Archive for August, 2010

The Diesel Electric Peugeot 3008 HYbrid4

I know what you’re thinking, what is Peugeot thinking calling a car “3008 HYbrid4″, I have no answer to that question although I suspect it may have a meaning in French that is lost in translation. The car itself is actually very interesting, it’s a diesel hybrid, a rare mix, and it also features a unique hybrid drive system that sees both axles operate 100% independently. The rear axle is powered by a 37hp electric motor and NiMH battery system where as the front axle is powered by a 2.0 litre 160hp diesel engine, both systems can run together or at low speeds the electric motor can run the car independently. Lanjut →

Top Gear – Mercedes SLS E-Cell Review

Top Gear is a television show that is based in the UK, there are offshoot versions in both America and Australia but they are awful and I refuse to acknowledge their existence. The show is a huge success, they drive fast cars sideways, blow stuff up and are responsible for the largest non-government rocket launch in European history. And I’m not even joking about that last one. On the downside, up until now that is, they have hated electric cars, so much so that when they reviewed the Tesla Roadster they faked a dead battery to make a point. Lanjut →

The Epic Torq Electric Speedster

Epic is a small scale electric vehicle manufacturer who, as of yet, haven’t released any cars for sale. They are working on it feverishly though and the images you’re looking at here are of their Torq model, a 3-wheeled racer with obvious design influence from both the Ariel Atom and the KTM X-Bow. As these are teaser shots and come with no hard specifications we have to make some assumptions, it appears to be either a front or 3-wheel drive set up with an adjustable front wing and Formula 1 style Lanjut →

Brammo Enertia Wins Best Electric Motorcycle of 2010 Award

The Brammo Enertia has won the Electric Motorcycle of the Year category in an annually published list of motorcycles on The MOBO Awards are only in their second year but have become very popular across the two-wheeled web and are widely quoted by winning manufacturers. This year saw Brammo beat Zero to the punch with their much loved Enertia model, I had personally thought that the Zero DS or Brammo Empulse would take the award this year but it’s good to see the venerable Enertia still winning fans. The runner up for 2010 was the Native S, an electric motorcycle from a small California based manufacturer that beat out MotoCzysz to be the first US manufacturer to win the Isle of Man since 1911. Lanjut →

The Bugatti Aerolithe

Bugatti is a name synonymous with extreme luxury and more recently with extreme engineering. The Bugatti Veyron Super Sport is currently the fastest production car in the world and has a price tag of just under two and a half million clams. The car that you see pictured above and below is a project from the designer Douglas Hogg and it’s based on the original 1935 Bugatti Aerolithe (pictured below) which was handmade from aircraft grade magnesium aluminium alloy, an exceptionally light but occasionally combustable material that earned the car the nickname “Electron” after the name of the name of the aforementioned alloy. Lanjut →

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