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How to Better Improve our Transportation InfrastructureHere it is guys...the thread for discussion on how to improve our infrastructure in the US. Oregon will be taxing road usage on hybrids, things are changing...Gas is low at the moment, but doesn't change the fact we pollute and use our roads.
Here are my thoughts:
- Minimal sales tax on any energy, Gas or Electric
- Tax vehicles (or put a fee on them) annually based on the # of tires, # of miles driven, amount of Carbon exerted - put away the excise tax or make it a set fee on top
- The above will make all vehicles treated equally, will also lower gas prices, and will help our infrastructure. Hybrids would also take advantage because now the amount of pollution exerted is put in the fee
- The pool of money should go to a central organization that is completely transparent
- The amount of road-work needed or vehicle traffic in the US should be transparent per community - and complex math and algorithms should be able to predict who needs the fund
- The funds should...
Hybrid Dashboard Summary: August 2015
model Aug_15 Jul_15 Jun_15 May_15 1 Prius Liftback 10450 11203 9559 11921 2 Ram Pickup Diesel 4093 4775 5050 5647 3 Prius c 3844 3517 2756 3763 4 Camry Hybrid 3314 2756 2755 3174 5 Prius v (lowercase v) 3119 2620 2272 3152 6 Fusion Hybrid 2441 2157 1691 2440 7 Passat Diesel 1991 2372 2489 2769 8 Golf Sportwagon Diesel 1977 2174 1506 1419 9 Jetta Diesel 1820 1999 1852 2141 10 Sonata 1647 1837 2334 2943 11 Model S 1600 1800 2800 2300 12 CT200h 1504 1374 1118 1436 13 C-Max Hybrid 1501 1225 1814 1892 14 Leaf 1393 1174 2074 2104 15 Volt 1380 1313 1225 1618 16 Accord Hybrid 1369 1481 1241 1463 17 Avalon Hybrid 1322 1175 973 1114 18 ES Hybrid 1281 891 711 911 19 Optima Hybrid 1167 873 897 1046 20 Golf Diesel 954 903 955 1011 21 Fusion Energi 949 852 727 986 22 i3* 792 935 551 818 23 C-Max Energi 723 693 667 715 24 MKZ 713 725 700 1005 25 RX 400 / 450 h 599 530 486 551 26 Civic Hybrid 590 463 391 458 27 XV Crosstrek Hybrid 455 559 493 557 28 Q5 Diesel 421 567 462 517 29 Q7 Diesel 412 506 360 386 30 Touareg Diesel 411 374 328 348 31 X5 Diesel 391 233 422 1299...
Clazzio Leather Seat Cover Group Buy Until September 11 - $100 off MSRPWe've been offered a great opportunity to help PriusChatters jazz up their existing Prius at a great discount.
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Is Oil On The Way Up?Is the honeymoon over?
UPDATE 13-Oil jumps 8 pct, biggest 3-day surge since 1990| Reuters
Drove the MiraiI got an invitation to drive the Murai at my local dealer a couple of weeks ago. So I reserved a spot and went last week and drove it.
I'm still against hydrogen fueling, in general, due to the many reasons I and others have mentioned on numerous threads. But the car was nice, drove nice, etc. However, I could only drive on slower side streets...not allowed to go on the freeway...because they wouldn't have enough fuel for everyone! (And they have to be able to drive it back to the refuel station.)
All the things I liked had nothing to do with the power train...just nicer things taken from higher end Toyotas than the Prius. Comfortable leather power seats...automatically slide back when you power off. Side mirrors tilt down when you shift to reverse. AC/heat display . Nicer instrument panel display, etc.
Trunk space...not that great, more like a 2001 Prius. No spare tire. Rear seating head room (no problem for me) but a person that rode with me was 6'0" and complained.
All BMW Models Electric Within The DecadeIt doesn't look all electric, but it's close.
BMW: All Models Electric Within Decade - NASDAQ.com
Toyota Hybrids At NurburgringThe race is on right now on FS1 with Porsche Hybrids vs. Audi Hybrids. Toyota's there, just rolling behind everyone else. An interesting strategy.
2016 PRIUS ... I love it
Clear photos of the 2016 Toyota Prius, front & rear.
More 2016 Prius spy shots: SPOTTED! *UNWRAPPED* 2016 Prius spotted this morning! | PriusChat
I love it.
I come from Taiwan Hybrid club
Mod note: Edited to replace first two photos with higher resolution versions and put a short bit of text for clarity.
Consumer Reports' Highest-Rated Car-EverA Plugin ?!? Wait . . . That's insane. In fact, that's Ludicrous
Tesla Model S P85D Breaks the Consumer Reports Ratings System
A surprise? CR car testers are often slanted to the gear head mentality - so it was unusual to see they rated it above their scale of a perfect 100.
What Drives Us Podcast - #154 Russell Rants About Tesla & Airbnb - What Drives UsThis week Tony, Patrick and Russell discuss a new Hyundai hybrid and EV, Gm building an EV plant in China and long discussion about what type of tech we want in our vehicles.
What types of tech do we want in our vehicles? (ignore the link baity headline) Consumers on Apple CarPlay and Android Auto: meh - Fortune
Another “Prius fighter” but forgive the link bait, this might be real
Spied: EV Variant of Hyundai Prius-Fighter Spills its All-Electric Guts
GM to build half billion EV factory in China General Motors Begins Building $470 Million EV Factory In China - HybridCars.com
Two minutes news...
Hawaii moves away from fossil fuels -...
Plugin Battery Recharge in 5 Minutes?Get $1.00 for every battery vaporware that comes down the pike, & you might retire
That said, both Isreal & Samsung think it has so much promise, that both find the chemistry to be worthy of investment.
Electric cars could charge in 5 minutes if this tech takes off - Fortune
One can't help but entertain the thought of whether such a battery would be the death knell of the gas car as we know it. Probably not ... but it'd sure be likely to put a dent in the ICE industry. Oh ... and so as not to disappoint Bisco ... yes, we could kiss the hydrogen hoax-mobile good bye .... buahahahahahaa !!
Toyota sold 8 million hybrids!Toyota sold 8 million hybrids, hybrids represent 13-14% of Toyota USA annual sales.
U.S. Fuel Economy Since 1923Source: Before Threats Came Along in the '70s, U.S. Fuel Economy Since 1923 Has Progressed Slowly - HybridCars.com
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Perversely, efforts to improve vehicle mpg have come largely after threats forced automakers to change, and even then, the industry has focused more on what may have been the wrong end of the vehicle spectrum, suggests new research. That is, automakers have been intent primarily on making already efficient cars more efficient, rather that doing all that’s possible to improve the worst mpg offenders, and thus saving even more fuel
These are a couple of the take-away points from a study conducted by researchers Michael Sivak and Brandon Schoettle of the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute.
The study – “On-Road Fuel Economy of Vehicles in the United States: 1923-2013″ – examined relevant available data to determine...
Toyota Set to Unveil All-New Priussource: Toyota Set to Unveil All-New Prius | TheDetroitBureau.com
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The Toyota Prius hasn’t had a major update in seven years, and early reports suggest the new one will grow longer, get a little more power, improve fuel economy and possible stretch its range in all-electric mode. Some reports indicate an optional lithium-ion battery may also become available on the 2016 Prius.
Toyota has sent out invitations for journalists to attend a preview of the fourth-generation in Las Vegas on September eighth. The current model has been around since 2009, an unusually long stretch for Toyota.
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Most of the article is flogging their anti-hybrid horse, again. So not a lot of new information except, September 8th, Las Vegas, . . . ('Baby, it is time we take a Vegas trip.') Ok, so maybe a moderator or two?
What Drives Us Podcast - #153 Picking On Evan - What Drives UsTwo minutes news links: Portland airport installs 42 EV chargers http://buff.ly/1EBdsfM Tesla industrial batteries to help reduce power costs to Escondido high schools http://insideevs.com/tesla-power-escondido-schools/ Sexy Tesla charging robot arm https://youtu.be/uMM0lRfX6YI Tesla says, “we didn’t mean ‘unlimited'” http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1099608_tesla-letter-to-rein-in-local-supercharger-use-goes-wrong Where does your energy come from visualizations http://www.vox.com/2015/7/29/9066685/coal-oil-solar-maps my 2M, University of […]
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Hybrid Tech Interns WantedSource: AD #1683 – Audi Targets Tesla, Big Data Finds Parking Spots, Tacoma’s Sales Strong – Autoline Daily
TECH INTERNS WANTED
While training for repairing and maintaining hybrid and electric vehicles has gained some steam, there’s still a need for qualified technicians in that field. And like any job, an internship is a great way to get your foot in the door. The Automotive Career Development Center, or ACDC is looking for two auto students over 18 to assist at their shop and training center. Not only does the internship provide housing and meals, but it also includes study books to keep, access to a fleet of hybrid cars and on-the-job training. The only cost is getting yourself to Massachusetts. I first learned of ACDC and founder, Craig Van Batenburg when doing research for an Autoline Garage and...
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