Category: Hybrid/Electric

Rumour Has It: BMW i100 Coupe ActiveHybrid For 2013?

German reports suggest that BMW are looking to build the Vision EfficientDynamics Concept under the tag: i100 Coupe ActiveHybrid. The scheduled launch for the i100 Coupe could be in 2013 where it will use a 121kW to 136kW three-cylinder engine connected to two electric motors with 75kW of power. There will be an electric range of around 15 to 50km. […]

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It’s Official! Porsche Will Produce The 918 Spyder Hybrid Supercar

Porsche has officially announced that they will build a limited number of 918 Spyder plug-in hybrid concepts. Porsche previously said that there would need to be 1,000 orders as a minimum for the company to consider the hybrid Spyder, and it seems as if they have reached this number. In fact, rumours state that Porsche hit 2,000 interested individuals. Michael […]

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Next Ford Focus RS To Boast Hybrid Power?

There’s a chance that the next generation Ford Focus RS might boast a hybrid powertrain, similar to the one found in the Peugeot Hybrid 4. Sources told Autocar that Ford is in the early stages of developing a hybrid setup for the 2.0-litre EcoBoost engine. Essentially this means that the EcoBoost motor will connect to an electric motor on the […]

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Honda Looking To Go Very Green — New Hybrid & EV Vehicles On Their Way

Takanobu Ito, the president of Honda has said that the automaker is looking to create smaller, more environmentally conscious vehicles for the future. He said “consumer preference has quickly shifted toward smaller sized vehicles in every automobile market around the world due to increasing environmental awareness,” Therefore Honda would like to create new models with “speed, affordability and low CO2 […]

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BMW To Display The Megacity Vehicle At The 2012 Olympics

BMW is planning to reveal a prototype version of their up and coming Megacity vehicle at the 2012 London Olympic Games. The Megacity will only go on sale in 2013, however the Bavarian brand will use the sporting event to show the world what they’re working on. According to BMW, “a near production-ready Megacity concept car” to the Games.The goal […]

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Verde Supercar Hits Patent Problems With Hybrid Power

Reports have suggested that Revenge Designs will no longer move forward with their hybrid version of the Verde supercar. The details are limited, however the reports suggest that the hybrid engine for the Verde hybrid is involved in a patent dispute which has ended all chances of a production launch. The engine in question is a 298kW, 677Nm motor which […]

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Citroen Survolt And Metropolis Concept — The Green Light Is On

Inside sources at Citroen say that the Survolt concept will make its way to production, thanks to a successful test run at the Le Mans classic over the weekend. “It’s still our intention to put the Survolt into low-volume production, and we’re pursuing the idea of a one-make race series,” said a Citroën source. The Survolt prototype uses a two-motor […]

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Renault DeZir Concept — The New Renault Design Langauge Has Been Previewed

Renault has revealed the first images, and details on their brand new DeZir concept which shows the French automakers new design style. The all-electric concept will show its face at the Paris Motor Show where it will house a 110kW motor with 226Nm of torque. Pronounced ‘desire’ in France, the Renault concept is aimed at enhanced styling and greener-futures. The […]

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Teaser Images: The BMW Megacity For 2013

BMW has released teaser images of the 2013 Megacity. BMW’s Megacity boasts a futuristic design with a carbon fibre reinforced plastic body. The images below show the Megacity being built, as well as a sketch of what the vehicle might look like. The Megacity will be a two-door coupe where it will seat four people. Power will come from a […]

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Rumour Has It: BMW M8 Hybrid Sports Car Based On Vision ED Concept?

German news sources, namely – Auto Zeitung, are speculating that a new plug-in hybrid based on the BMW Vision EfficientDynamics Concept could soon be created. There is a chance that the name could be the “M8” where it would use a mid-mounted internal combustion engine with an electric drive motor sporting over 447kW. Instead of the original diesel-powered engine, the […]

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Fiat Are Working On A Baby Hybrid City Car

Reports have hinted that Fiat are currently working on an entry-level hybrid powertrain. There will be a turbocharged 0.9-litre engine with a hybridized dual-clutch transmission which sends power to the wheels. The transmission will house a small electric motor, and this will power the vehicle at low speeds. This system will allow for emissions of only 80g/km. It’s hinted that […]

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BMW ActiveHybrid 7-Series Will Benefit From US Gov. Credit Return

The United States government has said that BMW ActiveHybrid 7-Series buyers will qualify for $900 federal tax credit under the Alternative Motor Vehicle provision. The price for the 7-Series ActiveHybrid is still over $100,000, despite the credit return. BMW’s normal Active 7 will cost $103,125 where the long-wheel-base version will cost $107,025. The US government allowed for credit return on […]

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T3 Motion Reveal Specs On Their GT3 Three-Wheeler

T3 Motion’s tri-wheel GT3 plug-in electric vehicle has been detailed to reveal seating for two, a MacPherson strut layout, and a multi-link dual-shock suspension for the rear end. The three-wheel electric vehicle will use a front wheel drive layout connected to a lithium-polymer battery and electric motor. There will be a range set between 130- and 160km, while the top […]

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Atomik Fiat 500 Will Debut During The July Month

The UK debut of the Atomik 500 will take place between 21-23 July. The modified Fiat 500 has been equipped with two electric motors, one in the front with 80kW and 840Nm of torque and one in the rear with 1,710Nm of torque. When combined the two motors amount to 160kW of power and 2,550Nm of torque with a 33/67 […]

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Daimler And BYD Team Up For New Electric Vehicles

Daimler AG and BYD auto, from China, have established a venture for joint research. The project is called Shenzhen BYD Daimler New Technology Co. Ltd and it is a 50-50 partnership. Shenzhen will revolve around creating cars in China. BYD has expertise in battery technology and electric-drive systems, while Daimler has top-level vehicle architecture and safety. Expect the project to […]

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