Friday newsbriefs

January 20, 2012 § Leave a comment

The Latvian OSCar eO, an extended-range EV, has become the first electric vehicle to finish the gruelling Dakar Rally. A purpose-built 4×4 with a Toyota V6 acting as a generator plus 150kW electric motor, it completed the 5,600 miles from Mar del Plata in Argentina to Lima, Peru via the Andes and Chile’s Atacama desert with only a few overheating issues. More at The Charging Point.

  • Mercedes-Benz is going to sell the B-Class E-Cell extended-range EV in the US, reports Automotive News. The B-Class E-Cell prototype seen at last year’s Frankfurt Motor Show had a three-cylinder, 1.0-litre petrol engine which actd as a generator plus electric motor, and promised an all-electric range of 62 miles; total range was 373 miles. An announcement may be made at the New York Motor Show this coming April, says PlugInCars.com.
  • Toyota has started testing an LMP1 Le Mans Prototype racer – and it’ll be a petrol-electric hybrid. Some consolation for Peugeot’s pulling-out of Le Mans; the Toyota is expected to make its debut at Spa in May prior to the 24 Hours itself.
  • Can’t wait for the debut of the Fiat 500 Wagon? Or will this mini-estate not be big enough? Crazy coachbuilding firm Castagna Milano (the company behind Gadaffi’s Fiat 500 EV) has created a 500 stretch limo – and it’s all-electric. Very silly indeed. More at The Charging Point.
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