Nicolas Goubert, Michelin NA on the Pilot Sport AS Plus

Nicolas Goubert, brand category manager, Michelin North America talks about Michelin Pilot Sport AS Plus with a 45,000-mile warranty Michelin has brought a new tire out - the Pilot Sport AS Plus - for high-performance cars that have a 45,000-mile warranty. I drove the tires, back to back - the same car, once the car [...]

By |2018-07-27T17:06:28-07:00July 30th, 2008|Categories: Automobiles and Energy, Driving tips, Racing, Tires, Video, youtube.com|Tags: , , |0 Comments

standardizing the electric vehicle

Horsepower is Passe San Jose, CA - We are at a Plug-in hybrid electric vehicle symposium in San Jose, CA. Horsepower is Passe, now people are talking about kilowatt hours, torque, recharging and vehicle to grid power. Dr. Willett Kempton, University of Delaware, talks about the charging and regulation from the perspective of the ISO [...]

PHEV – Regulations & Charging, Plug-in hybrid electric vehicle symposium in San Jose, CA.

San Jose, CA - We are at a Plug-in hybrid electric vehicle symposium in San Jose, CA. Dr. Willett Kempton, University of Delawaretalks about some of the regulations of the grid that goes with charging electric cars. The regulations are difficult to understand and the charging needs to be discussed further. What about the minute [...]

Tesla announces plans for a sports compact EV!

Plug-in hybrid electric vehicle symposium We are at a Plug-in hybrid electric vehicle symposium in San Jose, CA. JB Straubel, CTO, Tesla Motors, talks about future development and production for Tesla. Straubel says that 1,800 will be built in 2009. The big news is that Tesla is also planning a sports compact car. The powertrain [...]

PHEV – electricity + battery pricing

San Jose, CA - We are at a Plug-in hybrid electric vehicle symposium in San Jose, CA. Tom Gage, AC Propulsion is talking about the pricing of Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. Electricity is cheaper than gasoline, but what about the battery? The ebox costs about $400 per mile, the range extender costs about $8,000. What [...]

plug-in electric vehicle (PHEV) symposium

San Jose, CA - We are a Plug-in hybrid electric vehicle symposium in San Jose, CA. Tom Gage, AC Propulsion, gives a comparison of the PHEV to some other popular alternative energy cars. Gage compares the Jetta hybrid to the Jetta internal combustion engine car. The PHEV was put on to show the difference PHEV [...]

The irony of General Motors

By Lou Ann Hammond For awhile now analysts have been concerned about the liquidity of General Motors. General Motors would say that they had enough cash. Finally they admitted that they only had enough cash to last them to the end of 2008. Last week General Motors announced a plan to keep them solvent through [...]

Ron Fellows, race car driver, on Michelin tires

Ron Fellows, race car driver, corvette race car driver, in particular, talks about driving on Michelin tires. Michelin has just come out with run-flat tires, called PS2 ZP (zero pressure) tires. Fellows talks about the difference between racing on ZP - run-flats and regular tires. Fellows says the Pilot Sport PS2 ZP tire offers all [...]

Slow news day,huh? Ford selling Volvo

By Lou Ann Hammond I remember when John F Kennedy Jr. was being followed by the media/papparazzi one day. He looked at them with his wry grin and said, "Slow news day, huh?" With everything else to report on in the auto business, the rumors that Ford is going to sell Volvo continues. The rumors [...]

MINI EVs to California, Prius’ to Mississippi, algae-to-biofuels in Texas

MINI electric vehicles to California, Prius' to Mississippi, algae-to-biofuels in Texas By Lou Ann Hammond MINIs take a bigger role in BMW AG's strategy: "This step will allow the BMW Group to gain an initial knowledge of how mobility can be achieved efficiently using purely electrically powered vehicles. Our task here is to combine the [...]