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People are ingenious, especially the Chinese. Even if it is about recycling, creativity can take different forms. This time Transformers’ Characters were built from waste parts from old motor vehicles. It all makes sense: eventually those characters are originally motorcars, and it’s impressive how something so big can come out of something so small. It is nice how they have tried to rebuild important characters from car pieces and parts, and the result is quite cool.

The creations made of recycled auto parts are displayed at the Nanjing International Auto Exhibition. In my opinion, they look quite good and they try to communicate a “green” message.

Do you think this will have the wanted impact on the environmental problem?

[Source: Fareastgizmos]

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Going green appears to be the new tendency in all the areas: services, products, companies or personal ecological behavior. After all, this is a normally thing to happen, if we take into consideration the latest increasingly more dedicated campaigns or public speeches about the subject.

An NBC Universal’s online survey done on the U.S. adults has shown that people start to become morally more responsible toward the environment when they decide about the products or services they pay for. This study is a follow-up to a similar poll from 2009, and some of its results can be applied to the automotive industry too when we talk about hybrids, EVs, and other green vehicles.

Here are some of the general results revealed by the study: – 68% of consumers say it’s worth paying more for a green product or service if it is a brand they trust. – 93% of the respondents feel a personal responsibility to take care of the planet. – 91% believe that their current behavior will influence the future of the planet, and if they won’t manage the “going green” action properly, the future generations will suffer. – 90% consider that corporations should be preoccupied by to go green with their products and workplaces too. – 77% of those surveyed say that their impression about a company is influenced by the company’s support for the green causes. – 62% have declared that they choose the products from the companies which usually develop ecological activities.

– 27% of survey participants mentioned they had boycotted a company due to their non-environmentally products or policies (with 9% more than in 2009 – which proves the growing activism).

The results are a little bit surprising due to the fact a recent GfK Research’ study has shown the exactly opposite: the consumers are primarily interested in saving money and not in the environment problem. In the automotive industry, this last results are certified by the sales data too, which show that compact vehicles were at the top of the consumers’ preferences during the gas price spikes of 2008, but lower MPG models have gained ground once fuel prices slipped downward.

It appears to be that kind of situation in which what people say isn’t always what people do too.

What is your opinion: would you prefer a green car to a compact car, no matter the price?

[Source: Greencarreports, Photo]

Post tags: Tags: environment, ev, green consumerism

Speed bumps are probably suspensions’ worst nightmare (besides paved roads) because I’m sure it happened to you also to drive at night, miss a speed bump at 40 mph and knock your head into the car’s ceiling. But recent studies show that speed bump are not only bad for your car and your head, but they also harm the planet. Funny, huh? Well, actually the study, made by Britain’s Automobile Association, shows that the cars’ mileage drops a lot (almost 50%) when having to brake and accelerate in order to pass over speed bump. They took a 58 mpg car running a constant 30 mph, ran it over speed bumps and discovered that the mileage dropped to 31 mpg.

Another recent study, made by the Transport Research Laboratory, reported that CO emissions are increased by as much as 82% and NO levels by 37% on roads with speed bumps. So, the conclusion was speed bumps harm the planet so they ought to be removed and the Automobile Association suggested that speed cameras should be used instead of speed bumps, which I don’t if it’s such a good idea. Anyways, that sure is an interesting study and should be given more attention.


Post tags: Tags: eco-friendly, environment, Special, speed-bumps

You’d expect carmakers to be more careful around large auto shows, like Detroit, but, for our pleasure, they’re not. So here are some leaked photos of the Saab 9-4x Biopower, presented by dutch website AutoTelegraaf. The concept is powered by a 2.0 liter 4 cylinder turbocharged engine producing 245 hp and 353 Nm torque and if the fuel used it E85 Ethanol, then power increases to 300 hp and 400 Nm torque. From what we can see in these pics, the concept is a restyle version of the current 9-7x and looks really production-ready, so, probably depending on the public reaction, we’ll soon see this car on the roads.

View more photos after the jump.


Post tags: Tags: 9-4x, biopower, concept-car, detroit-auto-show, e85-ethanol, environment, Green, Saab

Chrysler announced three new concepts that will debut at next year’s Detroit Motor Show. These are the ‘clean-running’ and ‘excitingly-styled’ Dodge Zeo, Jeep Renegade and Chrysler ecoVoyager.

The Dodge Zeo is a sport wagon hybrid concept and even though it looks like a 2+2 coupe it’s actually a four-door four-seater concept. Powered by a 250 kW electric motor which runs on a plug-in lithium-ion battery, the concept has a range of 250 miles and it speeds from 0 to 62 mph (100km/h) in less than 6 seconds.

The second concept, the Jeep Renegade is a four wheel drive sport hybrid concept (with the most striking design from all three) and which is also powered by lithium-ion battery electric motor and a Bluetec diesel engine, and achieves an impressive 110 mpg fuel consumption. The concept’s AWD system features two 85 kW electric motors on each axle.

And the third concept is the Chrysler ecoVoyager, features a hydrogen fuel cell that generates electricity for the battery pack and 200 kW electric motor, and which Chrysler says , has a range of 300 miles.

Do you like these designs? I, personally, am not so thrilled, still, if the technologies will see production, things look really good. You can leave a comment here.

More photos after the jump.

Post tags: Tags: Chrysler, concept-car, Concepts, Dodge, ecovoyager, environment, Green, Jeep, renegade, zeo

At the Tokyo Motor Show opening, Honda’s President and CEO, Takeo Fukui, announced that Honda will be one of the first carmakers in the world to launch a production hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle. The car will be a production version of the FCX Concept and it will be introduced at next month’s LA Show and is scheduled to go on sale sometime next year, probably towards the end of the year.

The FCX Concept is powered by electricity generated by combining hydrogen and oxygen in a fuel cell stack, and electricity stored in its lithium-ion battery pack to power the vehicle’s electric motor.

Post tags: Tags: concept-car, environment, fcx, Green, Honda, Hydrogen

Have a good look at this car, because this is how the race cars of the future might look like. Well, maybe the not-so-close future, but still, maybe some we’ll see this car on a race track. Kumho Tyres came up with the Epoch single-seater concept (designed by Kumho’s designer Rob Dolton), which features a chassis made of bamboo, body panels from recycled tyre rubber and, the most interestint, a Maglev (Magnetic Levitation) engine with max torque at 0 rpm (yes, that’s zero).

And, with Kumho being a tyre specialist, the car benefits from the latest tyre technology named Electro Active Polymer (EAP), which enables the tyres’ characteristics to be changed through electric currents in the rubber and magnets in the hubs and wheel rims.

Post tags: Tags: concept-car, Concepts, environment, epoch, Green, kumho, racing

Tomorrow, California’s Governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger will appear in front of a Senate Committee to give some explanations about his role in the $17 million flex-fuel which was handled to GM, back in 2005. So, what happened, you may ask. Well, while according to California laws, for big contracts like this, you have to find competitive bids, it seems that there was only a private meeting with GM’s representatives and the contract was given “per the Governor’s request”, which is not really legit.

However, back then, GM was the only company certified to sell flex-fuel vehicles. This could also be caused by Arnold’s known connection with GM, the company having important support from Schwarzenegger when they brought Hummer to the market. We’ll let you know once we have news on this.

Post tags: Tags: arnold, contract, environment, flex-fuel, General Motors, Green, News, schwarzenegger

It’s good to be a celebrity, no question about it. I mean, all the time you get free stuff from everybody. Like this BMW Hydrogen 7, a BMW 7 Series which runs on both gasoline and liquid hydrogen and which was given to Jay Leno, the host of the popular “Tonight Show”. This as a part of BMW’s Hydrogen 7 Pioneers program, which basically means that BMW is giving celebrities free cars for them to drive around, in their effort to promote the BMW Hydrogen 7.

Although other important celebrities got the car, like Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Will Ferrel, Richard Gere or Sharon Stone, none of them is as important as Leno, who’s known for his passion for cars and motorcycles, because he’ll probably appreciate the car to its true value. Not to mention that Leno is also known for his ‘green’ garage in Burbank, California, garage which is 100% steam powered.

Post tags: Tags: BMW, environment, Green, hydrogen-7, jay-leno, Special

At the Tokyo Auto Show, which will take place this October, Mazda plans to introduce a new “green” material which will be used to make the seat covers and door trims. Called “Biotechmaterial“, the fabric is made of “polylactic acid, a plastic made from fermented carbohydrates such as plant sugars” (yeah, we also wish they’ll speak English next time) and will be an alternative for current oil-based materials used now.

The “Biotechmaterial” fabric, developed with Teijin Fibers will be used for the interior of the Mazda Premacy Hydrogen RE Hybrid (will be on display at Tokyo), vehicle which also uses “bioplastic” (material developed by Mazda last year) in the instrument panel.

Post tags: Tags: environment, fabric, Green, material, Mazda

Here is a couple more photos of the Hyundai i-Blue Concept which will make its debut at Frankfurt. As we said a couple of days ago, the concept is based on Hyundai’s third generation fuel cell technology and is built on a crossover platform. View more pics after the jump.

Post tags: Tags: concept, environment, fuel-cell, Green, Hydrogen, Hyundai, i-Blue

At next week’s Frankfurt Motor Show, Fiat will present it’s Fiat Aria concept, an environment-friendly project based on the current small Panda. The concept is powered by a new 80 hp 900 cc Turbo twin-cylinder engine, with CO2 emission levels limited to 69 g/km, engine that can run on petrol and CNG (70% methane, 30% hydrogen). The ‘green’ technology features the Multiair system for dual petrol/methane-hydrogen fuel management, MTA gearbox and Stop&Start device.

Eco-compatible materials (recycled, recyclable or of natural origin) were used for both outside and inside. The interior of the Fiat Aria concept is upholstered with natural fibres (cotton and linen), woven coconut fibre and biodegradable elements, while the exterior panelling is made of semi-transparent eco-resin.

Post tags: Tags: aria, auto, automobile, car, cars, concept, environment, Fiat, Green, panda

Volkswagen gave some details about its upcoming strategies to develop more eco-friendly engines. First one is a new technology called “Combined Combustion System” (CCS), technology that mixes the fuel and air ‘homogeneously’ inside the engine, which removes any trace of soot and reduces polluting nitrogen oxides. CCS also requires a synthetic fuel for optimal results.

This new fuel type, called SynFuel, is derived from natural gas and is currently under development by several carmakers. Another engine technology that Volkswagen plans to develop is the “Gasoline Compression Ignition” (GCI) system, which Volkswagen says it will be as clean as petrol motors and as efficient as diesels. GCI works by using spark plugs during start-up and hard acceleration, but relying on sparkless compression ignition, like a diesel, during low load situations, such as cruising on a highway.

Both technologies, the “Combined Combustion System” and the “Gasoline Compression Ignition” are planned to be introduced into production cars by 2015. This is very good news and once again we see that the large car companies are starting to take an environmental approach in their strategies. (more…)

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