Monday matters

September 13, 2010 § Leave a comment

  • Swiss energy storage firm Nation-E AG has launched an emergency fast-charge product to rescue stranded electric vehicles. The NationMobile Angel Car Mobile Service Unit is basically a carrier with a large battery capable of juicing up dead batteries sufficiently to get a car back on the move to a recharging station; it can give a range of up to 19 miles on a 15-minute charge.
  • Lexus has released some more facts and figures on the CT 200h hybrid: it emits just 96g/km of carbon dioxide, and returns 68.9mpg in UK-market versions. An even more economical variant emitting 89g/km will be offered in some other regions. Lexus also boasts of “near-zero” emissions of particulates and nitrous oxides. Full launch at Paris Motor Show, orders taken from October for delivery early 2011.
  • Think has launched its City EV in Finland – the country where it is built. Valmet Automotive is contracted for its production, though Think is also working with partners on facilities in the US and Japan.
  • AMP Electric Vehicles of Cincinnati has signed a deal with “a major OEM” to convert a production SUV. It has taken delivery of one to build a prototype, and will send the completed EV back to the manufacturer for evaluation within 60 days. AMP already offers aftermarket conversions, using motors supplied by Remy International, of the Chevrolet Equinox, Saturn Sky and Pontiac Solstice, but no word yet on whether this SUV is a GM model or not.
  • Peugeot’s upcoming 508 family car – successor to the 408 – will be offered with the 200bhp Hybrid4 diesel-electric powertrain, though not from launch (spring 2011, in the UK). A cheaper eco-option’s the entry-level 1.6 e-HDI with stop-start, which delivers 112bhp and emits just 114g/km (109g/km in models to follow later in the summer).
  • The Volkswagen Golf blue e-motion: “probably the best electric car we’ve driven”, says Andrew English of The Telegraph, who has some cutting – but sadly all-too-true – points to make about the British EV scene, infrastructure and the government incentives (“subsidizing the wealthy”).

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