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  2. Anything without an ICE sucks some soul out. Speed and quickness can't replicate the noises and vibrations of an ICE and gear changes(manual or auto). I don't agree with you much on the EV side of things but I completely agree with you here. No speed or quickness will replicate or replace the noises and vibrations that ICE and a real transmission(manual or auto)(minus the CVT crap) give you. Heck, I want an intake for my lame Focus because I want MORE intake noises for my car. I don't want it to be silent. Yes, I think a silent car absolutely has it's place and I'd want one as well. But I don't want to have the silence without a second vehicle that makes fun noises as well.
  3. Porsche News: Rumorpile: Porsche Reconsiders 911 Hybrid

    A Hybrid 911 makes all the sense in the world. It's a no-brainer, and a wonder they haven't done it already.
  4. Ram News: Spying: Ram 1500 Sporting A Split Tailgate?

    The chevy corner step seems pretty much perfect, imo. I assume you've used one, but that Ford Man Step is actually really nice. Definitely more complicated than it's worth but a buddy of mine has one and I had to try it out. It's nice but it's like this Ram tailgate thing. Almost making a solution for a not-real-problem.
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  6. Ford is expanding their green options to governments with the launch of the Special Service Plug-In Hybrid Sedan. The model will be positioned for those who don't need a pursuit-rated vehicle such as Police and Fire Chiefs, detectives, and other government officials. Based on the Fusion Energi, the Special Service Plug-In Hybrid Sedan comes with the 2.0L Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder and a larger 7.6-kWh lithium-ion battery. Ford says the electric range of 21 miles should be enough for most folks to get through a shift without needing a recharge. If the battery does become depleted, the gas engine will kick on to provide a total range of over 500 miles. “This is the first Ford police vehicle that can potentially get through an entire shift using no gasoline whatsoever. Anyone can plug this in to any wall outlet to run gas- and emissions-free on battery-only operation,” said Stephen Tyler, Ford police brand marketing manager. Recharging is said to take about 7 hours from a conventional 110-volt outlet or 2.5 hours when using a 240-volt charger. Ford has fitted a number of features for those wearing a badge. The front seats come upholstered in heavy-duty cloth and feature smaller side bolsters for improved comfort. Anti-stab plates are installed in the backside of the front seats to provide extra protection. Optional equipment includes spot lights, storage vault for the trunk, and a dark-car feature that turns completely turns off all interior lighting for surveillance purposes. The order books for the Special Service Plug-In Hybrid Sedan open next month with deliveries beginning next summer. Source: Ford Press Release is on Page 2 FORD LAUNCHES ITS FIRST PLUG-IN HYBRID VEHICLE FOR POLICE AND GOVERNMENT CUSTOMERS New Ford police vehicle debuts offering battery-only electric mode, plus the driving range of a gasoline-electric hybrid New vehicle designed for police and fire chiefs, detectives, and other non-pursuit law enforcement personnel 7.6-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery propels new police Special Service Plug-In Hybrid Sedan up to 21 miles on a charge and up to 85 mph on battery power alone; new offering brings the added flexibility of a full hybrid-electric powertrain with a range surpassing 500 miles DEARBORN, Mich., Nov. 20, 2017 – Earlier this year, Ford revealed the world’s first-ever pursuit-rated hybrid police vehicle. Today, the company is giving law enforcement an even more efficient option with the reveal of a plug-in hybrid vehicle capable of driving up to 21 miles without a drop of gas. The Special Service Plug-In Hybrid Sedan, the first plug-in hybrid police vehicle from Ford, is designed for police and fire chiefs, detectives, and other government personnel whose jobs don’t require a pursuit-rated vehicle. “This is the first Ford police vehicle that can potentially get through an entire shift using no gasoline whatsoever,” said Stephen Tyler, Ford police brand marketing manager. “Anyone can plug this in to any wall outlet to run gas- and emissions-free on battery-only operation.” The vehicle’s 3.3-kilowatt onboard charger allows agencies to fully charge the 7.6-kilowatt-hour battery in just 2.5 hours on a 240-volt, level-two charger. But Ford is confident most agencies won’t need anything more than a regular 120-volt wall outlet to recharge. The lithium-ion battery can move the vehicle up to 21 miles on a single charge and up to 85 mph on battery power alone. Once the battery runs down, the vehicle is powered by its gasoline-electric hybrid powerplant – with a range surpassing 500 miles – eliminating any concerns of range anxiety typically associated with battery-only electrics. The custom interior features heavy-duty cloth front seats with reduced bolsters, for officer comfort, and rear anti-stab plates, plus vinyl rear seating and flooring. Other highlights include a reinforced top tray for mounting equipment, metal console mounting plate, red and white task lighting in the overhead console, police engine-idle feature, unique alloy wheels and an auxiliary power distribution box in the trunk. Several unique options are available for the Special Service Plug-In Hybrid Sedan, including a driver spot lamp, a trunk storage vault, trunk ventilation system, and a rear door control-disabling feature. A special dark-car feature turns off interior lighting and allows the dash cluster to be dimmed 100 percent for surveillance, and several emergency lighting packages like those found on other Ford police vehicles are also available. The new Special Service Plug-In Hybrid Sedan joins two other Ford police vehicles revealed this year – Ford Police Responder Hybrid Sedan and F-150 Police Responder. Recently, both successfully completed rigorous testing conducted by Michigan State Police at Grattan Raceway in Belding, Michigan, and Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. Customers will be able to order the Special Service Plug-In Hybrid Sedan in December with sales starting next summer. View full article
  7. Ford's Newest Police Vehicle Plugs-In

    Ford is expanding their green options to governments with the launch of the Special Service Plug-In Hybrid Sedan. The model will be positioned for those who don't need a pursuit-rated vehicle such as Police and Fire Chiefs, detectives, and other government officials. Based on the Fusion Energi, the Special Service Plug-In Hybrid Sedan comes with the 2.0L Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder and a larger 7.6-kWh lithium-ion battery. Ford says the electric range of 21 miles should be enough for most folks to get through a shift without needing a recharge. If the battery does become depleted, the gas engine will kick on to provide a total range of over 500 miles. “This is the first Ford police vehicle that can potentially get through an entire shift using no gasoline whatsoever. Anyone can plug this in to any wall outlet to run gas- and emissions-free on battery-only operation,” said Stephen Tyler, Ford police brand marketing manager. Recharging is said to take about 7 hours from a conventional 110-volt outlet or 2.5 hours when using a 240-volt charger. Ford has fitted a number of features for those wearing a badge. The front seats come upholstered in heavy-duty cloth and feature smaller side bolsters for improved comfort. Anti-stab plates are installed in the backside of the front seats to provide extra protection. Optional equipment includes spot lights, storage vault for the trunk, and a dark-car feature that turns completely turns off all interior lighting for surveillance purposes. The order books for the Special Service Plug-In Hybrid Sedan open next month with deliveries beginning next summer. Source: Ford Press Release is on Page 2 FORD LAUNCHES ITS FIRST PLUG-IN HYBRID VEHICLE FOR POLICE AND GOVERNMENT CUSTOMERS New Ford police vehicle debuts offering battery-only electric mode, plus the driving range of a gasoline-electric hybrid New vehicle designed for police and fire chiefs, detectives, and other non-pursuit law enforcement personnel 7.6-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery propels new police Special Service Plug-In Hybrid Sedan up to 21 miles on a charge and up to 85 mph on battery power alone; new offering brings the added flexibility of a full hybrid-electric powertrain with a range surpassing 500 miles DEARBORN, Mich., Nov. 20, 2017 – Earlier this year, Ford revealed the world’s first-ever pursuit-rated hybrid police vehicle. Today, the company is giving law enforcement an even more efficient option with the reveal of a plug-in hybrid vehicle capable of driving up to 21 miles without a drop of gas. The Special Service Plug-In Hybrid Sedan, the first plug-in hybrid police vehicle from Ford, is designed for police and fire chiefs, detectives, and other government personnel whose jobs don’t require a pursuit-rated vehicle. “This is the first Ford police vehicle that can potentially get through an entire shift using no gasoline whatsoever,” said Stephen Tyler, Ford police brand marketing manager. “Anyone can plug this in to any wall outlet to run gas- and emissions-free on battery-only operation.” The vehicle’s 3.3-kilowatt onboard charger allows agencies to fully charge the 7.6-kilowatt-hour battery in just 2.5 hours on a 240-volt, level-two charger. But Ford is confident most agencies won’t need anything more than a regular 120-volt wall outlet to recharge. The lithium-ion battery can move the vehicle up to 21 miles on a single charge and up to 85 mph on battery power alone. Once the battery runs down, the vehicle is powered by its gasoline-electric hybrid powerplant – with a range surpassing 500 miles – eliminating any concerns of range anxiety typically associated with battery-only electrics. The custom interior features heavy-duty cloth front seats with reduced bolsters, for officer comfort, and rear anti-stab plates, plus vinyl rear seating and flooring. Other highlights include a reinforced top tray for mounting equipment, metal console mounting plate, red and white task lighting in the overhead console, police engine-idle feature, unique alloy wheels and an auxiliary power distribution box in the trunk. Several unique options are available for the Special Service Plug-In Hybrid Sedan, including a driver spot lamp, a trunk storage vault, trunk ventilation system, and a rear door control-disabling feature. A special dark-car feature turns off interior lighting and allows the dash cluster to be dimmed 100 percent for surveillance, and several emergency lighting packages like those found on other Ford police vehicles are also available. The new Special Service Plug-In Hybrid Sedan joins two other Ford police vehicles revealed this year – Ford Police Responder Hybrid Sedan and F-150 Police Responder. Recently, both successfully completed rigorous testing conducted by Michigan State Police at Grattan Raceway in Belding, Michigan, and Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. Customers will be able to order the Special Service Plug-In Hybrid Sedan in December with sales starting next summer.
  8. I don't think the Bolt EV is soul sucking at all. It's a hoot to scamper around in because the torque comes on so strong.... more so than any 4-cylinder mid-size.
  9. Tesla Unveils Their Electric Semi Truck

    So what? Guess when they add tow trucks to the EV program, you will just have yet another reason to hate and troll EVs.
  10. T only sucks the joy out if you let it. Sorry but a car that can hit 0-60 in less than 2.0 seconds (like the upcoming Tesla roadster) most certainly pure joy. Besides, CUVs have been sucking the joy out of driving for years now yet not one word from the peanut gallery. The focus on CUVs has done more to damage the joy of driving than any EV.
  11. The Nissan Titan will soon be available for sale in China. According to Automotive News, Nissan is planning to expor https://t.co/u47w0F3PCV

  12. Nissan Sending the Titan to China

    The Nissan Titan will soon be available for sale in China. According to Automotive News, Nissan is planning to export Titans from their Canton, Mississippi plant to China to hopefully take a slice of the country's commercial and construction segments. But Nissan North America's Chairman Jose Munoz admits there's another reason for the Titan in China. "The Chinese look very much to the United States and they see pickups driving families here. They asked, Why don't we have those pickups here?" said Munoz. Nissan is saying how many Titans it will be sending to China, but Munoz said there isn't a lot of factory capacity to build out more Titans at the moment. This seems to mesh with Nissan's plan on launch the Titan family of trucks into other markets we on reported last month . Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required)
  13. The Nissan Titan will soon be available for sale in China. According to Automotive News, Nissan is planning to export Titans from their Canton, Mississippi plant to China to hopefully take a slice of the country's commercial and construction segments. But Nissan North America's Chairman Jose Munoz admits there's another reason for the Titan in China. "The Chinese look very much to the United States and they see pickups driving families here. They asked, Why don't we have those pickups here?" said Munoz. Nissan is saying how many Titans it will be sending to China, but Munoz said there isn't a lot of factory capacity to build out more Titans at the moment. This seems to mesh with Nissan's plan on launch the Titan family of trucks into other markets we on reported last month . Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required) View full article
  14. Ford News: Ford C-Max Energi Is Done, C-Max Hybrid To Follow Sometime Next Year

    I thought they had sliding doors...but that is the Grand C-Max version the US didn't get...
  15. Toyota News: Toyota Prius V To Cease Sales In U.S.

    The Prius V is an "odd duck"? Hello? Has anyone SEEN the rest of the Prius family?
  16. Toyota News: Toyota Prius V To Cease Sales In U.S.

    Another pod- never bothered to notice the differences within the prius line.
  17. Toyota News: Toyota Prius V To Cease Sales In U.S.

    Not as many here, sadly......
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  19. Toyota News: Toyota Prius V To Cease Sales In U.S.

    Teo? I'm surprised that the Prius V is going away. They must have sold well in Pittsburgh, I see a fair amount of them here.
  20. Random Thoughts Thread

    oh HELL no! I don't kno how you Canucks do it.
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  22. Toyota News: Toyota Prius V To Cease Sales In U.S.

    the model x's are why i have the teo app on my phone next to lyft, but my business has me travelling to the US more than eastern canada
  23. Random Thoughts Thread

    There is really no other way to celebrate these holidays actually. I dont mind the snow. Its just the 1st snowfall of the season that I might grunt at. And in March. By the time St. Patrick's Day arrives, Im itching for it to end. LOL I love snowstorms. I love being in them. Driving in them (when Im practically the only dude on the road though) or watching the snow fall intensely from inside my home. I love ice skating (with my kids)... I dont mind winter at all. What I dont like is the -4 to -40 Farhenheit weather.
  24. Mazda News: Mazda Updates the 6 With A Turbo Engine Option

    Oh, I was only replying to your "all turbo".
  25. Random Thoughts Thread

    I'm just glad to be out of the fuckin' fecal desert and in a cold climate for Thanksgiving and Christmas again. My Jeep is ready for winter--new tires, floor mats, shovel, ice scraper. And since I'm working from home 100%, I can be selective about when I go out..
  26. Random Thoughts Thread

    Exactly the same here. I second that emotion. Although I am very in a XMAS spirit this year. And I welcome the snow...fyet I still feel...ugh about it! Nice Bonneville!
  27. Toyota News: Toyota Prius V To Cease Sales In U.S.

    Montreal Taxis Launched last year for Montreal's 375th. Our Taxis now adorn Bonjour to welcome the tourists. Along with Hybrid Kia Souls and Tesla Model Xs. But the Prius is by far the more popular one. Well...the Kia Soul Hybrid is pretty popular too.
  28. Toyota News: Toyota Prius V To Cease Sales In U.S.

    the prius v is a car without a market. the prius c's compact dimensions make more sense for city dwellers, and suburban types gravitating to crossovers would choose the hybrid RAV-4. prius v's do make excellent taxis though, and toyota would be smart to have the vehicle available for livery purchases.
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