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The Green Car of 2011 Chevy VOLT

In early November 2010 the Chevy volt was picked as the Green Car for 2011 by the Green Car Journal. General Motors showcased the Chevrolet Volt with major fanfare at the Detroit Auto show of 2007 as a concept car, and as promised kept the launch date of end of 2010. When the Chevy Volt debuted in the Los Angeles Auto show it also won the “Car of the Year” – a first for a plug in Hybrid! This year the nominees including two hybrids, a high efficiency gasoline hatchback, and for the first time two electric cars.

The automotive press loves handing out awards, but this one is somewhat relevant because all the cars considered are practical, eco-friendly vehicles you might actually want to drive. Judges include gearheads Jay Leno and Carroll Shelby along with greenies like Frances Beinecke of the Natural Resources Defense Council. Motor Trend and Automobile magazines named the Chevrolet Volt “car of the year” earlier this week.

Chevy Volt via Wikipedia

Chevy Volt via Wikipedia

It is already on the roads in many parts of the country. The Volt looks pretty average from the outside except for the grille, but the interiors and its technology are revolutionary. The Volt charges up for a range of about 40 miles on battery power only; then the gasoline engine allows another 300 miles or so on top of that. It can be plugged in to a wall socket or a special garage recharger to “refuel”. To me it seems a tad too pricey at $40k plus.

I remember a line I read about the Volt when it first made its debut as the future of GM- the author of that article said “For GM, the Volt is meant to help change its image as a vendor or SUVs and other trucks, while giving it important technical know-how in fuel-efficient cars.” You can read the entire article here In many ways it is kind of a resurrection for the American Auto makers who were caught napping by the Japanese and other auto manufacturers in the race for a fuel efficient hybrid.

After all these good things today morning I read a rating from the ACEEE on the Green Car Book website – they have rated the Chevy Volt the lowest amongst Green cars at 48! They judge the new models on a point scale that includes not only fuel economy and tailpipe emissions, but also such relatively arcane measures as factory pollution and ease of recycling. At first glance I wondered what changed? then realized it was just how they were looking at it skewed. The volt’s gas engine gives a mileage of 35 mpg city/40 highway, which is nothing to write home about really. But what they have not taken into account is the fact that many a volt owner might never use the gas engine! and the Volt was given a 10/10 for being green by th car connection folks too!

Motor Trend magazine said“The genius of the Volt’s powertrain is that it is actually capable of operating as a pure EV, a series hybrid, or as a parallel hybrid to deliver the best possible efficiency, depending on the user’s duty cycle. For want of a better technical descriptor, this is world’s first intelligent hybrid. And the investment in the technology that drives this car is also an investment in the long-term future of automaking in America.”

I for one am very intrigued and would definitely take a look at the Volt before I decide as to which new car to buy, will just have to wait for the price to reach a little lower 🙂

CHECK OUT:

Car connection for a Review of the Chevrolet Volt

Forbes article on the Green Car Books low rating

AIRPOD The Greenest Car of Them All

What can be greener than a car that runs on compressed air!! Julés Verné in the 19th century dreamt of a future where cars would run on nothing but air! Too good to be true? Think again, the future Julés Verné talked about is already here. Let’s meet the Flowair and AIRPod Series of Cars from the French Manufacturer MDI.

Guy Negré a French Engineer who worked in the F1 circuit for years along with his son Cyril Guy Negre has created a compressed air engine which runs as the name says on “Compressed Air”. Guy shares his Birthday with Julés Verné and has now managed to make his imagination reality!

Compressed hot air is used to push the pistons which propel the vehicle forward. The air that comes out according the Guy is cleaner than the air that goes in as it gets filtered on the way out. The Engineers who work with Guy Negre who is the CEO at their French company MDI (Motor Development International) say their prototype can run for 220 kilometers for the price of  1.5€ before it needs refueling!

The technology was developed way back in the late 1990’s and the issue they were facing with launching a market viable car was getting the financial backing required. They were planning to have it on the road by 2004.  In 2009 MDI came out with AIRPods a new series of cars for the city dweller. With small size, a tiny price, zero pollution, fun and futuristic design, AIRPod marks a turning point in the range of urban vehicles while renewing the idea of the automobile and transportation. It can be driven with a joystick, it only costs one euro per 200 km and leaves no one indifferent in the traffic crawl.

The cars will have to get refilled by air from air pubs or at home using the air stations. The system of the engine is pretty simple, the car body is fiberglass and the chassis is aluminum making it very light. A smaller car in streets where space is premium is the way the auto industry is headed and Green is the only way forward.

The Department of Sustainable Development and Infrastructure of Luxembourg (SNCH) and Luxcontrol have issued the first official Certificate of Road worthiness to  the AIRPod in the May of 2010. The European expansion phase for AIRPod is underway within the other member states of the European Union Commission.

When will they come to the US? I have not seen any mention of that. What I know is that: road safety tests in the US – No air compressed car has succeeded in crash testing and the MDI cars are yet to be tested independently. Once that part is taken care of, it makes it more real to me as an individual thinking about buying an air car.

The patents for the engine have been borrowed by many companies world over including Tata Motors the manufacturers of the Nano – the commons man’s car also the cheapest auto worldwide at 2000$.

Zero emissions, decent speed what more does one need? A Clean Green Driving Machine! Once the safety concerns are addressed I guess we can all ride on hot air! Literally 🙂 Live Green

What can be greener than a car that runs on compressed air!! Julés Verné in the 19th century dreamt of a future where cars would run on nothing but air! Too good to be true? Think again, the future Julés Verné talked about is already here. Let’s meet the Flowair Series of Cars from the French Manufacturer MDI.

Guy Negré a French Engineer who worked in the F1 circuit for years along with his son Cyril Guy Negre has created a compressed air engine which runs as the name says on “Compressed Air”. Guy shares his Birthday with Julés Verné and has now managed to make his prediction reality!

Compressed hot air is used to push the pistons which propel the vehicle forward. The air that comes out according the Guy is cleaner than the air that goes in as it gets filtered on the way out. The Engineers who work with Guy Negre who is the CEO at their French company MDI (Motor Development International) say their prototype can run for 220 kilometers for the price of 1.5€ before it needs refueling!

The technology was developed way back in the late 1990’s and the issue they were facing with launching a market viable car was getting the financial backing required. They were planning to have it on the road by 2004. In 2009 MDI came out with AIRPods a new series of cars for the city dweller. With small size, a tiny price, zero pollution, fun and futuristic design, AIRPod marks a turning point in the range of urban vehicles while renewing the idea of the automobile and transportation. It can be driven with a joystick, it only costs one euro per 200 km and leaves no one indifferent in the traffic crawl.

The cars will have to get refilled by air from air pubs or at home using the air stations. The system of the engine is pretty simple, the car body is fiberglass and the chassis is aluminum making it very light. A smaller car in streets where space is premium is the way the auto industry is headed and Green is the only way forward.

On the negative side – Road safety tests in the US. No air compressed car has succeeded in crash testing and the MDI cars are yet to be tested independently. Once that part is taken care of it makes it more real to me as an individual when thinking about buying an air car.

Zero emissions, decent speed what more does one need? A Clean Green Driving Machine!

http://mdi.lu/english/airpod.php

Check out the Video about Compressed Air Technology cars from MDI below

Source for information MDI website