Available since March 2012, but 3OO models only.

Saturday, March 10th, I went to Peugeot dealer next to my house to try the 3008 Hybrid4. Only ten years after the Toyota Prius, Peugeot gives new life to hybrid technology combining for the first time diesel and electricity. A French innovation that is expected in 2006 with the duo of prototypes 307 and C4 HDi hybrid. Peugeot has not sought to differentiate its 3008 Hybrid4 with a specific design. It receives only as a distinctive radiator grid with two chrome strips, rear spoiler and very discreet badges HY at the bottom of the mirrors, on the tailgate and trunk. Therefore, the 3008 HY4 offers a special driving experience. It takes some getting used to hearing nothing by turning the ignition key in the barrel and started quietly under the impulse of electric power. In practice, the diesel engine operates in a very discreet, do not generate any vibration or a sudden start.

The excellent work of isolation and the Stop & Start system enables both high-voltage motors to “talk” perfectly together and eventually offer a flexible and intuitive driving. Nothing to say: Peugeot took the time to care for his copy, and it shows! But if the primary purpose of this hybrid is to consume and pollute less. Because to really take part Hybrid4 system, the driver must constantly focus on eco-driving, anticipation and use engine braking to optimize battery charging.
This often requires having eyes on the multifunction screen, which displays the pattern of transmission and indicates the battery status or the calibration of your consumption over the last 30 minutes. In fact, it is especially in the city Hybrid4 makes all the difference. The electric mode often taking over, then it is possible to go down to 5 l/100 km. For once the values of consolidated urban prove inferior to others through the fairy power. What makes this version a 3008 hybrid car predisposed to the city.

Features

Dimensions L x W x H x 4.37 m 1.84 m x 1.64 m
Wheelbase 2.61 m
Volume minimum / maximum 432 liters of trunk

Curb Weight 1660 kg Engine
Cylinders 4 Displacement – 1997 cm3
Power 163 hp (thermal) +37 hp (electric)

Maximum speed 185 km / h
Fiscal power consumption 8 CV
Combined cycle 3.8 s.
99 g CO2 / km
Ecobonus € 2,000 bonus
Rates from € 39,400
model tested
Peugeot 3008 Hybrid4 200 ch € 39,400 (- € 2,000)

The Top 3 for 2012

Posted: February 12, 2012 in hybrid car

The new upgraded 2012 Honda Civic hybrid isn’t just more refined and more fuel efficient, it’s also the hybrid car with the best resale value.
According to Kelly Blue Book, the Honda Civic hybrid offers 52 percent resale value after 36 months, and 36 percent after 60 months.
At 44 mpg the Civic hybrid offers some of the best hybrid fuel economy in the industry, and with best in class resale value, the Honda Civic hybrid deserves to be on your your hybrid shopping list.

In second place for 2012, is the Lexus CT 200h hybrid, the hot selling luxury hybrid from Lexus that offers up to 42 mpg.
According to Kelly Blue Book, the Lexus CT 200h hybrid retains 52.5 percent of its resale value after 36 months, and 34.5 percent after 60 months.

And, in third place is the 2012 Lincoln MKZ hybrid.
The 41 mpg MKZ hybrid retains 50 percent of its value after 36 months, and 33 percent after 60 months.

Certainly, resale value isn’t the only thing that hybrid buyers should concern themselves with, but it’s still a good metric to keep in mind when you are out hybrid shopping.

What’s new in 2012?

Posted: February 12, 2012 in Actuality, hybrid car

2012 will be the most exciting year in the history of hybrid vehicles.

Several important new hybrid cars and plug-in hybrids, representing every major automaker, and then some, will be available for sale.

In 2012, the 2012 Toyota Prius might no longer be the king of hybrid cars. By 2012, Toyota will be in full scale production of the 2012 Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid.
More important, Toyota will have several new Prius-derivatives on the market. The larger Prius V will be available in late 2011, while the smaller, urban orientated Prius C will arrive later in 2012. (cf previous post: Toyota Prius C)
Additional Toyota offerings will include the 2012 Toyota Highlander hybrid and the 2012 Toyota Camry hybrid.


The 2012 Lexus RX 450h, the 2012 Lexus 250 h hybrid, the 2012 Lexus 600h L hybrid, and the 2012 Lexus GS 450h hybrid could be joined by at least another 2 Lexus hybrids.


While the 2012 Honda Insight is probably the closest thing to a natural Prius competitor, sales of the Insight are not nearly as robust as the Prius. The 2012 Honda CR-Z hybrid will provide a nice spark to pick up for the Insight’s slack in 2012, but the real Honda hybrid buzz in 2012 will be based around the 1212 Honda Fit hybrid — or more precisely, whether or not Honda will bring the Fit hybrid to the US. Unfortunately, some reports suggest the Fit hybrid won’t make it stateside until at least 2014.
Additionally, Honda will offer the 2012 Honda Civic hybrid.


Ford will continue to produce the 2012 Ford Fusion hybrid, and its very similar cousin, the 2012 Mercury Milan hybrid. Additional offerings include the 2012 Ford Escape hybrid and the 2012 Mercury Mariner hybrid.
Furthermore, in 2012 a new dedicated Ford hybrid, the C-Max hybrid, is expected, which might also be Ford’s first lithium-powered hybrid. Likewise, a plug-in hybrid version of the C-Max hybrid is also expected.


While GM’s BAS mild hybrids took a break in 2010, several new lithium-powered BAS hybrids should make their debut in 2012. Likewise GM will still offer a number of dual mode hybrids. The 2012 Chevy Silverado hybrid and the 2012 GMC Sierra hybrid were the first hybrid trucks sold in America. Additional offerings include the 2012 Chevy Tahoe hybrid, the 2012 GMC Yukon hybrid, and the 2012 Cadillac Escalade hybrid.
And, of course there is the 2012 Chevy Volt, which could be joined by the 2012 Cadillac Converj, and there is also the possibility of a dual mode plug-in hybrid.

Chrysler should still be offering the 2012 Dodge Ram hybrid.


Thankfully, the 2012 Hyundai Sonata hybrid will finally bring Hyundai hybrids to the US market, and a few other Hyundai hybrids, including a diesel hybrid could be on the way as well.


The 2012 BMW X6 Active hybrid was BMW’s first hybrid. In 2012, two new BMW hybrids will also be on sale.


Mercedes, on the other hand, is offering both the 2012 Mercedes S400 hybrid and the 2012 Mercedes ML450 hybrid

New Toyota Prius 2012

Posted: January 16, 2012 in hybrid car

The Toyota Prius C has landed at the Detroit auto show following the Japanese-market version’s debut in Tokyo last year.


“Attractive” isn’t really a word we would use to describe the normal-size Prius, let alone the even-funkier Prius V people mover. While nowhere near as cool as the Prius C concept from last year’s Detroit show, the production C isn’t half bad-looking. The hatchback has clean styling punctuated by interesting details like the tall vertical taillights, and its aggressive grille treatment manages to avoid the fish face that characterizes the mugs of other Priuses. With a 100.4-inch wheelbase and overall length of 157.3 inches, a width of 66.7, and a height of 56.9, the Prius C is just a few inches longer than Toyota’s own Yaris.
The interior combines signature Prius centralized digital gauge cluster, blue start button  with a distinctive dashboard design similar to that of the 2012 Yaris. The steering wheel is shared with other Prius models, but the C gets a conventional floor-mounted shifter instead of the bizarre nub used in its bigger siblings. Several premium features will come as standard, including a 3.5-inch information screen, Bluetooth, automatic climate control, and USB and iPod connectivity. Navigation and Toyota’s new Entune infotainment system will be available, and the C will offer buyers four trim levels to choose from.
Powering the Prius C is a downsized version of Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive system: a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine and an electric motor paired with a CVT. The gas engine produces 73 hp and the electric motor 60; total system output is 99 hp. For reference, the bigger Prius and Prius V both use a 98-hp, 1.8-liter four and an 80-hp electric motor, with total output of 134 hp. Energy storage is handled by nickel-metal hydride battery pack. Electric-only range is less than a mile at speeds up to 25 mph. There’s also an Eco mode that controls throttle response and climate-control functionality to maximize efficiency. Finally, there’s a Normal mode that’s, well, normal.
Toyota claims the C will get a city rating of 53 mpg beating any non-plug-in hybrid currently available and a 46-mpg figure on the highway. The city number is 2 mpg higher than that of the standard Prius, though the highway efficiency is 2 mpg lower; both cars share a 50-mpg combined rating. Toyota claims the C tips the scales at a feathery (for a hybrid) 2500 pounds (1136kgs), roughly 500 pounds less than a normal-size 2012 Prius.

Please leave your comments and go to see the website:

http://www.toyota.com/upcoming-vehicles/priusc/

Future Sport Hybrid Car

Posted: January 16, 2012 in hybrid car

Hello everybody, thank you for your comments,

Today I want to talk about sports. We all know that sooner or later all automobiles are going to be either hybrid, electric or hydrogen powered. The one drawback that many of us look at is the overall appeal of the cars. Very few models that are being put out are really all that attractive.  BMW has recently hit the board with their prototype that is just flat-out sexy.

This is a hybrid sports car that will hopefully hit the market in 2013 and it is unlike anything else on the market. Having access to 356-horsepower and 4.8 second 0-60 speed has speed freaks sitting up and taking notice that there may actually be a car out there that is both economical and fast.

The 63 mpg tag that it boasts is absolutely unreal in terms of conservation. The combination of electric and diesel offers mileage that is up there with pure electric cars. The difference here is of course the design. This car looks like it belongs on the race track instead of the local BWM showroom floor. The big question is whether it will ever come to fruition or not.

Just how committed is BMW to producing a car such as this and how much will it cost? According to a variety of sources, BMW expects to make up to 10,000 units, but a price tag has yet to be determined. Based on their ActiveHybrid 7, figure that it will cost well over $100,000 for the right to sit in the driver’s seat of this machine.

While it is great to see a company like BMW put a product like this on the market, it is even more exciting to see the image of the dull and goofy looking hybrid shattered. Most hybrid and electric cars are hardly aerodynamic or built to be aesthetically pleasing. This new BMW hybrid sports car release shows that we can have the best of both worlds. It will truly bring in a new era of hybrid and electric car design.

If the car is released as expected and meets with success, it will surely open up a whole new niche. Up until now, the high-end electric sports car has been a market that few companies are willing to take a chance. For some reason, it is as though auto makers think that just because we like to go fast, we could care less how much fuel we are burning in the process. Now there will be an opportunity to tear up the roads and keep some cash in our pockets.

Source: http://www.alternative-energy-news.info/bmw-hybrid-sports-car/

Pros and Cons

Posted: December 14, 2011 in hybrid car

 

Hybrid cars are considered to be the car of tomorrow. Because of the benefits it can give you, you will definitely want to get one for your own. In fact, more and more people are now considering selling their conventional car and purchase a hybrid car. So, why is it that more and more people prefer getting a hybrid car instead of a conventional car even if hybrid car retail prices are far more expensive?

The answer to this is that these people are thinking of the long term benefits that a hybrid car can give. With a hybrid car, you can cut fuel consumption in half compared to conventional cars. Hybrid cars will be able to give you maximum fuel efficiency. It will be able to give you far better mileage to the gallon. Just imagine, with a hybrid car, you can get more than 60 miles to the gallon of gasoline.

This is because hybrid cars run on two engines. One is the conventional internal combustion engine that you will find in conventional cars and the other is the electric motor and batteries. Hybrid cars are basically cars that combine electric energy and gasoline energy. By combining these two to power your car, it will run quieter, cleaner and far more efficient than conventional cars. These are the main advantages of hybrid cars.

Another advantage is that you will be able to save more money from tax breaks imposed by the US government to hybrid car users and buyers. If you own a hybrid car, you will be able to enjoy tax breaks. Also, you will be able to enjoy free parking and other incentives that the government imposed on hybrid car owners.

Now that you know about the main pros of the hybrid cars, you also need to know what the cons of hybrid cars are.

People have been purchasing hybrid cars because of the ability of saving a lot of money from fuel consumption. However, the main advantage of hybrid cars, which is the electric motor, is also its downfall. When a hybrid car is involved in an accident it will be difficult for you and the rescuers to get you out of the car because of the dangers of electrocution. Hybrid cars carry large amounts of voltage. When it gets involved in an accident, wires from the battery may tear off and will be potentially dangerous to handle.

Another disadvantage of hybrid cars is that the retail price is higher than conventional cars in the same weight class. However, the hybrid car can counter this disadvantage by allowing consumers to save money in a long term basis. When you look at it in a long term basis, hybrid cars tend to be cheaper than conventional cars. Try and compute the amount of gasoline both cars will consume during its lifetime and add it to the retail price of the car. You will see that the conventional car will tend to be more expensive than hybrid cars when you look at it in a long term basis.

These are the pros and cons of hybrid cars. You can see that it contains more advantages than disadvantages. Most hybrid cars today are now integrated with the latest technology in car safety. So, if you are planning to purchase a car, think hybrid.

Hybrid cars are known to be expensive. This is actually not necessarily the case. Today there is a wide hybrid vehicles range and price range.
If you like luxury, then you probably will opt for a hybrid Lexus (around € 40,000), BMW or Audi. But if your budget is tight, then four models should be of interest:

  1. The famous Toyota Prius: from € 22,500 (€ 4000 ecologic bonus)

  2. The Honda Civic Hybrid and Insight: € 23,900 for the Civic Hybrid, € 18,000 for the Insight Hybrid The Peugoet 3008 hybrid4, basic price € 35000 ( €2000 ecologic bonus by the government) 

Furthermore, it is important to remember, the consumption of a hybrid car is lower, you will gain. A hybrid car uses an average of 10 to 50% less than traditional car. Why the fork? For the savings you realize depend on two factors:
     1.    The technology used by the manufacturer of your car
     2.    The use that you have with your hybrid car

Consumption of the vehicle will first depend on the status of hybrid technology developed by the manufacturer. Thus, the last generation of Toyota Prius (2011) uses 3.7 litres/100km with 89g CO2 emissions , 4.6/ liters for the Honda Civic Hybrid with 110g CO2 emissions, and even for 2012, 3.5/liter Peugeot 3008 Hybrid4 Hdi with 99g CO2 emissions. It should also pay attention to the level of hybridization of the car: the “less” does not offer the hybrid electric for a few basic functions, but not to roll, which causes little savings. By cons, other models can drive in all-electric low speed. Opt for this category. In any case, ask your dealer although details of what works in the electrical in the car you want to buy.

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