Canadian Kestrel to fly high with hemp body

August 23, 2010 § Leave a comment

Motive Industries of Calgary is to unveil an EV with an unusual biocomposite body at a trade show in Vancouver next month. The Kestrel is a four-seater family saloon with its panels made from a hemp-based material grown and developed in Alberta; this composite is said to be both lightweight and strong. Motive begins testing and prototyping the Kestrel (pictured in this teaser image) next month.

More details will be announced in Vancouver of Project Eve, a Canadian initiative to promote the local development and production of electric vehicles and their components. The Kestrel is a participant in the Project Eve programme.

Monday: starting the week

August 16, 2010 § Leave a comment

Tata is talking about two EVs for the UK: the Indica Vista, which could arrive as soon as September, and the Ace small van, to come by March 2011. Sales of these two are also planned for Scandinavia – but not Tata’s home market of India, as there’s insufficient infrastructure to support them (Edmunds Green Car Advisor).

  • Canada’s to get EV charging stations in almost every city: Rapid Electric Vehicles (REV) and electrical contractors Viridian Power of Vancouver have done a partnership deal to fit and maintain charging points supplied by Coulomb Technologies. They’re now in talks with city councils, utility firms and businesses with a view to building a coast-to-coast network (Edmunds Green Car Advisor).
  • Rolls-Royce is looking at ways to curb the gargantuan gas-guzzling of its luxury liners: hybrid, electric and even – god forbid! – diesel solutions are under consideration,  CEO Torsten Muller-Otvos has told Autoweek. Most likely option is lifting BMW’s petrol-electric hybrid tech, however.
  • Meanwhile, at the other end of the BMW family, no diesel-electric hybrids for Mini, reports Autocar, whatever its powertrain partner PSA is doing. Too heavy, not efficient enough out of town; instead, Mini’s focusing on making conventional diesel engines more efficient, and an  all-new three-cylinder unit’s on the way.

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