April 3, 2009

Hyundai plug-in hybrid concept called the BLUE-WILL, features a direct-inject 1.6-liter gas engine mated to a CVT transmission and 100kw electric motor. It has a state of the art lithium ion polymer batter pack that’s packaged with the fuel tank below the rear seats, as well as a trick panoramic roof that integrates solar cells while still being able to see through.

The BLUE-WILL also features eco-friendly plastics, with some components, like the headlamp bezels, made out of recycled plastic bottles and other plastics derived from plant extracts. Hyundai claims the parallel hybrid can be tethered to a wall socket for extra amps.

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Sony Hybrid Fuel Cell

March 1, 2009

Sony latest hybrid fuel cell technology. The system contains both a methanol fuel cell and a Li-on battery, enabling it to intelligently switch between power from the battery, fuel, or even both under high-draw circumstances. Sony’s portable model could keep you talking on your mobile phone for a week.

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Audi O Concept

October 28, 2008

The idea behind Audi O concept was to design “a large music player”, fusing audio equipment with transport.
The design of the front and rear lights represents the shape of sound waves. The doors feature glass windows running along the bottom edge. Black rims give a contrast to the white body of the concept and visible circle spokes represent vinyl.

The shape of the rear pull-out door echoes the characteristic front Audi mask which is sitting between front LED lamps. The rear door is fitted with a DJ set with mixing decks. The decks can be removed and used anywhere outside the car.

To increase sound quality, the central tunnel carries two subwoofers. Also, there are speakers placed in the door panels as well as under each seat, inside of pillars and the in the dash-board.
The concept is powered by a diesel/electric hybrid.

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Honda Insight Concept

September 19, 2008

Honda recently revealed the vehicle that it hopes will be the ultimate Prius killer. Dubbed the Insight Concept, the vehicle is the latest in Honda’s lineup of next-generation energy efficient vehicles. At a proposed asking point of less than USD18,000 the five passenger hatchback is being billed as the cheapest hybrid on the market!
The Insight Concept uses the company’s Integrated Motor Assist Hybrid Technology, which allows Honda to produce a vehicle that significantly less expensive than traditional hybrids. The Insight will be a five passenger hatchback.
Honda has already announced that it intends to sell 200,000 units annually. The vehicle is currently being prepared for release in Japan in Europe next spring, with a US release to follow.

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Toyota FT-HS Hybrid

December 30, 2006

A concept car from Toyoto. The 400hp Toyota FT-HS Hybrid Sports Concept, set to roll out on January 7 at the Detroit Auto Show. With zero-to-60 in 4 seconds, and pricing at the mid-USD30,000 price range. Thats about SGD45,000, and plus COE of SGD10,000 now… wow… bloody cheap. Yup, lets all dream…

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