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Listen up Miami drivers. Hybrid and electric vehicles are ramping up in the auto market, and soon enough they will be the more practical automobile on the streets. If the somewhat challenge of finding a charging station is holding you back, then we have a surprise for you. Many locations around the Miami area have been installing charging stations, such as Downtown Miami, Brickell, South Beach, and Wynwood.
Where to Charge Up
There are many locations in Downtown Miami, so we’re listing the most popular areas for charging up. Going west from Bayfront Park, there are several charging stations one may find, here are a few:
- One Biscayne Tower, 2 South Biscayne Boulevard, Miami, has one port on the 12th floor with a max of two hours charging time.
- Suntrust International Center, 1 SE 3rd Avenue, Miami, has two ports in the garage on the third floor for $2/hr for four hours.
- Southeast Financial Center, 200 Biscayne Boulevard #350, Miami, two ports on the slope between 4th and 5th floors, FREE for the first four hours.
- Whole Foods, 299 SE 3rd Street, Miami, two level 2 chargers at the north wall bottom of parking garage, first hour FREE with purchase.
- Lanier Parking Garage, 226 SE 1st Street Miami, one wall outlet on third floor.
Imagine an automobile powered by the sun! No, we’re not talking about solar-powered cars, although that could happen one day. We’re talking about automobiles that are a miniature sun themselves. Ever hear of “fuel cell” vehicles? They could be the future in the automotive industry.
Hydrogen Vehicles and the Hydrogen Highway
To start understanding fuel cell vehicles, one needs to know about hydrogen vehicles. One could call it a miniature sun, for what is the sun other than a giant nuclear fusion reactor with an abundant source of hydrogen? Next comes helium and all the other elements that make up the universe and the human body. Yeah, your body was once a star – think about that for a moment.
We’re getting off track though; a hydrogen vehicle is, as the name states, a vehicle that utilizes hydrogen as its onboard fuel source. We wonder if this is how hybrid vehicle developers felt when first coming out with a new car that didn’t rely solely on gasoline, diesel, or a fossil fuel. Hydrogen vehicles are on the horizon, and big names like Toyota, Hyundai, and soon Kia will be getting hydrogen vehicles known as “fuel cell vehicles.”
To manufacture and market hydrogen vehicles, there are three roadblocks – manufacturing costs, marketability, and the implementation of hydrogen infrastructures. The last one on the list is sure to raise concern – a facility housing a large supply of hydrogen? That’s a bomb waiting to happen.
Once upon a time however, gas stations may have been thought to be just as dangerous, and yet hundreds upon thousands of people visit them every day. You can find gas stations on nearly every street, and charging stations are popping up more frequently too. Next up could be hydrogen highways, or chains of hydrogen infrastructures along roads and highways to keep hydrogen vehicles going.
Sometimes it feels like the U.S. is getting short-changed on the types of vehicles in the world, right? Look at Mitsubishi, some of their best models are only available in Europe and Asia- here’s looking at you Outlander PHEV. Well, there’s another auto brand that doesn’t introduce some models in the U.S. — Kia Motors.
Like other manufacturers, Kia names one car model differently depending on the location it is available. After narrowing it down, we found three vehicles that haven’t made it to the U.S. that are available in other countries around the world – the Kia Carens Rondo, the Kia Cee’d, and Kia Optima Sportswagon.
Kia Carens Rondo
Prepare for a bit of a pattern here, because all of these vehicles have some hatchback variation to it. Maybe hatchbacks never made a comeback in the states and that’s why midsize SUVs like the Kia Carens Rondo are still hiding elsewhere. Currently in its third generation, the Kia Carens Rondo is actually sold north of the U.S. in Canada. Earlier generations were sold in the states before, but were discontinued in 2011.
Kia has been kicking up dust for awhile now with it’s eco-friendly vehicles such as the Kia Optima Hybrid, the Kia Niro, and Kia Soul EV. Well, what’s better than a hybrid for eco-sustaining enthusiasts? A PHEV vehicle, Kia’s first to be exact, and they’re putting the name on one of its best and brightest – the Kia Optima PHEV is coming to town.
Originally teased back in June, Kia released a single webpage discussing some of the outstanding features and design choices for the Kia Optima PHEV. First off, plug-in hybrids have a charging port, so that will be a new exterior feature. Second, the Optima PHEV will have re-profiled front and rear bumpers that enhance airflow over the body and improve aerodynamics.
Deciding on your next car is a big decision, so you shouldn’t rush the car buying process. It is imperative to do plenty of research before getting into a car contract. There are several different sources of information that shoppers should use to get informed about a prospective new car — online research of car specs and professional reviews, word of mouth, and personal testing like a test drive.
Before you can begin your research, the first thing to determine is your budget, car style, and the features that are “must haves.” Once you have these things narrowed down, it will be easier to figure out some other decisions like are you paying cash, financing or leasing. Are you considering a new car or a used car? What is best and what fits your budget?
After this you can begin online research. Focus on a few similar cars that fit your needs, and do the research to find out which works for you for you. A few of the important factors to find out are price, fuel economy, engine type, tech features, car insurance estimates, warranties, and safety ratings. (more…)