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Mercedes adds two new BlueEfficiency GLK models

Published: September 13, 2009

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Filed under: Diesel , Mercedes Benz Mercedes-Benz GLK BlueEfficiency – click above for high res image gallery Mercedes Benz is adding two new BlueEfficiency variants to is compact GLK crossover. Both are powered by versions of Mercedes’ new 2.2-liter four cylinder diesel engine


REPORT: Electric Chevy Spark to get its fire from….Reva?

Published: September 13, 2009

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Filed under: EV/Plug-in , GM , India 2010 Chevy Spark – Click above for high-res image gallery Reva , the little electric car company from India whose product has withstood ridicule from the likes of automotive entertainer Jeremy Clarkson seems to be working very hard of late to turn those jeers into cheers. Not only will they be showing off two new models with fancy telematic systems and a “wireless charging” set up in Frankfurt next week but now comes news they may be supplying GM India with the drivetrain components necessary to electrify the Chevy Spark . According to The Economic Times , if the Detroit headquarters gives the green light, the sub-continent subsidiary will enter into a joint venture with Reva Electric Car Company in what would be the first such deal for the General since those pesky bankruptcy problems.


BMW 530d Gran Turismo tested, not coming to America

Published: September 9, 2009

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Filed under: Diesel , BMW BMW will be showing the production version of the 5-series Gran Turismo next week in Frankfurt and we’ll have driving impressions coming in the next few weeks on Autoblog. The folks at AutoCar in the UK however, have already had an opportunity at the wheel of a GT that we won’t be getting when the car goes on sale here later this year. The 530d Gran Turismo is powered by 241 hp variant of BMW’s 3.0-liter inline 6-cylinder diesel similar to the engine available here in the 335d and X5 35d


California mine may benefit from Chinese rare earth metal "hoarding"

Published: September 9, 2009

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Filed under: Hybrid , China , USA China’s decision to begin hoarding using it’s rare earth metal resources to bolster productivity in Mongolia may have Toyota bracing itself (and making use of its long-term plans ) but the news is music to the ears of Molycorp Minerals LLC. They are the company with plans to re-open a Mountain Pass, California mine containing the world’s richest proven reserves of rare earth metals.


Frankfurt Preview: Lotus develops a range extender engine

Published: September 8, 2009

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Filed under: Hybrid , Lotus The latest product of Lotus Engineering’s ongoing development work on alternative drivetrains is a new engine custom designed for use as a range extender in electric drive vehicles. The engineers at Lotus have developed an optimized architecture using a mono-block layout that combines the cylinder head, exhaust manifold and cylinder block into a single casting. Such an architecture allows for lower weight and reduced cost which is critical to making range extended EVs or series hybrids economically viable


REPORT: Opel Ampera pricing hint suggests Chevy Volt might cost $35,000

Published: September 8, 2009

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Filed under: EV/Plug-in , Hybrid , Chevrolet , GM , Opel , Green Daily , Europe/EU Opel Ampera concept and one of the Cruze mules – click above for high-res image gallery As we mentioned the other day, Opel is testing Ampera ER-EV mules in Germany on the way to the plug-in car’s 2011 debut. Swiss news outlet the Tages-Anzeiger caught up with Open engineer Gherardo Corsini and learned a few new details about the European Chevy Volt that may help us learn more about the U.S


Peugeot announces that its iMiEV will be called the iOn

Published: September 8, 2009

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Filed under: EV/Plug-in , Peugeot , Frankfurt Motor Show Peugeot iOn EV – click above to enlarge Peuegot has announced that the re-badged Mitsubishi iMiEV that will sell starting in 2010 will be called the iOn. The new iOn, which of course uses lithium ion batteries, follows a 1994 Peugeot electric vehicle concept of the same name. The new car will be available late next year and Peugeot has committed to offering the electric city car to both retail and fleet customers from day one


Smart ED on view in Paris soon, but driving one will have to wait

Published: September 7, 2009

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Filed under: EV/Plug-in , SMART , Europe/EU 2009 Smart ED – Click on image for full gallery Parisians will be able to meet the smart ED in person from September 11-16 at the city Hôtel de Ville (City Hall). Despite persistent rumors of the car becoming part of a public car sharing service in Paris (a project that seems to be frozen now), the truth is that France will get only about 200 units of the model. While it’ll be easy to see one of these electric cars on display, it’ll be more difficult to actually get behind the wheel


Edmunds spends a few days with the Honda FCX Clarity

Published: September 7, 2009

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Filed under: Hydrogen , Honda Honda FCX Clarity – Click above for high-res gallery When we first had the opportunity to drive the Honda FCX Clarity way back in November 2007 we only had about a couple of hours with the fuel cell sedan. John O’Dell, a senior editor at Edmunds, actually got to spend a few days with the Clarity recently when Honda decided to put one in its California press fleet. Like other well-developed, electrically-driven cars, be they battery or fuel cell powered, the Clarity behaves pretty much how you would expect any modern car to drive.


What’s greener than a Prius? The Algaeus, a Prius with algae fuel in the tank

Published: September 7, 2009

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Remember Sapphire Energy , the company that uses algae to generate renewable gasoline ? They’s partnered up with ” Fuel ” director Josh Tickell for a 10-day, cross-country tour from San Francisco to New York City using a Prius that will burn some algae-based renewable gasoline along the way.


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