Tesla P85D, Renovo Coupe.
Click tip 1: How does the Tesla P85D compare to other luxury limousines? CleanTechnica set up a table, comparing the EV to other, non-plug-in vehicles. Especially the “efficiency” column is worth a peak, as the author skips the small talk and comes right to the point.
Click tip 2: We know it is all about Detroit these days. But for those who want to reminisce a bit, here are photos as well as a video of Renovo Coupe at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas last week.
Tesla, Renovo, Puritalia, JAC, Smart.
Merry Christmas to Tesla Roadster drivers: Via twitter, Manfred Hillinger from Tesla Club Austria asked when Tesla Roadster drivers can expect update details. The answer came from Tesla CEO Elon Musk personally – apparently, the carmaker will make an official announcement this week!
Renovo at CES: Renovo Motors will show its all-electric Coupé at the upcoming 2015 International CES in Las Vegas. The Shelby Daytona-bodied Renovo Coupé debuted at the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and is on sale now in limited quantities. Shipping will begin in 2015.
Puritalia plans hybrid sportscar: Just as the sports car start-up unveiled the production version of its first model 427, it announced the upcoming GTQ hybrid, where the front is powered by an electric motor and the rear by a mid-mounted V8. The hybrid sports car is expected to be available by 2018.
JAC iEV5 update: Car News China takes a closer look at the EV, which will become available in the Anhui region only in early 2015. The iEV5 will offer a range of up to 250 kilometers and will be available for 110,000 yuan (17,700 USD) after subsidies, which amount to nearly 50 percent of the sticker price.
Testing the Smart e-bike: It is heavy! That´s the first conclusion the Guardian reporter Helen Pidd comes to. She concludes that although it may be big and burly, there’s a lot to like about the Smart ebike – like a “fantastic” inbuilt lighting system and a display panel that calculates “everything”.
Renovo, U.S. Department of Energy, General Motors, Tesla.
Renovo Coupé revealed at Pebble Beach: Powered by a 500 hp electric motor, the sports car can go from 0 to 100 kph in just 3.4 seconds. Its body is that of a Shelby SCX9000 Daytona. It has a top speed of 193 kph and a 100-mile range. The EV will go into limited production in the U.S. next year, with initial sales targeted for California.
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U.S. sponsors fuel-efficiency research: The U.S. Department of Energy will award a total of 55 million dollars to 31 research projects of plug-in and fuel-efficient technologies. The largest single award (10m dollars) goes to further developing the Gasoline Direct-Injection Compression Ignition (GDCI) technology from Delphi. But nine projects concern the use of Li-ion batteries.
After Volt comes Bolt? GM has filled a trademark application for the name, though what will become of it is still a unknown. Hybrid Cars says it has seen reports that the Bolt would be a cheaper version of the Chevy Volt, featuring a smaller battery pack. If a Chevy Bolt will ever roll of production line remains to be seen.
Tesla upgrades warranty: Just like the EV’s battery pack, the drivetrain of the Tesla Model S is now covered by an eight-year ‘infinite mileage’ warranty. Moreover, it applies not only to new models, but retroactively to all Model S. How customers who already paid for an extended warranty will benefit from the upgrade is still in the works.