Friday newsbriefs

August 26, 2011 § Leave a comment

Bizarre EV story of the day: not that this should be seen in any way as a redeeming quality, but ol’ Gaddafi has (had?) interesting taste in cars. Rebels/insurgents/freedom fighters (choose your definition) have taken possession of the Libyan despot’s custom-bodied, Castagna-converted electric Fiat 500, reports Corriere della Sella (slightly odd Google translation, but they have pictures; via Autoblog Green). Gaddafi’s green car was last seen being pushed through the streets away from his bunker.

In other news:

  • Seat’s smartened up the Exeo saloon and estate, and the 2.0 TDI diesel engine now gives up to 57.6mpg; its emissions are down to 129g/km. Stop-start comes to the range next year in an Ecomotive model which’ll deliver less than 120g/km.
  • General Motors and the LG Group are to “jointly develop and engineer future electric vehicles”, according to a statement today. Korean giant LG already supplies battery cells for the Volt and Ampera, but this arrangement “represents a widening of its portfolio as an automotive solution provider.” LG-branded cars? Don’t rule it out.
  • The Vauxhall Ampera has scored five stars in the Euro NCAP crash tests. It was specifically checked for the safety of its electrical systems; the battery pack proved to be efficiently protected from from the side impacts, there was minimal electrolyte spillage (none inside the passenger compartment) and it can be easily disconnected though there is an automatic shut-off of current.
  • Hertz is to lease BYD E6 electric crossovers in China, in a deal with BYD and GE Energy, which is to set up a recharging infrastructure. 770 new charging stations in Shanghai by the end of the year, apparently.
  • The seven-seat Prius+ hybrid is to be launched at the Frankfurt Motor Show, reports Automotive News.
  • Bill Dube and Eva Hakansson of Killacycle are aiming for the all-out motorcycle speed record – not just the one for electric bikes. That’s 367mph they’re heading for… full story at Wired Autopia.
  • Prince Charles’ Start Festival is at Kew Gardens this weekend. Talks on solar power and eco-driving, pop-up restaurants and more green-ish family fun.
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