BMW seems to be on a roll with its Active Hybrid editions as it as just unveiled the Hybrid version for the X6 and now there is also an Active edition ready for the BMW 7 Series. This edition will be unveiled at the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show and is scheduled to go on sale in the US, next spring.
The Hybrid option looks to set new standards for performance and efficiency in the premium luxury class and this is to be achieved using a modified version of BMW’s 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 engine which is equipped with a 3-phase synchronous electric motor. As a result of this combination, this green beast produces 455hp 516 lb-ft of torque and this engine configuration is mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. The 7 Series Hybrid clocks 4.8 seconds in the 0-60mph and manages a 15% increase in the efficiency as a consequence of these changes.
Hybrid commuters are sprouting from every corner of the globe which eventually is great for the otherwise depleting world. The latest name belonging to the category is the BMW X6 Active Hybrid which is powered by a 400 hp 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine in combination with two electric synchronous motors (rated at 91 hp and 86 hp).
As a consequence the X6 Active Hybrid has a combined maximum output of 480 hp with 575 lb-ft of torque. So despite being a hybrid it accelerates from 0-60 mph in 5.4 seconds while it can reach a top speed of 130mph (electronically limited). With the incorporation of the Hybrid powertrain, there is a 20% improvement in the average fuel consumption with the CO2 emissions rating at 231 grams per kilometer. At lower speeds only one of the motor comes into usage and it is only when more power is required, that the second motor starts the combustion engine. Other interesting features include an electronic power steering system, an Auto Start/Stop system, a modified suspension and a lightweight braking system. There is also a powerdome hood and 20-inch light-alloy Aero wheels. The sales for the car are expected later this year.
If it wasn’t for the spicy price tag, the new Tesla Model S would be a hot seller. Announed just a couple of months ago, the electric supercar is rumored to have at least 1,000 orders in queue. A 5+2 sedan (yes, 7 people, exactly), this electric vehicle is capable of jumping from 0 to 60mph in only 5.6 seconds and can go for a 300 miles distance if on a full charge. For the moment, Tesla Model S can be ordered for a (refundable) reservation fee of $5,000 while the total amount (including the $7,500 federal tax credit for fully electrical vehicles) goes to a good $49,900. I’m sure we’d look good behind the wheel for such an amazing ride …
A great concept announced at this year’s NAIAS in Detroit, Cadillac Converj is one of those green coupes that will make it into production in the next few years. And although we know most of the details, the Converj is going to feature a 16 kW lithium ion battery that will propel it for 40 miles and a 1.4 liter four cylinder engine to recharge whenever needed. Although for now General Motors is not ready to tell that it has a green light, our sources reported that in 2012 we’d be able to get behind the wheel for a “clean” drive. [via motortrend]
Ssangyong seems to care that the world is going through one of its worse crisi. That’s why they thought of announcing an environmental friendly concept to their vehicle lineup. Dubbed Ssangyong C200 Aero, the new CUV (compact urban vehicle) is expected to be available in UK first, starting with 2010. Not too long and not too wide, the chunky C200 Aero is not much about styling as it is about performances. With options to choose between a 175-horsepower 2.0 liter turbodiesel, 1.8 liter gasoline engines or a diesel hybrid (for the C200 Aero Eco version), the vehicle is mated to a six-speed manual or automatic transmissions and emits 50% less CO2 into the air (for the Eco version). Plus we love the interior …
Back in February we told you for the first time about CheapAutosInsurance.com. However, this time things are a bit weird – at least for me. Never in my whole life an insurer came by to explain how I should drive greener. No, I’m not talking about a painted vehicle, but the fact that there are ways for you to increase your mileage with hypermiling techniques or be more eco-friendly during your vacations.
Call it a trend or not, CheapAutosInsurance.com not only offers friendly auto car insurance rates, but they really to do care about the environment and they came out with a few tips that may help you do the same. Apparently your normal vacation can stay on the green side. Have you ever considered camping instead of lodging? It saves money and also saves electricity. You can also stay away from plastics that are being served at fast food restaurants, reuse towels instead of changing daily and so on.
On the other hand, there’s your car’s gas mileage. Even if you own a gas-guzzler you can take actions and reduce the amount of fuel you use daily. Not I’m not talking about using a bicycle, but actually changing driving habits that will effect fuel economy. The biggest rule is that less you need to apply the brakes, the less fuel you waste. That means that you can anticipate red lights, leave a larger distance between you and the car in front, avoid speeding, and you should maintain constant speeds while driving on the high way.
I do agree that usually we show you super cars that would never be able to save on gas because they’re built to RUN like hell, but do consider the fact the environment needs protection, too.