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Think Global Files For Bankruptcy

Think City


SAAB isn’t the only car manufacturer out there that is experience severe financial problems. The situation is even worse at the EV automaker Think Global as they’ve filed for bankruptcy. Under the Norwegian bankruptcy laws, a trustee appointed by the court will take over the short-term operations right away at the Oslo-based company.

Ener1 is a battery supplier and they’ve ended their four-year deal with Think Global recently and now they are trying to recuperate about 20 million pounds, consisting in unpaid loans.

The latest car developed by the company was the Think City four-seater, which is an EV that can be driven for up to 100 miles before it needs recharging. It never made it in the United Kingdom where it would have had a price tag of approximately 23,000 pounds.

Think sold more than 2500 cars in United States and Europe since 1999.

Source: Think Global via Autocar.co.uk

EDF Energy Teams Up With PSA

Citroen C-Zero / Peugeot iOn


It seems that EDF Energy has formed a partnership with the French automakers Peugeot and Citroen in order to offer residential and fleet customers EV charging services with the sale of every Citroen C-Zero and Peugeot iOn. This partnership will lead to a one-stop-shop for clients who will benefit from convenient and safe recharging solutions for their electric cars.

In the first phase of this collaboration, EDF Energy promises to offer a residential package which will allow owners of the iOn and C-Zero models to fill up the batteries from home and this will come with a free site survey. EDF Energy mentioned that after a dedicated charge point is installed, the drivers will take advantage from the quicker recharge times which will allow filling up the batteries 35% faster than before. This package will cost 799 pounds.

Households will be able to save precious money by getting 20% cheaper electricity during weekends and evenings thanks to EDF’s low carbon charge point package, dubbed Eco 20:20. The company has made a research from which they’ve learned that 66% of the home charging is done during evenings and in weekends.

If you buy a Citroen C-Zero or a Peugeot iOn, you’ll spend only 1.92 pounds for charging the battery, which is about 3 pence / mile, considerably less in comparison to 16 pence / mile for gasoline.

This is a partnership from which all involved parties will benefit and we certainly hope that we’ll see more of them soon and in other countries as well.

Source: NextGreenCar

More Efficient Audi A1 1.6 TDI Hits UK

Audi A1 1.6 TDI


If you live in the United Kingdom and you want to avoid paying the road tax and the congestion charge, you can opt for the recently introduced Audi A1 1.6 TDI which can be yours for at least 14,480 pounds. They managed to reduce the CO2 emissions down to 99 g/km in comparison to the older one that had 105 g/km by optimizing the fuel system and the ECU. The A1’s combined fuel economy is rated at 74.3 mpg (in comparison to 70.6 mpg).

This frugal Audi A1 is powered by a 1.6 TDI engine that produces 104 hp (105 PS / 77 kW) and has a peak torque of 184 lb.-ft (250 Nm), allowing the car to do the 0-62 mph sprint in 10.5 seconds, on its way to a top speed of 118 mph (190 km/h).

PS: It all sounds great but I’d still get a gasoline engine…

Source: Audi UK via WCF

e-Wolf Alpha-2 Specs Revealed

e-WOLF E2


The specifications of the e-Wolf Alpha-2 have been released and they look just as impressive as the car does. The company said that their new model will be launched next year and will be powered by two electric motors, generating a combined output of 375 hp (381 PS / 280 kW) and a 590 lb.-ft (800 Nm) torque.

e-WOLF E2


The car should have been named the Enzorghini as it borrows a lot of design cues from the Ferrari Enzo and various Lamborghini models, but I’m not saying that this is a bad thing. Anyway, with that green power available, it will be able to do the 0-62 mph sprint in 3.9 seconds, before hitting a top speed of 143 mph (230 km/h). With the batteries fully charged, the car can be driven for up to 186 mph (300 km) before having to stop for a recharge.

The price tag should be around $350,750 and e-Wolf will start taking pre orders pretty soon.

Source: e-Wolf

Honda EV-neo – A Green Scooter

Honda EV-neo


I have to say from the start that I’m not a big fan of scooters mostly because of that annoying sound that they make. However, the situation is completely different in this situation as the Honda EV-neo is an electric scooter that features a 72V lithium-ion battery that sends the available power to an electric motor that can generate 3.8 hp (3.8 PS / 2.8 kW) and 8 lb.-ft (11 Nm) of torque. With a curb weight of 243 lb (110 kg), it has a drive range of up to 21 miles (34 km) on a single charge.

Honda EV-neo


After you run out of juice, the battery can be recharged in 3.5 hours when using a standard charger that has been installed underneath the seat or in only 30 minutes by using a rapid charger. The Honda EV-neo features 12-inch tubeless tires, a digital instrument cluster, along with a clever Combi Braking system that can engage both front and rear brakes when you press the left braking lever.
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You already can get one if you live in Japan and Honda said that they’ll launch a test program in Barcelona. We can only tell you that they will give 18 scooters to the city council in order to obtain the necessary feedback regarding user behavior and performance. No word about selling them to guys like you and me…

Source: Honda via WCF

Electric GreenGT LMPH2 Set To Race At 2012 LeMans

Electric GreenGT LMPH2


In the experimental race class of next year’s Le Mans endurance race we’ll get to see this new GreenGT LMPH2 racer. In this video we catch a glimpse of the car doing a demonstration lap at the famous circuit, being driven by Christian Pescatori, who is part of the team responsible for the development of the racer. The announcement was made last week at a press conference by the Automobile Club de L’Ouest (ACO), who is the association in charge of the Le Mans race.
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GreenGT, the Swiss-based team, will continue with the development of the car until the 2012 edition of the LeMans where we shall see this hydrogen-fueled car racing among other competitors in the experimental class. The car will hold 12 kg of hydrogen in 700 bar high-pressure tanks and the power output is expected to be around 402 hp (408 PS / 300 kW).

Source: GreenGT via WCF

Honda CR-Z Mugen In Motion

Honda CR-Z Mugen


We’ve been talking for quite some time about the Honda CR-Z Mugen and now we have a video with the car which will get its official debut in July at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. This one-off prototype is a joint project by the Japanese automaker and Euro Mugen to come up with a performance-oriented hybrid car.

As a reminder, the CR-Z Mugen is powered by a 1.5-liter engine along with an IMA hybrid system, capable of providing a total output of approximately 197 hp (200 PS / 147 kW) and 181 lb.-ft (245 Nm) of torque. It needs about 6.6 seconds to do the 0-62 mph sprint.
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We’ll have more information about the car on July 1st when the Goodwood Festival of Speed starts in the United Kingdom.

Source: Honda via WCF

2012 Volvo C30 Electric Enters Limited Production

Volvo C30 Electric


The Swedish automaker revealed earlier this week its plans to make 250 units of the C30 Electric model, which will arrive to European customers starting with this fall. And by customers we mean government agencies, businesses and other “authorities”, only a few will reach normal users.

The car will be manufactured at the company’s assembly line located in Ghent, Belgium and from there it will be transported to Goteborg, Sweden where they’ll install the electric motor, battery pack and the rest of the EV-specific components.

The company stated that the C30 Electric should provide a driving range of up to 93.2 miles (150 km). Not really relevant for an EV, but the 0-31 mph (0-50 km/h) sprint will be done in 4 seconds, while top speed is rated at 80.8 mph (130 km/h). These figures are not that bad, but we can’t say the same thing about the car’s price tag as Volvo plans to charge $2,100 / month for one of these cars and even worse, you cannot buy the car, only lease it, which means that for a regular 3-year rental, you’ll have to pay a whopping $76,764 which is pretty insane if you ask me.

My guess is that they won’t expand production plans anytime soon if they keep this exorbitant price tag.

Source: Volvo via Green Car Reports

Honda CR-Z Racer, Heading To Le Mans


At the beginning of this week, the Japanese automaker Honda announced that they will take the CR-Z Racer for a few demonstration laps during this year’s edition of the famous 24 hours Le Mans race. Created by Honda Performance Development (HPD), the car made its official debut at the 2010 SEMA Show in Las Vegas while the racing debut occurred at the Thunderhill 25 Hours.

As a reminder, the Honda CR-Z Racer is powered by a 4-cylinder 1.5-liter engine that features turbocharging and direct injection, working together with an electric motor. The power unit was installed transversely and allow of those 200 ponies are sent to the front wheels. The peak torque of the engine is rated at 237 Nm.

Source: Honda via ZerCustoms

Rolls-Royce Rethinks EV Production

Rolls-Royce 102EX


Remember the Rolls-Royce 102EX concept? RR unveiled it earlier this year during the 81st edition of the Geneva Motor Show where they said that it might go into production sooner or later. However, the initial feedback was rather weak and most likely we won’t be seeing an EV from RR anytime soon.

Torsten Mueller-Oetvoes, the company’s CEO, said that many of the potential buyers live on the outskirts of big cities and the car’s estimated driving range of up to 124 miles (200 km) would not be enough for the daily commute.

As a reminder, the 102EX packs a 71 kWh lithium-ion battery that is responsible for sending the power to two electric motors that generate a combined output figure of 389 hp (394 PS / 290 kW) and a remarkable peak torque of 590 lb.-ft (800 Nm). With this hardware configuration, the car is able to do the 0-62 mph sprint in “under 8 seconds”, on its way to an electronically limited to speed of 99 mph (160 km/h).

Source: Automotive News via WCF

VW Passat BlueMotion, Up For Order In UK

VW Passat BlueMotion


Revealed this March at the 81st edition of the Geneva Motor Show, the Volkswagen Passat BlueMotion can now be ordered in United Kingdom and the first units will be delivered at the end of next month.

Based on the 7th generation of the European-spec Passat, it comes with a modified version of the company’s 1.6-liter common rail diesel engine and produces 105 hp, mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. In order to improve fuel efficiency, the German engineers equipped this Passat with the start/stop and the battery regeneration systems. In addition, they’ve updated the vehicle’s aerodynamics in order to reduce drag. Other modifications include the lowered suspension (15mm front; 7.5mm rear), underbody panels and a modified radiator grille.

The sedan version comes with a compact rear spoiler and both body styles are offered with aerodynamic and lightweight 16-inch steel rims as standard, while the 17-inch “Buenos Aires” alloy wheels are an optional feature.

Thanks to these modifications, the VW Passat BlueMotion returns 57.3 mpg (4.1 liters / 100 km, 68.9 mpg UK) for the sedan version and 54.7 mpg (4.3 liters / 65.7 mpg UK) for the estate model. CO2 emissions are 109 g/km (sedan) and 113 g/km (Estate).

In its standard configuration, the car comes with ESP, curtain airbags, electronic parking brake, electric windows, “Climatic” AC, along with RCD 310 radio / CD-player and Multi Device Interface with iPod support.

Source: Volkswagen via Carscoop

Tesla Model S Alpha Version Revealed

Tesla Model S Alpha


A few days ago, Tesla Motors unveiled a Model S Alpha prototype which is a near product-ready model that we will be seeing in the second half of next year. In comparison to the latest prototype we’ve seen, the Alpha version comes with a new front bumper and bigger front air intakes, even more beautiful than before.

Tesla Model S Alpha


Deliveries of the Tesla Model S will start in mid-2012 for the North American market while Europe will have to wait a couple of months. It will be available in three main variants, differentiated by the range. The top-spec model, dubbed Model S 300M will have a base price of about $77,400 and will come with the biggest battery pack available that should last approximately 300 miles (483 km).

Tesla Model S Alpha


The entry-level model, named 160M will offer a driving range of up to 160 miles (258 km) while the mid-range 230M will provide a driving range of 230 miles (307 km). The latter will be $10,000 less expensive than the 300M while the 160M will be $20,000 cheaper.

Tesla Model S Alpha


Source: Tesla Motors via WCF

NHTSA Gives 5 Stars To The Chevrolet Volt

2011 Chevrolet Volt in IIHS crash test

It was only a couple of weeks ago when the Chevrolet Volt got top ratings for crash safety and now the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gave five stars to the car for overall vehicle safety. For those of you that don’t know, five stars is the maximum rating available.

To be more exact, the Volt earned five stars for side crash and rollover tests and four shiny stars for frontal collisions. NHTSA said the Chevrolet Volt comes as standard with electronic stability control, but it isn’t available with forward-collision warning or lane-departure. The agency increased the severity of the tests for the 2011MY cars due to the reason that lot of new models managed to do very well with the previous test regime.

These new modifications include the side-impact test that simulate a crash going on at 20 mph in a tree or a pole behind the windshield pillar on the driver’s side.

No word about NHTSA’s tests with the Nissan Leaf. We’ll keep you posted.

Source: NHTSA via GreenCarReports

Tesla Motors Raises $210 Million For Model X SUV

2012 Tesla Model S

Good news for those of you looking forward to seeing Tesla’s next year electric Model X sport utility vehicle. The company has managed to raise more than $200 million dollars this week in a follow-on public offering. Most of the money will be used for the development of the company’s third EV, the Model X, which will be out sometime next year. Tesla Motors priced its offering of the 5.3 million shares @ 28.76$ / share, which is considerably more than last year’s $19 / share.

At the moment there aren’t many details available about the upcoming Model X, but one thing that we know is that it will feature the same powertrain as the soon-to-be-released Model S. The company mentioned that they will become profitable when the Model S hits the market in 2012, but until then they needed the additional equity in order to ramp up the production for the green SUV.

Source: Tesla Motors via GreenCarReports

Nissan Leaf Will Participate In The Pikes Peak Hill Climb

We have some surprising news coming from Nissan. Earlier this week they’ve announced that their highly acclaimed all-electric model will participate at the 89th edition of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb which will be held this month on the 26th. What makes it even more interesting is the fact that they’ll use the regular Leaf, not the NISMO RC version.

Behind the wheel of the EV will be Chad Hord, a veteran off-road truck racing champion. The only modifications brought to the car will be the addition of a roll cage and a 5-point seatbelt. Other than that, it will be standard. In other words, it will feature the same modest 80-kW electric motor that generates 107 hp and has a peak torque of 207 lb.-ft.

Stay tuned for more information about the upcoming Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.

Source: GreenCarReports


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