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Daimler’s Smart zero emission electric scooter offers green urban mobility

11/09/2010 1 comment

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A variety of green urban mobility solutions are hitting the news market. After recent confirmation by MINI for its electric scooter concept at the Paris Auto Show, Daimler seems ready to expand its Smart range of electric scooters. Although further details have not been unveiled yet, what seems to be sure is that the eScooter For Two as most likely will be called, it would be powered by lithium ion batteries with a range of 60 miles.

Highest priority is placed on safety and the electric scooter is expected to be equipped with a specially designed airbag to protect the rider against injury in the eventuality of sustaining a hit. The firm has already partnered up with Renault to produce the replacement for the ‘For Two’ in 2012, and will add a larger For Four version soon later on.

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Mitsubishi Electronic Research Laboratories develops roaming charging stations for EVs

06/09/2010 Comments off

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One of the most critical factors concerning the penetration of EVs in the market has to do with the availability of charging stations nearby your route. Thinking of that, the Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories in Cambridge, Massachusetts have come up with a great idea of portable charging stations.

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Renault-Nissan collaborate with European utilities companies for their EV’s

05/09/2010 Comments off

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The Renault-Nissan alliance will plug their electric vehicles into two of Europe’s biggest utilities, Italy’s Enel S.p.A. and Spain’s Endesa S.A., to promote electric mobility across the continent and in Latin America.

As it is known, the French and Japanese carmakers formed an alliance in 1999 and together accounts for 9% of the global market share while Enel acquired Endesa and today they are present to 23 countries.

 Both, are taking steps towards the global trend for electric vehicles and claimed that swapping a conventional vehicle with an electric vehicle will lower CO2 emissions by as much as 45% based on the average efficiency of the Italian generation fleet.

Renault S.A. and Nissan Motor Company will work on integrating their electric cars into the power interface of Enel’s recharging infrastructure. They will also develop integrated E.V. products and services, study various recharging technologies and look into the possibility of using a battery as an energy storage system of renewable power in the second part of its life cycle.

Stockholm moves on with country’s largest electric vehicles investment

05/09/2010 Comments off

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The city of Stockholm, in a teamup with Vattenfall Group, will spend 62 million Swedish kronor ($7.74 million) to get hold of a fleet of electric vehicles for the city. Stockholm and state-owned power utility Vattenfall have a joint scheme for promoting electric car use in Sweden. The scheme has been approved by the Swedish Energy Agency and both will begin the biggest purchase of electric cars in Sweden so far.

The purchase will be carried out in two phases. 50 electric vehicles will be bought initially, while the foreseen target is the acquisition of 6000 vehicles. The electric cars are intended for both public and private buyers in the cities of Stockholm, Goteborg and Malmo at the beginning.

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Peugeot Introduces World’s First Diesel Hybrid

31/08/2010 Comments off

Green car enthusiasts rejoice!  At last a car has been unveiled that marries the fuel efficiency of a diesel and the lower emissions of a hybrid.  As we predicted, Peugeot has beat other automakers to the punch and has introduced the world’s first production diesel-hybrid vehicle.
The Peugeot 3008 Hybrid4 is outfitted with a 163bhp 2.0-liter turbo diesel unit that powers the front wheels and an electric motor powered by NiMH batteries that drives the rear axle with a total system output of 200 horsepower.  As is standard with hybrids and EVs, the car also features regenerative braking.
The car achieves impressive fuel efficiency with a rating of 61.9 MPG.  Performance-wise, the car has a max speed of 130 mph and can hit 62 mph in 8.8 seconds.

The car can be driven in front-drive only, rear-drive only or all-wheel drive modes and the car also offers four different operating modes:  Auto mode, where the change between diesel engine and electric motor is handled by the car’s electronics, ZEV mode, where the car uses the electric motor only for a maximum of 2.8 miles, 4WD mode has both power trains operating together, and Sport mode puts power ahead of efficiency.

The 3008 Hybrid4 should hit car lots in Europe early next year.

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