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Categories: Hybrid / Green

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.

Porsche Panamera S Hybrid Gets Two Video Parts

On: Wed, Feb 23, 2011 at 12:07PM | By: Chris Weiss

Porsche Panamera S Hybrid test 2

To introduce a radical idea to hybrid technology. That, in a nutshell, is why Porsche is building the Panamera S Hybrid. Or, at least, that's what Porsche's marketing team came up with for a new Panamera promo video. Which brings me to another point: there's a new Panamera S Hybrid promo video. In fact, there are two. After announcing the car last week, Porsche is now on to advertising the Panamera S Hybrid before its 2011 Geneva Motor Show debut.

Porsche Ups Its Green Cred With Panamera S Hybrid and Boxster E

On: Sat, Feb 19, 2011 at 1:09PM | By: Chris Weiss

Porsche Ups Its Green Cred With Panamera S Hybrid and Boxster E test 1-1

We know that Porsche plans to make a hybrid version of every one of its cars. This week, the company took the next official step, introducing the Panamera S Hybrid ahead of its Geneva debut. And if that wasn't enough to make environmentalists all warm and tingly, Porsche also introduced the all-electric Boxster E prototype.

Nissan Previews All-Electric Sports Car Concept

On: Thu, Feb 17, 2011 at 9:45AM | By: Chris Weiss

Nissan Previews All-Electric Sports Car Concept  test 1-1

Nissan has previewed an all-electric sports car concept that it will debut in Geneva. Called ESFLOW, the new concept combines a dual-motor powertrain with lightweight components and sporty styling.

Designed to "prove it's possible to remain environmentally sympathetic without having to give up the joy of driving," the ESFLOW is based upon the technology available in the Leaf, albeit modified to ensure a sportier ride. It features two rear-mounted electric motors that are centrally located above the rear axle.


Obama Administration Remains [Too] Optimistic On 1-Million Green Vehicle Goal

On: Mon, Feb 14, 2011 at 6:57PM | By: Chris Weiss

Obama Administration Remains [Too] Optimistic On 1-Million Green Vehicle Goal test 1-1

Wow, it must be fun to be a math expert. Because then you just get to ignore real numbers altogether and put out your own "expert" opinions based on nothing.

Just look at the math guys in the Obama adminstration. Back in 2008, President Obama made a campaign pledge to put a million electric vehicles and hybrids on the road by 2015. And like many a campaign pledge, it was catchy, sounded like a worthy goal, but as of a few years later, it isn't actually happening here in the real world. But, that's where the numbers guys come in! Now that we're halfway there, and anyone who's not in the administration is casting big doubts on the goal, the Energy Department has released some numbers that seem to defy reality. Not only is the auto industry on track to put a million green cars on the road by 2015, they're going to beat the original goal with 1.2 million or more!

Nissan To Accelerate Leaf Production, Fill Pre-Orders By Summer

On: Fri, Feb 11, 2011 at 9:06AM | By: Chris Weiss

Nissan To Accelerate Leaf Production, Fill Pre-Orders By Summer test 1-1

It looks like Chevy won't be the only manufacturer upping its green vehicle production. Nissan representatives said this week that the company plans on increasing Leaf production at its Japanese plant to get pre-ordered deliveries out as quickly as possible. Nissan intends to get all pre-ordered Leafs delivered to all customers by September.

BMW's New Try-Before-You-Buy Program

On: Mon, Feb 7, 2011 at 12:13PM | By: Sherry Christiansen

BMW's New Try-Before-You-Buy Program test 1-1

Grocery stores stumbled upon a very smart marketing campaign: offer customers free samples. BMW has seized upon that concept for the roll out of its Megacity Vehicle electric car. The German automaker plans to offer the Megacity Vehicle through its successful car-sharing program that is all the rage in Europe. Technically, these aren’t going to be free samples, but it is certainly a proactive way to give folks a taste of the new car design and perhaps most importantly, the luxury car driving experience.

World Car Nominees Announced

On: Sat, Feb 5, 2011 at 10:46AM | By: Chris Weiss

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Looking past Geneva, the 2011 New York Auto Show will take place in April. At the show, the World Car of the Year honors will be awarded to the best green car, best performance car, and best overall car in the world. The field will get narrower in Geneva, but nominees for each category were announced this week, providing a look at which cars will be vying for the prestigious titles.

The Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf will once again be competing, this time for World Green Car of the Year. Chevy has been trouncing the Leaf here in the U.S., sweeping major awards like the Motor Trend Car of the Year, Green Journal Green Car of the Year, and North American Car of the Year. The Leaf, on the other hand, has a wider footprint and has had more success in Europe, winning awards like the European Car of the Year.

Volvo V60 Diesel-Electric To Debut In Geneva, Hit Market In 2012

On: Wed, Feb 2, 2011 at 2:51PM | By: Chris Weiss

Volvo V60 Diesel-Electric To Debut In Geneva, Hit Market In 2012 test 1-1

If you want to limit your carbon footprint as much as possible, without any regard to traveling distances, you get an electric vehicle. If you want to combine a greener drive with a car that's versatile enough for the real world, you get a plug-in hybrid. And if you want the market's best combination of clean driving and range, you look for a diesel-electric hybrid.

Volvo will soon offer its own diesel-electric, a car that it's calling a market first. The V60 Plug-In Hybrid is scheduled for sale next year and will debut at the Geneva Motor Show next month.

Obama Proposes 1 Million EVs By 2015

On: Wed, Feb 2, 2011 at 11:25AM | By: Sherry Christiansen

Obama Proposes 1 Million EVs By 2015 test 1-1

A president’s state of the union speech is meant to not only report on how we’re doing as a nation, but also what we might have to look forward to. There are plenty of bold goals set forth in those speeches. Back in 2003, President Bush put a $1.2 billion program on the table to help spur the development of fuel-cell cars. Eight years later and guess what? There are just a handful of fuel-cell hybrid cars in commercial production here in the U.S. That doesn’t mean a nation can’t dream big, does it? In his recent state of the union speech, President Obama put his marker on the table. He’d like to see 1 million advanced-technology cars on the highways by 2015. Bold visionary or wishful thinking?

Is There Clean Fuel In The Future?

On: Mon, Jan 31, 2011 at 7:14PM | By: Sherry Christiansen

Is There Clean Fuel In The Future? test 1-1

Today it seems that everyone is clamoring for a cheaper fuel to power everything. Can a cleaner, less expensive form of gas actually be created from something other than oil? The diligent scientists at Cella Energy, a U.K.-based research company, think they have discovered the formula. According to their research data recently released, they’ve created a hydrogen-base synthetic fuel that could mean the end of gasoline, as we know it; at least that’s what they’re claiming.