Hybrids

BMW and Toyota Sign Lithium-Ion Battery Agreement

BMW and Toyota Sign Lithium-Ion Battery Agreement

BMW and Toyota announced an agreement to support a collaborative research project in next-generation lithium-ion battery cells.
The goals of the program are to increase both the performance and capacity of lithium-ion batteries through the use of new combinations of materials for cathodes, anodes, and electrolytes.
The batteries could potentially be used …

First Look: Toyota’s 53 mpg City Prius c Hatchback

First Look: Toyota’s 53 mpg City Prius c Hatchback

The new Toyota Prius c gets an astounding 53 mpg (4.43 l/100 km) in city driving, a figure that is the highest fuel economy rating for any non plug-in vehicle.  The Prius c is the fourth member of the Prius family, which includes the Prius, the new Prius v, and …

First Look: BMW ActiveHybrid 5

First Look: BMW ActiveHybrid 5

Finally, a BMW Hybrid for the Masses
Last month, the all-new BMW AcitveHybrid 5 celebrated its world debut at the Tokyo Motor Show. BMW already offers the ActiveHybrid 7, a mild hybrid, and the ActiveHybrid X6, a full-hybrid , but the sales figures of both vehicles are below BMW´s original expectations.
With …

Infiniti M Hybrid (M35h) Review and Road Test

Hybrids are boring, lackluster automobiles that simply cannot deliver great performance and fuel economy – at least that’s the typical perception your average new car buyer might have.  Enter Infiniti with the M Hybrid, a car that sets out to challenge these outdated notions and deliver performance befitting a sporty …

Study: Record Jump in Emissions in 2010

Study: Record Jump in Emissions in 2010

An analysis released by the Global Carbon Project showed that worldwide emissions of carbon dioxide from fossil fuels jumped 5.9% in 2010, the largest absolute increase since the start of the Industrial Revolution and the greatest percentage increase since 2003.
The increase represents one half-billion extra tons of carbon released into …

Jaguar’s New Hybrid Sports Car: The C-X16 Production Concept

Jaguar’s New Hybrid Sports Car: The C-X16 Production Concept

The Jaguar C-X16 sports car is a hybrid albeit a rather unusual one. The high-performance hybrid system is activated via a red button on the steering wheel, adding 70 kW (95 hp) and 235 Nm (173 pound-feet) of torque for up to ten seconds on demand. Passing? Going from 80-120 …

Jaguar Land Rover to Offer Diesel Engines in the U.S.

Jaguar Land Rover to Offer Diesel Engines in the U.S.

Jaguar Land Rover will offer U.S. customers the option of a diesel-powered Land Rover in the next few years, although the timeframe has yet to be determined and it is likely not to be imminent.
The good news, which came as the result of a question this reporter posed in a …

Lexus CT 200h First Look, Road Test and Review

Lexus CT 200h First Look, Road Test and Review

While the Toyota Prius has long reigned as king of the hybrids, its relatively barebones interior and quirky design have left some buyers wanting a more luxurious Prius, more on the order of a Lexus.  Starting in early March, they can get their wish.  The Prius now has a more …

Peugeot 3008 HYbrid4: World’s First Production Diesel Hybrid

Peugeot 3008 HYbrid4: World’s First Production Diesel Hybrid

Peugeot has unveiled the world’s first production hybrid diesel-electric passenger car, the Peugeot 3008 HYbrid4.  The 3008 is a “crossover of a different kind” according to Peugeot.  It incorporates elements of an MPV (multi-purpose vehicle), an SUV, and a luxury vehicle, as well as elements of a truly fuel-efficient vehicle.
Since …

BMW ActiveHybrid 7 Review

BMW ActiveHybrid 7 Review

BMW’s quest for fuel efficient engines goes back to the BMW 132 aircraft engine of the 1930s.  More recently, for the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, BMW provided a fleet of orange-colored BMW 1602 sedans that used a battery-powered electric motor.
A few months ago we reviewed the world’s fastest gas-electric …

Toyota Prius Review

Toyota Prius Review

From time to time, The Diesel Driver test drives non-diesel powered fuel-efficient automobiles. Here is one such review.
The Toyota Prius, the world’s first mass produced gasoline-electric hybrid automobile, was first introduced to the domestic Japanese market in 1997 and launched worldwide in 2001.  Buyers in the United States have …

BMW ActiveHybrid X6 Review

BMW ActiveHybrid X6 Review

One of the most remarkable things about the new BMW ActiveHybrid X6, besides its performance (0-60 in 5.4 seconds) and fuel economy (20% better than the standard X6), is that the driver might never know he’s behind the wheel of a hybrid if it weren’t for the discreet ActiveHybrid badges …