Archive for June, 2010

Why We Need Hybrid Cars

We are in the midst of a fuel revolution, fossil fuels are a finite resource and despite our best efforts, they will run out sooner rather than later. Our entire planet is working up to shift its primary energy source from fossil fuels to renewable energy and nowhere is this more pertinent than the automotive industry. With this impending lack of the fuel that has driven much if not all of the 20th century we are now working hard on alternatives, from hydrogen to ethanol to batteries to biodiesel we are trying to find an adequate replacement for oil and gasoline, a plentiful source of liquid energy that has powered us to school, to work and to holiday since the day we were born. Lanjut →

Nissan Skyline GT-R Hybrid – Coming Soon

The rumour mill is aflame with stories that an upcoming version of the infamous Nissan Skyline GT-R will be offered as a hybrid or even a 100% electric car. The comments began after the GT-R’s chief engineer Kazutoshi Mizuno confirmed at an event in Australia that an alternative power train was in development for the car affectionately nicknamed “Godzilla”. Lanjut →

Volkswagen Jetta Going Hybrid In 2011

Volkswagen have made no secret of their intentions to carve out a large space in the hybrid car market over the past few years and the next VW to get the hybrid treatment is set to be the popular Jetta model. 2011 will see the introduction of a hybrid gas/electric version of the 4-door sedan heading to US shores, hoping to take a bite out of the current hybrid king of the hill, the Toyota Prius. Lanjut →

3 Electric Sports Cars You Can Buy Today

The Venturi Fetish

Venturi is currently based in Monaco and are hand building the Fetish (pictured above) in very limited numbers. The car is a super-luxury item and commands a price tag that’ll hurt your cerebral cortex but the performance specifications go a long way towards making up for it. The Fetish leaps from 0-100kph (0-62mph) in just under 5 seconds, has a 160kph (100mph) top speed and a 250km (155 mile) range, the price tag is 297,000 Euros (about $364,000 USD) but you’ll be able to console yourself by Lanjut →

The El Moto HR-2 Electric Bike

If you imagine the love child of a downhill racing mountain bike and a Brammo Powercycle I think you’ll end up with something very much like what’s pictured above. It’s called the El Moto HR-2,¬†it’s built by two German engineers and is going on sale in July this year. The El Moto has a range of 70 km (44 miles), a top speed of 45 kmph (30mph) and a remarkably light weight of just 45 kilos (about 90 lbs). The bike was designed as a city based solution to a Vespa or Piaggo gasoline scooter and in Europe it’ll probably do very well straight off the bat, busy US cities could see this mode of transportation picking up momentum as well in the not too distant future (read:¬†during the next gasoline price hike). Lanjut →

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