• 10Dec

    Consumers who want to try driving green cars should check out the per hour rental program of Hertz called Connect by Hertz. The car rental company foresees the curiosity of the driving public on plug-in vehicles and has included in their line-up the Chevrolet Volt, Nissan Leaf, Tesla Roadster, Mitsubishi i-Miev, Coda Sedan and the Smart ED.

    The plug-in vehicles can be rented starting December 15 in New York. The rental scheme of the green vehicles will soon be rolled out to San Francisco, Texas, Washington DC, and London by next year. Hertz is also studying the possibilities of extending the services to different colleges and universities in N. America and may be even in China by the last quarter of 2011.

    The process of renting a plug-in vehicle with Hertz is pretty simple but the number of green cars available is quite limited. Hertz is limiting the services to members only. Those who are interested can sign up via the website of Hertz. There is a variable fee collected for the membership. Upon payment, the members will be asked to submit some information. The rental agency will contact the member for availability of the vehicles.

    Slots are expected to fill up quickly since Hertz will only have 1,000 vehicles by the end of 2011 with only 20 cars joining the program by midyear. Book asap if you want to try these green cars.

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  • 01Dec

    If you are a US vacationer and planning to go to the Alps this year then it is going to be really easy and simple for you. You can take the benefit of the tie up between the Finland based Think Electric Car manufacturer and the eco-tourism pioneer Alpmobil. This is going to be one of the best ways to assure less of a carbon footprint on the Alps and make it a completely carbon free zone.

    Think EVThe first trial that was a pilot was run through this month and it was successful. Seeing this the first phase of this project is going to have 60 Think City Eco friendly cars. These cars will be available to the tourist for hire for Euros 45 only per day. These are going to be stationed outside tourists hotels, and resorts. This will be marketed online by Alpmobil the company so that tourists can book these cars before they arrive at the Alps.

    There are several battery charging stopovers located all over the city so as to make it convenient for the tourists to go on to recharge them. This is an extremely fun and affordable way to travel around the Alps and at the same time ensures that you are able to use renewable electric source which is powered by hydroelectricity. If you are concerned about the planet then you will love this most unique and innovative of ways to travel around. This car, rightly called the City can travel as fast as up to 70 miles per hour. Once you have recharged it you will be able to travel 100 miles before you need to recharge it once more.

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  • 27Sep

    Trunk-Mounted Batteries Ford EVA study by University of California in Berkeley reveals that 64% of the chunk of electric vehicle sales in the near future will have the vehicle and the batteries being sold separately. The car and the battery that it will need will be treated as stand alone items.

    The proponents of the research see a direct correlation between consumer acceptance of electric vehicle technology and batteries being sold separately.

    At first look, consumer may be hesitant on buying a $15,000 battery pack with their vehicles. They might be thinking that the battery technology is not yet proven and it may have issues on longevity and durability. EV owners may also think that the car they purchased may not fit their need in the long run and will be a bit reluctant on getting the battery as part of the total cost.

    Car manufacturers looked into the study and are following what it suggests. Nissan is not yet decided if it will include the battery with their LEAF and considers leasing the battery as another product. Other major car makers have long decided that leasing the battery is the right way to go.

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  • 11Jul

    Carbonated drink giant, Coca-cola Enterprises (CCE), has recently announcedCoca Cola Hybrid Truck that they are set to added more than double of their present hybrid electric delivery trucks. The company is reported to hold a 142 trucks. With the addition of 185 new hybrids, the CCE is now holds the larget hybrid fleet in the whole of North America.

    Adding to the upgrading of their vehicles, CCE also said that they now have a heavier duty hybrid tractor. The said vehicle is aimed at supporting a 55,000 lbs gross vehicle combination weight. The said innovation is a welcome development for the company’s 33,000 lbs gross vehicle weight.

    CCE’s newest truck is designed with a hybrid powertrain for heavier loads. The new hybrid tractor is also in line with CCE’s campaign toward less energy consumption. The new truck is said to consume 305%less fuel that that of its old counterparts. CCE officials also said that the truck is said to produce 30% less of their old hybrid truck’s emissions.

    The popular beverage company is not entirely new to the hybrid campaign. CCE has, in fact, started their research for hybrid trucks since 2001. The company has partnered with their suppliers in the search for hybrid electric trucks.

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  • 20Apr

    The auto world was teased by new photos of the LAMPO, the electric sports car from Protoscar SA. The LAMPO is a sports cabriolet fueled by renewable energy and was introduced at the Geneva Motor Show in March.

    The LAMPO gets its raw power from electric BRUSA motors installed in its front and rear parts. The rear portion is designed to be maximized for acceleration while the rear engine will utilize regenerative braking technology. Combined, these two motors produce an output of 268 horsepower with a torque of approximately 440Nm.

    The company boasts that the LAMPO can perform like a modern sporty car with the advantage of traveling on its 32KWh battery for 200 kilometers.

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  • 15Jan

    Detroit Auto Show organizers have reserved a 70000 square foot test track so car lovers and journalist can experience first hand the EcoExperience new ride and drive sponsored by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.

    The track is located at the Michigan Hall at the lower level of the Cobo Center. Around 12 vehicles are available for journalists during the press preview and the public during regular exhibition day.

    According to organizers the annual car show is the perfect venue to display the future and developments in the auto industry. Aside from consumers about 6000 journalists from all over the globe attend the event.

    A lot of electric, hybrid, and concept cars will be in the block with the new releases of the major car makers. Displaying the next generation mode of transportation, that is being more conscious about the environment and efficient, is the focus of most players of the auto industry. According to organizers, this just shows that the auto industry is heading the right direction amid the global financial crisis.

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  • 03Oct

    I used to think the MINI and the VW Bug were the cutest cars on the road. A little too small for my liking but serviceable, reliable and gas efficient nonetheless. And now a newer, tinier car boasting environmental cleanliness has entered the market becoming more important as the topic of alternative fuels heats up. Named the Tango, this model is not actually new as George Clooney is reported to have purchased one as early as 2005, the vehicle is powered electrically rather than on gas.

    A comical looking car, it has been described as a bobsled on wheels. In fact, the passenger sits behind the driver. If one requires added storage space the rear seat removes leaving space for a couple suitcases. Believe it or not, the Tango is actually six inches less wide than the average motorcycle. Not only does it reduce dangerous emissions, it also reduces congestion as four cars can fit in one parallel parking spot and two ride in a traditional roadway lane. Continue reading »

  • 30Sep

    According to press releases issued by both Michelin, the well known tire company, and Venturi Automobiles, the French eco-friendly car manufacturer, they have joined forces to build and show a new alternative fuel sourced vehicle at this week’s Paris Motor Show from October 2 to October 19. The joint venture automobile is considered a new-generation electric car with technologically advanced features far exceeding today’s standards.

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    Venturi Automobiles are known for their leadership in renewable energy cars and have been producing superior electric vehicles since 2001. Classified as energy-autonomous, the Eclectic was the first dually powered solar-electric vehicle. Not only is this car complemented by the use of electricity for recharging, it can also be charged and powered by both solar energy and wind turbines.

    Venturi Fetish

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