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Categories: Hybrid / Green

BMW Vision EffecientDynamics To Be Called the i8 in Production

On: Wed, Dec 29, 2010 at 10:45AM | By: Chris Weiss

BMW Vision EffecientDynamics To Be Called the i8 in Production test 1-1

Well, we're very happy to report that soon we may never have to write "Vision EfficientDynamics" again. That too-big-to-effectively-fit-on-the-rear-of-a-car collection of consonants, vowels and randomly combined words may eventually be replaced by the much more type-friendly "i8," if recent Internet rumor-mongoring is to be believed.

Ford Hybrids to Get the Start-Stop Treatment

On: Wed, Dec 29, 2010 at 10:42AM | By: Sherry Christiansen

2011 Ford C-Max test 2

Many companies are notorious for trying out new products in limited release. American auto companies use this practice when it comes to releasing new innovations for their cars. Often, these test runs will occur in places overseas, keeping the newest technological and engineering advances clandestine before they reach North America. Such is the case with the Ford Motor Company’s fuel-saving start-stop system. This type of hybrid engine is already being used on several Ford models sold all over Europe. Now Ford is ready to incorporate start-stop in a line of 2012 cars and light trucks utilizing four-cylinder engines.

Mo' Money, Mo' Problems: Fisker Ups The Price of the Karma by $8K

On: Tue, Dec 28, 2010 at 1:41PM | By: Chris Weiss

Mo' Money, Mo' Problems: Fisker Ups The Price of the Karma by $8K test 1-1

Here we thought that Fisker was finally over all the adversity and obstacles and ready for Karma launch, and now word of a significant price increase. The price of the Fisker Karma has long been set at $87,900. But now, as the Karma is getting closer and closer to finally launching, Fisker has raised the price by nearly 10 percent. Fisker buyers will now have to fork over an additional $8 grand for their car.

Chevy Volt Gets Cleaner: Chevy To Recycle Parts From Gulf Oil Spill

On: Wed, Dec 22, 2010 at 12:42PM | By: Chris Weiss

Chevy Volt Gets Cleaner: Chevy To Recycle Parts From Gulf Oil Spill test 1-1

Okay, the Chevy Volt is getting to be like the annoying kid in your high school class. The one who was not only smart but also funny, good looking and athletic—the football captain/valedictorian type.

The Chevy has had serious green bragging rights from the word go, despite the mild controversy of whether it's truly a range-extending electric vehicle or a hybrid. It's recently been mopping the floor with the industry in terms of awards, with "Car of the Year" honors from Motor Trend and Green Car Journal, and a finalist spot for the North American Car of the Year, to be determined in Detroit next month. And then there was the whole auction first-sale, where instead of keeping the proceeds, the Chevy Volt selflessly gave that $250,000 to charity.

Puke-a-rific, right? Well, the Chevy Volt has decided it's not brown-nosing the environment quite enough. GM announced this week that it will be recycling plastics from the booms used to soak up the oil in 2010 'story of the year' candidate, the Gulf oil spill. Yeah, the Volt's even kicking some Gulf oil spill ass now.


Mileage Measurements for Hybrids May Confuse Consumers

On: Wed, Dec 22, 2010 at 12:42PM | By: Sherry Christiansen

Mileage Measurements for Hybrids May Confuse Consumers test 1-1

Hybrid vehicles are an increasing segment of the vehicle market today. It seems highly likely that over the course of the next few years, fully electric vehicles and vehicles that run on natural gas may also make their way into the marketplace.

There needs to be a congruent method for accounting for the cost and usage of energy required to operate various types of hybrid vehicles. More specifically, a system needs to be in place to allow for easy comparisons, to decrease confusion, and allow consumers to make informed decisions.

BMW Vision EfficientDynamics To Cost $230K When It Debuts In 2013

On: Mon, Dec 20, 2010 at 11:49AM | By: Chris Weiss

BMW Vision EfficientDynamics To Cost $230K When It Debuts In 2013 test 1-1

In the market for a high-performance German-built hybrid supercar? Of course, we all are. Well, it's looking like your most affordable option at the moment will be the Vision EfficientDynamics from BMW. New reports indicate that the car will be priced from £150,000 ($234K) when it hits the market in 2013. Not exactly cheap, but lower than the expected $250,000 price tag of the Mercedes SLS E-Cell and way cheaper than the rumored $600,000 price of the Porsche 918 Spyder Hybrid.

New Ferrari 599 Model Spied (with Video)

On: Wed, Dec 15, 2010 at 5:29PM | By: Chris Weiss

New Ferrari 599 Model Spied (with Video) test 1-1

As detailed by Fiat over the summer, Ferrari will be in ongoing development, releasing six new models over the next three years. Perhaps the most interesting of those new models is a long-awaited Enzo successor. But another exciting model is a 599 GTB replacement, which is codenamed F152. That model is expected by 2012.

A recent clip captured by a Ferrari fan/spy shows a possible test version of the next-gen 599 in action on Ferrari's Fiorano test track. Details remain scarce, but you can see and hear what the model has to offer after the jump.

Jaguar Determined To Give the C-X75 A Chance

On: Wed, Dec 15, 2010 at 1:08PM | By: Chris Weiss

Jaguar Determined To Give the C-X75 A Chance test 1-1

Jaguar absolutely stole the show at the Paris Motor Show in the fall, capturing our hearts with a cutting-edge supercar concept called the C-X75. Not only was the car a technological marvel, with its jet turbine/electric powertrain and incredible performance figures, it represented the first supercar that Jaguar has built since the venerable XJ220 from the early 1990s, a car that once held the production car world speed record.

What wasn't clear during Paris was whether Jaguar was serious about reentering the supercar market. The C-X75 was highly conceptual, and things hadn't exactly gone well for Jaguar on the business end of the XJ220, so the C-X75's future was (and is) very questionable. Some reports from Paris indicated Jaguar was using the concept to preview a possible production model, while others indicated the C-X75 was concept and nothing but concept.

A new report from Autocar this week indicates Jaguar is serious about building a new supercar. Top company players state a desire to see a supercar through to production.

Nissan Delivers First Production Leaf

On: Wed, Dec 15, 2010 at 10:56AM | By: Chris Weiss

Nissan Delivers First Production Leaf  test 1-1

The mass-produced electric vehicle era is officially underway! Nissan has delivered its very first Leaf to a customer in northern California, marking the completion of the sale of the very first mass-produced EV. The Nissan Leaf is now an official market reality.

The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly: Off-Season Road Race News

On: Mon, Dec 13, 2010 at 4:59PM | By: John Welch

GRRRRRRrrrugly test 2

The advancement of electronic locomotion knows no bounds apparently, as several sports car teams and companies pledge to include some form of energy recovery system on their 2011 racing machines. This includes all of Formula 1, which will see the return of KERS after a one-year hiatus. Two new GT2 cars coming in 2011, the Ferrari 458 GT2 and the reinvention of the Porsche 911 RSR. Though similar to its 2010 sibling, the RSR is fresh as a daisy under the skin.

Finally, what do you consider ugly? Does pure function override decidedly homely appearance for you? Would you prefer your LEDs with or without pontoon fenders? Audi has released images and important data regarding their new R18; we just aren't sure we wanted them to.

Brabus Tunes The Tesla Roadster

On: Mon, Dec 13, 2010 at 11:19AM | By: Chris Weiss

Brabus Tunes The Tesla Roadster test 1-1

Brabus is a German tuning firm known for all kinds of tunes—some hot, some outrageous, and some just downright awful. This is the first time that I've personally ever seen the firm offer an electric tuning kit (though there are others). In fact, it's the first time I've seen a tuned electric vehicle, period. Without the benefit of turbocharging and other tricks often used by tuners on gas engines, Brabus focused its attention on one of the other important aspect of the Tesla Roadster: charging. In conjunction with German electric company RWE, the firm now offers the Green Package to Tesla owners.