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Internal Combustion, Version 9.4.6.beta

Posted: May 31st, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Auto News | Tags: , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Internal Combustion, Version 9.4.6.beta

If we believe everything we read, it may seem that the internal combustion engine is on the out. Everyone wants to talk about alternative , hybrid and electric vehicles, what we will be driving in the future and what will propel it. If you believe the hype: we’ll no doubt be driving pod shaped vehicles, powered by bacteria regenerating lithium batteries.  If you believe everything you read, we’ve written off the internal combustion engine!  I’ve got news for you: the traditional petroleum powered internal combustion engine isn’t going anyplace soon. In fact, this 125-year-old invention is just getting started. Google “better fuel economy than a prius” and the list of articles stretches endlessly. The fact is the internal combustion engine has barely hit momentum yet. BMW’s 2011 520D, Ford’s 2010 Fiesta, even Hyundai ravages the poor old Prius on fuel efficiency. Clearly a large part of this anomaly is the 125 year history – evolution – the internal combustion engine has under it’s belt. Hybrid and Electric Vehicles are new technology, and no doubt will grow into worthy advisories. Hybrid and EV are at the moment novelties, take Porsche, the 2011 Panamera Hybrid has a fuel economy of 45 mile per gallon, the 2011 911 has a fuel economy of 50mpg, go figure? Read the full article »»»»


Renault Twizy €EU20

Posted: May 20th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Blip, Eco Driver | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on Renault Twizy €EU20

The ultra-compact footprint of Renault Twizy – length: 2.32 metres / width: 1.19 metres / height: 1.46 metres – is ideally suited to city motoring. It will go on sale in Europe at the end of 2011. Renault’s wizbang all-electric Twizy – single passenger, 2 seat electric vehicle – can be reserved online by would-be buyers in Europe for just €EU20, with the French car-maker opening the books for pre-orders of the cross-bred car/scooter ahead of its world debut in production form at the Barcelona motor show. The vehicle is priced to sell at €6990/$9335 to €8490/$A11,335. Renault describes potential punters as “will clearly appeal to busy, car owning city dwellers looking for a second vehicle, as well as to younger drivers interested in a safe way to gain experience in traffic thanks to the availability of a version that will not require a car driver’s licence” The Twizy is essentially a four wheel scooter, according to Renault though it’s even cheaper to run than a Vespa. “Twizy’s running costs – insurance, maintenance and energy – battery lease and electricity for recharging – are just as modest, working out at 15 percent lower than those of a three-wheeled scooterRead the full article »»»»