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Chrysler goes Electric

Looking beyond hybrids...Chrysler goes Electric

Chrysler Corporation has revealed three electric-drive vehicles, one of which will go on sale in 2010. Unlike hybrids, these three vehicles can drive without using any gasoline. Lou Rhodes, Vice President - Advance Vehicle Engineering and President of ENVI, explains more about the Dodge EV, the Jeep EV and the Chrysler EV in the video above.

The prototypes give a glimpse of the very near future. Chrysler intends to bring advanced, electric-drive vehicles to market quickly, and in a broad range of choices for consumers – from front-wheel drive platforms, to rear-wheel drive, to body-on-frame four-wheel drive. A fleet of more than 100 Chrysler electric vehicles will be on the road in government, business and Chrysler development fleets next year. Then, in 2010, at least one of the electric-drive vehicles will go on sale to consumers in North America, and later in Europe.

The Dodge EV is a two-passenger rear-wheel drive sports car that offers high performance and zero emissions. The Dodge EV has three primary components: a 200 kW (268 horsepower) electric motor, an advanced lithium-ion battery and an integrated power controller. The 200 kW electric-drive motor produces 480 lb.-ft. of torque, accelerating the vehicle from zero to 60 mph in less than five seconds, with a top speed of more than 120 mph. The Dodge EV has a range of 150 miles between recharges – more than tripe the average daily commute. To recharge the vehicle, simply plug it into a standard 110-volt household outlet. Or the recharge time can be cut in half by using a typical 220-volt household appliance power outlet. The Jeep EV is an off-roader that adds new meaning to the term “Tread Lightly”. The Jeep EV is a range-extended electric vehicle that couples the electric motor and the lithium-ion battery system with a small gasoline engine and an integrated electric generator to produce added energy. The Jeep EV has a range of 40 miles of zero-emissions, all-electric operation – no gas necessary. But for longer trips of up to 400 miles, the small gasoline engine produces energy to power the electric-drive system. Since nearly 80 percent of Americans drive less than 40 miles per day, or 14,000 miles per year, the technology in the Jeep EV would allow most drivers to drive using no gasoline and emitting no tailpipe emissions. The 268 hp electric motor generates 296 lb.-ft. of torque in the Jeep EV. The instant high torque and the ability to control each wheel independently results in the off-road capability consumers expect from Jeep. Finally, there’s the Chrysler EV, a fuel-efficient minivan for families on the go. The seven-passenger Chrysler EV is, like the Jeep EV, a range-extended electric vehicle that puts electric-drive technology in the segment-leading Chrysler Town & Country minivan. The Chrysler EV can drive 40 miles on all-electric power, or 400 miles with the help of an integrated small displacement engine and generator. The Chrysler EV uses a 255 horsepower motor, producing 258 lb.-ft. of torque, providing zero to 60 mph acceleration in about nine seconds. To find out more about the trio of EV vehicles, go to http://www.ChryslerGoesElectric.com.

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John Stewart

On-Line Auto Meter Gauge Store Launched

The full line of auto meter gauges and gauge accessories is now available from TruckCustomizers.com.

Southington, CT (PRWEB) September 23, 2008 -- Truck and car enthusiasts can now find the full line of Auto Meter gauges and gauge accessories on TruckCustomizers.com. The online retailer of auto and truck accessories recently launched their new Auto Meter gauge store, which features the products of one of the leading manufacturers of gauges and tachometers.

"We feel this is the most complete Auto Meter gauge store available on the Internet," said Thomas Miller, Vice President of Sales for TruckCustomizers.com. "We're very excited about being able to offer our customers these quality performance accessories."

As one of the biggest names in aftermarket automotive accessories, Auto Meter is the choice for many car and truck enthusiasts. The Auto Meter line includes everything from standard gauges, such as speedometers and tachometers, to performance gauges, such as blower pressure gauges and turbo boost gauges. Auto Meter gauges also come in a variety of popular styles: the Cobalt Series, Carbon Fiber Series, and Ultra-Lite Series, to name a few, providing the consumer the personalized look they want for their vehicle. Customers also can often choose between analog and digital meters, so they're getting exactly what they need.

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Hastings Launches Online Tough Guy™ Gear Store

Hastings Manufacturing Company, LLC, a nearly 100-year-old maker of piston rings, announces the opening of their new online Tough Guy Gear Store.

Hastings, MI (PRWEB) September 22, 2008 -- Hastings Manufacturing Company, LLC, a nearly 100-year-old maker of piston rings, announces the opening of their new online Tough Guy Gear Store. "Hastings 'iconic' Tough Guy has been our symbol of quality pistons rings for a very long time," says Jeff Guenther, Director of Sales and Marketing. "He represents the quality and toughness that goes into every one of over 100 million rings manufactured at Hastings each year. People seem to love his positive persona and are happy to hear we are now offering Tough Guy gear such as hats, shirts and jackets. And the new e-commerce store at Hastingsracing.com is the only place you can purchase Tough Guy gear, which offers a terrific selection of high-quality Tough Guy traditional and racing products."

The Hastings Tough Guy Gear Store is designed to reflect the Hastings' brand images associated with their traditional aftermarket line of piston rings, as well as their new introduction of Tough Guy Racing Rings. And it's gender friendly, catering to both tough guys and gals. Gal gear, guy gear, Hastings traditional look, or Tough Guy Racing, it is all online and easy to purchase using Hastings secure shopping cart and check out process.

The Tough Guy Gear Store is stocked with clothing selections ranging from men and women's short and long sleeve t-shirts to hooded sweatshirts, as well as polo's, beanie and baseball hats, and stylish racing jackets. They all feature the legendary Tough Guy logo and come in color options of traditional blues and whites along with racing hot reds and blacks. More new products are coming soon, including: Tough Guy nylon vests, zip-up fleeces and carry-to-the-track coolers.

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Toyota Offer a Peek at 2009

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Toyota Offer a Peek at 2009

We get lots of requests for information about upcoming vehicles, and mostly what we can say is this: "Sorry, we don’t discuss future products."

But this is one of those rare moments in time when we can tell you a few things about what’s coming for 2009. That’s because the product release date looms, thus secrecy soon won’t be an issue. So here goes:

Standard for Tundra in select regions  is the capacity to use E85 Flex Fuel on 4x4 models powered by Toyota’s 5.7L V8 engine.

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Emerging Automotive Trends Demand Innovative Responses

Challenges face OEMs and parts manufacturers in automotive powertrain and chassis engineering.

Louisville, KY (Vocus/PRWEB ) September 10, 2008 -- Trends emerging now in the automotive industry have the potential to bring significant change to several areas of automotive engineering, says James D. Eddy, Automotive Industry Manager of Zeon Chemicals L.P. in Louisville, Kentucky.

“From the resurgence of past technologies like turbocharging to increasing electrification of vehicles, we can expect these trends to affect the vehicles of the future and the elastomers used to produce them,” Eddy explains. Here are a few of the rising trends Eddy expects to become of increased importance.

1. The renaissance of turbocharging

Rising fuel costs will lead to a preference for technologies that allow more power to be produced by smaller engines, including a resurgence of technologies used in the past such as turbocharging. Currently widely used in Europe with diesel engines, turbocharging will appear in North American gasoline engines now being developed for introduction beginning in 2010.

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