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The Mercury Cars Guide : June 6th 2009
2— Green vehicles the go YESTERDAY was World Environment Day and that means something very different for today’s edition of the Carsguide. We’ve gone green to look at the latest developments in environmentally friendly motoring. And there’s been a rush of green cars just launched like the Mini D, Volvo’s plug-in hybrid and the Tesla sportscar. No one has built a to- tally green car yet, but greener and greener cars are hitting roads and com- puter screens across the world as every brand searches for something new and better on the road to the future. Toyota led the way when it brought its first petrol-electric Prius to Australia but others are following close behind. Mitsubishi and Smart are promising plug-in electric cars in 2010, and local production of a Camry hybrid will also begin next year. Holden is also doing everything it can to clean- up the consumption on its Commodore, and we’re ex- pecting a hybrid plan any time. Toyota is nearly ready to go with the third- generation Prius and Hon- da has the great new In- sight as well as plans for a full hybrid family from the baby Jazz to a born-again CR-Z sports car. Are you confused yet? Is your head spinning? It’s no surprise, because we are living at the most turbulent time and fasci- nating and challenging time in the history of the automobile. Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au Saturday, June 6, 2009 Electric dreams for Renault TECHNOLOGICAL MARVEL: Renault Australia has high hopes for its zero-emission Megane EV. Its greenmessageis betterknownoverseas, but Renault Australia has big plans for its Meganeelectric vehicle. NeilMcDonaldreports napping with new technology. R It also believes a car such as the Megane EV would work well with neighbourhood ‘‘car share’’ rental schemes in use in Sydney and Mel- bourne. Managing director Rudi Koenig be- lieves EV cars are perfect for these schemes, similar to the bicycle rental system in Paris, where people can rent a bike for short trips around the city. Koenig believes that in the past 12 months, the electric car story has been dominated by Japanese and American car-makers.Hewants to grab back a slice of the action, reminding consumers that workontheMeganeEVis well advanced. ENAULT wants to showcase its zero-emission Megane in Australia to remind consum- ers it has not been caught A version of the small sedan is expected to be on sale in Denmark and Israel next year. Renault says it will deliver similar performance to a petrol- powered 1.6-litre Megane. The company expects the EV car to cost the same as a turbo-diesel, about $3000 more than a petrol engine. The MeganeEVis part of a collabora- tion between Renault-Nissan and ven- ture company Better Place, which is also helping roll out EV infrastructure to several markets, including Australia. Initially this infrastructure is likely to be focused on Sydney and Melbourne. Better Place is working with AGL Energy and Macquarie CapitalGroupto develop a recharging grid for electric cars locally. Renault and its alliance partner Nis- san have been at the forefront of the push for EV vehicles. The recently unveiled Renault bebop concept van and Nissan’s EV-02 car share compo- nents. The bebop is powered by a 44kW electric motor that winds out to 12,000 revs and has a top speed of 130km/h. The concept’s lithium-ion battery pack comes froma Nissan-NEC joint venture. Nissan says these batteries have 90 per cent better efficiency than a conven- tional petrol engine and are designed to deliver between 80 per cent and 100 per cent peak capacity for at least six years. Better Place is working with several battery manufacturers to develop new lithium-ion battery technology for a range of new Renault and Nissan vehicles expected to be on sale by 2012. Lithium-ion batteries store signifi- cantly more energy and generate twice the power per unit volume than nickel metal hydride batteries currently used in many hybrids. Renault is alsoworkingonarecycling program to make sure new-generation batteries can be disposed of safely. The first mass-market electric cars are also likely to hit Australia by 2012. Mitsubishi Australia has already cleared the way to get its i-MIEV on our roads next year, while Blade Electric Vehicles already builds a $42,990 Hyun- dai Getz. GM-Holdenis also pushinghard to get its hybrid ‘‘range-extender’’ Volt on sale here by 2012. Toyota will also supple- ment its Prius hybrid next year with the locally built Camry hybrid, and a plug- in Prius is also planned. Specialising in cars... www.thecarmart.com.au 99 Mitsubishi Triton GL tray 2.4lt manual, p/s, low kms, tow bar. 98 Holden Barina SB Convertible 1.4lt manual, p/s, a.c, alloys, 99,000km, dual airbags. 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