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Hero's 2WD diesel-electric RNT radically rethinks the motorcycle as an all-purpose utility vehicle

Hero Motocorp’s RNT hybrid turbo-diesel-electric motorcycle prototype might well begin a new phase in the development of the motorcycle as an all-purpose utility vehicle offering life solutions well beyond just mobility, particularly in rural areas and the developing world where the scooter is both the family car and an all-purpose haulage vehicle. Its 150 cc diesel engine produces 35 Nm of torque at just 1600 rpm, with an optional turbocharger which will double both those figures. A 1.3 hp electric front wheel motor gives the bike two-wheel drive. The RNT’s generator can output 1500 W of 230V electrical power continuously, making it ideal as a portable power source, and the LED headlight unclips to offer a portable and powerful light source. Large flat loading surfaces front and rear plus numerous mounting handles indicate a long overdue rethink of how the scooter is used in many parts of the world. Read More

Marine

Seaway debuts flagship Greenline 48 hybrid yacht

A motor yacht’s nice, big diesel engines are wonderful if you’re in a hurry, but they’re thirsty, not very green, and not the best of neighbors as they roar away while leaving harbor at first light. As a quieter, cleaner alternative for the luxury boating market, Greenline Boat’s Greenline 48 Hybrid motor yacht made its world première last week at the Dusseldorf Boat Show. Using hybrid electric technology combined with solar panels and a new hull design for greater efficiency, Greenline sees is as a the flagship of the company’s range and a bridge between its Greenline line and its transoceanic OceanClass yachts.Read More

Automotive

Volkswagen's 214 mpg Twin Up! concept debuts in Tokyo

Earlier this year Volkswagen announced production of its 261 mpg hyper-efficient XL1, but with an estimated $145,000 price tag it’s unlikely the hybrid will become a common fixture on most streets. The company’s Twin Up! hybrid concept, which made its debut at the Tokyo Motor Show yesterday, could however become a more reasonable option for the masses. Read More

Automotive

Maserati redefines the Ghibli for 2014

Way back in 1966, Maserati came to the Turin Auto Show with a new performance GT in hand. Sculpted by design legend Giorgetto Giugiaro the awkwardly named Ghibli, a long of nose GT, was one of Maserati’s great successes in the 60s. After several questionable attempts to bring the name back in various forms, Maserati is set to release a redefined Ghibli – this time in sedan form. Read More

Citroen's multi-talented C4 Picasso

Presented as an amalgamation of the mini-van, station wagon and hatchback, Citroen's new C4 Picasso is 308 lb (140 kg) lighter than its predecessor, thanks to a variety of tricks like an aluminum hood, composite tailgate and other lightweight materials. Read More

Automotive

Viziv Concept hints at Subaru's future direction

Given the popularity of CUVs (crossover utility vehicles) among consumers, it’s not surprising that this segment is popular ground for auto manufacturers developing concept vehicles. Subaru’s latest CUV concept, which it has dished up at this year’s Geneva Auto Show, is the Viziv. The company describes the Viziv – a name somehow derived from “Vision for Innovation” – as a crossover vehicle with a hybrid powertrain that gives a hint at Subaru’s future design direction and technologies.Read More

Automotive

Mitsubishi's highly-distinctive GR-HEV diesel-hybrid pick-up concept

Mitsubishi's Concept GR-HEV combination a sedan interior and comfort levels with a diesel-hybrid pickup truck based on what is quite possibly the exterior of the next generation Triton. The hybrid drivetrain is billed as a next generation drive system that combines the company's Super Select 4WD (SS4) and S-AWC (Super All Wheel Control) systems, a 2.5L diesel engine and an electric motor of unspecified power to achieve CO2 emissions of 149 g/km.Read More

Environment

Recycled plastic waste to fuel Sydney to London Cessna flight

British pilot Jeremy Rowsell is set to fly solo from Sydney to London in a Cessna 182 aircraft powered solely by diesel derived from "end-of-life" plastic (ELP) waste. If all goes to plan, the endeavor will set a new record time for the journey in a single-engine piston plane, and represent a compelling argument for the viability of ELP as a fuel source. Read More

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