Archives – July 14, 2009

Local Software Engineer Builds Electric Car

If you’re going to the Marin County Fair, go check out a home-built all-electric car.  It took two years and 2,000 hours for Raul Atkinson to finish it. Now he’s hoping to come home from the fair with some cash and attention to see if he can move the idea toward mass production. Read more at NBC New York.

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2010 Mercedes-Benz Hybrid S400 gets 30 mpg, 0 to 62 mph in 7.2 sec.

S 400 HYBRID

Mercedes-Benz has released a short press release about its upcoming S-Class – S 400 Hybrid highlighting the environmentally-friendliness of what is known as the world’s first series production car to feature a hybrid drive system with a lithium-ion battery. Power for the S 400 Hybrid comes from a V6 gasoline engine mated to a compact hybrid module. That allows for a total output of 299-hp with a maximum torque of 284 lb-ft. 0 to 62 mph comes in 7.2 seconds with a top speed of 155 mph (electronically limited). Fuel-economy is estimated at 7.9L per 100 kilometers (30 mpg on U.S. terms). The Mercedes-Benz S 400 Hybrid also features an ECO start/stop system, which automatically switches the engine off when the S-Class comes to a stop. Taking the ‘green’ theme a little further, Mercedes-Benz says that the S 400 Hybrid features a “number of recycled parts and renewable natural materials are used in the production of the S-Class.” 45 of the components of the S 400 Hybrid, such as wiring ducts or underbody panels are made from recycled, high-quality plastics. The Mercedes-Benz S 400 Hybrid is scheduled to go on sale in the U.S. later this year in September. For Hybrid Car accessories go to Juicedhybrid.com

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