2012 Chevy Volt versus Nissan Leaf Mash-up Drag Race
( http://www.TFLcar.com ) The 2012 plug-in Chevrolet Volt and the new all electric Nissan Leaf are not what most people would consider performance cars. In fact they are designed to get people from point A to point B using the least amount of energy and burning the least amount of oil. If you think about it...in some ways they are the ultimate economy cars but that doesn't mean they can't be fun to drive. To determine which of these two new revolutionary cars is the better performance machine we put them to the test the good old fashioned way: with an electric car drag race. So which one is faster? Watch the video to find out.
2012 Audi A8 L versus Jaguar XF Mashup Drag Race Review
( http://www.TFLcar.com ) The 2012 Audi A8L and the 2012 Jaguar XF are two
of the best luxury cars that you can purchase today. They both have
powerful V8 engines that put out about the same amount of power. but which
of these premium luxury cars is the fastest in a straight line. It is the
German flagship Audi or the British newcomer Jag. Watch this TFLcar mashup
drag race review to find out which car wins the drag race.
A Day in the Life of an Electric Car
( http://www.TFLcar.com ) In the very near future will we all be driving
electric cars? That's a question that only 10 years ago seemed like a
dream, but today with all electric cars like the 2012 Nissan Leaf, it
doesn't seem so far fetched. Of course unlike, gasoline powered cars,
electric cars can't be filled up at your local gas station in a few
minutes. Once they run our of juice...you are well and truly stuck. This is
called range anxiety and it can be all too real. We decide to find out just
how real by spending a day in the life of the all new Nissan Leaf.
2012 Infiniti FX50 S Drive and Review
( http://www.TFLcar.com ) The 2012 Infiniti FX50 S is a 390 horsepower all-wheel-drive
luxury rocket on 21 inch wheels. So naturally we couldn't help but wonder
if it's the ultimate ski car to take up to the top of Colorado's Loveland
12,000 foot Pass? It has everything you would want in the ultimate ski car
except perhaps one small thing and that would be a turbo to help the engine breath better at
altitude. So how does the 2012 Infiniti FX50 S drive and handle up one of
Colorado's highest mountain passes? Check out this first drive video review
to find out.
2014 Tesla Model S P85+ takes on the Ike Gauntlet Review (Part 3)
( http://www.TFLcar.com ) The Tesla Model S P85 is a revolutionary car
that says goodbye to the internal combustion engine and hello to the
electric motor. But how will this all electric car do when the road gets
steep and the altitude gets to two miles above sea level.
From Dillion, Colorado to the Eisenhower Tunnel U.S. I-70 climbs 8 miles
to a maximum elevation of 11,158 feet or 3,401 meters. That's enough
elevation and grade to test a small economy car like the 2014Ford Fiesta
and the Chevy Sonic turbo, but how will
the 2014 Tesla Model S P85+ perform on the same stretch of American
In Part 3 of another accurate, informative and fun TFLcar mashup review
Nathan, Emme, Andre and Roman take on the Ike Gauntlet in the new 2014
Ford Fiesta and Chevy Sonic turbo and
the most powerful electric production car...the 2014 Tesla Model S P85+ to
see how these small cars handle the steep grade and lack of air density in
the Mountains of Colorado.
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The Chevy Volt Controversy - Autoline This Week #1616
It won nearly every serious automotive award and had a huge carbon-free
footprint of positive reviews from critics and consumers alike. So if
that's the case, why is the Volt GM's slowest selling product? More than
that, why does there seem to be such a negative charge to the car? People
across the country who have never even seen a Volt let alone driven this
engineering marvel have nothing good to say about it, confounding both auto
analysts and company executives
On Autoline This Week John McElroy and his panel look at the strange state
of GM's engineering masterpiece the Volt. Joining John on the panel are Joe
White of the Wall Street Journal, Manny Lopez from the Michigan Capitol
Confidential and Gary Witzenburg an auto journalist and former engineer on
GM's original electric project, the EV1.
Chevy Volt - 9 Months and 9000 miles with this amazing GM hybrid electric car [Review]
http://www.redferret.net/?p=34759 .The Chevy Volt is charging ahead in the
electrifying battle to become the #1 plug in hybrid. OK, so how cheesy an
opening is that, but the reality is that for the first time since the horse
drawn carriage, gasoline is slowly becoming more of an optional part of the
personal transportation equation. At least that's the way it seems right
now...gas powered skateboards may change the balance once again if they get
popular. But I digress.
The Volt isn't the first electric car, nor is it the sportiest (hello
Fisker Karma), or the one with furthest range (nice to meet you Tesla Model
S), the cheapest, the largest, the shiniest, and it can't make balloon
However...it is definitely a landmark vehicle.
The Chevy Volt is simply the most practical plug in hybrid ever created,
and I am not surprised that it won the European Car of the Year at the
Geneva Motor Show this summer
combines a 35-40 mile electric range with a surprisingly agile internal
combustion engine (aka "gas engine"). Of course, electric driving range is
just one feature, even a golf cart can stagger a few miles on an electric
The Volt however manages to combine plug-in technology and practicality in
a fun-to-drive package, and the result is a vehicle which achieves a
phenomenal gas mileage while at the same time offering conventional sedan
style comfort and style. And what other car comes with not just one, but
two smartphone apps to keep you informed and in touch with your vehicle?
Most importantly, you don't need to worry about running out of battery
charge half way to your destination, as with other electric vehicles.
We definitely haven't seen the last of this kind of imaginative and
innovative technology. Check out my video review below which bursts quite a
number of myth balloons about this brave engineering gamble from General
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2014 Chevy Volt Test Drive & Plug-In Hybrid Car Video Review
http://www.autobytel.com/chevrolet/volt/2014/?id=32972 For commuters that
average less than 40 miles, the Chevrolet Volt is the perfect car as you
have just enough juice to run on electricity alone. And for the 2014 model
year, Chevy has knocked $5k off the sticker price. The Volt now costs
$34,185 before and Federal or State Tax Credits. The Volt was seen for the
first time back in 2007 at the Detroit Auto Show and today this plug-in
hybrid is the best-selling car in the segment. The 2014 Chevy Volt has
slightly better fuel economy and a slightly better range when compared to
the previous year.
On the outside, the Volt's styling is very distinctive and unique. Out back
the taillights are stamped to look like a circuit board. The front fascia
is very contemporary but with a definite Chevrolet flair. The overall look
fits the Volt well and the shape is very aerodynamic with a drag
coefficient of 0.281.
Under the hood there is no Chevy 350, instead the Volt is powered by a
Voltec Electric Drive unit that produces 149 horsepower and 273 lb-ft. of
torque. After the 40 miles of electric range is used, the batteries are
then recharged via a 1.4 liter engine that acts a s range extender.
The car tested here has been optioned out to the max and includes cool
stuff like: a leather wrapped steering wheel, heated leather seats, and
MyLink Touch Screen infotainment system. That same system allows you to
monitor all of the car's efficiency dynamics. The 2014 Chevrolet Volt is a
4-passenger hatchback that is surprisingly comfortable.
With a full tank of gas you will be able to go 385 miles and on EV mode
alone the range is 38 miles. Even though the Volt is a Plug-In hybrid car,
it still drives just like a normal gasoline powered car. Overall the car is
comfortable, spacious, and drives very well. Most commuters should really
consider a plug-in hybrid like the Chevy Volt.
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MVS - 2012 Nissan Leaf SL (Exclusive w/Full Test Drive)
Today's MVS shines exclusively on the 2012 Nissan Leaf SL. We will take a
look at everything from the exterior features to the interior features and
everything else in between as well as take the Leaf on a full test drive.
This is the first electric vehicle MVS has ever featured.
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The 2012 Fiat 500 Abarth Rips up the Race Track
( http://www.TFLcar.com ) The 2012 Fiat 500 Abarth is the first Fiat 500
Abarth to get the new MultiAir turbo
Engine which produces 160 horsepower that is fed
through the front wheels. So how does the car drive where it counts....on
the race track? We had the chance to find out when we took the car out for
a spin with one of the lead engineers who developed the car for America as
on the race track in Nevada. Check out this video as t he 2012 Fiat Abarth
rips up the race track.
2012 Cadillac CTS versus Infiniti M56x All-Wheel-Drive Mashup Review
( http://www.TFLcar.com ) The 2012 Cadillac CTS Sport wagon and the
Infiniti M56 both come with all-wheel-drive. The Cadillac's Borg Warner
system "uses sophisticated controls and algorithms to augment vehicle
handling and traction by optimally using grip at both the front and rear
wheels," according to Cadillac. It can shift up to 100% of available torque
to the front axle if needed.
The 2012 Infiniti's M56x All-Wheel-Drive system is designed "specifically
for a front engine/rear-wheel drive biased setup. 0 to 50 percent of the
power can be sent to the front wheels for better control. The active brake
limited slip differential can shift power side to side. The system uses an
advanced torque split control strategy that automatically redistributes
torque to the wheels (0:100 up to 50:50 front to rear) according to road
and driving conditions." according to Infiniti.
So which is better up Lick Skillet Road (America's steepest country road)
when it's muddy, wet and slick? Watch the video to find out in this
All-wheel-drive mashup review.
Nissan Leaf review from Consumer Reports
The Nissan Leaf is the first mainstream electric car sold in America. It is
pleasant to drive but its short range and long recharge time limit
flexibility. Visit our guide to alternative fuels for more information on
the Nissan Leaf: http://bit.ly/oaTyWy
Chris Emerson - One Year Driving the Nissan Leaf
My good friend Chris Emerson has driven a Nissan Leaf for the last year,
and we spent an afternoon chatting about his experiences driving an
electric vehicle. Friendly warning that this is a long video, but Chris is
a pretty insightful guy. If you've been curious about EV's in general (and
the Leaf specifically) this is a pretty in-depth look at what owning one in
Los Angeles is like.
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2013 Chevrolet Volt Range Extending EV / Plug In Hybrid Review
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Join us as we take an in-depth look at General Motors' first plug-in hybrid
which they prefer to call an EV with a range extender. We talk
infotainment, drivetrain, batteries, charging, hop in the trunk and take it
on the road.
The Chevrolet Volt may be the most maligned and least understood car on the
market. After a week of strange questions and bipolar reactions to GM's
plug-in hybrid, I came to a conclusion. GM's marketing of the Volt stinks.
By calling the Volt an "Electric Vehicle (EV) with a range extender," a
huge segment of the population can't get past "Electric" and immediately
cross the Volt off their list. There is also [strangely] a segment of the
population that says, "that's great but I want a hybrid." Guess what? The
Volt is a hybrid.
Before we dive into the Volt, it's important to know how hybrid systems
work. GM's Belt-Alternator-Starter, Mercedes' S400 Hybrid and Honda's IMA
hybrids are all systems where the engine is always connected and even if
the car is capable of "EV" mode, the engine is spinning. Porsche, VW,
Infiniti and others use a pancake motor and clutch setup to disconnect the
engine from the motor and transmission allowing a "pure EV" mode. Honda's
new Accord has a 2-mode setup where the motor drives the wheels via a fixed
ratio gearset, the engine drives a motor and above 45MPH a clutch engages,
linking the engine and motor together at a ratio of roughly 1:1. Ford,
Toyota and the Volt use a planetary gearset "power splitting" device. Yes,
the Volt uses a hybrid system that although not identical, is thematically
similar to Ford & Toyota's hybrid system.
Say what? I thought GM said it was a serial hybrid? Yes, GM did at some
point say that and I think that has caused more confusion than anything
else about the Volt. The bankrupt Fisker Karma is only a serial hybrid. The
engine drives a generator, the generator powers the battery and the motor
to move the car forward. At no point can the engine provide any motive
power to the wheels except via the electrical connection.
The Volt's innovation is that it can operate like a Fisker Karma or like a
Prius. It is therefore both a serial and a parallel hybrid. To do this, GM
alters the power split device power flow VS the Ford/Toyota design. Then
they add a clutch allowing the gasoline engine to be mechanically isolated
from the wheels. And finally they add software with a whole new take on a