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Hybrid SUVs

We’ve become an SUV loving country. After all what could be better than a vehicle that’s got plenty of room, goes just about anywhere, and makes you feel safe when you’re driving? The trouble is SUVs are gas guzzlers and they also aren’t great for our environment. However, that’s been changing over the past few years with the release of several models of hybrid SUVs. (Clean and efficient diesels are on their way too, but they’re not here yet.)

Here is the list of Hybrid SUVs available as of January 2008:
Chevy Tahoe Hybrid
Ford Escape Hybrid
GMC Yukon Hybrid
Lexus RX 400h
Mazda Tribute Hybrid
Mercury Mariner Hybrid
Saturn Vue Green Line
Toyota Highlander Hybrid

The Ford Escape – It is available as a FWD or 4WD unit. The 2WD gets 31 mpg in town and 36 mpg on the highway; while the 4WD gets 29 mpg in town and 33 mpg on the highway with a cruising range of 400 to 600 miles. Base price is $26,900 US.

A stock 2.3 liter, four cylinder engine is combined with a 65 kilowatt electric motor for a total of 155 HP. It has an electronically controlled automatic variable transmission; rack and pinion steering with electric power assist; and power assisted ABS 4 wheel disk brakes. Fuel capacity is 15 gallons/60 liters and it comes with 16” aluminum wheels.

Standard equipment includes air conditioning; ABS; roof rack; power windows, doors, and mirrors; AM/FM stereo with 6 disk CD; keyless entry; driver and front passenger air bag; intermittent wipers; and perimeter alarm.

The Lexus RX 400H 2WD – It gets 27 mpg in town and 31 mpg on the highway with a cruising range of 450 to 530 miles. Base price is $48,500 US.

The Lexus RX 400H comes with a stock 3.3 liter four cylinder engine, which is combined with permanent magnet electric drive motors for a total of 268 HP. It has electronically controlled automatic variable transmission; rack and pinion steering with electric power assist; and power assisted ABS 4 wheel disk brakes. Fuel capacity is 17.2 gallons/65 liters and it comes with 18” aluminum wheels.

Standard equipment includes dual zone automatic climate control, ABS, 8 speaker sound system with 6 disk CD, slide moon roof, power tilt, garage door transceiver, part time all wheel drive, voice activated navigation system, memory system, remote entry system, and accessory power outlet.

The Toyota Highlander – It is available as a FWD or 4WD unit. The 2WD gets 28 mpg in town and 33 mpg on the highway, while the 4WD gets 27 mpg in town and 31 mpg on the highway. Base price is $33,000 US.

It comes with a stock 3.3 liter double overhead cam V6 gas motor with 4500 rpm electric drive motors for a total of 268 HP. It has electronically controlled automatic variable transmission; electronic power steering; and ABS 4 wheel disk brakes. Fuel capacity is 17.2 gallons/65 liters and it comes with 17 1/2” five spoke aluminum wheels.

Standard equipment includes dual power tilt, moon roof with sunshade, roof rack, intermittent wipers, remote keyless entry, advanced airbag system, digital climate control system, power heated outside mirrors, and optional 4WD.

If you need a big SUV, then there are options available like the Chevy Tahoe Hybrid which gets a 25% fuel mileage improvement over the conventional gasoline powered SUV. Part of the savings come from the hybrid engine while part comes from the V-8′s ability to deactivate cylinders when not needed.

There’s quite a range in pricing between these hybrid SUVs; so you’ll want to do your research and find out which unit best meets your needs and provides the best value.

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Posted: January 22nd, 2008
at 5:51pm by Fuel Saver


Categories: Alternative Fuel Vehicles,Fuel Technology

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Hybrid Cars

We are all concerned about the environment and doing our part to take care of it. Of all the purchases we make, the purchase that will have the greatest impact on the environment will be the car we decide to buy. Hybrid cars are an affordable and innovative way to help protect our environment and benefit from the increased fuel mileage.

Only a few years ago talk of hybrid cars had consumers stepping back unsure; but today hybrids offer a practical choice for consumers, and more and more consumers are jumping on board.

A hybrid car has a small engine that is fuel efficient, which is combined with an electric motor that aids the engine when additional power is needed during acceleration. The electric motor gets its power from battery banks which continuously charge while you are driving.

Energy is conserved when you stop because the engine is shut off automatically. Then, when you apply gas, it automatically restarts.

The hybrid car also uses a more advanced aerodynamic lightweight body, and combines it with low roll resistant tires that are stiffer and narrower to help reduce drag.

There are several hybrids currently available in North America. This isn’t a comprehensive list but some of the more popular hybirds on the road today are the Honda Civic, Honda Accord, Honda Insight, Toyota Prius, the Toyota Camry and the Mercury Mariner. There are also Hybrid SUVs available – the Ford Escape, the Lexas 400H and the Toyota Highlander, and the Saturn Vue.

Toyota currently dominates the hybrid market, having captured more than 75% of the total hybrid market. However, with new entries from American auto makers, it may be difficult for Toyota to so thoroughly dominate the hybrid market.

Now that consumer support for the hybrids has arrived, auto manufacturers are increasing the pace at which they introduce hybrid models. In 2006, the Honda CR V SUV, Saturn Vue, Hyundai Accent, and Kia Rio are being introduced as hybrid models. In 2007 we will saw the release of the Toyota Camry, Honda Fit, Mazda Tribute, Chevrolet Malibu, and Nissan Altima; and this year we should see the Ford Fusion and Mercury Millan available as hybrids.

If we had a crystal ball that could see into the future, there’s a good chance that what we’d see 20 years down the road would be freeways, highways, and streets that were full of hybrid vehicles. In fact, it’s likely that our gas guzzling vehicles of today are about to go the way of the dinosaur as more hybrid cars make it to market.

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Posted: January 20th, 2008
at 5:33pm by Fuel Saver


Categories: Alternative Fuel Vehicles

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How Do Hybrid Vehicles Work?

How many times have you pulled up to the pumps lately only to be shocked at the price of gasoline? Suddenly your $50 tank of gas is costing $80. Have you considered trading your vehicle in for something that gets better fuel economy? How about one of those hybrid vehicles everyone seems to be talking about these days?

Hybrids are more fuel efficient than their conventional counterparts, so not only do they save you money when you fill up at the pump they also help reduce dependency on foreign oil and they give off less emissions, making them kinder to the environment.

Today, I’m going to take a look at how hybrids work.

Hybrid vehicles really aren’t that new a concept. You’ll find them all around you in commercial use. Giant mining trucks, submarines, buses, and even train engines all have a fuel source and an electrical source of power.

Most of the hybrid vehicles we are seeing on the market are gasoline and electric hybrids. This means they use both gas and electricity to power them. (In the future we may see hydrogen fuel cell and electric hybrids.)

The two power sources can be combined in different ways. The parallel hybrid has a fuel tank which supplies fuel to the engine and a set of batteries which supplies power to the electric motor. Both sources are able to turn the transmission.

The series hybrid is a little different. The gasoline engine turns a generator which can either power the electric motor that drives the transmission or charge the batteries. In this type of hybrid the gas engine never directly powers the vehicle.

With a hybrid car the gas engine can be a lot smaller than in a conventional car so it can be a lot more efficient. Acceleration requires a larger engine to produce the power needed, but by using a smaller engine and combining it with the assistance of an electrical motor that is operating at peak load the acceleration needs of a vehicle can be met.

Hybrid vehicles also capture the energy from the braking system. When the brake is applied, energy is removed from the car and dissipated as heat which is then captured and stored in the batteries for later use.

Hybrid cars also have an automatic shutoff, so when the vehicle comes to a stop the engine is shut off and then restarts automatically when the accelerator is touched. This conserves energy that would be wasted when idling.

Depending on the manufacturer, the technology is used in various forms but the basics remain simple. Hybrid technology in the consumer auto market is still relatively new but will continue to develop and improve.

Hybrid vehicles work efficiently to reduce tailpipe emissions and improve mileage. So if you are in the market for a new vehicle you might want to have a look at the hybrids.

Posted: January 18th, 2008
at 5:33pm by Fuel Saver


Categories: Alternative Fuel Vehicles,Fuel Technology

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Vehicles That Will Help You Save Money On Gas

Prices at the pump are rising steadily; more and more of the vehicles being released get very low gas mileage. This makes it really hard to get around town or to work, on a budget. Fortunately, there are plenty of options out there for someone who wants to get better gas mileage, make a “green” choice for the environment, and even one for your mid life crisis – a 130mph electric powered sportscar.

If you’re not ready to take the plunge and buy a hybrid or electric vehicle, there are many gas-engine cars that get very good gas mileage. For small cars, the mini cooper (28 city/36 highway) gets you the most miles for your gallon. If you’re looking at midsize or large cars, you should check out Hyundai. The Elantra gets 27 city/34 highway, and the Sonata get 24 city/34 highway. If you’re looking into station wagons, the Pontiac Vibe and the Toyota Matrix both get 30 city/36 highway.

If you’re looking for a car with even better gas mileage, you should check out hybrid cars. The concept of a hybrid is that its engine is actually a combination of two engines: a traditional gas engine, and an electric engine. Unlike true electric cars, the electric engine is charged by the gas engine, so there’s no need to plug it in. And while all the power is ultimately derived from the gas engine, these cars, van’s, and SUVs still get way batter gas mileage and saving you tons of money at the pump. If you’re looking simply for the best gas mileage overall, you should check out the Honda insight; it gets 60 mpg city, 66 mpg highway. Plus it’s from Honda so you can be confident you’re getting a solid long lasting vehicle. If you’re looking for an SUV, the vehicle with the best gas mileage is the Ford Escape hybrid. It gets 31 mpg city, 36 mpg highway. Imagine, getting the gas mileage of a car (or better) from an SUV.

Another option for saving fuel that will be available on the market soon is the plug-in hybrid. You’re probably thinking “why would I want to plug in my hybrid when I can just get a regular hybrid?’ One dollar to get as far as a gallon of gas, that’s why. A plug in hybrid is the same as a regular hybrid except you have the option of charging the electric engine. This means that if you only take short trips, your gas engine will rarely even have to turn on, and electricity gets you as far as a gallon of gas for about $1. And, unlike normal electric cars, you never have to worry about your battery dying so you can go as far as you want on your gas engine.

Another advance that shouldn’t be overlooked is the turbo diesel market. I know what you’re thinking – “Diesel? Are you kidding me? They’re loud, polluting, and they smell!”

That used to be the case, but due to a new law passed requiring ultra low sulfur diesel in the United States, diesel is ready for a comeback. And to help get the party started are a slew of vehicles coming 2008 and 2009, including the Volkswagon Jetta TDI (75mpg), the Audi A4, the BMW 3 Sedan (35 mpg+), the Honda Accord (50 mpg), and a Ford F-150 pickup that gets 31 mpg! While diesel may not be a solution that will eliminate our need for oil, it’s certainly one that can help you save big at the pump.

If you want to just skip the gas altogether, there have been some great advances in electric vehicles. You’ll forget everything you know about electric vehicles when you see the Tesla Motors Roadster. Seriously, check it out! It’s fully electric, so you can always get a gas mileage equivalent of about 135 miles per gallon. Unlike traditional electric cars, this one runs on a lithium ion battery, so it can go farther between charges (about 250 miles), it can go a lot faster (top speed of 130 mph), and to be honest, it just looks cooler.

With any type of vehicle, you should keep your car in good shape and making sure it gets regular tune ups, this will help keep up gas efficiency. Also remember that the weight of the vehicle matters. Carrying around stuff you don’t need and always having a full tank will raise your gas mileage.

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Posted: January 10th, 2008
at 9:45pm by Fuel Saver


Categories: Alternative Fuel Vehicles,Fuel Technology,Gas Prices,Gas Saving Tips

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Hybrid SUVs – Have Your Cake And Eat It Too

Hybrid SUVs

In the past, someone who needed to take their kids and their kid’s stuff around town had two options: a station wagon or a minivan. To many people, particularly dads, these aren’t very appealing options. Sure, they get the kids and the groceries home in one piece, but they can’t really drive you up a mountain or tow your boat. Well nowadays, we have a wonderful combination of kid towing power, and the “coolness” factor: the SUV. While SUV’s can be great, they do come with their disadvantages, including 10 miles per gallon of gas! In these days of skyrocketing gas prices, that’s not too appealing either. But there is a new option on the horizon; a vehicle that can carry the kids, and a trailer, and still get 30mpg. It’s the hybrid SUV.

For those of you who don’t know yet, a hybrid vehicle is one that has both a gas and an electric engine. The gas engine charges the electric engine while it runs, so theirs no need to plug them in like the old electric cars. But electricity gets you a lot farther than gas so they get great gas mileage and are better for the environment too. Hybrid cars have been getting drivers 50 to 60 mpg for years, but until recently cars were all you could get. Now they’re developing larger versions of hybrids as well. While they don’t get 50 to 60 mpg, they do get better gas mileage than many gas engine cars.

The first hybrid SUV available was the 2004 hybrid Ford Escape. This vehicle is still available and is advertised to get over 30 mpg. There are now other types of hybrid SUV’s available, but the Escape is still the cheapest and has the best fuel economy. . If you’re looking for a lot of power, Toyota makes a Highlander hybrid. It’s slightly more expensive than the Escape, but it has 270 hp and 3,500lbs towing capacity. If you’re looking for more luxury, Lexus now makes the Rx400h. It’s the most expensive of the three available models, but it has all the features you’d expect from Lexus. Plus, it has the same power and towing capacity of the Highlander

Besides the great gas mileage and the benefit to the environment, hybrid vehicles can help you with your taxes as well. The federal government has started offering a tax credit for purchasing certain hybrid vehicles. There are a few things you need to know about the credit though. First of all, it is only offered for some hybrid vehicles; so you should check if yours is on the list before you buy. Second, the credit is only available for a certain number of each vehicle; if you buy near the end of the year, you’re not going to get the credit. The best time to buy is at the beginning of the year. You can check to see if quotas have been met to see if your vehicle still qualifies.

These vehicles are still worth looking at if you want an SUV without the hefty bill for gasoline every month. And, with the newer options, you don’t have to give up power or luxury to get great gas mileage.

Posted: January 9th, 2008
at 9:43pm by Fuel Saver


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Why Aren't Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs) Available From Car Dealers?

With oil prices hitting $100/barrel, and ever present concerns about the stability of oil rich regions, have you wondered why auto manufactures aren’t rolling PHEVs off the assembly line yet?

I know I have. I’d really like to own a PHEV – the idea of a car that can drive around in town for 40 or 50 miles without firing its gasoline engine just seems really cool to me.

There are plenty of aftermarket companies popping up that will convert your Prius into a Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle, but getting one is still a bit of a challenge.

So where are these PHEVs and why can’t I buy one from my local car dealer?

There are 3 major issues.

1) Lithium Battery Life

Some people are accusing the auto manufacturers of dragging their heels, but the real problem lies in the same thing that powers your laptop – the lithium ion battery.

You see, while a lithium ion battery usually does a good job of powering a laptop, cell phone, or power tool, have you noticed how these batteries lose performance after a few years. Heck, my cell phone is only 18 months old and its battery has gone from lasting almost 7 days to just over 2 days.

In the world of automobiles, long term battery performance like that of a cell phone is completely unacceptable. Automobile manufacturers need the batteries to last at least 10 years or 150,000 miles before you start seeing them.

Fortunately, several companies, such as A123Systems, are getting close to reaching those figures, so that hurdle is about to be cleared – likely sometime in 2008.

2) Battery Safety Concerns

The next major hurdle to jump is the safety of the batteries. I think just about everyone heard about the Dell battery recall in 2006. A battery that starts on fire in a laptop is major inconvenience; however, a battery that starts on fire while you’re driving 70mph down the Interstate can be a disaster. Lithium ion battery safety is the next big issue that’s keeping PHEVs from becoming production vehicles.

3) Battery Price

The last one is one of simple economics – price.

Currently, converting a Hybrid Electric Vehicle, like a Prius to a Plug-in Hybrid Electric vehicle will run you about $6,000 in parts, and that’s in addition to the premium you pay for the Prius. For production cars, you can initially expect the PHEVs to cost about $10,000 more than its conventional counterpart. Once production increases, that number will increase, but initially, there’s a much higher price to pay for a PHEV.

So while the technology is nearly ready (a lot closer than hydrogen), there are legitimate reasons why you’re not seeing Ford, GM, and Toyota introduce PHEVs to the market just yet. They’re coming, and soon, but for you if you want a PHEV, you’ll either have to do it yourself or have an aftermarket conversion company, like Hybrids Plus, to do it for you.

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Posted: January 7th, 2008
at 6:12pm by Fuel Saver


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Top 5 Advantages of PHEVs – Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles

Have a hybrid, but thinking about taking it to the next level by converting it to a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle?

If so, then this blog post is for you since I’ll be covering the top 5 advantages you’ll get by converting your hybrid car to a PHEV. (The Toytota Prius tends to be the best vehicles for this conversion, btw.)

Not only is this conversion more environmentally friendly, it’s going to help you save some green in another sense – some cold hard cash.

So here they are the Top 5 Advantages of PHEVs

1) Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs) can get 100 mpg.

That’s right, if you’re going to use your PHEV for trips like your daily commute and you’ll be driving it less than 50 miles per day, you can get your gas mileage up over 100mpg. For long road trips, it will be less, but since most people take short trips on a day to day basis, you’ll be consuming very little gasoline. Some days your gas engine may not even need to turn on at all – which means no gas consumption at all.

2) PHEVs Are Cleaner Than Gasoline Powered Cars

One thing skeptics like to say about plug-ins is that they’re simply transferring the pollution from cars to power plants. While it’s true that PHEVs are transferring the pollution, it’s not an equal tradeoff. Studies show that using electric power in a vehicle results in 67% less greenhouse gases than using gasoline in a car – even when considering that half the power in this country comes from coal. That’s because large powerplants are far more efficient and are far cleaner than a conventional internal combustion engine.

3) Get cleaner as they get older.

Only PHEVs and 100% electric vehicles actually get cleaner as they get older due to the fact that the electrical grid gets cleaner every decade. A typical gasoline powered car gets less efficient as time goes on and becomes dirtier as it gets older.

4) Cheaper To Run And Maintain

While PHEVs and electric vehicles (EVs) cost more money upfront, they are actually cheaper to run and maintain than a regular non hybrid car. For example, if gas is $3/gallon, the very best non hybrid cars will cost 8 cents per mile for gas and gas guzzlers will cost 20 cents or more per mile. A PHEV, on the other hand, will cost only 2-4 cents/mile during short trips. Or if you’d like another way to look at it, when running on the electric engine, you’re getting the equivalent of 75 cent/gallon gas.

5) PHEVs Reduce Dependency On Foreign Oil

Since PHEVs run on entirely on batteries until the gas engine is needed, they end up requiring substantially less gasoline to run, especially during your daily commute or when your’e running errands around town. The power that runs your car coming from the power grid doesn’t depend on foreign oil – only 3% of electricy in the United States comes from oil. (About half comes from coal of which the United States has plenty of.) It’s been estimated that if everyone drove PHEVs, we’d need 55% less oil and we could eliminate foreign oil completely.

Posted: January 6th, 2008
at 6:10pm by Fuel Saver


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Alternative Fuel Vehicles – Hydrogen Fuel Cells vs Electric Cars

Oil may still power our vehicles today, but it’s not the answer for the future. It’s dirty, requires us to depend on unstable countries, and it’s not going to last forever.Today I’m going to take a look at two of the main contenders for what will be powering our vehicles in the future – hydrogen fuel cells and electric vehicles.
Both are lauded as the way of the future.

But which of these two options are really has the better chance of being the car your children drive.

Hydrogen Fuel Cells

Let’s look at hydrogen fuel cells first. When burned in an engine, the only emissions giving off is water, so a hydrogen powered vehicle is a zero emission vehicle. Hydrogen is also a better fuel than gasoline; it actually has the highest energy content per unit of weight of any known fuel.

Hydrogen is also a very abundant element. While current methods for making hydrogen are done by using fossil fuels, such as natural gas, coal, and oil, American wouldn’t be dependent on foreign oil anymore. Also, hydrogen can be extracted from water, and we all know there’s a lot of water on this planet.

However, hydrogen is not without its share of drawbacks. Probably the biggest problem right now is that it would require an entire new infrastructure. While gas stations could be outfitted with hydrogen fueling stations that would take years. Also, the technology to store hydrogen efficiently is still not ready for prime time.

Here’s the problem – to get enough hydrogen in one place to power a vehicle you need to either compress it or make it very cold. Hydrogen doesn’t become a liquid until you get to -423.17 Fahrenheit (-252.87 Celsius) and keeping it there without using energy is impossible. What this means is that your vehicle is going to leak fuel when it’s sitting unused. You may fill up, not use your vehicle for two weeks and find that you need to fuel up again.

There are other storage technologies being worked on, but they’re all 15-20 years away from being ready to use.

Electric Cars

Then there’s the electric car. Electric cars can also be considered zero emission vehicles since they give off no emission when running. However, electric cars do require power from the electric grid, which does give off emissions. As the electric grid gets cleaner, though, so do electric cars, and electric powered cars are substantially less polluting than gasoline powered cars due to the fact that power plants are far cleaner and more efficient than an internal combustion engine in a vehicle.

In fact, electric vehicles can actually become cleaner as they get older since the power grid gets cleaner and cleaner every year.

The technology for mainstream electric cars is also not quite ready for all the major manufacturers to stop making gasoline powered cars, but it’s much closer than hydrogen currently is. The challenge with electric cars right now is the batteries. The batteries are both expensive and current models, like the Tesla Roadster, have a range of only 250 miles – great for commuting, but not so good for road trips. The other problem is the length of time these vehicles take to charge. It’s not simply a matter stopping at your local power station and plugging in for five minutes and leaving. A typical charging cycle for current prototypes is 4-5 hours – again, fine if you’re commuting, but impossible for a road trip. While technology is being developed to make charging your vehicle as quick as quick as filling up with gas, it has a ways to go before it’s ready, just like hydrogen fuel cells.

Fleets of electric cars will certainly be hitting the roads sooner hydrogen fuel cell cars, but which one ultimately ends up being the vehicle of choice for American drivers remains to be seen as both have plenty of challenges to overcome before people will readily give up their cheap gas powered cars in favor of these alternatives.

For the past several years, I’ve been a strong supporter of hydrogen fuel cells – I was convinced that it was the better solution, but the most research I’ve done into the two technologies has convinced me that electric vehicles are a far better solution both for the short term and the long term.

Here’s why:

Short term:

It will lessen our dependence on foreign oil.

The vast majority of oil used in this country powers vehicles. The power grid in America relies mostly on coal, nuclear power, and natural gas. Oil generates just 3% of power to the grid. America wouldn’t need to import oil anymore if we switched to electric vehicles.

The technology is closer to ready

While neither hydrogen fuel cells nor electric vehicles is ready for prime time as I’m writing this (January 2008), electric vehicles are much closer to being a reality. With more powerful lithium batteries being developed all the time, electric vehicles are nearly a reality.

Infrastructure

While rapid charging technology isn’t available yet (although that technology is coming), charging your electric vehicle is as easy as plugging it into a household plug. On the other hand, outfitting a gas station for hydrogen refueling is a very costly process. Also, very few places to fill a hydrogen vehicle exist right now while everybody could run an extension cord to the garage if necessary.

Efficient

Electric vehicles are efficient. Even today’s models get the equivalent of 135mpg*.

Price

Once you own an electric vehicle, it’s cheap to run – costing about 2 cents per mile to operate.

Long term advantages

From Low Emission To Zero Emissions

As the power grid gets cleaner, so will your electric vehicle. And eventually the power grid may become a zero emission grid making your vehicle a zero emission vehicle.

Near instant charging.

If you’re running low on power, future technology will likely allow your vehicle to fully charge in 60 seconds or less making it even fast than a trip to the gas station.

Conclusion

While neither technology is perfect right now, electric would seem to offer more advantages than hydrogen fuel cell vehicles especially in the short term. However, a combination of electric and hydrogen may be the best long term solution.

*data taken from Tesla Motors current production Roadster

Posted: January 5th, 2008
at 10:07pm by Fuel Saver


Categories: Alternative Fuel Vehicles,Fuel Technology,Zero Emission Vehicles

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The Air Powered Car – Fill Up For $2

air carIf $3.50/gallon gas has got you down, maybe it’s time to give up your gasoline powered engine and opt for a car that runs on air – really!

The Air Car is the first commercially produced air-powered vehicle – the vehicle is powered entirely by compressed air.
The Air Car certainly won’t be leaving other vehicles in the dust as its top speed is around 68mph and its range is 125 miles.

However, that range is more than enough to handle just about everything but road trips.

And what about refueling? Well, unlike electric vehicles which can take hours to recharge, the Air Car can be refilled in just a few minutes for a cost of just $2 – I can’t even fill my motorcycle up for that.

And the Air Car can be plugged in at night where the vehicles built in compressors can recharge the air tanks in about four hours which means you never need visit a refueling station if you don’t want to.

Ready to buy one? Unfortunately, they’re only being produced for India right now, but start bugging your favorite car company to start producing their own version of this innovative vehicle.

Posted: May 31st, 2007
at 7:12am by Fuel Saver


Categories: Alternative Fuel Vehicles,Zero Emission Vehicles

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The Benefits of PHEVs (Plugin Hybrid Electric Vehicles)

So you have a hybrid, but you’re not satisfied with the warm tingly feeling of being kinder to mother earth you get when driving around in your fuel efficient vehicle?

You want more you say?

Since electric cars aren’t quite ready to hit the roads (unless you’ve got the cash for a Tesla Roadster), your next best option that you can get right now is to convert your current hybrid to a Plugin Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV).

Here are some of the added benefits that PHEV will give you:

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Posted: May 18th, 2007
at 7:46pm by Fuel Saver


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