hybrid http://michiganradio.org en Is the hybrid hype dying down? http://michiganradio.org/post/hybrid-hype-dying-down <p></p><p><span style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS'; font-size: 13px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.365000057220459; background-color: transparent;">People may talk about wanting to be environmentally friendly but, when it comes to buying new cars, </span><span style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS'; font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.365000057220459; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">the data show they aren't spending their green on being green.</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.365000057220459;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS'; font-size: 13px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.365000057220459; background-color: transparent;">Car buyers don’t actually end up buying hybrids and electrics even though they say it’s important to them.</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.365000057220459;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-0646ff47-1660-add1-ef19-861989012400" style="line-height: 1.365000057220459;"><span style="font-size: 13px; font-family: 'Trebuchet MS'; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">"Hybrids and plugins tend to be more expensive," says </span></span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Sonari</span><span style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS'; font-size: 13px; line-height: 17.7450008392334px; white-space: pre-wrap;"> </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Glinton,&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS'; font-size: 13px; line-height: 17.7450008392334px; white-space: pre-wrap;">NPR’s auto reporter.</span><span style="line-height: 1.365000057220459;"><span style="font-size: 13px; font-family: 'Trebuchet MS'; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> The advance drive market [hybrids, electric vehicles, plugin hybrids] has accounted for 3.6% of the market in the first half of 2014, a decline when compared to 3.8 % in the first half of 2013. Glinton says this market plateau is partially because shoppers are acclimating to higher gas prices. He thinks the other reason is "the novelty of these [hybrid] cars has worn off, so it's not like there's a big new electric car that people are like 'oh I gotta go out and buy that car.' "</span></span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.365000057220459;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 18:55:26 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 18285 at http://michiganradio.org Is the hybrid hype dying down? Ford wants (big) piece of Toyota's Prius hybrid pie http://michiganradio.org/post/ford-wants-big-piece-toyotas-prius-hybrid-pie <p align="LEFT">Ford Motor Company set an all-time record for&nbsp;hybrid sales in December, selling nearly 8,000.&nbsp; About half were C-Max sales, and about half, the hybrid version of the&nbsp;Fusion.</p><p align="LEFT">The company also beat its previous January record for hybrid sales by more than 500%.</p><p align="LEFT">Granted,&nbsp;the total number of hybrid sales for the company isn't much compared to its higher-volume sellers.&nbsp; Ford sold&nbsp;more than 19,000&nbsp;non-hybrid Fusions in January, dwarfing the hybrid Fusion sales of 3,043.</p> Mon, 11 Feb 2013 15:52:12 +0000 Tracy Samilton 11175 at http://michiganradio.org Ford wants (big) piece of Toyota's Prius hybrid pie Ford's C-Max ads call out Toyota's Prius with gentle humor http://michiganradio.org/post/fords-c-max-ads-call-out-toyotas-prius-gentle-humor <p>Ford Motor Company hopes to earn a place on the hybrid map in the U.S. with its new C-Max.</p><p>The company knows that won't be easy.&nbsp;</p><p>No one comes even close to the dominant sales position of the Toyota Prius line of vehicles - the original Prius, the smaller Prius C, and the larger Prius V.</p><p>Ford's new C-Max has a major bragging point:&nbsp; it beats the fuel economy of the Prius V by&nbsp;7 miles per gallon on the highway.</p><p><span style='font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 11pt; mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-language: EN-US; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;'>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_DCykU616W0<span style="display: none;"> </span></span></p><p>The Prius is beloved&nbsp;by its owners; it has&nbsp;one of the highest loyalty ratings of any car.&nbsp;</p><p>So Ford has chosen a&nbsp;gentle style of humor over an aggressive pitch to sell the C-Max.</p><p><span style='font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 11pt; mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-language: EN-US; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;'>Ford today launched a series of ads using a cartoon character, "La Linea," -- a revival of&nbsp;the classic 1970s character from a popular Italian animated children’s series.</span></p><p><span style='font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 11pt; mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-language: EN-US; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;'>The ads show the character overcoming the performance limitations of a Toyota Prius, by driving a Ford C-Max.&nbsp; You can see one of the ads here:</span></p><p>“The ads are done with just the right tonality of competitiveness versus a strong competitor. It clearly positions our product in a fun way,” says <span style='font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 11pt; mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-language: EN-US; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;'>Matt VanDyke, director, U.S. Marketing Communications, Ford Motor Company<span style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span>.</span></p><p><span style='font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 11pt; mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-language: EN-US; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;'> Thu, 04 Oct 2012 14:51:25 +0000 Tracy Samilton 9359 at http://michiganradio.org If you want safest car, choose the hybrid version of it http://michiganradio.org/post/if-you-want-safest-car-choose-hybrid-version-it <p>A highway safety group says people are 25% less likely to be injured in a crash in a hybrid car, than in the non-hybrid version of that car.</p><p>Matt Moore is with the Highway Loss Data Institute.&nbsp; He says it&rsquo;s possible &nbsp;people in the hybrid cars might be driving slower, to maximize their gas mileage.</p><p>But he thinks the explanation more likely involves simple physics, because the smaller and lighter vehicle in a crash will absorb most of the impact.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>&quot;Hybrids tend to be heavier,&quot; says Moore.&nbsp; &quot;On average, they&rsquo;re about 10% heavier than their non-hybrid counterparts, and we believe that extra weight gives them an advantage when they&rsquo;re in crashes.&quot;</p><p>On the other hand, hybrids are not safer for pedestrians.&nbsp; Moore says hybrid cars are more likely to be involved in pedestrian accidents than non-hybrid cars.&nbsp; That&rsquo;s probably because hybrids that run in electric-only mode are very quiet, and people are more likely to walk out in front of them. Thu, 17 Nov 2011 05:01:01 +0000 Tracy Samilton 5028 at http://michiganradio.org Coalition wants Michigan incentives for electric vehicle charging stations http://michiganradio.org/post/coalition-wants-michigan-incentives-electric-vehicle-charging-stations <p>A coalition of businesses, non-profits and environmental groups are working to get more electric vehicle charging stations located in Michigan.</p><p>The group <a href="https://secure3.convio.net/pn/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&amp;page=UserAction&amp;id=1172">&ldquo;Built by Michigan</a>&rdquo; is asking voters to petition Governor Rick Snyder to create incentives for installing charging stations. It&rsquo;s also pushing for the state to buy more electric vehicles and tougher regulations requiring &ldquo;clean fuel standards&rdquo;.</p> Tue, 04 Oct 2011 03:42:22 +0000 Lindsey Smith 4423 at http://michiganradio.org Coalition wants Michigan incentives for electric vehicle charging stations Plug-in electric tax credit should be a rebate, says U.S. Sen. Stabenow http://michiganradio.org/post/plug-electric-tax-credit-should-be-rebate-says-us-sen-stabenow <p>U.S. Senator <a href="http://stabenow.senate.gov/">Debbie Stabenow</a> has introduced legislation to help people who buy plug-in electric cars – and to help the companies making the advanced vehicles.</p><p>Right now, someone who buys a plug-in electric car like a Nissan Leaf or Chevy Volt gets a tax credit of up to $7,500.&nbsp;&nbsp;But the buyer doesn’t collect the money until tax time.</p><p>Stabenow says the program could be improved.</p><blockquote><p>I think it would be an even bigger incentive if it were on the front end for consumers.</p></blockquote><p>Stabenow says Congress already approved the money for the tax credit, so it wouldn’t cost any more to give it out as a rebate at the time of sale.</p><p>Currently, cars that qualify for the full rebate include the Chevy Volt, the Nissan Leaf, and the Tesla Roadster. Coda and Wheego also make an electric vehicle that qualifies for the credit. Ford, Fiat and Toyota plan to launch electric plug-in cars within the next year.</p><p>Stabenow’s legislation would also commit the federal government to spend two billion dollars to help companies that make advanced lithium ion batteries for vehicles. That’s on top of the two billion dollars the federal government has already spent to help the new industry.&nbsp;</p><p>The Congresswoman&nbsp;admits the legislation is being proposed during a tough budget year:</p><blockquote><p>&nbsp;(But) I think that strategic investments in innovation like battery innovation and manufacturing equals jobs – and so I’m hopeful that this will be a priority.</p></blockquote><p>Michigan received the lion’s share of the last round of federal grants for advanced battery development– more than one billion dollars.&nbsp; Michigan now has more advanced battery companies than any other state. Tue, 08 Feb 2011 00:10:46 +0000 Tracy Samilton 1194 at http://michiganradio.org Plug-in electric tax credit should be a rebate, says U.S. Sen. Stabenow