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Fisker Automotive – The Karma and Project Nina

Fisker have been hard at work behind the scenes, locking down over half a billion dollars in DoE funding plus an additional $115 million in private sector funding so far this year. They are reportedly on track to begin sales of their Fisker Karma luxury hybrid later this year and with a pre-order book already 1,600 names long it seems they’ll have no shortage of customers. They are having the first generation of Karma sedans built by Valmet in Finland (they build Porsche Boxters as well) and they’re targeting 15,000 units per year in global sales, a number which most industry analysts expect to Lanjut →

The Plug-In Toyota Prius

2011 is set to see the introduction of a plug-in capable Toyota Prius, capable of charging it’s lithium-ion cells from either a 110v or 220v household electrical outlet. Toyota currently has 500 of the plug-in hybrids on the road in Japan, Europe and the US for testing purposes, all of these test vehicles are fitted with “black box” data recorders that transmit detailed telemetry on daily activity back to Toyota in order to gauge how the vehicles will be used when they hit the market in early Lanjut →

The Chevy Volt

The Chevy Volt is possibly the most hotly anticipated hybrid electric car we have yet seen, it’s more affordable than a Tesla Roadster, more available than a Fisker Karma and much, much cooler than the Nissan Leaf or Toyota Prius. The good news is that the Volt is coming sooner rather than later, in fact the first Volt has already rolled off the assembly line in Lanjut →

The Lotus Evora 414E Hybrid

Hot on the heels of their Proton hybrid platform announcement Lotus have released the above pictured Evora 414E Hybrid concept car in Geneva. The Evora has two electric motors, one for each rear wheel, and a small 1.2 litre petrol engine that is used to recharge the batteries in the industry standard plug-in gas/electric hybrid format. Exactly why Lotus chose the ugliest paint/pinstripe combination seen since the early 1970’s remains a mystery although, perhaps as a testament to the buyability of the Evora 414E, we still want one. Lanjut →

The Porsche 918 Spyder Plug-in Hybrid

Porsche have been moving with confident strides into the world of hybrid and plug-in hybrid cars this year at the Geneva Motorshow, the car above is the Porsche 918 Spyder Plug-in Hybrid and I for one am just about ready to sell my soul in order to acquire one. The Spyder uses a high-revving V8 that pumps out ~500bhp and a twin set of electric motors (one for each axle). There are 4 driving modes designed to encompass every requirement from balls-to-the-wall 7:30 second laps of the Nürburgring to a far more sedate 78 mpg efficiency mode. Lanjut →

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