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Eco-friendly technologies gain more and more ground, because we all care about the future of our children. Natural resources are diminishing, so manufacturers every where have been trying to find new and improved ways to build cars and amaze us with their ingenuity.

An alternative to expensive and polluting gasoline is the electric car. The technology has been available for years, but an economy that thinks only in gasoline terms needs a few years to adjust. The adjustment was cut short though, by higher prices for gasoline than ever. The reasons for using alternative sources of power have started to unfold one by one.

One problem about buying an electric car seems to be the price. 2011 announces high prices for electric cars in comparison with cars based on internal combustion engines and hybrid electric vehicles. That cost is due to the lithium-ion battery most needed if you want to own an electric car. Though governments are trying to stimulate the market there are still a few problems that need solving. A significant problem is the inexistent recharging infrastructure.

One of the most common electric cars available on the market and at the beginning of the evolutionary chain is Dynasty iT. This is a town car, made from aluminum and fiberglass body and stores electricity in its six Ev-31 lead acid batteries with a charging time of maximum 12 hours. It’s a small price to pay for the environment: the price ranges between $14,000 and $25,000.

Another good example is the Miles ZX40. This car is a four door minivan style car, equipped with a DC electric motor that is pretty powerful, reaching up to 26 kW. This time, the batteries used are still lead acid batteries, but they’re glass mat. Moreover, the car comes with a 41 cubic feet available transportation space. The price is good: between $14,900 and $18,900.

Some people think that the so call “earth’s favorite car” is ZENN, another zero emission NEV. This car has a lot of interesting features that provide it the possibility to recapture energy and use it to recharge the batteries. An example would be the four wheel discs with regenerative braking. The ZENN offers 13 cubic feet of transportation space and you can buy it for $14,700 or $15,575.

Some of the models that 2011 brings on the market are the Mitsubishi I MiEV, the TH!nk City or Tesla Roadster. Each one of them are able to face a highway drive. The speeds and the autonomy are nice numbers to read. For example Tesla Model S, which will be released in 2012, can go as fast as 193 km/h or 120mph and will be good to go without recharging for more than 483 km or 300 miles.

Electric cars are definitely a must have of the future if we want to have a healthy and safe planet for our children. So it’s time to make more for the environment and this is one of the solutions we have at hand. Engineers promise newer and better approaches when it comes to the technology and they will end up convincing you to buy an electric car. You just need to keep an open mind.

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It was bound to happen sooner or later; Euro NCAP tested the first plug-in EV. The Mitsubishi i-MiEV is only the first of a series of EV crash-tests planned for 2011. Along with the i-MiEV, the European safety institute also tested other five conventional cars: the Nissan Juke, Mitsubishi ASX, Hyundai ix20, BMW X1 and the Dacia Duster.

The Mitsubishi i-MiEV managed to obtain an overall four star rating, just like its siblings – the Peugeot iOn and the Citroen C-Zero; all of them have the same design and safety equipment. Euro NCAP judged this result as “creditable.”

This EV was put to just about the same tests as a conventional car. Euro NCAP gave special attention to the car’s battery integrity after the moment of the crash and the functioning of the battery cut-off switch that isolates the high-voltage battery in the event of an accident. The good news is that no fire or electrical hazards were detected while testing the Mitsubishi i-MiEV.

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As we mentioned before, other cars were tested and all of them got a five star rating, except for the Dacia Duster, a Romanian SUV. The car got only three stars mainly because it scored only 28% in pedestrian protection and 29% for safety assist. Despite these low ratings, the Duster offers more protection to adult passengers than the Mitsubishi (74% vs. 73%), and the child protection was at the same level – 78%.

Source: Euro NCAP

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The head of marketing and product planning for Mitsubishi North America, Gregory Adams, has revealed that when the i-MiEV electric city car will arrive on US shores, it will be thoroughly overhauled and enlarged to cater to American regulations and preferences.

The executive revealed that the Mitsubishi i-MiEV, the Japanese carmaker’s big bet in terms of electric vehicles, will be in for quite a lot of changes before it will reach North America, in late 2011.

The US-spec i-MiEV will be larger, in order to accommodate more safety features, and have a revised interior with more options to make people see what they will spend more money on. According to previous reports, Mitsubishi wants a price of under $30,000, without the $7,500 federal tax credit. This will make it one of the cheapest all-electric models on the market, undercutting the upcoming Nissan Leaf.

Until the Mitsubishi i-MiEV hits the US market, the Japanese carmaker is focused on successfully launching it in Europe at the upcoming Paris Motor Show.


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The Paris Motor Show is approaching, and as such, Peugeot has decided to showcase more details about its upcoming compact electric city car, the iOn.

Based on the Mitsubishi i-MiEV, the Peugeot iOn will practically use the same systems as the Japanese model. This means it will have a lithium-ion battery pack that will power the 63 HP (47 kW) electric motor. It will enable the car to go from 0 to 62 mph in 15.9 seconds, and up to 81 mph.

The range for the Peugeot iOn is estimated at 93 miles (150 km), slightly worse than the standard i-MiEV. The battery pack can be charged from a regular outlet in 6 hours, and if a special three-phase 380-volt charger is used, the batteries will be charged at 50% in 15 minutes, and at 80% in 30 minutes.

The Peugeot iOn, as you can see, takes a few liberties with the exterior design of the Japanese i-MiEV. It is reminiscent of the existing Peugeot 107 city car, but bears a special logo and options like alloy wheels. On the inside, the iOn will pack features like A/C, a sound system with MP3 capabilities and can even be had with satellite navigation or a cold weather package.

The new Peugeot iOn is expected to appear at the Paris Motor Show later this month, and will be available as a five-year lease for €499 ($642) per month.


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After announcing it last year, Citroen has finally presented the C-Zero all-electric model at the Brussels Motor Show in Belgium. The car is the French company’s own take on the Mitsubishi i-MiEV, using the same drive train as the Japanese city car.

It is powered by a permanent magnetic synchronous motor, which generates 64 HP with 133 lb-ft of torque, sent to the rear wheels through a single-speed reduction gear. Feeding the motor will be a center mounted 330-volt lithium-ion battery pack, which has a range of 80 miles and can be fully recharged in six hours from a 220-volt socket and features a quick-recharge option, which gets it to 80% capacity in just 30 minutes from a 400-volt socket.The top speed is around 80 mph, and although it won’t really blow your mind, the performance figures are: 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 15 seconds while 37 to 56 mph is achieved in 6 seconds.

The C-Zero is set to enter production in the second half of 2010, and might appear on the market before the year is over. For those of you interested, Citroen is offering test drives to anyone who pre-orders the electric city car.


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Not to be outdone by fellow French rival Renault, Citroen has just announced the C-Zero electric vehicle, which will be based on the Mitsubishi i-MiEV, continuing the strong collaboration between the PSA Peugeot Citroen alliance and the Japanese carmaker.

Of course, as you can see, it will be a city car, outfitted with a 47kW (64 HP) permanent magnet synchronous motor, which can deliver a torque of 180 Nm between 0 and 2,000 rpm. It will be powered by a 330 volt lithium-ion battery which can be recharged in 6 hours from a normal 220V home power socker or 30 minutes from a special 400V station.

The engine will power the rear wheels through a single-speed reduction gear, allowing the car to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in 15 seconds and up to 130 km (80 miles). In order to help drivers, Citroen will also outfit a beeper which will let him know when it is turned on. Expect other features like ABS, electric windows, A/C or ESP to be incorporated.

The Citroen C-Zero is set to go on sale during the end of 2010, and will be followed in 2011 by a full-hybrid DS5 model. Hit the jump to see the new model in a video released by Citroen.


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Going green is all the hype these days, as many automakers and companies which employ a big fleet of cars are trying to get their green reputation high in order to become more popular. The latest institution to follow this new trend? Why the UK Police department, which has seemingly flooded Mitsubishi for requests to test its i-Miev electric car as a city patrol vehicle.

That’s right, the Police will soon be cracking down on crime in a cities across the UK in the peculiar i-Miev. The electric car, which has an autonomy of 100 miles and a top speed of 81 mph (130 kmh/), is powered by a 47kW / 64HP motor, which develops around 180 Nm (132 lb-ft) of torque.

Already revealed last month in “police uniform” the i-Miev has generated some big demands with various Police departments across the UK. The first boys in blue to get their hands on the vehicle will be the ones in the West Midlands, which will put the car on the road around December.

With any luck, perhaps we’ll see some blazing chases in the UK with cops using the i-Miev to catch the criminals. What do you think about this new initiative for the Police? Don’t be shy to drop a comment.


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