Caterpillar Marine is introducing a new hybrid electric thruster system for ocean going ships. In the maritime world, cargo vessels have more than just one or two propellers to move them through the water. Many are equipped with digital placement (DP) systems that keep them located precisely in a certain spot in the ocean or in the same position relative to other ships.
Fiat’s hot-selling Fiat 500 premium city car will soon be adding both CNG and hybrid-electric models, if this (eerily silent) video from TechVehi is to be believed.
The video is allegedly an internal product-training video from Chrysler-Fiat, and shows off a number of the company’s “Multi-Air” engine innovations present and future. Fiat is Europe’s #1 seller of CNG vehicles, and they are obviously hoping to bring these clean-burning models over to the U.S.
From an integrated exhaust manifold to a super-efficient turbocharger and “big bang” firing order for maximizing low-end torque (just like in MotoGP), the video goes a long way towards making a case for bringing the little 900 cc engine stateside in cars like the Fiat 500C and the new Dodge Dart – not to mention the next-generation of Lancias that I pray will make their way to the US.
Chrysler-Fiat will join Honda in offering a CNG option for its Fiat 500s and other road cars if the tech in this teaser video leads to a production model. Chrysler, of course, already offers a CNG truck option to compete with GM’s bi-fuel trucks.
You can check out the video, in full, below. Enjoy!
Source: Chrysler Fiat, via TechVehi.
The votes are in, and Toyota made the official announcement yesterday: the plural of Prius is Prii.
Sure, your Latin teacher may complain about it (here’s why), but I think the “Prii” name goes well with the brand, and – according to Toyota – it was the overwhelming favorite in Toyotas “Prius Goes Plural” voting campaign, earning over 25% of the votes.
The virtual voting booths were opened January 10 at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, where Toyota showed off the full “family” of Prius-branded vehicles shown, above. Toyota’s press release, announcing the voting results, is included below.
Decade-Long Debate Laid to Rest with Recognition of the Term ‘Prii’
TORRANCE, Calif., February 20, 2011 –Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), USA, Inc. today announced that the general public has selected ‘Prii’ as the preferred plural term for Prius.
The Prius Goes Plural voting campaign was launched on January 10 at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit and challenged the public to help the automaker determine the plural nomenclature of Prius. The campaign coincided with the world premiere of the Toyota Prius family of vehicles. With 25 percent of the votes, Prii becomes the word not only endorsed by the public who chose it, but also as the term recognized by Toyota. As such, Dictionary.com has updated its entry for the word ‘Prius’ to reflect this.
Toyota unveiled the winning word at the Chicago Auto Show this morning. Jay Schwartz, head of content for Dictionary.com, was on hand to inform the public that, as the plural of Prius has now been determined, the term ‘Prii’ will be reflected in Dictionary.com.
After the more than 1.8 million votes were cast during the course of the six-week campaign, Prii beat out its four competitors: Prius, Priuses, Prium and Prien. Prius came in at a close second with 24 percent of the votes. A video recap of the campaign and winning word celebration can be viewed at www.ToyotaPriusProjects.com.
“Community has always been a big part of the Prius brand, so it was only fitting that we invite the online communities to participate in the plural discussion,” said Colin Morisako, advertising manager for Toyota. “The people have spoken-Prii will be the accepted term used to describe multiple Prius vehicles going forward.”
The plural of Prius has sparked debates since the launch of the vehicle 10 years ago. Now that the Prius family has grown, Toyota asked its customers and fans to help the company decide on a term to describe the plural of Prius vehicles, thus answering the decade-long question-what do you call more than one Prius? Online voting modules enabled the public to vote for their preferred plural of Prius as well as view real-time polling data. The campaign also featured an animated video, print ads and a web series hosted by James Lipton, host of Inside the Actors Studio and author of An Exaltation of Larks.
With the expansion of the Prius family to include the Prius Plug-in Hybrid vehicle (PHV), Prius v and Prius c concept, Toyota hopes to further increase acceptance of the Prius brand by offering a wider selection of vehicles that each maintain Prius’ core values of high fuel economy, low emissions, proven gas-electric hybrid technology and environmental stewardship.
Source: Toyota, via the Autoblog.
As many of you know, I dig racing. I’ve already dedicated several posts to efforts being made by the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) to promote a greener image when it comes to auto racing and to highlight the efforts being made in the racing world to develop green technology. While many people might dismiss the notion of production car-based racing as green, the fact is that many major manufacturers use racing as a test bed for new technologies, both performance oriented and otherwise, that eventually find their way into dealerships.
Last Friday, the ALMS announced a five member “Green Dream Team” made up of five racers from the ALMS. These five men will serve as ambassadors towards a greener racing series. Bob Dickinson, Vice President of Public Relations/Media Service, reached out and clarified for me what these ambassadors will do, and how the ALMS is looking towards a greener, and faster, future.
Chrysler is arguably in the toughest shape of the Big Three Detroit automakers, both financially and with its future lineup. You can point plenty of fingers at reasons why, including the lack of effective, fuel efficient vehicles, but Chrysler was once considered the most innovative of the big three, always thinking big while breaking the bank.
One little-known car from the annals of the Auburn Hills automaker is the Patriot, a purpose built hybrid electric race car that was to use turbines and natural gas to achieve purported speeds of 200 mph.
Last week, the East Bay Express published an article regarding the California Air Resources Board’s (CARB) plans for aftermarket, plug-in hybrid conversions.
Proving once again that CARB is a political machine with something more than “clean air” in its agenda, the board is set to deal a punishing, bureaucratic body-blow to startup companies like 3 Prong Power and A123 Systems.
It gets worse: CARB just got carte blanche to do whatever it wants.
Find out what the guys at CARB have to say about the evil of plug-in hybrid cars after the jump (and feel free to guess which corrupt CARB members will have to be bribed in the comments!).
With the world focused on fuel economy, advanced car design seems to be converging around one point in space. And I do mean, literally, a point in space — a point sometimes seen flying over Roswell, or crashing in the Bermuda triangle.
Regardless of what you think about this type of design, it begs the question: do cars need to look like alien spacecraft to get decent fuel economy?
Last month I reported on some Car & Driver spy photos that indicated Honda would be building a hybrid-only car that looked almost exactly like the Prius. Today, Honda confirmed that those spy photos were genuine — and that their designers don’t have any creativity.
Car and Driver has reported on an upcoming as-yet-unnamed Honda hybrid electric vehicle aimed squarely at unseating Toyota as the undisputed king of hybrids.
Although we can’t reproduce the photos here due to copyright issues, suffice it to say that the Honda test model looks almost exactly like a Prius. They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery — but in this case Honda appears to have crossed the line to outright copycat.
With the exception of the headlight and taillight shapes, the Honda is a carbon copy.
I mean really, I’d expect the Honda designers to have a bit more creativity.
Toyota’s next generation Prius, due out as early as next spring, will be outfitted with solar panels to help run the on-board electronics, according to a report from the Nikkei newspaper.
Smaller start-up car companies, such as Th!nk, have plans for solar power augmented cars on the books too, but the incorporation of solar panels on the Prius would mark the first time a major car manufacturer has done such a thing with one of its models.
Things have changed a lot since I was driving across the country, or occasionally flying to a new destination and renting a car. I knew there’d be a gas station up ahead, and had a pretty good idea what prices would be when I stopped at the pump.
My, how things have changed. There are more fuel choices, and a trip to the MapQuest Gas Prices website will show you what I mean.