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    Volkswagen Group shells out big bucks on developing greener rides

    One of the world’s biggest automobile manufacturers, the Volkswagen Group, doesn’t mind spending a few bucks occasionally in going green. And by a few bucks, we mean roughly about €10.2 billion! The company is investing more in energy-efficient and eco-friendly vehicles, to help lighten its own carbon footprint and give mankind cleaner ways to travel. Currently, the Volkswagen Group has 54 model variants to offer, each of which emit less than 100 grams CO2/km!

    Posted in Transport on March 7, 2014
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    An environment-lover’s nightmare, we present the world’s thirstiest cars!

    While the rest of us prefer to jump aboard the green bandwagon and drive energy efficient and sparkly green Chevrolet Volts and the lovable Toyota Prius, a few car owners still prefer to stick to the more environment-chocking side of affairs. While looking at the statistics of some of the greenest cars around us recently, we decided to also draw up a list of the world’s most inefficient cars. Here it is!

    Posted in Featured, Transport on February 22, 2014
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    Audi confirms the future release of the electric e-Tron R8

    Audi successfully managed to drop jaws around the world when it first unleashed its V8 supercar, the R8. The German luxury car manufacturer has now confirmed its intent to build an energy-efficient version of its brainchild and plans to push the e-Tron R8 to production lines. Audi’s new head, Ulrich Hackenberg stated at the Detroit Motor Show, “I think electric drive has a big future. With battery tech now it is vital to have plug-in hybrids, but as batteries improve we will move more towards all-electric.”

    Posted in Transport on January 20, 2014
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    University of Michigan report states that planes are more efficient than cars

    Cars may be luxurious and a privacy-friendly way of getting around. However, these personal modes of transport are the most inefficient mode of commute, as pointed out by a report by the University of Michigan. As opposed to this, airplanes are the most efficient way of travelling and to match up, the automobiles of today need to improve efficiency levels by a whopping 57%!

    Posted in Transport on January 20, 2014
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    Toyota demonstrates fuel-cell car safety by shooting at hydrogen tank

    The safety and practicality of using hydrogen powered cars has long been questioned, given the fact that carrying hydrogen in the boot of a car isn’t particularly the safest means to power up journeys. As a reassurance to the automotive industry and to potential buyers, automobile manufacturing colossus Toyota recently shot bullets at the fuel tanks of a fuel-cell prototype. While small caliber gun bullets simply bounced off the carbon-fiber tanks, .50 caliber bullets barely caused dents!

    Posted in Transport on January 20, 2014
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    Volkswagen’s new Passat BlueMotion concept is the most efficient mid-sized sedan!

    Volkswagen managed to turn quite a few heads at the ongoing Detroit Auto Show with the unveiling of one of its greenest sedans, the new Passat BlueMotion concept. Based on the production Passat, this one packs an extremely efficient powertrain beneath its hood, giving it the highest highway fuel economy rating of any non-hybrid mid-size sedan! The BlueMotion concept comes with Volkswagen’s 1.4-liter engine with direct injection and turbocharging with 150 horsepower and 184 lb-ft. of torque. That apart, the high efficiency engine also sports Active Cylinder Management (ACT) technology that intelligently deactivates the valvetrain on cylinders two and three when a driver applies a lighter throttle pressure.

    Posted in Transport on January 15, 2014
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    Navia, the world’s first commercial driverless electric car, ready to hit the roads

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    Sitting back and relaxing or probably taking a nap while your car drives itself around has always been a long-cherished dream, particularly when you find yourself surrounded by honking impatient drivers in a traffic jam on a Monday evening, right? As an answer to this extremely long and unpunctuated question, here’s presenting to you the first self-driving vehicle that’s ready to take to urban streets, without leaving behind a trail of collateral damage. Called the Navia, this is the world’s first commercial driverless car, developed by a French company called Induct.

    Posted in Transport on January 14, 2014
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    London’s first all-electric mass-transit bus hits city streets

    Here’s yet another reason to love London, the city gets its first all-electric mass-transit bus! Mass transit in the city is now sure to hit the highest green note as the authorities have begin putting out electric buses to do the rounds, with bellies full of batteries carrying clean juice. These buses will join the ranks of the hybrid and fuel cell buses that have been introduced in London a while ago and will help the city lighten its carbon footprint substantially. Chinese manufacturer BYD Auto predicts that the zero-emission buses will reduce running costs by about three quarters as compared to diesel-run vehicles.

    Posted in Transport on December 27, 2013
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    Tesla Model E electric sedan to arrive by Jan 2015 in all-electric avatar

    Adding to the electric muscle of cars around town is one drive that could well raise the bar. Tesla’s Model E will arrive as an all-electric sedan for mass production in a little over a year’s time. Franz von Holzhauzen, the Chief Designer of the Tesla Model E, let out some rather intriguing details about the upcoming electric car. He told AutoBild that the car is almost ready with just the aerodynamic subtleties to be tackled.

    Posted in Transport on December 16, 2013
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    Tesla Motors opens its first showroom in the United Kingdom

    American electric carmaker Tesla Motors, has finally stepped onto British soil! The company opened its first outlet in the UK in the Westfield Shopping Centre in London’s White City. The showroom will sell left hand drive versions of the Model S at this showroom, while a right hand drive version of the car will only be made available after March 2014. The car will come with a pricetag of £49,000, after the £5,000 government grant and we think this will indeed attract quite a few takers in the United Kingdom.

    Posted in Transport on November 18, 2013
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