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Lesser Known Truths about Hybrid and Electric Car Myths

'12_Mitsubishi_i_MiEV_(MIAS_'12)Currently, the range of powertrains available for buyers in the market is quite wide. There are plug-in hybrids, gas-electric, pure electrics, hybrids, as well as fuel-cell cars such as the Toyota Mirai. Every purchaser has the freedom of choosing a car that suits them and their families. However, statistics have shown that Toyota Prius leads the pack as the model that is most preferred by consumers. There are some misconceptions that usually hold back some consumers from purchasing electric or hybrid vehicles.

The first one is that electric and hybrid cars are more costly in comparison to gasoline-powered vehicles. This isn’t true because there are some electric cars that do not fall within the premium-price range. For instance, Mitsubishi’s Smart For Two and iMiEV have a price range that falls within the mid-twenty thousands. It has also been noted that the cost difference between internal combustion and electric vehicles is going down gradually with that of gas-fueled models rising.

Another myth that has misled many consumers is that the batteries for hybrids and electric cars don’t last for more than three years. This is a false assumption since the electric and hybrid car batteries are made to last an equal time as the vehicles themselves, with some even lasting longer. Another myth to take note of is that hybrids and other green cars are only suitable for cities and for summers. Despite the fact that electric cars tend take a range hit during the winter season when the battery capacity is reduced by low temperatures, they remain a great option for customers or drivers residing in colder regions. It has been reported that electric vehicles utilize their energy better that gasoline-fueled cars.

Most people also hold the misconception that they can’t drive these cars for a distance exceeding 60 miles without having to plug them in. This is a fallacy since improvements that have been made in the battery technology have played a key role in improving electric car performance. An increasing number of electric vehicles can go for even up to 186 miles in poor conditions. Another misconception people should be aware of is that hybrids and electrics cause more pollution. One of the most controversial topics has been regarding the greenness of the plug-in cars. The fact is that all electric cars are more environmental friendly compared to their internal combustion counterparts. From the pollution reduction point of view, plug-in cars are still at the forefront. Finally, while most people assume that green cars are poor performers, this isn’t factual.

 

 

Leave a Comment July 22, 2016

Auto Insurance Available for Hybrid Vehicles at Low Costs Online

car-insurance-keyboard-crop-600x338A blog post had been released by the website, lowcostcarinsuranceprice.com giving an explanation on how to purchase hybrid vehicles’ auto insurance cheaply. The general popularity of hybrid cars is increasing, pushing for the need to have affordable insurance rates. Although it can be expensive to insure a hybrid car, the car’s high safety rating, fuel efficiency, and general functionality offer great compensation. Even when the prices are quite steep, purchasing a hybrid vehicle helps the environment, as well as other numerous advantages. This information was presented in a newly revealed blog post. One of the merits of a hybrid car is that of having high cost efficiency. This is most likely a key attractive feature of these cars. A hybrid vehicle can help drivers to save on the cost of fuel, since it can operate on both electricity and gasoline. This feature is also particularly beneficial for long-distance drivers.

Instant torque, regenerative braking system and availability of tax incentives are other noteworthy advantages. You must be wondering how to get yourself low priced auto insurance for your hybrid car. You can easily find one by visiting insurance websites that provide several insurance offers that you can use for your hybrid cars. Some insurance websites give several auto insurance quotes from different insurance companies. These websites are insurance brokers who send the information you provide to several different insurance companies and then give you the results. This can be a beneficial and easy way to get many quotes without having to go to the separate websites such as Farmers, Allstate, GEICO, etc.

Drivers who make comparisons of various auto insurance quotes are highly likely to get reduced coverage expenses. It has been found that exploring different coverage can help you save up to twenty-five percent on premiums. According to the Internet Marketing Company’s Marketing Director, Rusell Rabichev, hybrid vehicles are currently more popular compared to gasoline cars. If you have a plan on purchasing one, ensure that you’ve compared different auto insurance quotes that you can get from websites. This will help you land on offers that are advantageous to your budget.

Lowcostcarinsuranceprice.com and websites like them play the role of providing home, life, auto insurance, and health quotes. These websites are extraordinary since they doesn’t rely on a single type of insurance provider. Rather, it gives customers the best deals from several insurance carriers. This allows clients to access offers available from multiple carriers within a similar location. On the site, clients can access insurance plan quotes from different agencies including nationwide or local agencies as well as insurance company brand names.

 

Leave a Comment July 15, 2016

Quick Sales for Used Electric Cars

While new electric car sales have remained relatively stagnant, the sale of used electric vehicles are gradually increasing. The lowered prices of such cars account for the increased attractiveness to consumers. Used electric vehicles are clearly moving much faster compared to the standard gasoline-fueled vehicles. These findings were obtained from a study highlighted at iSeeCars.com website. This study considered the time that these used cars remained on dealer lots. About 2.2 million used vehicles were included in this study. The vehicles were less than 3-years old with the sale period being January to May, 2016. Among the ten top-selling used vehicles, two of them were hybrids, two battery-electric cars, and a plug-in vehicle.

Also, the average costs of these vehicles reduced faster compared to the prices of gasoline-fueled vehicles. Over the study period, the average time that electric cars remained on market was 29.2 days with the price dropping by 15.2 percent in comparison to the same time in 2015. Comparatively, gasoline-fueled cars remained on dealership lots for approximately 42.5 days with the prices dropping by only one percent. For plug-in hybrids, the price decrease was 5.1 percent with the average time they remained on the market being 40.7 days. Hybrid cars stayed on market for an average of 38.2 sales and their prices went down by 3.7 percent compared to last year.

The fastest used-car seller was Toyota’s Prius plug in, which stayed on market for an average of 19.7 days. Within the same period last year, the Prius remained under dealership for approximately 38.1 days. This is a clear indication that the demand of the car has increased. Most of Prius sales were recorded in California, despite the fact that it no longer distributes green stickers granting authorization for solo carpool-lane use to plug-ins or hybrids. This information was confirmed by Phong Ly, the CEO of iSeeCars.com. The access to high-occupancy car lane has for a long time attracted California residents who have to tolerate jammed rush-hour highways.

Several years down the line, a study conducted to investigate the importance of carpool-lane stickers on used hybrids indicated that around $1,500 was added to the sticker alone to the car’s overall value. A comparable second-hand model that lacked this sticker was cheaper. The second and third best second-hand car sellers were Nissan’s Leaf and Tesla’s Model S, which stayed for about 24.3 days and 26.1 days respectively on market. The 7th and 8th fastest sellers were Lexus’ CT 200h and Toyota’s Highlander. The lower costs of these cars indicate that it is the best time to purchased used hybrid, electric or plug-in hybrids.

 

Leave a Comment July 15, 2016

Plug-in Cars as the Best Second-hand Car Bargains

640px-Toyota_PHEV_Tokyo_09_2008_(1)You have probably been eyeing a newly launched plug-in hybrid or battery electric car only to be turned off by its price. If so, it would be great to consider exploring your options in the market for used cars. The cost of electric and hybrid, as well as plug-in cars that have been used for 1-3 years has gone down over the last few years. This has made them the best and hottest selling deals around. The approximate price of a new electric vehicle goes down by $3,830 annually with a used vehicle. On the contrary, the traditional gasoline vehicles have dropped by just $242 over the same period. This figure was reported in a study conducted by iSeeCars.com, a second-hand car aggregator.

The Chief Executive Officer of iSeeCars.com said that the used vehicle market may have finally reached its sweet spot with the prices having dropped enough to increase the desirability of these cars. The general population is currently inclined towards second hand vehicles. The lease incentives given by automakers have been lucrative, which has further contributed to the rising figure of used plug-in cars. It implies that the majority of the second-hand plug-in cars in the market qualify for the used car programs offered by automakers. This further makes the deal better.

For instance, the price of a used Nissan Leaf is about half of the original retail price of $30,000. This price is inclusive of a federal rebate incentive of $7,500. A study incorporating more than 2.2 million close-to-new vehicles gave the estimate retail price of a second-hand Leaf as $12,533. The study also reported that out of the ten fastest selling second-hand cars, five of them are plug-in hybrid or electric car models. Toyota Prius was stated as the fastest mover with a sale made in less than 20 days. This is twice the selling speed of a standard second-hand vehicle.

The second fastest seller is Nissan’s Leaf electric vehicle, which took around 24 days to sell. The third seller is Tesla’s Model S that took about 26 days to sell. Other notable fast movers are Lexus CT200H and Toyota’s Highlander Hybrid. The findings obtained are a clear indication that the green car market is gaining popularity. Many people are now choosing green cars instead of traditional gasoline cars. Consumers willing to jump onto the plug-in, electric or hybrid bandwagon have a chance to purchase one at an affordable cost. Used green cars are evidently a great option.

 

Leave a Comment July 8, 2016

Chevrolet’s 2016 Malibu Hybrid

640px-Chevrolet_Malibu_Hybrid_DCBuyers are shifting from sedans to crossovers, a move that has dropped the market’s car share from 50 to 43 percent within only three years. If the cost of standard gasoline increases to more than $3.60 per gallon, these defectors may again settle for a family sedan that is more fuel-efficient. General Motors used its sharpest engineering tools and brightest minds to slice off close to three hundred pounds from its Malibu. This car falls in the mid-sized category with respect to space for cargo and passengers. For the hybrid model, four cubic feet of trunk space is sacrificed to create room for the battery pack and an intact interior compartment.

The Malibu hybrid will have a retail price of $28,645, with its interior having diamond-pattern upholstery. To add to modern assists and safety alerts, there is a Driver Confidence package worth $1195 as well as Technology and Convenience package costing $895. There’s a center display screen of 7.0-inch and some electric frills like 110-volt current outlet and wireless charging pad. Chipping in a red paint job of $395 dollars coupled with the sticker raises to the retail price to a reasonable $31,130.

Learning from lessons acquired, Malibu hybrid has some components similar to those of the Chevrolet Volt. General Motors incorporates a Voltec drive, a nut combining two electric generators, two clutches, a power inverter, hydraulic control system, planetary gearsets, and hydraulic control system. All these components are confined within aluminum housing. The horsepower of this hybrid car has a capacity of 1.8 liters. Although it is primarily composed of cast iron, there are modern features like variable valve timing, direct injection, as well as roller cam followers to increase the engine’s efficiency.

Driving the Malibu hybrid is a great experience. It shifts through four different hybrid modes and doesn’t use a drone or ruckus. Its execution is exemplary, giving it a feel of a third or even fourth generation drivetrain. It is quite difficult to figure out whether it is the electric motors or engine giving a large portion of propulsion torque. The fully electric range doesn’t exceed five miles using a Hitachi battery pack of 1.5-kWh. Regenerative braking can be increased by changing the transmission lever to L2 from L1 though the difference is hardly noticeable. During the shift to friction-based deceleration from electric braking, the change is insignificant. Basically, the key mission of the Malibu hybrid is fuel efficiency. Its 35 mpg still outcompeted most of the mid-sized hybrids tested.

 

Leave a Comment July 8, 2016

Global Plug-in Hybrid Sales Cross the 1.5M Mark

The global sales of light-duty electric vehicles went past the 1.5 million mark in May, with a further increase expected in the future. Taking into account the entire plug-in car fleet from the year 2004, the actual count may be close to one million, five hundred and ten thousand units through May. Approximately 45,000 are likely to be sold in June. This means that this month, the count may hit 1.555 million. A remarkable fact is that it took more than ten years for the global tally to reach 1.28 million. About 220,000 plug-in electric cars were sold just between January and May.

In May 2014, about 500,000 electric cars were reported, while in September 2015, about one million plug-in electric cars were reported. The growth rate is higher compared to that of hybrid cars. This is because plug-in electrics are built on a foundation set by the initial electrified vehicles. The market is however quite small since the number of light duty cars on the current roads across the globe is approximately one billion.

China is this year’s highest selling and fastest growing market. In terms of cumulative sales, however, the United States is still the leader. Between January and May, about 82,713 units were purchased in China exclusive of imported plug-in cars like those from BMW and Tesla. About 51,893 units were purchased by the U.S with smaller players accounting for the remaining sales. Notable purchasers include the U.K, Norway, Japan, and France. In 2014, California’s sales surpassed those of China, and since March about 205,369 units.

From a statistical perspective, when beginning from scratch, it is not surprising to note comparatively huge percentage increases. Plug-in electric cars just came out of the infancy stage based on automotive standards. The good news is that regardless of the cheap gas prices, low consumer enthusiasm, and pushback from many sources, things seem to be moving toward the right direction.

The models and makes of battery electric and plug-in hybrid cars have increased across the globe. The selection in Europe alone is two times that of the United States. To further help things, a battery electric car that will cost less than forty thousand dollars with a range of more than two hundred miles is scheduled for release this year. Different car manufacturers have promised to release new models. Plug-in hybrid cars are seen as an excellent way of improving fuel emission scores and adhere to regulation standards. Hence, the sales of PEVs have proven to increase over time with a strong foothold being set.

 

Leave a Comment June 30, 2016

Going Electric All the Way with the BMW i8 Hybrid Plug-In

BMW_i8_hybridThe first division at BMW is striving hard to create a sports car i8 model that can act as a secret prototype and remain powered by a battery. This is a move that is anticipated to result in increased efficiency such that the earlier coupe model can transition from being a plug-in hybrid into a fully electric car in the future. Autocar, which is one of the leading British publications when it comes to matters of automobiles, affirms that the i8 electric model is being placed under scrutiny where the division of its fiber structure that it made from carbon can be used in developing an i8 model that is superior when it comes to fuelling. Further, the improvement of the BMW i8 model is also expected to include a center tunnel that is wider than normal.

This means that the resulting structure can have the potential of enabling the replacement of fuel tanks that contain hydrogen gas. Moreover, this space can also be beneficial as it can provide additional room for batteries running the car. This concept has been born out of the fact that the space within the center tunnel that is now wider can allow more batteries to be placed as opposed to the gas tanks. This idea has also been supported by experts working for the BMW Company as well. It is through this same automobile transformation that the new i8 prototype can be powered using alternate means where the batteries replace the contemporary use of gas. Through this approach, the BMW i8 model can become fully electric since the batteries can be charged at any moment. This in turn increases the horsepower where the usual value of 268hp can be raised to almost 357hp.

The upgrading of the BMW i8 prototype can also be enhanced by placing the batteries at strategic points such that the internal speed of the vehicle also reaches an all-time high. The fact that the BMW car model is known to have engines that have a combustion ability that is high, means that elevating them to become fully electric can also add value to its efficiency and performance. The testing of this improved BMW i8 prototype is currently going on in Germany along some of the well-known streets in Munich. The results are meant to evaluate the level of e-safety based on the reinforcements that have already been made. These changes to the powertrain are speculated to result in an automobile whose horsepower will be boosted significantly.

 

Leave a Comment June 30, 2016

Electric Cars that Automakers Should Consider Building

chevy equinox 2015The current non-plug in hybrid car market had a wide range of models available, though there is still a lot of room for improving selection. The same can be said even with the plug-in electric cars. There are some cars that are likely to garner widespread acceptance and trigger competitors to catch up. Here are some of the concepts worth considering are:

Chevrolet’s Equinox Plug-in Electric Car

This would be a practical plug-in car that can comfortably accommodate five people, and has great winter traction. Additionally, this car should have a high efficiency without taking the position of a green halo. It would be something sensible to consumers. The EV range of this car would be 37 miles and on gas, 37 mpg, with a retail price of $34,995.

Ford’s F-150 Plug-in Electric Truck

This truck should have an EV range of about 38 miles and a gas range of 31 mpg with a retail price of $39,995. Ford is an automaker that is known for its superior powertrain engineering coupled with patents with Toyota. The automaker has also shown willingness to come up with aluminium-body innovations and engines with a downsized turbo. So, Ford has no reason for not taking upgrading its best-selling truck in America. This model can sell approximately 700,000 units per year. Consumers will find it to be utilitarian and important for commercial applications requiring light duty.

Although Tesla had made clear of its intentions to produce a fully electric pickup, no other automaker plans to do so. This is a great opportunity for Ford to take advantage of its market position and produce an electric truck with a great EV range. This will come handy for daily gas-free driving. It is still unclear whether Ford has such a plan. However, spy photos in April showed what seemed to be a test mule for the F-150 with a powertrain of a plug-in hybrid. Reports indicate that the automaker might produce it as early as the year 2020. Only time will tell.

Well, the sky should be the limit since these are simply a few ideas that automakers need to consider. Currently, there are regulations pushing for the minimization of fuel consumption in different product selections. Green cars have been shown to have numerous merits in terms of cost saving, especially on gas. Automakers need to build assembly lines, link up with suppliers, as well as conduct extensive testing and R & D. This will ensure that they produce cars that sell and that are preferred by consumers.

Leave a Comment June 24, 2016

2016’s Valuable Hybrid Cars

Toyota RAV4 hybrid 2016It is challenging to sell hybrid cars, especially when the prices of gas are down. The price of SUVs is further driven up by electric motors. For this reason, consumers are not willing to spend extra money on purchasing an efficient car that might take several years to pay back the premium. Fortunately, there are hybrid cars that offer the best value.

Toyota’s RAV4 Hybrid Car

Only the Toyota Prius has better sales compared to RAV4 in this hybrid car segment. This crossover vehicle has a range of approximately 33 miles per gallon. This is much higher than the Limited Model’s 25 miles per gallon. In the hybrid model, there is no compromising on the traction. The premium, which is around $700, can be paid back within two or less years.

Ford’s Fusion Hybrid Titanium

If there’s any limitation with the 2016 edition of Ford Fusion, then it is regarding its interior. With the Titanium editions, customers won’t face this problem. This model comes with a leather interior. While a Titanium model offers 26 miles per gallon, the hybrid Titanium offers 42 miles per gallon. The price difference between these two versions is less than $200.

Toyota’s Prius Two

Considering the fact that Prius doesn’t have a non-hybrid model, the Camry LE model whose retail price is around $23,070 was chosen by fueleconomy.gov. This car can get a combination mileage of 28 miles per gallon. For an additional $1,130, consumers interested in better fuel economy can go for the Prius Two, which retails at $24,400. This car offers 52 miles per gallon and repaying the premium takes only two years.

Lincoln’s MKZ Hybrid

This car’s sweet spot is its fuel economy of 40 per gallon. What’s interesting is that consumers don’t have to pay a premium. Moreover, consumers get to save $585 on gasoline every year. The decision is a no-brainer with the revamped 2017 MKZ. The exterior of this car is worth more than a luxury brand.

Buick’s LaCrosse eAssist

While this car might be deemed as a mild hybrid version, be sure to get a significant upgrade with respect to fuel economy. It promises 29 miles per gallon in comparison to a standard model offering 22 miles per gallon. Although this car doesn’t appear in Buick’s list of models, it can be found at the add-on section for the edition of 24-liter, four-cylinder. You can save up to $385 annually by choosing this economical model.

 

Leave a Comment June 24, 2016

Consumers Still Fuzzy About These Electric Car Facts

2011_Nissan_LEAF_(5482989263)Electric cars are globally acknowledged to have the potential of surpassing the clichéd claims surrounding them. The government of United States and other international governments recognize the fact that these cars not only have environmental benefits, but they have also proved to promote economic stability, improve national security, as well as improved health for generations to come. It is unfortunate that some consumers still lack adequate information regarding some of the basic facts that make electric cars attractive.

One of the facts concerning electric and plug-in electric vehicles is that they minimize oil use. These cars clearly reduce the use of petroleum or oil by radically eliminating dependence on diesel fuel or gasoline. This is the main reason why the U.S government and governments in Asia, Europe and many more regions are on board. The governments are laying emphasis on the wide adoption of electric and plug-ins instead of gasoline-fueled cars. Even in Saudi Arabia, PEVs are recognized as effective in reducing oil consumption.

Another noteworthy point is that PEVs are less costly to operate in comparison to gasoline cars. The electric motors of such cars utilize less energy while providing higher efficiency. Although the cost of electricity differs across the country, plug-ins operates even with $2 a gallon gas with an efficiency that is sufficient enough to reduce costs by half. The trick is getting a plug-in hybrid that has adequate electric range to cater to driving needs.

Another positive fact is that recharging a plug-in electric car can take place even from a normal home outlet. The usual household outlet of 120 volts can be used for plugging in any plug-in electric vehicle. You should however, note that some cars such as Nissan Leaf can take up to 24 hours to fully recharge an empty battery. Tesla’s Model S may take even a longer time. Despite the length of charging, a fact is that the charging is a possible from home.

In comparison to standard gasoline-powered cars, plug-in electric cars minimize climate emissions. They are cleaner to operate compared to internal combustion cars. This implies that their lifetime operation, manufacture, as well as consumer use produces fewer carbon dioxide emissions. Currently, a majority of the major car manufacturers offer consumers with at least one plug-in electric car. Virtually all states have at least a few plug-in electric cars from the main car manufacturers available. The U.S now has 14 plug-in hybrids available for sale and about thirteen battery electric vehicles. Some of the manufacturers with PEVs in the market include Chevrolet, Audi, Fiat, Hyundai, Ford, Kia, and many more.

 

Leave a Comment June 17, 2016

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