Monday newsbriefs

September 19, 2011 § Leave a comment

German coachbuilder/tuner Artega had its all-electric SE on display at Frankfurt, reports Autocar. The mid-engined SE, based on the Porsche Cayman, has a pair of motors producing 375bhp; these individually drive each of the rear wheels, giving over 126mph and 0-62mph in 3.9 seconds. Artega claims a range of 125 miles, and 12 of the car’s 12-cell battery modules are placed at the tail end and 4 up front, mimicking the 57:43 rear:front weight distribution of the standard VW V6-engined Artega GT (original concept designed by Henrik Fisker). The SE (“Sports Electric”) is just 10% heavier than the GT at 1400kg. First seen at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year (its unveiling pictured), the SE’s to go into production at Artega’s factory in Westphalia next year, with a 150,000 euro price tag. Artega, founded in 2006, is currently owned by a Mexican private equity firm which also owns the makers of Corona beer, incidentally.

  • This new Jaguar Land Rover factory nearWolverhampton is going to make “a family of all-new advanced technology low-emission four-cylinder JLR petrol and diesel engines”, says JLR. Yes, four-cylinder engines – downsizing alert. Up to 750 new jobs will be created at the plant, with hundreds more new jobs in the supply chain and supporting businesses. Great news all round.
  • Volkswagen is to launch its Jetta (Golf saloon) hybrid at next January’s Detroit Auto Show, reports Car and Driver. It’s to feature a turbocharged 1.4 petrol engine plus electrics, and will go on sale later in 2012.
  • Electric vehicles will be a “majority” of the car market in two decades’ time, says Tesla CEO Elon Musk. Video posted at Autoblog Green.
  • The payback on installing domestic solar panels could be achieved in five years, according to new figures from British Gas, if you use ’em for energy to charge your electric car. British Gas analysed Robert Llewellyn’s findings, btw.  More at Business Green.
  • Check out the lightweight body structure of the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG E-Cell – more at Autocar.
  • Coca-Cola is ordering six Navistar eStar electric trucks for US deliveries, to add to a fleet which already includes 650 hybrids. Press release posted at Autoblog Green.
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