Christian Kaminsky / Beata Telingo Communications BMW Motorrad – www.bmwgroup.com
With the "C Evolution", BMW Motorrad presents its first near-production prototype of a high-performance electric scooter. From July 27th to August 12th five fully roadworthy prototypes will be tested in road traffic in the city centre of London. After this the trials will continue in other European cities. In the course of this pilot phase, the C evolution will be tested in real conditions and in various markets. This will allow BMW Motorrad to gain experience in the field of e-mobility in preparation for the market launch of the future serial production model.
Jaguar can today confirm that it will launch the remarkable C-X75 concept car as an exclusive hybrid supercar.
Jaguar C-X75 will become the British marque’s most advanced model to date. It will offer performance on a par with the fastest production cars on the market, while adopting cutting-edge technology that offers remarkably economical running. Jaguar expects this hybrid supercar to deliver incredibly low CO2 emissions of less than 99g/km while being able to achieve in excess of 200mph.
Michael Choo General Manager / Global Public Relations Overseas Communication Team Kia Motors Corp – www.kiamotors.com
Kia Motors introduced Korea’s first electric vehicle, with the launch of the new Kia Ray EV – a zero-emissions city car with lively performance and a range of up to 139 km (86 miles) on a single charge.
For supply exclusively to the domestic Korean market, the Kia Ray EV is a close relative of Kia’s 1.0-liter gasoline powered Ray CUV, which went on sale in Korea last month. It shares that model’s major dimensions and, in a global first for an EV manufacturer, can share a production line with conventional combustion-engine cars.
BMW Group Design wins three Green GOOD DESIGN™ Awards.
A trio of BMW Group concept cars (BMW i8 Concept, BMW i3 Concept and MINI Rocketman Concept) have been presented with the 2012 Green GOOD DESIGN™ Award for sustainable product design. This is the first time a BMW Group product has been among the winners of the annual Green GOOD DESIGN™ Award, which was launched in 2009 as a special off-shoot of the GOOD DESIGN™ Award. The world’s oldest and most prestigious design prize was founded in Chicago in 1950 by architects Eero Saarinen, Charles and Ray Eames, and Edgar Kaufmann Jr.
The future of electric mobility at Audi is highly dynamic: The R8 e-tron has set a world record for a production vehicle with an electric drive system on the Nürburgring Nordschleife – the toughest test track in the world. Racing driver Markus Winkelhock piloted the high performance, all-electric-drive sports car around the demanding 20.8-kilometer (12.92-mile) track in 8:09.099 minutes. With this Audi has achieved yet another milestone in its history, following overall wins at the 24-hour races at the Nürburgring and Le Mans.
For the first time in history, an airplane has succeeded in flying night and day without any fuel, powered for 26 hours by nothing but solar energy. This flight, on 8 July 2010, brought the initial phase of the Solar Impulse adventure launched by Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg to a successful conclusion, validating their goal of demonstrating the enormous potential of new technologies for saving energy and applying renewable forms of energy.
In its quest for the ultimate in technological performance and symbolic force, Solar Impulse has set out on the precarious and risk-strewn path trodden by all pioneers. Since 2003, a team of creative mechanical and electrical engineers, physicists, IT experts, and composite material specialists have applied all their skills to build this revolutionary aircraft, capable of coming close to perpetual flight.