Thursday in brief

November 11, 2010 § Leave a comment

Entrants for the 2011 Shell EcoMarathon are announcing themselves: this is the Settar, the work of undergrads at Sakayar University, Esentepe, Turkey. It’s a hydrogen-fuelled three-wheeler, said to be capable of 279 miles on a litre of fuel at 45mph – that’s 891mpg. More at Wired.

  • Los Angeles Auto Show next week: Mitsubishi’s going to unveil the US-spec i-MiEV. It has an enlarged body to make it more of a full four-seater, new front and rear bumpers, standard tyre pressure monitoring and active stability control, plus airbags which detect occupants’ seating positions and deploy accordingly.
  • LA preview:  Audi’s going to bring a Q5 Hybrid, with 208bhp turbocharged 2.0-litre engine plus 44bhp motor. It’s said to do 0-60mph in just over seven seconds, and to have an all-electric mode of nearly two miles.
  • LA Show preview: Toyota’s bringing the RAV4 EV co-developed with Tesla. A test fleet of 2000 or so will be built.
  • Volkswagen is going to build an electric Golf in China by 2013, it announced at a conference in Shenzhen.  The Golf blue e-motion will be sold alongside the China-specific e-Lavida saloon. The city of Shenzhen wants 35,000 EVs on its streets within three years, says its mayor.



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