• May 14, 2012
Most plug-in vehicles are aimed at green-conscious consumers, but a team of former Tesla Motors executives based in Detroit, Mich. saw another opportunity for the technology. What if the millions of commercial fleet vehicles across the nation switched from overpowered gas-guzzling engines to plug-in hybrid-electric power? Enter ALTe Powertrain Technologies. At scale, the fuel savings make business sense and the environmental impact could be colossal.


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      LL
      • 2 Days Ago
      We were hit with a $500 insurance increase for my wife's Honda. Both of us have a perfect driving record with no claims ever. Shocked by this increase I went online to get some quotes for her car. The two sites I first visited were actually more expensive than our new rate, but then I found ( http://bit.ly/SaveonInsurance ) I got a quote within minutes and ended up saving over $300 on our car insurance!
      ectullis
      • 2 Days Ago
      Next stop China.
      Pete
      • 2 Days Ago
      again....they forget that this stuff plugs in to the power grid....and they insist on calling it a Green vehicle.....Obama will put coal power plants out of business, Nuclear is going nowhere...solar and windmills are a joke......where are they going to get the power to charge up millions of electric vehicles??? it's all an expensive dream...........
      • 2 Days Ago
      Siemens has a semi like that BEST DOGS AROUND and more.
      • 2 Days Ago
      Translogic is thinking outside the box and, hopefully, indicates the old Amnerican inovation and thinking. Looking forward to trheir reports and success.
      • 2 Days Ago
      We were hit with a $500 insurance increase for my wife's Honda. Both of us have a perfect driving record with no claims ever. Shocked by this increase I went online to get some quotes for her car. The two sites I first visited were actually more expensive than our new rate, but then I found ( http://bit.ly/GetAutoInsurance ) I got a quote within minutes and ended up saving over $300 on our car insurance!
      psridgell
      • 2 Days Ago
      Electric charging is less efficient than refining gasoline. I takes much more energy to convert fossil fuels to electric, then fossil fuels to gasoline.
        Naturenut99
        • 2 Days Ago
        @psridgell
        That is false. It is taking more and more energy to find, drill, ship, refine and truck the oil to be refined and delivered to gas stations. And only when electricity is 100% produced by coal is it more environmentally friendly to drive a Prius. Not any car. Just a Prius. And even then it's just barely. The US average coal use is about 45%. Most areas cleaner than that. So either way you look at it. EV's are cleaner. Deal with it.
      Uncle B
      • 2 Days Ago
      Remove the air conditioning, and all the "creature comforts, lighten the bodies to practical engineering standards, then hire Mexicans to drive them and leave the great fatted calves at home playing games on computers in their parents air-conditioned homes and make money.
      tapautoman
      • 2 Days Ago
      awesome idea!! I just don't like the China part, keep it all here in the US, and don't give anything to the Chinese!! I am super impressed that ALTe is useing the F150 an American truck as the test bed, I hope they make it in this bad economy!!
      reimerconstruct
      • 2 Days Ago
      Aren't these vehicles mostly plugged into a coal fired generating plant? And this makes sense how?
      ncrwaks
      • 2 Days Ago
      Green = Liberal.
        Naturenut99
        • 2 Days Ago
        @ncrwaks
        If you only knew how many republicans own a Chevy Volt. Not all are math illiterate. They see the advantages.
      Best Dogs around
      • 2 Days Ago
      I don't see why no one, that I know of, has done to a semi-truck the same as with a locomotive? Have the engine run a dynamo and power the wheels electrically. This is the only thing beside forcing the auto makers to get better gas mileage from their vehicles that will really work. The vehicles on the road that are in good condition, no matter what year, should be retrofit with parts that will increase their mileage. Motor vehicles cost way too much and some of the huge profits can go to make the vehicles get 50 MPG, like it was possible to do, before the big oil companies and auto makers got together to drop MPGs and raise the cost of oil products.
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