Over the last decade, compact cars have ballooned in size. How much? On average, compact cars sold in the U.S. are 549 pounds heavier and sit on a wheelbase that's 6.4 inches longer than those sold here ten years ago, according to analysis by Edmunds.com. With that added weight comes the need for more power and today's compacts pack an average of 64 more tire-spinning horses than those built a decade ago. Edmunds' AutoObserver senior editor, Bill Visnic, explained the reasons for the inflated co
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New York metal sculptor Josh Hadar has created a solar electric trike that's got some kick to it. According to the artist, "The first test ride was a virtual wheelie-fest that left its rider sprawled on the ground." Four 12-volt lead-acid batteries power the 15 horsepower Mars Electric motor which tops out at 45 miles per hour. The batteries are charged by six 125 watt solar panels mounted on the roof of Hadar's studio. A single charge gives the E-Trike a 30-mile range, but Hadar thinks that usi
We're beginning to think that the real difference between a millionaire and a billionaire is simply whether or not one succumbs to the idea of building your own sports car. The latest to fall victim to that money trap is Dale Vince – a man with a vision for an all-electric, 330 horsepower beast capable of ripping off the 0-60 mph sprint in 4.4 seconds on its way to 100 mph in 8.5 seconds. Like a few other specialty racers we've seen surface recently, the Nemisis uses a Lotus chassis for it
Last week, General Electric announced that it will soon order 15,000 electric vehicles (EVs) and plug-in hybrids for itself and partner with its fleet customers to put an additional 10,000 on the road by 2015. This buying binge represents the largest commitment by a single company to date. Though GE's announcement is one of the first – and certainly the biggest – of its kind, industry analysts expect other mega-corporations to reveal similar purchasing contracts in the near future.
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Former White House Auto Industry Task Force member Steven Rattner is being sued by New York State Attorney General and Governor-elect Andrew Cuomo for allegedly paying kickbacks to win investments in the state's pension fund.
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General Motors may be raking in the awards with its Chevrolet Volt right now, but Ford isn't exactly going unnoticed for its efforts on the green front. The Green Blue Oval has won Nielsen's first Automotive Green Marketer of the Year award. The honor is given to brands that help shape consumer awareness of environmental themes, and Ford beat out Chevrolet, Honda, Mercedes-Benz and Toyota for this year's pick in the automotive category. According to Nielsen, the campaigns for both the Fiesta and
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