Posts Tagged ‘lithium-ion’

Converj: The “Cadillac” of Electric Vehicles

Sunday, January 11th, 2009
Cadillac Converj Concept Introduction at 2009 NAIAS
© GM Corp.

Detroit — General Motors unveiled a further glimpse at the potential of electric propulsion today, this time in the form of luxury transportation, with the Cadillac Converj Concept. The Cadillac Converj was developed as a well-appointed grand touring coupe with a bold design and a host of interactive technology.

The four-passenger Converj concept is intended to show how GM's revolutionary electric propulsion technology — called Voltec — can power a luxury coupe with a typically Cadillac “no compromises” design. The technology enables up to 40 miles of gas- and emissions-free electric driving with extended-range capability of hundreds of miles. (more…)

Renault Z.E. Concept, an All-Electric Concept Car which Provides a Glimpse of Mobility in the Future

Thursday, October 2nd, 2008

© Renault s.a.s.

In parallel to its new TCe and dCi engine ranges, Renault is furthering its strategy aimed at curbing CO2 emissions with the development of electric vehicles. Since the beginning of 2008, the Renault-Nissan Alliance has signed agreements with several states and regions (Israel, Denmark, Portugal, Japan's Kanagawa prefecture, the state of Tennessee in the USA), which will lead to the mass marketing of this form of vehicle from 2011.

Z.E. Concept (‘Z.E.’: Zero Emission) is Renault's vision of the electric vehicle as an efficient, user-friendly zero-emission car. Based on the brand new Renault Kangoo be bop (more…)

Nuvu: Reshaping the City

Thursday, October 2nd, 2008
Nissan Nuvu Concept
© Nissan Motor Europe

Within just a few years, cities all over the world will be at near bursting point. If mankind wants to retain the level of personal mobility it currently enjoys — and if the city is to survive — the only way forward is for a radical rethink of the type of cars driven there. One solution could be a car like Nuvu, designed for the city of the not-too-distant future.

“Nuvu is literally a ‘new view’ at the future of the city car. It is electric, of course, but as far as Nissan is concerned, for tomorrow's city cars that is a given. No, the most important aspect of Nuvu is the interior design which provides great comfort and space (more…)

BMW Even More Superior, Dynamic and Efficient — Hybrid Technology BMW Style: The BMW Concept 7 Series ActiveHybrid

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008
The BMW Concept 7 Series ActiveHybrid
© BMW AG

Maximum efficiency in the luxury class, supreme dynamics in the hybrid segment — precisely these are the unique standards offered and combined with one another by the BMW Concept 7 Series ActiveHybrid.

Introducing this Concept Car based on the new BMW 7 Series, BMW is clearly demonstrating the potential offered by the most advanced hybrid technology available today. The BMW Concept 7 Series ActiveHybrid comes with hybrid components tailored precisely to the character of this unique saloon, offering driving comfort, everyday motoring qualities and driving safety of the supreme standard only the BMW 7 Series is able to provide. (more…)

Mercedes-Benz S 400 BlueHYBRID: The CO2 Champion in the Luxury Class, with an Efficient Hybrid Drive System and Lithium-Ion Technology

Wednesday, September 17th, 2008
S 400 BlueHYBRID (W221) 2008
© Daimler AG

Stuttgart — Mercedes-Benz is launching its first passenger car model equipped with a hybrid drive system in summer 2009 — the S 400 BlueHYBRID. The combination of a modified V6 petrol engine and a compact hybrid module makes the S 400 BlueHYBRID the world's most economical luxury saloon with a spark-ignition engine. The NEDC combined fuel consumption is a mere 7.9 liters per 100 kilometers. This makes for the world's lowest CO2 emissions in this vehicle and performance class — just 190 grams per kilometer. These exemplary figures go hand in hand with assured performance. (more…)