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Recharge Wrap-up: Big Oil fails at renewable fuel, scientists study air with EVs, plug-in Panamera sales

Filed under: Ethanol, EV/Plug-in, Flex-Fuel, Nissan, Porsche, Europe/EU, North America, Asia, UK, India, USA

Big Oil companies help keep renewable fuels out of your tank, a new report shows. No surprise there, right? The Renewable Fuels Association published a report card grading the country’s largest retail gasoline chains on fuel offerings like E85 and E15. The report gave failing grades, with less than one percent of stations offering E15 or E85, to “Big Five” companies Exxon, BP, ConocoPhillips, Chevron and Shell, among other oil company and convenience/grocery store brands. The only major oil companies that didn’t get an “F” were Valero (D), Cenex (B), and Marathon (A-).

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Porsche 918 Spyder roars electric through London

Filed under: EV/Plug-in, Hybrid, Porsche, Europe/EU, UK, Videos

The Porsche 918 Spyder can be an object of lust for anyone who appreciates the finer things in the automotive world, but for us greenies with penchant for speed, the car is an icon. This gorgeous, all-wheel-drive plug-in hybrid offers 887 horsepower and 940 pound-feet of torque, can do 0-60 in just 2.5 seconds and is capable of 214 miles per hour. It lapped the Nürburgring in a record 6:57.

BRUSA Spyder/550 Spyder – Strong Family Resemblance

The folks at AutoblogGreen have the scoop on the this little electric Spyder built by BRUSA. I agree with them it has a strong family resemblance to the old Porsche 550 Spyder. Beck Spyders make great electric conversions. They sell these replica cars with or without motors and the layout is perfect for placing batteries front and rear. The original 550 Spyders are extremely rare, collectible, and very expensive so building one from a replica like a Beck makes a lot of sense.

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Fisker Karma will be built along side Porsche Boxsters

Valmet Automotive, the same company Porsche contracts to build the Boxster and Caymen sports cars, has been chosen to build the Fisker Karma 100 MPG plug-in hybrid luxury sedan. This is a very good sign that the Karma is on course for a 2010 release and that quality and production levels will be very high. Fisker expects production levels to be about 15,000 cars a year. Valmet has been building Boxsters for Porsche for over 10 years and I’m certain this experience will pay off for Fisker.

The Karma will have a 350 mile range. It will run on a full battery charge alone for 50 miles before it’s recharged while driving by a small gasoline motor. At night Karma owners can recharge by plugging into a normal household outlet. Top speed will be 125 MPH and it will be able to accelerate from 0 to 60 in under six seconds. In other words, the Fisker Karma will be very comparable to other luxury sedans. So far no journalist has gotten a ride in the real thing, to my knowledge. I hope the real thing is as impressive as it looks like on paper.

Porsche Panamera Will Be A Hybrid

porsche-panamera-hybrid.jpgWe’re Porsche Addicts… I know, I know, green car people loving gas gobbling high performance sports cars like Porsche is just wrong. But maybe Porsche will help us out of our hyprocracy.

Porsche has announced that the new four door Panamera will be offered as a hybrid and share the new Cayenne Hybrid technology. A gasoline only version will also be available for all you gasoholics.

Porsche’s approach to hybrid has been a little different than many other, like Toyota’s Prius. The Porsche solution allows driving on batteries only, gas only, or a combination of both depending on conditions and driving style. The Cayenne for example can travel up to 75 MPH on the batteries alone.

We assume this also means that the Porsche solution will make a better plug-in hybrid in the future since it has more battery reserves on-board than most of the current hybrid solutions.