Failure Rate in Nissan LEAF Battery Pack Very Low - Torque News
A report in Europe says that the failure rate for Nissan LEAF batteries is very, very low. So low that it almost doesn't register statistically.
tn  tnev  tnaoc 
6 hours ago
Nissan GT-R NISMO Flies Into Crowd at Nurburgring - End of Mardenborough? - Torque News
Jann Mardenborough's Nissan GT-R NISMO literally stood on its tailfin and flew into the crowd on a corner of the Nurburgring during the first VLN endurance race, crashing through the safety fence and into spectators, injuring several and killing one.
tn 
yesterday
2015 Volvo XC60 is Well-rounded, Fun Driving - CarNewsCafe.com
The Volvo XC60 is the Swedish company’s small luxury crossover, sporting great style and all of the top shelf safety you expect from the brand. Unexpectedly, however, it also delivers a fun and responsive drive dynamic.
tn  aoc 
2 days ago
Thursday Throwdown: 2014 Luxury Midsize Cars - CARFAX Blog
In today’s Thursday Throwdown, our matchup consists of luxury midsize cars. These are usually four-door sedans with a starting above $35,000. These vehicles are from premium brands that focus on luxurious interior materials, exceptional build quality and refined looks.
tn  aoc 
3 days ago
Federal Agencies Will Have Half of Their Vehicles as ZEV or PHEV by 2025
President Obama has signed an executive order mandating cuts in greenhouse gas emissions for federal agencies and their fleets.
evmeme 
4 days ago
2015 Toyota Camry is Greatly Improved, Still Efficient
The 2015 Camry is all-new and updated from the ground up, excluding its efficient and award-winning powertrain options. The improvements bring the Camry up to par with its contemporaries, giving much-needed styling and interior upgrades to become competitive once again.
tn  aoc 
4 days ago
Nissan Titan Truckumentary, Chapter 5: Heart of Cold, Released - Torque News
In the fifth chapter of Nissan's Truckumentary series on the all-new Titan pickup truck, we are taken to Alaska's winter to see how the new Titan underwent real-world cold weather testing, a critical part of any diesel vehicle's checkup.
tn 
4 days ago
Electric Bus Maker Proterra Reaches 1,000,000th Mile - CarNewsCafe.com
North America’s leading manufacturer of zero-emissions battery-electric buses, Proterra Inc., recently congratulated its customers on achieving a major milestone for the EV industry: logging one million miles in revenue service.  The company celebrated this achievement with an event at its plant in Greenville, S.C. honoring its transit agency partners for their leadership as EV pioneers.
evmeme 
4 days ago
Green Car Congress: GE and EV Connect partner on EV charging
EV Connect, a provider of electric vehicle (EV) charging solutions, including a cloud-based software platform for managing electric vehicle (EV) charging stations, their interaction with utilities and the driver experience, entered into a joint marketing and product agreement with GE’s Industrial Solutions business. Under the terms of the agreement, GE will be a preferred charging station supplier of EV Connect, and EV Connect will be a preferred management provider for GE charging stations worldwide.
evmeme 
4 days ago
2015 Nissan Murano Is High Style For the Rest of Us
The 2015 Murano is completely redesigned from the previous generation, but retains the core qualities that made the original a popular choice. Upgrades are to the interior, fuel economy, and ride quality.
tn  aoc 
5 days ago
NHTSA Probing Nissan Recall for Airbag Issues Last Year - Torque News
Nissan recalled nearly a million vehicles last year for an airbag default not related to the sharpnel-propelling airbag recalls that have plagued Honda, GM and other manufacturers. Now, the NHTSA is probing due to complaints about the recall not fixing the problem. Should you be concerned?
tn 
6 days ago
Green Car Congress: Consumer Watchdog petitions Calif. PUC to reject PG&E EV charging proposal
Consumer Watchdog has petitioned the California Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to reject a PG&E proposal for a major buildout of electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure on grounds that it will raise costs for ratepayers while stifling innovation.
evmeme 
6 days ago
Green Car Congress: Purdue researchers convert packing peanuts into anode materials for Li-ion batteries; outperforming graphite
Purdue researchers have developed a process to manufacture carbon-nanoparticle and microsheet anodes for Li-ion batteries from polystyrene and starch-based packing peanuts, respectively. The work, performed by postdoc Vinodkumar Etacheri, Professor Vilas Pol and undergraduate chemical engineering student Chulgi Nathan Hong, is being presented at the 249th American Chemical Society National Meeting & Exposition in Denver.
evmeme 
6 days ago
Nissan Sells Its 75,000 LEAF In the U.S. To a Family In Oregon - Torque News
A family in Portland, Oregon has purchased the 75,000th Nissan LEAF to be sold in the United States so far. What's more, it's the family's second all-electric LEAF after trading in a lease.
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7 days ago
DeltaWing GT Race Car Concept Announced, New Road Car Specs - Torque News
DeltaWing, whose V-shaped race car became a sensation in Formula racing, has announced plans and shown a concept for GT racing with the design as well as updates on the road car planned for possible production.
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7 days ago
New Tesla 'Range Anxiety' Software Is Just Like the Nissan LEAF - Torque News
With much hype and a lot of fanfare, Tesla's Elon Musk announced a new software update that will "eliminate range anxiety." The software basically does what most other electric vehicles already do: estimates range based on certain factors and tells the driver how much battery they have left, in terms of miles.
tnev  tn  aoc 
9 days ago
Quick Chat With Alejandro Agag, Formula E CEO - CarNewsCafe.com
CarNewsCafe had the pleasure of catching up with Alejandro Agag, CEO of the Formula E series. We previously spoke to Alejandro last year.
evmeme 
9 days ago
2015 Toyota RAV4 is the Sensible Compact Crossover - CarNewsCafe.com
The RAV4 is often credited for starting the compact crossover market and was certainly one of the firsts. Its small size, versatility, and smart economy made it a favorite. Now, though, the arena of compacts is filled with great choices and the 2015 RAV4 has a tougher time standing out. Yet it is still a contender for its focus on core competencies.
tn  aoc 
9 days ago
Canadian Study Finds Plug-in Vehicle Success Not Tied to Public Charger Awareness
The Canada-wide study was conducted by Simon Fraser University and found that awareness of public chargers is not a strong predictor of plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) interest.
evmeme 
10 days ago
BMW Launches Plug-in SUV With Complicated Name - CarNewsCafe.com
Lets assume you’re a German automaker and that you have a technologically-advanced plug-in hybrid that isn’t a sports car. What do you do? Why, you come up with a 1990s Silicon Valley-ish name for it that involves a lot of words and numbers jumbled together. Duh.
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10 days ago
Green Car Congress: BMW X5 xDrive40e PHEV going on sale in US in the fall; early EPA rating estimates at 55 MPGe
The 2016 BMW X5 xDrive40e plug-in hybrid (earlier post) will arrive in US showrooms in the fall of 2015.

With a 9.0 kWh Li-ion battery pack, the newest BMW SAV can travel approximately 13 miles on all-electric power. The gasoline engine and electric motor put out 308 horsepower (230 kW )and produce 332 lb-ft (450 N·m) of torque, enough to propel the X5 xDrive40e from 0-60 mph in 6.5 seconds.

Early preliminary estimates put US EPA mileage estimates at 55 MPGe.
evmeme 
11 days ago
2016 Nissan GT-R Holds Price, Adds Horsepower and Gold Edition - Torque News
The Godzilla supercar is staying firm with its price tag, but adding some fun goodies including a 45th Anniversary Gold Edition and, perhaps more importantly, even more horsepower. The 2016 GT-R may be the last model year before redesign as well.
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11 days ago
Nissan Announces Major Expansion for Smyrna, Tennessee Facility - 1,000 new jobs - Torque News
Nissan is expanding, again, in Tennessee, this time adding around 1,000 new jobs as the company continues growth.
tn 
11 days ago
Fixing a Bad Fuel Gauge
As a vehicle gets older, or in cases where bad gas or water has been added to the fuel tank, the fuel gauge may begin to act erratically or stop working altogether. Faulty or bad fuel gauges can be a headache and though there are ways around keeping track of fuel levels without a gauge, they can be inconvenient.
tn  aoc 
11 days ago
Green Car Congress: Simon Fraser study finds PEV success not tied to awareness of public chargers; implications for policy makers
A new Canada-wide study conducted by Simon Fraser University researchers found that awareness of public chargers is not a strong predictor of plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) interest; other variables are more important, such as the availability of level 1 (110/120-volt) charging at home. The results have important implications for governments with limited budgets to support the EV market, suggests Jonn Axsen, Assistant Professor in the School of Resource and Environmental Management.
evmeme 
12 days ago
5 Cold Weather Myths Debunked
The mythology around automobiles is pervasive and sometimes fun. When it comes to automotive maintenance, though, those myths can be serious business and a detriment to your modern car. Here are five winter and cold-weather myths that persist, despite being mostly bunk.
cnc 
november 2014
CV Drive Axle Replacement
On a front-wheel or all-wheel drive car, the CV axle may require replacement if the CV joint(s) have gone bad. You may also need to pull it if the car has a "shudder" that is not due to bad brakes or tire imbalance - in which case, it may be the axle weights coming loose, which you can check by hand by simply grabbing them and seeing if they move around.
cnc 
november 2014
Fast and Simple Brake System Diagnostics
Your car's brakes are its primary safety component, so if anything is even remotely wrong, you'll want to fix it immediately. The trouble is, sometimes brake issues aren't all that cut-and-dried.
cnc 
november 2014
Replacing the Idler, Pitman Arm
The Idler Arms and Pitman Arms in your steering system connect the center link to the steering box and hub assemblies. Idler and Pitman Arms are two parts of the same whole, with the Idler supporting one side and the Pitman (aka "steering arm")the other. These two work together to create strength and tight connections in steering while retaining open movement when you turn the wheel.
cnc 
october 2014
How To Jump Start a Car
Before you break out those cables and hook up to a friendly passerby to get a jump, let's quickly go through the things you should have already done to be sure that a jump start is actually what you need.
cnc 
october 2014
EGR Valve Cleaning, Replacement
If the problem is low-flow or restricted flow, then comes EGR valve cleaning or replacement. You should probably replace the valve and clean the assembly around it, though cleaning the valve itself may be possible on many car models. Quite often, however, cleaning means compromising the valve.
cnc 
september 2014
Serpentine Belt Replacement, Tensioner Replacement
One of the more common do-it-yourself maintenance items a home mechanic will undertake is replacing the accessory belt (aka "serpentine belt") on a vehicle. This is generally a straight-forward job for most mechanics and requires only the most basic of hand tools. On the majority of vehicles, a typical belt replacement will take twenty minutes to an hour to complete.
cnc 
september 2014
Testing An Ignition Coil
If you are having engine start problems and have determined that the issue is that there is no spark (or would like to test that), then the ignition coil is your focus. There are two methods for testing the coil. The first will test if spark is being delivered, the second will test the coil itself. If you know spark is not being delivered, then use the second method if you can as it is much safer.
cnc 
august 2014
Simple trick to keep firing order when changing plugs/wires
We all have to do it eventually and changing out the plugs and wires on a car is a simple, easy do-it-yourself maintenance project that most have done many times over. Yet it's because of this simplicity that we often find ourselves forgetting the basics and spending a lot more time fixing our oversight than the job should require.
cnc 
august 2014
Diagnosing a misfire or backfire
Very often, misfires and backfires are related or are symptoms of the same or similar problems. Let's look at what a misfire is, what a backfire is, and then the diagnostic methods you can use to diagnose the most common reasons for either condition.
cnc 
june 2014
Cylinder heads 101
The cylinder heads are the top-most portion of the engine. They sit atop the combustion chambers, creating their "caps" (top) on the engine block. On most modern automotive engines, the cylinder head(s) also contain the air and fuel intake ports, exhaust ports, mounting for spark plugs, contain the valves, and house the camshaft(s). The cylinder head in can thus become not only critical to the engine's operation during combustion and exhaust, but also to its timing.
cnc 
june 2014
Battery light comes on after battery / altnerator replacement
A relatively common "side-effect" of replacing a battery and/or alternator in a car is to have the voltage (battery) warning light come on. This is especially true in late-model vehicles with their more sophisticated internal diagnostic systems. It's an issue that was mentioned in our forum last August by user tegarthe (see it here) and that has recently been the subject of search traffic online.
cnc 
may 2014
Common reasons to fail car inspection
Many states have safety and/or smog inspections that vehicles are required to pass on a regular basis in order to qualify for legal registration to operate on the state's roadways. Some states require both safety and emissions inspections and do so annually while others require only a safety or only an emissions inspection and may only require them every few years. Some states have no requirements at all.
cnc 
may 2014
2013 Nissan Altima 3.5 SL - style and speed hidden in a midsize package | CarNewsCafe.comCarNewsCafe.com
The midsize sedan market is the most contested automotive sales genre in the United States. It accounts for nearly a quarter of all passenger vehicle sales here and is home to some beautiful machines. The 2013 Nissan Altima is a well-received contender that has an understated look that rivals the best offered here. What most don’t realize is that under its hood, the Altima 3.5 SL is also a sports car struggling to be free of its midsize sedan stigma.
examiner 
july 2013
Nissan planning all-new full-sized pickup truck | CarNewsCafe.comCarNewsCafe.com
Nissan has announced that they’re designing an all-new full-sized pickup truck for the North American market. Currently, Nissan’s only offering in this most lucrative of American markets is the Titan, which has shown less than stellar sales with little market penetration. With every major truck maker launching or planning to launch new entries into this 1.6 million unit U.S. market, Nissan is stepping up to the plate to join them.
cncaoc 
february 2013
Coffee and a Concept - The 1951 LeSabre | CarNewsCafe.comCarNewsCafe.com
Every week here at Car News Cafe, we like to look at classic concepts that changed the automotive industry.  Today, we’re looking at the most iconic and well-recognized concept of all time, the 1951 LeSabre – also known as the “Experimental Laboratory on Wheels.”
cncaoc 
february 2013
Alfa Romeo launches new MiTo Quadrifoglio Verde SBK with 'Undertaker' stunt | CarNewsCafe.comCarNewsCafe.com
To debut the new Alfa Romeo MiTo Quadrifoglio Verde SBK Limited Edition in Britain, the company decided to do something that was not only motorsports related, but also tied in with the car’s FIM World Superbike Championship collaboration.  Of course, this being FIM and Alfa, the event also had to be spectacular.

So they did a stunt involving the car and a superbike that is the very definition of spectacular.
cncaoc 
february 2013
McLaren P1 makes surprise visit to MP4-28 unveil | CarNewsCafe.comCarNewsCafe.com
When the new Formula 1 challenge car, the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes MP4-28, was unveiled at the McLaren Technology Centre in Britain, a surprise showing of the close-to-production McLaren P1 was also to be had.
cncaoc 
february 2013
2012 Kia Optima Hybrid – Efficiency Without the Cramp
The Optima Hybrid offers the fuel economy of a much smaller car without compromising interior room, attractive styling, and a comfortable, sporty ride that belies its eco-friendliness. A strong hybrid entry from the Korean upstart.
fcaoc 
july 2012
Vatican receives electric Popemobile courtesy of NWG
The first electric vehicle in the Vatican was presented to Pope Benedict XVI by Francesco D'Antino and Antonio Rainone, founders of NWG.
fcaoc 
july 2012
2012 Subaru Impreza 2.0i Premium PZEV - The Go-Anywhere Fuel Sipper
The Suburu Impreza Premium partial zero emissions vehicle (PZEV) is an all-wheel-drive sedan with impressive interior room for a compact. It sports good fuel economy and has all of the goat-like off-track power Subaru is known for.
fcaoc 
july 2012
Nissan LEAF sets speed record.. in reverse
The Nissan LEAF is the world's fastest car - in reverse. Record set at Goodwood Festival of Speed.
fcev 
july 2012
EPA Says Tesla Model S has 265 miles range, 89 MPGe
The official mileage and efficiency numbers for the Model S have been released.
fcev 
june 2012
Toyota shows off kids toy cars in Tokyo
Toyota is catering to future car buyers with the Camatte EV concept showing this week in Tokyo.
fcaoc  fcev 
june 2012
Quick Look at the 2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI
With an entry-level MSRP and fuel efficiency to rival most hybrids, the diesel-powered Passat surprises with its true-to-form German handling, making it pure driving joy.
fcaoc 
may 2012
Mean Green Breaks Speed Record | Green Big Truck
Volvo’s Mean Green hybrid racer has broken the world’s speed record at Utah’s Wendover Airfield. The truck clocked 236.577km/h (147.002mph) in a Flying Kilometer run and 153.252 km/h (95.245mph) in the Standing Kilometer.
gbtaoc 
may 2012
Remember that Masterpiece of British Engineering? It Broke Again | EVMeme.com
Back when it debuted in December, the new Routemaster bus, designed completely in the United Kingdom and touted as a “masterpiece of British engineering“, broke down on its maiden voyage because those Brit engineers forgot to put fuel in it.

Now, just a couple of months after its debut, the bus is in the news again. With another breakdown.
evaoc 
may 2012
Yet Again, Politics Get In the Way.. or do they? | EVMeme.com
CODA Automotive has announced that they’re abandoning plans to build a lithium-ion battery factory in Columbus, Ohio. This because long delays have made it clear that the Department of Energy (DOE) will not likely act on their $500-million loan application for the project.

The Columbus Dispatch blames the issue on the DOE, the administration, and politics.
evaoc 
may 2012
The Parker Hannifin RunWise Hydraulic Hybrid Tech | Green Big Truck
Parker Hannifin has a hydraulic hybrid technology that improves efficiency on current diesel-fueled heavy vehicles in an innovative way. Designed specifically for Class 4-8 trucks that drive in-city and do a lot of start-stop, the RunWise system dramatically increases fuel efficiency.
gbtaoc 
may 2012
Biodiesel – What It Is and Isn’t | Green Big Truck
Biodiesel is one of those things that everyone has heard about, but about which many supposed facts and assumptions are wrong. Myths and legends are popping up around the word “biodiesel” as the public’s awareness of it grows. Most commercial drivers know that you can get biodiesel at a lot of truck stops nationally now and some companies allow or even promote their drivers to fuel with it. Any driver who has fueled with it knows that, at the pump, it basically looks like diesel fuel.
gbtaoc 
may 2012
Azure Dynamics Stops Production, Files for Bankruptcy | Green Big Truck
Azure Dynamics, a company based in Vancouver, British Columbia and Oak Park, Michigan, has filed for bankruptcy protection in both Canada and the United States. In doing so, it has ceased all production and closed three of its four facilities, keeping only the Vancouver headquarter offices open.
gbtaoc 
may 2012
The Ford Focus Electric
Ford unveiled the Focus Electric at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this year and plans to put it on the road as a 2013 model.
fcaoc 
may 2012
World, meet EDWARD, electric-powered diwheel
World, Meet EDWARD. This electric-powered diwheel is a project created by engineering students at the School of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Adelaide in Australia.
fcaoc 
may 2012
Hyundai Elantra proves that styling, eco-friendliness can go hand-in-hand
The 2012 Hyundai Elantra makes Kelly Blue Book's 2012 10 Best Green Cars list, even without a hybrid powertrain.
fcaoc 
may 2012
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