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Most Efficient High Voltage Batteries By GreenTec Auto

Increase performance of your hybrid vehicle and maximize fuel economy by replacing high voltage battery remanufactured by GreenTec Auto.

SACRAMENTO, CA — GreenTec Auto offers quality high voltage batteries and also technicians who have the expertise in installing and repairing hybrid batteries.

Green Tec Auto

Hybrid cars are not only in demand but are also quite pocket-friendly. But people who have them often find it difficult to find a provider which sells premium quality batteries for such hybrid cars. For such hybrid cars, GreenTec Automotive rebuilds high voltage batteries. Be it Toyota Prius, Toyota Camry Hybrid, Honda Civic Hybrid and Nissan Altima. Getting a reliable battery from a trusted service provider is going to be a great thing for all the people who love to drive their hybrid cars. The entire process of manufacturing the high voltage batteries is very efficient. Efficiently tested cells are taken from new battery packs so that the newly manufactured high voltage batteries work perfectly fine.

GreenTec Auto is a company which is owned by a family and run by the members. It is based in Sacramento CA and since long, the company has been repairing many hybrid vehicles. The operations are extended to eight other locations in the United States. The professionals of GreenTec Auto have complete knowledge of the hybrid vehicles and batteries and so, no one else can repair them better than this company. Hybrid cars are a little different from the other cars and hence only the experts should be contacted in case there is any problem. Many people complain that when they get their hybrid cars repaired from the unprofessional ones, they have to face some or the other problem. GreenTec Auto undertakes everything related to a hybrid car be it changing the battery, oil change, etc.

High Voltage Batteries

High Voltage Batteries are one of the most important things for the hybrid vehicles. If the battery does not function properly, the mileage and the performance of the vehicle goes down and no car owner wants that to happen. Different cars might get affected in different ways when the battery is performing poorly. Anyone who is looking to buy a hybrid battery can check the available options which are offered by GreenTec on the website Based on the car for which the battery is required, one can pick the one which is appropriate. For every car, there are at least two to three options of the hybrid batteries. Each product comes along with a complete description about it and also the cost at which it is available.

Hybrid Car Experts

No one knows when a situation might arise where the battery stops working. Well, in such circumstance, there is no need to worry. GreenTec Auto also offers services of mobile installation so that the safety of the customer is never compromised. The rates of the company are very genuine. It sells excellent quality batteries at the most reasonable rates. GreenTec has a team of talent hybrid car experts which can easily figure out the problems with the car and the battery. There has to be someone who can guide people about handling the hybrid car and no one can do it better than GreenTec Auto.

The highly trained technicians from the company work dedicatedly to offer the best level or services and also guide the customers about the most appropriate hybrid batteries for their cars. The work of the professionals from GreenTec does not end after installing the battery into the car. In case there are some issues after installation, one can always contact the team and they will surely offer their assistance to the customer. This is one place where one can find quality high voltage batteries and also technicians who have the expertise in installing and repairing them. The installation is done without wasting much time and so, individuals who avail the services offered by GreenTec Auto can always be at ease.

Hybrid Battery Warranty‎

All the high voltage batteries with new cells sold by GreenTec Auto come with a 3-year warranty. The quality of the product and related services offered by the company is never compromised. The warranty is transferable and it can be done along with the copy of the bill of the sale of the vehicle. In case there are any issues with the battery, it is replaced with a new one and the remaining warranty period gets transferred to the new battery. So, with a service provider like Green Auto maintaining a hybrid car is never going to be problematic.

The team of GreenTec Auto guides the customers regarding the most suitable battery option for their vehicle. No everyone is aware of the various types of batteries which are available in the market and which one is the most suitable one for use. So, one can contact the hybrid battery experts when it is anything related to the high-voltage batteries for the hybrid cars. Every customer deserves to get the best product at the price which he or she is ready to buy. GreenTec Auto offers hybrid car batteries which are not only good in performance but also very budget friendly.

Top 8 Best Green Cars in 2015

Electric cars aren’t only green; they’re also a ton of fun to drive. The growing market includes dozens of models, with new ones joining the club every year. We’ve rounded up eight of the new battery-electric cars that will hit the U.S. market in 2015/16. Our list just covers battery electrics rather than conventional hybrids or fuel-cell vehicles (which aren’t exactly in the same league).

Prices noted below do not include electric vehicle incentives like the $7,500 federal tax credit, the $2,500 California ZEV rebate, or other state or local incentives. Be sure to check to find out which incentives are available in your area, to get the lowest available price.

#1 of 8:

Tesla Model X

Tesla Model X

Starts at $60,000


200 miles of range, falcon-wing doors, seating for up to seven adults, all-wheel drive, breathtaking acceleration.

Definitely the hottest green car coming to market in 2015, the Tesla Model X is the all-electric SUV/crossover that follows the world-renowned Tesla Model S, an all-electric sedan widely considered the best mass-manufactured car ever. The new Model X is supposed to feature more than 200 miles of range, falcon-wing doors, seating for up to seven adults, all-wheel drive, and breathtaking acceleration (the Tesla Model X P85 can go from zero to 60 miles per hour in 3.2 seconds, faster than any sedan in history and faster than many supercars).

In September 2014, there were already about 20,000 reservations for the Model X and new monthly reservations were growing. The vehicle is expected to be like no other. The only real downside: It won’t be cheap. An early price estimate suggests the car will start around $60,000, but that figure may well go up by the time the vehicle hits the market. It’s not very clear when the Model X will be available – it has been delayed four times, most recently at the end of last year. It is now scheduled for release in the third quarter of 2015.

#2 of 8:

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV



All-wheel drive, seats up to five adults, has an eslectric-only range of more than 30 miles, switches to gasoline (or diesel) when limited electric range runs out

Another SUV/crossover, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV isn’t an all-electric vehicle but rather a plug-in hybrid. Thus, its electric-only range and efficiency are compromised a bit, but it gets greater range than it would otherwise.

The Outlander PHEV has been on the market for quite some time in Europe and Japan (its home country), where it’s been selling very well. So far in 2014, it is the top-selling electric vehicle in Europe. Attractive and utilitarian, the vehicle includes all-wheel drive, seats up to five adults, and has an electric-only range of more than 30 miles (according to the U.K. rating). Mitsubishi promotes it as a “no compromise” vehicle. The downside of the vehicle, for those wanting to be as green as possible, is that it switches to gasoline (or diesel) when the limited electric range runs out. And being such a large vehicle, efficiency is reduced. In other words, it’s not the greenest car on this list, but it offers its own advantages.

In the Netherlands, the starting price is €33,050 ($45,300) before the country’s value-added tax (VAT). In Norway, the starting price is 440,800 kroners ($72,600) and in Japan, the starting price is 3,397,500 yen ($33,350). There’s no word yet on how much the Outlander PHEV will run in the United States.

#3 of 8:

BMW X5 eDrive

BMW X5 eDrive
Price Notes PRICE

$54,150 – $70,050


Ability to go from zero to 60 miles per hour in less than seven seconds; uses sensors, a navigation system, and radar to improve efficiency.

The BMW X5 eDrive is a plug-in hybrid electric version of the BMW X5, the brand’s midsize luxury SUV. A release date hasn’t been announced, but the X5 eDrive is expected sometime in 2015.

The X5 eDrive includes all-wheel drive as well as innovative EfficientDynamics drive technology. Its all-electric range is about 19 miles, not even two-thirds of the Outlander PHEV, but its efficiency is still “unrivalled among vehicles in this class,” according to BMW. The X5 eDrive is also expected to be quite fast despite its large size, with the ability to go from zero to 60 miles per hour in less than seven seconds. It’s not going to compete with the Model X in that regard, but that’s still quick for an SUV.

One of the most exciting features of the X5 eDrive is its EfficientDynamics drive technology. The X5 eDrive is intelligent enough to prepare the vehicle for upcoming changes in gradient, traffic, and road design in order to improve efficiency. It uses sensors, a navigation system, and radar to help. The technology takes into account speed limits, corners, the start of built-up areas, traffic circles, turnoffs, and highway exits. The X5 eDrive also pays attention to each driver’s driving style and provides tips for more efficient travel, and will also recommend the most fuel-efficient route to your destination. Furthermore, the X5 eDrive can pay attention to vehicles nearby and decelerate on its own in the case of a potential crash.

Despite its large size, modest battery, and all-electric range, the X5 eDrive is still more efficient than a Toyota Prius or any other non-electric car on the market. The downsides to the X5 eDrive are the limited electric range and, most likely, a high price tag.

#4 of 8:

Audi A3 e-tron

Audi A3 e-tron

$38,000 – $45,000


204 horsepower, 258 pound-foot of torque, 18 miles of all-electric range, can go from zero to 60 miles per hour in less than eight seconds.

The Audi A3 e-tron is Audi’s highly anticipated first electric offering. It is a plug-in hybrid electric car with 204 horsepower, 258 pound-foot of torque, and 18 miles of all-electric range. It can go from zero to 60 miles per hour in less than eight seconds. The Audi A3 e-tron also offers quite a lot of cargo space, 40 cubic feet.

Edmunds notes the A3 e-tron has excellent handling: “In our quick Audi e-tron test-drive, we found that the plug-in hybrid delivers the best balance and handling of the A3 range.” The only con Edmunds mentions is the noise level: “Stock tires coupled with quiet electric operation allow more road noise into the cabin.” If superb fuel efficiency is the goal, the A3 e-tron doesn’t compare to an all-electric vehicle. Its 18 miles of all-electric range is less than a typical all-electric car’s 75 to 200-plus miles of range. What you get in return is greater total range before refueling (about 550 miles).

Audi has not yet announced pricing and a release date, but the A3 e-tron is supposed to hit the U.S. market sometime in 2015.

#5 of 8:

Kia Soul EV

Kia Soul EV
Price Notes PRICE

Starts at $33,700


93 miles of range, combined miles per gallon equivalency (MPGe) of 105.

Technically, the Kia Soul EV has arrived in the U.S., but it is only available in California right now. In 2015, it should be available to several other U.S. markets.

The Kia Soul EV starts at $33,700, placing it the affordable class. With EV incentives taken, it is much cheaper than the average new car purchased in the U.S. Compared to the vehicles mentioned above, this is a big advantage of the Kia Soul EV. However, the car comes with fewer bells and whistles. Still, the Kia Soul EV is quite spacious and comfortable.

The Soul EV offers a respectable 93 miles of range – more than most all-electric vehicles and the best in its class – and it has a combined miles-per-gallon equivalency (MPGe) of 105. On the highway, the Soul is rated at 92 MPGe, while it gets 120 MPGe in the city.

The Kia Soul EV isn’t the most luxurious or speedy electric vehicle on the market, but it is a hip, affordable, and highly efficient option with good range.

#6 of 8:

2016 Chevy Volt

2016 Chevy Volt
Price Notes PRICE

Starts at $30,000


More electric-only range than the current model, new body style.

A heavily updated version of the popular Chevy Volt (an extended-range electric vehicle) is scheduled for 2015. Not much is known about the upcoming Volt, but it’s supposed to have a bit more electric-only range than the current one, as well as a different body style.

The current Volt, which was the highest-selling electric car on the U.S. market for a couple of years, gets 38 miles of all-electric range (a lot for a car that isn’t fully electric) as well as a 98 MPGe rating on the battery and 37 MPG on gas. The Volt is known for great drive quality, most satisfied car owners in the U.S the , and general leadership in the electric vehicle space. One of the biggest downsides is that the Volt only seats four people. It also has limited trunk space.

The current Volt sells for $34,345 before incentives. That’s a fair price, considering what the car offers.

#7 of 8:

Fisker Karma

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV



Beautiful and luxurious interior and exterior.

The Fisker Karma was released a few years ago, but the company went bankrupt in 2013. Earlier this year, Wanxiang America Corporation purchased the company and promised to restart production of the Fisker Karma.

One of the biggest upsides of the Karma is that it’s beautiful and luxurious. A number of celebrities, including Justin Bieber, have purchased the high-class car.

The Karma is a plug-in hybrid, which is less attractive to those who want a super green car but more attractive to those who want a backup gasoline engine. The previously produced version of the Karma had 32 miles of all-electric range and a fuel economy rating of 52 MPGe, which is as low as it gets for an electric car and just above a Toyota Prius. Aside from the relatively weak fuel economy, the Karma’s biggest downside was probably the very high base price of $96,000. Of course, not knowing if the company will survive to repair the car when needed isn’t ideal.

The planned release for this car has been pushed to mid-2016. The revised version of the Karma will be renamed Elux Karma.

#8 of 8:

Detroit Electric SP:01

Detroit Electric SP:01



All electric, great power and acceleration.

The Detroit Electric SP:01 is another high-end electric car, but this one is all-electric. The original Detroit Electric was founded in 1907, making it one of the first electric car companies ever. Some electric car and history enthusiasts, especially chairman and CEO Albert Lam, decided to revive the brand with the launch of an electric sports car, the SP:01.

The SP:01 was supposed to be available by now, but experienced a few delays. It is making progress: The final design of the SP:01 was revealed in October and it’s now possible to place an order on the SP:01 site.

With styling based on the Lotus Elise, the car is beautiful by many accounts. Without much more information on the vehicle available, it’s hard to discuss other pros and cons, but the car is expected to have a lot of range, great power and acceleration, and a high price.


These are the greenest cars expected to hit the U.S. market in 2015. It’s quite a list, with a lot of the vehicles falling into above-average price brackets (and well-above-average non-electric price brackets), but there are also some affordable models. Across the board, these electric vehicles offer excellent initial acceleration (thanks to the instant torque) and efficiency that beats every non-electric car on the market, including the Toyota Prius and conventional hybrids. It’s going to be a fun year.

Toyota reaffirms promise to bring hydrogen car to U.S. in 2015

WASHINGTON — The chairman of Toyota said today that the automaker will stick to its goal of selling a fuel cell electric sedan in 2015 so that investments in hydrogen stations are not wasted.

We have declared that we will sell the fuel cell vehicle in the year 2015Takeshi Uchiyamada, often called the “father of the Prius” for leading the team that started work on Toyota’s trailblazing hybrid in 1993, more recently oversaw development of Toyota’s first fuel cell electric vehicle, which will be based on the FCV-R concept shown at the Tokyo Motor Show in 2011.

Toyota executives have said that the hydrogen fueled sedan will go on sale in the United States in 2015 with a sticker price around $50,000. Uchiyamada, who became Toyota chairman in June, told reporters today that he is firmly behind the technology — and the 2015 deadline is a promise that must be kept.

“We have declared that we will sell the fuel cell vehicle in the year 2015,” he said after a speech this morning at the Economic Club of Washington, D.C. “In order not to waste the investments that the infrastructure companies will make, it is our role that we will keep this promise on introducing it to the market in the time that we promised.”

Fuel cell electric vehicles are similar to battery electric vehicles, except that rather than storing electricity in a battery, they produce their own juice from hydrogen with a chemical reaction. Such vehicles have no emissions; the only waste product is water.

Currently there are only 10 public hydrogen fueling stations in the United States, according to a U.S. Department of Energy database. Fuel companies are planning to build dozens more pumps between now and 2015, when Toyota and other automakers — including Hyundai and Honda — plan to launch fuel cell electric vehicles.

Automakers intend for those cars to be less expensive and more durable than the two fuel cell electric vehicles now available in the United States through leases: Honda’s FCX Clarity and Mercedes-Benz’s F-Cell.

State governments are sweetening the deal. California lawmakers passed a bill in September that would use vehicle registration fees to fund the construction of at least 100 public hydrogen fueling stations in the state by 2024; Gov. Jerry Brown signed it Saturday.

Many auto executives are wary of the technology. Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn panned the technology in March, telling reporters during the company’s annual press conference that he does not see how the hydrogen can be produced and supplied at a “reasonable cost.” Others prefer battery electric vehicles, including Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk, who told Bloomberg this summer that fuel cells “should be renamed ‘fool cells,’ they are so stupid.”

With its first fuel-cell electric vehicle, Toyota hopes to repeat the success of the Prius, which dominates the hybrid market and is now the best-selling car in California.

Uchiyamada said he thinks fuel cell vehicles will break into the market, but more slowly than gasoline-electric hybrids did.

Fifteen years after launching the first-generation Prius, Toyota has sold about 3 million hybrids worldwide. Hybrids continue to gain market share, but they make up only about 3 percent of new cars sold in the United States.

Uchiyamada also said he thinks fuel-cell electric vehicles will make more sense than battery electric vehicles in the long term, thanks to their quick refueling times and longer range between refueling stops.

“The fuel cell vehicle will be a much more realistic solution,” Uchiyamada told the Economic Club in what was his first U.S. speaking engagement since becoming chairman. “That’s what I believe.”