Swatch Fancies Another Go

Swatch ELV2
Swatch ELV2

You may remember the Swiss watchmaker Swatch from 1997 when they co-designed the hugely successful Smart car together with Daimler. Later they decided to pull out of the project and sold the shares in Smart to move on with what they did best – make superb watches.

Now, it seems that Swatch wants to get back into building microcars. According to an interview that Nick Hayek CEO of the company (and the son of the man who designed the Smart forTwo) gave to a Swiss newspaper NZZ, there is a working prototype of Swatch Belenos ELV2.

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EU Forecast of increased Electric Cars Sales Questioned

Volvo V60 Hybrid

The European Commission predicts increased sales in electric cars in a study for eco-friendly transportation. But Volvo challenges the forecast saying it’s too optimistic and unrealistic.

In an effort to build a single European transport area, the EU has drafted a white paper “that will increase mobility, remove barriers in key areas and fuel growth and employment”. At the same time, the initiative will reduce Europe’s dependence on imported oil and cut carbon emissions in transport to 60% by 2050.

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Smart ForTwo Freshens up for the Spring

Smart
April will see the UK arrival of an updated smart ForTwo, the cute little city car built by Mercedes-Benz.

Most of the changes to the car are to the exterior, designed to freshen it up for another couple of years. The all-new, next-generation ForTwo isn’t expected until 2014 so we can expect further small tweaks and special editions between now and then to maintain customer interest.

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A Chance to Invest in Fuel Cell Technology

H2GOElectric Hydrogen Generator for Fuel Cell

Hydrogen is one of the cleanest fuels on earth. The easiest and safest way to apply hydrogen energy to motoring is to switch to fuel cell cars. Although Mercedes-Benz and some other mainstream manufacturers have intended to put fuel cell cars on the roads by 2015, the question is – where will the hydrogen come from?

It appears that a British company H2GOElectric Ltd has an answer; and you too can now take part by considering investing in this venture. They have developed a range of electrolytic hydrogen generators both for home and fleet use. The H2GOElectric generator makes pressurised hydrogen from

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Only 100 People Have Bought an Electric Car in Germany

Angela Merkel Keen on Electric Cars
Angela Merkel Keen on Electric Cars

According to the German CAR-Center Automotive Research institute, only 100 individuals have bought an electric car in 2011. In total, less than 1800 electric cars were registered in Germany during the first 11 month of this year and the majority of the cars, ironically, have been registered by the e-car manufacturers for field tests and promotional purposes.

It is way below the expected figure and the Research institute is worried that not enough is being done to encourage acceptance of electric cars in German people.

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Electric Car Developed in Latvia to Take Part in Dakar Rally 2012

Latvian Pride - OSCar
Latvian Pride - OSCar

A truly unique extended range electric car has been developed in Latvia by a renowned engineering team OSC. The electric car named OSCar eO is set to compete at the Dakar Rally 2012 that is taking off 1st of January 2012.

The team led by Andris Dambis has achieved a true feat by preparing the car in just over 6 months. It is based on the conventional OSCar O3 (you might have noticed it at the previous Dakar seasons – that big yellow thing) but apart from the appearance, it’s an almost entirely new car. They had to remake everything to accommodate the massive battery

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New Electric Car Battery will Add 35 Miles to Your Journey

Nickel Cobalt Manganese Battery
Nickel Cobalt Manganese Battery

You will have noticed that the manufacturers of electric cars have stuck with the standard 100-mile range even when announcing year 2013 models. After several cars were outed as having promised more than they can deliver, the manufacturers are cautious when publishing the specs.

It’s all because the breakthrough in electric car batteries that we’ve been waiting for, has never happened.

The amount of Li-ion batteries that electric cars can take on board is strictly limited by both weight and size.

A UK-based company Axeon has decided to go one step better. Although not a breakthrough, their prototype electric car battery can

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NiZn Batteries Are the Right Way Forward for Hybrids

A Toyota Prius Powered by PowerGenix Batteries
A Toyota Prius Powered by PowerGenix Batteries

Exclusive interview with Dan Squiller, CEO of PowerGenix

Although the public has gradually learned to accept hybrid technology; and thousands of hybrid vehicles are sold worldwide every month, there are still many different challenges to overcome in order to make the hybrid technology more efficient, and – what’s important to consumers – get those prices down. Batteries are one of the challenges – we’re not sure that those Li-ion batteries currently powering our hybrids are safe enough, they are expensive and take carbon-intensive processes to produce and they weigh a lot.

It appears, however, that PowerGenix – an American company that so far has been

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International Engine of the Year Going Green

Fiat 500 TwinAir
Fiat 500 TwinAir

It’s another year and another Engine of the Year competition has finished. The super-efficient 875cc Fiat’s masterpiece seems to have impressed the international jury who were looking for environmental credentials and innovation.

 

Although we are talking about necessity of making the engines greener and more efficient, the Green Engine of the Year category appeared only in the 2008 season. And a few years prior to that in both 2005 and 2006 the top prize Engine of the Year was given to a BMW 5-litre V10 whopper. No, don’t get me wrong, it’s a super cool engine but, hey, you don’t really need V10 these days

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