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Google shows off Hybrid Car that charges the Power Grid

Google shows off Hybrid Car that charges the Power Grid

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[Best Syndication] Google has set up google.org to achieve a number of philanthropic goals, one which includes reducing CO2 emissions. This goal has prompted investments into research on ways to improve Hybrid car technology that will get better mileage and give back electricity to the power grid.

The modified Toyota Prius showed off by Google is said to have more that 70 mpg fuel efficiency. The standard Toyota Prius uses 45 mpg. The extra electricity stored in the battery can be plugged into the power grid when it is not being driven and given back to the power grid, which they are calling vehicle-to-grid (V2G). If enough vehicles with this techonology was able to give back to the power grid, there would be less need for coal power plants.

Soaring Gas Prices hurting Economy – Survey found People are going without Food and are Feeling Overwhelmed

Soaring Gas Prices hurting Economy – Survey found People are going without Food and are Feeling Overwhelmed

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[Best Syndication] A study by Wayne Hochwarter, a Florida State University professor, found that people are being affected by the higher costs of gas. Some parts of the country are seeing gas prices at almost $4 per gallon. The economics of gas prices hurt both blue and white collar workers. We have watched the price of gas almost double over the last couple of years.

The study consisted of asking 1,000 full-time employees how gas prices have changed their disposable spending habits. In the survey they were also asked how the stress levels and willingness to participate in work has changed.

At the time of the survey the average gas price that the participants reported paying was $2.83. This was the price of gas when the survey was completed earlier this year.

Wireless Radio Modem for Vehicle Location and Wireless Communication

Wireless Radio Modem for Vehicle Location and Wireless Communication

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Aboutown Transportation Uses Wireless Modems to Navigate

Aboutown Transportation Ltd. originally opened in London, Ontario as Aboutown Cabs Limited in 1947. Since being acquired by the Donnelly family in 1974, Aboutown has grown into a diversified transportation company offering limousines, airport shuttles, paratransit service, city and school busing, and delivery, among other services.

Today, Aboutown’s original operation, its taxicab fleet, leads the way for the eventual division-wide conversion to radio data modems for communications between cars and the distpatch station.

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Honda and Toyota display Hybrid Concept Vehicles at the 77th Geneva International Motor Show

Honda and Toyota display Hybrid Concept Vehicles at the 77th Geneva International Motor Show

Honda's two seat hybrid sport concept car

Honda and Toyota displayed hybrid concept vehicles at the 77th Geneva International Motor Show giving us a glimpse of the future of hybrid automobiles.

Honda is displaying a two-seat concept sports car at the Geneva Motor Show which is their Small Hybrid Sports Concept car. This concept car is just that, preliminary ideas. It is a two-door sports car with front-wheel drive and a 4 cylinder engine. Honda might be looking to replace the Honda Insight Hybrid car with a sport car design.

Toyota is also displaying their concept car by showing off a sneak peek sketch called, Hybrid X concept vehicle. This concept car has four doors, and four seats. Its design is a sleeker version of the Prius. The Hybrid X has a roof made up of mostly of glass. Everyone is speculating at the show that this Hybrid X may be the replacement design for the Prius in the years to come.

IIHS announces 2007 Top Safety Pick awards – 13 vehicles many are SUV's

IIHS announces 2007 Top Safety Pick awards – 13 vehicles many are SUV's

2007 Honda CR-V

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) released the Top Safetypick awards for 2007, which included 4 cars, 7 SUVs, and 2 minivans. The 13 vehicles were cited for safety excellence by doing the best job at safety when in a front, side and rear crashes. These tests along with a required electronic stability control (ESC) were the criteria for IIHS to narrow down the 13 safest vehicles for 2007. Pickups were not included in the testing because they have not determined the side crash safety.

The required electronic stability control (ESC) is now a must have criteria for being selected and is new requirement for 2007. ESC significantly has shown to reduce crash risk and especially when involving fatal single-vehicle crashes. The ESC system help aid a driver when driving in emergency maneuvers that could otherwise cause the car to spin or roll out of control. Last year, 2006 models won that did not have ESC, because they did well under crash tests, but this year they wouldn’t win because they do not have ESC installed.

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