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2015 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Review

The 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is the first affordable full size SUV plug-in hybrid from Mitsubishi and is an ambitious car that moves the game forward in the electric power stakes.

In combination with a 2.0 litre four-cylinder petrol engine that acts primarily as a generator, two electric motors propel the Mitsubishi, mostly in silence and with reasonable urgency.

Electric only range is limited to around 50km, but with some planning, it is possible to carry out most of your day-to-day activities with out the need to engage the petrol motor.

Priced at $52,490 plus on road costs it’s not exactly cheap. It does however posses a full suite of bells and whistles in addition to the advanced hybrid drive train.

To put it to the test I loaded up the fully charged Outlander with kids, dogs and luggage and headed to the picturesque Mornington Peninsula for a few days.

It was a silent run out of the city but within 30km the battery level indicator began to flash low and it was time to hit the charge button located on the centre console.

The charge button does exactly that…it fires up the coarse four-cylinder petrol engine to charge the batteries. Mitsubishi claim a full charge can be achieved using 3.0 litres of standard unleaded.

By the time we reached our destination the trip computer was reading 11 litres per 100km – far from impressive. The petrol engine was at times called on to help power the front wheels. Under full throttle load, on high speed overtaking maneuvers for instance, the combustion engine assists the electric motors to send the full combined power of 87kw to the driving wheels. So with the extra power assistance and the charging of the batteries the petrol engine was a constant companion for about 100km of the 130km trip.

Once at our destination it was time to plug the Outlander in via an adapter to convert regular 10-amp household power into the 15-amp power the Mitsubishi likes. Done this way a full charge could take up to 20 hours, however 80% of the charge happens in under a couple of hours.

If you were to buy an Outlander PHEV I’d suggest factoring in the cost of installing a 15-amp power supply at home, which provides a full charge in less than 8 hours.

Once the battery levels were a bit over three quarters full, a trip to the beach and the pub, then home again saw the batteries as the only power source.

Back in the garage, the Outlander was plugged in again; a routine kept up over four days…when the Outlander wasn’t on the road it was hooked up to the power grid. With no trips over 40km, it was four days of completely silent motoring – the petrol engine wasn’t required and the performance of the electric only drivetrain was impressive with full torque available instantly.

A coasting mode helps convert the energy generated under braking or coasting down hills into power that is fed back into the batteries.

With the battery pack in the floor, the handling characteristics of the Outlander PHEV are far superior to that of the combustion only Mitsubishi SUV’s thanks to a low centre of gravity, although don’t expect sports car like dynamics, this is after all a high riding SUV.

The return trip back to the city saw identical performance as the trip to the beach, and once home the routine of keeping the Mitsubishi plugged in while not on the road produced exceptional results.

Over two weeks and 750km the total fuel consumption was 3.1 litres per 100km, and days would go by where the petrol engine was never heard.

If you lived within 20km of your daily work destination, it is entirely possible to expect to get away with electric only motoring…only the big trips highlight the weaknesses of the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV limited range.

In every other way the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV performs just like a regular SUV. Unlike the other Outlanders in Mitsubishi’s range no seven-seat option is available, that’s it though, everything else is just the same.

Blind spot monitoring, reverse camera, radar controlled cruise control, satellite navigation, a decent sound system and electric drivers seat, along with a full leather interior and plenty of space for passengers and cargo alike make the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV a very useable family vehicle with virtually no option boxes left to tick.

Read more: BehindTheWheel.com.au

In one of his last speeches as Shell chief, Peter Voser warned of the dangers of failing to invest in energy (Image: Reuters)

Age of $100 oil will return as energy industry cuts too deep

Jobs cuts and cancelled projects mean that oil prices could bounce back harder and faster than before

Is the return of $100 oil just around the corner?

Just over a year ago, Peter Voser, in one of his last speeches as chief executive of Royal Dutch Shell, warned about the catastrophic consequences that could arise from the energy industry failing to invest in providing the world with enough oil and gas to meet global demand.

Mr Voser told an audience of senior oil and gas industry executives gathered in London:

“Our first priority must be to invest heavily in new supplies, and to maintain it through economic and political turbulence. Failing to do so would be a sure path to another crunch and major price volatility.”

On the day Mr Voser spoke in London a barrel of Brent crude was trading at $107 per barrel, the same barrel is now worth under $50.

In one of his last speeches as Shell chief, Peter Voser warned of the dangers of failing to invest in energy (Image: Reuters)
In one of his last speeches as Shell chief, Peter Voser warned of the dangers of failing to invest in energy (Image: Reuters)

It can take a decade to discover a major oil field and bring it into production, and most oil majors have been basing their long-term forecasts for such projects on the assumption of $80 oil.

Failure to ride out the bumps in oil prices along the way can lead to even bigger shortfalls in supply further down the track. The risk in the current market is that oil companies will cut back too hard, too fast, setting the world’s consumers up for another shock that will see the price of a barrel of crude trade well above $100.

Instead of heeding Mr Voser’s advice and forging ahead with new investments to boost capacity by pushing the search for new resources in the frontiers of the Arctic and offshore Africa, oil and gas companies are now looking inwards by aggressively reining in capital expenditure.

Oil majors like Shell are forensically evaluating their project pipeline to filter out schemes that may not make sense in a supposedly new era of low oil prices, which some pessimistic pundits have predicted could fall to as low as $20 per barrel. The Anglo-Dutch company and its partner Qatar Petroleum this week shelved its first major development this year when it decided not to go ahead with a $6.5bn petrochemicals plant near Doha. Its reason for cancelling the project was simple: the scheme, which probably started as a concept in a world of $100 oil, no longer makes commercial sense with the current economic circumstances weighing on the energy industry.

More energy projects are expected to be placed on ice as companies prioritise short-term shareholder returns ahead of long-term strategic planning to meet future demand. According to estimates made by Wood MacKenzie, in Europe and the UK around £55bn-worth of oil and gas developments are under threat while prices remain at their current levels. Most of these projects are centred around the North Sea, one of the world’s most expensive operating areas.

The first wave of cutbacks spreading across the industry started to hit the UK this week. BP announced plans to shed 300 workers from its North Sea operations, where the company employs 3,500 people. The BP announcement was followed by news that US oil giant ConocoPhillips plans to trim 230 staff from its UK workforce of 1,400 people. These cuts followed similar moves in the North Sea by Chevron and Shell last year. Oil and gas contractor Schlumberger, which has a significant presence in the UK, then said it will have to cut 9,000 jobs to remain profitable.

More jobs cuts are expected across the industry both among engineering contractors and operating companies. The Telegraph revealed this week that Tullow Oil plans to shrink its number of staff as the company said that it would have to write off $2.2bn as a direct result of the oil price collapse. Oil industry veteran Sir Ian Wood has warned that 15,000 jobs could go in the UK’s offshore oil and gas industry.

The problem is that the current fall in oil prices has been artificially engineered by Saudi Arabia and its close allies within the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec). They are determined to win back lost market share from US shale oil drillers at any cost, and are keeping their spigots open with the knowledge that prices will whiplash back even higher. The latest data released by the International Energy Agency (IEA) and Opec’s research office prove that this strategy is already working after only a few months.

The IEA now predicts that oil supplies from producers outside Opec will grow at a much slower rate this year than it had previously forecast. The Paris-based watchdog has revised down its estimate by 350,000 barrels barrels per day (bpd), which is roughly equivalent to six “Elephant” scale oil fields worth of output. It now expects non-Opec countries to produce an additional 950,000 bpd this year, bringing total production excluding the cartel to 57.5m bpd in 2015. Opec’s secretariat has also made a similar call and now sees US frackers under severe pressure from falling prices.

In the current rush to predict a floor to the oil prices it is easy to forget that over the next 25 years rising populations and economic growth will require significantly more energy. Demand for energy will double over the next 50 years but the IEA still forecasts that crude oil output from wells producing in 2011 will have dropped by almost two-thirds by 2035. Opec itself expects oil prices to be somewhere in the region of $177 per barrel by 2040 as the world will require 111m bpd of crude, up from just over 91m bpd at present.

Irrespective of the final outcome of Opec’s oil price war with US shale drillers in North Dakota and Texas, the next 20 years will continue to see a historic shift in the world’s economy. This will see billions of people in China, India, Southeast Asia and possibly Africa emerge from poverty, increasing demand on the world’s finite resources.

Don’t get too used to the price of petrol at pumps falling; it could be shooting up again all too soon.

Source: Telegraph

The Tesla Model S is a fully electric, four-door saloon car (Image: IB Times UK)

Tesla Model S P85+ review: The car of the future is already here

Tesla Model S Review

Log into an iPhone app, check how much charge is in the battery and set the heating while you eat breakfast. From your very first interactions with the Tesla Model S, you know it’s unlike any other car on the road.

The car continues to impress before you get inside. Walk up to it with the key in your pocket (I say key, it’s actually a small plastic model of the car itself) and the Model S senses your presence. The mirrors unfold and door handles glide outwards. Grab one, get in and prepare yourself for a journey unlike anything you’ve experienced before.

At this point I could talk about the huge touch screen, the electric, heated seats which remember exactly how you set them, the 3G connection, the two extra child’s seats in the boot, and everything else the Model S has to offer. But they can wait; let’s get straight to the party piece.

Tesla Model S: Performance

Foot on the brake to wake the car, engage drive with the Mercedes-sourced gear selector, breathe, hover your foot over the accelerator, then bury it. The car’s electric motor feeds 416 horsepower and 600 newton metres of torque (433ft lb in old money) to the rear wheels and launches you down the road with the unrelenting shove of a roller coaster.

Traction control filtering out a hint of slip from the 21-inch rear wheels, 60mph ticks by in 4.2 seconds – faster than a Porsche 911 Carrera S. It isn’t just the initial launch which impresses, but the way the Model S keeps you pinned to the seat with a ferocity which doesn’t fade until deep into license-losing territory. Because there’s only one gear the barrage of torque is relentless, and can be summoned instantly – this is where electric cars reign supreme over their internal combustion counterparts.

Flooring the accelerator never, ever gets boring, and feeling the immense surge forward is hugely addictive. The sci-fi whine from the motor and regenerative braking system only adds to the otherworldliness of it all.

The mind-bending turn of pace is even more impressive when you consider the size of the Model S. It’s just shy of five metres long, two metres wide, and weighs more than two tonnes.

But all that mass is more muscle than fat. Because it was designed to be a fully electric car from the very start – there is no petrol, diesel or hybrid alternative – the Model S is packaged cleverly. The immensely heavy battery pack is in the floor, keeping the centre of gravity low, which improves handling and stability.

Being much smaller than an equally powerful engine means the Tesla’s motor can be tucked away between the rear wheels, leading to masses of storage. The rear boot is about what you’d expect from a car of this size – plus my model had the optional (£2,100) children’s seats, good for kids aged five to 10. There’s also a front boot large enough for a weekly food shop or medium-sized suitcase.

Read more: IB Times

Mark Richards and Andy Lloyd (Image: Burnley Express)

Taxi boss in 700-mile round trip to pick up electric car

A Cornish cab driver has hailed a Burnley firm – after becoming one of the first people in the UK to take delivery of a new Nissan electric taxi.

Mark Richards clocked up more than 700 miles when he made the round trip from St Austell in Cornwall to the Chorley Group’s Nissan dealership in Westgate, Burnley.

But the taxi boss didn’t need to worry about his meter racking up a bill on the return journey because his all-electric new motor costs just 2p a mile to run.

The Chorley Group are one of the first Nissan dealers in the country to sell the new e-NV200 taxi.

Mark Richards and Andy Lloyd (Image: Burnley Express)
Mark Richards and Andy Lloyd (Image: Burnley Express)

Mark, who works for C&C Taxis in St Austell, said:

“We’ve been using Nissan Leafs for a while now.

“The e-NV200 will have paid for itself in savings within a few years and it is much better for the environment than the big carriers we use at the minute.”

Andy Lloyd, general manager of the Chorley Group’s Burnley dealership, said the company had invested a lot of money in electric vehicle technology over the last 18 months and that demand was constantly growing.

Source: Burnley Express

2015 Kia Soul EV Plus (Image: John Matras Media LLC)

2015 Kia Soul EV Plus review: Little feet

Hamsters, in case you haven’t noticed, have very small feet. So does the 2015 Soul EV. It’s a battery-electric vehicle, not only is it, well, sorta small, it’s carbon footprint—for those who believe—is downright tiny.

Not only does it have no “point of use” emissions—where the electricity come from is beyond its control—it’s also into eco materials and other “earth-friendly” bits and procedures.

Take the drivetrain. Under the hood of the is a liquid-cooled AC synchronous permanent magnet motor has multi-layer magnets, improving efficiency. The motor produces only 109 horsepower but it’s rated at 210 lb.-ft. of torque, and since that comes at zero rpm, the Soul EV fairly leaps off the line.

Drive is via the front wheels through a single-speed constant-ratio gear reduction unit. The faster it goes, the faster the motor spins. Period. The electric motor requires no shifting, as usual with electric cars.

Kia places the batteries for the Soul EV are under the floor. Only several inches thick, the batteries are stacked to fit under the front seats without raising their h-point, the distance of the occupants’ hips from the floor of the vehicle. The floor behind the front seat, however, is raised to allow the batteries to fit. There’s minimal reduction in rear seat leg room, however, because the seats are moved rearward, Instead of legs hanging down, the rear passengers’ feet ride further forward. The seat is still high enough—the Soul has a high seating position to begin with—and because the boxy Soul has generous head room, that doesn’t change because the rear h-point doesn’t change.

The Soul EV also puts more battery packs in the space otherwise used for the gas-powered Soul’s fuel tank, and all batteries cooled via a fan in the erstwhile spare tire well. A lot of electric conversions lose trunk space because the batteries, but because the Soul EV are under the floor and where the fuel tank would go, the rear cargo space of 18.8 cu.-ft. (with rear seats up) doesn’t change. The 120v charger also fits in the trunk in a special place under the floor.

Charging ports are behind a swing-out panel in the middle of the Soul EV’s grille. Two charging ports are standard, including a SAE J1772 port for Level 1 and Level 2 AC, and a CHAdeMo DC fast-charging port (480v).

A fully depleted battery will take 24 hours to recharge using a standard 120v outlet, but plug it into a 240v outlet and the time drops to less than five. A similarly no-charge battery can be brought up to 80-percent charge in as little as 33 minutes with a 50 kW-output DC fast charger.

Of course, no one runs a battery completely to the bottom of the electric pail, so real life charging times will be less, especially if the electric Soul driver takes advantage of opportunistic charging in mid-trip. For home charging Kia has partnered with Bosch, Leviton and AeroVironment so Soul EV owners can get the best unit for their applications…and so Kia doesn’t have to worry about stocking its own branded charger.

The 2015 Kia Soul EV can be spotted by the closed-off “tiger” grille of the standard Soul, though the outline of the grille is kept both for identity and to point out, hey, that thing ain’t got no radiator grille. Cooling air—even running batteries and the electric motor creates heat—is brought in under the front bumper.

Other cues to the 2015 Kia Soul EV are the color accent trim in the front and rear fascias, projector headlights, LED “positioning lamps”, and LED tail lights, which look like “E 3” when viewed from behind. The Soul EV gets 16-inch alloy wheels unique to the model, with super low rolling resistance (SLRR) tires that have 10 percent less drag than regular tires for better range.

The Soul EV also has “EcoElectric” badges on the front fenders for those who don’t get it otherwise. At first, the Soul EV will come in four color schemes, Caribbean Blue lower body with Clear White roof, Shadow Black lower body with Inferno Red roof, Titanium Gray, and Clear White.

The Soul EV will be offered in two trim levels, the base Soul EV and the upgrade Soul EV +, priced at $33,700 and $35,700 respectively. The EV+ will most easily identified by its standard fog lights.

2015 Kia Soul EV Plus (Image: John Matras Media LLC)
2015 Kia Soul EV Plus (Image: John Matras Media LLC)

Changes in the interior go beyond the change in the rear seat. The instrument panel replaces the tachometer of the gas models with a charge/power/recharge dial. The dial also includes “fuel gauge” and a large digital number for the range in miles remaining.

Between that dial and the speedometer, the Soul EV has a 3.5-inch OLED screen that displays data on the vehicle’s energy flow, charging time, ECO driving level and energy economy, which measures how efficiently the battery is operating. It’s also where the Soul EV tells you it’s running out of battery charge, as our test vehicle did when it reached 20 percent remaining.

An eight-inch capacitive-touch navigation screen is standard on the Soul EV. The navigation system, in addition to the usual nav duties, tracks the closest recharging stations. Introduced for the first time on the Soul EV, UVO EV Services includes downloadable apps that allow EV owners to download Yelp 6, the online urban city guide, along with iHeartRadio digital radio service, and Sound Hound, which listens to what’s playing and displays all related information such as lyrics, the artist, title and album cover art.

Interested in reducing your “carbon footprint”? The 2015 Kia Soul EV helps with what it’s made of. Instead of petroleum based fabrics, the headliner uses stuff made from corn and sugar.

The Kia Soul EV with a heat pump instead of conventional (for electric vehicles) electric resistance heating. Air conditioning and heating are a big drain on battery life, Kia runs the usual a/c compressor “run backwards” to operate as a heat pump. The Soul EV also has a setting for just the driver, directing heated/cooled air at the driver only, for solo driving or when the driver is feeling particularly selfish.

The HVAC system can also be scheduled to pre-heat or cool the passenger compartment while the Soul EV is still plugged into the charger, so you can drive off fully charged, and not have to consume battery charge on heat up/cool down. Air intake control regulates inner and outer air flow to reduce HVAC usage, regulating interior temperature by carefully managing recirculated cabin air. Still, range will be affected by ambient outdoor air temperature.

According to Kia, the 2015 Kia Soul EV has a range of about 93 miles. That’s conservative, per the distance we drove. Unfortunately, we didn’t take note of exactly how far we travelled, but we were approaching that distance when the Soul EV gave us the 20 percent warning.

Otherwise, the 2015 Kia Soul EV impressed us with its transparent operation. Other than being quieter, there was little reason to think that the Soul EV was anything but a regular everyday automobile. Well, the silence and that the Soul was, in a word, slow. Kia says zero-to-sixty takes about 12 seconds. It sucks up battery charge, of course, to do that, so most people won’t. But merging into fast traffic will require planning, even if it’s easy to accidentally cruise at hyper-legal speeds, thanks to the Soul EV being so quiet.

Drivers can extend range with a mode selection, however. The standard drive “D” mode imitates what drivers are used to, with an easy coast-down. ActiveEco, set via pushbutton, increases regenerative braking over standard drive, and slows accelerator tip in. Placing the shift lever in “B,” however, greatly increases regenerative braking, which allows “one-pedal” driving. Lift the pedal and the car slows as if the regular service brakes were used.

That’s probably the way hamsters would drive. Or maybe not. You never know with hamsters. Except that when they drive a Kia Soul EV, they have a very small carbon footprint.

Source: Examiner

Despite falling gas prices, which made hybrids and electric vehicles less attractive, sales of the Nissan Leaf rose 35% through November.(Image: John Raoux/Associated Press)

Hybrid sales down, but EVs rise despite lower gas prices

Somewhat surprisingly, hybrids that still use gas, but don’t need recharging, took the biggest hit.

Cheap gas will kill sales of hybrids and electrical vehicles conventional wisdom holds, but a closer look at the numbers through November shows a more complex picture.

Somewhat surprisingly, hybrids that still use gas, but don’t need recharging, took the biggest hit. Through 2014’s first 11 months, gas-electric hybrid sales fell 9% to 418,850, according to hybridcars.com, slipping to 2.8% of the total U.S. light-vehicle market from 3.2% a year earlier.

Plug-in hybrids and pure battery-driven models actually had a strong year. Sales of plug-in hybrids jumped 17% to 51,490 and sales of battery electrics rose 31% to 55,906, of which the Nissan Leaf accounted for nearly half (27,098). Leaf sales were not only up 35% for the first 11 months, they were up 34% in November when gas prices were well into their decline.

Despite falling gas prices, which made hybrids and electric vehicles less attractive, sales of the Nissan Leaf rose 35% through November.(Image: John Raoux/Associated Press)
Despite falling gas prices, which made hybrids and electric vehicles less attractive, sales of the Nissan Leaf rose 35% through November.(Image: John Raoux/Associated Press)

But alternative propulsion represents a sliver of our automotive landscape. The internal combustion engine, even if the current glut of crude oil vanishes by March, will be the dominant powertrain for years to come.

The Obama administration’s goal of 1 million battery-only and plug-in electric vehicles on U.S. roads by 2015 will not be achieved.

So this may not be the best time to buy your first shares of Tesla Motors, although they have fallen about 25% from an early September peak of $286.

General Motors is to unveil an upgraded Chevrolet Volt at the North American International Auto Show this month into a headwind of the lowest gas prices since the bad old days of late 2008.

But there are still folks out there for whom saving a few hundred dollars a year is not enough. They’re looking to kick the fossil fuel habit altogether and there are more choices for them.

While Volt sales have tumbled 16% from 2013, Ford more than doubled sales of its Fusion Energi plug-in to 10,761. Toyota sold 14% more of its Prius plug-in (12,772 through November).

The less consumers pay at the pump the more likely they are to opt for size and power over fuel economy. Sales of pickups, SUVs and vans outnumbered passenger cars again by 52% to 48% through November. December sales, which automakers will release Monday, likely will show that trend will grow stronger.

Most every new model, regardless of its size, offers significantly better mileage than the one it replaces because of a combination of reduced weight and more-efficient engines.

Even so, the average fuel economy of vehicles sold in the U.S., which had risen 26% over the past seven years, fell to 25.3 m.p.g. for November from 25.8 in August, according to data compiled by the University of Michigan’s Transportation Research Institute.

So the longer gas prices stay low the more difficult it could be for automakers to meet the federal government’s fuel economy standards.

The Obama administration, under a law enacted under the Bush administration in 2007, requires the average fuel economy of cars and light trucks sold in the U.S. to rise annually and hit 34.1 m.p.g. by 2016. The target rises to 54.5 m.p.g. in 2025.

But the law called for a “midterm review” before the 2017 model year to determine whether to ease the standards based on consumer habits, gasoline prices and other factors.

Don’t be surprised if automakers start suggesting soon that such a review be in the direction of a less-ambitious standard.

Source: Detroit Free Press

Tesla Opens 20th Supercharger Station in the UK

Tesla Opens Its 20th Supercharger Station In The UK

Tesla announced that it energized its 20th Supercharger station in the UK and is on schedule to reach full coverage by the end of 2015.

“Today, Supercharger stations are available at Sainsbury’s supermarkets in Winchester, Exeter and Bristol. Tesla also recently opened stations at Junction 15 of the M1 near Northampton and Brent Cross shopping centre in North London.”

The total numbers for the world already exceed 300 stations and 1,600 Supercharging points.

Tesla Opens 20th Supercharger Station in the UK
Tesla Opens 20th Supercharger Station in the UK

More than 40% are installed in Europe – 129 stations with over 670 Supercharging points.

Source: Inside EVs

Car exhaust pollution (Image: Wikipedia)

Labour admits “wrong decision” over encouraging diesel cars

Labour’s shadow environment minister Barry Gardiner has admitted that the party made the wrong decision to base car tax on CO2 emissions, encouraging people to buy diesel cars.

[Published 27 January] In an interview with Channel 4′s Dispatches programme, which was aired yesterday evening, he said:

“Hands up. There is absolutely no question that the decision that we took was the wrong decision. At that time we didn’t have the evidence that subsequently we did have and we had cleaner diesel engines which we thought meant that any potential problem was a lower grade problem than the problem we’re try to solve of CO2.”

It comes after Islington Council increased the cost of parking permits for diesel cars in a bid to completely rid the borough of diesel vehicles by 2023.

London Mayor Boris Johnson has called for a diesel scrappage scheme and Paris is planning to ban diesel cars by 2020.

The programme, named The Great Car Con, claimed that diesel cars emit 22 times more particulate matter (soot) emissions than petrol vehicles, putting people in urban areas at risk of cancer.

Meanwhile, four times the amount of oxides of nitrogen emissions could be responsible for an increased risk of heart disease, strokes and diabetes.

Despite strict EU targets, the UK government recently admitted that there was too much nitrogen dioxide in 38 out of 43 areas in the UK.
Fuel consumption figures not representative of the real world

Dispatches went on to claim that official NEDC lab tests for fuel consumption were not representative of the real world.

A spokesman for the Transport and Environment campaign group, Greg Archer, said:

“The carmakers have found dozens of ways of manipulating those test results, so that the car passes the test but doesn’t perform anything like as well on the road.”

The programme claimed that some manufacturers could go as far as removing rear seats to save weight when undergoing the test, as well as removing door mirrors and taping up panel gaps to make the cars before streamlined.

Archer added:

“The procedures the companies have to follow don’t say you can’t disconnect the battery, and you can’t tape up the doors and grilles. Of course they don’t, because that would be stupid.”

In response, Mike Hawes, chief executive of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), said:

“All the manufacturers operate within the set test. The test has to be witnessed by an independent, third-party witness, which is appointed by the government agency.”

Source: Motoring Research

2015 VW Golf 7 GTE (204hp)

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Fast Autobahn acceleration test of the 2014/2015 Volkswagen Golf 7 GTE with the twin engine concept delivering 204 hp and up to 350 Nm of torque. While the 1.4 TSI with 150 hp is already not really slow, they added the 102 hp electric motor out of the e-Golf to make this a proper GT(E). As you can see, this car really pulls once you put it in “B” (Boost?) and GTE-mode. I don’t really know why it is significantly faster than what VW claims but it also feels like more than 200 hp! Especially as I tested the Golf 7 GTD and GTI (220hp) I can tell that this hybrid is very close to the GTI! Besides that you get an “E-Mode” that let’s you accelerate pretty decent up to 130 km/h and drive totally quiet in cities….I personally like it! On top of that you get the quick shifting DSG (6-speed) that also shifts in E-Mode…very cool!

See also: Gas2.org: Is The Volkswagen Golf GTE As Fast As The GTI?