hybrid cars http://michiganradio.org en Sales of electric vehicles climb higher and prices drop http://michiganradio.org/post/sales-electric-vehicles-climb-higher-and-prices-drop <p><a href="https://media.gm.com/content/media/us/en/gm/news.detail.html/content/Pages/news/us/en/2013/Aug/0806-volt-pricing.html">GM announced today</a> that the price of a Chevy Volt will drop by $5,000:</p><blockquote><p style="margin-bottom: 20px; padding: 0px; line-height: 20px; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-size: 13px; font-family: arial;">The 2014 model will start at $34,995...</p> Tue, 06 Aug 2013 17:06:39 +0000 Mark Brush 13849 at http://michiganradio.org Sales of electric vehicles climb higher and prices drop Stateside: Why aren't people buying electric vehicles? http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-why-arent-people-buying-electric-vehicles <p><em>The following is a summary of a previously recorded interview. To hear the complete segment, click the audio above. </em></p><p>The auto industry seems to be coming back to life, but there does not seem to be much buzz surrounding alternative energy vehicles, and that's being reflected in sales.</p><p>January figures were anemic at best for electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids.</p><p>The Obama Administration predicted a million electric cars would be on our highways by 2015.</p><p>Today there are barely 30,000.</p><p>Just why aren't these vehicles catching on with the public?</p><p>And is there anything the automakers can do to make those EVs and plug-ins more appealing?<br><br>Cindy talked with Sean McAlinden, Executive VP of Research and Chief Economist at the Center for Auto Research, and David Shepardson, the Washington Bureau Chief for the Detroit News.</p><p> Mon, 11 Feb 2013 22:21:00 +0000 Stateside Staff 11185 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside: Why aren't people buying electric vehicles? In this morning's Michigan news headlines. . . http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-michigan-news-headlines-135 <p><strong>Supreme Court Justice Hathaway resigns</strong></p><p>"Michigan Supreme Court Justice Diane Hathaway announced Monday she will retire from the bench Jan. 21 after the Judicial Tenure Commission filed a formal complaint calling for her immediate suspension from the bench for alleged “blatant and brazen violations” of judicial conduct rules the commission said were “unprecedented in Michigan judicial disciplinary history.” Among the charges in the complaint is that Hathaway submitted false answers to the Judicial Tenure Commission during its recent investigation of private real estate transactions by Hathaway which are the subject of an FBI investigation," <a href="http://www.lansingstatejournal.com/interactive/article/20130107/NEWS01/301070046/Hathaway-retire-after-judicial-agency-calls-her-suspension">the Lansing State Journal reports. </a></p><p><strong>Electric cars required to make more noise </strong></p><p>The federal government is planning to issue new rules regulating car noise for electric vehicles. Electric and hybrid cars are sometimes too quiet. That could increase pedestrian and vehicle accidents, especially when it comes to visually impaired pedestrians. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration wants all electric and hybrid vehicles to make some noise when traveling under 18 miles per hour to deal with the problem, Tracy Samilton reports.</p><p><strong>Child welfare workers protected under new Michigan law</strong></p><p>"A new law signed by Secretary of State Ruth Johnson gives private child welfare agencies and their workers in Michigan extra protection from lawsuits if they're under contract with the state. They'll be immune from liability for personal injuries or property damages unless their conduct amounts to 'gross negligence or willful misconduct,'" the<a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/child-welfare-workers-protected-under-new-michigan-law"> Associated Press reports.</a></p><p> Tue, 08 Jan 2013 12:32:39 +0000 Emily Fox 10661 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's Michigan news headlines. . . Ford adds 225 jobs in Sterling Heights to build hybrid transmissions http://michiganradio.org/post/ford-adds-225-jobs-sterling-heights-build-hybrid-transmissions <p>Ford Motor Company is hiring 225 workers to run a new hybrid-electric transmission assembly line at the Sterling Heights plant.<br /><br />The Associated Press reports Ford is investing $220 million in the Van Dyke Transmission plant to make the new transmission.</p><p>Ford used to purchase its hybrid transmissions from Japan, but the Van Dyke plant&#39;s new assembly line will construct Ford&#39;s first domestically designed and produced hybrid transmission.<br /><br />Hybrid versions of the C-Max, Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ midsize sedans will sport the new transmission beginning this fall, as well as the plug-in hybrid versions of the Fusion and the soon-to-be-released C-Max.</p><p>In a<a href="http://www.wcax.com/story/19179780/ford-celebrates-production-launch-of-the-only-front-wheel-drive-hybrid-transmission-to-be-made-in-north-america"> press release</a>, the company says the plant already added 130 jobs as part of the launch, and the remaining employees will start work by the end of the month.</p><p>Ford says the plant is now the only producer of front-wheel-drive hybrid transmissions in North America, though General Motors Co. makes rear-wheel-drive hybrid transmissions in Maryland, the AP reports.</p><p><em>-Elaine Ezekiel, Michigan Radio Newsroom</em> Thu, 02 Aug 2012 18:09:38 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 8522 at http://michiganradio.org Ford adds 225 jobs in Sterling Heights to build hybrid transmissions Carl Levin on Egypt, repealing health care reform, and electric cars http://michiganradio.org/post/carl-levin-egypt-repealing-health-care-reform-and-electric-cars <p>Michigan Radio spoke with Democratic U.S. Senator <a href="http://levin.senate.gov/">Carl Levin</a> about a wide range of topics&nbsp;on Wednesday&nbsp;- starting with the situation in Egypt.</p><p>Levin says Egyptians deserve a democratic government and the U.S. should support their aspirations. Levin is the Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee . But he says the violent turn of events in Egypt is a bad sign. Levin thinks it best if current President Hosni Mubarak oversees the transition to a new government.</p><blockquote><p>"The more violent and the more sudden his departure is, seems to me, the more likely it is that what will take his place would not be sustainable," says Levin. "If the army has to move in to restore order,&nbsp;that’s not necessarily the best way to move to a democracy."</p></blockquote><p>Thousands of anti-government&nbsp;&nbsp;protestors clashed with supporters of President Mubarak today.</p><p>Levin also addressed this afternoon's vote in the Senate to repeal the nation's new health reform law.</p><p>It's expected the bill will not pass, since the vote will likely be along party lines, and&nbsp;Democrats have a slim majority in the Senate.</p><p>Levin says repeal is out of the question. He says the&nbsp;reform will help millions of Americans get health insurance and avoid bankruptcy because of medical bills. And repeal, he says, would cost $500 billion.</p><p>But Levin says Democrats in the Senate are willing to consider bills to improve the law.</p><blockquote><p>"We are open to those kind of changes, but it’s gotta be looked at very carefully one by one as to what is being proposed and what the cost of it is," he says.</p></blockquote><p>A bill has also been proposed to allow states to opt out of the new law. A vote on that bill hasn’t been scheduled.</p><p>There are also court challenges to the law, in particular, the provision that requires everyone to buy health insurance.&nbsp; Wed, 02 Feb 2011 18:28:39 +0000 Tracy Samilton 1137 at http://michiganradio.org Carl Levin on Egypt, repealing health care reform, and electric cars Levin calls for more hybrid car tax credits http://michiganradio.org/post/levin-calls-more-hybrid-car-tax-credits <p>A Michigan Congressman says U.S. automakers need more help to sell large numbers of electric and hybrid vehicles.</p><p>The Obama administration has set a goal of one million plug-in hybrid vehicles on the road by 2015.</p><p>There’s already a federal tax credit of $7,500 to help defray the cost of buying a hybrid or electric car.&nbsp;&nbsp; But there’s a cap on how many of the credits are available to each automaker.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 27 Jan 2011 21:28:14 +0000 Tracy Samilton 1043 at http://michiganradio.org Levin calls for more hybrid car tax credits