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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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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