2011's Hottest Hybrids: Cadillac, Porsche & BMW
What’s hotter than getting a new car this year? Getting the hottest hybrid. Mercedes, Porsche, Honda and even Cadillac debuted their eco-friendly versions at this year’s motor shows. Today, worldwide retailers anxiously await these new additions, and 2011 is expected to be a great year for the luxury hybrid – cars providing better fuel efficiency with the same speed and style as their predecessors.
Porsche 918 Spyder hybrid supercar
You’re saving the environment, but you won’t save much on dough as this revolutionary Porsche masterpiece costs about $600,000 to make. The Porsche will inspire all those green geeks just enough to keep them from gawking at the price tag.
The 918 Spyder hybrid was one of three new Porsche hybrids that premiered at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show providing the perfect mix of lavish living with an environmental twist. Rumors circled for months, and when it finally appeared, the Porsche 918 Spyder was said to emit more than just 70 g/km of CO2. Porsche is going to remain the leader in the industry with consumption at 3.0 liters per 100 kilometers and speed from zero to 62 in 3.2 seconds.
Mercedes Benz S400 Hybrid
The S Class defines all what a luxury vehicle should be, so as we welcome 2011, it isn’t surprising that with the New Year comes a new definition of a Mercedes Benz’s classic. The S400 Hybrid will still suit the traveling businessman while offering an environmental touch courtesy of Hollywood. Robert Downey Jr. picked up the new hybrid for the final shots of his film “Due Date.”
The S400 Hybrid produces 296 hp from its 3.5 liter V-6 engine to tear up the asphalt when you hit the gas, and comes with the start-stop technology of traditional hybrids. The Mercedes Benz S400 Hybrid is the first lithium-ion battery for a production hybrid, allowing it to zoom off at 30 miles per gallon on the highway while still giving 46 percent better fuel economy than your average V8 powered ML550 model.
BMW ActiveHybrid 7
BMW’s ActiveHybrid 7 premiered at the 2009 Frankfurt International Motor Show IAA, but is only just now showing its true colors – because as we all know, everything else BMW touches has to be about perfection. Their BMW ActiveHybrid Technology introduces a plug-in hybrid with a three cylinder turbo diesel with hybrid synchronous motor at the front axle and full hybrid engine at the back.
The ActiveHybrid 7 is already an early award winner with its 99 grams per kilometer CO2 emission rating and low fuel consumption – making that number unique in the market. The eight speed automatic transmission and V8 gasoline engine hardly counts for anything after you get a whiff of the acceleration numbers – rocketing from zero to 80 in under five seconds.
Cadillac Escalade Hybrid
Sure, the Cadillac Escalade Hybrid premiered last year, but after several months on the market, we still don’t think this humdinger of an automobile has earned itself enough press. It’s the notoriety and class of the Cadillac Escalade with the environmental focus of a hybrid. What more do you want?
Contradictory at best, the $75,000 artillery tool might garner more than just a Ludacris lyric or camera time during another Michael Phelps’ DUI case, but without the equipment running it, few rap stars or athletes would be as impressed. The small amount of press isn’t surprising, considering the Escalade sells itself with its name and appearances throughout popular culture. With a Gen IV 6.oL V8 engine, LIVC with Active Fuel Management and seating for eight, your whole crew can ride green.
Honda Jazz Hybrid
At nearly every car show this year, Honda strutted its stuff in the hybrid department. At the Paris Motor Show, it was the Jazz Hybrid, where Honda introduced a new, shapely figure for the practical hatchback. Offering the familiar IMA hybrid technology, characteristics of which are also available with the Insight and CR-Z Hybrids, it featured the spacious and famous “Magic Seats” and serious boot space.
In Honda tests, this spicy number has Co2 emissions at 104 g/km with a combined fuel consumption of 4.4 l/100 km. Europe will get to hear the Jazz first, with the rest of the world trailing not far behind. Still featuring the clean look of the Honda Jazz from around the world, this hybrid version will put a spotlight on the average, petrol-electric hybrid in no time.
Awesense launches digital clean energy marketplace
Awesense has launched what it claims is the only energy-focused repository of solutions built to drive the industry's decarbonization agenda.
The Awesense Marketplace aims to provide a common framework for companies to collaborate towards the future of clean energy and digital transformation, uniting applications, solutions and algorithms to solve energy and grid challenges.
Solutions listed on the marketplace cover a range of cases, and launch companies include Doosan GridTech, Kitu Systems, vadiMAP, LO3 Energy, ENGIN, Utilidata, Clir Renewables, ChargeLab, SensorLink, Exeri, Easy SmartGrid, and Athena Power.
“We are welcoming a new era in the decarbonization of energy systems,” said Mischa Steiner, CEO of Awesense. “The goal of achieving a clean energy future requires collaboration amongst key industry players in the utilities and energy sectors. Sharing resources through the Marketplace means that our customers and partners have a truly seamless approach as we work towards our common goal - ultimately, decarbonizing the world’s energy system.”
Utilities, consulting companies, and other organizations struggle to develop solutions that can be scaled across many jurisdictions due to complex data integration and the lack of a standard, open data model. Using the solutions offered throughout the Marketplace, organizations can rapidly accelerate their transition to a decentralized, decarbonized future and develop solutions that are scalable across industry. The platform will open up new revenue streams in areas such as:
Distributed energy resource integration and control
Electric vehicle charging
Demand response and smart-home management
Intelligent asset management
Advanced distribution system management
The new marketplace builds on Awesense's Digital Energy Platform, a digital twin based energy analytics platform that allows utilities to scale at the same pace as the rapidly changing technology landscape of the energy grid.
Together, the Open Energy Data Model and the Awesense Marketplace removes hurdles around data mapping and transformation, expedites data preparation and refining, and provides a common framework for companies to collaborate.
“The energy-specific data model allows utilities, technology companies, consulting firms, and other vendors to build solutions that can be easily integrated by other energy companies, to make a real impact on the industry as a whole, and develop new revenue streams for their organizations” said Steiner. “We’re looking forward to seeing the Awesense Marketplace grow as more partners committed to energy decarbonization join us.”
There are no simple solutions to putting the world on a sustainable path to net-zero emissions, according to the IEA. Reducing global CO2 emissions will require "a broad range of different technologies working across all sectors of the economy in various combinations and applications." it notes.
Renewable Energy Hub of South Australia formed
Amp Power Australia has established the Renewable Energy Hub of South Australia, a strategic portfolio of large scale integrated Solar PV, Wind and Battery Energy Storage assets located in South Australia. The hub also includes the siting of the Spencer Gulf Hydrogen Energy Ecoplex, forming part of the South Australian Government's Hydrogen Action Plan.
The portfolio, acquired from EPS, includes three large Solar PV projects totalling over 1.3 GW of generation, located at Robertstown (636 MW), Bungama (336MW) and Yoorndoo Ilga (388MW) with a total BESS capacity of up to 540MW across the portfolio.
Amp's expansion in Australia will include the implementation of Amp X, a proprietary digital energy platform 100% owned by Amp, which provides a diverse portfolio of disruptive and interoperable grid edge solutions, and includes a smart transformer, which enables real-time autonomous management and optimised dispatch of all forms of distributed generation and loads across the grid.
Palmetto recently opened its marketplace in Arizona, and is now serving 20 states across the country, claiming its proprietary technology, marketplace business model, and consumer mobile application "are all designed to democratize access to clean energy".