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June 2011 Archives

Nissan Leaf Sets New Record at 2011 Pikes Peak Hill Climb

Content courtesy of TorqueNews.com


by Patrick Rall

The 2011 Pikes Peak Hill Climb took place last weekend and when the smoke cleared, the racing world beheld a handful of new records which included two new milestones for electric vehicles. The 2011 Nissan Leaf competed in fully stock form, piloted by experienced Pikes Peak and Nissan off-road truck racer Chad Hord. The Leaf was the first ever production electric vehicle to take a turn racing up the mountain, so with a time of 14 minutes and 33 seconds, the Nissan Leaf set a record for being the fastest production electric vehicle to take on the Hill Climb ever - but only because it is the only production electric vehicle to take on the Hill Climb. I guess that in this case, being the best by default is better than not being the best at all, right?

2011 Chevrolet Volt Vs 2011 Nissan Leaf: 7,000 Miles Later

This story originally appeared at Green Car Reports

2011 Nissan Leaf and 2011 Chevy Volt, with charging station visible; photo by George Parrott

by George Parrott

After several months of using a 2011 Chevy Volt and a 2011 Nissan Leaf as our sole family transport, we have a better understanding of both cars than we did in March, when I first wrote about how they compared.

First to arrive at our West Sacramento home was a beautiful crystal red 2011 Volt. We chose the neutral leather upgraded interior with heated seats and the backup camera option, but did not go for the polished wheels.

2012 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution XI Hybrid Concept

Content courtesy of CarsDirect.com


The Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution is the struggling Japanese automaker's most storied model and a favorite of sport sedan enthusiasts everywhere. Each year the car goes toe-to-toe with Subaru's WRX line for rally-derived sport compact supremacy, but some reports state that Mitsubishi plans on killing the model after its current generation.

Vatican: Electric Cars Too Slow, Hybrid Popemobile on Way

This story originally appeared at All Cars Electric

Cadillac Presidential Limo

Last December we told you that the His Holiness, The Pope, was keen on swapping his large gas-guzzling Mercedes SUV 'popemobile' for a suitable electric car.  

Now Vatican officials have confirmed the details of Pope Benedict XVI's latest ride: a custom-made M-Class plug-in hybrid based on the technology found inside the Mercedes Vision S500 plug-in hybridshown at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show. 

Why not a pure electric-vehicle, as the Vatican hinted last year?

2012 Toyota Prius PHEV (Plug-In): Features, Pricing and Release Date

Content courtesy of CarsDirect.com

Pre-production model

The production version of Toyota's exciting new 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid will release in just a few short months. Hybrid car buyers should consider waiting for the car's release date in early 2012. The plug-in version's chief advantage is its ability to run for around 13 miles, Toyota promises, before its gasoline motor kicks in at all.

2013 Ford C-Max Energi is Dearborn's Answer To Volt And Prius

This story originally appeared at Green Car Reports


Toyota has managed to make its Prius family iconic, instantly identified by its unique silhouettes and body styles, and almost synonymous with 'hybrid'; and this past year, GM's Chevrolet Volt, as well as the Nissan Leaf have gone on sale with distinct shapes identifying them as being among the greenest vehicles.

Yellow Carpool Stickers To Expire July 1, 2011

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RIP, Yellow Carpool Sticker: 2004-2011

Well, it was fun while it lasted.  The State of California made hybrid ownership just that more appealing by issuing Yellow Clean Air Vehicle stickers effectively allowing owners to drive unaccompanied in the state's carpool lanes back in 2004, shaving precious minutes from the gridlocked commutes of California.

Fisker Karma Makes European Debut At Monaco Grand Prix


Visitors to the world's most prestigious motorsport event, the Formula One Monaco Grand Prix, were among the first to see the first Fisker Karma off the production line put through its paces as it made its European driving debut on the famous street circuit.

Royal Purple Introduces New 0W-20 Motor Oil

royal-purple.jpg Royal Purple announces the release of their new 0W-20 motor oil.  The introduction of this viscosity was prompted by Toyota and Honda recommending zero weight synthetic motor oil for a growing number of new models.  Lower viscosity oils are used to help improve fuel economy. Royal Purple 0W-20 exceeds industry standards and is an American Petroleum Institute (API) SN licensed motor oil.  It provides distinct performance advantages.
This story originally appeared at All Cars Electric
Porsche Boxster E electric car prototype

The Michelin Challenge Bibendum is an annual event run by the French tire company aimed at promoting the development of sustainable mobility. At this year's event in the German capital of Berlin, Porsche rolled out its Boxster E electric car prototype, revealing a few more saucy details about its testing schedule and zero-emission future.

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