Ford Lowers 2013 C-MAX EPA Rating to 43 MPG, Customers Offered Rebates

August 16, 2013 by  
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Ford has responded to criticism regarding the EPA ratings for its 2013 Fusion and C-MAX hybrid models by lowering the C-MAX’s combined rating to 43 mpg. When Ford launched the 2013 Fusion and C-MAX hybrids, Ford claimed that both models had a combined rating of 47 mpg. However, Ford came under fire when publications, including Consumer Reports were unable to achieve the declared fuel efficiency. Read the rest of Ford Lowers 2013 C-MAX EPA Rating to 43 MPG, Customers Offered Rebates Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: epa , ford , Ford C-MAX , ford c-max hybrid , ford fusion , ford hybrid , green car , green transportation , hybrid car        

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The Biomimicry Manual: What Can the Crucifix Toad Teach Us About Adhesives?

August 16, 2013 by  
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Image ©  paulhypnos This colorful toad may be as tiny as a quarter, but he has got some big tricks up his sleeve. The  Crucifix Toad, also known as the Holy Cross Frog, ( Notaden bennettii ) , like all tadpoles, needs water. Unfortunately, this poor fellow lives deep in the Australian desert, where it might not rain for months, if not years. His small stature doesn’t help his cause either, and this little guy is a much desired snack for predators of all sizes. So, how does he cope in the face of constant uncertainty? Keep reading to learn more about this crafty little creature, and find out how his solutions can be applied to current human problems. Read the rest of The Biomimicry Manual: What Can the Crucifix Toad Teach Us About Adhesives? Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bioinspired design , biomimicry , crucifix frog , glue , holy cross frog        

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Ford and Toyota End Collaboration on New Hybrid System for Light Trucks

July 24, 2013 by  
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In 2011 Ford and Toyota announced plans to partner on a new hybrid system for light trucks and SUVs, but after completing a feasibility study on the partnership, the two automakers have decided to part ways. Although Ford and Toyota have decided to end their partnership after the research and development phase, both automakers are on track to release their own hybrid powertrains . Read the rest of Ford and Toyota End Collaboration on New Hybrid System for Light Trucks Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: ford , ford hybrid , Ford hybrid truck , green transportation , Green Truck , hybrid , hybrid truck , Toyota , toyota hybrid , Toyota hybrid truck        

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Honda’s New Hybrid Powertrain for Small Cars Gets 86 MPG in Japan

July 19, 2013 by  
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Today the hybrid car market is largely dominated by Toyota and most recently Ford – but Honda is getting ready to enter the segment in full force with new models like the upcoming 2014 Accord hybrid . The Accord hybrid and its plug-in variant are just the beginning – today Honda unveiled its next-generation Fit, which will be offered with a new, more efficient hybrid system. Read the rest of Honda’s New Hybrid Powertrain for Small Cars Gets 86 MPG in Japan Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: electric motor , epa , green car , Honda , Honda Accord Hybrid , honda fit , Honda hybrid , Honda hybrid crossover , hybrid car , lithium ion battery        

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INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Chats with J Mays, VP of Global Design and Chief Creative Officer at Ford Motor Company

May 29, 2013 by  
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Automotive designer J Mays  has become well-known as the design director of Ford Motor Company . Born in rural Oklahoma, Mays started working at his family’s auto parts store at an early age with aspirations of becoming an architect, but eventually found his calling in car design while at the Art Center in Pasadena . An automotive design pioneer with more than 30 years under his belt, Mays has been involved in the design of a number of the car industry’s most well-recognized automobiles, including the VW “New Beetle” , Aston Martin DB9 , Land Rover LR3/Discovery,  Ford GT , 2011 Ford Fiesta , 2012 Focus (including the Focus EV) , and the new green 2013 Ford Fusion —just to name a few! For the last 16 years he’s been leading the charge at Ford as the Vice President of Global Design and Chief Creative Officer and has played a critical role in bringing a new generation of stylish, green, high-performance  electric and hybrid vehicles to a mainstream market. I recently got the chance to chat with Mays about his monumental career, and I’ve published our interview here. Click ahead to read the entire interview, where Mays touches on his global travels, his design ethos and influences, the current market for hybrid and electric vehicles, and what he sees for the future of zero-emissions vehicles, both at Ford and on a global scale. Read the rest of INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Chats with J Mays, VP of Global Design and Chief Creative Officer at Ford Motor Company Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: electric cars , electric vehicles , energy efficient cars , ev , ford , ford design , ford electric , ford EV , ford fiesta , ford fusion , ford fusion energi , ford fusion energy , ford hybrid , ford motors , fuel efficiency , fuel efficient cars , fusion energi , green automotive , green cars , inhabitat interview , J Mays , VP of Global Design and Chief Creative Officer at Ford Motor Company        

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Jungers Culinary Institute is a State-Of-The-Art Cooking School in Oregon

May 29, 2013 by  
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Qatar Unveils Plans for Massive Artificial Oryx Island to House 25,000 Visitors During 2022 World Cup

May 29, 2013 by  
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Ford Simulates 10 Years of Battery Use in Just 10 Months with the Key Life Test

December 13, 2012 by  
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As more electric and hybrid vehicles enter the market, there is a growing concern from consumers about the reliability of the batteries that power them. Ford has unveiled a new lab test, the Key Life Test, which allows the automaker to simulate the equivalent of 10 years and 150,000 miles of wear and tear on hybrid vehicle batteries in about 10 months. Ford developed the new test specifically for its new lithium-ion batteries that power models like the 2013 Ford C-MAX and Ford Fusion hybrid . The test allows engineers to simulate in a lab setting many factors, including location of a battery within a vehicle, the temperatures they might have to endure, and various kinds of acceleration and stopping that different drivers would apply. Battery reliability ranks as the single most important purchase consideration by potential hybrid customers. The Key Life Test aims at delivering higher-quality and even more reliable batteries, said Kevin Layden, director of Ford Electrification Programs. “Recent studies show consumers are keeping their vehicles longer, and regulations in some regions now require batteries to carry warranties for greater distances,” said Layden. “Fortunately, our tests take into account distances and conditions that go way beyond those normal requirements.” Ford is investing $135 million in the design, engineering and production of key components – including doubling its battery testing capabilities – for the five electrified vehicles the automaker will have in its portfolio by the end of the year: Fusion Hybrid , Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid, C-MAX Hybrid , C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid and Focus Electric . + Ford

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Oil Could Still Be Leaking from The BP Deepwater Horizon Site

December 13, 2012 by  
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On the heels of a massive criminal indictment for BP, it looks like the trouble for the oil giant is far from over. The company is set to head out on the fifth day of a mission under the supervision the US Coast Guard this Thursday to determine whether or not there is still petroleum leaking from the Deepwater Horizon rig. This past September, an new oil sheen was spotted 50 miles off of the coast of Louisiana, and tests confirmed that it was from the infamous Macondo well. A BP underwater vehicle observed that oil was seeping from the containment dome, but declared the leaks fixed after a remote operation in October. However, oil has still been surfacing and has been documented by satellite and aerial photos near the site. It is thought that there still could be an unknown amount of oil remaining in the containment dome and wreckage from the 2010 blast. In light of the new leaks, BP has repeated its characteristic difficult and obstructive behavior. For several moths, Rep. Henry Waxman of California and  Rep. Ed Markey, of Massachusetts have been asking the company for underwater video and information about the new complications. BP refused to release any data citing pending legal investigations. “Back in 2010, I said BP was either lying or incompetent. Well, it turns out they were both,” said Rep. Markey. “This is the same crime scene, and the American public today is entitled to the same information that BP was lying about in 2010 so that we can understand the full dimension of the additional environmental damage.” As of now, BP says that it will work closely with the Coast Guard to take “any further steps, as needed, to address the results” of the latest reconnaissance mission and reasserts that the Macondo well and associated relief wells are all secure. Via CBS News Images via NASA ,  Matanya and the US Coast Guard from Wikimedia Commons

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Ford Teams Up With BASF To Cut Emissions From Ford Fusion Production

December 11, 2012 by  
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Ford is placing a lot of attention on making its new lineup greener than ever before. Ford has already revealed that the 2013 Fusion’s interior is made of recycled bottles and cotton, but now Ford has announced that its found a new plastic that not only reduces emissions, but cuts production costs. Using a new resin from BASF Corporation , Ford has developed a new window switch that cuts both carbon dioxide and volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions that are normally produced during production. Read the rest of Ford Teams Up With BASF To Cut Emissions From Ford Fusion Production Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: emissions , ford , ford fusion , ford fusion hybrid , Ford green car , ford hybrid , green car , green transportation , hybrid car , voc

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