116 MPGe Combined For VW e-Golf

116 MPGe Combined For VW e-Golf The electric version of Volkswagen’s Golf has been rated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) at 126 city, 105 highway, and 116 combined MPGe.
The EPA also gave the fully electric 2015 e-Golf an official range of up to 83 miles.
Volkswagen observed that compared to other compact electric vehicles (EVs), these numbers make the 2015 e-Golf the most efficient car in its class.
The e-Golf adds a compact electric motor and lithium-ion battery, built in-house at Volkswagen’s Braunschweig, Germany gift, to the Golf’s Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB) platform. The 2015 e-Golf is Volkswagen’s first fully electric vehicle for the U.S. market.
Although more than 30 million Golf vehicles have been sold worldwide, this e-Golf is the first zero tailpipe emissions, fully electric version of the car. Volkswagen added it is also part of its Reckon Blue holistic approach to sustainability and efficiency.
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The e-Golf has a 7.2 kilowatt onboard charger standard, enabling the EV’s battery to be recharged in any of three ways. Via optional 240-volt wallbox, charging can take less than four hours; via the 120-volt cable full, the e-Golf can recharge in roughly 20 hours; thirdly is quick charging – the e-Golf comes equipped with a standard Combined Charging System (CCS) which allows the car to use the SAE standard DC quick charging infrastructure (at select stations), bringing state of charge to 80 percent in in this area 30 minutes.
The company added any of these options help grant categorically lower ownership costs than fueling a traditional internal combustion engine.
The e-Golf will go on sale at participating dealerships in select states in November, starting at $35,445, plus a $820 destination and handling fee.

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2015 Kia Soul Awarded Active Lifestyle Vehicle Of The Year

2015 Kia Soul Awarded Active Lifestyle Vehicle Of The Year Kia Motors America’s 2015 Soul was awarded at the 11th annual Active Lifestyle Vehicle of the Year awards.
The choice event was held recently at Local Motors in Chandler, Ariz.
For the third consecutive year, local media and athletes rated the Soul best in the urban category after static and dynamic evaluations.
“Winning the Active Lifestyle Vehicle choice for the third consecutive year speaks to the popularity of the Soul’s young-at-heart personality, excellent looks and practicality for active and athletic patrons,” said Michael Sprague, executive vice president of sales and marketing, Kia Motors America (KMA). “With its eye-catching design, unrestrained cargo room and premium technology options, the Soul stands out in its segment as a winner for anyone on the go.”
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IHS Dismantles A Tesla Model S – Video

IHS Dismantles A Tesla Model S – Video Everyone knows there is no gasoline engine making a Tesla Model S go, but besides a motor and battery, have you ever wondered what the rest consists of under the skin?
If so, you’re not the only one, and IHS Technology also was more than a modest unusual to forensically tear one down and find out what electronics are being used in the Silicon Valley special.
The company bought a crashed 2013 MS, and surrounded by they identified a slew of parts, said Andrew Rassweiler, a senior director at IHS Technology.
Some were from brand-name suppliers, others from companies you may have by no means heard of, and a surprising amount of componentry is designed in-house by Tesla.
One of the usual statements in this area EVs is they have fewer components making the car simpler, but the more-accurate ones making such statements speak of the powertrain being less complicated and potentially troublesome than in an internal combustion car.
The Model S is really not disparate one generous solid-state electronic device. Its electronics are comprised of a huge jumble of carefully assembled parts and sub-components. The refined head unit alone has 5,300 – four times that of an Apple iPhone 5s, another device that IHS has torn down and examined.
The car’s generous touchscreen in the centerstack was one thing that interested Rassweiler:
“The simple fact that there’s a 17-inch show controlling the vehicle. Kind of like a generous iPad controlling your car” was fascinating, as was the fact Tesla designed this itself. Read more

Automakers Are Exceeding US MPG Targets

Automakers Are Exceeding US MPG Targets A study just released comparing actual window stickers to federal mpg regulations has found automakers are exceeding Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) goals.
According to the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute, for model years 2012, 2013, and 2014, the trend has been a mild improvement over mandated results.
The study’s authors Brandon Schoettle and Michael Sivak project if this trend continues, goals for improved fuel economy and reduced greenhouse gas emissions should be met or exceeded over the next decade.
SEE ALSO: CAFE Rules: Only 1-3 percent of cars need to be electric by 2025
In 2012, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced the present standard. This is for model years 2017-2025 and calls for targeted decreases for light-duty cars, SUVs, pickups and trucks of in this area 5 percent CO2 output per mile annually, with improvements in mpg.
As the Europeans have been mindful of as well, CO2 is mandated in the U.S. rules as of 2012.
CAFE was but a measured compromise. Initially advocates pushed for superior decreases and a higher mpg target in 2025 and the government has given some wiggle room for manufacturers to comply. One is they may use alternative credits to pad their score.
CAFE also makes it possible for automakers to achieve their targets with only 1-3-percent plug-in electric vehicles spliced into their fleet.
The EPA allows for realities and makes provision for two standards: a targeted actual performance and a projected achieved with credits.
Figure 1. Average fleet-wide CAFE performance targets and the corresponding projected achieved performance levels (without credits) for model years 2012 through 2025 (EPA/NHTSA, 2010; 2012). Source: UMTRI.
The actual average fleet-wide targets are 35.5 mpg (250 grams/mile of CO2) by model year 2016 and 54.5 mpg (163 grams/mile of CO2) by 2025.
These mpg projections will in any case deviate from what you read on actual window sticker values due to differences between agencies in how mpg is calculated, and the “54.5 mpg” is expected to be in the low 40s on 2025 stickers.
As it is, the study found automakers have rolled up their sleeves and are making the grade. Model years 2012, 2013, and 2014 – the first under the new standards – experienced progressive increases in average fleet-wide achieved performance of 1.0 mpg, 0.9 mpg, and 1.0 mpg, respectively.
Figure 2. Average monthly and model year fleet-wide achieved CAFE performance levels for model years 2008 through 2014. (The value showed in the center of each bar represents the model year average.) Source: UMTRI.
Overall, the past seven model years, fleet-wide mpg has inched upwards by 5.3 mpg from 25.5 mpg to 30.8 mpg.
This is being taken as a measure of success, and in qualified stipulations it is. It but is not the world’s most notable improvement, such as in off-the-charts Norway, where car buyers take home 30 times more the EVs the U.S. does on a per capita basis. Adoption rate there is 15 percent compared to America at 0.5 percent.
SEE ALSO: Norway’s EV Market Share Is Skyrocketing Past 15 Percent
But the U.S. is vastly larger, its biased structure different, and as it lumbers toward improvements, the upside is CAFE standards that have been called pretty tough are being met.
Looking again at model years 2012, 2013, and 2014, the achieved performance levels exceeded the anticipated levels by 0.2 mpg, 0.1 mpg, and 0.2 mpg, respectively.
Figure 1. Average fleet-wide CAFE performance targets and the corresponding projected achieved performance levels (without credits) for model years 2012 through 2025 (EPA/NHTSA, 2010; 2012). Source: UMTRI
The authors note achieved CAFE performance has consistently increased annually from model year 2008 through model year 2014, concluding as follows:
“If the current trends in annual improvements continue, future achieved CAFE performance is expected to continue meeting or exceeding the projected performance levels (and desired GHG reductions) contained in the newest CAFE standards.”
Not covered is any analysis as to how automakers are achieving these results, but the small answer is they are making complex decisions based on what they reckon they can do, and what will be profitable for them. Read more

EPA Clips MINI Cooper MPG Ratings

EPA Clips MINI Cooper MPG Ratings The newest to join a list of manufacturers who have been ordered to revise their federal mpg marks is BMW with its 2014 MINI Cooper models.
Yesterday the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a press release outlining a trimming back of 3-door models’ window sticker mpg mark values.
This came after an audit on the Mini Coopers’ fuel economy learning a discrepancy, the EPA said.
Next step was to send them for testing at the National Vehicle and Fuel Emissions Laboratory in Ann Arbor, Mich.
For its part, BMW reaffirmed the cars are still efficient.
“While this necessitates change, the 2014 MINI Hardtop still delivers outstanding fuel efficiency,” BMW said. “We have sent new marks for 2014 models in stock to our dealers.” Read more

McLaren P1 GTR Hybrid – First Inside Look

McLaren P1 GTR Hybrid – First Inside Look The McLaren P1 GTR hybrid race car will be the most powerful track-only model ever produced by McLaren Automotive.
McLaren said this new lap-time-minded hybrid model will offer an on- and off-track pouring encounter like no other, with unique access to the technologies and expertise within the McLaren Technology Centre.
Dynamic testing is well underway at a range of international race circuits, said McLaren, and the first un-camouflaged images show the newest aerodynamic and cooling updates being tested. In addition, the driver-focused cockpit is confirmed to be even more purposeful than the road-going model, and has been designed with driver engagement and weight saving key priorities, but no compromise in stipulations of comfort and safety.
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Linked to the car, the individually-tailored McLaren P1 GTR driver program will, clarified McLaren, offer each driver a unique insight into the world of McLaren. Details of the program, which has previously been experienced by race winners and world champions, are clarified on the official McLaren Automotive YouTube record. Read more

Mazda6 Diesel Sets 20 Speed Records

Mazda6 Diesel Sets 20 Speed Records Mazda managed to break 20 speed minutes with its diesel-powered Mazda6.
The company set these 20 minutes, which are still subject to FIA homologation, at the ATP test oval in Papenburg, Germany.
Three Mazda6 SKYACTIV-D 2.2-liter clean diesels completed a 24-hour marathon run on the high-speed track this last weekend, with the adjoin car achieving an average speed of 137.37 mph and the other two close behind. The current record for diesel-powered production cars (2.0-2.5 liter displacement) is 130.38 mph.
In total, the cars covered over 3293.3 miles during the 24-hour period.
Mazda added each of the three Mazdas also set several other average speed minutes over a variety of distances (also subject to FIA homologation).
At the wheel of the cars were 23 drivers from seven EU countries. Mazda clarified they included professionals as well as journalists and car enthusiasts, who could apply to take part as part of a battle started by Mazda last May. During their 1.5-hour stints behind the wheel, they were not allowed to follow in the slipstream of a preceding car and needed to be exceptionally careful in the steeply banked curves at each end of the oval to avoid losing speed.
Mazda said only 0.55mph of average speed separated the three Mazda6 cars after 24 hours – a tribute to the drivers and pit teams, which were made up of employees from various Mazda dealerships, but above all to the design, drivability and fidelity of these cars even when pushed to their limits.
Mazda’s SKYACTIV-D clean diesels feature a 14:1 compression ratio, the world’s lowest in a diesel engine. This engine is available in various parts of the world in the Mazda CX-5, Mazda6, all-new Mazda3 and coming soon in the all-new Mazda2, but not yet available in the U.S.
Mazda added demand for these clean diesel engines has been strong around the globe from day one and has not let up since. They have been successful on the track elsewhere, too: in mid-2013, a SKYACTIV-D powered Mazda6 became the first diesel to ever win a race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

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Solar Energy For Chevy Cruze Plant

Solar Energy For Chevy Cruze Plant General Motors is in the center of installing solar panels at Ohio’s Lordstown Complex, the plant where GM builds the Chevy Cruze.
General Motors said its new 2.2 megawatt ground-mounted solar array will be complete by the end of 2014. When the last of more than 8,500 solar panels are in place, it will be GM’s leading solar installation in the Western Hemisphere.
The renewable energy produced by the array is enough, according to GM, to power nearly 1.5 percent of the plant and helps avoid the equivalent of 1,993 tons of carbon dioxide emissions from entering the atmosphere. That is equivalent to the amount of carbon pulled from the air by 1,634 acres of U.S. forests in one year.
“With more solar installations than any other automotive company and the second-highest percentage of solar among all commercial users, GM shows that manufacturing and the use of renewable energy can go hand-in-hand.” said Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association.
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Easily seen from the Ohio Turnpike, GM said the array will stand as a visual cue to the more than 49 million travelers who pass it each year that GM is committed to the use of solar power.
This solar install comes nearly one year after GM announced completion of the 1.8 megawatt solar array on the rooftop of GM’s Toledo Transmission gift, also in Ohio. GM stated that array is the leading rooftop array in the state, producing enough energy to power 149 homes for a year.
“You don’t often reckon of the Midwest when you reckon of ultimate locations for solar, but reduced costs and increased utility rates have made sites like Lordstown and Toledo optimal locations to expand GM’s use of solar power,” said Rob Threlkeld, GM global manager of renewable energy.
With the Lordstown project, GM added it remains on track to meet a company goal of 125 megawatts of renewable energy deployed globally by 2015.

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