( 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.
2013 Ford Escape hands-free Power Tailgate Technology Demo
( http://www.TFLcar.com ) The 2013 Ford Escape is all new and with the new
small Crossover comes a new Ford technology from the European Ford C-Max.
The Escape's hands-free Power Tailgate allows owners to open the car's back
hatch with a kick of the foot. Instead of having to reach down and push a
button on a key fob or manually open the tailgate (which can be an issues
with a handful of groceries) the Escapes owner just kicks their foot under
the back bumper. In this technology demonstration from the 2012 Chicago
Auto Show a Ford executive demo states how the new tech works.
Top 7 new Green Cars Reviewed Tested and Driven
( http://www.TFLcar.com ) What's the best green car that you can buy today?
We at The Fast Lane Car are lucky to drive a different car every week so
we've had the chance to drive many (if not most) of the best green cars on
the market. Here are the Top 7 green cars that we've driven recently.
Top 5 small off-road worthy Crossovers reviewed
( http://www.TFLcar.com ) Wikipedia says, "a crossover is a vehicle built
on a car platform and combining, in highly variable degrees, features of a
sport utility vehicle (SUV) with features from a passenger vehicle,
especially those of a station wagon or hatchback." We simply like to say
that the crossover is the new family truckster. Here are the Top 5 off-road
worthy crossovers that we've driven in 2011.
2011 Nissan Leaf versus Electric Porsche Speedster mashup review
( http://www.TFLcar.com ) Let's face it, electric cars are here to stay. In
fact many people believe that all electric cars are the future of
transportation. In this mashup match-up we take the mundane but affordable
2011 Nissan Leaf and review and compare it to an all electric Porsche
Speedster replica. Which car best represents the future of EV cars? Watch
the video and find out
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
Unloading Our New Nissan LEAF + First drive [HD]
Mike Lookinland "smuggles" a (nearly) new Nissan Leaf into Utah. We bought
our Leaf at Nissan of Vacaville. Everything is put to Johann Strauss II's
"An der schönen blauen Donau" ("On the Beautiful Blue Danube"). Music
performed by Peter Falk: Orchestra Of The Vienna Volksoper. Please Enjoy!
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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Test driving the Mia Electric car in Luxembourg!
Check out the full review at this link: http://tinyurl.com/wort-mia-test
There aren't that many electric cars on the market, although hybrid
vehicles are growing in popularity, and even fewer that are truly 100%
electric. Even less are totally designed from scratch, not based on any
other car, and only one, a new company with this exact mission, has just
launched in Luxembourg -- The Mia Electric.
2013 FIAT 500e Test Drive & Electric Car Video Review
FIAT has taken the sub-compact market by storm offering the 500 in numerous
versions ranging from the base model Pop, to the Convertible 500c, to the
high performance Abarth model. Now we have the FIAT 500e for the 2013 year.
This electric sub-compact car has some of the highest ratings of any
electric car on the market today. With an asking price of $31,800 and a 108
MPGe Highway Rating, the 2013 FIAT 500e is a welcome entry into the
electric car market.
The FIAT 500e looks like your standard gas powered FIAT besides the
Electric Orange paint job. FIAT made it a point that this fully electric
vehicle would still look, feel, and drive like a regular car. There are a
few exterior changes to make the 500e stand out just a little bit. Up front
the lower fascia has been revised in an effort to move air more easily. The
mirrors and wheels are more aerodynamic and the spoiler out back helps
improve the aerodynamics by 15%. The real world driving range is about 88
miles which should help with range anxiety.
The electric motor is an 83 kW unit that relies on 600 lbs. of batteries to
produce 111 horsepower and 147 lb-ft. of
torque. Driving the 2013 FIAT 500e is not much different than the regular
model which is fun and nimble. This car is not as sporty as the other
models but it still has the FIAT feel. The automaker did not want to lose
any of that excitement. The suspension has been reworked to handle the
added weight from the batteries. The result is an electric car that still
feels like a FIAT 500.
Overall this feels like your standard car driving experience except its
quiet. Gone is the standard shifter replaced with buttons since this car
has only one gear. The gauges are now digital and provide tons of info on
the cars range and charge. The navigation system can show you nearby
electric charging stations, your battery status, rate of usage, and a lot
of other relevant info that the electric vehicle driver wants and needs.
The 2013 FIAT 500e is very impressive and could be a gateway for more
EV'ers to hit the road.
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Growing Pains for Electric Vehicle Manufacturers
Electric vehicles hold the promise of reducing both emissions and our
dependence on foreign oil. EV supporters say the electric car is a business
opportunity unrivaled since we got off the horse. But many potential EV
owners are concerned about the higher price of electric cars and their
limited range, compared to gasoline-fueled models.
Correspondent Lee Patrick Sullivan looks at the independent carmakers and
big auto companies trying to charge up the transition to EVs and convince
American drivers that going electric is really worth it.