From grass root movements to prototypes, startups to actual electric drive cars, the electric vehicle is inching closer and closer to reality as consumers demand more and more fuel efficient cars. After all, you can beat an electric drive when it comes to that.
- The Magic Bus! We love this story from USAToday that reports bus maker IC Bus will offering a free hybrid bus to a school whose “green” practices are best extolled in a student essay. Very smart.
- Mitsubishi Pushes The iMiEV Concept Further. Not resting on its iMiEV concept, Mitsubishi is actively testing its other version of the same platform called the Sport Air in New Zealand, according to TimesOfMalta.
- Porsche Cayenne Hybrid. There is nothing more exciting that a performance car maker introducing a line of hybrid, so welcome Porsche’s HEV Cayenne, according to Cars. Using their 333 hp V-6, with a 52-hp electric engine, it does 0-62 mph time is 6.8 seconds, about the same as the V-8 Cayenne S. Considering Ferdinand Porsche created the first HEV, we say it’s about time!
- New 2009 Tesla Test Drive. Straight from AllCarsElectric, the new and improved Tesla Roadster is simply fantastic.
- Energy Consumption. According to the Rocky Mountain Institute states that the U.S. electricity demand could drop by 34 percent if the most inefficient states caught up with the most efficient ones, from EcoGeek. Sometimes solutions are so easy.
- Italdesign’s Fastest Hybrid. Anything that comes out of Italdesign is usually graced with beauty and perfect balance, this is why their hybrid they claim to be “the world’s fastest hybrid” will be shown at this year’s 2009 Geneva show, according to Gas2Org.
- Chery S18 EV. Cherry is officially launching its S18 electric vehicle, EV a range of 75 to 93 miles, a top speed of 75 mph, uses a a 336V 40 kW electric drive system, with 40 Ah lithium-ion iron phosphate batteries and a 220V charge time is 4-6 hours, according to GreenCarCongress.
- KTM’s Prototype. It’s funky looking and it could herald more splash in the pond, KTM’s X-Bow will be at the Geneva Motor Show, according to ElectricCarBlogging.
There you go for now. Stay tuned for more.