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Feb 23 11 5:45 AM

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How It's Made - Luxury Cars Rolls Royce Phantom


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Affordable

All new Rolls-Royce Ghost 2011

First Drive: 2011 Rolls-Royce Ghost

All new Rolls-Royce Ghost 2011 Driving

Rolls-Royce 102ex Phantom Fully Electric Concept Vehicle Unveiled

In March 2011 Geneva Motor Show



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Feb 23 11 9:00 AM

No. You just put a really big scoop in front. The air comes into the scoop, is forced into a smaller tube, then is forced through an even smaller outlet.
You have to be going really fast, maybe downhill, as well as leaning forward.

-tidewater


I was pretty much already sold, but then you brought up this leaning forward business and therefore I am out.

Tomas Danko - www.danko.se

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Feb 23 11 10:38 AM

Great, PP.

Pity that I have no youtube videos about the millions of Ethanol-powered cars that can be seen daily here in Brazil, since the early 1980s, just to show that:

- it works
- it uses the already-existing distribution infrastructure, no big investments needed
- users are happy
- the country did not "go bankrupt" because of it
- it is a tried and proven thing.

Besides, _our_ 'flex fuel' cars run on any mixture from 100% gasoline to 100% ethanol so the consumer still has the power to choose a 'favorite' fuel and can fill the tank with whichever is more advantageous at the time. The engine management system takes care of auto-adjusting for whatever fuel mix is in the tank.

Available from GM, Ford, VW, FIAT, Honda, Toyota, Peugeot, Renault, Citroen, Mitsubishi, Nissan etc.

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Feb 23 11 10:39 AM

Electric Mini (Modified by PML)


Acceleration 0-60 in 4 Secs.

Top speed 150 MPH.

Range 900 Miles.




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Electric MINI Cooper

 
Hybrid Technologies All-Electric LiV Flash MINI Cooper electric car.

 




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Feb 24 11 8:24 AM

21.02.2011
 
New BMW sub-brand: BMW i

BMW i stands for sustainable vehicles and mobility solutions.

Two models available from launch: BMW i3 and BMW i8.

Mobility services complement core business.
 
BMW i Ventures holding company founded.
 
Munich. The new BMW sub-brand focused on developing sustainable mobility solutions has been launched. “BMW i represents a new movement in premium mobility. With the introduction of this new sub-brand, the BMW Group reaffirms its leadership as the most innovative and sustainable premium car company.

The products and services have been conceived around a revolutionary approach: purpose designed and purpose built for sustainable, premium mobility. It’s a new day in our industry; a new era for individual mobility. This is BMW i – Born Electric.” said Ian Robertson, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG responsible for Sales and Marketing, in Munich on Monday.
 
In a first move, two models will be launched under the new sub-brand from 2013 – the BMW i3 and BMW i8. The BMW Group will also significantly expand its range of mobility services
over the years ahead. To achieve this, a Venture Capital company was founded in New York City, BMW i Ventures, with an investment totalling up to 100 million US dollars.


“BMW i offers visionary cars and services, inspiring design, and an entirely new concept of
premium mobility – all with a focus on sustainability”, explained Robertson.


The BMW i brand comprises vehicles and services developed since 2007 as part of project i, a
BMW Group think tank exploring sustainable mobility solutions. It is the BMW Group’s response to changing customer needs, including increasing demand for alternative drive trains, such as electric drive systems and hybrids. There is a widespread desire in megacities for solutions which intelligently combine the benefits of various mobility concepts in a single package.


Revolutionary vehicle concepts


“With BMW i, we are building on the success and strength of our core brand,” emphasised
Robertson.

The BMW i3– previously known as the Megacity Vehicle – will be the BMW Group’s first series-produced car for urban areas to be driven by electric
power alone.

The BMW i8, meanwhile, is based on the BMW Vision EfficientDynamics concept study. Its plug-in hybrid drive blends the sporting ability of a high-performance machine with the fuel consumption and emissions of a small car.

Both models are based on a revolutionary construction concept known as LifeDrive architecture. An aluminium chassis houses the powertrain, and the passenger cell consists of high-strength but extremely lightweight carbon fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP).

“Both cars have been designed specifically for their respective alternative drive systems. We used the innovative architecture and CFRP to cancel out practically all of the extra weight added by the batteries. For our customers this means superior driving dynamics combined with significantly increased range using electric power,” explains Klaus Draeger, BMW Board member responsible for development.
 
 
BMW i8 to be built in Leipzig
 
Like the BMW i3, the BMW i8 will also be manufactured at BMW’s Leipzig plant. Around 400 million euros will be invested in new plant facilities and some 800 jobs will be created up to 2013. Development and production synergies will be achieved through both vehicles using the same component sets for the electric motors, power electronics, and high-voltage lithium-ion batteries.



A range of vehicle-independent services

An additional range of mobility services – which can also be used independently of the cars –
will be an integral component of BMW i. This will allow the creation of a new, profitable area of business over the long term and attract new customers to the company’s brands.

 
“Mobility requirements are changing in rapidly expanding megacities” adds Ian Robertson.

“Our commitment to car-enabled mobility services, like BMW ConnectedDrive, will be significantly expanded under BMW i. We’ll also grow our car-related premium mobility services.

 
What’s truly groundbreaking is that we’ll begin offering car-independent premium mobility services. BMW i aims to provide customized mobility solutions across a seamless network of premium products and premium services.” The focus is on solutions which will improve usage of existing parking spaces, as well as intelligent navigation systems with local information, intermodal route planning, and premium car-sharing.
 

In addition to services developed in-house, the BMW Group is pursuing collaborations with partner companies and exploring strategic capital investments in providers of mobility services. To this end, the venture capital company BMW i Ventures has the goal to expand the range of products and services offered by BMW i in the long term by taking stakes in highly innovative service providers.
 
New York-based My City Way is the first company in which BMW i Ventures has taken a stake. Of the partnership, Ian Robertson said, “I am thrilled to announce that we have just signed our first strategic partnership with My City Way. 
 

As a mobile app, My City Way provides users with information on public transportation, parking availability, and local entertainment for over 40 cities in the US. Another 40 cities will be part of the global rollout, including Munich, of course.”
 
 
 
The BMW Group.
 
The BMW Group is one of the most successful manufacturers of automobiles and motorcycles in the world with its BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce brands. As a global company, the BMW Group operates 24 production facilities in 13 countries and has a global sales network in more than 140 countries.

The BMW Group’s global sales volume for the 2010 financial year amounted to approximately 1.46 million automobiles and over 98,000 motorcyles.For the 2009 financial year, the BMW Group achieved a global sales volume of approximately 1.29 million automobiles and over 87,000 motorcycles. Revenues totalled euro 50.68 billion. At 31 December 2009, the company employed a global workforce of approximately 96,000 associates.
The success of the BMW Group has always been built on long-term thinking and responsible action.

The company has therefore established ecological and social sustainability throughout the value chain, comprehensive product responsibility and a clear commitment to conserving resources as an integral part of its strategy.

As a result of its efforts, the BMW Group has been ranked industry leader in the Dow Jones
Sustainability Indexes for the last six years.


 
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Feb 24 11 12:30 PM

Which source of electricity will the cars use?
Is that source sustainable/renewable/non-pollutant/etc?
Will the final costs per kilometer be reasonable - in the mid-term, say 20 years from now - compared to other already-existing alternatives?
Will that generate jobs?
How dependent in advanced petrochemical products is the production of those vehicles?

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mike cleaver

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Feb 24 11 6:21 PM

Maybe we should stop worrying about what's next in vehicles and start serious work on the "Star Trek Transporter System" where you stand in one spot and are instantly transported to the intended destination.
Think about it.
No more cars, buses, trains, planes, etc.
No trucks because you could use it to move anything.
We wouldn't need roads, railbeds, airports, terminals, etc.
You wouldn't need to take luggage, you could zip home to change.
Think of all the resources we'd save, except for powering this system!
Our esteemed techs (people much smarter than me) should be working on this now.

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Feb 24 11 6:33 PM

Electro-Mobility History


A dedication to the development of sustainable mobility for more than 40 years has led to a steady series of successes, with recent exponential gains in progress and performance. The catalyst responsible for this fascinating progress is a commitment to sustainable mobility as proof of the innovative power of the BMW Group.

Electro Know-How Since 1969


The electric dream began back in 1969, with an electric BMW 1602- a vehicle that was used during the 1972 Olympics in Munich. Over the last 40 years, the BMW Group has continually examined means of putting that dream into wider practice. A variety of prototypes and test set-ups have all provided invaluable learnings.

One such trial was with the BMW E1, an experimental vehicle which, as early as 1991, displayed many of the features of modern electric vehicles and which was used to explore the benefits and disadvantages of the electric drive in practice.

 

Electro-Mobility comes of age.


However, it was the introduction of lithium-ion battery technology in 2004 that made the electric car a viable mobility option: the new batteries, already proven in laptop and consumer battery applications, solved the age-old issues of cycle stability and load resistance. Assembled in series of 100, they were able to provide the currents that electric drive trains require (up to 400 Amps – about 25 times that of a domestic source). BMW Group seized the opportunity the new technology presented by initiating Project i — a small, dynamic think tank whose task is to develop sustainable mobility solutions for the future needs of the world's drivers.

One such initiative was the MINI E, which has been gathering the feedback of customers involved in its field trials since mid-2009.

 

The Near Future


BMW will be giving more drivers a glimpse of things to come with a second and larger market test in the summer of 2011 involving the BMW ActiveE. This will generate even more feedback and provide an opportunity to test an early version of the BMW i3 powertrain.

Learnings from the MINI E and BMW ActiveE field trials will be incorporated into the launch of the BMW i3 and BMW i8 plug-in hybrid, under  the new subbrand BMW i, in autumn 2013.

This new dawn in sustainable mobility will centre around the high-tech BMW plant in Leipzig, where the BMW i3 will be built.


i Concept
 
http://www.bmw-i.com/en_ww/concept/


i8

http://www.bmw-i.com/en_ww/bmw-i8/


i3
 
http://www.bmw-i.com/en_ww/bmw-i3/




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peterpoyser

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Feb 25 11 4:41 AM

 Which source of electricity will the cars use? Is that source sustainable/renewable/non-pollutant/etc?
Will the final costs per kilometer be reasonable - in the mid-term, say 20 years from now - compared to other already-existing alternatives? Will that generate jobs? How dependent in advanced petrochemical products is the production of those vehicles? if only we had some 'inside contact'...

-----------------------------------

 

Thanks for your interest!

 

Nearly every question that asked is already answered by reading the Data, or watching the Movies that have been posted to keep you up to date.

 

Anyone genuinely interested in purchasing a Hydrogen or Electric or Electric Hybrid or any modern small Fuel Efficent Vehicle will want to keep up to date with the latest developments.

 

 

Here is the latest!

 

 

 

MINI Rocketman Concept


 

 

MINI Rocketman Concept


 

All New 2011 MINI Rocketman Concept

 


 


 

 

 

2011 Mini Rocketman Concept


 

 

MINI Rocketman concept - door configuration


 

 

 

MINI Rocketman Concept - Video 1


 

 

MINI ROCKETMAN: HAS 'COOL' GOT A NEW DADDY?
 
http://www.pistonheads.com/news/default.asp?storyId=23225

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Feb 25 11 1:38 PM

Star Trek transporters won't work -- not because of the science behind them but because they will cause cancer.  Anything that works like that has to cause cancer.  And every disease a person develops in a life time will be attributed to the transporter whether it caused it or not.  So there will be constant law suits.  Big ones when people aren't reconstructed into complete humans.

I suggest we all stay home and read books.  Or argue with people on the internet.  And take virtual vacations.

Barry


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Feb 25 11 2:58 PM

Star Trek transporters won't work -- not because of the science behind them but because they will cause cancer.  Anything that works like that has to cause cancer.  And every disease a person develops in a life time will be attributed to the transporter whether it caused it or not.  So there will be constant law suits.  Big ones when people aren't reconstructed into complete humans.

-barry_hufker

Hmmm.

You make me afraid to use mine now...

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Feb 25 11 3:28 PM

Small, fuel-efficient and using renewable/sustainable fuels, without being expensive?

Brazilian VW Fox 1.0L 8v 76 hp flexfuel.


Brazilian VW Voyage 1.0 and 1.6L flexfuel


etc...  in production, selling tens of thousands every month.

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Feb 25 11 3:45 PM

Small, fuel-efficient and using renewable/sustainable fuels, without being expensive?Brazilian VW Fox 1.0L 8v 76 hp flexfuel.[image]Brazilian VW Voyage 1.0 and 1.6L flexfuel[image]etc...  in production, selling tens of thousands every month.

-yz

No thanks...I've seen what a 5 MPH bump will do to those, much less getting hit by an SUV doing 30 or so.

I'm not ashamed to say that I'll burn extra fuel to propel a vehicle large enough to survive a significant impact.  Last year, my wife was driving along when some teenager blew a stopsign doing at least 35 at time of impact.  Hit her truck right behind the driver's door.  Deb's truck was t-boned, and while she was taken to the hospital (praise God no serious injuries), if she had been in a small light fuel efficient machine like the one above, I would be a widower.  The other driver was not as lucky, and spend a lot of time and surgical procedures, and was herself driving a car similar to the one above.

At some point, safety trumps all...this single factor is one reason people who don't necessarily NEED big vehicles still buy them - its a whole lot easier to survive an accident in a pickup, SUV, or large, heavy car than a lightweight fuel efficient vehicle that costs $2500 if someone dings the bumper. 

Ken Morgan

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Feb 25 11 4:29 PM

You fail to realize that:

1- if everybody drove cars like the ones I've shown, there wouldn't be a problem with big SUVs;
2- if everybody drove SUVs under the justification of safety, more people would die in car crashes than nowadays.
3- the typical US-built SUV is less safe than a regular passenger car, and our friend Keith can explain that better than I can.

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Feb 25 11 4:51 PM

You fail to realize that:1- if everybody drove cars like the ones I've shown, there wouldn't be a problem with big SUVs;2- if everybody drove SUVs under the justification of safety, more people would die in car crashes than nowadays.3- the typical US-built SUV is less safe than a regular passenger car, and our friend Keith can explain that better than I can.

-yz

I do realize I live in a very real world.  People need SUVs for work, for whatever reason...and some just because they want them.  

There are some people who's lives depend on large vehicles - you can't wish that or legislate that away...and, like it or not, there are at any given time, enough large vehicles that hit little tin cans simply because they essentially invisible to anyone sitting more that 36 inches above street level.

Again, you can drive what you like, and I can drive what I like...each for our own reasons, and they will both be the right reasons, for us.

Ken Morgan

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