Starting the week

June 28, 2010 § Leave a comment

  • The first of the extended-range hybrid electric vehicles are being put to the test by the media. In the UK, The Telegraph’s Andrew English (one of the good guys, pro-green tech but with an accurate bullshit sensor) has been allowed into the Vauxhall Ampera; Stateside, Consumer Reports has been checking out that car’s close relation, the Chevrolet Volt.
  • The progress of the Automotive XPrize Challenge – a competition for vehicles returning over 100mpg, or energy equivalent – is being followed on a dedicated page by Autoblog Green. There’s just 21 teams now vying for their share of the $10million prize purse.
  • In another best-of-the-web item: the Los Angeles Times has been checking out home hydrogen refuelling stations, specifically a next-generation Honda system. “Imagine a world where all it took to power a car was sunshine and tap water”, says the LAT. Solar panels generate electricity, which breaks down the water into hydrogen. Five years away, apparently.
  • Production of the Toyota Auris Hybrid has started in Burnaston, Derbyshire. The first car rolled off the line in front of new Business Secretary Vince Cable, who hailed it as “a strong endorsement of the UK as a manufacturing base for the next generation of cars.”
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