LEED Certified Toyota Dealership
Toyota announced today the opening of the nations first ‘Green’ Toyota Dealership in the Western USA. Mark Miller Toyota had their grand opening today marking the first Toyota dealership to LEED-Certified.
“Anyone familiar with Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive knows there is a screen that shows the car’s energy use over a time period. We’ll have the same sort of panel inside the dealership that shows the building’s energy use over the last half hour or so,” added Miller.
Being LEED-Certified means that Mark Miller Toyota built their facility using the latest environmental technologies for a ‘greener’ work environment. This translates into parts of the building being made from recycled materials, installation of high efficient cooling heating and cooling systems, and high speed service doors that cut down on the amount of air released from the building during opening and closing.
Looks like Japan is getting Nissan’s first foray into clean diesel applications. According to Nissan the all new X-Trail 20 GT SUV has increased fueleconomy over 30%, compared to the traditional 2.5l gasoline engine. This is especially big news for those in Japan and Europe where actual Diesel engine sales account for more than 60% of all vehicles sold, compared to the US where it’s actually less than 10%.
In it’s early launch the early adopters will be the ones to pay the high price, much like all new technology. The MSRP on the Nissan eco-friendly SUV will be about $27,000 USD. Check out this Nissan currently only available in Japan.
If you had all the money in the world, wouldn’t you wan tall the cool toys? I would and if I had said toys, like the Lamborghini Murcielago LP640, I wouldn’t want Joe Blow’s Ripoff-Service working on it. I mean, it’s a finely tuned animal and any grease monkey with a wrench and plumbers crack shouldn’t be allowed near it. Apparently a certain rich Qatari felt the same way, only took it a bit to the extreme.
At the beginning of August it was reported that a resident of Qatar (I didn’t know where it was either-wikipedia) had his Murcielago flown all the way to London and back. This £20 000 round trip service was done, just to have the oil changed.
Lamborghini Murcielago LP640
Looks like Toyota is taking another green move and will possibly be outfitting the Toyota Prius with a set of solar panels. These panels would be equipped on a select number of Prius hybrids and would power things like A/C and other electronics on board.
“It’s more of a symbolic gesture,” said the person, who asked not to be identified because he was not allowed to speak publicly. “It’s very difficult to power much more than that with solar energy.”
It’s a novel move to add the solar panels to the Toyota hybrid, but it really doesn’t accomplish a whole lot. Unfortunately, according to industry experts, technology has not come far enough to do a whole lot with solar energy. The surface area required to produce significant energy is not condusive to cars and trucks yet, and it’s barely suitable for homes.
The Honda FCX Clarity is starting to get some bad publicity, considering it’s not as green as it seems. According to industry analysts the Honda Hydrogen-Powered small size car is not the answer to our fuel problems and may be more disaster than relief. First thing that comes to my mind is the famous fire ball known as The Hindenburg.
Furthermore it appears that Honda may be producing the FCX Clarity as nothing more than a publicity stunt. Honda is planning to produce a very limited number of the Clarity, meaning 200, all pre-sold to actors and other big wigs. Smells like they are looking cook up some advertising, but actually solve our addiction to gasoline…no.
After some closer inspection of the technologically advanced hydrogen-powered FCX Clarity, you realize your not really saving fossil fuels. Electricity is still required to produce hydrogen and as we all know the majority of our electricity is still coming from burning fossil fuels. Industry experts call this a displacement of pollution, not actually making it green at all.
Obviously none of this sounds nearly as good as just saying that the Honda FCX Clarity emits water from it’s tail pipe instead of carbon dioxide. Like most minorities, the cuter ones always get the most attention.