Posts Tagged 'hybrid'

Ferrari gets in the hybrid movement

Hybrids are everywhere and none more than at the Geneva Motor show, where most of the major brands were showing their new hybrid technology. But who would have thought that sports and luxury cars would start to play the hybrid ‘game’ as well?
After Porsche releasing their competition hybrid car, there were no surprise when Ferrari released its own at the Geneva Show as well.
Ferrari unveiled a hybrid version of its 599 GTB Fiorano, it uses the similar system utilised in their F1 car for the 2009 F1 season, the KERS system, an energy recovery system, except here it’s the HY-KERS. The system works by storing energy in lithium ion batteries recovering during braking. It works on a four-wheel drive hybrid drivetrain with an electric motor that puts out a rock crushing 100 hp.

Rumour has it that Maserati has plans to develop its hybrid model as well. One question remains though, will Lamborghini resist the hybrid movement?

There’s no stopping the Toyota Prius……literally!

It’s a good job the Toyota Prius is helping stall damage to the environment as there’s very little else it’s good at stopping right now, itself included!

It is estimated that Toyota officials have had to recall in excess of 270,000 of their 2010 Prius hybrids due to a fault with the cars antilock braking system. Whilst Toyota is the worlds largest car manufacturer, this second safety scare can’t be doing too much for their reputation, especially when they previously had to recall millions of their vehicles due to an accelerator fault.

Hopefully Toyota can get themselves back on track before the birth of baby Prius

It’s a baby……..Prius that is!

Toyota, the company that made “hybrid” a buzz word amongst the environmentally conscious unveiled the new FT-CH at the 2010 Detroit Auto Show.

Whilst still just a concept, it is clear that the FT-CH which stands for Future Toyota Compact Hybrid is in essence just a smaller and cooler version of the Prius. Coming in at a massive 22 inches shorter than the current Prius, this car will be ideal for nipping around the city.

Design wise it’s taken inspiration from the “8-bit generation” harking back to the days of the Nintendo NES when the Mario Brothers were nothing more than pixilated blobs dancing around the screen. Very retro!

Toyota have said they aim to sell a million hybrids a year over the course of the first half of the decade, and with this little addition to the family in sight, I can’t see why they won’t.