Tesla’s Powerwall Solar Battery versus Original Electric Power

A few weeks ago a Technology company released a new type of solar battery that would allow one person to run their house hold for quite a while. These batteries are well worth their price being less expensive than the leading type of battery. So far these batteries are meant to store backup power or for a better way to store solar energy when needed. With the release of an these new batteries consumers are now highly considering this as a great way to break ties with electric companies and living purely off of solar energy.

With the implementation of this new battery it sparks a change in people to store solar power and have no electrical dependency what so ever. Seeing as Tesla is widely known for their electric cars and newly designed luxury sedans consumers are looking toward this new solar energy as a bright new future and an eco-friendly way to not only save costs but save our planet. Since the release of Tesla’s new Powewall battery people have since started commenting that nuclear energy and fossil fuels are a thing of the past, which is not even correct it’s about storing the power and drawing the energy from whatever common source is used. Tesla’s Powerwall battery technology might seem new but in reality it’s just a better way of storing energy.

So actually this new technology is just about working with solar energy more efficiently than regular electric power and it’s not destroying it by any means especially since more everyday consumers are fascinated with the idea of living off the grid or just living more environmentally sound. But with the rise of better technology to help with everyday living is progressively more and more of a reality. In short Tesla’s Powerwall is just the beginning of a better situation for all to embrace.

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Aeromobil’s Flying Car Crashes during Testing Phase

This past Friday the company Aeromobil who are currently testing their version of a flying car has had a set-back when the companies prototype crashed during a testing session with the cars Chief Designer Stefan Klein was behind the wheel but thankfully he was able to walk away from the accident, but for precautionary measures was still taken to a nearby hospital and cleared for release sometime later. It is speculated that the car had fallen at approximately 900 feet in a mid-air tail spin but as luck would have it Stefan Klein was able to release the vehicles on-board emergency parachute which helped to lighten the impact.

Aeromobil released a statement following the incident that the company will be using all recorded data from the crash to help improve with further development of the companies first flying vehicle, the light at the end of the tunnel was that the emergency parachute deploying successfully was it was meant to do and thus helped in saving the pilots Stefan Klein’s life. In a further statement Aeromobil stated that the third generation prototype vehicle only suffered minor damage thus allowing for further flight testing once the prototype is fully repaired.

Even though the vehicle is more plane than car it can still be tested on public roads but Aeromobil has estimated the vehicles approximate top speed to be 100mph on the ground and approximately 124 mph in the air. Its take off speed is approximately 90 mph and can reach 430 miles on one full tank of gas. Aeromobil hopes to start full production in early 2017.

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Review: 2015 Nissan Rogue

2015 Nissan Rogue

2015 Nissan Rogue

The 2015 Nissan Rogue currently ranks at number two out of twenty-four model compact SUV’s this result is based on current published reviews test drive scores, dependability and all listed safety data. The Nissan Rogue has great fuel economy along with plenty of cargo room and a well detail design cabin. The powertrain can use some refinement but still provides a comfortable ride.

The 2015 Nissan Rogue has a four cylinder engine that delivers power when needed although it can use a boost when it needs to accelerate for a higher speed on the highway or when climbing hills. The Rogue has a continuosly variable transmission (CVT) which had let down a few online reviewers that lacks refinement and it’s very loud when under hard acceleration. It has 26/33 mpg city/highway which gives the Rogue better fuel economy than most of the SUV’s in its class. In some reviews that are online most have concerning comment about the steering and the overall handling of the vehicle.

Test drivers placed the 2015 Nissan Rogue with an impressive looking cabin. It’s very quiet and made with very high quality material which gives off a luxury SUV feel to it. The front seats have more of a comfort feel and better support while riding. The second row has a reclining feature it gives the passengers in the third row better legroom.

Some listed featured standards are and include Bluetooth, a rearview camera and hands free text messaging. The consumer has the option for the NissanConnect infotainment system with navigation and a 7 inch touch screen display with satellite radio and push button start. With onboard features such as forward collision alert and lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring plus with a new feature that is the Nissans around view finder which uses four cameras that gives a 360-degree view around the vehicle when parking.

With Nissan Rogue seating at least five and since it has a third row it can seat up to seven, it comes with a 2.5-liter four cylinder engine and continuously variable transmission (CVT) and comes with front wheel drive. And the Rogue comes in three trims S, SV, SL. This model Nissan Rogue was redesign for the 2014 with little changes for the 2015.

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Nissan Sees Tough Competition in the Chevy Bolt in 2018

2018 Chevrolet Bolt

2018 Chevrolet Bolt

At last month Auto Show in Detroit it had the first showing of the new EV concept car the Chevrolet Bolt. This car is schedule to showroom floors in 2018 and is to go on sale. The Bolt can go up to the 200 mile range from the advanced lithium ion batteries, the estimated price is at $30,000. At this present day the Nissan Leaf is currently the best electric car in the U.S. it sells at the current price of $30,000 and has only 84 miles of range when fully charged.

Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn released a comment “ The Bolt is not a surprise but are next generation Leaf is due out between 2-3 years and it will have more range than the current model and may even cost much less. We want to be competitive with the rest of the industry.

One company did say that the Nissan Leaf has a setback of range when comparing to the Bolt but was confident that Nissan was making progress to advance the range of the Leaf. He was referring also to the development of better batteries that have more energy density and are much lighter and cost less. With both cars coming out at the same time the Bolt and Leaf have plenty of time to develop better performance on their batteries and vehicle performance. We will see who will have the EV with the longest range.

Inside Interior in the Chevrolet Bolt

Inside Interior in the Chevrolet Bolt

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Mercedes-Benz to Develop & Release more plug-in hybrid vehicles by 2017

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Mercedes Dashboard

Mercedes-Benz is ready and plans to release more plug-in hybrids by 2017. Mercedes-Benz recently introduced the S500 Plug-in Hybrid, but this is just the start as there are ten models scheduled to be released before 2017, which is why it’s said that Mercedes-Benz hybrid family will grow more within the next few years. These new hybrids will reach the public approximately every four months it will cover not only C-E and S-Class and including new SUV’s.

The first set will be the new C-Class Plug-in Hybrid’s these new cars will look the same as the regular models but the only difference being the rear charging port which will be integrated into the rear bumper, it will also have a new feature an active shutter grille which is said to be a great way to improve your vehicles fuel efficiency by controlling the airflow and lessening the aerodynamic drag.

Mercedes-Benz will be using a new V6 engine paired with an electric motor which carries an 8.7 kWh battery pack, this particular engine is integrated/built-in to both the 2015 CLS 400 4-door sedan as well as in the 2015 SL 400 Convertible these two vehicles/models were first introduced at the 2014 Paris Auto Show . Both these brand new models are available on showroom floors here in the U.S.

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Google’s Plans for Self-driving Vehicle is on the Rise

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The self-driving vehicle has picked up steam and is a top subject on many car consumers minds of late on what developments have been taken by Google. To start Google has mapped plenty of roads across the United States including within the Silicon Valley area, while their test drivers are in the car testing for certain scenarios that a typical driver will experience on the road. This data will be stored within the vehicles memory thus allowing the car the ability to react promptly to any danger that the vehicle may come across.

Google’s research shows that 90% of accidents are created by human error so taking away that issue by allowing the car to navigate and avoid road possible hazards all together, still some issues have not been worked out such as when an accident does happen who is responsible?, this will have insurance companies really rethinking the way they sell insurance to the public. Also, the technology part has been brought up many times such as hackers possibly taking control of the navigation and changing car routes or settings. Also how the car will handle serious weather but Google has said that the car will be able to handle rain and fog but the issue of snow is still being worked on.

There are at least 33,000 people who die every year due to car accidents that are usually caused by human error, what if that was taken away and the lives of loved ones were sparred?, think of the long term success that this project could achieve. The possibilities are endless and well worth the wait.

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Review: 2015 Ford C-Max Hybrid

2015 Ford C-Max Hybrid

2015 Ford C-Max Hybrid

The reason why most people buy a hybrid is for the fuel economy by choosing the hybrid with the highest mpg they join the rest of the group which rave about having a hybrid. What about a hybrid from Ford, more than just a hybrid it is also considered an enjoyable ride which the 2015 Ford C-Max Hybrid SEL is touted to be partly because of its the high mpg. Having both a gasoline engine and an electric motor the C-Max SEL has a 2.0 liter 4-cylinder engine and a strong electric motor with an incredible 188 horsepower with a combined estimation of 40 mpg which is only the beginning of the great features this vehicle has to offer. You get a vehicle with great handling abilities and a unique interior that separates it from other hybrids offered by competitors.

Standard Equipment

The 2015 Ford C-Max Hybrid SEL is a five seat passenger 4-door hatch back wagon the price for this vehicle will be slated for the U.S. market at an MSRP starting at $31, 635, Fords plug-in hybrid version named the C-Max Energi has not yet been priced. Now the standard features for this hybrid are as follows: 17 inch wheels, automatic front headlights with fog-lights, automatic windshield wipers, heated mirrors, blind-spot mirrors, keyless ignition, automatic climate control(s), eight-way power seat with a two-way lumbar adjustment (great comfort and back support system), height adjusting seat(s), heated front seats, folding rear seat, multicolor lighting inside, and to top it all off rich leather upholstery.

Electronic Features

The exciting electronic features include: a Bluetooth phone, extra audio connection(s), Fords Sync voice command system, satellite radio, smart-phone apps, a six speaker dynamic sound system with a CD player, iPod connectivity and USB ports that all work in with the My-Ford Touch interface system that uses a touch screen display.

Engine Information and Specs

The new Ford C-Max Hybrid SEL wagon runs on a 2.0-liter four cylinder fuel engine which offers 141 horsepower and 129 lbs of torque. Equipped with an electric motor which is powered by a lithium-ion battery in combination can manufacture up to 188 horsepower, this power is sent to the front wheels via a (CVT) continuously variable transmission. While the C-Max was testing performance with acceleration testing showed it can go from 0 to 60 in 8.1 seconds which in fact is 2 seconds faster than the Toyota Prius. The estimated EPA on fuel economy for the 2015 C-Max Hybrid SEL is 42 mpg city, 37 mpg highway or 40 mpg combined.

Also during brake testing the C-Max has the stopping capability from 60mph in 134 feet, which is average performance. Government crash tests for the 2015 Ford C-Max achieved four stars for overall testing for frontal and five stars for side protection; overall achieving an acceptable score for best possible protection.

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Tesla Charging Stations will see Rapid Growth in China.

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Tesla Logo

Tesla has been working on a issue in china that will help support consumers who are interested in purchasing fully electric vehicles but the lack of charging stations in China has been an obstacle for many of consumers in china until recently a deal has been struck. China Unicorn has signed an agreement with Tesla which will allow Unicorn to install charging stations for Tesla electric vehicles at many locations throughout China.

Details of the Deal

Charging stations will be located 400 China Unicorn locations in about 120 cities. Now who is paying for what? Well according to Financial Times Tesla may be paying for the installation of these charging points and China Unicorn maybe paying for the complete maintenance and electricity according to Financial Times. If Tesla can manage more hefty deals like this it can definitely bring more business and growth to their charging network really fast. The both companies already had business deals including China Unicorn providing Internet service for Tesla electric cars already in China.

How important is China to Tesla?

Elon Musk has stated on many occasion that China can become the company’s biggest market to date. The Asian market for premium vehicles has risen between 2003 and 2012 at least 36% on a annual basis. If this should continue by 2016 China will overtake the U.S. for having the biggest premium automobile market. With some of Tesla competition seeing real negative publicity concerning pricing on vehicles and being investigated by China’s National Development and Reform Commission this has given a path for Tesla to excel since they have what they call customer-first policy.

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More Smaller and Affordable Tesla Sedans coming in 2016

In the later part of 2016 Tesla Motors will release what the company is calling it GenIII vehicle which is suppose to be a smaller electric sedan that is half the size of the Model S. Elon Musk was speaking at his companies annual shareholders meeting he said that the GenIII will have a much closer design to the current Tesla lineup. He gave some hints that the GenIII might have what he calls it autopilot features with some self driving features but may not be ready at the time it’s released.

Tesla is always on the verge of improving and modifying their technology for a better electric car. Tesla’s goal is to hit 200 miles to them is making for better use of technology and making a better and affordable electric car. Even more so with Tesla and Panasonic working on a new battery-cell electrochemistry that is for use in automobiles only and is pretty confident his company can achieve huge hurdles such as expanding energy storage and using energy density technology.

For this calendar year Tesla will be delivering about 21,000 units with more to come in 2015 and with more cars being delivered to Europe and Asian markets.

New Supercharging Network

Tesla has made much needed improvements to their supercharger network technology with recharging speeds from 45 minutes to 20 minutes to maintain battery range. Tesla’s goal is to spend less time at a charging stations than at a gasoline stations. Tesla has mention many times that Elon Musk is open to licensing Tesla’s batteries and charging technology to other car makers and would discuss compensation. All cost of technology is already in the price of the every car.

Retail Setbacks in Some States

Tesla has had a few setback in Texas, North Carolina and Virginia but continues to confront both national and state auto dealer associations about Tesla’s auto sales. Customers don’t realize how powerful auto dealers are especially the big national auto dealers that have the money to spend and lobby certain government law makers. Then they scream that they beat the system. But there’s no real victory in beating democracy.

2016 Tesla GenIII Sketch-Up Drawings

2016 Tesla GenIII sketch-up drawings  by Telsa

2016 Tesla GenIII sketch-up drawings by Telsa

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The Armored Jaguar XJ Sentinel The Most Secure Limousine

Now how secure is a Jaguar XJ Sentinel well to start the Jaguar has B7- Level armored protection which means the car will be able to withstand a blast up to at least 30-lbs of TNT and at close range. This Jaguars armor is heavy strength steel with Kelvar backing that is built on top of the aluminum chassis so the car will be able to withstand any impact of arms fired directly toward the vehicle. The main focus was improving the armor and embedding it in the body to direct impacts from most machine guns and heavy armor piercing rounds.

Now since the car weighs heavier from the armor it is still capable of still carry weight up to 1,100 lbs and still able to reach top speed of 121 mph in 9.7 seconds. Which is good to know what it is capable to outrun potential threats.

Engine Specifications

The XJ Sentinel carries a naturally aspirated 5.0-liter V8 engine with a six-speed automatic transmission which powers the vehicle. It can produce up to 385 horsepower that can actually move a 7,275 pound vehicle to at least 62 mph at just under 10 seconds. Never claimed it was a fast vehicle but the worth is in the protection that it gives. Now considering all the weight of the vehicle has gained it has reinforced brakes and suspension able to bring this car to a complete stop.

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