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VW to Let You Charge Your e-Golf with Just the Power of the Sun


2015_e-golf_3916Earlier this summer, Volkswagen announced the arrival of the e-Golf, an all-electric version of the popular Golf model. This made Volkswagen the only car manufacturer in the U.S. to offer the same model in both diesel and electric versions, a huge milestone for the green-vehicle movement. However, VW isn’t stopping there –the automaker announced that the e-Golf will be offered alongside an all-solar charging station, meaning that even when you plug it in, it will be saving you money and energy.

VW has partnered with SunPower, one of the largest solar-power manufacturers in the country, to develop the at-home solar charging station. The station works by drawing energy from rooftop solar panels and storing it internally for future use. When you plug in your e-Golf, it will automatically pull from this store of solar energy, meaning you can charge up your car without also charging up your electric bills, saving even more than you would by just forgoing gas fuel. As prices for alternative energy sources continue to fall, buyers can expect to save progressively more as time goes on.

Pricing and availability information isn’t available just yet, as the system is still in its final testing phase. However, it’s expected to be available in early 2015, shortly after the e-Golf itself begins to appear in dealer showrooms. The e-Golf itself will be powered by a 24.2-kWh lithium-ion battery and comes with a 7.2-kW onboard charger that should charge to full in about 20 hours via a standard power outlet, but can be charged in as little as 30 minutes if charged through a CCS/SAE combo socket. It retains the classic Golf design and will offer a roomier interior and more traditional look that is still uncommon in all-electric vehicles.

Stay tuned for more information on this cutting-edge eco-tech as it becomes available. For information about this and all Volkswagen vehicles, visit our Merrimack, NH Volkswagen dealership today!

Spotlight: What New Features You Can Expect to See in the 2015 Hyundai Sonata

2015 Hyundai Sonata Eco

The term “all-new” gets thrown around quite often in the auto world, largely to describe new generations of models that have modified appearances and improved powertrains. But the all-new 2015 Hyundai Sonata will include two major options that are completely different from anything available in the outgoing model.

The 2015 Sonata is receiving one major update inside the cabin and another underneath the hood — the second-generation Blue Link telematics system and an economic engine option. Both features will revolutionize the driver experience in different ways. Let’s look further at how exactly it will do this:

Next-Generation Blue Link: As we touched on in an earlier post, the second-generation Blue Link telematics system has a number of capabilities designed to make drivers’ lives easier no matter where they are. And it accomplishes this by behaving a lot like your smartphone. With Google-powered, voice-activated Destination Search, Bluetooth connectivity and music streaming, Blue Link will be able to keep you connected and entertained while directing you to any location.

Second-Generation Blue Link

And to make life even better, it will be able to improve your comfort inside the cabin, too. Remote climate control, for instance, enables you to set the cabin to optimal driving conditions before you start your drive, and the remote defroster provides optimal driving conditions during cold weather. Not a bad combination to have!

2015 Sonata Eco: Hyundai recently announced the availability of a 1.6-liter turbocharged Gamma four-cylinder engine option, which will power the 2015 Sonata Eco. The Gamma engine is projected to generate an impressive 177 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque. But a 10 percent fuel economy jump is really what stands out, helping the all-new Sonata Eco return up to 38 mpg on the highway and 28 mpg in the city.

2015 Ford F-150 Cargo Ramp

2015 Ford F-150 Takes Home Yankee Cup Award from the New England Motor Press Association

2015 Ford F-150 Wins Yankee Cup for Trucks

The Ford F-150 has long been the best-selling vehicle in the U.S., largely because it defines the “Built Ford Tough” motto. But the 2015 F-150 stands out from other pickups for a vastly different reason: its innovation.

It’s fitting, then, that the revolutionary 2015 Ford F-150 earned Ford’s first-ever Yankee Cup for trucks, chosen by the New England Motor Press Association and MIT engineering faculty. This technology-focused award is given out to the vehicle, system or auto feature that makes driving safer, increasingly cost-efficient or simply more fun to drive.

Which standard did the all-new F-150 meet? Try all three!

“When reviewing all the entries for the Yankee Cup, we couldn’t help but notice the F-150 is loaded with innovation,” said Craig Fitzgerald, New England Motor Press Association president. “We all know this vehicle is Built Ford Tough, but now it is both tough and smart – helping to redefine the light-duty pickup for the next generation.”

2015 Ford F-150 Cargo RampMost of the press surrounding the next-generation F-150 has revolved around its 700-pound lighter frame and an all-new EcoBoost engine, which could combine to help it return about 30 mpg within the next few years. But the pickup truck’s innovations are widespread, from a class-exclusive 360-degree camera view to a remote tailgate controller that can automatically lower the tailgate.

The 2015 F-150 will also boast a BoxLink cargo management system, with additional tie-down locations and an available segment-exclusive cargo ramp. This system will make it significantly easier for F-150 owners to transport cargo, such as bikes, boats and snowmobiles.

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