BenZhou Group Introduces High Speed Electric & Hybrid Scooters

By dancurranjr On February 28th, 2009

benzhou-electric-scooterBenZhou Motorcycle Group, based in Taizhou, China, is one of the leading manufacturers of high quality scooters since over 12 years. Recently BenZhou ventured into the field of Electric Scooters and quickly became one of the leading exporters of Electric Scooters to over 40 countries with over 50 different models of scooters shipping over 2,00,000 units a year.

Now, with the ever increasing demand of high speed electric scooters and alternative energy, BenZhou group has introduced a new range of High Speed Electric & Hybrid scooters. Although electric scooters are very new for a lot of countries, there has been a huge increase in sales since last year, as people look to move away from gasoline vehicles to electric & hybrid ones. Until now the biggest problem with the electric scooters was the low speeds and long charging times, both of which are solved in the High speed (2000w – 3500w giving over 70kph speed) with Lithium batteries (under 90 min charging time). The Hybrid Scooters range from 500w/50cc up to 3500w/150cc, with our own EPA/DOT/EEC Certifications.

BenZhou Motorcycle Group has their own factories, with over 1,000 employees, to build the Steel Frames, Plastic Parts, Lights, Painting & Electric components in-house, this has ensured the very best in quality and service over the years. From designing, research & production, till marketing, logistics & exporting, BenZhou Group implements a 6Sigma management process to ensure the absolute best quality as well as service.

SOURCE: Webwire

DOE to Award $300M in Stimulus Bill Funding for Projects to Expand Use of Alt-Fuel and Advanced Technology Vehicles

By dancurranjr On February 28th, 2009

doeThe US Department of Energy has issued a $300-million Funding Opportunity Announcement (DE-PS26-09NT01236-04) for applications for cost-shared projects that expand the use of alternative fueled vehicles and advanced technology vehicles. The installation or acquisition of infrastructure necessary to directly support an alternative fueled vehicle or advanced technology vehicle is also eligible.

The FOA modifies a much smaller and earlier-issued FOA by incorporating a supplemental $300 million appropriated by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 (the stimulus bill) for the Energy Policy Act (EPACT) of 2005 Section 721 to fund a competitive grant pilot program to be administered through the Clean Cities Program.

The modified FOA now adds a fourth area of interest—the “Alternative Fuel and Advanced technology Vehicles Pilot Program”—as well as setting application due dates accommodating the revisions. The other areas of interest include:

  1. Refueling Infrastructure for alternative fuels
  2. Incremental cost of dedicated alternative fuel vehicles
  3. Education and outreach workshops for petroleum reduction fuels and technologies

The grant program may provide up to 30 geographically dispersed project grants, with a ceiling of $15,000,000 and a floor of $5,000,000. Grant recipients include state governments, local governments and metropolitan transportation authorities, in partnership with an active designated Clean Cities Coalition(s).

DOE is seeking projects that will contribute to a sustainable market for these vehicles with a potential for future growth in the absence of additional Federal funding.

Vehicles eligible under the new area of interest #4 include:

  • Light-, Medium- and Heavy-Duty Vehicles (LMHDV) using EPACT alternative fuels
  • LMHDV Fuel cell electric vehicles
  • LMHDV Electric hybrid vehicles
  • LMHDV Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles
  • Light-duty Neighborhood electric vehicles (if replacing full-size on-road vehicles)
  • Light-duty diesel vehicles with 2009 MY or later compliant emissions if replacing gasoline powered vehicles and in conjunction with biodiesel fuel use
  • Medium and heavy-duty hydraulic hybrid vehicles
  • A range of off-road/non-road commercial work alternative fuel or advanced technology vehicles.

Marine applications and locomotives are not eligible under this FOA, nor are prototype or novelty vehicles, golf carts, snowmobiles and other off-road recreational or sport vehicles.

The DOE funds are to be used to pay for the incremental cost to purchase new OEM vehicles or the retrofit, conversion or repowering of new and/or used conventional vehicles.

Refueling infrastructure that is eligible under this area of interest includes:

  • New dispensing facilities, or additional equipment or upgrades and improvements to existing refueling sites.
  • Upgrading or modifying private fueling stations to allow public and/or shared fleet access.
  • The purchase of equipment or to pay for specific turn-key fueling services by alternative fuel providers.
  • Facility upgrades or building modifications that are necessary to accommodate alternative fuels for fleet garages and other maintenance/service centers.
  • Projects may be proposed that include multiple fuel types (e.g., electric and hydrogen or propane and biodiesel or E85 and natural gas, etc.) at the same location or at different locations.
  • Refueling infrastructure will be given extra consideration if the facilities are shared or have open access to multiple fleets and/or are accessible by the public.
  • Refueling equipment and infrastructure must be designed, installed and maintained as required by the existing recognized codes and standards and approved by the local/state Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ). Infrastructure projects must describe their plan to communicate/coordinate with the appropriate AHJs.
  • Eligible infrastructure costs must be limited to the development of the refueling capability and related service/support for alternative fuel and/or advance technology vehicles.
  • Infrastructure projects must dispense fuel into vehicles on site in order to be considered.
  • Bulk fuel production facilities are not eligible for selection under this announcement.
  • Blending pumps (i.e. pumps that allow for fuel blends lower than E85 or B20) are not eligible for selection under this announcement.

This FOA will be managed as part of the Natioanl ENergy Technology Laboratory’s (NETL) project management and procurement support to the Vehicle Technologies Program under the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE). This FOA would address the technology area of Clean Cities FY09 Petroleum Reduction Technologies Project for the Transportation Sector.

SOURCE: Green Car Congress

The Honda Insight – The UK’s Most Affordable Hybrid

By dancurranjr On February 28th, 2009

2010_honda_insight_hybridPricing for the all-new Honda Insight has been announced, making it the most affordable hybrid on the market, and one of the lowest-priced ‘green’ cars.

The entry level SE model is available from £15,490 (OTR), appealing directly to C-sector customers looking for a practical, economical family hatch with low-emissions.

The Honda Insight SE, with CO2 emissions of 101g/km and combined economy of 64.2mpg, offers an excellent value-for-money specification with 15-inch alloy wheels, climate control air conditioning, electric folding door mirrors, front and rear electric windows, steering wheel audio controls and VSA as standard.

The generously-equipped ES grade is expected to be the best seller. Priced from £16,790 (OTR) it includes the following kit, over and above the SE grade: 16-inch alloy wheels, auto lights and wipers, cruise control, front fog lights, heated front seats, leather steering wheel and gear knob, paddle shift, privacy glass and USB port for MP3 players.

Hands Free Telephone and DVD Satellite Navigation come as standard on the £18,390 (OTR) ES-T model; a high specification car that’s likely to prove popular in the fleet market.

Honda’s own research has found that most drivers think hybrids are more expensive and in the past this has stopped them adopting the cleaner engine technology.

In the most recent public survey, of those who wouldn’t consider a hybrid vehicle, 40 per cent said price is the main reason they’re put off.

For most drivers, hybrid cars have been viewed as an expensive alternative to petrol and diesel models, seen as a status symbol. The Honda Insight – and its lower price position – will make hybrid technology available to more people, including car buyers who would never have considered a hybrid before.

SOURCE: Carpages.Co.UK

Fisker Luxury Plug In Hybrid Cars to Make European Debut at Geneva Motor Show

By dancurranjr On February 28th, 2009

fisker-karmaFisker Automotive, the new American manufacturer of premium green automobiles, co-founded by Quantum, will unveil its Karma and Karma S luxury plug-in hybrid cars for the first time on European soil at the Geneva Motor Show on March 3, 2009.

The 408 horsepower, 100 mpg Karma sedan incorporating the Quantum Q-Drive(R) will appear in the production trim that customers will receive when deliveries begin at the end of this year. The Karma S hardtop convertible coupe concept is scheduled for production in 2011. A European retail network strategy, along with vehicle options and pricing, will also be announced.

The full size, four-seater Fisker Karma fuses the traditional and timeless styling of former Aston Martin and BMW auto designer, and Fisker Automotive CEO, Henrik Fisker, with the cutting-edge technology of Q-Drive(R), – a new, clean-energy powertrain from Quantum Fuel System Technologies Worldwide. Quantum and Fisker Automotive collaborated to develop world’s first luxury plug-in hybrid sports sedan car.

The Karma will be able to reach 100 km/h (62 mph) in six seconds and a top speed of 200 km/h (125 mph), while being able to achieve an average annual fuel consumption rate of 2.4 l/100 km (100 mpg). It also features new materials and technologies not seen before on any production vehicle, such as a 26 cm (10.5″) haptic touch-screen control panel and environmentally friendly interior trim.


Toyota Focuses on Hybrids for U.S., Puts Sports Cars on Back Burner

By dancurranjr On February 28th, 2009

toyota-hc-cv-concept-2From the Mark I inline six-cylinder with just 110hp (82kW) to to the twin-turbo Mark IV with 320hp (239kW), Toyota’s Supra remains a legend in the world of high-performance sports cars. But since 2002, the brand has made a strong move away from the image of the Supra and towards the Prius’s green vision. Toyota’s North American operations are now moving even farther along that path, putting more emphasis on hybrid output and effectively shelving plans for a Celica/Supra rebirth.

Toyota’s FT-HS concept, shown in 2007 at the Detroit Auto Show, had revived hope that Toyota still retained some of its former interest in providing vehicles that were more than just transportation appliances. But Toyota Division general manager Bob Carter recently told Automotive News that hybrids would be moving to center stage in the U.S.

“It is just a re-prioritization of where we think the customer is today and where the customer is going to be 24 and 36 months from now,” said Carter. Sports cars, on the other hand, are not even in the periphery. “Personally I would love to have a sporty car, but it is pretty clear what the market is looking for right now.”

It’s no surprise that Toyota is after the mainstream consumer, or that sports cars don’t make much business sense, but it’s still disappointing to enthusiasts and fans that had hoped against hope for the return of one of the Japanese giants.

SOURCE: Motor Authority