Solar-Powered Cars Ballston Spa NY

Progress has been slow in advancing the solar-powered car. However, the Venturi Astrolab last year became the first available for sale.

Pruyn Hill Auto Body
(518) 541-5250
12 Raylinsky Ln
Mechanicville, NY
Hours
Monday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
Services
Alignments, Body Shops, Detailing, Painting, Rustproofing, Custom Work, Paintless Dent Removal, Personal Watercraft, Pre Purchase Inspections, Welding
Service Types and Repair
Auto Aluminum, Auto Fiberglass, Auto Frame, Auto Glass, Auto Unibody, Collision, Dent, Fleet, Post Inspections, Suspension, Trailer, Wheel and Reconditioning

Southern Eddie the Auto Doctor
(518) 313-1809
749 Pinewoods Rd
Mellrose, NY
Hours
Monday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Sunday Closed
Services
Air Conditioning/Heating, Alignment, Alternator, Battery, Belts & Hoses, Catalytic Converter, Clutch Cylinder, Cooling System, Diagnostics, Drive Belt, Electrical System, Exhaust Systems, Filters & Fluids, Fuel Injector, Fuel Pump, Fuel System, Head Gasket, Headlight/Headlamp, High Performance Service, Ignition, Inspection, Muffler, Oil Pan, Oil Pump, Oxygen Sensor, Parts, Radiator, Restoration Service, Shocks & Struts, Spark Plugs, Starter, Thermostat, Timing Belt, Tune-Up, Water Pump, Window M
Service Types and Repair
Acura, Aston Martin, Audi, Auto Clutch, Auto Drivetrain, Auto Engine, Auto Interior, Auto, Bentley, BMW, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Classic Car, Diesel Engine, Dodge, Emergency Auto, Exotic Car, Fiat, Ford, GMC, Harley Davidson, Honda, Hyundai, Infiniti, Isuzu, Jaguar, Jeep, Kia, Land Rover, Lexus, Lincoln, Lotus, Mazda, Mercedes Benz, Mitsubishi, Motorcycle/ATV, Nissan, Oldsmobile, Pontiac, Porsche, RV/Bus, Saab, Saturn, Small Engine, Subaru, Suzuki, Toyota, Truck, Volkswagen, Volvo

George's Collision / Express Bumper Repair
(518) 308-8926
2 Pine St
Cohoes, NY
Promotion
Save $100.00 on your insurance deductible! Free headlight reconditioning with any collision repair or deluxe detail!
Hours
Monday 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
Services
Body Shops, Detailing, Painting, Personal Watercraft, Welding
Service Types and Repair
Auto Frame, Collision, Dent, Fleet, RV, Trailer

Anker's Auto Service
(518) 377-4722
1907 Van Vranken Avenue
Schenectady, NY
Services
Auto Service & Repair, Mufflers & Exhaust Systems Service & Repair
Payment Options
All Major Cards Accepted

Goodyear Auto Service Center
(518) 374-8342
3713 State Street
Schenectady, NY
Services
Auto Service & Repair, Auto Tire Shop Equipment & Supplies
Hours
Monday 7: 30 AM - 6: 00 PM
Thursday 7: 30 AM - 6: 00 PM
Sunday Closed

Payment Options
Debit Cards, American Express, Checks, MasterCard, Discover, Cash, VISA

All Star Auto Repair
(518) 417-2941
96 Market St
Amsterdam, NY
Hours
Monday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
Memberships and Certifications
Certifications : BBB Certified
Services
Air Conditioning/Heating, Alignment, Alternator, Battery, Belts & Hoses, Catalytic Converter, Clutch Cylinder, Cooling System, Diagnostics, Drive Belt, Electrical System, Exhaust Systems, Filters & Fluids, Fuel Injector, Fuel Pump, Fuel System, Head Gasket, Headlight/Headlamp, High Performance Service, Ignition, Inspection, Muffler, Oil Pan, Oil Pump, Oxygen Sensor, Parts, Radiator, Restoration Service, Shocks & Struts, Spark Plugs, Starter, Thermostat, Timing Belt, Tune-Up, Water Pump, Window M
Service Types and Repair
Acura, Aston Martin, Audi, Auto Clutch, Auto Drivetrain, Auto Engine, Auto Interior, Auto, Bentley, BMW, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Classic Car, Diesel Engine, Dodge, Emergency Auto, Exotic Car, Fiat, Ford, GMC, Harley Davidson, Honda, Hyundai, Infiniti, Isuzu, Jaguar, Jeep, Kia, Land Rover, Lexus, Lincoln, Lotus, Mazda, Mercedes Benz, Mitsubishi, Motorcycle/ATV, Nissan, Oldsmobile, Pontiac, Porsche, RV/Bus, Saab, Saturn, Small Engine, Subaru, Suzuki, Toyota, Truck, Volkswagen, Volvo

Caruso's Auto
(518) 310-2858
1310 Helderburg Ave
Schenectady, NY
Hours
Monday 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
Services
Alignment, Diagnostics, Tune-Up, Brakes, Full Service Mechanic, Oil Change, Tires, Transmissions
Service Types and Repair
Acura, Aston Martin, Audi, Auto Engine, Auto, BMW, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Classic Car, Dodge, Fiat, Ford, GMC, Honda, Hyundai, Infiniti, Isuzu, Jaguar, Jeep, Kia, Land Rover, Lexus, Lincoln, Lotus, Mazda, Mercedes Benz, Mitsubishi, Motorcycle/ATV, Nissan, Pontiac, Porsche, Saab, Saturn, Subaru, Suzuki, Toyota, Truck, Volkswagen, Volvo

American Transmission Center
(518) 584-5656
254 Washington St
Saratoga Springs, NY
Services
Auto Service & Repair, Trucks Service & Repair, Race Car Parts Equipment & Supplies Retail, Auto Transmissions, Truck Transmissions Retail
Hours
Mon-Fri: 08: 00am-05: 00pm
Payment Options
American Express, MasterCard, Discover, VISA

Holmes & Kuglers Towing
(518) 458-1200
127 Erie Boulevard
Schenectady, NY
Services
Auto Service & Repair, Towing, Heavy Equipment Movers, Towing Equipment
Hours
24 Hours A Day

Firestone Complete Auto Care - Latham
(518) 785-4148
669 New Loudon Road
Latham, NY
Services
Auto Service & Repair, Brakes Service & Repair, Tires Wholesale & Manufacturers, Wheels & Tires Service & Repair
Hours
M-F: 7: 00am-7: 00pm
Sa: 7: 00am-5: 00pm
Su: 9: 00am-5: 00pm
Payment Options
Debit Cards, American Express, Checks, MasterCard, Discover, Cash,

Solar-Powered Cars

From electric to solar, momentum is building for new technologies

The movement toward electric, hybrid and even solar vehicles is gaining strength, with President Barack Obama urging the auto industry to commit to these new technologies.

There’s good reason: According to a 2006 Department of Transportation study, there are more than 250 million registered passenger vehicles in the United States. These vehicles, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, emit 25 percent of the greenhouse gases in the country.

Many believe the solution lies in manufacturing more vehicles that won’t emit harmful pollutants. Here are the latest advances in the technology needed to get these cars on the nation’s roadways.
 

The electric car: The electric movement

The present: It seems everyone is racing to develop the first electric car that will truly capture the fancy of U.S. drivers. The technology is advancing, with several models ready to go on sale soon. But problems persist: While electric cars work well for the type of intermittent driving that motorists practice in city conditions, their batteries have limited capacity during highway driving.

The near future: General Motors plans to release its Chevrolet Volt next year. It’s a plug-in hybrid with a 40-mile electric range. Toyota plans to lease a plug-in version of its hybrid Prius, which will be equipped with lithium-ion batteries, to commercial customers later this year.

The far future: According to VentureBeat, there are more than 25 companies developing electric cars. Advocates of this technology envision a day when electric cars are the norm, and recharging stations dot the landscape much like gas stations do today.


Going hybrid: The best of both worlds

The present: Hybrid electric vehicles, powered by gasoline and electric, can be seen on U.S. roadways, with Toyota’s Prius and Honda’s Civic Hybrid dominating the market so far. These cars boast high fuel efficiency and gained in popularity as gas prices increased last year.

The near future:
More auto manufacturers are jumping on the hybrid trend, with many developing hybrid electric SUVs and luxury vehicles. Ford, for instance, has developed the Flex-Fuel Escape. This hybrid version of the Escape can run on gasoline or on a combination of gasoline and E-85 – motor fuel that is made up of 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline.

The far future: The hope is that the batteries used in hybrids evolve into versions that are two or three times as powerful as those being used today. Most advocates agree that the future of these vehicles lies in the development of powerful lithium-ion batteries.


Solar cars: Powered by the sun

The present:
Today’s solar vehicles, generally powered by solar energy generated from panels on a vehicle’s roof, are not yet ready for mainstream use. Most are used for demonstration or experimental purposes.

The near future: Progress has been slow in advancing the solar-powered car. However, the Venturi Astrolab last year became the first available for sale. The car does not need to be permanently exposed to the sun to operate, but it can recharge even while running.

The far future: The verdict is out on the future viability of solar-powered cars. But advocates say that solar should remain an option in the future of “green” vehicles.

SOURCES: U.S. Department of Transportation, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, MotorTrend, Venturi, Toyota, Ford, Honda, VentureBeat
 

author: Dan Rafter