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Mazda Joining the Electric Car Market in 2012

As generation passes by, many of the car manufacturers created a more advanced cars in terms of their systems and looks. But these cars are still using gasoline and diesel as a fuel. In 2012 Mazda aimed to develop a zero emission car in Japan. Mazda wants to help the environment by creating an emission free car and this can be done by using an electric car. They planned to have battery-run at an estimated driving range of 200 km (124 miles) and the model is based on Mazda2/Demio subcompact. Though electric car has still a weakness; the battery is expensive and its driving range is limited. Most of the car makers such as Mitsubishi Motors Corp, Nissan Motors CoVolkswagen AG and Toyota Motor Corp announced its preparation in entering the electric car market as Japans government tighten their environmental regulations.


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New Car Models – Expected To be Launched This Year!

This year, over 20 new car models are expected to hit the roads. “The number of new models that are expected to be launched this year is an indication that car companies are optimistic,” said one analyst when asked about the number of new models that are in the pipeline for 2011.

“Other than being buoyed by the improved economic outlook, car companies also need to refresh their inventories and keep offering new models to keep attracting new customers or risk losing out to the competition and ultimately, market share,” he added.

Based on market talk and speculations, there are about 20 new models that will be hitting the road this year as shown on the table below.

The list reveals the expected car manufacturers that will be launching this year. Though, there are also others who prefer not to reveal any information yet since they need to contact the approval of their head quarters.

Industry observers are hopeful of seeing more foreign car manufacturers setting up operations in Malaysia to promote local assembly and ultimately, the production of cheaper vehicles. Also, the Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA) had forecasted that the total industry volume (TIV) will hit 570,000 units in 2010; this is going to be a new record after hitting 552,316 units in 2005.

A Proton Exora electric car.


** Source: Eugene Mahalingam

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BMW Works Toward An Electric Car

BMW CEO Norbert Reithofer confirmed that by 2015, BMW will build an all electric city car with two engines available. One will have a very efficient internal combustion engine and the other will become a purely electric model. These two vehicles will be electric powered and they will serve as a solution in monitoring congested cities.

Last 2009, the company began renting a two-passenger electric version of the Mini Cooper for 600 drivers in California, New York, and New Jersey. It was done to help BMW learn the real-world driving and charging experiences. By 2011, the same number of drivers will lease the next set of electric test vehicle which is the four-passenger Active E. It will allow the company to improve its line for its “Megacity Project”.

Other Facts About The BMW Electric E:

  • Its battery that can be fully charged in 3-4 hours using a 220-volt home charger
  • So-called quick-chargers are in development that would allow recharging in 1/2 hour or less
  • Operational costs are estimated at 3 cents per mile
  • A lithium-ion battery pack feeds power to an electric motor that turns the front wheels pumping out 204-hp with a maximum torque of 162 lb-ft.
  • 0 to 60 mph in 8.5 seconds with a top speed of 95 mph
  • 2 People capacity (1 driver, 1 passenger)

Here are some links If you would like to do some car research on a late model BMW or see a car video.

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