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This Porsche Hybrid Can Soar Down The Highway Or Efficiently Cruise - http://www.popsci.com/article...
2014 Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid Courtesy Porsche Most hybrid-auto makers have the efficiency thing down, but they still can’t build a high-performance car that’s both fun to drive and efficient. At least, not until now. To create the Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid engineers married a supercharged V6 with a plug-in hybrid powertrain. The car’s three driving modes—electric, hybrid, and recharge—give drivers the flexibility they need to scream down the highway and then flip to electric power for short-range cruising. Electric A 9.4-kilowatt-hour battery powers the 95-horsepower electric motor, which delivers its full 229 foot-pounds of torque the instant the driver hits the throttle. Porsche says the battery will run for 22 miles (we clocked 33 on our test drive) before dipping below a 15 percent charge, at which point the gas engine kicks in. The engine will also fire up if the driver throttles past a certain threshhold, allowing him to blast from 0 to 60 in 5.2 seconds. Hybrid The motor...
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Ford C-Max Energi: A Car That Could Take Auto Electrification Mainstream - http://www.popsci.com/cars...
The Practical Plug-In The C-Max is available in conventional hybrid and plug-in versions; Ford expects the plug-in to account for 20 percent of U.S. C-Max sales. Courtesy Ford Motor Co Plug-in cars save gas and cut pollution, but at a cost. The Nissan Leaf has a maximum driving range of about 75 miles. The Chevrolet Volt seats just four people. And at nearly $40,000 apiece, neither is cheap. The Ford C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid, by contrast, seats five and combines gas power and a grid-charged lithium-ion battery to reach the EPA-certified equivalent of 108 mpg. It goes 620 miles on a full gas tank and battery. And at $29,995 (after tax credits), it is by far the most affordable plug-in on the market. It's the kind of car that could, just maybe, take automotive electrification mainstream. Here are five reasons why. 1. Gas-Electric Powertrain The C-Max Energi combines a pair of electric motors and a 2.0-liter four-cylinder Atkinson-cycle gasoline engine (the same ultraefficient design...
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Ford C-Max Energi: A Car That Could Take Auto Electrification Mainstream - http://www.popsci.com/cars...
The Practical Plug-In The C-Max is available in conventional hybrid and plug-in versions; Ford expects the plug-in to account for 20 percent of U.S. C-Max sales. Courtesy Ford Motor Co The Ford C-Max Energi is a practical plug-in: It's roomy, affordable, and it gets 108 miles per gallon. Plug-in cars save gas and cut pollution, but at a cost. The Nissan Leaf has a maximum driving range of about 75 miles. The Chevrolet Volt seats just four people. And at nearly $40,000 apiece, neither is cheap. The Ford C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid, by contrast, seats five and combines gas power and a grid-charged lithium-ion battery to reach the EPA-certified equivalent of 108 mpg. It goes 620 miles on a full gas tank and battery. And at $29,995 (after tax credits), it is by far the most affordable plug-in on the market. It's the kind of car that could, just maybe, take automotive electrification mainstream. Here are five reasons why. 1. Gas-Electric Powertrain The C-Max Energi combines a pair of...
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Testing the Long-Awaited Fisker Karma Plug-In Hybrid - http://www.popsci.com/cars...
Fisker Karma Plug-in Hybrid Courtesy Fisker Automotive At the 2008 Detroit Auto Show, the start-up Fisker Automotive unveiled its Karma concept , a high-end plug-in hybrid the company would use to challenge Tesla Motors. Cofounder Henrik Fisker said the Karma would go on sale in late 2009. Then the recession, a switch in battery suppliers and other delays kept Fisker from shipping the first trickle of cars until late last year. This spring, we got one of the first test drives. THE TEST We drove two Karmas on two coasts, along winding roads in California and in stop-and-go Manhattan traffic. We covered more than 70 miles, in both all-electric Stealth mode and Sport mode, which blends engine and battery power for maximum acceleration. THE RESULTS Even in New York and Los Angeles, where exotic cars are a common sight, the Karma drew stares. In Sport mode, the Karma performs well, running from 0 to 60 in a brisk 6.3 seconds. But Fisker prioritized design over comfort and efficiency. The...
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Maker of Electric Hummer Challenges Chevy Volt on Record-Breaking Fuel Economy - http://www.popsci.com/cars...
The company developing a plug-in Hummer throws down the gauntlet to smaller hybrids An electric Humvee may still sound like fingernails on a chalkboard to environmentalists, but the company developing a plug-in Hummer H3e claims its green version can get 100 mpg on average. And what's a little boasting without taking a shot at the competition? Raser Technologies calls its revamped Hummer a "Prius-Stomping Green Machine," based on an E-REV powertrain that supposedly enables large vehicles to drive the first 40 miles in all-electric mode. The company calculates that a typical driver who goes 65 miles per day would average about 100 mpg, and that driving over 200 miles per day would still get about double the fuel economy of a regular Hummer. The electric Humvee developer has also not hesitated to join the crowd questioning Chevrolet's claim of 230 mpg for the upcoming Chevy Volt hybrid. Fast Company reports that Raser claims a Hummer would get 190 mpg in city driving conditions, based...
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Biking Downtown Could Help Power The Bus That Gives You A Ride Home - http://www.popsci.com/scitech...
A new bike-sharing program stores the kinetic energy from the bikes to power buses, and gives cyclists a free bus ticket for helping out We've told you about bike-sharing programs before, but the Hybrid2 design by Chiyu Chen takes the idea one step further, by using the bikes to put power back in the system. The idea is to put "ultracapacitors" into the bikes that will harness and store the kinetic energy generated by pedaling and braking. Once you return the bike to its rental kiosk, the energy stored in the bike will be transferred to the city's smart grid, and used to help power hybrid buses. The city doesn't simply expect you to generate free electricity for them. The bikes come equipped with handlebars that display how much energy has been generated over the course of your bike ride. Once you return the bike, depending on how much you are putting back into the grid, you get a voucher towards your next bus ride. The bike stands themselves will be solar powered, with RFID chip...
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Hybrid Anything: Retrofit Kit Wins Award - http://www.popsci.com/cars...
A former IBM engineer says his latest invention can turn regular cars into plug-in hybrids for between $3,000 and $5,000. He could be on to something. It fits into a wheel hub and can double a car's fuel economy. That's the claim of Dr. Charles Perry, who says his plug-in hybrid retrofit kit can save America 120 million gallons of fuel per day. Big talk. But then, inventors betting on revolutionary uphevals need to talk as big as they think. The former IBM electrical engineer designed the kit to transform existing automobiles into hybrids by placing an electric motor inside each wheel. Perry recently took first prize for his invention at a green energy competition at the Tennessee Technology Development Corp. The plan is to develop the kit into a product selling for between $3,000 and $5,000. As part of the prize, Perry received a $50,000 grant, which will be matched by Palmer Labs LLC of Reston, Va., whose goal is to commercialize the invention. Perry reiterates a common statistic...
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Battery and Boost: The AVL Turbo Hybrid Concept - http://www.popsci.com/scitech...
Can hybrid cars become ultimate driving machines? One Austrian tech firm says a turbine is the answer. Hybrid cars may be a favorite among commuters looking to save fuel, but they're yet to appear on a single driving enthusiast's bucket list. It's no secret why: A 2009 Prius gets from zero to 60 mph barely faster than a plumber's van. How do you make hybrid cars a little rougher on the adrenal glands without sacrificing the good fuel economy and low emissions? Engineers at Austrian tech firm AVL took a page from the motorsports playbook, using a turbocharger to boost the performance of a standard gas-electric hybrid. The result is the AVL Turbo Hybrid Concept, a sneaky BMW 3-Series prototype said to turn out a 10 percent increase in fuel economy, along with an unquantified boost in overall performance. Details are few, though the company says it recently demonstrated the concept's potential both on the test track and in real-world driving. The point is to reduce the size and fuel...
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The $9000 Plug-In Hybrid That Will Beat the Volt to Market - http://www.popsci.com/cars...
Advanced engine tech in Piaggio's new 140mpg three-wheeler can future-proof your commute Gas is cheap now, but everyone who remembers when it was $4 a gallon knows it won't be affordable forever - especially when world demand exceeds supply. (In 2007, the usually staid International Energy Agency predicted the world supply of oil could peak before the average consumer has ditched their current vehicle.) Meanwhile, the same economic crisis that sent oil futures into a tailspin has made belt-tightening more important than ever. The MP3 500 hybrid is Piaggio's answer to all that. It's got a few things going for it that no other non-car on the road does, including a radical (for scooters) plug-in hybrid engine that a yields a toe-curling 140 miles per gallon, and a unique three-wheel design. Just as importantly, the MP3 500 hybrid is beginner-friendly, which means someone other than hipsters and Bob Lutz might make it their primary means of getting to work. Like other scooters in the MP3...
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The Personal Tilt-Rotor - http://www.popsci.com/militar...
An ambitious aircraft concept combines the speed of a plane, the agility of a helicopter and the efficiency of a hybrid car Imagine a car veering off a lonely mountain road and tumbling down the embankment. Minutes later, a sleek aircraft zooms in quietly at 230 miles an hour, tilts its wings and rotors up, hovers, and sets down just feet from the wreck. The pilot and a medic load the injured driver into the aircraft and zip back to a hospital at twice the speed of a conventional helicopter ambulance. Simon Scott, the owner of Falx Air, an aviation company based in Staffordshire, England, wants to revolutionize not just medevacs but all personal air transportation. A former communications specialist in the British Army's Air Corps, Scott has been designing Falx Air's hybrid-electric vertical-takeoff-and-landing (VTOL) craft for the past eight years. He's currently bench-testing components in the hopes of getting a single-passenger prototype ready to be certified in January by the...
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The Personal Tilt-Rotor - http://www.popsci.com/falxair
FALX Air Hybrid Tilt-Rotor Chopper Nick Kaloterakis (See it in detail!) An ambitious aircraft concept combines the speed of a plane, the agility of a helicopter and the efficiency of a hybrid car Imagine a car veering off a lonely mountain road and tumbling down the embankment. Minutes later, a sleek aircraft zooms in quietly at 230 miles an hour, tilts its wings and rotors up, hovers, and sets down just feet from the wreck. The pilot and a medic load the injured driver into the aircraft and zip back to a hospital at twice the speed of a conventional helicopter ambulance. Simon Scott, the owner of Falx Air, an aviation company based in Staffordshire, England, wants to revolutionize not just medevacs but all personal air transportation. A former communications specialist in the British Army's Air Corps, Scott has been designing Falx Air's hybrid-electric vertical-takeoff-and-landing (VTOL) craft for the past eight years. He's currently bench-testing components in the hopes of getting a...
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Report: Honda to Launch Hybrid Motorcycle by 2011 - http://www.popsci.com/cars...
Will volatile gas prices and global-warming concerns cause trickle-down adoption of hybrid tech? Earlier this month, Japanese media reported Honda and Yamaha were each planning a line of electric motorcycles by 2010. The new bikes, which reports say can travel up to 60 miles on a charge, will use lithium-ion batteries for power. Now, word from Japan's Mainichi news service is Honda is also planning new gas-electric hybrid motorcycles. According to a report, the planned hybrid motos would employ a similar hybrid-drive system as the one used in Honda's hybrid cars like the Civic and upcoming Insight sedan. The two-wheeled hybrids will reportedly come in engine displacements of between 200 cc and 1,000 cc and see fuel-efficiency gains of 50 percent over traditional motorcycles. Production cost savings would come from using common hybrid components in both cars and motorcycles. [via Mainichi Daily News]
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Who Birthed the Electric Plane? - http://www.popsci.com/militar...
The race for 100 miles per gallon, in the air The small airplane is too dirty for an environmentally threatened world. That’s not the view from eco-activists, but from some of the leading lights in general aviation—the category encompassing small planes such as Cessnas flown by citizen pilots. “At some point, some environmental group is going to figure out that small aircraft fly leaded fuel,” said Mark Moore, NASA’s personal air vehicle program manager, to a meeting of engineers, aviation advocates and a billionaire corporate titan with his own private jet. Their goal, however, is not to bury private aviation, but to remake it as the greenest form of personal transit. The second annual Electric Aircraft Symposium was held in late April at the most fitting location—a hotel conference room a stone’s throw from San Francisco airport, the gateway to Silicon Valley. (Advanced electronics will be as crucial to aviation as it is to Google or Intel.) The list of benefits starts with...
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How It Works: Tomorrow's Hybrid - http://www.popsci.com/cars...
A plug-in concept from Volvo brings the power inside the wheels for increased efficiency and extra mileage The ReCharge, Volvo’s concept plug-in hybrid, could squeeze 160 miles from a gallon of gas by tossing out the power-wasting transmission. It packs a small electric motor inside each wheel, so that no power is lost in the drivetrain. Here’s a look at the next generation of fuel-efficiency How Wheel Motors Drive the Car Putting electric motors directly inside the wheels eliminates the transmission, which typically wastes 10 to 20 percent of the engine’s energy. An interior disc, mounted to the wheel bearings, contains a series of independently controlled electromagnets, which emit a magnetic field in response to an electrical current. Around that, an outer ring contains permanent magnets. Step on the accelerator, and a computer in the interior ring begins to rapidly switch the polarity of the electromagnets, repelling or attracting the permanent magnets. The faster the polarity...
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Natural-Gas Guzzler - http://www.popsci.com/cars...
Will Honda's natural-gas-powered Civic GX blow other "green" cars off the road? See the first reports from our year-long in-depth test For more on the Civic GX's natural-gas powertrain and the innovative home-fueling station that keeps it going at a fraction of the cost of gasoline, launch the slideshow. Behold the car that could displace the Toyota Prius as the eco-ride of choice. The new natural-gas-powered Honda Civic GX uses domestically produced fuel–the same stuff your gas stove burns–that costs as little as one third the price of gasoline. The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy calls it the cleanest-burning internal-combustion vehicle on Earth. So what's not to like? Only the scarcity of places to fuel up. Honda has sold compressed-natural-gas (CNG) Civics to fleet operators for eightyears-because they have their own CNG pumps, they don't have to search for the rare public ones. But thanks to a new home fueling station, anyone can fill up in their driveway. The...
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The Race to 100 MPG - http://www.popsci.com/cars...
Gas prices are up, fuel economy is down-but the brightest minds in auto technology are about to do something about it Over the past several decades, the promise of the "car of tomorrow" has remained unfulfilled, while the problems it was supposed to solve have only intensified. The average price of a gallon of gas is higher than at any time since the early 1980s. The Middle East seems more volatile than ever. And even climate skeptics are starting to admit that the carbon we´re pumping into the atmosphere might have disastrous consequences. To these circumstances, automakers have responded with a fleet of cars that averages 21 miles per gallon, about four miles per gallon worse than the Model T. Yet hope is coming faster than that hydrogen economy you've been hearing about. Several small companies are developing new engine technologies and advanced automotive designs that promise to deliver 100 miles from a single gallon of gas. The proposals run from the simple-reduce weight, improve...
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2006 London Motor Show - http://www.popsci.com/cars...
by John Voelcker John Voelcker Green cars galore! The U.K.'s largest auto show debuts a slew of sexy new fuel-sippers Click here to launch the gallery.
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BMW´s Hybrid Vision: Gasoline and Steam - http://www.popsci.com/cars...
BMW TurboSteamer courtesy of BMW This novel concept uses your car´s wasted heat to enhance power and fuel economy Certain parts of a car´s engine can reach temperatures in excess of 1,500
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