Renault Zero Emission Z.E. Lineup at Frankfurt 2009: Fluence, Zoe, Kango and Twizy Concepts (photos and video)

17 09 2009

This year Renault introduced four new concept cars at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show: Fluence Z.E., Zoe Z.E., Kango Z.E. and Twizy Z.E. All of them are “zero emission” vehicles and use similar technology to the Nissan Leaf EV.

Renault "Zero Emission" Concepts at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show | AutoWorld

These concepts are an all-electric and can travel for 160 kilometers on a single charge. Once the battery is dried up, the battery can be charged using three different methods: a standard charge that takes between four and eight hours, a quick charge which is done in only 20 minutes or alternitavely, through the automated ‘Quickdrop’ system that removes and replaces the batteries in just three minutes. Solar paneling is also built in, to reduce the need for electricity from the grid. We will try to make a small overview of these cars.

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New Kia Forte LPI Hybrid Revealed in South Korea (details + photos)

24 03 2009

Today, Kia Motors unveiled its first-ever production hybrid model, the new Kia Forte LPI Hybrid. The car will make its world debut at the 2009 Seoul Motor Show and scheduling to go on sale in Korea this August. The new Forte sedan can run on both Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG)– a common fuel in Korea – and electricity.

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The new LPI Hybrid is equipped with a 1.6-liter, 4-cylinder Gamma LPI HEV engine producing a crop of 114-horsepower and an utmost torque cost of 15.1 kg/m. The Korean automaker claims that when shared to a CVT transmission, the Forte LPI Hybrid has a fuel efficiency of 17.2km per litre of LPG. To better understand what this means, when converted to a flag gasoline engine that build would be 21.5km/liter that translates to 50.6mpg US, 60.7mpg UK or 4.7lt /100 km.

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Innovative EDAG “Light Car Open-Source” Concept revealed at Geneva Motor Show

4 03 2009

German development group EDAG has revealed their new “Light Car – Open Source” concept at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show. The new concept is a electric bubble car with a lot of innovative ideas on the inside.

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The use of OLED technology as, both driver-configurable external lighting units and as a television protect-like wellbeing include that alerts those behind of highway conditions. The car has 100% recyclable basalt fiber chassis and its will be more lighter and cheaper than carbon-fortitude or aluminum.

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New Infiniti Essence Concept Revealed at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show

3 03 2009

Today, at the Geneva Motor Show, Infiniti unveils awesome sightly and sexy vehicle with a green soul – it’s the new Infiniti Essence concept. It is a 4.7-meters long, and the rear-impel, gas-thrilling fusion is something to observe in the metal, with basics that remember other coupes (looks similar with the Fisker Karma), but a look all its own.

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The new Essence powered by a twin-turbo, direct-injection 3.7-liter V6 and a new electric drive design dubbed “3D Motor,” the Essence yields a mutual 592 brake horsepower (434 via inner-combustion, 158 brake horsepower via the lithium-ion backed disc-shaped electric engine).

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