Tag: Low Emission Cars

SEAT Mii Ecofuel the low-emission car with low running cost and affordable pricing

SEAT is introducing the new Mii Ecofuel, a CNG-based low-emission car under its flagship, featuring the low running cost and affordable pricing . The Mii Ecofuel runs on Compressed Natual Gas[CNG], is technically optimized to deliver best efficiency, low running cost and good driving dynamics. It is the first model of SEAT to be premiered with new SEAT badge at the upcoming Geneva International Motor Show 2013. It has a base price of €12,050 in Germany, which is quite affordable as per the market with the SEAT-based characteristics of  low maintenance cost.

The new SEAT Mii Ecofuel CNG  is loaded with 3-cylinder spark-ignition 1.0-Litre engine which is a lightweight engine built from aluminum, and helps to make it more efficient. It has a displacement of 999 cc and can generate an output of 68 PS[67.1 hp or 50 kilowatt] at 6,200 rpm with the top torque of 90 Nm which can achieved by the fast revved engine at



Prokhorov’s Yo-Auto pitches CNG-hybrid 2012

  Prokhorov City Car Natural Gas Hybrid Vehicle Design Prototype Yo-Auto, the hybrid-vehicle maker launched in part by Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov, is pitching a crossover hybrid that can run on both gasoline and compressed natural gas (CNG) and can get about 65 miles per gallon. The company, which is owned by Prokhorov’s Onexim Group and Russia-based truckmaker Yarovit, is also investing in a second assembly line at its St. Petersburg plant to double production capacity, HybridCars.com reported, citing a press conference held by Prokhorov in Russia.

The crossover, pitched in a video from Yo-Auto and available after the jump, will be able to run on both gasoline and CNG, and will be able to go more than 400 miles on a full tank. Always running in all-wheel-drive mode, the CUV will be able to go from 0 to 100 kilometers/hour (62 mph) in about 10 seconds, and will be



Gasoline vehicles soon to be overtaken by CNG, diesel in India

At a time when gasoline prices frequently fluctuate, cheap compressed natural gas (CNG) and diesel have started to climb the fuel-of-choice charts over in India. According to The Times of India, CNG is so hot that it will soon overtake gasoline as the fuel that powers the majority of vehicles in India. Of course, CNG’s rise to the top is not related to saving the environment but to the fact that it’s far cheaper than gasoline. The Times of India reports that a growing number of vehicle owners convert their gas-fueled automobiles into CNG-burnin’ machines out of necessity to save a couple of dollars per fill up.

Automakers have taken note of this trend towards CNG and diesel in India and have responded by flooding the nation with small vehicles – including India’s most fuel-efficient sedan, the 54-mpg diesel-sipping Tata Indigo e-CS – that burn the now-popular alternative fuels.



Pike Research predicts 68% jump in global CNG vehicle sales by 2016

Commercial Fleets Will Power Natural Gas Vehicle Market through 2016  – September 14, 2011 natural gas car- CNG There are currently about 12.6 million natural gas vehicles (NGVs) in use worldwide, and sales of NGVs vary widely from region to region and country to country. The majority of NGVs are located in Latin America, the Middle East, and Africa, particularly in countries like Pakistan and Iran that lack extensive gasoline refining capacity. In North America, due largely to a lack of convenient refueling stations, demand for NGVs is largely relegated to the fleet market.

Worldwide sales of natural gas vehicles are expected to grow rapidly over the next five years, to 3.2 million units annually by 2016 from 1.9 million in 2010, according to a recent report from Pike Research. The consumer market will continue to lag growth in commercial fleets, however: three-quarters of the new growth between 2010 and



Waste Management wheels out 1,000th natural gas garbage truck

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ith the addition of its 1,000th clean-burning garbage truck, Waste Management can now officially claim that it operates the largest natural gas fleet in all of North America. Turning trash into fuel, natural gas trucks at Waste Management use renewable, ultra-low carbon fuel produced from the decomposition of organic waste at its landfills. The 1,000th truck symbolizes Waste Management’s ongoing commitment to green operations, says Duane Woods, senior vice-president at WM: More importantly, in one calendar year, WM’s 1,000 natural gas trucks will eliminate the need for eight million gallons of petroleum and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 45,100 tons.



Green Car of the Year Award finalists include diesel, hybrid, natural gas, electric

2012 Green Car of the Year® Finalists Revealed 2011-Chevrolet Volt-Green Car of the Year award Winner to be Announced at the LA Auto Show Nov. 17 LOS ANGELES, CA October 24, 2011 – Green Car Journal announced its five finalists for the 2012 Green Car of the Year® award today. For the seventh consecutive year, the Green Car of the Year® honors environmental leadership in the automotive field, with the winner being announced during a press conference at the Los Angeles Auto Show Press Days on Nov.

17. This year’s five finalists include the 2012 Ford Focus Electric, 2012 Honda Civic Natural Gas, 2012 Mitsubishi i, 2012 Toyota Prius v and 2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI. The Green Car of the Year® award recognizes vehicles that become available by January 1 of the award year. These five finalists are also honored as Green Car Journal’s Top 5 Green Cars for 2012



2012 Green Car of the Year winner is the Honda Civic Natural Gas

The 2012 Green Car of the Year award was snagged from the electric and diesel jaws of its competitors by the Honda Civic Natural Gas. In a year full of standard gasoline powertrain alternatives, the Civic beat out the Ford Focus Electric, Mitsubishi i, Toyota Prius V and the Volkswagen Passat TDI. Green Car Journal hands out the award and its rules state that the GCOTY needs to have a “quantifiable environmental achievement,” market significance and “newness.” Any car that has these clearly defined features and is available for sale by January 1, 2012 can be a nominee, and the list of finalists is whittled down by GCJ editors and selected industry and environmental experts.

Over the last four years, the GCOTY was won by a hybrid (the Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid in 2008), diesels (the Volkswagen Jetta TDI in 2009 and the Audi A3 TDI in 2010) and a plug-in



Volkswagen Up! five-door hits the patent office

Images of a five-door version of the Volkswagen Up! have surfaced courtesy of a European patent office. The German automaker confirmed a five-door version of the pint-sized vehicle was headed to market, and Volkswagen even went so far as to show off the Cross Up! Concept at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Judging by the patent photo, the production version of the five-door Up! will stick fairly close to the concept and will ride on a similarly tall suspension. That should give the vehicle more of a mini crossover appearance instead of a small hatchback.

Information on drivetrain options is suitably scarce at the moment, but we expect the five-door Up! to roll off of the production line with the same engines as its shorter three-door kin. That means buyers should be able to tick boxes for either a 59-horsepower gasoline engine or a brawny 74-horsepower gas powerplant. A 67-horsepower natural



AT&T orders 1,200 compressed natural gas Chevrolet Express Vans from GM

ATT Orders 1,200 CNG-powered Chevrolet Express Vans  – 2012-01-30 CNG-powered Chevrolet Express Vans DETROIT – ATT plans to take delivery of 1,200 Chevrolet Express compressed natural gas (CNG) dedicated cargo vans to be deployed to ATT service centers nationwide. It is the largest-ever order of CNG vehicles from General Motors. ATT, which has announced its intention to invest up to $565 million to deploy approximately 15,000 alternative fuel vehicles over a 10-year period through 2018, will use the vans to provide and maintain communications, high-speed Internet and television services for ATT customers.

Last week, the company announced the milestone deployment of its 5,000th alternative-fuel vehicle, a Chevrolet Express van, as part of the commitment. “CNG technology is important to ATT because it helps us reduce our fleet-based carbon emissions,” said Jerome Webber, ATT vice president of Fleet Operations. “It is also cost-effective and readily available in our country right now.”



Toyota will boost production of Prius compact to meet high demand

Toyota will increase the production rate of its new compact version of its Prius hybrid in order to meet Japanese demand that may be 10 times that of its current supply, Green Car Congress reports, citing the Japan-based publication Nikkei. The world’s biggest maker of hybrids will increase production capacity for the Aqua – known as the Prius C in the U.S. – within the next three months, the website said, citing a Nikkei interview with Toyota Senior Managing Officer Takeshi Shirane. The executive said that Toyota may produce the Aqua at Central Motor’s factory in Miyagi Prefecture.

Central Motor is one of three companies being merged into Toyota Motor East Japan Inc. this summer. Earlier this month, Hybrid Cars, again citing the Nikkei, reported that Toyota received about 120,000 orders for the Aqua from Dec. 26 – 31, the first days the car was available to the Japanese public.



Paice drags Hyundai, Kia into long-running hybrid patent fight with Toyota

With all the news coming out recently about the small claims lawsuit over the Honda Civic Hybrid, readers may have forgotten the name behind a long-running legal issue over Toyota’s hybrid system: Paice. The latest development is that Paice and the Abell Foundation (an investor in Paice) have sued Hyundai and Kia over the gas-electric technology used in the Optima and Sonata hybrids (pictured), which shares some parts with Paice says infringes its patents, just as it says Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive does.

Read up on the details of Alex Severinsky’s story here. Paice claims that Hyundai and Kia should have known that Toyota was dealing with legal issues – especially since Paice has been contacting Hyundai about the issue – and says that the Korean automakers are infringing three patents that Paice owns. Toyota and Paice settled their long-looming hybrid patent infringement case in 2010 after eight years, during



Newt Gingrich: You cannot put a gun rack in a Chevy Volt -UPDATE

Looks like Newt Gingrich is getting into the right-wing, let’s-all-hate-on-the-Chevrolet-Volt bandwagon. During a campaign stop at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, OK, the trailing Republican candidate said, “Let me start from a simple premise that Oklahomans will understand: you cannot put a gun rack in a Volt,” Talking Points Memo reports. It appears that Gingrich is trying out a new attack line, as Raw Story is reporting that he used a similar line at an event in Suwanee, GA.

There, he continued, “There is no reason not to believe that we couldn’t stabilize with American production by drowning demand in supply the old-fashioned, free market way. There’s no reason we couldn’t have a stable price around $2 or $2.50 [per gallon].” Nope, no reason at all, right? *UPDATE: Well, that didn’t take long: a video to prove otherwise can be found after the jump.