The Worst Hybrid Vehicles

All things nice and everything nice, this phrase became associated with Hybrid vehicles. However, it was recently known that this statement might actually be not-so-true when information about some hybrid models that proved to be not-so-economical.

Chevrolet Tahoe 2-Mode Hybrid – Most consumers would have thought that when hybrid vehicles emerged into the market, it would be the very answer to every SUV owners’ fuel consumption dilemma. This belief gave a stronger effect when hybrid SUVs found their way into the market once more. Compared to standard SUV models, Chevrolet Tahoe boasts a 2-mode system allowing the vehicle to operate in 2-wheel and 4-wheel drive, gaining 40% improvement, at 20-21 miles per gallon. At a starting price of $50,490 MSRP, you could own this 2-Mode Hybrid baby. However, no matter how positive the modification can be with Chevrolet Tahoe, most consumers may not expect the same fuel economical benefits since this vehicle still cannot surpass nor even match the economic wise advantage of other hybrids can offer. While other hybrids continually amaze their owners for the gallon/mile consumption wonders, i.e., average of 50 miles per gallon, Chevrolet has evidently failed to pass the 2-Mode Hybrid as a cost-effective and ecologically-wise hybrid. With these factors in mind, prospective buyers should think it over first before investing on this hybrid. Would you still want a Major Brand of Vehicle, with a major deduction from your pockets?

Honda Accord Hybrid – How could you purchase a hybrid vehicle when they have not even passed their initial emission tests? This has been the case of Honda Accord Hybrid. In an attempt to modify the problems of the emissions unit, the model was temporarily retracted from the market by its makers. Unfortunately, despite Honda’s effort to regain the Accord’s hybrid image, the vehicle according to some reports in the internet, was said to have failed the emission test once again. Taking this into consideration, we should be well aware that a vehicle’s failure in emission test will cost you more money. First of all, the repair cost has to be shouldered by the owner, apart from this, there is also the cost to conduct the emission test once again. Three emission test failures mean you are in trouble – because it would mean that you will not be allowed to drive the vehicle legally. There is no sufficient info for consumers if Honda Accord Hybrid is still available in the market. Should you wish to check on their website homepage, prospective consumers find themselves looking at low-emissions Honda Coupe model, which is by the way a non-standard hybrid, when they search or click for a Hybrid models. A consumer must be very careful in the process of choosing Honda Accord Hybrid, especially with news such as non-passing of emission test for the first test still looms in the market.

Yes, we can be rest assured that most of the other hybrids available in the market have passed emission test in most of the states, and therefore are true to their name as hybrids. However, there will always be thorns among the roses, and these two hybrids are unfortunately considered as the thorns. Thorns in the ecological system as they have certainly failed the first stage of passing emission tests and thorns to the pocket of the poor consumers who have misleadingly invested for these type of vehicles without knowing the pros and cons.

If you are not yet one of those who have purchased these types of Hybrids, consider yourself lucky and now is the right time to exercise your right to choose. If fuel consumption and eco-awareness is one of the factors you have in mind in buying a Hybrid, then do your share of researching before investing on these vehicles. Remember, this is your money and it is indeed worthwhile to be extra careful before splashing out on these high-priced and yet, not-so-hybrids.

The Basic Technical Specification Of RC Electric Vehicles Simplified For Beginners

When you are browsing RC automobiles online and decide to check the details of an RC electric vehicle that you are interested in (let’s suppose it is an high speed on road racing car), this is what you will likely be presented with, if you are on a quality, customer-focussed website, that is:

– SP28404 brushless motor
– SP28405 brushless electronic speed control
– Anodized aluminium centre drive joint
– Compact front/rear differentials
– Suspension arms with adjustable Width
– Anodized aluminium radio tray
– Solid shock towers and front/rear bumper
– High quality on-road tires with chrome sprayed rims
– 7.2v 1100mah Ni-Mh battery power required
– 7.2v 1500mah Ni-Mh battery or 7.4v 1300mah lithium battery pack is optional
– Anodized aluminium motor heat guard
– High duty front bumper foam provides
– Vehicle length: 265 mm
– Vehicle Width: 140 mm
– Height: 80 mm
– Wheelbase: 174 mm
– Track Width: 77 mm (F/R)
– Gear Ratio: 10.6:1
– Ground Clearance: 8mm
– Net Weight: 790g
– Wheel Diameter: 49mm
– Wheel Width: 18mm

How do you make head or tail of this fairly detailed specification for your rc electric vehicle, without it resulting in your eyes glazing over? Help is at hand right here. Let us go through these features one by one and you will be overjoyed with enlightenment.

SP28404 brushless motor
This is the latest, more advanced, powerful type of motor, which is reflected in the overall (higher) starting price of the automobile in which it is fitted. The benefits to you are a potentially speedier, more dynamically efficient RC vehicle, with the added bonus that it should be simpler to maintain. RC automobiles with brushed motors however, are the classic, conventional types.

SP28405 brushless electronic speed control
The RC electric vehicle’s speed is regulated with an electronic speed controller (abbreviated to ESC). This is the component that controls the drive motor mentioned above, together with the general electronics. Most automobiles come integrated with the motor and ESC, but are separate purchases in the more enhanced set-ups.

Anodized aluminium centre drive joint
More commonly known as the RC electric vehicle’s drive shaft, this is the central rod that runs from the front to the rear of the automobile. Being made of aluminium makes it lighter without compromising on the vehicle’s overall stability and sturdiness.

Compact front/rear differentials
A differential is a device that in most cases incorporates gears and is designed to drive each pair of front and rear wheels with equal force, but still allows the wheels to rotate at different speeds. Differentials on good electric vehicles are high performance.

Suspension arms with adjustable Width
The suspension arms provide your RC vehicle with powerful cushioning, as in a conventional car. Being adjustable allows the vehicle to be driven at optimum suspension on different terrains, especially when running over bumpy or rocky ground and when turning corners.

Anodized aluminium radio tray
This is tray that houses the in-built radio receiver in your RC vehicle. Being anodized gives it increased corrosion and wear resistance, making it harder than bare aluminium.

Solid shock towers and front/rear bumper
Integrated with the suspension system, the shock towers provide a damping effect on the overall vehicle suspension.

High quality on-road tires with chrome sprayed rims
The specification for this RC electric vehicle relates to an on road racing car. The makeup of the tires is important here. It is like differentiating between a mountain bike, with its thick, knobbly, high-friction tires and a road bike, with its slimmer, low-friction tires and a less prominent tread. It all comes down to performance requirements on the terrain that the RC vehicle was designed/intended to run on. The chrome rims adds a splash of quicksilver that finishes off the wheels nicely.

7.2v 1100mAh Ni-Mh battery power (required), 7.2v 1500mah Ni-Mh battery or 7.4v 1300mah lithium battery pack (optional)
7.2-volt nickel cadmium batteries are standard power sources, often referred to as battery packs. Although they are identical in size, they differ in capacities ranging up to 3700mAh typically. As the battery pack is extra, it is advisable to go for the largest capacity that you can afford, if you desire more running time (the downside is that you’ll need more time to charge it up).

Anodized aluminium motor heat guard
Unsurprisingly, your RC electric vehicle’s motor will get very hot. The guard thankfully provides protection against heat, which results from high speed running.

High duty front bumper foam
As with conventional, real-world automobiles, the front foam bumper needs to deliver maximum protection to your RC vehicle against impacts.

Vehicle dimensions
Length, width, height, ground clearance, net weight, wheel diameter and wheel width are self-explanatory.
Your RC electric vehicle’s wheelbase will be the length from the leading edge of its front wheels to the trailing edge of its rear wheels.

Track
Track refers to track width, the distance between the center of the left tire and the center of the right tire.

Gear Ratio
This is the relationship between the numbers of teeth on two gears that are meshed or two sprockets connected with a common roller chain, or the circumferences of two pulleys connected with a drive belt.

So, there you have it. We’ve just covered some of the basic technical terms that you are likely to come across when you are enjoying your time shopping for your future RC electric vehicles. Whatever you do, don’t be fazed by these terms – think of it as an educational experience, a journey of discovery that is a part of your enjoyment of RC electric vehicles.

What You Need to Know About Electric Vehicles

Electric vehicle technology has been around for more than 100 years, but the current iteration of EVs has only been available since 2008 when the Tesla Roadster was brought to the market. The Tesla is now gone, but a whole slew of vehicles have emerged including battery electric vehicles (BEV), hybrid electric vehicles (HEV), plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) and fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEV).

All the different names mean one thing: you need to understand what is out there to ensure that you get the type of vehicle that meets your needs, advances your lifestyle or both. Let’s take a look at electric vehicles and what these cars mean for you and your wallet.

Fuel Savings — Across the board, EVs of all stripes use less fuel than conventional internal combustion engines. BEVs use no gasoline, deriving energy strictly from the electric grid. Hybrids, whether conventional models or the plug-in variety, rely on a gasoline energy as well as a battery pack to drive these cars. FCEVs are rare, but include the Honda FCX Clarity, a vehicle that runs on hydrogen.

Reduced Emissions — ‘Tis true: you’ll pollute less with an EV, but you’ll still have some impact on the environment, sometimes indirectly. Vehicles such as the Nissan Leaf EV tout not having a tail pipe, suggesting that driving such a vehicle means no pollution is emitted. However, the Leaf taps into the power grid and coal burning plants supply the power hat helps EVs run. Thus, the Leaf and vehicles like it indirectly pollute. Hybrids pollute too, but less so than conventional models as these run on gasoline only part of the time. FCEVs offer no pollution whatsoever as these vehicles run on hydrogen.

Vehicle Costs — You’ll pay thousands of dollars more for an EV than you will pay for a comparable gas-powered car. Sometimes those differences can be measured in the tens of thousands of dollars. Electric battery packs are expensive, costing manufacturers $8,000 to $12,000 to produce, a cost that is passed on to the consumer. However, if you keep your vehicle for many years you may recoup this cost. Moreover, federal tax credits and local incentives can reduce your ownership costs.

Recharging Inconvenience — Except for conventional hybrids and FCEVs, you’ll need to recharge your vehicle for it to run on electric power. You’ll also face a limited vehicle range of 65 to 90 miles between charges. If you buy a plugin hybrid, such as the Chevy Volt, you extend your range as a small, gas engine kicks in. You’ll still pay for gas, but use less of it.

One area that is hard to quantify with electric vehicles is actual mileage. The Environmental Protection Agency has attempted to come up with a comparable number, but those figures may not tell the whole story. Much caution must be exercised when shopping for an EV as well as any new car.

Information Matters When Buying Used Cars For Sale By Private Owner

Buying used cars for sale by owner is not the same as buying a new car. When you buy a new car, it comes with the warranty of a manufacturer which is an established brand and promises to sell you stuff that they are responsible for. But when you buy Used cars for sale by private owner, there is no such guarantee. There are odds that the car might even break down the moment you go out of the garage. So what does one do? Well, information is the key in such circumstances.

The more you know about a vehicle, the better decision you are going to make about the purchase. This is why some people get a better used car than others and at a price which is much lower than the others. SO to make a good purchase we need to understand the rules of the game and then use them to our own advantage.

When buying cars for sale by owner, the odds are always stacked against the buyer. The seller will always have more information about the car. They will give you limited information or at worst misleading information to close the sale at the highest possible price. A diligent buyer however can pick up the clues from the car and from the seller and can make sense of the whole story. But this requires some amount of preparation at your end too.

For instance if you were buying a used cars for sale by private owner and on inspection you saw shabby interiors. They were cleaned at the last minute but there is still a pungent odor of cigarettes smoke inside and the seller claims that the owner took perfect care of the vehicle. Should you believe them? Well, no! Stats show that interiors reflect the engine conditions of the vehicles because someone who is careless about the interiors probably missed services and hasn’t taken care of the car too much and is now selling it to you when the maintenance is going too high.

Buying Used cars for sale by private owner is much like going on a detective mission. They will give you a list of documents to show that they services the cars on time, there have been no accidents and the car is in good working condition. But you need to verify these documents for their validity before you consider them while deciding the price. Forged service documents are not difficult to make particularly if mechanic is just down the lane or a few blocks away.

The car speaks for itself and so do the actions of the owners. Sellers will involuntarily give signals that help you determine the true value of the car. Buying Used cars for sale by private owner can save you a lot of money if you make the right purchase. But you need to be careful and you must know how to seek out true information and ensure that it reflects in the price you pay.