Why the low gas tax should be hiked

The federal gas tax is not at its lowest level in history. But it’s really, really close when you adjust for inflation. And that comparable low rate stands as one of the big reasons it should be hiked.

The Green Triple Play: Solar, Batteries, Electric Cars

A pilot project at a Ford factory combines solar PV, a block of energy storage, a dynamic management system and a handful of electric car batteries — think about it as the triple play for clean power. Courtesy of DTE Energy and energy storage startup Xteme Power.

MyFord Mobile App Makes Ford Focus a Smart Car

Ford today announced a new mobile app to help drivers remotely manage energy consumption in the automaker’s upcoming Ford Focus Electric vehicle. The software can schedule and monitor the recharge process, and plan intelligent driving routes with recharging stations along the way.

Ford Slowly Starts Down Electric Path With EV Van

Ford and partner Azure Dynamics announced this morning that they have started production and deliveries of the Transit Connect Electric work van — the first of five electric vehicles from Ford — to customers in North America and the U.K.

Mobilize 2010: Ford Embraces the Cell Phone

There’s no question that the broadband connected car will be a massive market opportunity. But there’s two diverging scenarios, one dominated by embedded computing in the vehicle, the other is led by cell phones. At Mobilize, Ford says it will embrace the cell phone.

Ford Expecting Thousands of Sync Applications One Day

Ford’s exec in charge of connected services, Edward Pleet, told us at our Green:Net event that in terms of its Sync platform, “the sky is the limit.” Expect thousands of applications, providing various services to Ford customers someday, similar to a platform like Apple has.

Ford Sync AppLink to Boost Smartphone Developer Revenues

Ford is creating a new mobile application developer network to partner with developers and entice them to use functionality to support Sync AppLink. By adding a vehicle interface to smartphone apps, mobile software programmers could benefit from greater demand for their software.

BlackBerry Maker RIM Could Connect Your Next Vehicle

With today’s agreement to purchase QNX Software Solutions, Research In Motion continues to look beyond the smartphone, as the connected car market begins to rev up. Consumers are already adopting these products in vehicles and RIM is preparing to ride along.