CARazed – December 15, 2011

A newsletter and blog dedicated to the future of transportation in our peak world. The following are excerpts from news recent articles.


Nissan and Ford Respond to Chevy Volt Fire Issue | PluginCars.com
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The design of the Nissan LEAF battery pack could reduce driving range during extreme temperatures, but might make it safer than batteries using liquid coolant.

Is There Demand for Three Mitsubishi Electric Vehicles? | PluginCars.com
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Mitsubishi is reported to be bumping up the nationwide roll-out of its all-electric i minicar based on high demand—but Autodata informed PluginCars.com that the total number of i sales reported by the company in November was only four units. The Mitsubishi i officially launched in the US in November…

Study: As Gas Prices Rise, Americans Drive Less And Seek Public Transit
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Americans love cars. The Great American Road Trip, the large American SUV, the classic American muscle car, Route 66 and the list goes on. It is commonly thought that Americans are married to their automobiles; however, a new study shows that it seems the only thing Americans love more than their ca…

Lay down some green rubber with the Prius G’s | JCarBlog
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If you’re a potential or current Prius owner, fuel economy is probably one of your top concerns. You’re likely to have paid a premium for a car that does everything it can to use as little gasoline as possible. This often means bidding a bitter farewell to any performance or sporting aspirations, as…

Creative Tiny House – Lewes Restored VW Bus
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Artemis and Nao recently completed the restoration of their 1978 VW Bus. They purchased the camper from a family that had outgrown the bus and was forced to…

Lloyd’s Blog: Vintage Transport
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Lloyd Kahn is the editor-in-chief of Shelter Publications, an independent California publisher. Shelter Publications specializes in books on building and architecture, as well as health and fitness. Lloyds latest book is Builders of the Pacific Coast. For more info, see: www.shelterpub.comTwitter: …

GM Working On Volt Battery Fix, Next Batteries To Be “Safer”
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With Congress and the NHTSA now investigating the Chevy Volt’s battery fire problems, General Motors is moving fast to fix the problem. Right now the plan calls for a $1,000 fix to each car, and a switch to safer batteries in future EV’s. But has the damage already been done? GM CEO David Akerson…

NH2: New Holland Unveils a ‘Farm Ready’ Hydrogen Fuel Cell Tractor
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Thanks to on-site production of hydrogen, this fuel cell tractor could make farming greener, but at what cost?

An Electric Motorcycle Just As Fast As Gas
www.wired.com
By Sean Smith, Hell for Leather This is the BRD RedShift SM. It weighs 250 pounds and makes 40 horsepower. Unlike the supermotos we’ve se…

Patent Scoop: Is Toyota Readying Sports Version of the iQ? – Carscoop
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“Today it is said that young people have little interest in cars as there are much more interesting things. As an automobile maker, I find this quite frustrating. It is for this reason that we are committed to making cars that will evoke this feeling of ‘fun to drive, again’ in as many people as pos…

Opel Zafira Tourer Ecoflex Runs on (Almost) Anything
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Opel is expanding its lineup next year with a CNG powered version of its Zafira Tourer. The 10 GGE tank (which holds about 55 lbs of natural gas) should have a range of just over 300 miles – a record, Opel promises. The new Zafira Tourer isn’t Opel’s first alternative-fuel vehicle, but they’ve wo…

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