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Weber State University (WSU) – Automotive Technology Department – Advanced Vehicle Systems Lab. A demonstration of the in-vehicle Energy Monitor of a 2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid as well as a discussion of hybrid system operation. This demonstrates the different energy paths and directions that take place under various driving conditions with the Toyota P310 Hybrid Transaxle with two electric motors (MG1 and MG2). The 2008 Highlander Hybrid is an All-Wheel Drive (AWD) vehicle that has a rear electric motor (Q211) to drive the rear wheels whenever the front wheels are about to slip. This energy monitoring system is similar to the Toyota Prius and Camry hybrids as well as GM 2-Mode hybrids and some Ford Hybrids. This video helps satisfy NATEF Task A2.C.24. “Describe the operational characteristics of a hybrid vehicle drive train. (eCVT)”, a priority 3 task. Weber State University Automotive Short (two evenings) Courses on Hybrid and Alternate Fuel Vehicles are now available. Sign up today.

Hiriko folding electric two seater car

Coda Automotive opened their first mall store. The Coda Electric Vehicle (EV) is actually a pretty good alternative to the Nissan Leaf. While a bit pricier, the 110 mile range on the car makes it a viable commuter car and fleet vehicle. Just like the Ford Taurus used to be, and the Ford Focus is becoming, Coda is likely to be the defacto standard for Electric Fleets, with its 4 hour charge time, and great range, you could conceivably commute 70 miles to work and still have charge left over to run errands after work. Coda is an All-electric, not a Hybrid. It uses lithium iron phosphate batteries and has a 134 HP motor that generates just over 200 Foot Pounds of Torque. Schedule a Test Drive or “Build your own” at

We finally get some time in the all new, 100% electric car the Nissan LEAF. The first widely available electric car is capable of driving about 110 miles on a charge. The electric motor produces 107 horsepower and 207 lb-ft of torque. The LEAF can be plugged into any conventional home electric outlet to be recharged. The LEAF handles a lot better than expected and it’s acceleration was pretty impressive too. It actually felt quick off the line due to the availability of all 207 lb-ft of torque the second your foot hits the accelerator. Rumors are that the 0-60 MPH time is about 10 or 11 seconds. We didn’t have time to do an official test unfortunately but it felt a lot quicker than that to us. As far as gas mileage goes. The EPA has rated the LEAF at 99 MPG. Wow!!! To view and download the window sticker for the 2011 Nissan LEAF SL-E please visit or follow this link: – Car Forum – http RoadflyTV – Facebook – Twitter – IMDb – IMDB – Host: Ross Rapoport

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This is a review of the new Mitsubishi iMiEV…a pure electric car! Coming to the US in November, this car will directly compete with the Nissan LEAF. Review is by Vince Bodiford of

( ) In the very near future will we all be driving electric cars? That’s a question that only 10 years ago seemed like a dream, but today with all electric cars like the 2012 Nissan Leaf, it doesn’t seem so far fetched. Of course unlike, gasoline powered cars, electric cars can’t be filled up at your local gas station in a few minutes. Once they run our of juice…you are well and truly stuck. This is called range anxiety and it can be all too real. We decide to find out just how real by spending a day in the life of the all new Nissan Leaf.’s Farah Alkhalisi drives the prototype Range_e plug-in hybrid and talks to Range Rover’s Paul Bostock about the company’s experimental car. Range Rover will launch a standard hybrid next year but sees plug-in vehicles, with 20 miles of pure-electric range on offer, as a great option for their customers – reduced emissions, reduced running costs but still the same performance and capabilities. NB This was filmed on our sound guy’s day off – apologies for the poor audio. And for the noise of the Jaguar XJ220 being parked up behind us half way through.

Who is ready to charge this car? That’s a question many are asking themselves in the us after ford shocked car enthusiasts. The company unveiled five new electric and partially electric cars, including the new ford fusion, at the 2012 Detroit auto show. Still in the motor world the ancient James Bond Toyota car now goes the solar way. Nicholas Mudimba has more.

The two-seater Emerg-e is Infiniti’s first-ever car to offer an extended-range electric drivetrain — basically an electric motor drives the wheels but a petrol engine provides charge when the battery gets low. More at

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