DeLorean back to the future with an EV; Tuesday newsbriefs

October 18, 2011 § Leave a comment

File this one under Not Exactly Relevant To The Mass Market, though it’s a fun idea: the reborn DeLorean Motor Company (yep, that one) is planning to relaunch with an all-electric DMC-12, by 2013. DMC is now owned by Stephen Wynne of Humble, Texas, and the firm is essentially aiming to convert and update existing/surviving cars (206bhp petrol-powered models also to be offered). The electric tech will come from Epic EV, the (Your Houston News, via AutoblogGreen).

  • More relevant, at least in the US: tests have started of a retro-fit hybrid conversion for the big-selling GM 2500-series vans and trucks, including the GMC Savanna. XL Hybrids is using a kit developed by the UK’s Ashwoods Automotive, and is claiming fuel economy improvements of 20% (Green Car Congress).
  • The London Assembly is investigating the Paris Velib’ electric car-hire scheme with a view to launching something similar, as with the Boris bikes (which should really be called Ken cycles, of course). More at Business Green.
  • Alfa Romeo is offering its new twin-clutch semi-auto gearbox in the Giulietta hatch: this dry-clutch gearbox, called TCT, is available with the 1.4 TB MultiAir petrol engine (170bhp, returning a noteworthy 54.3mpg and emitting 121g/km) or 2.0 JTDM-2 diesel (also 170bhp; 62.8mpg and 119g/km).
  • Fewer than 4% of consumers globally would be satisfied with today’s electric cars, reports a study by Deloitte. That many? No surprise – main issues are range, price and recharging. There’s a “general desire” to buy ’em, but a “general unwillingness to compromise”. Detailed breakdown of the stats in a release posted at Autoblog Green.
  • Nice take on that GM anti-bike ad from Todd Lassa at Motor Trend – hey, even motoring hacks ride bicycles.  In fact, quite a lot of them do, and take their cycling very seriously. Liking cars and bikes is not mutually exclusive (perhaps it’s a gear-nerd thing). Motor Trend’s also reporting that the Audi A2 EV is US-bound.
  • Volvo’s confirmed sales of the V60  plug-in diesel hybrid for 2012. It’s not going to the US, but the tech will appear in another model by 2013/2014 (Automobile).

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