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Nissan Launches New 2018 Leaf - Electric Car Sales Projected to Skyrocket

Nissan Launches New 2018 Leaf - Electric Car Sales Projected to Skyrocket

It is no secret that electric vehicles will be the choice car of the future, but just how soon will that future become our reality? For the year 2017, The Consumer Federation of America has projected that the sales of electric vehicles will increase by more than 100 percent against the 2016 numbers. As you probably know, Nissan just launched the 2018 Leaf. The Nissan Leaf is known as the world’s all-time best-selling highway-capable electric car in history with over 250,000 being sold through 2016. It is the only 100% battery powered car in Nissan’s lineup to date, sparking other car manufacturers to follow suit and launch their own versions of electric vehicles. Launching in 2010 with high projections in place, t ... read more

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Not too shabby!

Not too shabby!

The 2017 GM Chevy Bolt EV's price tag is $37,495, before incentives and tax credits, and has an advertised range of 238 miles. In 1971, GM created, produced and supplied a Electric-powered Lunar Rover for the first manned rocket to the moon. It cost $38M to create and build. Range was 57 miles. Would you call that progress or economy of scale?  

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79 years old woman drives a hybrid-electric Fi Race car!

As reported in National Oil & Lube News  https://noln.net/2017/07/20/79-year-old-woman-becomes-oldest-person-drive-f1-car/ Rosemary Smith, a veteran Pro Rally Driver, tooted around a race course in Southern France in a 596kW Formula 1 race car to accomplish that distinction. Not just any F1 race car, but a hybrid electric race car. By comparison, many Prius models  are rated around 95 Horsepower for the 1800cc 4-cylinder gas engine, plus 96 horsepower from the 73kW electric motor. So the F1 is  electrically, 11 times more powerful,and the 2,400cc  internal combustion   V-8 engine  that develops 750 HP at 18,000 RPM is 8 times more powerful. that isn't a typo; 18,000 RPM! The Prius rides better, but doesn't should quite as good as the Formula 1,  for those of you that are familiar with the sweet sound of a 2.4 liter V8 at @ 18,000r ... read more

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Hybrid Batteries and Hot Weather

Ironically, most people identify cold weather with vehicle battery failures. In all reality, most batteries are damaged in the hot weather, but since batteries are more efficient when warm than when cold and vehicles are easier to start in warm weather than cold weather, the damage doesn't show up until the following Winter. Hybrid Batteries are no exception, but a lot more  sensitive to the heat. A conventional lead-acid battery, used since the 1900's  is located under the hood, next to a gasoline engine where the exhaust manifolds approach 1400 degrees F on the highway in the summer. Nickel Metal Hydride Hybrid batteries, on the other hand, are located in the passenger compartment and start to deteriorate at 110 degrees F. Some , like Ford products, have their own little heater/A-C system to maintain the temperature.  On the other extreme are early model Hondas that had no cooling or ventilation system and suffered higher fai ... read more

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Hybrids

Hybrid Batteries and Hot Weather

Ironically, most people identify cold weather with vehicle battery failures. In all reality, most batteries are damaged in the hot weather, but since batteries are more efficient when warm that when cold and vehicles are easier to start in warm weather than cold weather, the damage doesn't show up until the following Winter. Hybrid Batteries are no exception, but a lot more  sensitive to the heat. A conventional lead-acid battery, used since the 1900's  is located under the hood, next to a gasoline engine where the exhaust manifolds approach 1400 degrees F on the highway in the summer. Nickel Metal Hydride Hybrid batteries, on the other hand, are located in the passenger compartment and start to deteriorate at 110 degrees F. Some , like Ford products, have their own little heater/A-C system to maintain the temperature.  On the other extreme are early model Hondas that had no cooling or ventilation system and suffered higher failure ... read more

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Chrysler recalls Pacifica Hybrids for loss of propulsion

https://www.cnet.com/roadshow/news/chrysler-recalls-all-the-pacifica-hybrids-for-battery-problems/ As reported in Ratchet & Wrench 2 days ago, Chrysler is having a propulsion issue on about 1700 Pacific Hybrids

CARS of America to donate to local Victims of Domestic Violence Shelter

CARS of America to donate to local Victims of Domestic Violence Shelter

In honor of Father's Day, during the week of  June 19 through June 23, 2017, CARS of America will donate $25 to $50 to Mary Lou's Place,  an Evanston shelter for Victims of Domestic Violence, for the first fifty vehicles scheduled and serviced at either location   Contact Dana 224-307-5000 at our Evanston location or Danae at 847-724-6724 at our Glenview location for details.  Did you know that one in four women are either a  victim of Domestic Violence  or have a friend that  is a victim of domestic violence. Because of the possibility that 25% of our clients could be one of those women, CARS of America has been supporting local shelters for over ten years  

Electric car kicks butt in drag race

As the saying goes, "Different strokes for different folks". At last count there were over 100 models of Hybrid-Electric vehicles available for sale by major manufacturers, four million registered in the US, and eighty-five thousand within twenty-five miles of Glenview. When asked, most Hybrid Owners owners state that "they love their car", for several different reasons; most often mentioned is the lower cost of ownership. As recently reported  in a study published by Repair Pal, an online automotive service referral service, the top three, least expensive vehicles to maintain, were Hybrid-Electric. In all reality, the full Electric cars, like Tesla, Bolt, Leaf  and Kia Soul  EV, are even less expensive to operate than the Hybrid Electric. More on that in future blogs. My main point in this blog is to point out that another reason mentioned is; that many of the Hybrid and Electric cars are just plain Fun To Dr ... read more

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Hybrid car maintenance: Why it’s critical if you want to keep your car beyond the warranty

Hybrid car maintenance: Why it’s critical if you want to keep your car beyond the warranty

Maintaining your hybrid costs a fraction of repairing it At CARS, our mission is to keep your car affordable, reliable and safe. And our message today is for hybrid car owners: If you want your hybrid to be affordable and reliable beyond the warranty period, we cannot stress how important routine maintenance is for the: Hybrid battery. Transmission fluid. Brake fluid. Why? The maintenance costs are a fraction of the repair or replacement costs. Let’s take a closer look. Your Hybrid Battery This is an individual battery module from a Toyota Prius. There’s traditionally been a lot of fear around hybrid cars and what it costs when the hybrid battery fails, which will happen if you follow Toyota’s specified Hybrid Battery maintenance because, guess what? There is no specified maintenance. Guess what else? The rea ... read more

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5 Signs that It’s Time for an Oil Change

5 Signs that It’s Time for an Oil Change

It’s affordable, it’s easy and it’s important. An oil change is one of the most straightforward vehicle maintenance measures out there—but it’s also one that can be easy to push off when we get busy. Your car is pleading with you to stay on schedule. When you go too long between oil changes, your engine suffers. So does the value of your vehicle, and subsequently, so does your wallet. Here are signs that you are long overdue for an oil change: Your Engine is Noisier than Normal The point of oil is to lubricate the engine. When the oil level is low or the oil that’s left in the crankcase isn’t up to normal standards, your engine complains about it. Listen for grating, rumbling noises when you turn your vehicle on. In some cases, your gas-powered engine may begin to clatter like a diesel engine. Y ... read more

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