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LA 2009: Audi e-tron hits the street

Published: December 5, 2009

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Filed under: EV/Plug-in , Audi , LA Auto Show While we were spending our time inside the LA Convention Center this week ogling the orange Audi e-tron , Autospies’ Agent 001 wandered outside and snapped some pics of the red version of this powerful all-electric sports car on a nearby street. While the car itself is nothing new , this does give us some idea of what to expect when a production version e-tron arrives, supposedly sometime in 2012. The 3319 lb-ft of torque ( well…


Five EVs, one hydrogen car, one PHEV named as finalists for 2010 Green Car Vision Award

Published: December 5, 2009

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Filed under: EV/Plug-in , Hydrogen , Washington DC Auto Show Audi A3 TDI – Click above for high-res image gallery The Audi A3 TDI was named Green Car Journal ‘s 2010 Green Car of the Year yesterday , and the magazine is already looking ahead to next month, when the Green Car Vision Award will be announced at the Washington Auto Show at the end of January. The five finalists for this award, given to cars that aren’t available yet but show a lot of eco-promise, include the Nissan Leaf, Coda Automotive’s electric sedan, the Ford Focus BEV, the Mercedes-Benz F-Cell and Toyota’s plug-in Prius. That’s a pretty good selection, considering that some other suitable candidates were named as finalists last year, when the winner was the Chevy Volt (the others were: Mitsubishi i-MiEV, Honda FCX Clarity, Fisker Karma and MINI E).


Audi twists e-tron 3319 lb-ft torque rating

Published: December 4, 2009

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Filed under: EV/Plug-in , Audi Audi e-tron concept – Click above for high-res image gallery When introduced at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September, Audi boasted its all-electric e-tron was fitted with four electric motors producing “230 kW (313 hp) and 4,500 Nm (3,319.03 lb-ft) of torque.” While the e-tron’s styling may have raised a few eyebrows, we were notably moved by the quoted torque figure – especially when we considered that the twin-turbocharged Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG , one of the most powerful vehicles on the road, makes 738 lb-ft in comparison. We were stupefied by the number, and it set off more than a few debates among our group, but Audi made no attempt to clarify..


LA 2009: Mitsubishi will bring an EV to U.S. in 2011, but it might not be the i-MiEV

Published: December 4, 2009

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Filed under: EV/Plug-in , Mitsubishi , LA Auto Show Mitsubishi i-MiEV – click above for high-res image gallery Here’s a line from Mitsubishi’s press release dated April 9, 2009 : Ending months of heightening speculation, Mitsubishi Motors North America President and CEO Shinichi Kurihara confirmed the i MiEV (Mitsubishi Innovative Electric Vehicle) is being developed for sale in world markets, including the United States.


There’s no way Cleantech Group’s 2010 prediction about plug-ins comes true

Published: December 4, 2009

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LA 2009: Audi A3 TDI named 2010 Green Car of the Year in diesel repeat

Published: December 4, 2009

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Filed under: Diesel , Hybrid , MPG , Audi , LA Auto Show , Green Daily Audi A3 TDI – Click above for high-res image gallery At the LA Auto Show this morning, Audi’s A3 TDI was crowned the 2010 Green Car of the Year, wresting the title away from last year’s winner, the Volkswagen Jetta TDI .


LA 2009: The World’s Most Expensive Tesla Roadster

Published: December 3, 2009

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Filed under: EV/Plug-in , Tesla Motors , LA Auto Show Upgraded Tesla Roadster – click above for high-res image gallery A Roadster doesn’t come with Tesla logos on the headrests, but the folks at Al and Ed’s Autosound in West Hollywood will gladly stitch the image into your special Lamborghini leather for you with yellow thread if you ask. This particular customization bit is just one of an amazing number of upgrades done to a Roadster on display in the basement of the LA Auto Show .


Zero Motorcycles throws hat into TTXGP road racing ring

Published: December 3, 2009

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Filed under: EV/Plug-in , On Two Wheels , USA , Racing 2009 Zero S electric motorcycle – Click above for high-res image gallery Although it sat out the inaugural TTXGP race this summer past (hey, they were busy making a bunch of new models , what do you want from them already?) Zero Motorcycles has announced they will enter the 2010 fray starting with the first race weekend at Infineon May 14-16.


LA 2009: Honda’s P-NUT cracked open for all to see

Published: December 3, 2009

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Filed under: EV/Plug-in , Hybrid , Honda , LA Auto Show , Green Daily Honda P-NUT – click above for high res-image gallery Turns out, Honda’s P-NUT is not some sort of twist on the UX-3 unicycle thing we saw in Japan recently.


EV Cup electric car racing series to light up tires in 2011

Published: December 3, 2009

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Filed under: EV/Plug-in , Europe/EU , Th!nk (Think) , Racing If you’ve been impatiently waiting to watch electric cars rip racetrack asphalt asunder, an end to your suffering may be in sight.


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