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Have You Met Hiriko?

Posted: February 22nd, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Auto News, Concept Car, Eco Driver | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Have You Met Hiriko?

Have You Met Hiriko CityCarThose crazy Europeans love green! seriously, they’re into it . . . while the rest of the galaxy ponders the thought of green, the Europeans are splashing out. The European Commission’s President, José Manuel Durao Barroso, unvieled the ubercool electric vehicle – HIRIKO – in late January. The superneat four-wheel traction and direction, haptic steering wheel and folds up when parking, electric micro-car is according to President José Barroso “… an answer to the crisis”.

Unlike their North American counterparts, European auto-makers have long been associated with smart, small, simple runabouts. In urban centers with narrow winding lanes, small has always made perfect sense. Most Europeans rarely drive the vast distances where a car the size of Texas comes into it’s own.

A consortium of seven companies from Spain’s Basque country have teamed up with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology – MIT – Media Lab, and have taken small, smart and  simple to extremes.

The prototype of this electric wiz was unveiled on January 24th by José Manuel Barroso, the president of the European Commssion, who climbed into the car, gave a thumbs-up, and called it a “systematic solution to major societal challenges”. The two-door Hiriko, whose name derives from the Basque word for “city” or “urban”, was designed by MIT engineers, but built by Basques. Starting next year, a trial manufacturing run is set to begin at Vitoria Gasteiz, outside Bilbao. 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 »»»»