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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