Consumer Reports Says Electric and Hybrids Have High Reliability

Consumer Report released their electric car and hybrid reliability report. And the result is both types rank high.

Are you surprised? You shouldn’t. When it comes to reliability and general maintenance, an electric car will give a gasoline counterpart a run for their money. Most Toyota owners of the original RAV4 EV jokingly say the only thing they did on their EVs were changing the tires and put liquid for the windshield the first 60,000 miles. What is more interesting is that hybrid, even with their added complexity, i.e. a gasoline engine and an electric motor working together, are still ranking high in the reliability surveys conducted by Consumer Report.

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Ford Focus Electric: The Answer to a Potential Fuel Shortage?

The price of fuel continues to skyrocket, and as many doomsayers predict that it’s due to run out in as little as 30 years’ time, more car manufacturers are looking at producing vehicles that run on electricity. This new technology will become commonplace in the near future, and that could have a serious effect on the number of car accident claims made by motorists.

The battery-operated Ford Focus Electric is one such car which, with new technology, helps to reduce the need for hiring injury lawyers in case of an accident. Designed by the American motoring powerhouse to compete with the recently released Nissan Leaf, it aims to lead the electric car market, which is yet to grow to an extent that it competes directly with petrol and diesel cars.

As well as being environmentally sound, the Ford Focus Electric is an incredibly safe car to drive. With a comparatively limited top speed of 84mph, the likelihood of getting injured in a crash is unlikely, which reduces the necessity for making whiplash claims. A full recharge takes four hours at the most, while it also has a range of impressive on-board tools to its name such as MyFord Touch and connectivity with the Microsoft Hohm programme. As its Japanese competitor is the only all- electric car currently on sale, it will be widely available when it enters showrooms worldwide in 2013.

If the Ford Focus Electric becomes as popular as expected, then it’s possible that other manufacturers could follow suit. With advancements in fuel technology, further improvements in safety could also be in the pipeline, which could help to reduce the number of accidents on the road. Electric cars, even when fully-charged, can only go a certain distance, which encourages their owners to drive more cautiously to save energy. If more motorists owned electric cars and drove that way, then road traffic accidents could become a thing of the past.

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California Mulls New Emissions Regulations: More Electric, Hydrogen Cars

California’s emissions regulations are some of the strictest in the country, so when it announces that it may change its regulations on new cars, the other 49 states take notice. The state announced it will begin considering new regulations that seek to drastically increase the number of ultra-low or zero-emissions vehicles on the road by 2025.

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Fifty new vehicle launches at Auto Expo 2012

Fifty new vehicles such as two-wheelers, cars, buses and trucks would be launched at the Auto Expo 2012 beginning January 5.

“This year’s auto expo will have 50 launches across categories like two-wheelers, trucks, buses and cars,” S. Sandilya, president, Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM), said on Wednesday.
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