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The Growing Demand for Electric Vehicles

Posted by Jody Johnson on Jul 27, 2016 10:29:41 AM

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Tesla Model S  (EV) 

 

Here are the top 5 selling EVs PHEVs (electric vehicles plug-in hybrid-electric vehicles) in the U.S. for the first half of 2016, from an article at fleetcarma.com: Tesla Model S, Chevy Volt, Ford Fusion Energi, Tesla Model X, and the Nissan Leaf, out of a total list of 28 EV / PHEVs, where these 5 vehicles alone equal an impressive 41,371 number of sales out of the total 28 equaling 64,296 number of sales for the first half of 2016.

                                                                                                                                                                          

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                        Chevrolet Volt  (PHEV)                                                                   Ford Fusion Energi  (PHEV)

 

The number of EV / PHEV sales in 2016 are growing by leaps and bounds, with June showing a 49% increase over June of 2015, and the first half of 2016 overall having a 19% increase over the first half of 2015. This is a huge sign that consumers are becoming more excited and ready to embrace the future of alternative fuel using vehicles.  And with Tesla just recently having come out with their new more affordable $35,000 Model 3 (with an astonishing waiting list of 400,000 reservations), the future of EVs just keeps getting brighter & brighter!

 

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If you would like to read the rest of this interesting article, "Electric Vehicle Sales in the United States: 2016 Half-Year Update" at fleetcarma.com, just click on the link 2016 Electric Vehicle Sales.     

 

 

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Topics: Driving Green

Green Driving for Cleaner Cities

Posted by Jody Johnson on Jun 20, 2016 12:52:49 PM

 

CCGD.jpgOn May 19th, our CARITAS team attended the Clean Cities Green Drives Conference near Chicago, IL. The event was hosted by the Lake Michigan Clean Cities Consortium, which is made up of the Chicago Area, South Shore (Northern Indiana), and Wisconsin Clean Cities coalition. These three non-profit organizations, along with nearly 100 others throughout the United States, affiliated with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Clean Cities program, focus on increasing the use of alternative fuels and advanced-vehicle technologies, reducing vehicle idling, and improving fuel economy and air quality.

The Clean Cities Green Drives Conference created a lot of excitement for us all, while learning about the newest advancements in vehicle aerodynamic design, weight reduction, stop/start technology to reduce vehicle idling, and (surprising me the most) was all the different alternative fuels now available for vehicle use.

CCGD_Tesla.jpgMany alternative fuels can improve gas mileage, reduce emissions, increase energy security, and help stimulate our economy through their development and growing consumer demand. Though, until the demand for “green” vehicles increases, the cost to purchase an alternative fuel vehicle will tend to be higher than those of more conventional vehicles. To offset this higher initial cost, and the cost of specific equipment and fuels associated with the operation of these vehicles, there are federal and state incentives that are available to qualified individuals, businesses, municipalities and the general public.

To read about some examples of alternative fuel vehicle incentives, alternative fuel vehicles and their MPG or MPG equivalent ratings, alternative fuel types and U.S. fueling station locations, (from the U.S. Department of Energy)... just click on the link Clean Cities Green Drives.

 

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Safer Driving - Top 3 Causes of Car Accidents in America

Posted by Jody Johnson on May 9, 2016 2:34:15 PM

 What would you think are the 3 leading causes of car accidents in America?  

Here are two hints... all 3 causes are human behaviors, and all are completely preventable.  

Below is a graph from the National Safety Council, which compares two images of activity in the human brain; one is an image of a person's brain while driving alone, and the second shows how the brain is affected when a person is driving while listening to someone talking on a phone. 

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A lot of people believe they can do multiple tasks at the same time just as well as if they were to focus on doing just one. 

But this graph and every recent car accident statistic shows, that this belief is not only impossible, but also very dangerous to your safety, and to the safety of others. 

So, to find the answer to the question above, click on the link here Top 3 Causes of Car Accidents in America to read a brief article by Michael Pines, an accident and injury prevention expert in San Diego, who's on a campaign to end senseless injury, one blog at a time.   

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Topics: Driver Safety

Safer Driving - Exciting New Technologies

Posted by Jody Johnson on May 4, 2016 1:58:01 PM

Now you no longer have to worry about this happening to you... 

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Have you ever had a hard time parallel parking?... I know I sure have!  Luckily, car companies have now developed new technologies that will guide you (and me), carefully and accurately, right into that perfect parallel parking spot, which in the past you would try to avoid.

Here are a couple of new features that can help eliminate some of the daily stresses of parking: 

Automatic Parallel Parking - This feature will maneuver your car into a feasible parking space, positioning you to only having to gently brake and pull forward slightly with minor adjustments.  

Back-Up Warning System - When you shift into reverse, sensors on your rear bumper will scan behind your vehicle for objects and will alert you with a vibration, sound, or image. This feature is very helpful to detect small objects that cannot be seen below your rear window. 

To watch a brief fun video on just how amazing these new technologies are, just click on the link the National Safety Council, where you can also read about these new features that are now available to you, that can make for a more enjoyable (and safer) driving experience. 

 

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Topics: Driver Safety

Dominicans receive new Fleet Incentive Program

Posted by Brad Forbush on Mar 3, 2016 8:50:53 AM

CARITAS Vehicle Services is pleased to announce that Sr. Pat Farrell, Executive Director with the Dominican Sisters Conference, has coordinated an agreement with Nissan North America that allows Dominican Communities nationwide to acquire new vehicles under Nissan's Fleet Incentive ProgramThis means a Community will receive the same pricing discounts on 2016 vehicles that are normally reserved for Nissan's largest corporate clients. Here's an example of how the program works . . .

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Topics: Fleet Discounts

Your Car Can Do What... Article #5

Posted by Gabrielle Bobinsky on Sep 11, 2015 5:22:45 PM

Wow! There are so many new safety features in these 2016 models!  Automakers are introducing new, cutting-edge vehicles with innovative features, and we're also seeing major advancements in familiar features that we rely on every day such as your car's headlights and brakes. Today's article from our “Your Car Can Do What” series is here to inform you about the advancements in familiar technologies.

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Topics: Driver Safety

Your Car Can Do What... Article #4

Posted by Gabrielle Bobinsky on Sep 8, 2015 3:32:26 PM

Do you have to drive long-distance often? Do you ever find yourself becoming a bit uncomfortable during those long rides for work or vacation? Car companies have been working hard to make their cars more comfortable for us, and they seem to offer new and improved features every time their new models come out that promise greater comfort and smoother driving. If you find it challenging to keep up with all the new features, then our“My Car Can Do What” series can help you. Check out this week's article on Adaptive & Active Suspension, and Adaptive Cruise Control . . .

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Your Car Can Do What... Article #3

Posted by Gabrielle Bobinsky on Sep 8, 2015 3:13:16 PM

Our “Your Car Can Do What” series has been created to keep you up to date on the latest safety features in new cars. The new safety features are interesting, but what about the safety features that have been around for a few years? Maybe you have an idea of what they do, but don’t really understand how they work?  Take a look . . .

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Topics: Driver Safety

Your Car Can Do What . . . Article #2 of a 10-part series

Posted by Gabrielle Bobinsky on Sep 1, 2015 4:20:49 PM

What are all these new safety features I’m hearing about? New safety technology in cars is advancing so quickly that it can be hard to keep up with all the changes. Well, we’re here to help with our “Your Car Can Do What?” blog series.

Here are some new vehicle safety features for 2016: 

Forward Collision Warning- Sensors have been placed in the front of cars with this feature. The sensors detect cars, and in some cases objects, in front of you and will alert you in case you are too close to the car. This feature is only to alert drivers of a potential hazard and should no be relied on to completely prevent a collision.

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Topics: Driver Safety

Your Car Can Do What?

Posted by Gabrielle Bobinsky on Aug 28, 2015 4:06:42 PM

Article #1 of a 10-part series on Driver Safety
Have you heard of all the new advanced safety features that are now available on 2016 model cars? To gain a sense of just how far safety technology in new cars has evolved in the past five years, take a look at your smartphone. Now think of the cell phone you carried 10 years ago. What kind of cell phone did you have 20 years ago? Right! Today's new cars are just as advanced as today's smartphones, and one area where technology is having a major positive impact is in keeping drivers safe. Sure, new cars are quieter, more aerodynamic, they get better fuel economy, and offer more features for your comfort and convenience like Bluetooth and Navigation systems. All of this is certainly impressive, but automakers truly deserve a standing ovation for investing billions of dollars to make our cars safer to drive. 

I have to admit, until I started doing some research, I hadn't even heard of many of the new driver safety features, and I sure didn't know how they actually work? It's really hard to keep up with all of this information.  So, to make it easier for the average consumer to stay informed, the National Safety Council launched a campaign on a new website called, My Car Does What.org where you'll find brief videos and info-grapghics that provide very engaging and easy-to-understand explanations of vehicle safety features for drivers like me who don't have a degree in physics.

Here's a preview of three new vehicle safety features for 2016:

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Topics: Driver Safety

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