Tuesday newsbriefs

August 30, 2011 § Leave a comment

Another Peugeot: the 508 RXH crossover will be launched at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Deliveries start in spring 2012 and a brown-painted special-edition model is available to order. The high-riding 508 RXH features the diesel-electric hybrid powertrain similar to that of the 3008 RXH, giving 200bhp from its 2.0 HDI engine (with particulate filter) and electric motor. It has four drive modes, automatic, electric-only, Sport or 4WD, returns a combined 70.6mpg and emits 109g/km of CO2.

In other news:

  • Toyota  Motorsport GmbH has set a new lap record for electric vehicles on the Nurburgring Nordschliefe circuit. Its twin-motored TMG EV P001, based on a Radical chassis and driven by Jochen Krumbach, clocked in at 7min 47.794 seconds. More at TMG’s website.
  • Bentley’s planning plug-in hybrids, CEO Wolfgang Durheimer has told Car and Driver.
  • BMW has issued some updates on its heat energy recovery projects: more on the Turbosteamer and Thermoelectric Generator at Green Car Congress.
  • Hertz is adding EVs – Nissan Leafs and Smart Fortwo eds – to its On Demand fleet in San Francisco. The cars will be based at the  Airport Marriott Waterfront Hotel and at Hertz’s downtown HQ, where chargers are installed. And UPS is putting 100 electric vans to work in California, the largest fleet of electric delivery vans in the state (Autoblog Green).
  • Europcar, meanwhile, is putting the Peugeot iOn on-fleet for one-day hire from Heathrow, Luton and Gatwick airports, or bases in Marble Arch and Kings Cross, London.
  • The city of Salinas, California, is suing bankrupt EV-maker Green Vehicles for its $500,000-plus investment in the development of the Triac 2.0, a three-wheeler claimed to have a 100-mile range (Green Car Reports).
  • Biofuel catalyst of the day: panda poo. Or, more specifically, the microbes which live in a panda’s guts, and which are so efficient at breaking down bamboo into sugars and energy, could hold the key to easy synthesis of biofuel from waste plant matter such as corn stalks. More at Grist.
  • And more biofuel-scatology: a team from Tulane University have been experimenting with animal dung kindly donated by New Orleans Zoo, and have discovered bacteria which can break down old newspapers into butanol. Thanks, Detroit News.
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