Sunday, September 28, 2008

Hyundai Santa Fe blue Hybrid

To keep pace with such manufacturers as Toyota and Honda, the Korean Hyundai will show its new concept of hybrid-SUV Santa Fe at the Paris Auto Show in October.

Hyundai Santa Fe blue Hybrid

Maintaining the Santa Fe’s overall design and dynamics car comes with 2.4-liter six-cylinder petrol engine with automatic transmission, paired with 30-kw electric motor, powered by lithium-ion batteries, with total consumtion of 5.35 lt/100km or 38 mpg, with the level of CO2 emissions of 148g/km. According to Hyundai, the Santa Fe blue Hybrid can achieve a top speed of 170 km/h or 105 mph.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

GM Chevrolet Volt: Specs

GM Corporation introduced production version of Chevrolet Volt for 2011 model year.

Volt, unlike the usual now hybrid cars, powered by electricity from lithium-ion batteries in all modes, full time. When battery's discharged, car switches to the bioethanol or petrol engine, charging battery with electric generator simoultaneously. This mode allows for a few hundred miles without recharging (refueling), which lets Volt owner not to be constantly concerned about depleted batteries.

Batteries recharge will take three (from the network in 120) to eight hours (240 V). And if the battery is not fully depleted, even faster. Thus, 40 miles drive (more than 60 km), will cost you only 80 cents. Daily car charge would cost no more than a home refrigerator electricity consumption cost.

What is really pleasing - car is not ugly, as usually happens to electric ones. Electric motor provides 150 hp and a maximum speed of 150 km / h.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Honda Insight 2 Hybrid

One of the leading hybrid automakers, the Japanese Honda announced its new hybrid car project - Honda Insight 2. According to the company, Insight 2 will be the cheapest hybrid car in the world. Honda has not yet officially announced price, and the machine itself can be seen only in official photographs distributed by Honda. World premiere will be held at the Paris car auto show Oct. 2.

Technical specifications of new car have not been disclosed yet, but it can be assumed that the Insight 2 will have upgraded engine based on 1.4 liters engine, which is now used in Honda Civic hybrids. Paired with petrol engine is improved 20-30 hp electric motor, which will be used for driving at low speed (for example, in traffic jams) or high, when help to the main engines needed (for example, when overtaking). Hatchback design completed in latest Honda style, and generally coincided with the FCX model and CR-Z.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

MyCar From British Nice

This is MyCar, a small city car with a ludicrously funny face - indeed electric. And the level of CO2 in its exhaust - zero. Car designed by Italdesign and Giugiaro, and produced in Hong Kong.

British company Nice has not yet released detailed technical information about its MyCar. However, we learned that the car shows a decent performance dynamics and suitable for urban routes. MyCar can drive up to 64 km in the city, with maximum speed of 64 km/hr.

To make maximum MyCar more affordable for buyers, Nice automakers equipped its new compact car with an engine, which has long been in serial production, thus not only reducing the cost but its maintenance as well.

MyCar model proposed in seven colors and with a sufficiently broad list of additional equipment (power windows and rear-view mirrors, radio with MP3, 14-inch disks, central door locking with remote control). Buyers have option of 15 inch discs, as well as leather salon, with heated seats, and navigation system. MyCar will be available this fall on the British market at a price of 8,995 pounds, that is 11,350 €.