Friday, July 31, 2009

EV Future: Pre-Production Volts

It's really nice to see these prototypes being built in the factory. Hopefully soon we ill see the Volt on sale.

Friday, July 24, 2009

EV future: Lotus electric city car

This is just a concept but the video presents an interesting discussion.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Chevrolet Volt

This is not a very good picture but it is important. Because it shows the Volt in a production line testing manufacturing issues. The important thing now is that GM makes this car and sell it to the public. And hopefully, working as advertised.

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Aston Martin Cygnet

The image below is relevant to a news piece that is not new anymore. But the thing is I simply did not believe at the time that Aston Martin would rebadge a Toyota iQ and sell it to the public.

I really don't know what to say. This might not be such a bad idea, it's what's behind this move that is worrying. Fact is, Aston Martin could not engineer a car like the iQ if they wanted. This is related to another evidence: Aston Martin is limiting its development efforts to evolving the platform basis left by Ford. And some of their “new” design ideas, such as the Lagonda concept are questionable at best…

This lack of development muscle and presentation of strange ideas reminds me of what happened with Rover when BMW left the brand on their own.

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

EV Future: Renault electric cars

Nissan-Renault are some of the manufacturers more serious about their EV future. With clear indications of availability, timeline and cost prospects. One of their latest pieces is this image showing Renault EVs for the next years.