The green minded have another reason to smile as the French from Citroen have announced that their C-Zero electric vehicle concept will actually see daylight by the end of 2010. Powered by a permanent magnet synchronous motor that outputs 64 bhp and 180Nm of torque, the C-Zero also gets a 16kWh energy boost from a 330-volt lithium-ion battery. All these help it reach 100km/h in 15 seconds and give the car a 130 km range — enough for your daily commuting.
The new Citroen C-Zero EV only takes 6 hours to fully charge at 220V and only 30 minutes on a 400V plug if you can settle with only 80-percent. Fitted with ABS, electric windows, air conditioning, ESP and six airbags, the new C-Zero is expected to hit the road by the end of 2010. [via WCF]
Ultra small electric vehicles are the future for the green minded and those who’d like to slash their monthly gas bill and their carbon footprin. Renault realizes it, hence why the French have announced the production of the Frankfurt-introduced electric vehicle, the new Twizy Z.E. (Zero Emission) Concept in Spain. It will be the Renault Valladolid plant located 150 km North West of Madrid where the small electric vehicles will be produced.
Renault is committed to bringing smaller non-polluting commuters to the market (especially Western Europe) by 2011 and the Twizy will be the first product courtesy of the long term future plan. What is special about the Twizy is its Pearlescent white body coating and luminous matrix displays which can function as head- or tail- lights. You can also use these lights to create faces that communicate the driver’s emotions.
Power comes from a 20 hp electric motor which renders 70Nm of Torque. The motor is connected to a lithium-ion battery pack and this combination gives the commuter a 100 Km range.
SEMA is that place where all crazy tuner gather up and show off. The nice thing about SEMA is that you get to see daring models that otherwise would be locked on paper without ever seeing daylight. A very good example is the new Toyota Prius Aerius (Latin for “belonging to the air”) and Toyota Prius Aemulus (meaning “envious imitation”). Featuring a Five Axis Design four-piece aero kit with a front lip spoiler, new side skirts, and a rear lower valance, the new vehicles charm with the 3D Carbon body kit, crystalline tinted windows and the sky-inspired paint scheme by Nippon Color Design Studio America. Just by looking at those stylish 19-inch FIVE:AD wheels on the Prius Aerius, and we can already understand how Toyota manages to save the environment and make money at the same time.
Tuners don’t spare anything, not even the hybrid cars, which means that the Toyota Prius couldn’t be missed. No one would appreciate toying with the engines for these green babies, therefore Tommy Kaira just took care of the exterior and nothing more. As far as Tommy Kaira is concerned — which by the way thinks there’s life for “eco car tuning”, they integrated the Prius with lower front lips, larger front air dams, and thicker rims. He made the side skirts wider and gave the car a new rear bumper. They also got rid of the Prius logo (not advisable after shelling all that money on a green baby) and attached four tailpipes which makes it guised green beast. Not bad, at all!
Just to revive your memory, Fisker Karma is the plug-in hybrid sedan from Fisker Automotive which was fist showcased at the Laguna Seca during the Pebble Beach Concours. At that point the fuel efficiency figures of the luxury plug-in hybrid were not available but now the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) do have the results for us. As per the SAE rating the Fisker Karma manages 67 miles per gallon which is pretty impressive.
The numbers look even better when you consider that the sedan churns 403 horsepower and sprints 0 to 60 mph in just 6 seconds. As far as the emissions are concerned the Karma is pretty neat, emitting 83 grams of CO2 per kilometer. The high efficiency numbers will not be a possibility when you intend to run the car on a performance mode, therefore a lot depends on your preferences as far as the efficiency is concerned. [via MotorAuthority]
We’ve just finished discussing that the Toyota Camp at Frankfurt will be the place to be for it will debut to couple of impressive full Hybrid cars. The first one to be at the contingent will be the Toyota Auris HSD Full Hybrid Concept which will be company’s first mainstream car deployed with full hybrid technology. Just for the record, full hybrid technology means that the commuter will be able to solely function on the electric engine or the combustion engine or a combination of both. There are not many details available about the electric commuter but what we are speculating is that the Auris too will be good enough to run short distances daily on the electric power for that is what HSD technology implies.
One car that is bound to steal the show even at the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show will be the Plug-in variant of the Toyota Prius. Prius which is currently the number one hybrid car sold in the world is set for more success with the addition of this variant.
This will debut with the Toyota Auris HSD Full Hybrid Concept so you surely need to be at the ‘Green’ Toyota Camp in Frankfurt. The difference between a regular Prius and the Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid is the ‘plug-in’ capability. Toyota now wants people to focus on the electric side of the Hybrid Drive Synergy by launching a commuter which is purely electric and can solely manage with electric power for daily, shot-distance, commuting. Following the Frankfurt debut, 150 fleet vehicles will be shipped to a select number of people whilst an extensive field trail will begin in Europe next year.
Peugeot is in no mood to hold back the details of the 3008 Hybrid4 and RCZ Hybrid4 until the Frankfurt Motor Show. But since it’s fun to leak details here they are. The new RCZ Hybrid4 will not be petrol/electric commuter, instead, it will be coupled with a turbo diesel motor. Diesel is more common in Europe and hence we can understand the unusual comparison.
The 3008 HYbrid4 Concept has a C02 rating of just 99g/km while the numbers for the RCZ HYbrid4 Concept give back 95g/km which is understandable for it is more performance oriented. Both hybrids will run on a parallel mechanism switching between the two facets depending on the situation. Also both systems can be used at the same time for maximum performance.