Green Transportation

Proposed Fuel Economy Rules Underestimate Rising Vehicle Cost, NADA Says

Green Infrastructure - Proposed Fuel Economy Rules Underestimate Rising Vehicle Cost, NADA SaysDETROIT - PRNewswire-USNewswire — At a public hearing today on proposed fuel economy rules for model year 2017-2025 passenger cars and light-duty trucks, the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) urged federal agencies to properly consider the rising consumer cost of new vehicles,

“To work, fuel economy rules must require improvements that are affordable,” said New Mexico Ford dealer Don Chalmers, and chairman of NADA’s Government Relations Committee, at a joint Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) hearing in Detroit, Mich. “According to EPA and NHTSA, the cumulative cost of all of their fuel economy rules will raise the average price of a vehicle by $3,200. This is not pro-consumer.” Read More »

The Death of Lead Acid Batteries

In historical terms, the death of the flint tool, cooking by dung and other bygone technologies occurred very rapidly. This was because several factors conspired to bring in the better alternative and this created a multiplier effect. So it is with lead acid batteries. To this huge industry and the magazines that write about it, there is a long term, if unspectacular, future for the lead acid battery in vehicles - the main use. Conventional “reciprocaur” car sales are still increasing thanks to China and other emerging nations. At first sight, there seems to be ongoing use of lead-acid traction battery power in all electric bikes, forklifts, boats and mobility vehicles for the disabled - say 35 million vehicles yearly. The same power is used, not for traction, in 70 million conventional vehicles yearly. Read More »


Green Lifestyles - CONSUMER REPORTS 2011 ANNUAL AUTO SURVEY: NEW MODELS TARNISH FORD'S SOLID RELIABILITY RECORDJeep & Chrysler models on the rise; Japanese brands still dominate

YONKERS, NY - In recent years Ford has been a model of American reliability, competing well against Japanese makes that have dominated for decades. But three of its new models are blemishing that record, according to Consumer Reports.

The new Explorer, Fiesta, and Focus all had below-average reliability in their first year. As a result, Ford’s overall reliability rank among 28 major car makes slipped from the 10th to the 20th spot this year-the biggest drop for any major nameplate in Consumer Reports 2011 Annual Auto Survey. Read More »