Boutique German Carmaker Artega Comes Back From Bankruptcy with 400-HP EV

Boutique German Carmaker Artega Comes Back From Bankruptcy with 400-HP EV After filing for bankruptcy in 2012, German automaker Artega is back with an all-electric vehicle.
First established as a niche sports car manufacturer for the European market, Artega had Henrik Fisker pen its GT sports car that debuted with either a V6 engine or an electric powertrain. The company then ran into financial issues, filed for bankruptcy and eventually merged with German supplier Paragon.
Earlier this month, Artega had a surprise resurfacing at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show with the Scalo sports car that has been inspired by the original GT but updated bumper to bumper. This time around, Artega plans on offering the Scalo sports car with an electric powertrain only, sporting 400 horsepower and 575 pound-feet of torque.
According to the German automaker, the Scalo can go zero to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds and will have a limited top speed of 155 mph. Artega estimates that owners will be able to get up to 250 miles on a release charge. The car also tips the scales at 3,494 pounds, thanks to a polyurethane and carbon fiber body.
The Scalo is now available for peacefulness in Europe, but there is no word if Artega has any plans to expand to the U.S. market.
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The Five Safest 2015 Green Cars Under $35,000

The Five Safest 2015 Green Cars Under $35,000 Last week J.D. Powers’ U.S. Tech Choice Survey reported respondents overwhelmingly said they wanted advanced crash mitigation technologies and it so happens these are required to make the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety’s Top Safety Pick Plus list.
Our list culled from the newest IIHS data thus merges two desirable “technologies” – electrified powertrains that save gas and cut emissions as well as the crash avoidance systems offering superior chances of personal safety.
Two of these vehicles are hybrid variants within broader model ranges, but being heavier, they may even do slightly better in some kinds of accidents according to IIHS Vice President of Communications Russ Rader.
“All other things being equal, larger, heavier vehicles are more protective in crashes than less vital, lighter ones,” said Rader. “Similarly, in keeping with the laws of physics, public riding in a hybrid are better protected in a crash than public riding in the same non-hybrid model. Batteries add weight which improves protection in collisions.”
Two Measures of Safety
Each year the IIHS evaluates vehicles for 1) crashworthiness – how well the airbag-equipped vehicle protects in various types of collisions, and 2) crash avoidance and mitigation.
The TSP+ category is the highest acknowledgment the IIHS bestows on vehicles in various size categories. It measures one step above “Top Safety Pick” which requires “excellent” ratings in five crash tests: moderate overlap adjoin, side, roof strength and head restraint tests, as well as a excellent or acceptable rating in the small overlap adjoin test. Potential ratings are: excellent, acceptable, marginal, and poor.
Crash avoidance technology can include radar, cameras, automatic braking and more to make the car virtually vigilant in case you are not, or caught off guard.
As you can tell given only five models under $35,000 qualify, it is not available on many cars, but more are expected to get it in years ahead. At this stage many cars with crash avoidance technology tend to be priced higher than our mainstream-ish level cutoff, but there are a growing number of exceptions.
This list is not a status because even authorities do not go so far as to grade a hierarchy of definitive “safest,” next-safest, and so on. Each car listed is linked to the IIHS original report. You’ll note also it is dominated by Toyota products. No pure electric cars made the list.
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China Reveals Its First Home-Grown Electric Supercar

China Reveals Its First Home-Grown Electric Supercar Debuting earlier this week at the Shanghai Auto Show was China’s first internally designed and built electric supercar.
Dubbed the Qiantu K50 Event! – yes, with an exclamation point! – and will be entering the Chinese market in 2016.
The Event! will be priced approximately $113,000 (700,000 yuan), similar to what a Tesla Model S costs in China. Additional, buyers of the K50 will be eligible for EV incentives, exempting them from the 10 percent sales tax.
Qiantu based this K50 on a concept revealed last year at the Beijing Auto Show, at the time it was simply known as the CH Auto Event concept.
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According to CarNewsChina, the Qiantu K50 Event! is said to have an electric motor pushing out 400 horsepower, a 41.1 kwh battery, and a range of 124.2 miles; in comparison the Tesla Model S 85D has a range of up to 270 miles.
Those 400 cattle are stated to help motivate the vehicle to a top speed of 124.2 miles per hour, and lead it to a 0-62 time of five seconds.
With a curb weight of 3,714 pounds, the Event! will weigh less than the lightest Tesla, and is theoretically helped additional being a two seater as opposed to Tesla being a five (or plus-two kid) seat vehicle. Read more

Grimsel EV Sets Pending World-Record 0-62 mph in 1.785 seconds

Grimsel EV Sets Pending World-Record 0-62 mph in 1.785 seconds The former 0-100 kph (0-62 mph) world record of 2.134 seconds was informally beaten with a 1.785-second run by “Grimsel,” an all-wheel-drive, European student-built EV racer nearly twice as quick as the Tesla Model S P85D.
The point here is not that Tesla’s car is slow – it is not. Rather, one point could be the lightweight one-person racer is a leading indicator of what gets the blood flowing for aspiring engineers who could go on to design cars of tomorrow – evidenced also by a long list of corporate sponsors.
Grimsel’s builders – the 30-person team from ETH Zurich and Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts – are awaiting official confirmation by the Guinness Book of World Minutes for the 1.785-seccond run.
The car they developed in under one-year’s time has a the carbon-fiber chassis and also blazes around corners and brakes very hard. Read more

Student-Built Solar Car Will Attempt Record-Breaking Average Speed Run

Student-Built Solar Car Will Attempt Record-Breaking Average Speed Run A team of students from the University of New South Wales in Australia is hoping to add another record to their mantel tomorrow. 23.
The Sunswift team, which is comprised of in this area 60 engineering, business and support members, had previously set a Guinness World Record for the fastest solar-powered vehicle in 2011 after it reached a top speed of 55 mph.
Sunswift eVe during its first-ever test
The newest vehicle, eVe, aims to break the 20-year-ancient record for highest average speed over 310 miles (500 km), which now sits at 45 mph (73 km/h). The car is equipped with flexible PV solar cells that can produce up to 800 watts of power with clear skies, but they won’t be functioning for the record attempt. Instead, the vehicle’s lithium-ion battery pack and pair of custom-built electric motors with a claimed 97 percent efficiency will be the sole source of energy and propulsion. With help from the solar panels, eVe can travel around 500 miles (800 km), or 310 miles (500 km) using only the batteries. Read more

McLaren Says Hybrid Powertrain Was the ‘Best Compromise’ For P1

McLaren Says Hybrid Powertrain Was the ‘Best Compromise’ For P1 In peacefulness to build the absolute best performance car it was capable of rotary out, McLaren said it chose a hybrid powertrain for its $1.15 million – and already sold-out – P1.
In previous reports we’ve heard that European and U.S. CO2 and mpg mandates were pouring such supercar efforts – Ferrari’s La Ferrari and Porsche’s 918 Spider are also hybrids – but for McLaren going hybrid was all in this area the fewest compromises.
This we cultured in an interview last week in New York with McLaren Automotive product plotting head Jamie Corstophine.
In small, Corstophine said the 903-horsepower P1 with its 176-horsepower electric motor can give up all the low-end torque one would hope for, while also spooling up a high-end rush from its 727-horsepower twin-turbocharged V8.
“We looked at a number of differnt powertrain solutions for P1,” said Corstophine. “We just concluded that the one we’ve delivered with the car is the best compromise of technology, weight, performance response.” Read more

2014 ‘Greenest’ and ‘Meanest’ Vehicles Announced

2014 ‘Greenest’ and ‘Meanest’ Vehicles Announced The Smart ForTwo Electric Drive was named as 2014’s “Greenest” car in a contest that saw a range also of “Greener Choices” and “Meanest” vehicles from an environmental perspective.
Smart’s EV was ranked by with a “green score” of 59 out of 100. Rounding out the top-five “Greenest” picks were the Toyota Prius C, Nissan Leaf, regular Prius, and Honda Town Hybrid – that latter two of which were tied with a “green score” of 55.
“We’ve had such an influx of hybrid and electric vehicles in recent years that the race to earn a spot on the “Greenest” list is more competitive than ever, particularly for square vehicles. It’s encouraging to see automakers investing heavily in eco-savvy vehicles on the whole,” said ACEEE lead vehicle analyst Shruti Vaidyanathan.
But the organization did not stop with naming the “greenest,” and also looked at “Greener Choices” which “identifies top widely-available models in each vehicle class.”
Number one here was the Prius c – second place also in the “Greenest” list with a green score of 57.
The “Greener Choices” list also included the Buick Encore with a score of 46 and Honda Odyssey with score of 36 and even the Ram 1500 HFE with a green score of 35.
And then you have the “Meanest” which are the “dirtiest” cars and trucks and this list is “comprised of heavier light-duty vehicles and European sports cars that are the least forthcoming to the environment.”
“The dirtiest vehicle for 2014 is the Class 2B Ram 2500 with a Green Score of 18, followed by the Bugatti Veyron and the Ford E-150 FFV Wagon with scores of 19 and 21 respectively,” said “Special use vans above 8,500 pounds are given a Green Score but are not included on the “Meanest” list.

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