For the past century or more, since we have used the internal combustion engine to operate vehicles we have heard of a variety of engineers and companies working to try and make these engines more efficient and in the past few decades at least offer lower emissions. For over ten years the engineers at GM and Honda showed us cars powered by a different type of engine and the developers at Hyundai and Delphi moved the possibilities even farther by showing an even better engine that was more efficient in its performance. Continue reading
Batteries on hybrid vehicles lose their ability to maintain a proper charge for powering a vehicle over time, but that doesn’t mean they are useless. The nickel metal hydride battery packs used in Toyota vehicles can be put to use for other purposes. One of those purposes is to keep Yellowstone National Park lit up with solar power stored in donated batteries.
208 of these batteries are currently being used at Yellowstone to act as offline power for their solar power grid. These batteries, which came from Camry hybrids, are plugged into the system. Toyota has been heading in this direction since 2014 when they started solidifying deals with Indy Power Systems, Sharp USA SolarWorld, Patriot Solar, National Park Service and Yellowstone Park Foundation. Continue reading
As many vehicle shoppers are moving toward smaller, more agile and more fuel efficient models, there is still a need for some for the larger more cumbersome SUV’s. The Ford Expedition is such an SUV and has gained a ton of great updates to continue to offer a leading edge on the competition which includes the Chevrolet Tahoe, GMC Yukon, Toyota Sequoia and Nissan Armada. Some of these leading items include replacing the large V8 engine with an EcoBoost V6 to offer much more fuel efficiency than ever before. Add some interior updates along with some very attractive body style changes and the Expedition offers plenty of great features for any owner to fully enjoy the new modernized SUV.
With a great deal of cargo space and room for up to eight passengers, the Expedition continues to be a leader in the large SUV class. For 2015 the updates include MyFord Touch, a refreshed front and rear and the change to a smaller more fuel efficient engine. Add to this the inclusion of selectable drive modes to choose from Comfort, Normal and Sport which helps the suspension provide the ride feeling the driver is looking for.
When looking for a great SUV, fuel efficiency can be very important. The cumbersome vehicles lumber down the road and in many cases doesn’t offer any fuel efficiency to speak of. When looking in the Luxury SUV class this can be even more important to an owner who already is paying a premium price for the luxury equipment the vehicle offers and doesn’t want to pay even more just to fill up their SUV. This list offers owners of luxury SUVs a chance to enjoy their highly-engineered products without having to fill up quite as often. Continue reading