We’ve all been there. Stuck in traffic, a big rig in front of you and a thick cloud of diesel fumes descends on your car. Of course the first reaction is to click the recirculate button on your AC to try to limit the fumes that enter your car. Although that might be a little tougher if you are in a convertible or on a motorcycle. At that point you can’t help but wonder why those dreaded smog regulations don’t apply to large trucks.

Toyota Zero Emissions Heavy Duty Truck

Toyota Zero Emissions Big Rig

Yes that plume of diesel exhaust is legal. According to the DMV “smog inspections are required for all vehicles except diesel powered vehicles 1997 year model and older or with a Gross Vehicle Weight (GVWR) of more than 14,000 lbs, electric, natural gas powered vehicles over 14,000 lbs, motorcycles, trailers, or gasoline powered vehicles 1975 and older.” (DMV Smog Regulations).

The Toyota Solution

In a July 30, 2018 press release Toyota announced it’s second generation solution, (more…)

Early last month Farrarri announced it will adopt a new more environmentally conscience clear coat technology. This new process will be used with at least 61 different metallic basecoat colors which are then covered by this new gloss or matte pigmented clear coat.

Some of the benefits of this new low temperature paint system are: (more…)

Over the years there have been many new materials developed for the automotive industry or developed by other industries and adopted by the automotive industry. Many get dropped by the wayside like the early uses of hemp. Others have remained firmly rooted and have remained a staple to the industry for years. Recently Ford announced it’s latest direction in automotive materials. Captured CO2 based foams and plastics.

In a statement to the press Ford claims that its “Foams [are] formulated with up to 50 percent CO2-based polyols [and] could reduce petroleum use by more than 600 million pounds annually”. This statement made on May 17, 2016 states the intention of Ford to have this new product in its production vehicles in 5 years.

This announcement doesn’t mark the first use by Ford of more conservation minded materials. For nearly two decades, researchers have worked successfully to develop sustainable materials for Ford products. In North America, soy foam is in every (more…)

It’s always interesting to see how advertisers decide to use new technologies. Sometimes it works, other times it’s a flop. Right now one of the big rages in marketing is to create Apple iPad Apps (Applications) or perhaps an app for one of the Apple competitors like Blackberry or Android. Regardless of the format you choose the idea is to engage your target audience and get them talking about and interested in your products. Which leads me to the subject of this post, the new Volkswagen “GOLF R DRIVERS FOREVER” iPad App (likely works for iPods and iPhones also).

Golf R iPad Application

Golf R iPad App

Personally I’m an Android user so I’m not going to be able to download this app and see if there is really any thing in it that could make me interested in the Volkswagen Golf application for iPad. But I do have their description so let’s take a look.

To start out, what does Volkswagen have to say about the reason for the application? (more…)

Toyota announced today that it will be debuting its latest Prius at the 2012 North American International Auto show in Detroit Michigan.

Toyota Prius C Hybrid

Toyota Prius C Hybrid

Both the New Prius C Hybrid and the NS4, an advanced plug-in hybrid concept vehicle will be on display at the Riverview Ballroom at Cobo Center. (more…)

California Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

EV Charging Stations

California prides itself as an Eco state. A state that is taking great strides to reduce air pollution and be environmentally conscience. This can be seen in a number of different ways, California has some of the strongest automotive smog laws in the union and the strongest industrial smog laws. California is one of the leaders in giving rebates for more efficient energy use like florescent bulbs, efficient appliances and heat pumps, energy rebates for adding solar or wind power to your home or business. There are also “Green Laws” that penalize heavy users of power.

In the automotive industry California promotes Eco thinking by giving rebates for hybrid and electric cars. There are also laws in place to push manufacturers into producing more of these electric vehicles. California is also the first to start encouraging businesses to offer EV charging stations.

Not all of these laws complement each other though. (more…)

Honda FCX ClaritySince the Honda FCX Clarity was unveiled in 2007 there has been considerable interest among alternative energy fans, and critics, to see how practical the hydrogen fuel cell automobile would be in the long run. So far, it hasn’t done too bad at all, in fact it has received worldwide recognition as one of the best hydrogen cars in its class. (more…)

Ford News

Ford announced recently that they will be investing approximately $135 million toward designing, engineering, and producing key components for five new hybrid vehicles they plan on making statewide. These next generation Ford hybrid-electric vehicles, and their components, will go into production in 2012 here in the United States and will create much needed economic stimulus for a Michigan populous that has been hard-hit by the recession. (more…)

A Funding Announcement

This year is an important anniversary for Jaguar and they, appropriately, started it out with a bang. Supported by the Heritage Trust and Jaguar Cars, Jaguar showcased their iconic ‘works team’ in the 2010 Mille Miglia revival event in Italy to celebrate their most prestigious models. (more…)

The Bill before Congress

After the faulty accelerator pedals and brake problems of more than 8 million Toyota vehicles that reportedly caused the death of 52 people, the House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee (HRECC) has drafted a bill that will make the auto industry meet new safety standards, and impose stricter penalties on companies that fail to promptly report safety defects to the appropriate governmental safety agency.


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