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PSA Peugeot-Citreon VeLV

Posted: October 1st, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Auto News, Blip, Citreon, concept, Concept Car, Concept Vehicle, design, ecodriver, electric, electric car, Frankfurt Motor Show, Green Motoring, Grilled, M.Aaron Silverman, Peugeot, PSA | Tags: , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on PSA Peugeot-Citreon VeLV

Peugeot, hmmm, they’ve always made a decent enough Looking automobile, a little lacking perhaps on the reliability front – Peugeot Drivers Be Quiet, servicing your car EVERY month isn’t normal – aside from that little nugget, if don’t fit into a slimline blue pencil skirt or loafers and cardigans, they’ve never really been inspiring. Adding to that image, Peugeot has released pix of it’s latest concept, the VeLV.

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Unimog: Happy 60th Birthday

Posted: June 3rd, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Concept Vehicle | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Unimog: Happy 60th Birthday

3rd June 2011, Mercedes-Benz Special Trucks – MBS – which includes the product ranges Unimog, presented a unique design concept on the 60th Anniversary of Unimog at it’s Daimler plant in Wörth, Germany. It may look like one of the most outrageous automotive concepts Mercedes has created, but the Unimog 4WD Cabrio Truck concept actually has some basis in history – the very first Mercedes Unimog which rolled off the production line back on June 3, 1951 was also a cabrio, it was also green. Based on the current Unimog U 5000 with its exceptional off-road capabilities, the Unimog Cabrio is apparently designed to bridge current and future Unimog design.

The concept is the work of the Mercedes-Benz Special Trucks Unit which produces the Unimog, Econic and Zetros truck ranges. While not exactly a prototype for a future product range, the Cabrio’s press blurb claims “some of its details will turn up in coming product ranges. Read the full article »»»»


Europe To Phase Out Fossil Fueled Cars by 2050

Posted: April 13th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Green Motoring | Tags: , | Comments Off on Europe To Phase Out Fossil Fueled Cars by 2050

The European Commission has released a white paper outlining an ambitious plan to transform Europe’s transport infrastructure by 2050. The roadmap for a Single European Transport Area includes forty initiatives for road, rail, sea and air travel that aim to cut emissions by 60% and combat congestion by halving the use of “conventionally fueled” cars in urban transport by 2030 with a view to entirely phasing them out of cities by 2050.

“The widely held belief that you need to cut mobility to fight climate change is simply not true. Curbing mobility is not an option; neither is business as usual. We can break the transport system’s dependence on oil without sacrificing its efficiency and compromising mobility” said EU Transport Commissioner Siim Kallas. Read the full article »»»»


BMWs New Smart Carshare with Sixt Car Rentals

Posted: March 28th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: bmw, ecodriver, mini | Tags: , , | Comments Off on BMWs New Smart Carshare with Sixt Car Rentals

As a joint venture  BMW and car rental outfit Sixt have launched a car-sharing program called “Drive Now” with premium vehicles. It is an independent station model. This means that fixed account acceptance and return points. Customers can retrieve the vehicles on the Internet  or by using their Smartphone App.  Very cleverly, a vehicle key is not needed. The “Drive Now” cars are equipped with a chip, members are issued with a smart card that operates the vehicle. the program is being launched in Germany with plans to roll the system out internationally later this year. As always with BMW, expect this to be a very efficient and user friendly system.

Ian Robertson, from BMW AG says: “As a mobility provider, BMW Group is not simply an automobile manufacturer. There is a growing demand for flexible mobility products in urban areas. DriveNow’s premium car sharing services are aimed precisely at this gap in the market. We are aiming to launch a profitable new line of business while at the same time introducing potential new customers to our brands.” Mr. Robertson also went on to say that car sharing also has a role to play in cutting down traffic volumes, by reducing the time spent searching for parking spaces and in providing an alternative replacement for little-used, old and inefficient vehicles.

BMW says “DriveNow is a car sharing scheme that is not dependent on car hire stations. Fixed pick-up and drop-off points are not necessary. Customers will be able to find available vehicles via the internet under www.drive-now.com, via a smartphone app or simply at the roadside. Vehicles can be used immediately without advance reservation or they may be booked in advance via internet or smartphone app. The system is “keyless” a conventional car key is not necessary. DriveNow vehicles can be opened and closed with a chip on the driving license and activated by pressing the start button. Having completed an application under www.drive-now.com, it is then only necessary to carry out a one-off registration at a Sixt station in order to check driving license details and enter the chip onto the driving license. Registration can also be carried out at Sixt stations in selected BMW or MINI branches.”

 

BMW’s Press Release:

The DriveNow price model will be simple, transparent and all-inclusive. Users pay a one-off registration fee of euro 29. The charge for using vehicles is 29 cents (including sales tax) per minute. This rate per minute covers all costs, including parking fees and fuel. For the MINI Cooper there is a maximum hourly charge of euro 14.90. If the customer wants to interrupt the journey but keep the DriveNow vehicle, it only costs 10 cents per minute. In thus way, DriveNow combines the benefits of this innovative mobility concept which does not necessarily involve hire-stations with the functionality of traditional, stationary car sharing. . DriveNow is also making special introductory offer for the first 1,000 members. The one-off registration fee is reduced to euro 19 and they also receive 90 minutes free of charge. In addition to free parking in public areas in the centre of town, DriveNow will also make spaces available in selected multi-storey car parks as required.

Subject to approval by the anti-trust authorities, DriveNow will start off with effect from April 2011 initially in Munich and then in Berlin. Further European cities will be added in the coming years. The long-term plan is to introduce DriveNow on other continents as well. Both the product and the brand have global appeal. By the year 2020, the plan is for DriveNow to have one million members worldwide.

DriveNow will start off in Munich with approximately 300 BMW 1 Series and MINI vehicles. The resulting vehicle density within the Mittlerer Ring will ensure that customers will usually have no more than 500 metres to walk to the nearest available vehicle. The scheme is due to start up in Berlin with approximately 500 vehicles.

DriveNow is the first car sharing concept to focus on top class products and services. During the initial phase DriveNow will offer various BMW 1 Series and MINI models. The plan is also to use electric vehicles in the future. Depending    on demand, other models can be added to the car sharing fleet flexibly at a later stage. The cars are all premium vehicles with at least four seats, luxury fittings (e.g. parking assistance, air conditioning, heated seats, etc.) and fitted with extremely efficient engines. The cars are all easily recognisable with the DriveNow logo.

Sixt’s premium service package guarantees extreme flexibility whereby cars can be hired and returned spontaneously. DriveNow stands for seamless procedures and high quality service.

Sixt AG and the BMW Group have already been working together for several years to provide mobility services. Both companies are working intensively on developing and implementing ideas for innovative mobility services. Cooperation arrangements between the two companies will be further strengthened in future.

 

 


B_tch and Moan, Porsche 918 For Sale

Posted: March 23rd, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: porsche 918 spyder | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on B_tch and Moan, Porsche 918 For Sale

OK, previously we may have been a little harsh on Porsche Australia – READ ‘Why Do We Pay More –  we no longer give a sideways what the new 918 costs, we just want one!

Stuttgart – Porsche AG announced the 918 Spyder Plug In Hybrid is officially on sale, well pre-order. This auto stole the show at it’s preview in Geneva last year. The concept project known as XG10 – 918 is going into production in September 2013, the expected cost of this stunner $US845,000 – we have no clue what the 918 will cost in Australia.   Porsche Australia, didn’t respond to Questions on pricing at time of publication. Read the full article »»»»


Goes Around, Comes Around

Posted: March 15th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Blip, ecodriver | Tags: | Comments Off on Goes Around, Comes Around

Electric powered Motor Vehicles are the buzz of the auto-world at the moment. Ford UK has been trifling through it’s huge photographic archive and some boffin stumbled upon this little gem. The Ford Comuta was previewed at the Geneva Motor Show in 1967. It had a top speed of 60 kmh and a range between charges of 60 kms. The then Ford Assistant Managing Director  said ” The Ford Comuta was never going to oust the best-selling Cortina as the drivers’ favourite. Electric cars will be primarily as city centre delivery vans and suburban shopping cars.” To celebrate the centenary of Ford of Britain in 2011 the company is exploring its photo archive to reveal rarely seen images. Read the full article »»»»


Potential Gasoline Replacement From Cellulose

Posted: March 11th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Blip | Tags: | Comments Off on Potential Gasoline Replacement From Cellulose

With the situation in Libya causing a spike in fuel prices worldwide there’s some good biofuel-related news out of the U.S. Department of Energy’s BioEnergy Science Center (BESC) that could help to reduce many countries’ dependence on oil imports. For the first time, BESC researchers have succeeded in producing isobutanol directly from cellulosic plant matter using bacteria. Being a higher grade of alcohol than ethanol, isobutanol holds particular promise as a gasoline replacement as it can be burned in regular car engines with a heat value similar to gasoline. Gizmag More