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Balqon Corporation China EV Growth

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

Article by Jennifer Obodoa

Balqon Corporation (OTCBB: BLQN) developer and manufacturer of zero-emissions heavy-duty electric vehicles, lithium battery energy storage products and electric drive systems, similar to companies like Tesla Motors Inc. (NASDAQ: TSLA) and A123 Systems Inc. (NASDAQ: AONE), is well positioned to capitalize on China’s growth in electric vehicles.

China’s EV Market Could be the World’s Largest

China has a large problem with pollution. Approximately one third of 113 cities surveyed by the Environmental Protection Ministry failed to meet national air standards last year. According to the World Bank, 16 of the world’s 20 cities with the worst air pollution were located in China. In fact, only 1% of China’s city dwellers breath air considered safe by EU standards!

China’s electric vehicle market represents a solution to this problem. Last March, the country adopted its 12th Five Year Plan that called for a number of measures to promote EVs. The country will setup five businesses to produce batteries and electric motors within a few years and implement the supporting infrastructure for EVs throughout its major cities.

Pike Research believes that China will lead EV sales in the Asia Pacific by 2015. While Japan is currently the largest EV producer, expected to grow at 10% between 2010 and 2015, China is rapidly closing the gap with a CAGR of around 40% over the same period. And many analysts believe it’s only a matter of time before it becomes the world’s largest EV market.

Balqon Capitalizes on Chinese EV Demand

Balqon is a leading provider of electric vehicle technologies to China from the United States. In early 2011, the company received a .9 million order for 300 electric drive systems from Winston Global Energy. The order created 150 jobs in Los Angeles, CA and will be used to power a fleet of 15-40 passenger buses in Chinese municipalities.

Balqon CEO Balwinder Samra elaborated on this agreement in a Fox Business News interview:

The move could pave the way for many more orders in China, particularly with its agreement with Winston Global Energy. Winston Global Energy is a Chinese green energy company founded by Winston Chung, a leading lithium battery innovator and fuel cell research philanthropist based in China.

Car Rental Leader Hertz Puts Teradata in the Drivers Seat

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

Article by RealWire

Teradata to improve database analytics, business insight, scale up as data volumes grow

The Hertz Corporation (NYSE:HTZ), the largest worldwide airport general use car rental brand, and Teradata (NYSE: TDC), the world’s leading analytic data solutions company, announced today that Hertz has selected a Teradata Active Enterprise Data Warehouse environment to provide a new, powerful and accelerated foundation for business critical reporting and decision making on integrated data.

The new analytic environment will enable real time access to fresh information, and smooth system scalability as requirements for data visibility rise.

“As our business continues to grow, we realized the need to upgrade our data warehousing systems to meet our internal requirements,” commented Joseph Eckroth, Hertz Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer. “We’re confident that the Teradata system’s performance in handling complex queries and providing us with real time access to fresh information will be beneficial in enabling us to quickly retrieve the most relevant information, while giving us the scalability we’ll need as our business grows.”

The world’s leading car rental brand selected the new Teradata 6650 and a Teradata Data Warehouse Appliance used for a data analytics test system. Hertz is also implementing Teradata products for backup and recovery, the logical data model for travel companies, which encompasses five Teradata products: Decision Experts, Profiler, Professional Services, Advanced Analytics Support and Managed Services.

Over the course of the next 30 months, Hertz plans on developing an analytical and operational global data warehouse in order to support customer relations, fleet operations, corporate analytics, and pricing/yield management.

The new Active Data Warehouse will provide an optimal environment for deep data integration and more timely and powerful analytics. The data infrastructure deployment will involve consolidating data from an assortment of data marts across the organization into one integrated, centralized data warehouse.

“Specifically, Hertz was looking for ways to accelerate complex query processing, cut through the complexity of information management and move to a much more pro-active, effective analytical environment,” said Tony Palladino, Teradata Industry Vice President. “Teradata was able to provide Hertz with the complete package of query performance, user concurrency, rich functionality, and relevant experience.”

The power and scalability of Teradata platforms support businesses of every size whose increasingly complex business demands are driven by robust growth requirements and the emerging need for pervasive business intelligence.

About Hertz Hertz is the largest worldwide airport general use car rental brand operating from more than 8,500 locations in 146 countries worldwide. Hertz is the number one airport car rental brand in the U.S. and at 83 major airports in Europe, operating both corporate and licensee locations in cities and airports in North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. For more information please visit the Hertz website.

About TeradataTeradata Corporation (NYSE: TDC) is the world’s leading analytic data solutions company focused on integrated data warehousing, big data analytics, and business applications. Teradata’s innovative products and services deliver integration and insight to empower organizations to achieve competitive advantage. Visit teradata.com for details.

Energy Storage and the Future of Energy

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

Article by Jack

One of the main criticisms of wind and solar power is their nature as intermittent sources of energy. If the wind stops blowing on the plains of North Dakota, or clouds cover the desert in California, blackouts could occur across the country if these renewable energies were primary sources of power.

So the challenge for investors is finding who will supply the technology to smooth out those peaks and valleys. Some new technologies are now emerging that have the potential to play a big role in the future of renewables.

Battery storageA123 Systems (Nasdaq: AONE ) and Ener1 (Nasdaq: HEV ) have been testing battery storage in locations around the world with some success. Ener1 has a million deal with the Russian Federal Grid Company, and A123 Systems is on its second deal with AES Energy Gener in Chile for a total of 32 MW.

Inverter manufacturer Satcon Technology (Nasdaq: SATC ) has even talked about adding battery storage to their inverters to kill two birds with one stone.

The problem for battery storage is scale. Batteries may be able to charge quickly and release energy quickly, but right now they can’t store mass amounts of energy for the grid — something renewable power needs.

Pumped hydroStore energy by pumping water uphill and release energy by capturing the energy of it running downhill. Simple, cost effective — and so far, our best answer to energy storage. There are 21 GW of pumped hydro in the U.S. and 38 GW in Europe, but this isn’t a solution for all problems. Wind-heavy areas like North Dakota and offshore aren’t exactly conducive to this, nor are deserts where solar power is most effective.

Compressed air storageMaybe the more immediate answer is compressed air storage. Think of this as a huge compressed air tank that is filled during off-peak hours and released as needed to provide electricity. There are two sites online in Alabama and Germany, with Pacific Gas and Electric (NYSE: PCG ) and New York State Electric and Gas looking to get in the game.

The PG&E site in Kern County is 300 MW so the potential size of compressed air energy storage is much larger than battery storage right now.

Bottom lineEnergy storage roadblock that may decide how quickly renewable energy becomes adopted on a wider scale. With GW of projects in the works at solar leaders First Solar (Nasdaq: FSLR ) and SunPower (Nasdaq: SPWRA ) , the next challenge may be out of their hands. Southern California can only handle so much solar power before the lights start flickering when a cloud passes overhead. Energy storage is the key to make sure that doesn’t happen.

There are no sure-fire solutions, but batteries are sure to play a role in smoothing out energy supply. It may not be on a GW scale, but even on a much smaller scale, A123 and Ener1 are working to play a role in making the grid both cleaner and smarter.

SAAB - Going Extinct, Does it Really Matter to Any of Us?

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

Article by Carmour Tan

Ever heard of the brand SAAB? I suppose you have. Ever seen the actual car recently? I suppose you haven’t. Neither have I. But what we do know of Saab is that GM owns the brand and due to the recent global economic crisis, GM needs to unload its under-performing brands from its stable and like its other Swedish counterpart Volvo, which is currently owned by Ford, Saab needs to be sold off to someone who is actually crazy enough to take control of it. Now why do I say crazy in this context?

Ever seen a Saab recently? Yes, I asked that question above and you’d note that you have not unless there’s one sitting in your garage and you’re the owner of that Saab. And that would be the only Saab in a 20km radius. This is the reason why I’m saying that the person who wishes to take over this company and brand is foolish or plain crazy. No one actually buys Saabs. Of course, we’re on a planet of about 6billion people or so (give or take a few billion) so somehow, Saab may have found a white knight in the form of Spyker, another Scandinavian car manufacturer which builds really outrageous cars for the obscenely rich and not so famous (as I still don’t know anyone or read about anyone who bought them). Talks on the sale and purchase have been going on and the conclusion is that it’s down to the price. It’s obvious if you want to take over an ailing company, you’d want it dirt cheap and without debts. Even the crazy entrepreneurs from Spyker would want to bargain until the cows come home. But for all you know, it’s a lost cause already and Saab is on the verge of extinction.

But enough on whether the deal is successful or not; the bottom-line is that Saab is a struggling brand that’ll go under if the deal with Spyker does not go through and it will be picked apart like that British manufacturer Rover and its engineering, blueprints, chassis designs will be sold to some Chinese company and rebranded as such. Imagine this; Rover is dead, from the ashes rose ROEWE. Close, but still no cigar. So imagine Saab as SAABE or BAAB.Or even SAAC (hey, isn’t that already a Chinese manufacturer?).

So you may now ask why Saab on the verge of going under? It has heritage, it built decent cars once but why isn’t anyone buying them, especially here in South East Asia? Simple; It has no brand awareness whatsoever. No one wants to buy an unknown car. Look at the uphill battle cars like Skoda, Seat, or Chery face. Some of these brands may be built like a tank, or even have the build quality of a croissant. But the reason why these cars are not selling is that they have no brand awareness. I can bet you that most of you don’t have a friend or a relative who owns a Saab or any of the cars mentioned above. In my 37 years of living, I’ve only met one person whose dad drove a Saab 900, and that was 15 years ago.

For their marketing plan and brand awareness, Saab wants us to equate its aviation and fighter plane heritage to their cars. But in all honesty, even if we bothered looking at fighter planes we’d all want F14 Tomcats and F22 Raptors instead of Saab Viggens. See? The same problem happens when it comes to their fighter planes. We all want something else rather than a Saab. I’ve never met anyone that was looking for an executive level car tell me that he recently went to a Saab showroom in Kuala Lumpur to look at the cars there. All I’ve met say that they’re looking for a Mercedes, BMW, Audi or even Lexus. I’ve never known anyone that even suggested looking at Saabs.

Saabs are quirky. They used to have their ignition keys beside the handbrakes. So that when you hop in the car, you place your hand near the handbrake, insert the key into a slot beside the handbrake, start the car and reach a few centimeters to drop the handbrake then reach for the gear stick right in front of the brake. Extremely logical, but do we honestly care for small details like that when we’re so used to finding a keyhole close to the steering wheel? If you look closely at the underneath of a Saab you’d see that it has another mud flap somewhere in the middle of the car in between the front and rear tires. Somehow this little thing works by keeping mud off the sides of the car. This company has thought of nearly everything. Except dashboard design. They think that their dashboard relates to the cockpit controls of a Saab Viggen. For Gods sake they’re wrong. A fighter plane’s cockpit is not the final word on ergonomics. It’s messy. Like having Swedish meatballs thrown together with jam and brown sauce. All these little things supposedly give Saab its character. It’s nice, but we all know that if we wanted Swedish, we’d go for a Volvo. At least it has an IKEA style sense of design. If we wanted quirky and character, we’d go Italian, go for an Alfa Romeo, as stylish as an Italian Suit yet with slightly sartorial or slightly silly touches that we’d love, and temperamental to boot.

Would I miss Saab if it went the way of the dodo? I don’t think so as I’ve never actually wanted one in the first place. It was the same as when MG Rover kicked the bucket - I couldn’t care less that it happened. However if Ferrari went bust and stopped making cars, I’d cry and wear black for a month or so.

And what does Saab give us that we can’t get from any other car? I still don’t know. If you do know, you must be a Saab owner and therefore you’re biased. If you’re a Saab owner and you’re feeling angry at this article, you shouldn’t. You should treat this as an early warning and sell your car as quickly as possible and buy something that isn’t a Saab before it is worth lower than the value of scrap. And don’t get any ideas that your Saab will be a collector’s item one day. If it isn’t a Ferrari or a Bugatti, it may be better if you actually sell it and save yourself the pain and suffering in the long run.

Author is an expert on articles concerning cars. He is also a regular car blog and car forum contributor.

VW Grille: A Legacy of Greatness

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

Article by Miranda Restelle

Quality has never been stressed by German automobile manufacturer VW. Taking its roots from the progressive principles of the Nazi regime, VW has produced various lines of vehicles that embodied the high-standard and supremacy of old Germany. Today, in its quest for being the best, VW has endured the test of time and has become the fourth largest automobile manufacturer of passenger cars and Europe’s largest auto-maker. VW is responsible for the sale and service of Audi, Bentley and Lamborghini. Known throughout the entire world for its blue VW logo, the company redefined innovation and efficiency in every vehicle that they have released in the market.

German ingenuity has become a standard in auto making. During World War II, the company started out as a mass production company for the German people. The fuhrer Adolf Hitler commissioned Austrian automotive engineer Ferdinand Porsche to make some changes to his 1931 original design of the VW Type 1, more commonly known as the Beetle. The most patriotic leader wanted a vehicle to suit the needs of the common working man. Keeping this demand in mind, the eager Porsche modified the Beetle with better fuel efficiency, reliability, ease of use and economically efficient repairs and parts. With these changes, VW became the vehicle of choice for the German people and eventually catapulted the company into global automobile leadership.

VW today has become a household name for innovation and efficiency, constantly producing cars that are sleek and unique in the aspect of aesthetics while boasting of economically sensible automobile performance. Patterned after the same principles that made the VW Beetle a global standard, VW has released a remarkable line of automobiles. Among the greats are the VW Golf, California, Polo, Caddy, Rabbit, GTI, Passat sedans and wagons. These brands are the VW global bestsellers mainly because of the valuable efficiency and performance they feature. They can be modified and enhanced with the use of VW parts to suit the need of the consumers.

One of the many accessories that can supplement the automobile is the VW grille. Aside from being a remarkable aesthetic add-on, the VW grille significantly provides an effective optimization of the vehicle’s engine performance. This is enhancement is accomplished by the VW grille as it assists the radiator in cooling the engine. Cool outside air is systematically absorbed by the vehicle by the use of the VW grille. This prevents the engine to break down to due to excessive temperature as the radiator is cooled down by the outside air that is circulated inside the hood. VW grilles are made out of high-durable plastic or metal. This ensures the the grilles withstand the atrocious heat.

It is good to know that there are parts and accessories that VW provides to consumers as many of them increasingly look for the ways to improve the performance of their beloved VW cars. What is more better to know is that these parts, the VW grille for one, are manufactured under the supervision of one of the world’s best.

Miranda Restelle is a freelance writer and car enthusiast. She believes that women should see the beauty and style in cars, as they see the beauty and style in fashion.

Future Fiat Models

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

Article by Carazoo.com

Future Fiat Models for India

Fiat with the history of 100 years is a highly reputated car brands with the international fame. It is the only car manufacturer who was honoured with the title European Car of the Year” number of times.

Fiat entered the car industry in 1900 and in the initial years produced 24 cars. The Fiat logo is striking with- oval on a blue background was designed by Biscaretti (a senator involved in the establishment of Fiat).

The brand is not new in India and every one is familiar with its model Fiat Padmini. In those day the Fiat was given a high status and owning a Fiat car was regarded as a symbol of status. But the fame did not last long, with the launch of new cars and other car manufacturers entering the Indian car industry, the Fiat started loosing it s significance. It also started facing problem with the Indian partner and also other problems in dealership, customer care, and spare parts. All this forced the car manufacturer to leave India.

But the decision was not on the permanent basis and decided to re-enter India with a very strong attitude. They launched Uno which was a great performer but failed to impress the Indians in terms of design. The car manufacturer did not loose confidence and decided to launch more cars. Later the brand introduced another car from the small car segment which was enhanced with better performance and improved drivability called Fiat Palio. The car did gain success in the Indian car market and as the second step it replaced Palio with another model called Adventure. But this did not gain any attention and finally turned out to be a failure too. Then the company introduced Palio Stile which received saw a good demand resulting in good sales.

All this time the car manufacturer was focusing on cars which carried the price tag lower than the Rs 10 Lakh. Fiat then decided to divert a little towards the premium segment and launched one of the most striking hatchback on the Indian roads called Fiat 500. It is a two-door life style coupe which carries an expensive price tag of Rs 15 Lakh. The car which is powered by a 1.3L turbo-charged engine delivering 75bhp, offers a great sporty styling and classic interiors loaded with rich features. This launch was then followed by another premium model called Linea which truly impressed the Indians.Realising its success in the premium segment, the company decided to lay it focus on this segment. Fiat carries more upcoming models to be launched in India.

Fiat Grande Punto

Grande Punto a great success on the roads of Europe is expected to carry the same fane in Indian car market too. Hailing from the small car segment, Grande Punto is said be produced in India and sold through Fiat-Tata dealer network. The small car is enhanced with spacious interior, trendy exterior, affordability and unmatched performance. It is expected to come with a1.2 and 1.4 petrol and the 1.3 Multijet diesel with the price range of 5 to 6 lakhs.

Fiat Bravo

This hot looking hatchback is said to venture the small car segment in India. In India it is said to be powered by a 1.9-litre Multi-jet turbo diesel and 1.4-litre petrol engine. Bravo would be brought to India as completely built unit and will challenge Skoda Fabia, Honda Jazz and Volkswagen Polo (to be launched), Fiat Bravo is powered by a 150 bhp 1.9 Multijet diesel unit. Sadly just like the Fiat 500, Bravo too will be heavy on pockets with the price tag of around 20 lakh).Fiat Alfa Romeo

The Fiat Alfa Romeo will be also brought to India as a completely built unit. The car which was displayed at the 9th Auto Expo in Delhi in Jan 2008 is said to be the one of the fastest car from Fiat product line. The Alfa Romeo comes with a 2.5-litre V6 diesel engine with an output of 188 bhp. It will be also seen in 150 bhp 1.9-litre multi-jet petrol engine. The imported model is expected to have an estimated starting price of Rs 25 Lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).

BYD Green Dream - Electric Car World

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

Article by Robinner

He has the flexibility to adopt a “semi-automatic pay rise”, made in the battery market dominance. Since then, he was duty-bound to battle auto industry, done in full swing. However, he was not satisfied , but also ventured into new energy sources. He is Wang, chairman of BYD. The company is the largest supplier of lithium-ion battery and is considered the world leader in new energy vehicles manufacturer.

Wind and water

15 years ago, Wang battery technology experts in the field began to get involved as the battery industry, with Japanese companies producing automated production line compared to the standard battery, BYD is just a small company just starting out, there is no strong financial support, you want to the battery is not easy to do. Prior to this, this threshold has been prohibitive for many companies.

However, Wang has taken a unique “human + fixture = robot” model, the flexibility to take a “semi-automatic adding artificial” growth line. This independent research and product development path, but also for the early start BYD significant cost savings and to secure a lot of valuable time.

In 1997, the business only two years sales of BYD Ni-Cd batteries, which amounts to 150 million, moved up to fourth in the world. Nickel-cadmium batteries in the field of a foothold, the Wang followed seize a second chance, began the development of the battery market with core technology products NiMH batteries and lithium batteries. Benefit from quality, cost and efficiency advantages, BYD in 2000 and 2002, Motorola and Nokia has become the first lithium-ion battery supplier in China.

If only the footsteps of Wang to stay in the battery industry, he was talking about new energy Kingdom only castle in the air, it will not be “Warren” Buffett their companies on him.

This is a bold move with Wang closely related. Dominant in the throne firmly secured after the global battery industry, Wang began a new adventure to get into the automotive industry.

The reason bent into the automotive industry, Wang interpretation is not unexpected: “BYD was in nickel batteries, lithium batteries, has been ranked first in the world, in the battery industry to be very difficult to achieve further breakthroughs; and it is in China’s auto market rapid development, huge market demand, development of electric vehicles is to solve the problem of resource constraints and environmental pollution, a good program. ”

But then the repairer failures have been, and no one would dare believe that a business can be better to do car batteries, Wang-made car was facing many challenges.

Speak louder than words. Wang’s choice for BYD Auto sales growth every year more than 100%, as the car industry, “Shenzhen speed.” August 31, 2009, BYD released mid-year performance: F3 sold 120,000, an increase of 78%, if coupled with F3R, domestic single car sales ranked first.

Throw away the gearbox gallop

“The future does not need transmission car!” Wang was stunned. In his eyes, car sooner or later the world of electric cars, electric cars are no gearbox. And to achieve this goal, Wang and did not let the outside world so long.

In 2008, BYD, the world’s first production hybrid vehicle F3DM officially listed. The investment in R & D personnel and more than 500 one billion yuan out of the hybrid electric vehicle research and development can be like cell phones, charging outlet in the home, breaking the electric vehicle charging station to be charged in the professional bottleneck, and power alone driver, the maximum speed of 150 km, full of oil and electricity reached after the maximum mileage of 500 km.

As the world’s first dual-mode electric vehicle, using a self-developed iron BYD BYD battery technology F3DM, broke through the home charging and charging station charging energy of two complementary approaches of technical problems, but also represents the current development of electric vehicles the highest level.

This has important significance is that BYD electric vehicle technology from the fundamental subversion of the traditional powertrain fuel vehicles, but also to make Chinese manufacturers dominated the car market with the giants on the same starting line.

“BYD listed F3DM to become the world’s new energy vehicles, one of the leading market,” Asia Pacific automotive research JDPower Meisong Lin, general manager of China research, once commented.

BYD advantages in the new energy and even affect the urban development in Shenzhen. When he was party secretary of Shenzhen, BYD Liu Pu in the investigation and study, after driving BYD F3DM had a smile as this “Shenzhen-made” new energy vehicles start with the “ad”: “to accelerate fast, low noise, very smooth and at an affordable price. “and BYD to meet new energy vehicles, energy storage power station and the long-term low-cost solar power development strategy, tailored to the Shenzhen Municipal Government said that its system to support a set of policy measures and docking.

In addition to domestic implementation, Wang also plans to let his pride - “Green Core” to the world. Wang says that BYD plans in the domestic market F3DM dual-mode hybrid electric vehicles and pure electric vehicles in 2011, when e6 put to the European market. “For the Chinese cars, the most important thing is the first successful entry into the European market. BYD on the use of new energy vehicles as a stepping stone to open the European market confidence.” Wang confidence.

And this toshiba pa3820u-1brs battery, toshiba pa3821u-1brs battery attitude can not do without the support of the data. A set of internal data from BYD, e6 once fully charged can travel 300 km, power 75 kW, the maximum speed of 140 km, the price is about 30 million yuan (12 million in Shenzhen will receive subsidies), power consumption per hundred kilometers 21.5 degrees. In contrast, dual-mode technology to master two other companies - General Motors and Toyota are selling electric cars, a charge can only travel 25 kilometers.

Look to “future village”

This year, BYD, and Daimler signed a memorandum of understanding to jointly develop electric vehicles in China. The two sides plan to set up a joint-venture technology center in China, using the best BYD battery and drive technology, Daimler’s security and structure technology, jointly developed an electric car for the Chinese market. Will undoubtedly accelerate the BYD new energy to the world the pace car.

In the new field of energy, BYD made for the benefit of mankind “three green dream”, in addition to electric cars, as well as energy storage power plants, and solar power. This practice of Wang’s commitment. Wang said, “BYD is not only to do ‘first’ business, but also responsible business should do dell studio xps 1645 battery, dell studio xps 1647 battery.” BYD concern not only in the sense of responsibility and actively participate in disaster relief to save crisis, donate resources to teach science and social stability, support cultural, sports and other public welfare undertakings of social responsibility, but also manifested in BYD through a unique low-carbon technologies to solve problems caused by oil pollution and economic problems of the global environment to contribute to the benefit of mankind.

After the introduction of electric vehicles, Wang has begun to reach extended to solar energy, BYD is working to develop energy storage power station. Wang once said: “The electric car is actually a small energy storage power station, is kilowatt, but also can expand to MW.” BYD is now in R & D is such a large energy storage power station.

Meanwhile, Wang also wants to use their own solar and wind battery storage. BYD factory in Shenzhen, there are two small villas, villa all the electricity used in all from the yard of a few solar panels and a few windmills, villa wind and energy storage system will have stored in the battery for normal use. Allegedly, this small courtyard named Wang as “the next village”, perhaps this is his dream of the future society should look like.

From electric cars, solar , Wang and BYD “green dream” people unconsciously influence the world.

Get Chrysler 200 Convertible On Lease

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

Article by David Charles

Luxurious, polished, and suave - the Chrysler 200 convertible is a car lovers dream come true! As is the case with ragtop cars, the new 2012 Chrysler screams luxury. It comes packed with all modern gadgets and so features and moreover is for sale in both cloth soft-top as well as retractable hardtop models. This latest convertible is an update from the popular 2010 Chrysler Sebring - when it comes to looks, comfort and even performance. For those who have enjoyed driving 2010 Chrysler Sebring, you’ll simply like the experience of driving the new 2012 Chrysler 200 convertible.

Excellent looks, powerful engine, and also a convertible top - all in a mid-size Sedan

The Chrysler 200 convertible is run by a Pentastar V6 Engine which generates power of about 283 HP. In addition a super-functional along with completely auto convertible top and also sophisticated looks, as well as you get the new Chrysler 200. The mid-sized, four-seat Sedan is an latest version of the 2010 Chrysler Sebring and moreover has shown significant development in interiors, suspension and even performance from its predecessor. Fuel efficiency is another attractive attribute of the Chrysler 200. And its price, if not jaw-dropping, is decent enough for a convertible with the high performance V6 engine.

Find the best Chrysler dealerships in Arizona

Purchasing a car is not an impetuous decision and you require a lot of planning just before you go out and even pay a huge number of your precious dollars. One very important part of the strategy includes finding good dealers. Chrysler dealers in Arizona are a plenty and so to find the best one can be a real chore. However, web sites on the Internet are making it a lot easier simply by offering useful reviews about car dealerships. Another great idea is to approach a friend who is experienced in the world of cars. They would surely be able to guide you better.

Besides offering authentic accessories and moreover the best warranty claims, good Chrysler dealerships in AZ can also help you get the lowest possible prices if you want to purchase Chrysler 200 from Arizona. As well, some Chrysler dealerships in Arizona keep a stock of used cars in good condition which you can consider, for anyone who is on a budget. Therefore time spent on finding good Chrysler dealerships in Arizona won’t go waste and moreover will just help you save some money and even get much better services.

Now get the Chrysler on rent

If you aren’t yet assured of getting the new Chrysler, you can also get it on lease. A small payment can let you have the car for a set period, and so now you can drive the stylish Chrysler without even making full payments. Leasing a car can be a practical choice if you are going to stay somewhere for a short while plus want to make that time pleasantly luxurious.

Hence do not wait to pamper yourself with a brand new 2012 Chrysler 200; because nothing speaks like comfort in style. However, if you aren’t in a mood to spend a lot, you can purchase Chrysler 200 from Arizona dealerships as well as drive luxury at an affordable price.

David Charles is crazy for convertible cars. The new 2012 Chrysler 200 convertible has impressed him like anything. Its features, performance, style and comfort, he likes everything about it. If you want to buy Chrysler 200 from Phoenix, AZ, David suggests searching for reliable Chrysler dealerships in Arizona through friends and Internet. For more information on Chrysler convertible cars visit http://www.chapmandodge.com/.

Charging your new Nissan LEAF

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

Henry Ford’s gasoline-powered cars wouldn’t have become the standard transportation of the 20th century without gas stations. And electric vehicles won’t become the next-generation car unless there are charging stations.

That’s why the introduction of electric vehicles on the West Coast coincides with a planned charging network stretching from British Columbia to Baja California.

Charging stations now can be seen in some Intel parking lots and at Portland General Electric’s headquarters. Soon they will be found in more places, including the homes of electric vehicle owners.

Local governments, businesses and the auto industry are betting that electric cars will amount to 20 percent of new vehicles sold in Oregon within the decade, and they’re working together to make sure there are plenty of places to charge.

Gary Graunke owns two electric cars he built himself: one from a Honda Insight and another from a Toyota Prius. Both were hybrid cars using gas engines and electricity, until Graunke converted them to all- electric vehicles. He has two 240-volt outlets in his garage where he charges them with enough electricity to get him to his job at Intel.

He also ordered Nissan’s electric Leaf, introduced last month in Oregon. Graunke, 61, is co-chairman of the Oregon Electric Vehicle Association and has been thinking about electric cars since the 1960s, when he heard some General Motors engineers say fuel-cell cars were just around the corner.

Car manufacturers know they could count on true believers like Graunke who are passionate about electric cars. What they need are people like Jared and Charlotte Townsley of Tigard, who aren’t mechanical geeks that spend time taking cars apart and putting them together.

They pre-ordered a Leaf back in July, and figure they’ll need a 240-volt outlet in their garage to charge the new car.

Three levels of chargingSoon there will be an estimated 1,200 public car-charging facilities in Oregon, with more than half of those in the Portland area. Hundreds more will be installed in garages of electric car owners.

A regular 110-volt garage outlet will suffice, but it can put a strain on a home’s electrical system. Known as Level 1 charging, a 110-volt outlet takes eight to 14 hours to charge an electric car.

Level 2 chargers require 240-volt outlets, and can provide a full charge in 4 to 6 hours. Level 3 chargers, requiring 480 volts of power, can recharge a car battery to 80 percent capacity in a half-hour or less.

The cost to install a charging outlet in a home garage could range from a few hundred dollars to thousands of dollars, says Art James, innovative partnerships project director at the Oregon Department of Transportation. The upper-end figure is a worst-case scenario such as when a 1920s house with an original fuse box requires a new service panel.

Nissan Leaf buyers participating in a special electric vehicle partnership program get their Level 2 home-charging unit for free, James notes.

Outside the home, some public and corporate charging stations will offer recharging at no cost.

Companies are offering it as a benefit for patrons, James says. Lincoln City has installed several.

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