Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Features And Technical Specifications

The New York Auto Show saw Hyundai unveil the wraps on its new Sonata Hybrid Sedan model. This will get the popular sedan model Hyundai’s Blue Drive hybrid system thus offering better mileage and improved efficiency.

Here are some tech specs that you will need to know

  • Engine Cylinder : 2.4 liter, 4 cylinder (Atkinson cycle)
  • Power : 209 HP and 195 Pound-feet torque
  • Max Speed (at Electric only) : 62 Mph
  • Fuel Economy : 37 MPG (City) and 39 MPG (Highway)
  • Gearset : Six speed automatic transmission with electric motor
  • Batteries : Lithium Polymer

While the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid scores over other hybrid models in some aspects, there are some areas where it needs improvement. For instance, the lithium polymer batteries are a better deal than the conventional nickel metal hydride batteries that can be found on hybrids from Toyota and Ford. However the fuel economy is not as good as that offered by Toyoto Prius.

[via CNET]

Microsoft Hohm Energy Management Application For Ford Electric Vehicles

Ford has partnered with Microsoft to offer tools that will make energy management easier and affordable for owners of Ford electric cars. The Ford Focus Electric car, due to be launched next year, shall be the first electric vehicle to make use of Microsoft’s Hohm energy management application.

Speaking about this, Alan Mulally, Ford Motor Company president and CEO said,

“Ford and Microsoft both share a strong commitment to contributing to a better world. Today, we begin the next major step in our working together and leading the way for energy efficiency and environmental sustainability. For Ford, this is a needed step in the development of the infrastructure that will make electric vehicles viable.”

Hohm on Ford’s Focus electric car and other upcoming models will help owners determine when and how to efficiently recharge Battery Electric Vehicles (BEV) as well as Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEV).

[Microsoft News Center via SmartPlanet]

Panasonic Android OS TV Not To Be Reality

Android OS is free and is still among the most popular OS on smartphones. It was hence seen as an ideal platform that television manufacturers would need to bring web applications to TV. However we hear that Panasonic has dropped the idea to bring Android OS based Television due to the costs involved.

According to a Robert Perry, senior vice president of Panasonic Consumer Electronics Co, deployment of Android OS on Panasonic’s television sets would require the company to install “pricey” chips from Google’s partner, Intel Inc. which could make the television unaffordable.

Panasonic’s decision follows a similar move by Samsung earlier this month to reject Google’s proposal for a Google TV due to the high costs involved. What do you think? Is Google TV plagued by high associated costs?

[via Bloomberg]

Acer Touch Screen Laptop : Aspire Ethos

Acer has announced its new range of Aspire Ethos laptops that will come with touch screens. Unlike touchpads that are so ubiquitous on the modern day laptops, the touchscreen on Aspire Ethos will replace this touchpad and will carry icons for users to navigate through the various files.

ComputerWorld writes,

“The extra touch screen, placed below the keyboard where a touchpad would normally sit, can display icons that make it easier for users to navigate through movies or music, said Alison Williams, an Acer spokeswoman. The screen will also allow users to do things like adjust the volume or sort through images.”

Besides this, the Aspire Ethos range of laptops will run on Core i5 and Core i7 processors and Advanced Micro Devices ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5000 series graphics card. There are two display dimensions of 15.6″ and 18.4″ and the laptops will provide 1.28 Terabyte of space through two 640 GB drives.

Your dream machine?

[via CW]