Archive for December, 2010

NYC Now Has a Hybrid Street Sweeper

December 21st, 2010

The New York City can now boast the world’s first hybrid street sweeper that can reach a top speed of 60mph and clean the streets at a speed of 7mph with carbon footprint reduced to minimum.

Dubbed the Allianz 4000, the vehicle includes a 6.7-liter Cummins diesel motor, two 12-volt lithium-ion batteries and an electric-traction drive system.

It was estimated that Allianz saves up to 45 percent of fuel compared to a diesel-only sweeper. » Read more: NYC Now Has a Hybrid Street Sweeper

Honda X-Track – Hybrid Sports Car with Two Driving Modes

December 15th, 2010

Nikita Kalinin, a talented designer who is responsible for a number of crazy concept cars has recently unveiled its latest creation – the next-generation sports coupe dubbed Honda X-Track.

The two-seater vehicle is powered by a hybrid engine and it can be used in 2 modes: street mode and track mode.

In the street mode the car features aerodynamic body panels that considerably reduce the overall drag and allow the car to show more efficiency. » Read more: Honda X-Track – Hybrid Sports Car with Two Driving Modes

General Motors Works on Compact EV that Can Communicate with Other Cars

December 8th, 2010

General Motors is working on a two-seat eco-friendly vehicle that would suit people who are not fond of car-stuffed cities.

Due to the car’s compact size it can easily fit in narrow traffic spaces. GM named its new vehicle EN-V (also called “envy”). In fact the three letters in the name stand for Electric Networked Vehicle.

The main customers are expected to be the citizens of megapolises such as Shanghai or Beijing. » Read more: General Motors Works on Compact EV that Can Communicate with Other Cars

Peugeot Marks its 200th Anniversary with EX1

December 8th, 2010

It order to mark the 200th birthday of the French car manufacturer Peugeot, the company’s designers decided to create something special and came up with an impressive concept car that combines Peugeot’s knowledge in making 2 and 4-wheeled cars.

The new vehicle is called EX1 and it represents a zero-emission concept car running on an electric engine.

The latter is composed of two electric motors installed on each axle. Each of these two motors can generate 125KW of power. » Read more: Peugeot Marks its 200th Anniversary with EX1