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Categories: Hybrid / Green

Porsche 918 Spyder Is On Sale For $845K

On: Thu, Mar 24, 2011 at 10:29AM | By: Chris Weiss

Porsche 918 Spyder Hybrid test 2

The world's most exhilarating hybrid is officially available. Porsche opened up its order books on the 918 Spyder on Monday, paving the way for up to 918 customers to own the world's hottest plug-in. The 918 Spyder brings a little sticker shock with its sexy exterior and green-but-potent numbers; Porsche has priced the model well above estimates and rumors at $845,000. But, since the 918 Spyder is essentially in a league of its own in terms of hybrid technology and performance, that would be Stuttgart's prerogative.

Fisker Karma Production Begins

On: Tue, Mar 22, 2011 at 2:30PM | By: Tim Healey

Fisker Karma test 2

Production on the long-awaited Fisker Karma has finally begun. The $88,000 plug-in hybrid sports car will be built in Finland, with U.S. and European deliveries expected to begin next month.

The Karma is capable of traveling up to 50 miles on electricity before a 2.0-liter, 260 horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline engine kicks on. Including the two 201.5 horsepower electric motors, total horsepower is claimed to be 403 ponies and total torque is said to be a whopping 981 lb-ft.

Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid 2.0 Preview

On: Mon, Mar 21, 2011 at 5:22PM | By: Chris Weiss

Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid test 2

It was just over a year ago that Porsche introduced the 911 GT3 R Hybrid. The innovative track hybrid features a combination of rear-mounted 480-hp V6, two front-mounted electric motors and a flywheel generator in place of a battery pack. The generator pulls power from regenerative braking and distributes it to the front motors when needed for short bursts of acceleration.

Apparently the original R Hybrid has grown long in the tooth in that short year span. Porsche has previewed a revised version which will officially debut at the 24 Hours of Nurburgring in late June.

Obama Administration Continuing Fuel-Economy Talks

On: Mon, Mar 21, 2011 at 2:31PM | By: Tim Healey

Fuel-Economy Talks  test 2

Despite moves by the House to prevent the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from regulating tailpipe emissions, the Obama administration is continuing talks regarding fuel-economy and pollution standards for the years 2017-2025.

The talks involve automakers, the state of California, and environmental groups.


Tesla Model S Pricing And Availability Announced

On: Wed, Mar 16, 2011 at 12:43PM | By: Chris Weiss

Tesla Model S test 2

The Tesla Model S four-door will base at a price of $49,900 when it hits the North American market in mid-2012, the California-based automaker announced last week. That price is after the $7,500 federal tax credit and will buy drivers the sporty, 160-mile Model S variant.

Unlike the horsepower and speed that you expect pay more for in gas vehicles, buyers will have to pony up for increased range, and it won't come cheap. For an extra 70 miles worth of range, you'll be paying an extra 10 grand: the 230-mile-rated Model S will cost $59,900. No bulk discounts here.

Mini Rocketman Concept to Influence Future Models

On: Mon, Mar 14, 2011 at 9:48AM | By: Chris Weiss

Mini Rocketman Concept test 2

Don't expect to see the Union Jack-adorned roof on the road, but Mini is planning on siphoning some of the construction and technological elements of its recent Rocketman concept into its production line. The return to small previewed by the Rocketman concept will be a theme that appears in new production models over the next several years.

The design language of the Rocketman is expected to influence new coupe and convertible models that will debut in 2013.

The Evils of Ethanol

On: Fri, Feb 25, 2011 at 11:45AM | By: Chuck Arehart

E85 ethanol test 2

Gasoline blended with 10-percent corn-based ethanol has been around for decades. I remember it as "gasahol" in the seventies and its intent was to stifle the effect of our nation's first oil "crisis" by easing the burden at the pump a few cents per gallon. Fast forward to circa 2005 when the green movement was building steam, global warming transitioned from theory to belief and automakers (mainly domestic) were touting their new flex-fuel vehicles that could run on E85 (gasoline with 85 percent ethanol). There are several reasons for the sudden interest in E85. Gas prices were nearing the three-dollar per-gallon mark and E85 was cheaper, if you could find it. E85's lower emissions would help combat global warming and the stigma that went along with a fuel-sucking, environment polluting SUV.

Got More Than One Prius? You've Got 'Prii'.

On: Fri, Feb 25, 2011 at 10:26AM | By: Chris Weiss

Got More Than One Prius? You've Got 'Prii'.  test 1-1

Try this on for size: Last year, several Priuses had problems with accelerating into things. Nope, that's all wrong. It should read: Last year, several Prii had problems with accelerating into things. Yep, that's accurate.

At least, as of this week. Toyota announced earlier this week that it had concluded its "Prius goes plural" ad campaign, originally launched at the North American Internation Auto Show. And the voters have spoken: it will be Prii and not Priuseseseses.

RUF Tunes the Porsche 911 to All-Electric

On: Thu, Feb 24, 2011 at 6:02PM | By: Chris Weiss

RUF Tunes the Porsche 911 to All-Electric test 1-1

Last week, we reported that there are now three electric Boxster prototypes in testing. And not a full week later, there are three electric 911 Carrera prototypes in testing. The only difference is the Boxsters were an actual Porsche project, and the electric 911s come from German tuning house RUF.

Tuners typically focus on making cars meaner, bigger, and more powerful, but RUF has a different type of tune in mind: a more environmentally conscious 911. RUF plans to build a test fleet of 10 electric 911s—known as "eRUFs", in the first half of this year. Each model will be equipped with one of three electric powertrains.

BMW Launches "i" Line for Range of Alternative-Fuel Vehicles

On: Thu, Feb 24, 2011 at 2:50PM | By: Chris Weiss

BMW Launches "i" Line for Range of Alternative-Fuel Vehicles test 1-1

Can't say we didn't see it coming, but now it's official: BMW has rolled its Project i into an official "i" brand, which will comprise electric vehicles, hybrids, and other alternatively-fueled vehicles, like the Vision EfficientDynamics (i8). If BMW plays its cards right, its lowercase i may supplant Apple's (iPod, iPhone, iPad) as the epitome of technologically advanced, consumer-friendly design. But it'll take a lot to topple the big Mac.

Rolls Royce to Launch Electric Prototype in Geneva

On: Thu, Feb 24, 2011 at 11:05AM | By: Chris Weiss

Rolls Royce to Launch Electric Prototype in Geneva test 1-1

You know electrics are going to be the wave of the future when luxury-boat players like Rolls Royce start getting involved. Rolls will present what it's calling the world's first battery-powered ultra-luxury vehicle in the form of a Phantom EV prototype code-named 102EX. And like nearly every other new vehicle and concept of late, it will launch at the Geneva Motor Show.