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  • Ford’s EV+ Thinks Of Where You Are Going

    Ford’s EV+ Thinks Of Where You Are Going

    by Philippe Crowe HybridCars November 12, 2012 There is no doubt any one of us could get more efficiency out of our cars, EV or not, by learning to drive them in an optimized way. Ford thinks the same and found a way to get its hybrid vehicles to learn certain travel patterns from its drivers and optimize the time these vehicles are used in pure EV mode. Called EV+, the patent-pending feature helps vehicles learn frequent destinations and use [...]

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  • Troy company seeks to revamp lead-acid battery

    Troy company seeks to revamp lead-acid battery

    by Joseph Szczesny The Oakland Press November 11, 2012 Stan Ovshinsky’s spirit of innovation lives on in a new, Troy-based start-up company, which is preparing to produce a new battery that can help make hybrid vehicles more powerful and less expensive. Ovshinsky died last month just short of his 90th birthday, but he helped inspire the creation of Energy Power Systems LLC in Troy, which has set about revamping the lead-acid battery, which has been used as a source of [...]

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  • Chrysler to add jobs at Mack plant

    Chrysler to add jobs at Mack plant

    by Brent Snavely Detroit Free Press November 10, 2012 Chrysler is expected to say Thursday it will make additional investments and hire workers at its Mack I Engine Plant in Detroit as the automaker boosts production at its North American factories… The Free Press reported in July that Chrysler is planning to invest $198 million at the plant to build its Pentastar V6 engine. The investment is expected to create 250 jobs… The Pentastar engine offers more power and better [...]

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  • Fuel-efficient cars: Achieving 54.5 mpg by 2025

    Fuel-efficient cars: Achieving 54.5 mpg by 2025

    by Casey Williams Special to Tribune Newspapers November 10, 2012 There are two ways to import less oil: Pump more or reduce use. Since 1975, when the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards were set by the Department of Transportation and Environmental Protection Agency, the goal has been to do at least as much of the latter as the former. When standards were being implemented, averages were below 13-mpg. By law, they ramped up to 27.5-mpg in 1985, leading to [...]

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  • Ford stays flexible with small cars plant

    Ford stays flexible with small cars plant

    by Karl Henkel The Detroit News November 9, 2012 Wayne ‚Äî Ford Motor Co.’s retooled and flexible Michigan Assembly Plant will test the company’s small-car sales forecasting abilities as the automaker mixes production of five different small cars with four different powertrains… About 5,170 workers on three shifts build the gasoline-powered Focus and Focus ST, an electric Focus, a C-Max Hybrid and most recently, a C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid. Read more…

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  • Study Says Average New-Car Fuel Economy Rose in October

    Study Says Average New-Car Fuel Economy Rose in October

    by Jonathan Welsh Driver’s Seat Blog Wall Street Journal November 9, 2012 The average fuel economy of new cars sold in October rose to 23.2 miles per gallon compared with 22.2 mpg a year earlier… Read more…

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