Toyota Plans to Introduce Sports EV with Manual Gear Box

July 13, 2012 / No Comments

Toyota is not a new name in the EV segment. But if the rumor mills are to be believed, the Japanese car giant is planning to introduce an electric sports vehicle with a manual gear box. This all-electric sportscar may not hit the markets soon. It may take several years before the company starts commercial production. Naohiko Saito, Toyota’s handling expert ...

Solar ReStore Battery Charges Your Phones Even When You Are Away From Home

July 12, 2012 / No Comments

There are times when you are out, like camping trips, beach parties or trekking, when your phone's battery drains out and you feel helpless as you can do nothing about it. Stop worrying, solar energy is here to help you. We are talking about the Solar ReStore battery that promises to revive your phone when away from home. The ReVIVE Solar ...

Renault Twizy EV Distribution Expands to Eastern Europe, South America

July 12, 2012 / No Comments

Renault plans to hit the East European and South American markets with its Twizy electric vehicle. This was stated by Thierry Koskas, head of Renault’s electric-vehicle program, in an interview. This two-seated, compact city EV was introduced at the 82nd International Geneva Motor show. The model was introduced in France in March and started selling in the UK in April. The company ...

Marine Drone Concept to Clean Plastic Trash in Ocean

July 11, 2012 / No Comments

Tons of plastic waste generated by us is choking up the oceans. Cleaning this waste is a concern for scientists and authorities. Several concepts and prototypes have come up, including small robots, to clean up this marine waste. The latest to arrive at the scene is a concept called Marine Drone. The concept is the brain child of Elie Ahovi, Adrien ...

BMW Recalls 1 Series ActiveE Over Power Steering Worries

July 11, 2012 / No Comments

BMW is recalling the 1 Series ActiveE and 2012 Z4 vehicles. This was announced by BMW and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It seems that variations in electrical current may occur within the electric power steering assistance system, leading to sudden loss of power steering assistance. This could potentially lead to a crash. The ActiveE was just delivered to a paying ...

Honda to Start Leasing Fit EV in Select Areas in US

July 10, 2012 / No Comments

Honda will soon start the leasing facility for its electric model Fit. The EV has already earned 118 MPGe by the EPA, which is an achievement in itself in the EV segment. The Fit EV would be available for a three-year lease at $389 per month and it's MSRP is $36,625, though it is not available for sale now. The facility ...

Mazda to Roll Out Demio EV in Japan Soon

July 10, 2012 / No Comments

The confirmation has finally arrived. We can soon see the electric version of Mazda Demio. But the news is that the EV’s production would be limited to a very small quantity and it would be available only in Japan. The Demio EV features a 20 kWh, 346 V Li-ion battery pack and Mazda coil-switching electric motor with maximum output of 75 ...

How the mighty fall: World’s Most Amazing Waterfalls

July 9, 2012 / No Comments

There is indeed something truly captivating and mesmerizing about waterfalls. Some of them are beautiful, others are picture-perfect and then there are those that stun you with their sheer magnificence and raw power. It is not always about the height of the falls or the volume of the water alone. There are those that seem like they are from another ...

BMW ActiveHybrid 3 Packs a Punch

July 9, 2012 / No Comments

It's common to see the hybrid variant of a car having better fuel-consumption compared to its gas guzzling siblings. But it's somewhat uncommon to see a hybrid variant to be quicker to 60 than the gasoline variant. This is the case with the new BMW ActiveHybrid 3 that features the latest-generation BMW ActiveHybrid technology. The model comes with excellent features that ...

Ford C-Max Claims to be More Fuel-Efficient Than Prius V

July 9, 2012 / No Comments

We have seen most of the new gasoline-electric hybrid models getting compared to Toyota Prius V. Ford C-Max was no different. Quoting the Prius V in its news release about the C-Max hybrid many times, Ford claimed that C-Max will end Prius V's monopoly over the gasoline-electric hybrid category. Ford claims the model will get an EPA rating of 47 MPG ...