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Auto makers plug electric atmosphere at motor

EV technology is now the focus of the global industry.

In one phrase, Mitsubishi president and CEO Genichiro Nishina summed up the overarching theme at the International Motor Show the rise of the electric vehicle. was there to showcase, among things, its 2012 model of the i (that s short for Mitsubishi EV), which Nishina would be the first volume-produced, electric vehicle available for on the Australian market, when it on the scene in August.

Indeed, the majority of the major car makers at the motor show   with the exception of Ford, whose reference to the future came the unveiling of its remake of the mythical model, made famous in the Mad Max movies   were showcasing EV/hybrid prototypes, or concepts, or models. And almost without every car maker’s presentation to and industry on Friday made of either sustainable driving, or driving, or the carbon challenge , or reduction, or weight reduction, or power-train technology, or  the very, very least  economy (all without performance, of course). Even trotted out the numbers for the carbon of its new models.

So who were some of the green auto exhibitors? we might as well start …

After saying a few words in of his earthquake-stricken colleagues in Japan, talked about Mitsubishi’s to a climate friendly future, the maker had eight new EVs, or hybrid models, in the pipeline for the years. One of these   the PX MiEV SUV   was on at the show and represented, Nishina what may be the future of mass-produced Widely considered to be a prototype for a hybrid version of the Outlander  which is expected to be the car maker s EV release, after the i MiEV.

This model has a maximum of 60kW, a battery range of and a 1.6-litre petrol engine for which can generate electricity for journeys. It can also store at night and use that, via a normal connector, to power household during the day. And for those 4WD out there, the PX MiEV can, while the front wheels in normal switch to all-wheel-drive by powering an motor on the rear axle wheel slip is detected.

The maker humbly proclaimed its concept vehicle, the e-tron, to be the of the 2011 Australian International Show . But it must be said, it was impressive. Resplendent in Samoa the prototype for the car maker s Audi s R8 sports car   which go into limited production in  boasts four motors; two at the front and the rear axles, a combined output of 230kW. The car can go 10-100km/h in 4.8 seconds, and from in 4.1 seconds, and has a range of 248km and a speed of 200km/h.

The car s body is based on Audi Space Technology, while all add-on are made of carbon fibre-reinforced helping it to weigh in at only

The battery block has a total content of roughly 53kWh and liquid cooling. When drained, it takes between hours to recharge, depending on you use a household charger or a high purpose-built charger (apparently engineers are also working on a charging solution). The battery is charged when the car is in motion, energy recovery technology, the alternator converts kinetic generated when the car is breaking, electrical energy, which it feeds into the car s on-board system.

The car also uses pump technology   a in the auto world   that mechanical work to heat the car minimum energy input. The on the car is at the back.

The R8 e-tron is a very project for Audi, because the and experience we glean from it later flow into the volume production of electric says Franciscus van Meel, s head of electric mobility

We want to be the leading premium of electric vehicles by 2020, he

This is a motor show, Better Place Australia CEO Thornley, in his address to media and on Friday   a fact was not lost on anyone after five hours of high-octane  and he then added, but we don t cars we make electric make sense.

And as corny as it sound, the idea did seem to proceedings somewhat. The EV infrastructure was at the motor show not only to its EV-charging technology, but to unveil the Fluence Z.E.   the to be seen in Australia   as the first electric car with range due to Better Place s switching technology.

The Fluence Z.E. (Zero is powered by stored electricity, in a lithium-ion battery that s behind the rear seats, can be recharged at home or work hours for a full charge) or for a fully-charged replacement at a Better battery switch station in than four minutes. The drives an advanced electric motor, which produces at 11,000rpm. Maximum torque is An energy recovery system the car to charge the battery under or deceleration.

Top speed is electronically to 135km/h.

Better Place used the motor show to its deal with GE Australia, the latter signed up to purchase at 1000 EVs in Australia by 2015, as of its 2010 pledge to purchase EVs worldwide.

Today’s statement GE and the unveiling of the Fluence Z.E. are the of a range of announcements over the few weeks that clearly that the transition to mass-market cars is beginning in Australia, Thornley.

The transition begins Better Place’s national network roll-out which from Canberra later year. From the middle of the first mass market with unlimited range, the Fluence Z.E. arrive on our A progressive national infrastructure will give Australia the electric car charging network in the world by the end of 2013.

Hot on the heels of Place s presentation, BMW s motor spot was used to trumpet the launch of the car maker s new sub-brand BMW i  which will be focused on sustainable mobility solutions  and to unveil its hero the Vision Efficient Dynamics Joining the Audi e-tron in the of auto fantasy, for most, it is a sports plug-in hybrid, a three cylinder turbo engine with a hybrid motor at the front axle and a hybrid engine at the rear.

It has a maximum power output of and go from 0-100km in 4.8 seconds. It 3.76 litres of fuel per and produces 99 grams of CO2 per km. It also has a rechargeable battery that can be recharged using a conventional source in 2.5 hours.

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The battery for 50km of zero-emissions driving, the 24-litre diesel tank can that out to 700km.

This is a that proves sustainable can still be an enthralling experience, BMW managing director Phil


And Australians will be able to (it) for themselves, when it into production in the form of the BMW i8.

ll be sometime in 2013. As well as the sport number, BMW i is also on the i3, the car maker s first all-electric model aimed at the urban market. This is also to be released in Europe in 2013, may mean 2014 for Australia.

The now Swedish car maker also had an focus to its motor show although in keeping with it knows best, it chose to on EV safety. Part of its display  tucked away at the back  a crash-tested C30 Electric model, had endured an offset frontal at 64km/h, with a fully-charged

Our tests show it is vital to the batteries from the electric car s zones to make it as safe as a car, said Volvo Cars and CEO Stefan Jacoby.

This is of importance not only to the people in an electric car, but also to, for first responders.

And Jan senior manager of Safety and Requirements at Volvo, said: The produced exactly the results we The C30 Electric offers the very high safety level as a C30 a combustion engine. The front and distributed the crash energy as we Both the batteries and the cables are part of the electric system entirely intact after the

Volvo s C30 Electric is already in being built on the regular line at the car maker s Ghent in Belgium, and then transported to Sweden, for installation of the motor, and other model-specific electronics. 250 cars are expected to be built by the end of more if market interest off. The car is recharged from a household power socket, a recharge taking about hours. It s range is up to 150km per charge. Top speed is 130 km/h, the ability to achieve 0-100km/h in seconds.

Unveiled at the motor was the car maker s brand new V60 model  plug-in hybrid set to be released in in 2012. It features a diesel backing up the electrical motor, cuts emissions to less 50g CO2 per kilometre. The V60 will be released in the US a petrol engine backing up the drive.

Not counting the unveil of the aforementioned Interceptor remake, the 2011 International Motor Show with the drawing of the winner in a among local motoring to trial Nissan s Leaf EV for months. The comp was part of a experiment that saw the keys to 15 of the EVs handed to the Victorian government at the show, with the cars to be over five years, in 180 for three months at a time.

boss Dan Thompson said he it would encourage similar with other state ahead of the Leaf s local early next year. It s to get feedback on what it s like to with a 100% electric he said. GoAuto contributor Mathioudakis was the winner, so we look to reading about his experiences.

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