Archives – April, 2015

Nearly Full Details and Specs for 2016 Volt Released by Chevy

2016_Chevrolet_Volt_NAIAS_2015_trimmedGeneral Motors has just released the full details for the 2016 Chevrolet Volt. These are inclusive of the main equipment, specifications, and upgrades. The car’s price range is the only detail missing. All this information was listed by GM in an ordering guideline of 25 pages that is available online. However, the automaker is currently not accepting orders for the Volt. The 2016 Volt is characterized by two trim levels. The 2LT Hatchback, has been used as the base model and has fewer trim options and colors. The basic Volt is far from meager irrespective of the fact that it does not include perks such as automatic parking assist and wireless charging for devices.

Much of the Volt has been upgraded and Chevrolet decided to make this move so the hatchback could be positioned as a premium vehicle. The standard equipment for the vehicle includes two additional airbags and a Wi-Fi Hotspot. The base model also has a rear vision camera, which is an upgrade on 2015 Volt. A new standard for the 2016 is the Regen on Demand, which allows drivers to have more capacity to control energy regeneration. This is done using a paddle-style switch that is fixed on the car’s steering wheel. There is a new feature on the charging system, which is connected to the vehicle’s GPS to allow smarter charging. The feature will give car owners the freedom of setting their charging preferences solely for charging their vehicles at home. The vehicle would then adjust automatically to the setting chosen when at home on the basis of GPS data. With the new Volt, car owners will charge their cars in public easily and the charging flexibility will be greater.

The upgraded 2LZ trim also has a set of eight Bose speakers for premium sound in addition to wireless charging and automatic parking assist. The comfort package comprises of a heated steering wheel, heated mirrors and heated front seats. The blind zone alert, automatic high beam headlights, forward collision alert and a sensor are other driver assist features that can be added to the upgraded Chevrolet Volt.

According to the specifications sheet, there has been an all round increment increase on the new Volt, with the wheelbase increasing by almost half an inch, the sides increasing by 0.8 inches and the length increasing by 3.3 inches. However, these additional inches do not reflect on the inside to give more passenger space. In terms of weight, the new Volt will be lighter by 243 pounds and have a 3, 543 pounds curb weight.

 

Leave a Comment April 24, 2015

Chevrolet Unveils the Bolt EV as its New Electric Car

Chevrolet_Bolt_Concept_(front)_NAIAS_2015General Motors Company recently made an announcement concerning its new pure electric vehicle that will boast a range of more than 200 miles. The new car will be marketed across the U.S and will be referred to as Bolt EV. According to an emailed statement by the company, the name Bolt EV has quickly been linked to Chevrolet since being unveiled three months ago. Therefore, when the vehicle goes into production, the name will be used. By unveiling the Bolt EV, Chevrolet has shown its commitment and strides towards electrification. The name is also well suited for this electric vehicle that is game-changing and made for attainability rather than exclusivity. Criticisms had been raised with respect to the name being closely related to Chevrolet Volt, a plug-in hybrid car by Chevy.

The Bolt concept was first shown by GM at the Detroit’s North American International Auto Show in January and at the Chicago Auto Show a month later. In Chicago, GM made a confirmation of building a five-passenger car in Orion Township at the carmaker’s Orion Assembly plant. According to Michael Albano, Chevrolet spokesman, the final decision to use the name Bolt EV was made by GM about a month ago. In an email, Albano said that the confirmation was reached following consultation with dealers and customers. Most of the customers felt that the name was suitable and its connection to the Volt was viewed positively. Alan Batey, the GM present in North America said in February that the automaker was still debating on whether to or not to go with the name Bolt. He further added that GM may not come up with the decision this year. This is because some people claimed that the name was confusing.

GM and Chevrolet officials have not yet given the exact production date for the vehicle. The only information given is that the vehicle is on “fast track production.” An industry forecasting and analysis firm, LMC Automotive, projects the Bolt to be built later next year and enter the market in 2017. GM produces a high of 20,000 and a low of 30,000 vehicles on an annual basis. The new Bolt will serve as a replacement for the Chevy Spark EV and will have double the range. It has been estimated to cost around 30,000 dollars following a federal tax credit of 7,500 dollars. According to GM, 160-million dollars will be invested in purchasing the equipment and tools needed for manufacturing the future vehicles.

 

Leave a Comment April 24, 2015

Chevy’s 2016 Malibu Hybrid Might Give the Prius a Run for Its Money

Chevrolet_Malibu_Hybrid_DCToyota’s Prius has been the leading hybrid vehicle across the globe since 1997. In October last year, Prius’ global sales hit seven million. This year’s New York International Auto show was marked by the release of the new Chevy Malibu Hybrid, which is deemed to be a strong competitor to the Prius. Chevrolet has projected that an EPA of 48 City/45 highway MPG will be delivered by the Malibu. This is a bit close to the standard Prius Hatchback’s 51/48 MPG. The Malibu has adopted the Volt’s Voltec technology, though it has a smaller battery (1.5 kWh) and larger engine (1.8 liter). Although the new Malibu hybrid is incapable of charging using a plug, it has the ability of cruising on electric power alone for a mile up to 55 MPH. The regenerative system of the new hybrid is similar to that of the Volt. The fact that there is shared technology implies that there was little reinvention involved in model development, resulting in an increase in consumer savings. Chevy’s Malibu will be the first car from this automaker to utilize Exhaust-Gas Heat Recovery for warming the engine and cabin, resulting in fasting heating and a fuel economy that is more consistent.

Despite the fact that Chevy’s Malibu will give Toyota’s Prius a run for its money, it is not a Prius clone. The 2015 Malibu hybrid is 15-inches longer compared to the standard Prius Hatchback and more than 8-inches longer compared to Prius V. The 2016 model is longer by a few inches and lighter by about 300 pounds. The size of the 2016 model is comparable to that of Camry Hybrid whose range is at 40/38 MPG. Additionally, the new version has a sharper look compared to the Prius. For those consumers who are not impressed by Toyota’s uniqueness, the Malibu offers comfort and shape familiarity. When it comes to performance, Prius has 98 horsepower, while the new Malibu hybrid gives 182 horsepower. While the Malibu is best suited for sport, the Prius and Volt are tuned for economy. There is a solid lineup of safety and entertainment features in the 2015 Prius, while the new version of Malibu hybrid has improved on that by having a pedestrian alert that is camera enabled, as well as a blind spot monitoring. Another interesting feature of the Malibu Hybrid is Teen Driver System that gives parents the ability for setting an acceptable speed. When the parameters are exceeded, the system will alert parents.

 

 

 

Leave a Comment April 18, 2015

The Essence of Hybrid Cars in 2015

Toyota_Prius_HybridAlthough hybrid cars have been in existence for many years, they have not been embraced fully by consumers. Gasoline fueled cars are still common with their promise of minimal fuel consumption. Conventional hybrid cars are less popular despite having small electric motors to help in propulsion under minimal speed situations. This is because although such cars have additional technological features and promise increased fuel economy, only a few people are able to utilize them to their maximum potential. Hybrid cars may prove as economical as the normal gasoline fueled cars, unless one spends their entire driving life in congested cities. Additionally, hybrid vehicles are more costly compared to the regular gasoline fueled cars.

Therefore, a question to ponder on is why hybrid cars should matter in the year 2015. One of the key reasons is with respect to environmental issues. Diesel engines have been known to cause immense environmental pollution. After over a hundred years of carbon dioxide emissions to the environment, their negative effects on human health are finally being witnessed. Over the last few years, diesel cars have gained popularity because of affordable rates of tax. However, such cars have a likelihood of being shelved soon, with big cities planning to put a ban on cars that pollute the environment the most. Hybrid cars are associated with low carbon dioxide emissions because of their capacity to go for limited time by solely using battery power without releasing hazardous emissions to the environment.

Criticisms on hybrid cars are often based on the fact they have low electric range and the fact that the fuel economy claimed can only be realized by drivers observing a specific behavior set. These concerns have been countered by car manufacturers with the launch of plug-in hybrid cars. Hybrid cars like Volvo X60 and the Audi A3 e-tron have a setup that is similar to that of conventional hybrids. However, they have larger-sized battery packs that have shown to improve the range of electric driving. The majority of the models have the ability to travel up to thirty miles using electric power alone. In this way, most of the emission-free advantages of an electric car are offered.

Drivers who are used to short journeys may not need to use fuel at all since it is possible to hook up plug-in hybrids to the mains and fully charge them within a few hours. Some governments are also offering grants to plug-in hybrid and electric car buyers. This means that such cars could be an option that is more cost effective than initially imagined.

 

 

Leave a Comment April 18, 2015

The Impact that Electric and Hybrid Vehicle Have on Car Insurance Quotes

electric carMany hybrid car drivers choose greener cars over a gasoline-powered car for lifestyle reasons rather than economics. Driver should however, keep in mind that choosing one of the hybrid vehicles could have an impact on car insurance quotes. The cost of insuring a hybrid car is generally higher than that of insuring a gasoline-fueled car. This is according to a study conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety in the year 2008. However, in most cases, the difference was small. A key reason noted for the difference in question is the fact that the cost of repairing and replacing a hybrid vehicle is higher than that of conventional gasoline-powered cars.

The national Highway Traffic Safety Administration conducted a study in 2009, whose findings indicated that hybrid cars had a high likelihood of getting into accidents that involve pedestrians and bicycles. This is presumably because such cars are quieter in comparison to other conventional vehicles. Furthermore, hybrid cars are smaller in size and for this reason, the damage resulting from accidents tend to be extensive and therefore have a high cost of repair. These and several other factors influence the amount of money that drivers need to pay for insurance of electric and hybrid vehicles.

Availability of discounts is another aspect to take note of when it comes to insurance of electric and hybrid cars. Lower rates are usually given by a few auto insurance giants to green car drivers. For instance, hybrid and other alternative-fuel cars are given a 10% discount by Travelers and Farmers. Additionally, other common discounts such as multicar and good driver are also given. It is however, essential to take note of the fact that only a few states offer Farmers discount. Safety matters also play a role in insurance costs. Although electric and hybrid vehicles have a tendency of getting into more pedestrian accidents, such accidents occur at minimal speeds. A new study has shown that hybrid car models are safer compared to conventional car models. This is because hybrid and electric cars are heavier. The safer the vehicle, the lower the vehicle’s insurance quote.

It all boils down to the fact that electric and hybrid vehicles are an excellent way of minimizing greenhouse gas emissions and saving money on gasoline. However, the high costs of repairing them, as well as some safety issues may slightly increase the cost of insuring such cars. There are several advantages of choosing an electric or hybrid vehicle over conventional gasoline cars. Drivers should just remember to consider the insurance costs.

 

 

 

Leave a Comment April 10, 2015

Toyota Camry Hybrid as One of the Best Family Cars

'12_Toyota_Camry_Hybrid_(MIAS_'12)For 2015, the Toyota Camry Hybrid gets better with an exterior styling that is more appealing, an improved ride, an upgraded exterior and a much quieter passenger cabin. The changes are more than anticipated for a mid-cycle refresh of an average sized sedan that has come just three years following the launch of the current generation Camry Hybrid. The Camry Hybrid will be better placed against stylish competitors like the Ford Fusion and the 2015 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid sedans. According to Consumer Reports, Camry Hybrid has been listed as one of the recommended buys. The reports have further indicated that the predicted reliability of the Camry is above average.

The government crash testing awarded the 2015 Camry Hybrid a five-star rating. Some of the safety features available in all Camry Hybrid cars include ten air bags. Drivers and front passengers would be well positioned in their seats by the knee air bags in cases of a frontal crash. Additionally, the car has air bags mounted on the rear seats to work in side crashes with side curtain air bags. Standard equipment is a rearview camera. With a $27, 615 starting manufacturer’s retail price that is inclusive of destination charges, the cost of the 2015 Camry Hybrid features a 156-horsepower gasoline engine with four cylinders and a hybrid powertrain of 200 horsepower. The engine power transmission is continuously variable.

The starting retail price for a 2015 Sonata Hybrid is $26, 825 inclusive of the destination charge. The Sonata Hybrid has 199 horsepower and an automatic transmission of six speeds. It has an engine with four cylinders generating 159 horses independently. A 2015 Fusion Hybrid’s starting price including the destination charge is $26, 910, a price that is also lower than the starting retail price for Camry Hybrid. The revamping made by Toyota for all Camry cars has been of great benefit to the Camry Hybrid for 2015.

The Hybrid Synergy Drive system by Toyota remains the same as that of the 2014 Camry Hybrid car. This is the main reason behind the unchanged fuel economy since the year 2014. Among all the gasoline-electric hybrid sedans in the United States market, Toyota Camry Hybrid ranks third with respect to fuel economy. It offers 39 mph on highways and 43 mpg in city driving according to mileage ratings by the federal government. It seems Toyota has perfected the art of transitioning smoothly between gasoline engine and electric power. Transitions were generally seamless in the test Camry Hybrid.

 

Leave a Comment April 10, 2015

Are Hybrid or Electric Cars a Risk to Pedestrians?

pg-1-blind-1-rexGreen hybrid or electric vehicles are riskier to pedestrians compared to conventional gasoline-fueled cars. This is according to the Guide Dogs charity report released this week. The report found that pedestrians have a forty percent chance of being run over or hit by a silent electric or hybrid car in comparison to a car with a diesel or petrol engine. The number of injuries caused has been gradually increasing as the number of green cars increase following the Government tax breaks for eco-friendly vehicles. The report said that between 2012 and 2013 there was 54% increase in pedestrian injuries in accidents involving silent cars. The charity’s major concern is about guide dog owners, as well as their animals, that are especially at a high risk of getting hit by quiet vehicles that cannot be heard coming. Therefore, the charity calls for adoption of laws that would make it compulsory for all hybrid and electric vehicles to have noise generating systems.

Currently, the government is gearing its efforts and money towards increasing the number of silent vehicles on roads. While, the charity is in support of increasing the number of environmental friendly cars, there is a need to consider the safety of pedestrians. A survey conducted by YouGov showed that at least 75% percent of the population are of the opinion that hybrid cars made roads risky for partially-sighted or blind pedestrians. A similar number also thought that silent green vehicles were risky to children and older people. Hybrid and electric cars powered by electricity move quietly and may surprise pedestrians expecting to hear a vehicle approaching. Independent companies and car manufacturers have been working on a number of sound generators to minimize accident risk. Most of the sound generators in question include fixed speakers working in the direction of vehicle movement to minimize risks to people not on roads.

The sounds generated range from whining, quaking, to rumbling of petrol or diesel engines. It is hoped that by the year 2021, such artificial generators will be present in hybrid and electric cars, but before this is achieved, there will be more risks on the road. Legislation should emphasize on not only fitting the noise-generators, but also ensuring that they are switched on at all times. One Paralympic Sprinter, Libby Clegg, who supports the charity’s campaign, said that when you cannot hear a silent electric and hybrid car, it is extremely terrifying. Miss Clegg said that millions of blind people would be protected from the rising safety hazard by ensuring that all silent cars have fitted sound generating systems.

 

Leave a Comment April 3, 2015

The Merits and Demerits of Electric Cars

Tesla_Roadster_electric_car_DSC_0160Virtually everything in life has its advantages and disadvantages and the same case applies to electric cars. One of the pros of using electric cars is that they can be recharged easily at home. Electric car drivers are not obliged to go to a gas station, since all they need to do is find a plug and insert into a charging inlet. Charging this way is not only convenient, but also time-saving. It would only take around fifteen minutes to fully charge an electric car. Although this may be tricky for drivers residing in apartments and condos, there has been a gradual improvement in access to workplace and multi-family charging.

Another advantage of electric cars is that they are fast and quiet. It would only require one battery-powered car ride to actually comprehend the higher quality of ride of electric cars compared to gasoline-powered cars. Electric cars are not only very quiet, but also very smooth. Riding in an electric car makes a regular car appear outdated and chunky. Most drivers are surprised by the fact that electric cars offer a high torque. The power is immediately delivered to the wheel once a driver steps on the accelerator and this provides an exciting driving experience.

Operating an electric car is cheaper compared to a gasoline car. This is because electricity is cheap and ubiquitous is most parts of the world. Owed to the electric cars’ considerable efficiency in comparison to gasoline-powered cars, the cost of fueling an electric vehicle per mile is around a third or a quarter than of gasoline. Maintenance costs are further reduced since electric cars neither have exhaust systems nor require oil changes. Maintaining an electric car will only necessitate rotating the car tires and keeping them well inflated. Another plus of electric cars is that they do not release tailpipe emissions. This means that the environmental impact of electric cars is smaller than that of conventional gasoline-powered cars.

Despite the mentioned pros, electric cars have a disadvantage of limited range. The range of most affordable electric cars is approximately 80 to 100 miles, which is quite low. The refueling time is also long and this is yet another con of electric cars. It is thus recommendable for electric car drivers to plug in overnight. Another disadvantage of electric cars is their high cost. Most of them currently cost between 30, 000 to 40, 000 dollars. This implies that electric cars are considerably more costly compared to small or average-sized gasoline powered cars.

 

 

Leave a Comment April 3, 2015


Back to JuicedHybrid.com

Categories

Feeds

RSS AutoBlogGreen Feed

Pages

April 2015
M T W T F S S
« Mar   May »
 12345
6789101112
13141516171819
20212223242526
27282930  

Archives

Back to Store

Meta