
“76.3-percent of owners believe they have lost no more than a few miles of range.”
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Though the study also linked some problems to hot temperatures, the data was submitted before Nissan’s release of the “lizard battery,” which changed the battery’s chemistry for improved performance in the heat.
Following these heat-related issues with the 2012 Leaf, Nissan extended its warranty. The carmaker now covers the lithium-ion battery pack for eight years or 100,000 miles, whichever comes first. For five years or 60,000 miles, Nissan also covers the battery if th room drops below nine bars.
 
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14-Year Olds Can Now Drive Renault Twizy EV

14-Year Olds Can Now Drive Renault Twizy EV French drivers as young as 14 years ancient will be able to drive and possibly form attachments to EVs by way of the Renault Twizy 45.
Remember that time when you longed for that elusive first car? Under new French legislation, which is mirroring other European countries, 14-year-olds with their BSR road safety certificates are now authorized to drive light motorized quadricycles, previously reserved for individuals aged 16 and over.
This means the Twizy 45 is considered at the same level as a scooter in France and can become one’s first car.
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The motorized quadricycles Renault Twizy 45 stands as an alternative to scooters with levels of safety and comfort superior to those existing by two-wheelers, but also using an electric powertrain instead of the gasoline or gasoline/oil mix often used in scooters.
The Twizy 45 comes standard with an airbag, double seatbelts, disc brakes and a protective cell; Renault states this EV quadricycles enables young public to gain an understanding of pouring from a young age.
More than 15,000 Twizy are now on the road in Europe. The new and updated legislation will allow younger public to learn mobility in full safety, per Renault.

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PHEV SUV-Specific Concept Tire From Falken

PHEV SUV-Specific Concept Tire From Falken Falken is working on a tire specifically designed for hybrid SUVs, inspired by motorcycle rubber.
Falken’s conceptual tire could, per the company, meet hybrid SUV driver’s challenging demands for both extended range and dynamic handling
In Falken’s brief, this tire featuring different tread areas could point the way to how drivers can delight in both sporty handling and efficiency for Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEV) SUVs.
It is a challenge for tire engineers to combine both low rolling resistance to increase the car’s range while offering astute, sporty dynamics expected by sporty SUV drivers… And this is also right for tires aimed at other types of vehicles, but the larger weight and dynamic particularities of an SUV makes the challenge even superior.
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The concept tire was first shown earlier on Mitsubishi’s Concept XR-PHEV II SUV, powered by a new PHEV system.
Mitsubishi’s Concept XR-PHEV II SUV
The outer third of Falken’s concept tire is made of a primarily low rolling resistance slick surface with water dispersion grooves that prevent hydroplaning and also enhance wet road grip. To offer better grip under hard cornering, Falken has made the inner third of the tire in the shape of a bent (like a motorcycle) surface that comes in superior contact with the road when the vehicle is being pushed harder.
No production date has been set for the tire but Falken believes that such tire technology is the way tire design will progress.

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Obama: Half Of Federal Fleets Must Be PHEV Or ZEV By 2025

Obama: Half Of Federal Fleets Must Be PHEV Or ZEV By 2025 As part of a 10-year plot to increase sustainability at the federal level, President Barack Obama is calling for more plug-in and zero emission vehicles in government fleets.
Under the Executive Peacefulness, which was signed last week, Obama said zero emission vehicles (ZEVs) and plug-in hybrid (PHEVs) must make up at least 20-percent of federal fleets by the end of 2020. By December 31, 2025, half of fleet vehicles must be ZEVs or PHEVs.
Infrastructure plotting to support these vehicles, including charging and refueling stations, is also called for in the decree.
The ratio of alternatively fueled vehicles in all government fleets is now far below this, according to the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers (Auto Alliance). The organization represents automakers such as General Motors, Ford and Toyota.
The Auto Alliance estimated that only 3.9-percent of 2013 government fleet buys were hybrid or electric vehicles. Last year, this percentage rose slightly.
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“Government buys of alternative powertrain vehicles still comprise only a small fraction of their overall automotive acquisitions, based on data from the first 10 months of 2014,” stated that Auto Alliance.
“Federal, state and local government entities registered 175,122 new vehicles, of which 512 were electric cars – or less than one-third of 1-percent.
“Hybrids represented-4 percent (7,048) of new government vehicles.”
For the overall federal fleet, the Executive Peacefulness doesn’t call for a specific type of ZEV (such as fuel cell or battery electric) and doesn’t detail a ratio of zero emission to plug-in vehicles.
By 2025, Obama said federal agencies must also cut their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 30-percent from 2014 levels.
“White House senior adviser Brian Deese estimated the new measures will save $18 billion,” reported The Washington Post. “The federal government has already cut its overall emissions 17-percent since Obama took office, saving $1.8 billion.”
In conjunction with the release of Obama’s sustainability goals, some of the federal government’s leading suppliers met at a roundtable to discuss their part in reducing greenhouse gases.
“The companies attending this roundtable each do more than $1 billion a year in business with the U.S. Government and together account for in this area $45 billion in federal contract spending,” said a White House press release.
“Combined, they bring a total GHG reduction commitment of 5 million metric tons between 2008 and 2020.”
IBM, GE, Honeywell and Northrop Grumman are a few of the companies that attended the roundtable, with each lining out specific commitments to reduce their output of GHG.
Other sustainability supplies laid out in the Executive Peacefulness include mandates for federal government buildings to reduce energy, reduce water and use clean energy sources.
 
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Audi A7 h-tron ‘Billboard’ Vanishes Leaving Only Water Vapor Just Like Its Subject

Audi A7 h-tron ‘Billboard’ Vanishes Leaving Only Water Vapor Just Like Its Subject Some have called Audi’s ad for its plug-in hybrid A7 Sportback h-tron hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle clever, others might reckon –as critics of hydrogen say of hydrogen technology itself – it evokes smoke and mirrors.
Really, the German ad battle uses a fog machine and purple projectors that made a vanishing effect leaving behind nothing but water vapor to evoke a car that does the same.
The A7 Sportback is not really for sale, but based on an A7, it boasts a complex powertrain merging what others see as competing technologies.
No gasoline is involved in the car capable of around 111 mph and 0-60 in the 7-second range, and with potential price tag unknown. Read more