Showing posts in the category of Ecology

Dutch Solar Electricity-Generating Bike Path Working Better Than Expected!


Read more

There are many approaches to combining the idea of bike paths and somehow adding solar panels into the mix. The Koreans thought it’d be a good idea to have a solar panel roof protecting a path in the middle of the highway, whereas a Dutch company thought it much better to use the panes as the riding surface.

Stirling Moss Is A Renault Twizy Fan, But He’d Like More Power…


Read more

As far as motor racing legends that are still among us, the name Stirling Moss is one of if not the most resonant. Therefor, the fact that he drives a Twizy EV and he agreed to promote it for Renault should be meaningful.

Canadian Study Says “25% of Cars Cause 90% of Pollution”


Read more

A very broad and thorough study was put together by a team of researchers at the University of Toronto, in Canada. They published their findings in Atmospheric Pollution research, and thus they gained wider notoriety.

Toyota Explains Exactly How Mirai Fuel Cell Car Can Runs BullSh*t!


Read more

Toyota is being clever in the way it's marketing the very limited appeal Mirai fuel cell sedan. It’s (probably) referencing a statement by Tesla boss Elon Musk, when the Silicon Valley CEO was quoted as saying that fuel cell vehicles are “so bullsh*t;” Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn is also an opponent of the tech.

This Korean Highway Has a Solar Panel-Covered Bike Lane Down the Middle


Read more

Not sure if this solution has been tried elsewhere, but there really doesn’t seem to be any downside to having two narrow center lanes on a highway for bicyclists to ride on.

Yes, there is the issue of safety (cars plowing into cyclists at commute speeds) but it seems it’s safe enough for tech-savvy South Korea, so it could be used elsewhere too.

Elio Three-Wheeler Prompts Feds to Change Legislation


Read more

It seems the American public will have a new type of vehicle to opt for when looking to be green and keep acquisition and running costs down to a minimum. It’s a similar climate to the one that spawned Reliant Robin in the UK back in the day, but thankfully nowadays nothing that rubbish actually gets made.

US Average New Car Fuel Economy Drops in February, Continues Fluctuation Cycle


Read more

Cars may be getting more efficient but it seems they can’t make up for US buyers vehicle preferences. A report has just been published stating that the average economy of new cars in the US actually dropped by a slight margin in February of this year.

Production Elio Three-Wheeler Still a Year Away


Read more

The frugal (and quite interesting) Elio three wheeler is not dead, but its market launch has been pushed back a year to 2016. Apparently, the company’s sketchy finances are the reason, as it needs $240 million to get production going, and so far it’s reportedly only raised just over a quarter of it.

Infiniti Throttles Back on All-Electric Ambitions


Read more

Infiniti was supposed to turn the LE concept into a production car in 2015, but plans for the model have now been halted. The company is apparently going to concentrate on more mainstream models first, before it tries to sell a niche all-electric vehicle.

Plug-Ins Won Over Consumers Easier than Hybrids Did


Read more

Gasoline-electric hybrids first appeared in the late 1990s in the US, the most notable model being the 1999 Toyota Prius. By their fourth year on the market, this genre of vehicle had managed to sell 100,000, but it seems they’re now being outpaced by plug-in vehicles.

GTI, What GTI? VW Golf GTE Sprints to 100 KM/h / 62 MPH in 6.3 Seconds!


Read more

Now, while VW may be marketing the Golf GTE as a greener alternative to the full-blown GTI model, the latter is actually much closer to the GTI than the diesel GTD is in terms of performance. The plug-in hybrid model was recently clocked as being able to hit 100 km/h or 62 mph in 6.3 seconds.

Doesn't the Chevrolet Bolt Concept Look Close-to-Production?


Read more

Those were the words used by GM CEO Mary Barra to describe the new compact EV by Chevrolet. The Bolt has neither been confirmed for production nor denied, but it’s a bit too eerily similar to a BMW i3 for them to not be seriously considering it.

Mercedes Reveals C350 Plug-In Hybrid in Detroit with 19 Miles / 31 Km Electric Range


Read more

Meet the Mercedes C350 plug-in hybrid, a model that promises V6 levels of performance coupled with ultra-low economy figures and usable EV-only range. Just unveiled at the Detroit auto show, the C350e (as it will come to be known) has a claimed zero to sixty time of 5.9 seconds (in sedan guise) and an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph or 249 km/h.

GM Confident New Technology Will Improve Fuel Consumption by 15 Percent


Read more

GM Ventures is confident that the Dynamic Skip Fire (DSF) system developed by Silicon Valley-based startup Tula Technology will result in a “revolutionary new fuel economy technology” for gasoline engine-powered GM vehicles.

BMW Reveals Home Solar Charging Solution for Electric i Models


Read more

For those owners of BMW i models (currently only the i3 or i8) will now be able to charge their car using solar power via an official system. Intuitively called BMW i Home Charging Services, it features a big solar panel, supporting structure and charger.

Revised VW Polo BlueMotion Priced in the UK


Read more

This latest incarnation of the VW Polo BlueMotion formula comes with a twist on the usual. It’s now available for the first time with a petrol engine, a 1.0-liter TSI turbo, and it’s just been priced for the UK market, where it starts at £14,730 (in three-door form).

Next-Gen Toyota Prius Underwent a Last Minute Redesign


Read more

Toyota’s newfound focus on the design of its cars has also reached the slightly awkward-looking Prius.

Apparently, the final design proposal for the vehicle was turned down last year by the company’s top execs, who are clearly acting to uphold the company president’s desire to hold design in high regard.

Renault Reportedly Readying Citroen C4 Cactus Rival


Read more

Renault is reportedly working on its own car to do battle with the Citroen C4 Cactus, a car which is basically a supermini, but one offering interior space from the class above and nifty crossover styling.

Renault's Twin-Pot Two-Stroke Diesel Engine with Supercharger and Turbocharger


Read more

Engines don’t need to be big and powerful to be worth talking about, and there’s no better example to support that than Renault’s recently announced two-cylinder two-stroke diesel engine.

Its focus is squarely on efficiency and compactness, and with a displacement of 730 cc it can still put out anywhere between 47 to 68 hp.

Multi-Speed Transmission for EVs in the Works


Read more

Nowadays, if you want to experience the brutish torque of an electric motor and the thrill of changing gear in a road car, you’re kind of stuck.

You can build a custom one yourself or blag your way behind the wheel of a Formula E car. However, things won’t stay like this for long, as Wards Auto reports on information obtained from a James Potter, the controls manager for ZF Powertrain Technology.