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Categories: Hybrid / Green

Brabus Tunes The Tesla Roadster

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


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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.


Toyota, Daimler, and BMW May Use Laptop Batteries In EVs

On: Mon, Dec 13, 2010 at 10:57AM | By: Sherry Christiansen


Toyota, Daimler, and BMW May Use Laptop Batteries In EVs test 1-1

Today, the question is no longer “who killed the electric car?” but “what is going to power the electric car?” Thanks to rising fuels costs and car owners' desire to reduce their own carbon footprints, electric vehicles have come back in a big way. As the demand for newer and better hybrid vehicles increases, so too does the need for more energy efficiency and lower costs. It all comes down to the issue of battery power. Now, the same battery cells used to power up your laptop are being adapted for electric cars, hopefully resulting in long lasting power and a potentially less expensive sticker price.


Fiat May Sell Methane Powered Cars To U.S. Market

On: Thu, Dec 9, 2010 at 10:56AM | By: Sherry Christiansen


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The topic of fully electric automobiles is becoming more and more popular today, as various manufacturing companies have started marketing new electric vehicle products. While hybrids and EVs are becoming more prevalent in the marketplace, the use of natural gas to propel vehicles is relatively unheard of. This is something Fiat is determined to change.


GM Sees Big Future in EN-V Commuter; People With Taste Disagree

On: Wed, Dec 8, 2010 at 9:56AM | By: Chris Weiss


GM Sees Big Future in EN-V Commuter; People With Taste Disagree test 1-1

GM is currently hard at work on a vehicle that won't so much rival other cars and trucks as it will public transportation. The automaker believes that its EN-V is the perfect solution for urban commuting where space, traffic, and pollution are factors that argue against more traditional vehicles. GM is hoping that the future of urban driving will look a lot like its "Electric Networked Vehicle."


 

Geneva Preview: Rinspeed BamBoo Concept

On: Mon, Dec 6, 2010 at 10:21AM | By: Chris Weiss


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We may still have Detroit to go through, but that's not stopping some companies from previewing their Geneva-bound wares. The Swiss design firm Rinspeed pulled the covers off its BamBoo concept planned for the show. In a medley of green design, Rinspeed strips the automobile of everything but the basics and equips the concept with a no-emissions, electric powertrain in a concept that looks perfectly suited to long summer days on the beach.


The Chevy Volt Is Finally Being Delivered To Dealers' Showrooms

On: Fri, Dec 3, 2010 at 4:01PM | By: Sherry Christiansen


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General Motors has, no doubt, had some hurdles to overcome in the past couple of years. The biggest recession in 70 years hit every part of the auto industry. It may have affected GM the most, as evidenced by the company's momentous layoffs, loss of brands such as Pontiac and Saturn, not to mention a government bailout and bankruptcy just to keep its doors open.

Although GM has not made a full  recovery to its pre-recession status in the auto industry, the company's future plans are laid out and ready to take off. On November 30th, 2010, the 2011 Chevy Volt was introduced, a line of cars that would make way to showrooms floors, starting in December. This exciting news comes three years, ten months and eighteen days since an initial thought appeared in the minds of GM.


Cracker Barrel Restaurants To Contribute To Electric Charging Infrastructure

On: Thu, Dec 2, 2010 at 5:20PM | By: Chris Weiss


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The problem is well-defined: in order to move toward a cleaner automotive market with EVs and plug-in hybrids leading the way, we need a better charging infrastructure. A car just isn't much good if it runs out of power in less than 100 miles and there's nowhere to charge it.

Governments and corporations have been teaming up to help provide this infrastructure in the markets that are going to be launch pads for the Chevy Volt, Nissan Leaf and others. The latest player is a bit of a curveball: Cracker Barrel restaurants. The chain announced today that it will install electric charging stations at 24 of its locations across Tennessee.


Mercedes Developing Eco-Supercar To Compete With 918 and Vision EfficientDynamics

On: Thu, Dec 2, 2010 at 10:30AM | By: Chris Weiss


Mercedes Developing Eco-Supercar To Compete With 918 and Vision EfficientDynamics test 1-1

It appears there was a good reason the Mercedes Biome concept was a little more flirty with the media than its competitors in the LA Design Challenge: Mercedes is actually working on a production car that will be loosely based on the Biome design. The Biome-inspired car will be Mercedes' answer to eco-supercars offered by German competitors, including the Porsche 918 Spyder Hybrid and BMW Vision EfficientDynamics.


Toyota Will Repair Prius Heat Risk Problems

On: Wed, Dec 1, 2010 at 2:10PM | By: Sherry Christiansen


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Toyota has announced that it will pay to repair approximately 650,000 Priuses for problems with overheating and losing power. A notice to Toyota dealers explains in detail how to repair the defective Prius models from the 2004 to 2007 model years. Most of the Prius models with defective coolant pumps are in the United States—370,000 vehicles.


EPA Rates Chevy Volt at 60 MPG

On: Tue, Nov 30, 2010 at 3:18PM | By: Chris Weiss


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Well, it's official. Bloated 230 mpg ratings are a thing of the past, and the Chevy Volt gets a much more down-to-earth 60 miles to the gallon. The EPA gave the car a 93 mpg-e rating, which is a measure of its "electric-only" capabilities, and a 37 mpg gasoline rating. Together, these ratings made for the 60 mpg "combined composite" rating.


U.S. Government Supports Hybrid Sales As Consumer Demand Declines

On: Tue, Nov 30, 2010 at 10:20AM | By: Sherry Christiansen


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In recent automotive news, consumer hybrid sales are declining for the third consecutive year, which has prompted the U.S. government to step up to the plate. The U.S. General Services Administration, which runs the government fleet, purchased over 14,000 fleet hybrids over the past two years. That number translates to around 10% of the total 145,000 hybrid vehicles sold in 2 years.

President Barack Obama's administration hopes that purchasing close to a quarter of the hybrid vehicles sold by GM and Ford will help to balance out the lack of consumer demand. GSA purchased 64% of Chevy Malibu hybrid models and 29% of Ford Fusion hybrids in 2009. GSA also bought about 14% of Ford Escape hybrids. The range of prices paid by the government for the hybrids was from $23,072 to $47,079.