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Categories: Hybrid / Green

Porsche Panamera Goes Diesel

On: Thu, May 5, 2011 at 4:40PM | By: Chris Weiss


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Since introducing the Panamera to the market in 2009, Porsche has been adding numerous variants to the Panamera line, most recently with the Panamera Hybrid in New York. Porsche added one more Panamera earlier this week, when it revealed the Panamera diesel. The latest Porsche four-door makes use of a 3.0-liter V6 turbodiesel to add to the range and fuel economy of the Panamera line.


Tally-ho! Earth's First Hybrid Goes For A Spin

On: Wed, May 4, 2011 at 1:37PM | By: Chris Salamone


Porsche Semper Vivus test 2

Over the years Porsche has stood out as a company which not only produces exceptional vehicles, but as a company that also turns a profit with regularity. But the claims to fame don’t stop there. In 1900 Porsche manufactured the first functional hybrid car ever built: the Semper Vivus. Take that Prius! Yes, a full one hundred years before Toyota rolled out with the Prius the Semper Vivus roamed the concrete jungles of yesterday, err… minus the concrete. Recently Porsche decided to remind the world of their EV achievement by taking the Semper Vivus out for a spin.


Tesla Fires Back, 10 Million Times

On: Fri, Apr 29, 2011 at 4:52PM | By: Chris Salamone


Tesla Roadster Tested On TopGear test 2

Flashback: two years ago. Top Gear ran a show claiming to discredit the real world applicability of the Tesla Roadster. Two Roadsters were shown suffering ‘breakdowns’ on the track and the show’s script, completed before the vehicles were tested, concluded with the host saying, “in the real world, it doesn’t seem to work.” Although Tesla ignored the original airing of Top Gear’s anti-Roadster show, the company recently decided to serve BBC with a lawsuit for libel and malicious falsehood. If add up the ten million real-world miles which Tesla Roadsters have successfully hummed by 1,500 owners around the globe, they may have a case.

Tesla claims to have waited so long because the show continues to “repeatedly and consistently re-broadcast to hundreds of millions of viewers on BBC channels, on other TV channels via syndication, the internet, and by DVD.” A lawsuit is the only recourse the company has. In a recent blog post, Tesla tries to field some of the misconceptions aired on Top Gear.


Honda Confirms NSX Successor

On: Wed, Apr 27, 2011 at 4:28PM | By: Chris Weiss


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A Honda NSX successor has been the subject of rumors for years. These rumors have started to heat up again lately, with reports indicating that Honda is refocusing on a top-end sports car now that the economy is starting to turn around.

Well, those rumors are correct. Honda president Takanobu Ito said so himself from the Shanghai Auto Show. Ito didn't get into too many details, but did indicate that the NSX successor will reflect the efficient needs of modern times rather than the pure power ambitions of years past.


 

Nissan Leaf Takes Home World Car of the Year

On: Wed, Apr 27, 2011 at 12:21PM | By: Chris Weiss


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Electric vehicles and hybrids have really been one of the biggest stories in the automotive industry for the past year or two. And they've been dominating award shows to prove it.

While the Chevy Volt captured the "World Green Car of the Year," the Nissan Leaf one-upped it with the more general "2011 World Car of the Year" award. Of course, that victory wasn't quite as sweet as it could have been for Nissan because the Chevy Volt wasn't eligible (it will be in the running next year though, after launching overseas later this year).


Chevy Volt Is World Green Car of the Year

On: Mon, Apr 25, 2011 at 4:36PM | By: Chris Weiss


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Boy, I'm getting a little sick of the Chevy Volt. It reminds me of that annoying jock-geek in elementary school/junior high/high school/life—the one that captained the football and baseball teams, was in the top 5 in grade-average percentile, and was basically just a few steps away from being a multi-millionaire with a swimsuit model wife. Puke.

The Volt's already swept major awards like the Motor Trend 2011 Car of the Year and the 2011 North American Car of the Year, and now it's back in the spotlight as the World Green Car of the Year. The award was bestowed last week at the 2011 New York Auto Show.


Google and US Government Partner To Offer Electric-Charging Maps

On: Mon, Apr 25, 2011 at 10:13AM | By: Chris Weiss


Google and US Government Partner To Offer Electric-Charging Maps test 1-1

You may not have an electric vehicle on this fine Earth Day 2011—only 500 people have purchased the only mass-produced EV on the market, after all—but you will soon know where to find electric charging stations in the event you need one. Google, the U.S. Department of Energy, and 80 other partners will collaborate toward creating an intuitive mapping system of electric charging stations around the country. Eventually, this function will undoubtedly be built into EV navigation systems, allowing you access to on-the-fly charging information.


Nissan To Ramp Up Leaf Distribution

On: Fri, Apr 22, 2011 at 9:47AM | By: Chris Weiss


Nissan To Ramp Up Leaf Distribution test 1-1

The Nissan Leaf has gotten off to quite a sluggish start since hitting the market late last year. Nissan has sold only about 500 Leafs through March in the United States, and despite easily meeting its goal of 20,000 reservations last year, Nissan has found actual sales more difficult to fulfill, with roughly 40 percent of reservees moving forward with purchase.

Nissan indicated this week that it doesn't plan to sit idly by and let the story change from "world's first mass-produced electric vehicle" to "limited-range electric that no one wants to buy." The company plans to ramp up distribution and sales throughout the rest of 2011.


New Details On Porsche 918

On: Mon, Apr 18, 2011 at 9:49AM | By: Chris Weiss


New Details On Porsche 918 test 1-1

The Porsche 918 Spyder is one of the most exciting cars on the horizon and we're following the story closely. Thanks to the leak of an internal dealership document, we have some new details to report. Actually, they're mostly just confirmations of existing details—but hey, it's the Porsche 918 Spyder; all news is good news.

The document, which was given to 'World Car Fans' by an anonymous source, confirms that the Porsche 918 Spyder will be using the same powertrain that it had when it debuted at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show: a 500-hp 4.0-liter V8 engine assisted by two electric motors worth a combined 218-hp. A seven-speed PDK takes on gear control.


Ferrari Leading the Way In Emissions Cuts

On: Fri, Apr 15, 2011 at 12:26PM | By: Chris Weiss


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The European Union currently mandates that all automakers cut emissions across their lines down to 130 g/km by 2015. As you could imagine, cutting emissions poses a particular challenge to supercar manufacturers whose lines consist of massively engined, inefficient sports cars that get more powerful every year. And so far, most supercar makers have been making very nominal gains.

But, Ferrari has proved an exception, making significant cuts over the past year.


Nissan Leafs Have Problems Starting... And Not Just Because The Electricity's Drained

On: Thu, Apr 14, 2011 at 9:11AM | By: Chris Weiss


Some Nissan Leafs Have Problems Starting test 2

Well, this isn't good news for Nissan. After getting off to a rather sluggish start in terms of sales, the Leaf, Nissan's much-hyped electric vehicle, has been experiencing problems with starting. Those few customers who have bought the Leaf have reported that it sometimes fails to start. Nissan announced that it is launching an official probe into the matter.

Nissan says that the problem is limited to a select number of Leaf models and that it is caused by a sensor in the air conditioning unit. Models in both the U.S. and Japan have experienced problems.