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August 2011 Archives

The Audi Urban Concept - a Completely New Kind of Concept


Audi is once again opening up new horizons: the Audi urban concept is a 1+1-seat, ultra-light car for congested urban spaces. The technical study being presented at the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt does not fit under any of the conventional categories - the Audi urban concept combines elements of a racing car, a fun car and an urban car into one radical new electric concept. In addition to a Sportback model, Audi is also presenting a Spyder variant.

Electric Motorcycle Sets Land-speed Record at 215.9 mph

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by Don Bain

We've been trying to convince people for years electric vehicles will be more powerful and even faster than combustion engines, but they simply don't believe it. They say things like, "Electric motors will never work for racing because they would need too many batteries for preliminary trials and everything else." Of course they've failed to consider inductive power transmission, which has absolutely nothing to do with this story.

2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid MPGs Beat Ford Fusion, Hyundai Sonata


The reviews of the 2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid mid-size sedan are in now, and the consensus is that it's a competitively priced mild refresh with unadventurous styling. Which may just be exactly what Camry buyers are looking for. But on one metric--gas mileage--the 2012 Camry line shines.


At last week's Pebble Beach Concourse D' Elegance, Cadillac unveiled their new Ciel concept, an elegant, open-air grand-touring hybrid inspired by the natural beauty of the California coast.

Ford Motor Company and Toyota Motor Corporation - the world's two leading manufacturers of hybrid vehicles - today announced they will equally collaborate on the development of an advanced new hybrid system for light truck and SUV customers.

Japan Follows Obama's Lead, Will Tighten Gas-Mileage Rules


With agreement among the White House, the EPA and NHTSA, and most major automakers (though not all), the U.S. looks to be well on its way to a corporate average fuel-economy requirement of 54.5 mpg by model year 2025. That translates to 40 to 45 mpg in real-world gas mileage, but it's still a notable increase in fuel efficiency over today's 25 mpg or so.

Now Japan is planning to set new fuel economy rules of its own, reports the Nikkei business daily.

3rd Gen smart EV Will Electrify In 2012

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Although the basic exterior design will not show it, the smart fortwo electric drive will be on its third generation by the time it comes out in the spring of 2012. With the continuing interest in alternative-powertrain vehicles, the smart production line in Hambach, France has been geared to output 5-figure numbers if necessary.

More Ram Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles Hit the Streets


by Patrick Rall

Recently, the Chrysler Group made its second and third deliveries of small fleets of Ram Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEV) to two cities in California as a portion of their deal with the US Department of Energy.  The first delivery was earlier this year with 10 Ram 1500 PHEVs being delivered to the municipal services of Yuma, Arizona. This time, the second and third deliveries have been made to San Francisco and Sacramento with each of the large Cali cities receiving 14 hybrid Ram pickups of their own.

Acura Adding Hybrids for 2012


It has been a bit of a rough year for Acura, with sales down and a lack of compelling all-new products. Honda's luxury brand hopes to change that soon with the introduction of at least two hybrids, Automotive News reports. Even as Honda remains a leader in hybrid powertrain development, its Acura brand has inexplicably been left out in the cold, until now.

Ford and SunPower Corp. (NASDAQ: SPWRA, SPWRB) have teamed up to offer customers a rooftop solar system that will allow Focus Electric owners to "Drive Green for Life" by providing customers with enough clean, renewable energy to offset the electricity used to charge the vehicle.


Further fuel to throw on last week's rumor fire about Toyota and Tesla becoming one, Toyota and Tesla Motors, Inc. (Tesla) confirmed today that their jointly-developed RAV4 electric vehicle will be built at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada, Inc. (TMMC) in Woodstock, Ontario beginning in 2012.

Fact or Fiction? Toyota to Ink Deal with Tesla for $1 Billion

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Tesla Motors (NASDAQ: TSLA) announced earlier today that the EV manufacturer is negotiating a potential $1 billion deal with Toyota (NASDAQ: TM). In a conference call with analysts after market close, Tesla Co-founder and CEO, Elon Musk, stated the Q2 results posted by Tesla were the best ever in its short history, with solid demand for the Tesla Roadster sports car and the upcoming Model S sedan (pictured above).

Chevrolet Harnesses Sun to Power Volts and Dealerships


Chevrolet is harnessing the power of the sun to install solar-powered electric charging stations for its Volts at dealerships in North America. The Green Zone initiative will generate electricity equivalent to 12 full vehicle charges per day and excess electricity created will help supplement the dealership's power needs.

Obama Announces New Standards To Double Vehicle MPG By 2025


Will your next vehicle get much better gas mileage than your current one? Ask most car shoppers and it's a priority. A new government mandate formally announced on Friday makes it even more likely you'll find one with significantly higher mpg. The Obama administration and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have come to an agreement with 13 major automakers--as well as the state of California and its Air Resources Board, and the United Auto Workers (UAW)--about fuel economy.

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