Design Concept of the Day: PSA Peugeot-Citroen VELV, plus Thursday newsbriefs

October 6, 2011 § Leave a comment

PSA Peugeot-Citroen has unveiled a concept called VELV (Véhicule électrique Léger de Ville, or lightweight urban vehicle) at the ADEME forum, a one-day event in Paris organised by the French Environment and Energy Management Agency. The VELV is a 20kW three-wheeled three-seater which meets all current safety legislation for passenger cars. It weighs 650kg, can do up to 110kmph, has a range of 100km, and has a turning circle of just 7.2m. Its tech includes a communications system which identifies charging stations within the reach of remaining battery charge, and its total energy consumption is 85 Wh per km, “which means that its environmental footprint is equivalent to that of a train trip”, says PSA, which adds that “the concept is aimed at corporate fleets, traditional rental companies and self-service schemes like Autolib’, second-car buyers and numerous customers who want a better option for getting around town.”

  • In other news: Riversimple is to trial 30 of its hydrogen fuel cell-powered city cars in Herefordshire and Shropshire, reports the Green Car Website. These are in addition to 3o cars going out in the Leicester area. The Ludlow-based firm will work with local councils and participants – businesses or private individuals – will pay a monthly cost of around £250, covering a fixed-rate rental and all-inclusive per-mile charge, much like a mobile phone contract. Riversimple is said to be in the second stages of looking for backers to invest in full-scale production.
  • Autocar’s reporting on a “radical” new fourth-generation Range Rover, due autumn 2012. It’s to be nearly half a tonne lighter, and versions could include a plug-in hybrid, says the mag, which also has the lowdown on some new spark plug tech from Federal-Mogul with the potential to cut fuel consumption by 10%.
  • Automakers are the new renewable energy investors, notes The Guardian, citing GM’s stake in Sunlogics, Volkswagen’s investment in wind farms, and Ford’s solar, wind and energy storage projects at its facilities.
  • GM has teamed up with a San Francisco start-up called RelayRides on a car-share programme. This will use the OnStar tech ona mobile app for borrowers to reserve, locate and unlock vehicles (Autoweek).
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