Articles tagged with hybrid

by admin on 31 January 2013

Cadillac ELR

Back in 2009 Cadillac (GM) exhibited their Converj electric-hybrid concept car, a couple of years later they revealed the updated and renamed ELR electric-hybrid.  At the North American International Auto Show earlier this month GM unveiled the production ELR which will use the drivetrain from the Volt - a 120 kW electric motor coupled to a four-cylinder engine-generator.  According to GM the 16.5 kWh battery should provide around 35 miles electric-only range with a total range of 300 miles including the petrol engine.  Charge time at 240V will be 4.5 hours (charging station) and at 120V a surprisingly long (considering the tiny battery) 12 hours.  Is it just a Volt with make-up?  Seems so, pity. More »

by admin on 30 January 2013

Porsche Cayenne Hybrid

Following hot on the heels of the Panamera Sport Turismo plug-in hybrid Porsche has now confirmed it is developing a plug-in hybrid version of the Cayenne SUV.  While Porsche has for some time offered a hybrid model of the Cayenne this new model will be the first to offer plug-in charging.  According to the story on Motor Trend compared to the existing Cayenne hybrid this new plug-in hybrid will have a larger electric motor providing up to 100 hp and much further battery-only range.  No further details are available at this point and Porsche haven't yet issued any official press information (the photos shown in this story are the current S Hybrid model).

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by admin on 27 September 2012

Bmw Active Tourer

BMW aren't going to let Porsche take all the plug-in hybrid limelight, they've got their own, probably more affordable, concept to tempt you.  The new Concept Active Tourer looks like a slightly larger (slightly uglier) 1-series, it's front-wheel-drive with power coming from an electric motor and 1.5 litre three cylinder turbo-charged engine.  BMW aren't currently specifying the power split but say that there's a total of 190 bhp (140 kW) available and that the car will accelerate to 100 kph in 8 seconds (not shabby), battery only range will be the 'all too familiar' 30 km.  The Active Tourer also features some nifty 'ECO PRO' features including two-level coasting mode which can completely deactivate the petrol engine up to 125 kph and even the drivetrain up to 160 kph allowing for "full use of the kinetic energy already generated".  Average consumption is said to be "less than 2.5 litres per 100 km" (about 100 mpg). More »

by admin on 27 September 2012

Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo

At the Paris Motor Show Porsche today revealed the concept Panamera Sport Turismo.  Other than being (arguably) better looking than the previous model the new shooting-brake style Sport Turismo will also be the first Porsche to provide plug-in charging.  Porsche have for some time offered a 'S Hybrid' version of both the Panamera and Cayenne but neither of these have allowed plug-in charging.  Because it's a Porsche the Panamera Sport Turismo will be no slouch thanks to combined power form the 95 hp electric motor and a 333 hp V6 engine, the sprint to 100 kph should take less than 6 seconds.  Top speed will be 130 kph in electric-only mode and the batteries should provide a range of just over 30 km.  The Panamera Sport Turismo also appears to feature a considerable upgrade in driver user interface with touch screen panels and electronic displays replacing many physical buttons and controls in the previous model.  No word yet on when this will become a final product (although Porsche have a good track record of final products being very similar to their concepts). More »

by admin on 4 April 2012

Fisker Atlantic

Fisker are hoping the Atlantic will help to turn around its fortunes and bring its brand to the masses. The Atlantic shouuld be "in the range of the Audi A5" which means less than $50,000.  As per the Karma the Atlantic is a plug-in hybrid with a four-cylinder BMW petrol engine which kicks in to provide additional electrical power for drive and charging of depleted batteries.  Fisker clearly hope the Atlantic will bring the brand to the mainstream buyer,  "Fisker Automotive is transitioning from a start-up automaker to a fully-fledged mainstream car manufacturer and the Atlantic is a crucial milestone in that process," said Tom LaSorda, CEO Fisker Automotive. "We have a long way to go, but in the near future Fisker intends to deliver this exceptional American-designed, engineered, and manufactured vehicle to showrooms worldwide."   More »

by admin on 19 October 2011

Volvo V60

Volvo has announced more details and availability on the V60 plug-in hybrid (electric / diesel). Although not a 'pure electric plug-in' as we prefer here on zemotoring its longer-than-usual battery-only range of 50 km and ability to charge from a normal electrical outlet means that for most people doing the 'normal commute' the car will seldom need to use its diesel combustion engine.  The V60 plug-in hybrid will have a 50 kW (70 hp) electric motor and a five-cylinder 150 kW (215 hp) diesel engine, 0 to 100 kph (62 mph) will take 6.9 seconds and its lithium-ion battery can be charged in 3.5 hours from a 230V/16A outlet.  Production of the V60 plug-in hybrid is set to begin 'week 46, 2012'. More »

by admin on 18 August 2011

Cadillac ELR

Back at the 2009 NAIA show Cadillac showed their Converj concept car.  Today GM has announced that this concept car will go into production as the two door ELR "2+2 luxury coupe" driven by lithium-ion batteries and range extended by a 4-cylinder petrol engine (essentially the same powertrian as the Chevrolet Volt).  Styling wise I think it looks considerably better from the side / rear (as apparently do GM by the emphasis on the rear three-quarter shot in press images), lets hope potential buyers think differently.  The car will be shown today (18th August) at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. More »

by admin on 1 December 2010

Timelapse video of the construction of the Chevrolet Volt

General Motors has posted a timelapse video of the construction of the 2011 Chevrolet Volt at the Detroit-Hamtramck plant, in it you can see the large 'T-shaped' battery being inserted into the space which would be the transmission tunnel and then the entire drivetrain being connected up afterwards.  We will continue to cover the Volt here on zemotoring despite the revelation that it is really a range-extended hybrid - the Volt's petrol engine is mechanically connected to the drive under heavy acceleration.  The entire auto industry and consumers who placed pre-orders were under the impression that the car was only driven by its electric motor and that the petrol engine was used to recharge the batteries.More »

by admin on 18 November 2010

Honda, who just two years ago seemed to be set on going down the Fuel Cell route with the Clarity FCX has today announced the Fit (Jazz) EV concept plug-in electric car as well as a new hybrid platform.  Honda's electric car concept has an estimated 100 mile range on the LA4 city cycle.  Sadly Honda have yet to reveal specifications for the Fit EV beyond the quoted range and charge time (six hours from a 240 volts supply).  The Fit EV is due to undergo testing in California in partnership with Google and Stanford University.  The production Fit EV is due to go on sale in 2012.  Also announced today isa petrol / electric plug-in hybrid platform which has a 6 kWh lithium-ion battery pack, a 120 kW electric motor and a 2.0l four cylinder petrol engine. UPDATE: Added video of the announcement from the LA Auto Show.More »

by admin on 17 November 2010

Jaguar C-X75 electric hybrid Supercar concept

In celebration of its 75th birthday Jaguar first revealed its C-X75 electric hybrid Supercar concept at the Paris Motor Show in September this year.  This unique concept features four in-wheel 145 kW (195 bhp) electric motors (580 kW / 780 bhp total) driven by a 20 Wh battery pack which can be plug-in charged as well as charged on-the-go ('range extended') by twin 70 kW micro gas-turbines.  Jaguar state performance as 3.4 second 0-100 kph (62 mph) and a top speed of 330 kph (205 mph).  The C-X75 has now made its way to LA, first taken for a very slow drive by Jay Leno and then to take pride of place on the Jaguar stand.  Sadly Jaguar are saying this car is concept-only and is very unlikely to go into production.More »