Green Automotive Technology For 2015
International Automotive Shows around the country have inspired and intrigued consumers for the past few months. From crazy concept cars and latest technology to the new vehicle models you can expect to see on the road in a neighborhood near you soon, audiences have been delighted by what they have seen so far. So what can we expect in 2015 for “green” or environmentally friendly technology in our cars and trucks?
BMW is offering their i8 Hybrid Plug-in Powertrain. This sports car has two separate powertrains and can be driven one at a time, or simultaneously. The front wheels are powered by a 96-kilowatt electric motor, while the rear tires are fueled by a turbocharged 231 horsepower gas engine. BMW is also debuting their i3 Rex Range Extender which is a 2 cylinder gas engine that powers a generator to add 80 plus miles to the cars 90 miles of electric range.
Chevrolet offers a CNG Bi-Fuel Powertrain for the 2015 Impala which allows the vehicle to run on either standard gasoline, or compressed natural gas. Each of these fuel sources have their own tank. The CNG Bi-Fuel Powertrain can be fueled by processes that use of organic waste such as your dinner scraps or beer grains.
Ford has broken the mold by offering its F-150 with an Aluminum body. The entire body of the 2015 F-150 is constructed out of aluminum instead of steel, which eliminates 700 lbs from the older steel version boosting its fuel economy. Although there is a fear of body strength, executives at Ford have advised that thicker heat treated aluminum has been used to strengthen the body. The smallest engine ever in 68 years will be fitted into the 2015 F-150. It is a 2.7 liter Ecoboost V6 engine that offers 325 horsepower.
Volvo joins the crowd by offering the e-Golf, which is its first electric car to be sold in the U.S. It has a combined MPG of 116. Volvo also has a new four-cylinder engine that has three turbochargers and 450 horsepower. Compressed air is fed through the turbos from an electrically powered compressor, which then pumps more oxygen into the engine resulting in more power.
Honda Debuts their 1.5 liter Earth Dreams Engine for 2015. This allows vehicles like the Honda Fit to obtain up to 40 MPG. The Dreams Engine comes in a few different sizes and offers improved fuel efficiency and lower emissions through weight reductions, direct inject technology, and other advancements of the engine.
The Kia Soul Electric Vehicle also made an appearance at the Auto Shows for 2015. The electric version of the vehicle has been at California dealerships this winter. The electric Soul can go 93 miles on one charge, and can come to almost a halt when using the equipped “braking mode” and simultaneously recharge the vehicle.
With the Department of Energy using over $55 million dollars to fund their projects that will increase fuel economy, it is no wonder that automotive companies are jumping onboard to the Electric Vehicle and Hybrid Plug-In Electric Vehicles. The Department of Energy will focus on advanced batteries for Electric Vehicles while developing technologies that strengthen clean energy economy.