Thursday, July 29, 2010

'The Transition' - Flying Car

Terrafugia a small, privately held company has recently gained FAA approval for its roadable aircraft (i.e., flying car), and new improvements to the vehicle's design bring it only about a year away from being available to customers, according to Forbes and MSNBC.
Named "The Transition," Terrafugia's flying car takes the notion of driving a hybrid to a whole new level. The latest model features a more car-like look, with traditional headlights and even a license plate holder. Other new fixtures include an improved wing that folds up with a touch of a switch, like in a convertible car, rear-wheel drive with a continuously variable transmission, independent suspension and even a futuristic touch screen interface in the cockpit.
On ground the vehicle folds its wings up to achieve legal street-ready dimensions. The concept is for users to be able to drive it from their own garage to a nearby airport, allowing for independent, convenient travel. At the very least, it would help drivers bypass those annoying airport wait times.
The flying car will be an expensive proposition.Estimated price for a first-generation Transition is slated at around $194,000. Though that's out of the price range for the average consumer, it's at least an important first step toward bringing childhood fantasies of driving a flying car closer to reality.
The launch date will be in late 2011.
Source - Forbes
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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

The Greenest Cars of 2010

Every automaker have been steadily releasing hybrid, electric and smaller vehicles to appeal to environmentally-conscious and cost-sensitive consumers. Ford ,Toyota,Honda which are the greenest cars.With all these new cars on the market, you might be wondering which are the greenest.
Here is a list from -The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. They looked at the fuel economy and emissions of 2010 model cars to calculate a "green score" and rank the top cars.
1. Honda Civic GX
2. Toyota Prius
3. Honda Civic Hybrid
4. Smart Fortwo Convertible/Coupe (Tied)
4. Honda Insight (Tied)
5. Ford Fusion Hybrid/Mercury Milan Hybrid
6. Nissan Altima Hybrid (Tied)
6. Toyota Yaris (Tied)
7. Chevrolet Cobalt XFE/Pontiac G5 XF (Tied)
7. Honda Fit (Tied)
7. Hyundai Accent Blue (Tied)
7. Mini Cooper (Tied)
Source: American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy

Saturday, July 17, 2010

An electric version of RAV4 to be released in 2012

An electric version of Toyota's RAV4 will be launched in the 2012. Toyota Motor Corp. and electric vehicle upstart Tesla Motors Inc. will work together to develop this new vehicle.
The companies announced a partnership in May to develop and build electric cars at a recently closed auto factory in the San Francisco Bay area.
Tesla which at present sells only one vehicle, a two-seater electric sports car costing $109,000. It plans to sell the Model S in 2012 for $49,900, including federal tax credits. It's designed to travel up to 300 miles on a three- to five-hour charge.
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