General Motors takes their Voltec plug-in hybrid technology – first seen in the Chevrolet Volt – upmarket with the Cadillac ELR coupe. With a full driving range of 340 miles between its 16.5kWh lithium-ion battery pack and 1.4-liter,gas-powered generator (or 37 miles on electricity only), the ELR offers an alternative to premium all-electric offerings like the Tesla Model S to buyers who’re concerned about range limitations and charging times.
The best thing about this car, though, were the brakes. Fiat’s “blended braking” system hasn’t been talked about much, and we can’t really understand why. The system essentially uses engine braking down to eight mph, at which point the actual rotors and pads go to work. Not only does this save electricity and greatly expand brake life, but it feels better than any regenerative braking system we’ve ever tested.
Years after we found out what it looked like, Porsche has finally released complete details on the 918 Spyder. We covered a few facets of the car’s performance earlier this week, but the attached press release has almost everything.
The Fisker Karma range-extended electric luxury sports car, Fisker has announced, will enter full-scale production in Finland, according to Automotive World. The first batch is scheduled to roll off the line on March 21, with production increasing to full build rate by October 2011.
Today, in Beijing, Chevrolet unveiled its newest electric concept vehicle, the Volt MPV5. Using the 2011 Chevrolet Volt underpinnings, the MPV5 is a range extended…
Lotus has given up some details about the Evora 414E Hybrid concept vehicle it will unveil at the Geneva Motor Show next month. This plug-in hybrid remains true to the spirit of the Lotus brand, offering stunning performance on top of efficiency.
Mercedes-Benz has shown us a glimpse of the possible future of it’s automobiles with the F800 Style research vehicle. The five-seater is meant to showcase design language as well as technology, and can use either plug-in hybrid or hydrogen fuel cell drive systems.
Volvo initially debuted an all-electric C30 hatchback in September at the Frankfurt Motor Show, but a more evolved version of this EV will be making an appearance at the Detroit Auto Show next month. Why? Volvo is planning to build fifty units of the EV C30 and will start doing real-world road tests in 2011.
For those of you lucky enough to hear the original Chevy Volt song (‘E’ for electricity, ‘V’ for Chevy Volt and me…) at this year’s Los Angeles Auto Show, you can rest easy knowing that GM has hired a dance crew and commissioned a full-on show routine. Good to know all the penny-pinching over at GM is going to good use.