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2011-2014 Ford Explorer being examined for potential exhaust leak

By: Shane McGlaun | Business, Politics & Money | Posted: Jun 23, 2014 @ 7:05 CDT

The NHTSA has been more prone to launch investigations and examinations of vehicles that are on the roads around the US since the GM ignition switch issue became such a point of controversy. Recently the NHTSA has started what it calls an examination of the 2011-2014 Ford Explorer SUV.

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This is specifically called an examination, not an investigation. The NHTSA has received complaints from owners of 2011-2014 Ford Explorer SUVs that claim fumes or strange odors are making their way into the vehicle. These fumes and odors are believed to be coming from the exhaust system of the vehicle.

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Harley-Davidson unveils new electric motorcycle called LiveWire

By: Shane McGlaun | Business, Politics & Money | Posted: Jun 20, 2014 @ 5:19 CDT

Harley-Davidson is a popular American motorcycle maker that makes some very big and loud motorcycles that you probably see on the roads every day. The thing that all those motorcycles have in common is loud, thumping V-twin engines under the seat to propel the bike around. Harley-Davidson has unveiled an all-new electric motorcycle that gives up that big a loud gasoline engine for a battery pack.

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HD says that the goal of this electric bike is to appeal to younger people who are concerned about the environment. The real question in my mind is will fans of the HD brand buy a motorcycle that lacks the company's trademark sound and style? HD doesn't plan on releasing the electric bike for at least two years.

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Zero Emissions bill in New Jersey may let Tesla sell direct

By: Shane McGlaun | Business, Politics & Money | Posted: Jun 6, 2014 @ 10:02 CDT

Tesla was blocked from selling cars directly to consumers in New Jersey a while back. A new bill has now been passed by the New Jersey state assembly that may allow Tesla to resume direct sales in the state. The state Assembly Consumer Affairs Committee approved A3216 this week, which is a bill that would allow zero-emissions cars to be sold directly to the public by automakers.

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There would be strings attached in this bill though. Notably the automaker would be limited to only four dealerships in the state. One of the locations would have to have service facilities for repairs as well.

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Ford shows off experimental Fusion 23% lighter than normal

By: Shane McGlaun | Business, Politics & Money | Posted: Jun 4, 2014 @ 9:33 CDT

Ford knows that one of the only ways it will be able to reach federal fuel economy numbers in the future is by putting its cars on a diet. Ford has already proven it can do this with the new F-150 losing hundreds of pounds by moving to aluminum body panels. Ford is now showing off an experimental Fusion that uses lightweight materials in an effort to shed weight.

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The Fusion uses lots of aluminum and carbon fiber material in its construction. The finished product is a Fusion that looks the same as the current car, but weighs 23% less than normal. Less weight means that smaller engines can be used to achieve the same performance while using less fuel.

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Nissan recalls 211 Leaf EVs due to weld defect, owners may get new car

By: Shane McGlaun | Business, Politics & Money | Posted: May 20, 2014 @ 7:09 CDT

Nissan has issued a recall on 211 Leaf EVs that has to do with a defect in a weld. The defect is so severe that in some cases Nissan may end up giving the owner of the recalled Leaf a new vehicle. Nissan says that some structural welds in the front section of the Leaf may not have been made to specifications.

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The bad welds could mean that the vehicle has reduced protection in an accident and violates safety standards for "electric shock protection." The defect in the Leafs was discovered in March during a quality inspection conducted at an assembly plant. Nissan says that the issue was due to an isolated process error that has been addressed.

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DOT says Chevy cars with ignition defect can keep driving

By: Shane McGlaun | Business, Politics & Money | Posted: May 8, 2014 @ 8:00 CDT

Two senators have tried to get the US DOT to advise owners of Chevrolet cars affected by the ignition switch problem that led to 13 deaths to stop driving their cars until repaired. The DOT sent letters to both senators that said, "such an action is not required at this time."

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The problem the senators have is that the ignition switch defect has already been tied to several deaths and it will take GM months to get replacement parts ready to repair these vehicles. Affected vehicles include Chevy Cobalt, Saturn Ion, and other models.

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Rezvani Beast sports car is an Ariel Atom with bodywork

By: Shane McGlaun | Business, Politics & Money | Posted: May 7, 2014 @ 9:05 CDT

Sports car fans may be familiar with the Ariel Atom. The Atom is a small and very minimalist ride that has no bodywork and leaves the driver out in the open. Power comes typically from Honda sourced four cylinder engines. A company from California called Rezvani Automotive Designs is now taking that Atom sports car and attaching a sleek carbon fiber body to it to make a very interesting looking car.

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It uses either a turbo charged four cylinder or a supercharged four for power. The company makes the carbon fiber panels themselves and paints them in sleek colors. All the work takes 1000-1500 hours and five to six months to complete.

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Etihad Airways unveils new multi-room suite in the air

By: Shane McGlaun | Business, Politics & Money | Posted: May 5, 2014 @ 6:31 CDT

Typically, the best you can do if you are wealthy and flying long distances on a commercial aircraft is to buy a first class seat. The national airline of the United Arab Emirates, Etihad Airways, has announced the most luxurious way to fly this side of your own private aircraft. Called The Residence, the airline is a 125 square foot apartment in the sky for rich passengers to enjoy.

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People who book The Residence will get their own butler for the duration of the flight. The suite features a living room with its own 32-inch TV, two seat reclining sofa, dining tables, and a chilled mini-bar. The living room is separated from the bedroom by a door and a short passageway.

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US Congressman wants to raise EV tax credit to $10,000

By: Shane McGlaun | Business, Politics & Money | Posted: May 5, 2014 @ 5:56 CDT

In the US, the federal government really wants drivers to opt for electric vehicles. There are many reasons for this desire in the US including the desire to reduce pollution caused by vehicles and reduce dependence on foreign oil. Despite the big tax credits offered, most consumers still stay away from EVs.

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One US congressman from Vermont believes the trick to getting more of middle class America to purchase an EV is to up that tax credit even further. Congressman Peter Welch has said recently that he wants the tax credit to be $10,000.

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Mercedes unveils pricing for 2014 B-Class Electric Drive EV

By: Shane McGlaun | Business, Politics & Money | Posted: Apr 30, 2014 @ 13:08 CDT

Mercedes is set to roll out its very first electric vehicle this year. The car is the 2014 B-Class Electric Drive and it is the first pure electric vehicle that Mercedes has offered in the US. The car will sell for $41,450 not including the $925 destination fee. Buyers might be able to get the $7500 tax credit from the federal government on the car.

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Mercedes equips the vehicle with a 28 kWh lithium-ion battery good for up to 85 miles per charge. It will take that battery pack about two hours to charge enough for 60 miles of driving on a 240V charger. Other features include a Map Pilot navigation system, Collision Prevention, Assist with adaptive Brake Assist, and Attention Assist.

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