A Green Vehicle Technology Perspective on the Detroit Auto Show

2011 North American International Auto Show

Major auto­mo­tive sup­pli­ers are dis­play­ing fuel econ­o­my tech­nol­o­gy to assist automak­ers make the steep climb into fed­er­al fuel econ­o­my stan­dards and to reach con­sumers with grow­ing inter­est in fuel effi­cient vehi­cles. Sup­pli­ers such as South­field, Mich.-based Den­so Inter­na­tion­al Amer­i­ca Inc., Ply­mouth, Mich.-based ZF North Amer­i­ca Inc., Mil­wau­kee-based John­son Con­trols Inc., and Fort Mill, S.C.-based Scha­ef­fler Group USA Inc. are dis­play­ing sev­er­al fuel-sav­ing tech­nol­o­gy sys­tems at the Cobo Cen­ter. Scha­ef­fler Group has been work­ing close­ly with Ford Motor Co., and is dis­play­ing a Ford Escape loaded with nine tech­nolo­gies to save gaso­line. These include a stop-start sys­tem, an all-wheel dri­ve dis­con­nect sys­tem, and fric­tion-reduc­tion tech­nolo­gies.

One sig­nif­i­cant announce­ment came from Nis­san – it will be drop­ping the price of its Leaf bat­tery-elec­tric vehi­cle. The price will drop by 18%, or about $6,000, now start­ing at $28,800 for the S trim lev­el. With the fed­er­al tax cred­it at $7,500 and with var­i­ous state incen­tives, some con­sumers will be able to pur­chase the Leaf for as lit­tle as $18,000.



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