Thursday thoughts

August 5, 2010 § Leave a comment

Hyundai has set out its plans for meeting an average 50mpg (US) across its entire range by 2025. Key to this target – which is ahead of the US CAFE standards – are cars such as the recently-launched Sonata hybrid (pictured), and a concept car to be unveiled at November’s Los Angeles Auto Show will be “an important part of this fuel-economy puzzle”, said Hyundai Motor America CEO John Krafcik in a speech yesterday.

    • San Francisco and the Bay Area will benefit from a $5million grant through the government-funded Spare the Air Programme. This will fund 3000 private electric vehicle charging points, subsidised for individual houses and apartment blocks, 2000 on-street and public-access charging points at businesses, plus 50 fast-charge stations easily accessed from the freeways.
    • Thought-provoking claims on the impact of aeroplanes vs cars on global warming: long-term, cars are the greater culprits, according to a study published this week. It’s all to do with the lifespan of the gases emitted, and altitude; more at Green Car Congress.

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