Monday miscellany

July 19, 2010 § Leave a comment

  • The Tesla-Toyota prototypes under development are for an electric RAV4, it’s been confirmed. An evaluation fleet will be made this year, with a view to production in 2012. These aren’t the first electric RAV4s, however – Toyota did make a limited number 1997-2003.
  • Students at the Palestine Polytechnic University in Hebron, West Bank, have created a solar car: it’s no looker, and it can only do 19mph as yet, but it could be a sustainable transport solution in an impoversished region with poor infrastructure. Story at The Telegraph today, albeit cribbed from The Guardian. The paper’s also checking out the Mini E racer prototype.
  • The next-generation Honda Civic (2011) will be hybrid-only in Japan, and diesel development has been halted reports the Nikkei. No word yet on whether we’ll get the Civic Hybrid in anything other than a saloon bodystyle, nor on how this will affect European sales and  production.
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