Monday newsbriefs

July 18, 2011 § Leave a comment

This tough-looking buggy’s intended to be the first electric-powered entrant in the Dakar Rally. Tim Coronel – last year’s winner in the solo category – aims to contest the world’s toughest cross-country endurance event in this electric McRae Buggy next year. Built in partnership with All  Green Vehicles (AGV) of Oosterhout, Netherlands, and Novolectriq, with help from a team at Delft University of Technology, this prototype is based on the McRae 4×2 and is fitted with a 90kW motor. It is being prepared by Coronel’s Prodakar team for phase two of its testing programme, to include stints in France, Spain and Morocco. More – including video – at mcraebuggy.com.

  • Teams are preparing for the World Solar Challenge, to be held in Australia in October, and the University of Michigan team has just put their car through a mock race. Follow their progress at the umsolar blog.
  • Suzuki is testing 13 battery-powered versions of its Every minivan, reports Japanese car exporter Integrity Exports (via Autoblog Green). The electric Every takes five hours to charge  for a 100km range, however.
  • Though production is still on hold, Aptera (putative maker of the bizarre three-wheeled 2e hyper-miler) has just raised $2.25 million in a sale of securities, reports Autoblog Green.
  • Ferrari’s testing a hybrid supercar, probably California-based, reports Autocar. CO2 reductions all relative, of course, but substantial.
  • Audi is to fit mild hybrid tech in all its Chinese-built cars from next year; full hybrids (and then all-electrics) to follow in China later (Green Car Congress).
  • Mitsubishi is now testing the i-MiEV in Thailand with a specific aim to introducing it to market there (Green Car Congress).
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