Tuesday newsbriefs

July 26, 2011 § Leave a comment

Remember the Citroen Revolte, revealed at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show? This DS3-based supermini was fitted with an electric drivetrain plus small range-extender engine and Citroen hinted at the time that this modern-day take on the 2CV (sort of) might preview a production car. Anyway, it’s going to appear again this weekend at Amis de la 2CV, a huge gathering of 2CV enthusiasts, at Salbris, France. Can we expect an announcement?

In other news:

  • Autocar‘s talking about the 10-model Mk3 Mini line-up, due on sale 2013. Powerful but more efficient three-cylinder engines, “at least one type of hybrid drivetrain”, but a range-extended EV more likely than an all-electric model, they report. The mag’s also got spy shots of the next-generation Fiat Panda, to be launched at the Frankfurt Motor Show: range to include a hybrid, turbocharged version of the tw0-cylinder Twinair engine.
  • If all London taxi cabs were electrically-powered, 4000 tonnes fewer of carbon dioxide a week would be emitted into the atmosphere, calculates EcoVelocity. Road transport is responsible for 80% of airborne emissions in London, and black cabs for 20% of that, apparently. Go to the EcoVelocity show (September 8th-11th, Battersea Power Station), find out more.
  • HaloIPT, maker of an induction charging system, is teaming up with Drayson Racing to develop a charging system for electric racers, reports Honest John. This will involve wireless charging from power transmitters embedded in a test track. Drayson Racing is to enter a Westfield iRacer in the EV Cup next year.
  • More wireless charging: Virginia-based Evatran is claiming 90% efficiency for its Plugless Power pad system, with scope for further improvement (Edmunds Auto Observer).
  • Chargepoint continues its US roll-out of charging points: 150 for the Boston metropolitan area, reports Treehugger.
  • The Fallbrook NuVinci continuously-variable planetary transmission system will be fitted in a wider range of Tomberlin neighbourhood EVs. Fallbrook’s partnership with TEAM Industries and Tomberlin is to be expanded following the successful integration of the NuVinci CVP into the Tomberlin Anvil. The tech’s fully-scalable for a wide variety of EVs and automotive applications, Fallbrook says.
  • EVs pose “little risk” to blind or partially-sighted pedestrians, according to a study from the Transport Research Laboratory, as at low speeds they’re barely any quieter than conventional ICE cars – barely a decibel quieter, at 5mph, and at 12mph sound levels are virtually identical. No need for all those engine noise simulators, then. Full story at Business Green. However, Renault’s concerned about silent EVs in the F1 pit lanes, reports Autoblog Green
  • Hyundai’s not in a hurry to go hybrid or electric. John Krafcik, Hyundai USA’s CEO, has told Automotive News that “our focus is on optimising internal combustion and getting as many fuel-efficient vehicles out there, across the line-up”. That’s the way to meet the upcoming CAFE (corporate average fuel economy standards), he reckons.
  • The Nissan Leaf is the first all-electric vehicle to achieve a five-star result in America’s NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) crash tests. It was awarded five stars by Euro NCAP earlier this year. More Leaf: check it out having a go at a stage of the Tour de France.


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