Archive for February, 2012

Mitsubishi i-MIEV is the Greenest Vehicle

February 14th, 2012

Today, though the industry of green vehicles is continuously evolving in a fast pace, Toyota Prius and Chevy Volt are probably the only to vehicles that come to mind when you think about an electric car.

At the same time the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) has unveiled its 14th annual comprehensive environmental rankings, in which the greenest car is neither Prius nor Volt.

The Mitsubishi i-MIEV from Honda Civic Natural Gas is the leading car. In the survey the car gathered a score of 58, which is the highest Green Score since 1998, when the ranking system was launched.

In 2012 the vehicle is debuting in the American market. It shows fuel economy of 112 miles per gallon equivalent in both city and highway.

The second greenest car is the Nissan Leaf, which showed a score of 55. It is worth mentioning that the Honda Natural Gas has won the top spot as for 8 years in a row. At the LA Auto Show it became the winner of the 2012 Green Car of the Year Award

Among other vehicles from the list of the greenest cars there’s Honda CRZ hybrid (50) and the Scion IQ (52).

[via Earthtechling]

Tesla Model X – New EV with iPad-Style Control Panel and Gullwing-Style Doors

February 13th, 2012

The new Tesla Model X is something special for the car-making industry, but its special features are not very noticeable at first glance.

One of the most interesting things about the new Tesla is its new electric motors located in front and rear. The motors can shift power between the to maximize traction.

However, apart from the engine the vehicle boasts an impressive number of other innovative things like the gullwing-style doors, which the company calls “falcon-wings.”

Finally, the most impressive feature of the whole car is the 17-inch iPad-style touch screen control panel that offers the driver access to their entertainment system, maps and other data.

The car can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds. Inside there will be enough space to comfortably accommodate 7 adults.

The Tesla Model X is expected to be launched onto the market in 2014. It will wear a price tag of around $50,000.