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Categories: Hybrid / Green

New Transmission To Give Future Fiskers Veyron-Level Performance?

On: Mon, Aug 1, 2011 at 9:01AM | By: Chris Weiss

New Transmission To Give Future Fiskers Veyron-Level Performance? test 2

Henrik Fisker. He's a man that I'm beginning to know for two distinctly different reasons. Reason 1: He designs a helluva beautiful car. Reason 2: He tends to make bold (exaggerated?) claims like few other top-level execs that I've seen.

A few months ago, Fisker prophetized that electric cars are poised to be as successful as smartphones and flat-screen TVs. Possible, but way too early to tell. Currently, that just looks like overconfidence and exaggeration.

This week, Fisker made an equally bold, possibly foolish, proclamation: a new gearbox that's under development will one day help electric cars to deliver "Veyron levels of performance."

2012 Nissan Leaf Gets Price Increase

On: Mon, Jul 25, 2011 at 5:27PM | By: Chris Weiss

2012 Nissan Leaf Gets Price Increase test 2

With Nissan increasing the price of next year's Leaf model by more than $2,000, the 2012 Nissan Leaf edges ever closer to the price of the 2012 Chevy Volt.

The 2012 Leaf SV base model will start at $36,050, a $2,420 increase over the 2011 Leaf's $33,630 base price. The 2012 Leaf SL starts at $38,100, representing a $3,530 increase over the 2011 Leaf SL. Nissan says the increased pricing is due to added equipment including quick-charging hardware and cold-weather upgrades.

AAA Announces EV-Charging Truck Program

On: Mon, Jul 25, 2011 at 11:03AM | By: Chris Weiss

AAA Announces EV-Charging Truck Program test 1-1

Last month, the Nissan Leaf officially reached 3,894 U.S. sales. And yet, Nissan hasn't seen fit to send out a mobile charging station the way it did in Japan. So the staple of American motoring, traveling, and on-highway repairs is officially stepping in. AAA debuted the first mobile charging station in North America at the Plug-In 2011 Conference & Exposition last week.

Despite Production Delays, Fisker Sells 3,000 Karmas

On: Tue, Jul 19, 2011 at 10:40AM | By: Chris Weiss

Despite Production Delays, Fisker Sells 3,000 Karmas test 1-1

It was starting to look like the Fisker Karma was a potential lame duck and market flop. Henrik Fisker's curvy hybrid looked like an innovative contender when it debuted at the 2008 Detroit Motor Show. But after delay upon delay and price undercuts by cars like the Tesla Model S, the Karma seemed like it was bound to flop in the current market.

Fisker announced this week, however, that it's penned in 3,000 preorders and is likely sold out through the end of the year.


Renault Shows Off Dual-Functioned, Electric Frendzy Concept

On: Fri, Jul 15, 2011 at 4:34PM | By: Chris Weiss

Renault Shows Off Dual-Functioned, Electric Frendzy Concept test 1-1

The hot, long, quiet days of summer are upon us. Being that it's an odd year, means that it's the perfect time to start showing and discussing Frankfurt Motor Show debuts. Renault took just that liberty last week, unveiling a concept that it calls "Frendzy."

Mitsubishi's Bright Idea Steps Into The Light: A Solar-Powered i Charging Station

On: Mon, Jul 11, 2011 at 11:13AM | By: Andrew W Davis

Mitsubishi solar-powered charging station test 2

The folks that brought you the fearsome Evo X have gone to the other end of the scale by bringing a fully-electric car to market—the idiotically-named "i" (yup, one letter, and in lowercase no less)—and a way to charge it using nothing but millions of dollars and sun-sourced juice via a solar “charging facility” like the one the firm built at its Southern California HQ.

“Able to charge up to four vehicles at once, the station features three types of chargers with different voltages: standard level 1 voltage (110v) will deliver a 100 percent charge in 22 hours on the new Mitsubishi i; level 2 (220v) which can charge the vehicle in six hours; and level 3 CHAdeMO Quick Charger, which can charge to 80 percent battery capacity in 25 minutes.”

Leaf Beats Volt In Six-Month Sales

On: Sat, Jul 9, 2011 at 8:53AM | By: Chris Weiss

Nissan Leaf test 2

Well this is a bit of a turtle-vs-hare outcome. The Nissan Leaf, which spent its first few months lagging well behind the Chevy Volt in terms of sales, actually came out the victor in six-month sales total. And it did it by a pretty comfortable margin.

The Leaf and Volt are natural rivals having been two high-profile, mass-market plug-ins that hit the market within days of each other last December. After being handily beaten the first few months, the Leaf had its first victory in April, when it sold 573 to 493 Volts. It beat the Volt more decisively in May, selling 1,142 to 481, but as of the start of last month, was still lagging just behind the Volt in total sales.

Flying Car Gets A Couple Thumbs Up From Government

On: Fri, Jul 8, 2011 at 9:18AM | By: Chris Weiss

Terrafugia Flying Car test 2

Look outside your window onto any crowded street or city sidewalk and you'll see throngs of disappointed adults. They may not show it on their faces at all times; they may even appear happy and jovial. But don't be fooled; they're disappointed deep down.

Thanks to cartoons and television programs like The Jetsons, these adults grew up with expectations of driving around skyways in flying vehicles. Not planes, but flying cars that could replace slower, more tedious ground driving. And, as of the year 2011, not so much as a single, multi-million-dollar flying car-for-the-stars exists.

Another Movie-Star Car: BMW Vision EfficientDynamics

On: Thu, Jul 7, 2011 at 3:41PM | By: Chris Weiss

BMW Vision EfficientDynamics  test 2

Batman may be sticking with its Lambo roots, but another action movie franchise has decided to go a little greener in its auto buying. The new Mission Impossible installment will give Tom Cruise a new, green vehicular sidekick—the BMW Vision EfficientDynamics. Certainly chosen for its distinctive look and not entirely its hybrid powertrain, the car will definitely look good on the big screen.

Rolls Royce 102EX: Not Good Enough For Production, But Still Pimpin'

On: Tue, Jul 5, 2011 at 8:03AM | By: Chris Weiss

Rolls Royce 102EX  test 2

The Rolls Royce 102EX may be the lamest of lame ducks, after Rolls announced that it will not be developing an electric vehicle in the near future, but it's still going to be a presence on the world concept circuit. Rolls engineers are still testing the 102EX, and Rolls PR folks will be transporting the car in continuance of its world tour.

Toyota (With A Straight Face) Announces The Prius Plus Performance Package

On: Fri, Jul 1, 2011 at 1:50PM | By: Andrew W Davis

2011 Prius with PLUS Performance Package test 2

“Developed to meet the evolving demands of the growing hybrid segment, PLUS enhances the driving experience for Toyota hybrid enthusiasts by offering cool and fun accessories that add sporty looks with performance handling.”

Despite the fact that “cool” and “fun” are two things NO Prius could EVER be to many, those crazy cats over at Toyota Racing Development are going to give the Prius—yep, all models—a “performance” makeover as the “first installment of the new PLUS brand of accessories from Toyota.”

This “exciting”—another non-Prius adjective—“new accessory package for 2011” isn’t half-bad, with many of the same kind of performance-enhancing bits that wouldn’t seem so out of place if they didn’t come in a Prius wrapper.

So, here’s the question: Did TRD transform a Prius into something that people who actually CARE about cars won’t be ashamed to be seen in? You decide!