Tuesday titbits

July 20, 2010 § Leave a comment

Rumour-mill #1: Nissan’s thinking about an electric sports car, says Edmunds Inside Line. Speculative suggestions as to what this may be include an electric 370Z, an all-electric version of the hybrid Infiniti Essence concept, and an all-new two-door coupe based on the Leaf (pictured). The powertrain’s derived from the Leaf’s, it’s been confirmed, making the latter the most likely option.

  • PSA Peugeot-Citroen has agreed a $259million loan from the European Investment Bank for developing plug-in diesel hybrids. Some 500 staff will be employed on the programme.
  • Paice LLC has settled with Ford over a claimed copyright infringement of its patented hybrid technology. The claim related to Paice’s high-voltage application, said to have been used without license by Ford. A similar lawsuit has been pursued against Toyota, and  is thought to have been settled this week as well.
  • Volkswagen has confirmed the Jetta hybrid saloon for the US market (2012), as well as all-electric Golf, Passat, Lupo and Lavida models (2013). Speaking in California yesterday, CEO Martin Winterkorn said that VW intended to be a market leader in electric vehicles, and that EVs would account for 3% of its global sales by 2018.
  • Biofuel of the day #1: fungus. An international team including researchers from the US DoE’s Joint Genome institute has sequenced the DNA of a common type of mushroom, schizopyllum commune, which it says has potential for biofuel synthesis. Like other white rot fungi, it has enzymes which can break down cellulose materials. More at Green Car Congress.

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