Here’s the 2009 Ford Fiesta, which will be soon available in the U.S. in four-door and possibly two-door configurations. In addition, it’s assumed — though the official announcement is expected to be made in Geneva — that the new Fiesta will also be available as part of Ford’s ECOnetic line.
Last year, Ford revealed that low CO2 ECOnetic versions of most of their autos would be available soon, with the Focus first in line.
You’re stuck again on the 405 in your morning commute and for a minute you daydream that your car lifts off above the traffic and flies you directly to work. Trust me, I know how you’re feeling and no, you haven’t been watching too many re-runs of the Jetsons with your kids during Sunday morning cartoons. Well, maybe you have…but the idea isn’t as fantastical as it once was. The company Terrafugia has begun manufacturing a ‘roadable aircraft’ (a.k.a. drivable plane). And yes, the vehicle can do both- fly and drive.
The first full scale model of Terrafugia’s two-seater hybrid vehicle, the Transition, is currently being built in a former machine shop in Woburn, MA, by ten employees whose goal is to debut the vehicle in this summer’s Air Venture aviation festival. It is the largest festival of its kind, held in Oshkosh, WI, annually. The team behind the Transition is led by a thirty-year old aerospace engineer- and some call visionary- Carl Dietrich, who holds a doctorate in the field from MIT.
Here is the latest line up of video interviews talking about how all the major car makers in the United States racing towards an electric future. The gas guzzlers seem to finally be on their way out.
Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors, and John Waters of Bright Automotive discuss the future of their companies, what part of the auto bailout they want and why.
And then MSNBC Show Morning Joe, talks with Michigan Govern Jennifer Granholm about the electric vehicle future being talked about at the Detroit Auto show. The host of Morning Joe don’t seem to be sold and in-fact they dismiss the idea’s, saying middle America will be a hard sell.
So I wake up today to yet another American auto giant saying they will lead the “charge” to an electric vehicle future. This time it was the almost forgotten Chrysler company. The company which has brought us the American classics, such as the Jeep, the Dodge Viper and even the dull but popular PT Cruiser.
I personally would have never guessed Chrysler could wake up quick enough to jump over the new green startups such as Tesla and Aptera. Or catch up to the other majors such as GM their new Volt ev vehicle and or the market leader, Toyota with their hybrid lines. They seem to not only have been able to catch up but in many ways are in the process of passing all of these companies, by transforming their existing platforms into all electric or gas assist electric vehicles.
To prove this, Chrysler today rolled out their classic Jeep and Minivan Voyager in gas assist versions. They went with electric motors in the wheel hubs, giving the vehicles 40 mile range in pure electric mode and 400 miles with gas assist.
The Geneva auto show this month rolled out the latest bio- and flex- fuel vehicles, but only one was awarded best concept: the Saab 9-X. Although I often view “the next generation” vehicles with skepticism, this model deserves special mention.
The engine is designed to run on E-85 ethanol and it gets some extra juice from the hybrid powertrain that turns braking energy into battery power. But these aren’t the reason the 9-X is special. Saab – which is owned by GM – put a solar panel on top of the car to collect energy both while driving on the parkway and parking in the driveway. The only other car that I can recall using solar is the Aptera (which is still miles beyond the Geneva concepts).
Chanel, Christian Dior, YSL, Givenchy, Lacroix, Ungaro. Window-shopping at the Place du Vendome this morning made me realize the French are a tour de force in the world of fashion. But with the US dollar at an abysmal low, it’s prohibitively expensive for Statesiders to purchase anything. The other big impediment….size. (We all know that French women are considerably more petite than their US counterparts). But fear not, you can have your vol-au-vont and eat too. Explore the city while whittling your waistline with “velib”.
The word “life” connotes health and vitality, among other things. Not the sort of word I’d generally use to describe a car, but the designers at The Morgan Motor company apparently have a different opinion. And why not, given that their slogan is “traditional meets cutting edge” and that the car in question is poised to breathe new life into the eco driving experience?
Expected to be unveiled at this month’s Geneva Auto Show, the hydrogen powered Morgan Life Car promises to be both fun to drive and forward thinking. According to the company’s website, the Life Car’s “combination of performance, range and fuel economy will allow a sporting driver of the future to demonstrate a concern for the environment.”
Yes finally Range Rover has woken up and is playing with the idea of to be green! This is great news for someone like me, who needs a quality vehicle to haul around all my photo gear, but hates the idea of driving a 12 mile a gallon vehicle. Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos
Who killed the electric car? Well, anyone who watched Chris Paine’s documentary knows the answer to that: consumers, batteries, oil companies, car companies, the government and the California Air Resources Board. Now the new question is: Who’s bringing it back? Nissan.
The Japanese automaker has confirmed that it plans to sell electric vehicles in the US by the year 2010. According to Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn, “the move is largely motivated by stringent emissions legislation in California, lending an added impetus to existing research efforts into alternative energy sources”. The same technology will be used by partner Renault, whose cars will hitting the roads in Europe by 2012. Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos
Green gets stylized with an air of sophistication as Quantum Technologies and Fisker Coachbuild LLC team up to bring us Fisker Automotive, Inc. Calling themselves the green American premium car company, their first roll-out will be four-door plug-in hybrid premium sports sedan, which is slated to debut at the Detroit Auto Show in January.
The price tag for this eagerly anticipated vehicle starts at $80,000. Sound a bit steep for a sedan, I know — but just wait until you see what your money gets you. The performance details include being able to achieve an impressive 50 miles on a pure electric charge. (Utilizing an optional gasoline or diesel fuel engine can extend that to 620 miles.) And those of you wanting to do your part to squash the foreign oil biz will be glad to know the Fisker also provides a whopping 100 miles per gallon of performance.
You may not know this, but our cross-country and continental jauntsI don’t usually get excited about new technologies that claim to be the “future” of this or that, but Lisa Airplanes’ Hy-Bird is making me take a step back. The plane is light at just over 2,000 pounds, it’s powered by Lithium-polymer batteries, and it will generate about 10% of its own electricity from solar arrays that cover the wings. Lisa has planned the first around-the-world trip to happen sometime in 2009, which makes the plane pretty much a reality.
Intelligent Energy is set to revolutionize motorbike technology with its new ENV (Emission Neutral Vehicle) bike, the latest in a line of smarter new motorcycles that will be hitting the road soon. This thing looks like a souped up mountain bike, but there’s no need to pedal. It tops out at about 50 mph, and has range of about 100 miles – enough to get you to work and back pretty easily. Designed by award-winning British outfit, Seymourpowell, the bike looks easy to use. There are no gears, it has adequate suspension for offroad use and it just looks fun to drive.
Perhaps the greatest part of the design is the bike’s removable Core – a hydrogen-powered fuel cell that can be taken from the bike and used for electricity elsewhere. That’s right, Intelligent Energy is betting it all on the hydrogen future, and they seem uniquely positioned to re-shape the way the world thinks about power consumption with their motto “Clean power anywhere.”