Nissan moves to Tennessee

I'm leaving on a jet plane Nissan North America, Inc. (NNA), will relocate it's Los Angeles headquarters functions and employees to an all-new facility in the greater Nashville area. The move is expected to provide strategic, long-term operational benefits and to support NNAs ongoing efforts to create synergies and improve performance. The project was announced [...]

By |2020-05-03T19:14:22-07:00August 10th, 2005|Categories: Automobiles and Energy, Manufacturers, Nissan|0 Comments

Toyota Sienna Van hybrid

Hybrids Infineon Technologies AG, the semiconductor and system solutions for automotive, industrial and multimarket sectors, held their annual North America Media Day Conference in Sonoma, California on Monday. The panel highlighted the technologies that they want to bring to the market. The question for all of them is; if the baseline is a Toyota Prius, [...]

The Tweel

Edouard Michelin and Bill Ford It's amazing how little attention is paid to wheels, considering they are the only part of the car that touches the road. Michelin is making a big deal of them. Edouard Michelin is probably the coolest CEO I have met. He has taken it upon himself to create the Challenge [...]

By |2020-05-03T19:19:45-07:00August 6th, 2005|Categories: Automobiles and Energy, Ford, Michelin, Technology|0 Comments

The Toyota Prius is Stalling

Thirteen vehicles stalling We're happy it gets the headlines, but thirteen vehicles stalling – just make sure to spell our name right; talk about Prius. James E. Press, Executive Vice President, and Chief Operating Officer – March 17, 2005 Back in March 2004, Motorweek started a long-term drive of the 2004 Toyota Prius. In its [...]

The first Japanese hybrid made in the USA

The future is here Toyota Motor Manufacturing North America (TMMNA) announced the company's first North American gas-electric hybrid production will be at its Georgetown, Ky., plant – Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc. (TMMK) beginning in late 2006 as a Camry hybrid. TMMK was established in 1986 and is Toyota's largest plant in North America, building [...]

Plug-in Electric Vehicles

The best of both worlds On August 19, 2005, the New York Mercantile Exchange posted crude oil at $65.50 per barrel. According to the EIA, the U.S. average retail price for regular gasoline increased by 18.2 cents, the largest one-week increase on record, to 255.0 cents per gallon, the highest nominal price ever recorded. Retail [...]

Nickel Metal Hydride Battery (NiMH)

The heart of the hybrid Hybrid sales are phenomenal. Every vehicle that is a hybrid is selling out virtually before it hits the store lot. Lexus PR folks have said that there will be 24,000 Lexus RX 400hs produced this year and that 11,000 are already pre-sold. It doesn't make sense that with hybrids so [...]

Lithium-Ion batteries

All batteries are not made equal All hybrids currently produced employ an internal combustion engine, a generator, and a Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH) battery. NiMH is generally realized as interim battery technology, soon to be eclipsed by the Lithium-Ion battery. The question is, which company will be the first to charge ahead. Lithium-Ion is already [...]

ITS World Congress

Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) The 12th Annual World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) was held in San Francisco, CA this week. The World Congress is the single largest conference for intelligent transportation systems throughout the world. The three main world organizations responsible for annually advancing ITS through one international World Congress are ITS JAPAN, [...]