Electric Vehicles at the Olympics

With the Olympics only days away, Olympic-branded vehicles have begun appearing on the capital’s streets. Rather than investing only in new trucks and cars, the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) has decided to emphasize the sustainability focus of the games by including electric vehicles in the official Olympic and Paralympic fleet.

BMW London

This environmentally-focussed decision is good for Londoners, Olympians, and Olympic guests.

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New York Auto Show 2012 Roundup

VPG MV-1

So, New York Auto Show is soon coming to an end. It was an exciting celebration of American (and a little bit of international) motoring traditions. The cars are much bigger in the U.S., you know – even the green cars. There were a few interesting debuts, including a wheelchair-friendly eco car and something that promises to transport you back to the future. Let’s crack on then:

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The Green Geneva Motorshow 2012

This year the Geneva Motorshow looks really exciting. It will open its door to public tomorrow and it’s expected the Green room and all other stands that feature green technology will be swarmed by people.

I’d normally start the overview with the official debuts but this being a British blog, I’ll give the prime spot to my absolute favourite of this show – the Morgan +E electric car. One of the last independently owned British car manufacturer – Morgan has teamed up with Zytek Automotive to create this beautiful electric car concept.

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E Class Superlight, Mercedes’ Surprise for 2015

Mercedes E-Class Superlight
Mercedes E-Class Superlight

Making cars lose weight is another great option for the manufacturers to go green. Thanks to new materials, building lighter cars doesn’t have to compromise on safety. Mercedes E-Class Superlight, will hit the road in 2015.

As the name indicates, the focus of interest will be represented by its very low weight, some 700lbs will be lost compared to the current E-Class. Such a significant weight reduction will be possible only through

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BMW and General Motors – Fuel Cells JV

BMW + GM
BMW + GM

When it comes to green engines, BMW and General Motors have collaborated in the past. It has left the path open to a new series of negotiations. These have already begun, according to a German newspaper, but the object of the agreement potentially signed by GM and BMW may be represented by developing a new generation of engines based on fuel cells.

After BMW X6 ActiveHybrid and Cadillac Escalade Hybrid have appeared on the market as a result of joint development of hybrid technology installed on the two models, the special

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A 100mpg Hybrid Van is a Reality

EVI-REEV Hybrid Van
EVI-REEV Hybrid Van

It was only yesterday that the new Low Emission Zone kicked in to rid London of old smokey diesel trucks. It’s all good, only it leaves us with an unanswered question – what’s the future for the green commercial vehicles?

The California-based Electric Vehicles International has developed the EVI-REEV truck to showcase the possibilities that hybrid technology can offer the medium commercial vehicle sector (which, is huge, to say the least). The REEV, created in partnership with the California Energy Commission, can do 45 miles in all-electric mode and when the internal combustion engine

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Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid – Expensive

Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid
Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid
It was revealed that the Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid is set to hit the dealerships before the long-awaited debut of the Toyota Prius Plug-in. We’ll see who’s going to make it first, but one is already set in stone – the V60 is going to be an expensive plug-in car. The base price is EUR57,000 or nearly £48,000 but it is understood that the price will depend on the market. In other words, as cars are always more expensive in Britain, don’t expect to get it for £48,000 here.

Don’t get me wrong, the V60 is a great car and I hope it sells, however, one has to be realistic with a price tag like that. And Volvo is realistic about it – they plan to manufacture no more than 5000 units per year

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BMW and Toyota – Memorandum in Diesel and Hybrid Propulsion

Toyota + BMW
Toyota + BMW

After rumors of a possible cooperation between BMW and Toyota in  supply of BMW’s diesel engines for Toyota, at the Tokyo Motorshow 2011 this partnership was formalized. The two manufacturers have signed a memorandum, which has the main goal in developing cooperation in lithium-ion battery research and as a secondary factor – BMW will supply diesel engines for Toyota.

The BMW chief, Norbert Reithofer, acknowledged that

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Hybrid Cars are Safer for Passengers

Are Hybrid Cars Safe?
Are Hybrid Cars Safe?

According to American specialists, the drivers of hybrid cars have by 25% less chance to be injured in accidents driving hybrid cars than at the wheel of conventional cars. One explanation is the mass of hybrid cars, on average of 10% higher than conventional cars, which means better absorption of impact energy for hybrid cars.

After studying the behavior in staged accidents of 25 “pairs” of hybrid and non-hybrid models, the scientists have concluded that other factors influence the

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