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Peugeot’s Hybrid Air Eliminates the Batteries

Written by , on March 24, 2013

Peugeot has announced its first Hybrid Air car which it plans to have on public sale by 2016. The Hybrid Air is driven by a conventional petrol internal combustion engine coupled with a hydraulic motor that is powered by compressed air. The car has a pressurised steel "scuba tank" running down the middle of its […]  Read more »

Electrifying the Highway

Written by , on May 16, 2012

A system of powering hybrid trucks through overhead wires is being tested at Long Beach, Califormia. The basis of the "eHighway", developed by Siemens, is a series of overhead wires that would be installed over at least one lane of a highway, similar to the electrical wires of tram lines. Specially equipped hybrid trucks would […]  Read more »

Air Hybrids: Using Air to Reduce Fuel Consumption

Written by , on February 16, 2011

Most electric and electric hybrid cars make use of the energy generated when the car brakes to power a generator that charges the batteries. However, according to Per Tunestål, a researcher in Combustion Engines at Lund University in Sweden, air hybrids could achieve the same fuel saving at a much lower manufacturing cost. The researchers […]  Read more »

Flywheels Could Save Fuel on Buses

Written by , on November 20, 2010

Buses on city routes waste a lot of energy stopping and starting. One way of capturing some of that energy is by using a flywheel. The UK’s Technology Strategy Board has formed a consortium to test the idea. Construction has begun on the first “Flybus” prototype vehicle, It is estimated that the Flybus system could […]  Read more »

Peugeot Announces World First Diesel/Electric Car

Written by , on August 24, 2010

Peugeot has announced that the world’s first diesel/electric hybrid car, based on its 3008 model, will go on sale in the next European spring. The car has a 163-horsepower 2.0-litre diesel engine and a 37-horsepower electric motor. Claimed fuel consumption is 3.8 litres per 100 kilometres. The car has four modes of operation: Auto – […]  Read more »

France Launches Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Plan

Written by , on October 4, 2009

The French Government has announced plans to invest €1.5 billion ($au 2.5 billion) in infrastructure for the two million electric and hybrid cars it wants on the road by 2020. The plan includes industrial research, making batteries, producing clean cars and building a nation-wide network of battery-charging stations. Under the plan, a million battery-charging points […]  Read more »

Ultracapacitors Could Cut the Cost of Hybrids

Written by , on August 27, 2009

Researchers at two institutions have proposed different ways in which the use of ultracapacitors could boost the efficiency and reduce the cost of hybrid vehicles. According to estimates by researchers at Argonne National Laboratory in Illonois, ultracapacitors could lower the cost of the battery packs in plug-in hybrid vehicles by hundreds, or even thousands of […]  Read more »

Demand for Hybrids Soars in Japan

Written by , on June 26, 2009

When the third-generation Toyota Prius was released in Japan a month ago, Toyota’s sales target for the month was 10,000 vehicles. Actual orders reached 180,000! The Prius was the top-selling vehicle in Japan in May – the first time that it has achieved the top spot. Honda’s hybrid Insight, released in February, was the third […]  Read more »

Subaru Plans Low Emission Vehicles

Written by , on May 22, 2009

While most car makers have been announcing their grand plans for electric and hybrid cars, Fuji Heavy Industries which own Subaru, has been noticeably silent. It seems that Fuji wanted to produce a hybrid Subaru based on Toyota’s technology. Toyota is the largest shareholder in Subaru with a 16% stake and the two companies have […]  Read more »

Hybrid Becomes Japan’s Best Selling Car

Written by , on May 12, 2009

The hybrid Honda Insight was Japan’s best selling car in April – the first time that a hybrid has topped the list. Honda sold 10,481 Insights which retail for 1.89 million yen ($au25,500) each. Toyota’s Prius hybrid dropped to 21st place ahead of a new model release due on May 18.  Read more »