Intermediate License
  • Content Count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

Posts posted by nataraj

  1. Finally today, the first Leaf was delivered to a customer in the San Francisco bay area.



    No one knows who bought the world's first motorcycle, or who took home the first Ford off a Detroit assembly line. But let the history books show that Olivier Chalouhi of Redwood City on Saturday became the first person in the world to own a Leaf.



    Driverless cars seem to be all the rage these days. In July, a pair of bright orange fans embarked upon an 8,000 mile journey from Italy to China, with the caveat that these two vans would drive themselves


    Will 2010 be remembered not just as the dawn of the electric car, but of the driverless car too?


    nataraj2010-11-01 01:03:33

  3. ... as Hybrid version doesn't means a Plug-In Hybrid powerplant in an Ordinary(current Petrol version's) Bodyshell/Mechanicals.

    Making a car Hybrid needs Exhaustive changes from Body Contours(for Aerodynamics) to Transmission' date=' Axle, Bearings, etc & that's why Honda have opted for Civic Hybrid as CBU back than doing Plug-In job.. 


    You seem to be confusing hybrids & plug-ins. Hybrids just use a battery to store the kinetic energy using regen when breaking - and then use a electric motor to convert that stored energy back to motion.


    Plug-ins have the ability to charge that battery using grid power. Like the Volt.


    Currently Prius is the only hybrid with a special external body - all others have the same body as gasoline cars - just that the engine & transmission is replaced by a hybrid engine, transmission, battery & motor. Like civic, camry, altima etc.


    But your conclusion is right. Since this engine & transmission will be imported (very small numbers) it would be a > 50% imported car.


    BTW, looks like Jazz is about 7 lacs. Here the Fit is sold for about the same price $15K - $17K. It is the costliest car in its segment ...

  4. EVs arent entirely fuel free either. Where does electricity come from? We burn coal and fossil fuels to generate a large part of electricity in India. So unless we shift to renewable sources' date=' you are still polluting the environment by using EVs. /QUOTE']


    This is a tired argument that has been debunked a thousand time.


    Anyway, where I live we can get 100% green energy.


    Have you heard of peak oil ?

  5. I was allowed to order today. Because of the way Nissan has handled all the reservation & ordering through internet - dealers were competing for the orders and I could get a quote from a dealer for thousand below list price. With accessories it came to $32,500 - and after 7,500 tax credit later will be a nice round figure of 25,000. Same as most family sized ICE cars and Prius.





    NHTSA now says that in ALL 58 cases they have examined, it is driver's fault.


    Today, I read that NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, examined the computers in 58 Toyota cars accused of unintended acceleration. The results are in:

    35 cars: the driver didn't apply the brakes at all

    14 cars: the driver applied "partial" brakes

      8 cars: the driver applied the brakes, but only at the "last second" before impact.


    35 + 14 + 8 = 58 cars total. Wait! So that means in every case, the driver is at fault for not stopping the car. Wow.



    In what is a first for an Indian auto manufacturer, M&M has got the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approval to sell its diesel pickup & SUV in US.


    Indian automaker Mahindra & Mahindra says it has finally received federal EPA approval to sell its small diesel pickups and SUVs in the U.S.

    The company has been working on gaining admittance to the U.S. market for several years and after several false starts now plans to begin selling its 2.2-liter diesel pickup through a U.S. distributor in December.




    The Hindu Business Line is reporting that Tata Motors is expected to launch two electric vehicles (EVs) in select European countries by March of 2011. The company's vice chairman, Ravi Kant, told the publication that the EVs scheduled for launch include battery-powered variants of the Indica Vista hatchback and its Ace, a light-duty commercial mini-truck. The EVs will appear first in the UK, followed by an introduction in Scandinavian nations (Norway, Denmark and Sweden) at a later date.


    The Indica Electric uses a lithium ion battery to provide a claimed range of about 120 miles.





  9. Once upon a time, people used to think electric cars were just glorified golf carts. No more. We have Tesla Roadster that is as quick as any of its ICE competitors and now this.



    Here we are, coming to the end of 2010 and the release of the world's first mass-market and affordably-priced electric car, the Nissan LEAF-possibly heralding in a new age of personal transportation-and it somehow seems incredibly fitting that the LEAF's street legal brethren from almost 40 years ago has just broken the 11 second barrier in a 1/4 mile drag race. Not only that, in the record breaking run the White Zombie was up against (and beat) another brother, the Nissan Skyline GTR-a modern day monster of a combustion-engined car.



    John Wayland and his team over at Plasma Boy Racing have done it again. After the installation of a brand new set of advanced Dow/Kokam lithium polymer batteries, and a little frame stiffening, the storied White Zombie-a converted 1972 electric Datsun 1200-has set a new world record for a street legal electric car by running a 1/4 mile drag race in 10.400 seconds at a top speed of 117.21 mph.

    Wayland, who is the owner and principal architect of the White Zombie, estimates that the car did 0-60 mph in about 1.8 seconds during the run. Even the world's most expensive, and quickest, street legal, combustion-engined supercar, the Bugatti Veyron, can only squeeze out a 0-60 time of 2.5 seconds. That's why I love this little whipper snapper of a car... in one fell swoop it gives the ultra-luxury, insanely rich car crowd something to think about and quiets those who might say that plug-ins are toy cars that will never be able to compete against combustion engines.


    Mr. RAMSEY: Well, we have been saying several dozen, all of them that were -fit the criteria, were found to have the brake not depressed and the accelerator wide open. So 100 percent of the incidents where it fit that criteria, that's what was found.

    NORRIS: One hundred percent?

    Mr. RAMSEY: Yes.

  11. And to my surprise' date=' VW Jetta was one of the most successful sedan in America, more than Accord, Camry, Civic, Corolla, Passat or any other sedan. It was just the undisputed king of that segment, no wonder why VW chose Times Square, Newyork to unviel their all new Jetta despite of financial problems there.[/quote']


    Nice pictures.


    Yes, it would indeed be a surprise if Jetta was the a best selling car in the US - more than Accord, Camry, Civic, Corolla. I guess you saw a lot of Jettas on the road to come to this conclusion.


    As a matter of fact, Jetta is not even in the top 20 passenger vehicles sold in the US in 2009. Camry, BTW, has been the best selling sedan for a decade now.


  12. Two things: i. Japan is a small country with superb infrastructure' date=' so electrics make sense. ii. Chinese will grab it anyway!!! [/quote']


    Not just Japan - even in the US incentives for the hybrid are being withdrawn. In CA, a recent law removes special car pool lane permit to single hybrid drivers - only electrics will have it (from next year).


    As for Chinese grabbing market share, I'm not sure, atleast in the US. Afterall not a single Chinese branded car is sold in the US - out of some 12 Million. Car sales are all about feeiling safe i.e. brand oriented. Chinese goods in the US have a reputation for poor quality and being unsafe. So, it will be decades before Chinese brands can establish even a foothold in the US ... BYD will probably be the first to attempt the sales, capitalizing on the Warren Buffet connection.

  13. Most countries are dropping subsidies on normal hybrids. Rebates will now be only on Electrics and plug-in hybrids. Japan just announced this, foe eg., which prompted Toyota to reduce Prius production.


    Here is an interesting Japanese perspective


    Nikkei column urges Japanese automakers to drop hybrids, focus on EVs instead



    They are worried about Chinese grabbing market share for electrics.