Archive for February, 2011

Rolls-Royce to Present First Ultra-Luxury Electric Car at Geneva Motor Show

February 21st, 2011

March 1 is the day when the Geneva Motor Show will open its doors for all those passionate about vehicles. This is when guests will be able to witness the presentation of the first electric vehicle from Rolls-Royce.

It is expected to go on a tour around the world and be presented in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and North America.

“With this vehicle, we begin an exploration into alternative drive-trains, seeking clarity on which alternative technologies may be suitable to drive Rolls-Royce motor cars of the future,” said Torsten Muller-Otvos, CEO at Goodwood, a firm based in England. » Read more: Rolls-Royce to Present First Ultra-Luxury Electric Car at Geneva Motor Show

2012 Porsche Panamera S Hybrid – the Company’s Most Fuel-Efficient Car

February 21st, 2011

The famous German car manufacturer Porsche decided to unveil its new 2012 Panamera S Hybrid.

The presentation took place before the opening of the Geneva Auto Show.

It is worth mentioning that according to Porsche its new eco-friendly vehicle will register 34.5 miles per gallon.

The figure is rather impressive especially considering the fact that Porsche Panamera S Hybrid generates 380 horsepower and can accelerate from 0 to 60mph in 5.7 seconds. It can also reach a top speed of 167mph. » Read more: 2012 Porsche Panamera S Hybrid – the Company’s Most Fuel-Efficient Car

Wind Explorer – Wind-Powered Vehicle that Crossed the Australian Continent

February 16th, 2011

Dirk Gion and Stefan Simmerer are two German inventors that decided to go on a journey from Perth to Sydney in their pod-shaped vehicle.

Recently, after a three-week adventure, they managed to complete their task, spending only under $16.

Their vehicle, called Wind Explorer, is the world’s first self-sufficient wind-powered car. It includes lithium-ion batteries that can be charged overnight using a mobile wind turbine. » Read more: Wind Explorer – Wind-Powered Vehicle that Crossed the Australian Continent

Alcatraz – Compact and Aerodynamic Electric Car Equipped with Solar Panels

February 15th, 2011

This concept car was designed for the San Francisco Motors Competition. It combines improved aerodynamics and compactness.

However, the most important feature of Alcatraz is the use of solar panels mounted on its roof and hood.

The solar panels generate electricity that is used to extend the range of the car.

In addition, the vehicle features 6 batteries that allow the car to travel 80 miles on a single charge. » Read more: Alcatraz – Compact and Aerodynamic Electric Car Equipped with Solar Panels

Mirari – Electric Car Registered in the Guinness Records as the World’s Lowest

February 14th, 2011

Mirari (translated as “future”) is a very original electric single-seater vehicle that was designed in the Okayama Prefecture city of Asakuchi.

The vehicle is about 45 centimeters high and can reach a top speed of 50 kilometers per hour.

It is worth mentioning that Mirari was designed by students of Okayama Sanyo High School’s Automobile Department. » Read more: Mirari – Electric Car Registered in the Guinness Records as the World’s Lowest

ESFLOW – Nissan’s New Electric Sports Car to Be Unveiled at the Geneva Auto Show

February 10th, 2011

Next month visitors of the Geneva Auto Show will be able to witness the presentation of Nissan’s new eco-friendly vehicle.

The sporty electric car from the Japanese car manufacturer is called ESFLOW and it boasts a lightweight aluminum chassis.

In addition, the car features a laminated lithium-ion battery, which can today be found in 2011 Nissan LEAF. » Read more: ESFLOW – Nissan’s New Electric Sports Car to Be Unveiled at the Geneva Auto Show

Meet sandYou – Electric Vehicle that Can Sail

February 10th, 2011

The inspiration for this incredible concept called “sandYou” was the shape of a surfboard.

Designed to run on a leek electric motor incorporated in the main body of the vehicle, sandYou features 4 lifebuoy-like inflated wheels.

Inside the wheel there are fans that rotate when the wind blows. These fans play the role of wind turbines and produce clean energy that is used to charge the onboard batteries. » Read more: Meet sandYou – Electric Vehicle that Can Sail

Mitsuoka Motors Unveils Himiko – Classic Electric Supercar

February 3rd, 2011

The majority of electric vehicles that run on the streets today take modern forms, but a Japanese firm called Mitsuoka Motors came up with the idea of making an electric car with a classic design.

The company’s electric supercar is based on the contemporary Mazda NC MX-5 sports car and is called the Himiko. The car is not only environmentally friendly but is also very stylish.

It would be interesting to note that the name of the electric vehicle comes from an ancient Japanese queen. » Read more: Mitsuoka Motors Unveils Himiko – Classic Electric Supercar

Bombardier Recreational Products to Present Can-Am Spyder Roadster Hybrid

February 3rd, 2011

The hybrid concept vehicle dubbed Can-Am Spyder was recently presented by the Bombardier Recreational Products.

The company’s new eco-friendly vehicle will be 50 percent more fuel-efficient than the Can-Am Spyder roadster. It will register a range of 375 miles (604 kilometers).

It is worth mentioning that the hybrid Spyder represents a plug-in hybrid vehicle that features an electric motor, lithium-ion battery and Rotax Advanced Combustion Efficiency (ACE) engine. The latter is used in BRP’s 2011 Ski-Doo snowmobiles. » Read more: Bombardier Recreational Products to Present Can-Am Spyder Roadster Hybrid

Ford Presents Lincoln MKZ – World’s Most Fuel-Efficient Luxury Hybrid

February 1st, 2011

Ford decided to launch onto the market its new eco-friendly vehicle called Lincoln MKZ Hybrid, which is mainly the company’s already famous Fusion Hybrid but with some additional luxury features from Lincoln.

It is worth mentioning that the new vehicle from Ford was one of the most remarkable launches, with the car being named the most fuel-efficient luxury hybrid, a title that was previously held by the Lexus HS 250h. » Read more: Ford Presents Lincoln MKZ – World’s Most Fuel-Efficient Luxury Hybrid