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Categories: Hybrid / Green

Mitsubishi's Smart, Connected MiEV House

On: Fri, Mar 9, 2012 at 3:45PM | By: Chris Weiss


Mitsubishi's Smart, Connected MiEV House test 2

The Geneva Motor Show is packed full of plug-in vehicles of all kinds - from sexy smart cars to ultra-efficient city cars. Thing is, though, the world really doesn't need any new electric vehicles or concepts unless they happen to travel 400 miles on a charge and cost under $30,000. There's hardly much interest in the electric vehicles we do have.

What the world needs is a better charging infrastructure to support electric vehicles. That may not make for as sexy an auto-show concept, but it would certainly help grow the industry more than a one-off electric sports car with a sub-4-second 0-to-60 time. Mitsubishi trudged through that unsexy terrain to present its MiEV house, a concept that gives one take on the future of home charging.


Presidential Endorsement: Obama Will Buy A Chevy Volt

On: Wed, Mar 7, 2012 at 3:54PM | By: Chris Weiss


Presidential Endorsement: Obama Will Buy A Chevy Volt test 2

The Chevy Volt may have struggled to convince 7,671 buyers to take it home last year, but at least one prominent buyer is sizing the car up for the future. Most certainly a mix of politics and business more so than earnestness, President Obama recently told the United Auto Workers that he plans to buy a Volt himself when he's out of office.  

President Obama was addressing the UAW conference in Washington in regards to the state of the automobile industry, when he made the comment last week. In a briefing with the press, White House press secretary Jay Carney told skeptical media that the speech wasn't a campaign speech, but given the prominent role that auto bailout is playing in the upcoming election, politics was certainly at play.

During the speech, President Obama told the union workers about the Volt: "I liked sitting in it. It was nice. I’ll bet it drives real good. And five years from now when I’m not President anymore, I’ll buy one and drive it myself.”


VW Cross Coupe Blossoms As TDI Plug-In

On: Wed, Mar 7, 2012 at 1:56PM | By: Chris Salamone


VW Cross Coupe TDI Plug-in Hybrid test 2

Incredibly mouthy verbiage aside, Volkswagen’s Cross Coupe TDI Plug-in Hybrid Concept has some pretty impressive specs. Last December we got a sneak peak during the Tokyo Auto Show, but this second version of the Cross Coupe, set to debut in Geneva, looks even better. And no, we’re not just referring to the vehicle’s snazzy two-tone red paint scheme.

Volkswagen’s latest concept can also boast 302 horsepower, 512 ft.-lb. of torque, and a purported 130 MPGe.


Mitsubishi i-Miev Racecar To Hit Pikes Peak

On: Wed, Mar 7, 2012 at 10:10AM | By: Chris Weiss


Mitsubishi i-Miev Racecar To Hit Pikes Peak test 2

The Mitsubishi i-Miev is a lot of things. It's inexpensive (compared to other electric vehicles). It's super efficient (the EPA's fuel economy leader). And, combining those two factors, it's an economical choice for both long and short term.

Two things the i-Miev is not: fast and powerful. The i-Miev puts out 66 hp and has a top speed around 80 mph, but that isn't stopping the company from entering the 2012 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb with a race version of the electric car.


 

Surprise, Surprise: Volt Production Halts

On: Tue, Mar 6, 2012 at 2:34PM | By: Chris Salamone


Chevy Volts in transit test 2

Last week General Motors announced a five week production cease and desist order on the Chevy Volt, informing 1,300 workers that production would resume April 23rd. Back in January the Volt managed a meager 603 sales which was possibly linked to rough media attention and the vehicle’s federal safety investigation. But the five month sales slump was quickly forgotten in February as Chevy managed to sell 1,023 units.

Even with redoubled efforts and recent sales pseudo-success, the good General still has 6,300 Volts sitting in inventory – a fact which shouldn’t come as a surprise. Last year company executives forecasted the sale of 10,000 Volts in 2011 and 60,000 in 2012 – numbers which have been recently dropped from consideration. Now we’re stuck with at least 154 days of inventory.

That is, assuming Volt sales can climb or remain at the February level. But, in an incredible twist of fate, the Volt has yet another major sales hurdle: California.


Volt Owner Responds Via Gun Rack

On: Mon, Mar 5, 2012 at 9:49AM | By: Chris Salamone


Chevy Volt Owners Demonstrates Vehicle Versatility test 2

Last week, republican candidate Newt Gingrich made an interesting statement. As Mr. Gingrich began to discuss President Obama’s policies, particularly in reference to drilling for America-sourced oil, the conversation became electric…literally.

After positing that the Obama administration was trying to force smaller vehicles and electric cars, like the Chevy Volt, on Americans, Newt attacked the Volt’s practicality through a previously unconsidered character trait. Sure, we’ve discussed the vehicle’s safety, electric range, cost of ownership, and a long list of other debatable Volt features. But never before have we noted the Volt’s ability to carry the lifeblood, nay the font, of American patriotism: guns.


Henrik Fisker Steps Aside

On: Thu, Mar 1, 2012 at 1:01PM | By: Chris Weiss


Henrik Fisker Steps Aside test 2

Henrik Fisker is one of the best car designers of modern times, a fact exemplified by designs like the BMW Z8, the Artega GT and the Aston Martin V8 Vantage. We've developed a growing suspicion that while his pencil skills are near-unmatched, his nuts and bolts management skills leave a lot to be desired. Under his watch, Fisker Automotive has experienced nothing but road bumps and obstacles, most recently losing hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funding. Alas, Fisker has stepped aside to make room for someone with a better history of company operations.


Hyundai i-oniq Concept Revealed

On: Thu, Mar 1, 2012 at 11:44AM | By: Chris Weiss


Hyundai i-oniq Concept Revealed test 2

This year's Geneva show promises to be a breeding ground for sporty, range-extending hybrid concepts. We've already seen pictures of the Infiniti Emerg-E, which Infiniti has admitted is a range-extender. We've also gotten a look at the Pininfarina Cambiano concept, which is rumored to be a diesel-electric range extender. Now, it's Hyundai's turn.


Infiniti Previews Electric Supercar Concept

On: Wed, Feb 29, 2012 at 10:57AM | By: Chris Weiss


Infiniti Emerg-E test 2

One of these days, Infiniti is going to get its own supercar. The Nissan GT-R has just "too good a platform" to allow Infiniti to become the only of the three major Japanese luxury brands to not have a supercar (Lexus has the LF-A and Acura will have the NSX). Nissan's luxury brand is reportedly considering several different variants as a potential flagship, one of which is undoubtedly this stunning Emerg-E concept.

Putting aside, the cheesy "Emerg-E" name, this design appears to be all win. It takes much of the natural curviness from the 2009 Essence concept and packages it into a muscular, mid-engined layout.


Chevy Restarts Production On The Volt

On: Mon, Feb 27, 2012 at 12:19PM | By: Chris Weiss


Chevy Restarts Production On The Volt test 2

Apparently Chevy had stopped production of the Volt plug-in hybrid back around the holidays. You probably didn't notice since you weren't shopping for a Volt. Neither were many of your fellow Americans. And we're guessing those Chevy dealers that actually wanted to stock Volts had plenty on hand. Production was stopped for over a month and resumed earlier in February.

The Detroit News reports that GM resumed production of the Volt on February 6. Chevy stopped production for the holiday break.


Tesla Planning A Cheaper Sedan Next

On: Tue, Feb 21, 2012 at 12:12PM | By: Chris Weiss


Tesla Planning A Cheaper Sedan Next test 2

While the short driving range of other electric vehicles makes for a questionable purchase, the 300 miles of the Tesla Model S is the surest bet in the EV market. If they could somehow figure out a way to cut that $77,000 price tag by a few ten thousands, the electric vehicle might actually become quite popular. Of course, they did figure out a way to cut the price tag by $20,000, but that way includes cutting the range nearly in half, which gives the base Model S the same problem as other EVs: not enough driving range.

While it very well could still be too expensive to be the mainstream EV solution the world needs, Tesla does plan to launch a less expensive vehicle in the future.