Did you know that your vehicle’s exhaust can be a source of energy that you can use to improve your cars efficiency? New concept? Nope, turbochargers have been doing it for years. What a turbocharger does is use the exhaust gas to drive a fan that pushes additional outside air into an engine. More air (technically oxygen) means stronger explosions that drive the pistons. This makes more power. Turbochargers are very common today on everything from sports cars to large diesel trucks.
The Japanese firm YGK recently unveiled a hybrid powertrain that uses exhaust gases to spin a turbine that generates electricity, just like an alternator does. In this YGK embodiment, the exhaust turbine-generator charges up a “super-capacitor”. In theory, an exhaust turbine-generator could be used to charge a battery pack but for instantaneous use, a large capacitor could be used also.
There’s a new hybrid in town, and it’s called RAV4. Toyota has been the overwhelming gas-electric hybrid sales leader in the U.S. since 2000. Now, 15 years after the first Prius was sold in the U.S., Toyota has unveiled its eighth hybrid offering as part of the refreshed 2016 RAV4.
Launching this fall, the RAV4 Hybrid will be targeted towards young adventure-seeking couples looking for a vehicle that provides utility, versatility, capability and excellent fuel efficiency.
Continuing its proactive approach to lowering fuel consumption and emissions, PEUGEOT is showcasing its 208 HYbrid Air 2L Demonstrator at next month’s Paris Motor Show. The 2L stands for two litres per 100km, equivalent to 141mpg, and is based on a production version of the Peugeot 208 1.2-litre PureTech 82hp 5-seater Hatchback.
Today prices are announced for an S-Class that can return 100.9 mpg, emits 65 g/km of CO2, can accelerate from rest to 62 mph in 5.2-seconds before reaching a limited 155 mph and yet is exempt from road tax and receives a 100 per cent discount on the London Congestion Charge. The S 500 PLUG-IN HYBRID lays claim to being one of the most advanced saloon cars in the world.
In the UK the car will be offered in long wheelbase form and will cost from £87,965 on-the-road and is subject to a BIK rate of just five per cent.
Lexus created the luxury-utility crossover category with the original midsized RX model in 1998 and is now poised to disrupt the growing compact segment with the all-new 2015 NX. Inspired by performance vehicles, the 2015 NX unites the engineering input of racers with the impeccable touch of Lexus luxury in a design that steals the show.
Dashing through the snow in a 270-horse all-new Highlander. Active families will be able to add holiday cheer to their new year when the all-new 2014 Highlander sport utility vehicle (SUV) begins rolling into dealer showrooms later this month. The all-new fuel-efficient Highlander Hybrid will arrive at Toyota dealers in mid-February 2014.
Taking the next step in its Blueprint for Mobility, Ford today – in conjunction with the University of Michigan and State Farm® – revealed a Ford Fusion Hybrid automated research vehicle that will be used to make progress on future automated driving and other advanced technologies.
Chauffeur company Tristar Worldwide has taken delivery of three Volvo V60 plug-in hybrids to trial as part of the Energy Saving Trust’s Plugged-In Fleet Initiative (PIFI).
The vehicles will be with Tristar for six to eight months covering over 20,000 miles each. Initially placed with key decision makers at Tristar, the vehicles will then be rolled out to chauffeurs to fully assess the operational benefits of a Plug-in Hybrid.