June 19, 2013

The slides for this posting were furnished by Anne-Françoise PELE, EE Times Designlines

When I think of all-electric or hybrid automobiles I think of square, chunky, box-like vehicles—never stylish.  Cramped interior with absolutely no “bells and whistles”.  In other words, Spartan at best.  Well, that long-held belief was greatly dispelled when I saw photographs resulting from the Paris Auto show held in Porte de Versailles, France. Let’s take a look.  Maybe you will agree, things are really looking up for the “green” movement.



The BMW i8 Concept can run on electric power alone. The energy supplied by the application-designed battery (installed between the front and rear axles) to the electric motor at the front axle gives the BMW i8 Concept an all-electric driving range of about 20 miles. The battery can be fully recharged in two hours in a standard power socket.

BMW i3


The electric motor of the BMW i3 Concept is designed primarily for city driving, developing 125 kW/170 hp, with peak torque of 184 lb-ft. The Concept goes from 0-60 km/h (37 mph) in under four seconds and 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in under eight seconds.

Citroen Citroen DSS


Citroen’s DS5 HYbrid4 combines a 163b-hp diesel engine plus a 37-bhp electric motor, developing a total power output of 200 bhp; along with an EGS 6-speed gearbox with optimized shifts, power train management unit helps reduce fuel consumption.



With a constant 516-m of torque from 0 to 5,000 rpm, the Furtive-eGT goes from 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.5 seconds. The maximum speed is limited to 250 km/h.



A Honda Integrated Motor Assist system powers the Insight. It also uses a 1.3-liter i VTEC gasoline 4-cylinder engine and a 10-kilowatt electric motor to develop 98 horsepower at 5,800 rpm and 123 lb-ft. of torque at 1,000-1,700 rpm. To maximize fuel efficiency, friction-reducing measures are used throughout the engine and transmission.



The Infiniti EMERG-E is a pure EV powered by a 402-bhp (300kW) mid-engine, twin electric motor.



The Nissan Pivo concept car is a 360-degree rotating three-seater cabin on a 4-wheel chassis. The Pivo is powered by a lithium-ion battery and includes a self-parking feature and the ability to maneuver the vehicle via Smartphone.



Mitsubishi Motor’s i-MieV utilizes a large-capacity lithium-ion battery system and a compact, high-output electric motor in place of a traditional gasoline power train. A permanent magnet synchronous AC motor produces 47 kW of power and 180 Nm of instant torque. Able to reach a top speed of 130 km/h with a range of around 155 kms from a single charge, the rear-wheel drive vehicle has three drive modes.



The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Electric Drive goes from 0-60 mph in less than 3.9 seconds and is capable of speeds of 155 mph. The battery back weighs just over 1,200 pounds, and is rated at 60 kWh. It has a range of about 150 miles with mixed driving. Charge time takes more than 20 hours using a household outlet, though Mercedes-Benz plans to offer a quick-charge option.

P eugeot


All the body panels on the Peugeot Onyx Concept are made from carbon fiber and the car weighs just 1,100 kilograms (2,425 pounds) using a hybrid powertrain. At the heart of the propulsion is a 3.7-liter, V8 engine that generates 600 horsepower. The conventional engine is augmented with lithium-ion battery-powered electric system that adds another 80 horsepower.



Renault’s ZOE is a pure-electric car capable of being charged at any power level up to 43kW in 30 minutes to nine hours. Its battery can be charged in about one hour at 22 kW fast-charge stations. This intermediate power level ensures longer battery life and has less impact on the grid than a 43kW charging station. Renault said ZOE will be launched at the end of 2012.



VW’s “eco Up” is one of six concept versions of its new subcompact model, the Up. The eco Up has a dual-fuel EcoFuel System engine that uses both compressed natural gas and gasoline.

I think you would have to agree, hybrid styling is really looking up.  COMMENTS??????

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