Elec­tric cars and hy­brid ve­hi­cles

Element - - Transport -

In terms of emis­sions, elec­tric ve­hi­cles are ob­vi­ously top of the ta­ble. The first mass-pro­duced elec­tric ve­hi­cle avail­able in New Zealand, the Mit­subishi Imeiv, was launched into the mar­ket in July. Nis­san in­tends to bring the al­l­elec­tric Leaf to mar­ket next year. Mean­while Toy­ota’s Plug-in Hy­brid ve­hi­cle is be­ing tri­alled in New Zealand by Massey Univer­sity. The new Prius can travel solely as an elec­tric ve­hi­cle for 30 kilo­me­tres be­fore the bat­tery is ex­hausted and the car switches to run­ning on fuel. The idea for the car is not to re­strict it to city use only, but make it pos­si­ble for most city trips to be elec­tric only. Un­like the stan­dard hy­brid Prius, these ve­hi­cles fea­ture lithium-ion bat­ter­ies and achieve of­fi­cial fuel con­sump­tion of 2.6 litres/100km with CO2 emis­sions of 59 grams/km.

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