Fuel Cell Powered Hyundai Tucson

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Looks like Hyundai will be bringing its Fuel Cell powered Tucson to the states in small-scale mass-production. By 2015 production will have reached about 1000 units, mostly for Europe but some could make their way to the U.S. Most of them will be produced for Fleet companies, but after 2015 the Fuel Cell powered Tucson could be sold to private consumers.

The small SUV will have a 100-kilowatt stack and is capable of 100 MPH, and can do 0-62 MPH in 12.5 seconds. The range on a full tank of Hydrogen would be 367 miles. I am not sure if all of this would be worth it for the hefty price tag, the price tag is projected to be about $52,000.

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Hyundai says that the stack gets its oxygen from ambient rather that compressed air, which means lower parasitic power loss. Your passengers will hear less noise because there is no compressor to run it. The stack feeds a lithium-ion buffer battery like that used in the Sonata Hybrid.

Please tell us if this is something you are looking into; what are your thoughts of this new Tucson? Is it something you are interested in purchasing to be environmentally friendly? We would love to hear your thoughts and comments below!

2013 Honda Accord gets a redesign!

The new 2013 Honda Accord will have a redesign for its fall release. The Accord will have a shorter overall length, new engine family, and a continuously variable valve transmission. It will also weigh less than its current design; have daytime led running lights, and more passenger/cargo room. Seems as though it will be a lot more comfortable for taller passengers.

The accord will have a lane departure warning, forward collision warning technology, blind spot detection, and a standard rearview back-up camera. Great options to come standard on a car like this. Options that some people shop for and want!

The base model car will have a 2.4L engine with more than 181 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque. This gives the new accord a slight horsepower jump and a considerable torque increase. The engine will also have a  10% increase in fuel economy. Most of these base model Accords will have a CVT transmission, which is alright as long as the car isn’t plagued with CVT problems like other models were.

Honda also reworked the new 3.5 Liter V6 engine that will also be an option for the new accord. The V6 will also put out more horsepower than it’s current V6 engine, the V6 will have better fuel mileage than its current model. This engine option will be paired with either a 6 speed automatic transmission or a 6 speed manual transmission.

Last but not least Honda will offer a Hybrid model Accord. The two motor system will run continuously through three modes, all electric gasoline-electric and direct-drive. These modes will maximize fuel economy and driving efficiency.

The interior of the Accord hasn’t really been shown, so far we have to use our imagination and hope that the interior isn’t all plastic and cheesy looking like the current accord. Honda did comment on it by saying the interior will be reworked and look a lot better.

What kinds of things are you hoping for with the new Accord? What kinds of options would you like to see in the new Accord? Do you prefer the coupe or the sedan? Would you buy a CVT transmission or the regular transmission? Would you want a 4 or 6 cylinder engine? 

Things you may not know about the Chevy Volt

In my free time searching around the net for more car information to fill the mushy little noodle in my head with I came across Chevy’s beloved Volt. I started reading into it and I wanted to know why the Volt was so much more different from the rest of the Hybrid cars on the market; I soon found out why. The volt is a zero emission out of the tail pipe vehicle with a battery that will last about 35 miles. There is a gas engine under the hood that is basically a generator to charge the battery on long trips over 35 or so miles. So like the Nissan Leaf the Chevy Volt is a pure electric vehicle per se. I don’t see it as pure electric because it still needs gas to run the gas engine to charge the battery on trips over 35 miles.

 

Basically this works  when the battery hits a certain point the gas engine turns on and starts to re charge the battery. The car can go a total of about 380 miles on a tank of gas and charge. This is quite interesting considering if I only drive 35 miles a day and recharge it every night what happens to the gas in my tank that I don’t use? Yes gas can go bad if left in a tank for so long. Chevy solved this by warning the driver after some time that the gas may be getting old the car will also run the gas engine from time to time to cycle the gas. Chevy states the gas will stay good for one year in its pressurized tank. Same thing with the engine, the car will run it at least every 6 months to make sure the oil keeps the cylinder walls and everything else lubricated.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Volt also has great electronics to help keep you notified and the car efficient. The center stack has a screen at the top to tell you things like charge level, battery usage and other mileage information. It also gives you normal information like climate control and radio. You can also set up your charging schedule so that the car will start charging during certain times so it will be ready  when you leave in the morning. You can also enter your utility rates for summer and winter and only have it charge when you want it to while it is plugged in. Also through on star you can download an app to your smart phone so you can check charge levels and mileage. You can also have the car turn on the AC and turn the heat on, before you get into your car so it is ready to go and comfortable once you step into it.  So far the technology Chevy has put into this car seems pretty impressive and makes me want to buy one!

 

I know what your asking yourself… What about charging times? Well with a normal 110 volt outlet it takes the Volt about 10 hours to charge. With a professionally installed 220 volt outlet the car charges itself in 4 hours. Chevy claims the price is about $1.50 a day to charge the car. They do recomend charging it during non peaks times which is estimated between 9 p.m. to about 7 a.m. Also like most Hybrids the braking on the car also helps charge the battery a bit, the center cluster will tell you if your braking to hard or accelerating to fast so you can get the most fuel economy.

So after searching through Chevrolet’s website and reading about the Volt I am thoroughly convinced on this car being a pretty good electric car to drive. Personally I like  it more than the Nissan leaf just because of the more range and it is a little bit easier on the eyes. I have lost faith in american cars for a long time and maybe this is what Chevy needs to put  some faith back in the people who lost faith in buying american. I can’t wait to see what the future will bring and what the next gen electric cars will be like. Hopefully we will have a battery that can go 400 miles on a charge and not need a gas engine for back up.

New York City gets Volt patrol cars

New York city is adding another electric hybrid to there fleet, the Chevy Volt. This is a portion of there 70 car order. This will save the city a lot of money in the long run when it comes to rising gas prices. The only problem I see happening is the cars 35 mile battery range and the New York stop and go traffic. This really doesn’t give the car enough time to fire up the gasoline engine so I wonder what the real mileage range will be of these cars in the traffic conditions.

Along with the Volt the police departments diverse collection of cars includes, Ford Crown Victoria sedans to Nissan Altima hybrids to electric scooters and golf carts.  The city already has 430 electric cars in the fleet and i’m sure that will be increasing as time moves on. This puts New York City on the map of having the largest electric car fleet in the nation. So if you live in New York watch out for these shiny new cars on the road.