Niagara Gazette — Energy use is very low meaning less power drawn from the battery for lighting and more for propulsion. But the largest benefits by far are those relating to light output and beam pattern. To clarify, laser headlights don’t mean you’ll be blinding other vehicles as they approach. In fact, it could be quite the opposite, since using lasers allows a beam pattern more strong and precise than ever before for better adaptive light technology. We’ll keep you posted as this develops.
Ford intros solar-powered car
Ford is going off the grid with its latest project, a C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid concept that is capable of fully recharging its on-board battery pack with nothing but the sun. The C-Max Solar Energi Concept uses roof-mounted solar panels to charge its battery pack. However, those solar panels aren’t powerful enough on their own to generate enough electricity to fully charge the C-Max’s battery, so Ford partnered with the Georgia Institute of Technology to make a special concentrator that funnels concentrated sunlight to the vehicle’s rooftop panels.
The concentrator is a standalone unit like a carport, but Ford promises the infrastructure would be “low cost.” Ford wasn’t specific in its recharge times, but it says “a day’s worth of sunlight” is equivalent to charging the C-Max on the grid for about 4 hours.
Fuel-sipping diesel pickup from Ram
Chrysler’s 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel will finally begin production this month, with sales of the diesel-powered light-duty pickup truck scheduled to begin in February. Ram has yet to officially comment on the start of production. The initial batch of diesel-powered Rams will reportedly be pre-spec versions, which are units not ordered by dealers. After that first 1,000-unit production run, dealers will begin taking customer orders in February.