Based on the company's rugged G-Class SUV, the Mercedes-Benz G-Wagon LAPV 6.X ($TBA) is an armored patrol vehicle as fit for the battlefield as it is for the forest. Because electric vehicles are so new, and still so few and far between, most consumers have never even seen one, let alone taken one for a nice, long test drive. To make matters worse, what little information they have heard or read about EVs is all too often exaggerated, distorted, even false, thanks to a constant barrage of petrolganda from the fossil fuel industry.
Whenever I tout my Nissan Leaf with passersby, they inevitably ask a predictable set of questions based upon the only yardstick they have to make a comparison: the ICE vehicles they have been driving for decades.
Like in my “Long Tailpipe” analysis, I decided to use the two most comparable cars from the same manufacturer: the 2012 Nissan Leaf and the 2012 Nissan Versa hatchback. The EPA calculates that the amount of energy in 1 gallon of gasoline is equal to 33.7 kWh of electricity, and then applies that formula to determine the miles-per-gallon equivalent (MPGe) of an EV. As you can see,  the results clearly show that EVs are much more efficient than their gasoline counterparts.
The EPA used the current national averages of 12? per kWh and $3.90 per gallon in these calculations.
The EPA provides “smog scores” according to the various regulations and pollution tests mandated in each state. As their photos suggest, these vehicles are practically “fraternal twins”: 5-seat hatchbacks with only slightly different exterior dimensions. The Leaf has more room for front seat occupants all around, and more hip and shoulder room for rear seat passengers. Those who mistakenly assume that EVs are mere “golf carts” have obviously never driven one, let alone put pedal to the metal to jump from 0-to-60 mph.  The instantaneous torque of an electric motor is a thrill to experience.
If you really want to push these cars —and your luck— to the absolute limit, the Versa has a higher top speed. As occurs with any nascent, cutting-edge technology, prices always start out high until production can ramp up sufficiently over time to spread the manufacturing costs across a truly mass market.
And even if an EV still ends up costing more than an ICE, it ultimately boils down to a matter of principle. There is no doubt that the Versa can travel much farther before it needs refueling than the Leaf. Another difference that disturbs most consumers is that it typically takes much longer to recharge an EV’s batteries than to fill an ICE’s gas tank. Because they are so accustomed to driving ICEs, most consumers do not understand that the amount of time to refuel is not a crucial as when to refuel. It would be an error to assume by default that such would also be the case for an EV, with an even longer wait for the battery to charge. This is why expanding a public charging infrastructure is not as paramount to the success of EVs as one might assume.
With just the lease and fuel, the Focus Electric saves $2,226.96 annually over the Focus Titanium. So in 2016, you already have more than enough in savings for the down, for the lease on your next generation 150+ mile EV.
The same is true of many EVs; nobody is shopping a Toyota Rav4 V6 and also considering a Rav4 EV. At this year’s 2014 LA Auto Show the all-new 2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 had its premier. As we already discussed brand-new 2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 has had its main premier just recently at auto program in Los Angeles, while we expect sales to start during 2015th. Chwilowki on 2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350greg on 2016 Ford Shelby GT350RC2017 Excursion??
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The tailgate is heavy and large and, since it hinges on the left, you need to be careful not to knock pedestrians flying when it swings open. Two of those vehicles, the Ford Edge and Hyundai Santa Fe Sport, take slightly different approaches to satisfy mid-size crossover buyers. Both are good-looking crossovers, though we prefer the Edge for its premium, athletic aesthetic. The Santa Fe Sport is the best-looking Hyundai crossover, with a right-sized hexagonal grille and side sills that stand out in relief up and over the rear wheel wells. The Santa Fe Sport has comfortable seats with good space, and just enough headroom for tall drivers if the optional panoramic sunroof is installed. Safety is a strength for both models, but the Santa Fe Sport is the winner here thanks to improved crash tests for 2017.
A look at the numbers shows that the Edge wins in Styling and Performance, while the Santa Fe Sport gets better scores for Safety and Fuel Economy.
The 2016 Ford Edge has everything you might want in a tech-focused, stylish crossover—as long as you don't require third-row seating or a luxury badge. Styling9The 2016 Ford Edge carries its edge from the inside, in its combination of nicely coordinated soft-touch materials and fine details. We have sent your request for price quotes on the 2016 Ford Edge and 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport to the dealers you requested. Your request for a fast, free price quote on a 2016 Ford Edge and 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport is in process. At Tekserve, Michael explained to me that the Mac Pro is designed around a workstation graphics model with dual GPUs, PCIe-based flash storage, 6 high-performance Thunderbolt 2 ports, new-generation Xeon processors, ultrafast memory, and it supports 4K video.
I had the opportunity to take a deeper look behind this small, powerful and yes very quiet computer and found out that the new-generation Intel Xeon E5 Processor is available with 4, 6, 8, or 12 cores of processing power. Get Tekserve's Newsletter for Technology Tips & Free EventsWe will never sell or rent your email address. Brake Controller 7- & 4-Way Installation StepsThe ETBC7 installation kit works with your existing 4-way connector and brake controller. Features include a diesel engine, a payload capacity of 1.3 tons, a full steel body, a mine deflector plate, an individual tire inflation system, and a number of advanced tactical military technologies from EADS. The Volvo V60 ($TBA) seems to be arguing "yes," with a coupe-like roofline, aggressive front end, and short overhangs.
Consumers are consequently wary of their cutting-edge technology, and harbor understandable misgivings about how safe, practical, durable, and reliable they would be to fulfill their daily driving needs. It therefore occurred to me that, to best answer those questions, it might be useful to compile and post the most salient comparisons in a single webpage.
Of course, as everyone knows, your-mileage-may-vary.  I can report that, so far, my MPGe is an extreme exception to the rule.
I am no engineer, by any stretch of the calculator, but I suspect that the battery pack underneath the car helps make the Leaf’s frame even stiffer —and thus safer. Nonetheless, the latter have less space above their heads and below their feet, undoubtedly because the battery pack is located underneath the floor and rear bench. The acceleration off the line is exhilarating, and the gearless surge of power allows drivers to smoothly and effortlessly merge with traffic at on ramps, and pass slower vehicles in short order.
In either case, hauling down the highway as fast as these vehicles can go is a recipe for a big, fat ticket and a dangerous risk, not only to the driver but to everyone else on the road. Most consumers experience sticker shock when they see an EV in the showroom for the first time. Consider, for example, the earliest prices consumers had to pay for laptop computers, cell phones, DVD players, flat-screen TVs, or iPods.


Now that Nissan has sold over 50,000 Leafs worldwide, and launched the new battery factory and assembly line in Smyrna, TN, the MSRP of the base 2013 Leaf S is $28,800.
Is it worth the higher price to help clean up the planet, transition to renewable, domestic sources of energy, and build a better world for future generations?
This can be misleading to potential owners, since Nissan recommends charging to 80% most days to maximize battery longevity.
In point of fact, the limited range of EVs is probably the most worrisome stumbling block for consumers who consider buying one.
Having to deviate from one’s intended route to stop at a gas station is hardly “convenient.” Why is it that the “low fuel” light invariably comes on when one is already running late and in a hurry? As Nissan has learned from the CarWings data gathered to date, over 90% of charging is done at home in just this way. That seems like the best side by side comparison available since they’re literally the same car except for the engine. While the two cars share the same basic dimensions, the LEAF is smooth, quiet and quick up to about 40mph. Couple month earlier its mule has actually been captured during testing near the Nurburgring. The brand-new 2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 in basic appearances really sporty, prepared and aggressive for the racetracks.
New V8 monster will make more than 500 horse power (rumors state that it would be more than 662 hp that produces existing GT500) and 400 lb-ft of torque. This business model is the brainchild of Alan Mulally, Ford CEO, and it means that most Ford models will be sold around the world: what you can buy in Indianapolis, you can also buy in Leeds, Dehli or Shanghai.
Larger and more spacious than compact crossovers, but smaller and more manageable than three-row crossovers meant for family duty, these vehicles offer versatility with sophistication and flair. Both offer front- and all-wheel drive and turbocharged 4-cylinder power, but the Hyundai also has a naturally aspirated 4-cylinder while the Ford opts for a performance variant with a twin-turbocharged V-6. The interior carries a shield of controls at its center, an undulating dash, and large knobs for select controls.
With front-wheel drive, Ford's is rated at 24 mpg combined, while the Hyundai is rated at 23 mpg. Controls are simple, a configurable gauge cluster is offered, and the center stack is dominated by a large touchscreen with the new, simpler Sync 3 infotainment system. An available 8.0-inch touchscreen commands attention and electroluminescent gauges toss in a few more subdued lumens. It earns a Top Safety Pick+ from the IIHS and gets the top score of five stars from the government. It comes in SE, SEL, Titanium, and Sport models, with pricing that escalates quickly for top models with options.
For our purposes, that puts the Edge on top, and it is the choice for those who want more power or a sportier experience.
We can't help but wonder what the model could do with a slightly improved powertrain lineup. Read more8The 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport perfectly blends the automaker's SUV styling themes into a compact offering.
And then check if the belot length scale on the belt tensioner to see if it has proper installed length. If you need your diagram outside with your vehicle, you can print the diagram or access the site from your mobile device. Guyot Bernardo Arocho Jr from BJ’s Technology News Blog recently paid us a visit to check out the new Mac Pro in person, interview our own Michael Truskowski, and review the new workstation from Apple.
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If you do not have a 7-way plug on your vehicle, but want to use your electric trailer brakes, you will need to upgrade your wiring to support the brake controller. If you do not currently have a 4-way connector on your vehicle, you can use the Vehicle Wiring Fitguide to locate the custom-fit wiring harness, and the Brake Controller Fitguide to find the brake controller for your application.
Plug the 4-pole adapter coming out of the 7-way connector into the vehicle's 4-pole trailer connector.
Ground the 7-way connector by screwing the white wire with a ring terminal on it into the frame of the vehicle.
Make a small cut in the rubber sheath of the duplex cable and slightly separate the two wires inside, being careful not to nick these wires. Use a butt connector to connect the black wire in the duplex cable to the 12-volt hot lead (black wire) on the 7-way connector. Route the duplex cable under the vehicle all the way up to the engine compartment under the hood, being careful to avoid hot areas or moving parts that might pinch the cable. Once the duplex cable is under the hood, you will need to separate the white brake wire from the black 12-volt hot lead. The black 12-volt hot lead will stay under the hood, where it will be connected to the positive post of the battery by using a 40-amp circuit breaker. Using a butt connector, connect the blue wire coming out of the brake controller to the white brake wire from the duplex cable that was routed through the firewall. Mount the 20-amp (or 30-amp; see brake controller instructions) and the 40-amp circuit breakers in a safe location under the hood.
The 12-volt hot lead from the trailer connector in the duplex wire (black) gets routed to the 40-amp breaker.
With the brake controller mounted and connected, zip-tie any loose, excess wires underneath the dash and under the vehicle. Normally, we'd be telling you about the car's powerplant here, but since Volvo will offer the V60 with eight different engines, that'd take a bit too long — let's just say there's something here for everyone to complement the ride's other key features like all-wheel drive, Advanced Stability Control, a 12-speaker Dolby Digital sound system with a 7-inch screen, and an advanced collision detection system that can stop a crash at speeds up to 20 mph.
To determine the cost for your area, multiply 3.33 gallons by your current price at the pump. The results are then assigned a number of “stars,” from 1 (the least safe) to 5 (the most safe).
In my mind, the only situation that warrants such a high speed would be to pass a slow-moving vehicle as quickly as possible, thus reducing the chance of  a head-on collision with oncoming traffic. This is precisely why the federal government is offering tax incentives for EVs: to “jump start” a promising new industry for the good of our national security, environment, energy, and climate. Conversely, the estimates for the Versa “assume 90% of fuel in the tank will be used before refueling.” To make the comparison more accurate, therefore, I have included below the calculated ranges for both vehicles in the top three 10% increments.
The irony, however, is that the Leaf’s range is actually twice as far as the vast majority of us drive on a daily basis. Like most households in this country, however, I have two vehicles, and keep a “backup” gas car on the other side of the garage for those rare long distance journeys.
You could also use Nissan’s range calculator map to gauge how many miles you actually drive on a typical workday or weekend.
And inevitably there are lines of other cars also waiting to fill up, turning what one thought would be a 10-minute stop into a half-hour delay. Those nighttime charges more than suffice for the vast majority of Leaf owners to drive an average 37 miles per day. There are, however, many former and current LEAF owners buying the Rav4 EV and Tesla Model S (both completely different class of car, but share electric drive). Nevertheless we can state that brand-new Shelby GT350 looks more like the regular 2015 Mustang GT than the previous GT500.


This device is going to be combined with the only one transmission choice which is the 6-speed handbook, which is an excellent news and advantage for one really cars. Apparently, putting the spare underneath would have compromised the crash structure, and at least you get a spare wheel where many rivals make do with a compressor and a tin of gloop. The step up is a 240-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder that helps this crossover hustle down the road with more confidence.
Available safety features include a surround-view camera system, lane-keep assist, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, and adaptive cruise control.
It also offers rear cross-traffic alerts, automatic parking, a glove box knee airbag, and inflatable rear safety belts. While many of the most desirable features are reserved for the Titanium and Sport, those models border on the luxury market.
Read morePerformance8No matter which engine you choose for the 2016 Edge, you'll get precise steering and great handling on par with premium-brand German crossovers.
When you do the inspection, check to make sure that the belt is aligned to the proper grooves of the accessory drive belt pulleys, also there are no dirt or debris remaining on it.
As air passes vertically through the center of the device, it absorbs heat and carries it out the top of the device. Since this kit supplements your brake controller, please review the instructions included with your brake controller before beginning the installation. If you will be using your reverse trailer lights, attach the purple wire coming out of the 7-way connector to your reverse light wire, using one of the quick splice wire connectors included with the kit. Then do the same for the white wire in the duplex cable and the brake wire (blue wire) on the 7-way connector.
You will then route the white brake wire through the firewall (on the driver's side under the dash) into the vehicle, where you will connect it to the blue wire on the brake controller. If none is available, you can drill a hole on a section of the firewall where there is no obstruction on either side. In this photo, you will see it was mounted to the right of an existing ground wire on the firewall. It will be too short to reach the battery, so you will have to use excess wire from the duplex cable to complete this connection. Not included is a shield to deflect all the eco-hate being thrown your way for driving around in such a conspicuously large vehicle. You'll probably need all that stuff, however, to take your mind off the fact that you're driving a freakin' station wagon.
Nonetheless, most consumers are surprised at how roomy and comfortable the Leaf is on the inside, more like a mid-size car than a compact.
After all, taxpayers have involuntarily been forced to subsidize the oil industry for years; it is high time they received at least some of that money back to purchase cleaner, alternative modes of transportation.
Some states like Colorado offer their residents an additional $6,000 incentive, lowering the price even further to $15,300 —only $320 more than the 2012 base model Versa above! It is a simple question of math: since the NHTSA reports that the average driver puts 13,475 miles per year on the odometer, that amounts to only 37 miles per day.
Even with only one car in the home, if such trips are as infrequent as mine, one could easily afford to rent a gas or hybrid vehicle on those rare occasions, thanks to the fuel savings with an EV. Most consumers are actually surprised to discover that an EV would more than meet their driving needs on a daily basis.
In practice, however, I have driven an average of only 23 miles per day since taking delivery —not even half the EPA’s range prediction above for an 80% charge. Moreover, replacing that amount of charge in the battery only takes about 2 hours at most with a dedicated EVSE —not the full 7 hours needed to charge a completely empty pack to 100%.
Interior constant to add to this previously mentioned aggressive atmosphere thanks to the Recaro sport seats, flat-bottom wheel, sports instrument panel and other information, in addition to thanks to the large range of optional bundles for even sportier feeling and driving. It gets a five-star rating from the government, but an "Acceptable" rating in the IIHS's small front overlap test and only basic forward collision prevention mean it can't be named a Top Safety Pick. Read more7The Santa Fe Sport's base engine isn't much to write home to the folks about, so we're looking to the turbo to lead the lineup.
Use electrical tape to keep the wires together and then install the black loom over the wires. Using a circuit tester, test the wires to locate the wire that carries a signal only when the brake pedal is engaged.
Do not allow the wires to interfere with the brake and gas pedals and keep them away from areas that get very hot.
Moreover, given the significant savings in fuel costs, consumers will likely make up any remaining differences over the lifetime of the car. During the night —while you’re asleep, the demand on the grid is minimal, and the rates the lowest— the charger’s timer kicks in. Read moreQuality8The cabin is quiet and refined, with lots of versatility, yet seating comfort could use more attention. Read more8The 2017 Santa Fe Sport combines some good common-sense features with quality interior materials.
Read moreSafety8The 2016 Ford Edge offers a lot of active-safety wizardry, and some reassuring crash-test results. Read moreFeatures8The arrival of improved Sync 3 infotainment should add appeal—but Edge models with the top features come at a significant price premium. Read more8It's getting progressively more expensive, but even at $30,000 the Santa Fe Sport is still good value for money. Read more7The 2017 Santa Fe Sport still has middle-of-the-road mileage, but at least the penalty for the bigger engine is minimal. Albeit with pre-production finishes, the driver faces a bleak display, with a stark two-dial instrument binnacle and the Fiesta's fern-shaped centre console switch console. The plastics are hard and scratchy, and while the build quality is OK, it's not up to the class standards. There's plenty of leg and head room, but the narrow cabin means you are very close to your passenger. It's a similar story in the back, where there's enough head and leg room for two six footers, but not enough width for three. The initial ride is reasonable, if soft, but there’s a secondary stiffness that translates as a thrumming in the cabin. The MacPherson strut-front and twist-beam rear suspension has to be well tied down to control the high-mounted body, but the initial body roll feels quite alarming and it’s not hard to make your passengers feel queasy.
With the exception of the Fiat Panda 4x4, all these Lilliputian SUVs are compromised, but the EcoSport is drastically so. Rather than giving us the best the world has to offer, in this instance One Ford appears to be an almost cynical attempt to foist another country’s tastes and standards onto us.
Ford's engineers have made a valiant, only partially successful, effort to make it ride and handle well, but it looks dated and the cabin, while spacious, is disappointing.



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