Friday newsbriefs

June 3, 2011 § Leave a comment

Even the Cholmondeley Pageant of Power is getting in on the green game. This year’s event, 15th-17th July at Cholmondeley Castle, Malpas, Cheshire, will feature a Green-Car-Guide-Live area. Star cars on display here are the Nissan Leaf NISMO RC racer (pictured) and the biodiesel-powered Trident Iceni, having its official public launch. The Iceni promises 200mph, 0-60 in less than 4 seconds, and 100mpg from its 6.6-litre V8. Range? Up to 2000 miles on a full tank. Other cars on display include Volkswagen’s Bluemotion range and the Oaktec Honda Civic Hybrid rally car. More details on the Pageant at

  • Ford is to make a 1.0-litre, three-cylinder petrol engine, its first three-cylinder to see production. First seen in last year’s Start concept, the UK-developed engine will be offered in small models such as the Fiesta and Focus worldwide. It features direct injection and turbocharging, twin variable/independent camshaft timing, and an integrated design which enables a wide peak rev range,  and is said to deliver the power and performance of a conventional 1.6 whilst giving a fuel/emissions saving of around 20%.
  • Spy shots of the Prius C – the small hatch – at Autoblog. Said to be the most efficient non-plug-in hybrid yet made.
  • DIY EV project of the day: the Geek Group Lotus Esprit. Autoblog Green reports that this Michigan-based non-profit education group have been given this non-running Lotus, and that they aim to give it all-electric performance to match that of its original twin-turbo V8.
  • Debate on a Dutch 24-hours-driving-a-Leaf stunt at AllCars Electric: yes, the car did cover 780 miles, and yes, there are adequate fast-charge facilities in the Netherlands to enable this, but over-use of fast-charging can damage your batteries long-term.
  • Battery pack-maker Evida Power has entered a partnership with HaloIPT: remember these names, they’re planning to make an initial batch of 40,000 Induction Power Transfer systems (wireless chargers for EVs) over the next five years, and supply these for “a forthcoming electric car” (sales of 70,000 a year planned by 2015). More at Green Car Congress. Evida has also begun supply of an 8kW battery pack system for the Mia electric microbus (10,000 a year planned, launch this autumn) in a $250million contract.
  • The German car-makers have finally agreed on a standardised network spec for charging electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids. The HomePlug Green PHY protocol integrates domestic devices, smart grid technology and communications between the grid and appliances. More at Green Car Congress.
  • Google is working with the US Energy Department on creating a database of EV charging stations, using Google Maps. It’s also investing $100million into wind farms (LA Times).







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