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Nissan NV200 to Be Safest NYC Taxi Ever

In May 2011, after considering a large number of proposals, New York City’s Taxi and Limousine Commission recently announced that it has selected Nissan‘s NV200 as the Ford Crown Victoria‘s heir apparent as the yellow cab for New York City. This will give Nissan an exclusive 10-year contract to supply New York City taxi operators with vehicles.

At long last, Ford has managed to get its Transit Connect car-truck approved for use as a New York City taxi. But the party won’t last for long.

The Transit Connect, Ford Taurus, Nissan Altima and Chevrolet Impala have all been added to the list by the city’s Taxi and Limousine Commission for use by taxi operators. But they can only be bought until Nissan starts producing its NV200 van “Taxi of Tomorrow” in October, 2013. Continue Reading →


Toyota’s New ‘GRMN Hybrid Concept’ Showcased at Nürburgring

Toyota just showcased their GRMN Sports Hybrid Concept II at the 39th Nürburgring 24-hour endurance race held near Nürburg, Germany. The GRMN II, a convertible mid-ship gasoline-electric hybrid concept, is an improvement on the first Toyota hybrid sports car, the Toyota MR2, which they showed at last year’s Tokyo Auto Salon, and is a car that’s meant to “embody the enjoyment of automobiles.” Continue Reading →


Porsche’s Boxster Comes Now As a Battery Powered Version

Porsche is jumping onto the battery and hybrid electric vehicle bandwagon in a big way. The Cayenne S Hybrid SUV, which features a parallel full hybrid drive system shared with the Volkswagen Touareg, is now on sale Porsche is also taking orders for its 918 Spyder plug-in hybrid sports car. The 911 GT3 R Hybrid F1 race car with its electric KERS (Kinetic Energy Recovery System) technology has also been seeing track duty.

A logical next step would focus on all-electric drive, which Porsche has just revealed in the form of two prototypes of the all-electric Boxster E at the recent Michelin Challenge Bibendum in Berlin. The 2WD version uses a single electric motor driving the rear wheels while front and rear wheels are driven by separate motors on a 4WD edition. Continue Reading →


Bright Automotive to Unveil Plug-in Hybrid in Spring

Bright Automotive, which is a spin-off of think-tank Rocky Mountain Institute, will unveil its 100-mile-per-gallon car in May at the 24th Electric Vehicle Symposium in Stavanger, Norway, with a likely introduction to the U.S. market earlier than that.

The yet-to-be-named vehicle is being developed to make the most of the battery technology by using light materials, aerodynamic design and low-rolling resistance of tires, said John Waters, president and chief executive of Bright Automotive, in an interview. That will make for a cost-competitive hybrid car, he said.
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Toyota to Increase ‘Ecological Plastic’ in Vehicle Interiors

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Toyota announced plans to increase use of plant-derived, carbon-neutral (Zero net CO2 emissions over an entire product lifecycle) plastics in more vehicle models, starting with a new hybrid vehicle next year. The TMC newly developed plastics, collectively known as “Ecological Plastic”, are to be used in scuff plates, headliners, seat cushions and other interior vehicle parts.  Within 2009, TMC aims for Ecological Plastic to account for approximately 60 percent of the interior components in vehicles that feature it.

There are basically two types of Ecological Plastic—that produced completely from plant-derived materials and that produced from a combination of plant- and petroleum-derived materials.  Because plants play a role in either type, Ecological Plastic emits less CO2 during a product’s lifecycle (from manufacture to disposal) than plastic made solely from petroleum; it also helps reduce petroleum use.
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