Exhaust and pollutant measurements are not just a topic for test companies like TV since the diesel scandal. With a modern high-tech system, the TV Rheinland has brought the technology center Lambsheim up to date.

"The reason for the conversion was the new EU WLTP regulation," explains Jiri Vejsada, head of the exhaust laboratory at the Lambsheim Technology Center. A modernization of existing technology was not possible due to the new requirements, so that a complete exchange of the test had to be made. Several million euros have flowed into the system, so that it is fit for the future.

On behalf of the Federal Motor Transport Authority, the specialists of TV Rheinland carry out exhaust and pollutant measurements as well as measurements of fuel consumption and – in the case of electric cars or hybrids – energy consumption values. On the one hand, this may include the review of new developments, but may also extend to vehicles already approved by the KBA.

The areas of application for a laboratory as in Lambsheim are varied: Legal opinions in disputes about the consumption values ​​are also part of the area of ​​responsibility of the engineers. 30 specialists work in the technology center near Frankenthal.

In addition to the laboratory tests on the exhaust-gas roll test stand, which all take place at 23 degrees Celsius and around 45 percent humidity, the WLTP procedures in force since 1 September 2017 also include measurements under real conditions. Here, among other things, specifications regarding the duration of the test drive, but also, for example, the height meter to observe, explains laboratory chief Vejsada. A ride takes just over 90 minutes, depending on traffic – it can not be shorter than one and a half hours, otherwise the entire exam, which consists of numerous exam points, is "invalid" – invalid.

The specifications are so strict that customers are provided with realistic data, for example with regard to consumption and CO2 values. Consumer protection is in the foreground, so regulations have been developed for the EU. For the test drives, the engineers of TV Rheinland install the so-called PEMS on the vehicle, the "Portable Emissions Measurement System", which collects data within the specified frame while driving.

The TV Rheinland remains true to its founding idea: as a neutral third party to ensure security and transparency and to help refine existing technologies.

Mirko Stepan / mid

The article "TÃœV Rheinland: State-of-the-art flue gas laboratory starts operation" was added on June 3, 2013 in the category Environment by Mirko Stepan with the tag titlesCar, Exhaust, New Car, Test Report, Consumption, Electric Vehicle, Hybrid Vehicle, Technical Supervision, Environment,published.


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Two fairs, three exciting vehicles from France: At the i-Mobility trade fair in Stuttgart, Peugeot will be presenting two newcomers, who will soon go into production. Citroen fans visiting VivaTech at the Paris Exhibition Center should feel more excited.

The Peugeot 3008 with new four-wheel drive hybrid has its first appearance on the German stage in Stuttgart. The new powertrain will complement the engine offer of the models 508 and 508 SW and 3008 from winter 2019, the French carmaker announces. Both Zero Emission Mode (ZEV) and all-wheel drive (HYBRID4) driving are possible, as well as a sport mode and a versatile hybrid mode.

Under the bonnet is the 1.6 liter PureTech petrol engine, which was specially optimized for the hybrid requirements, including a starter generator and a special cooling air supply. The hybrid drive produces 132 kW / 180 hp, the four-wheel drive variant "HYBRID4" 147 kW / 200 hp. The plug-in hybrid drive features the new e-EAT8 (Electric Efficient Automatic Transmission) eight-speed automatic transmission.

It is charged at the classic household socket or charging station: in seven hours, the battery is charged at 3.3 kW charging power (8A), takes on a reinforced power outlet of the type Green'up (3.3 kW charging power, 14A) the store four hours. In 1:45 hours is at a wall charging station for electric cars (6.6 kW charging power optional, 32A).

In both versions, 300V lithium-ion batteries are installed under the second row of seats, 11.8 kWh or 13.2 kWh is their capacity. Pure electric are up to 50 kilometers range in it. Using energy recovery and features such as e-Save, where the driver decides how he wants to access the electrical energy, make the e-experience even more attractive and efficient in everyday life.

Also new and as a premiere in Stuttgart: the e-208. The all-electric small car leads the way with the 508 oriented design and the new generation 3D-i cockpit. Also on board are – some optional – assistance systems such as the fully automatic parking aid, the Active Lane Keeping Assist or the Mdigkeitswarner.

The electric motor of the e-208 makes 100 kW / 136 hp and creates according to the manufacturer 340 kilometers to WLTP standard. The maximum torque is 260 Newton meters.

Citroen will be presenting a world-premiere concept car at the VivaTech international innovation trade show, which takes place in Paris from 16 to 18 May 2019, to mark the 100th anniversary of the brand. Electric motor and extraordinary design stand for the innovation and the values ​​of the traditional brand from France. Thanks to artificial intelligence, autonomous driving is also possible.

The article "PSA: Electric in Paris and Stuttgart" was on 25.04.2019 in the category Environment by Mirko Stepan with the keywords Study, fair, electric car, hybrid vehicle, environment, released.


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Can it be a little less Lexus ES? Toyota dares at the interface with the upper middle class with an old name a new attempt: The Camry is back. The model name had disappeared in Germany in 2004 in the sinking, although the Camry on the world market in 100 countries trumpeted strong.

After all, rolled since the launch in 1982 in seven generations 19 million copies to customers. The similarities to the more expensive Lexus ES, the sister model of the new Camry, are eye-catching: the identical to the horsepower hybrid, almost congruent Mae and the body concept as a four-tone notchback sedan.

Toyota knows that the criteria that work well in many markets are no guarantee of success in Germany. And why does the Japanese automobile giant dare try anyway? Mario Khler, the fleet customer manager, often mentions the taxi industry in his explanations. No wonder, because since the dawning of the diesel discussion more and more taxi companies in the conurbations are switching their fleet to hybrid vehicles. A success number for Toyota. Khler: "In Berlin meanwhile every fourth taxi is a Toyota Prius."

On top of that. Khler expects that of the Camry from the beginning of August, about 80 percent will be extended to business customers. Not necessarily for larger company fleets but more for independent business people who are rarely on the long haul. This clientele does not have the big thirst for performance, which can not be satisfied by the Camry anyway. He can only play his strength in a driving profile in which dominates the proportion of city driving: there scores the hybrid with low fuel consumption. So it's not surprising that the newcomer will not trigger a mass movement in the highway limousines. And that's why marketing for 2020 in Germany calculates only 1000 Camry.

The design of the Camry does not ride off the stool. If you mask the Toyota emblem and ask for the brand, few candidates would come up with the right answer. Is the Japanese stamped with it as a replaceable all-star car? Not necessarily, because the special design of the hybrid drive bears clearly Toyota's signature: A 2.5-liter petrol engine without turbo works with an electric motor, the result of their cooperation is paid via CVT to the front axle. Since the electric motor does not take on a boost function when accelerating from low speeds, the continuously variable automatic transmission spontaneously actuates the maximum speed when pausing to accelerate, in order to remain there. It sounds the engine rather geqult happy. One reason why the CVT transmission is often jokingly referred to as "heulomatik".

But thanks to the lower weight compared to the Lexus ES, the Camry does not look as seductive as its luxury brother, even though it does not mutate into a driving temperament bolt. Those who are not among the dedicated drivers and do not even try to be dynamic with the Camry, but is rewarded with a respectable low consumption: We reached the gemchlichen gliding on the country roads on the Croatian Adriatic coast around Split a consumption of 4 , 8 l per 100 km. This must make every cost-conscious taxi entrepreneur thoughtful.

Also potential taxi passengers in the rear of the Camry can be thrilled. Because the legroom of Hinterbnkler corresponds more to the business than the economy class. Also, the build quality of the interior materials leaves a good impression, although Toyota is very careful not to reach the higher level of the Lexus. The chassis tends in the comfortable direction and thus also emphasizes that the Camry wants to have rather little to do with athletic movement.

The equipment looks quite complete even in the Business Edition and leaves in the executive version hardly any wishes open. Why the available head-up display, of which we could convince ourselves in the Belgian test car, just not offered in Germany, is one of those secrets with which marketing managers in the auto industry sometimes surprise their customers. Presumably, when creating the price list again for every euro (Business: 39,900 euros, Executive: 42,390 euros) haggled. This meaningful detail in the middle class has long been standard, even a Mazda 3 from a vehicle class lower can optionally come up with it.

But maybe the head-up display in taxi driver circles is rather tatty. Fleet manager Khler hurry to announce that the taxi package with a sharp calculated surcharge on the cent will cost exactly 1773.10 euros. Now it remains to be seen whether the taxi operator wants to differentiate from his employed drivers, who he sends with the Prius, by the larger car and decides not for the Mercedes S-class but for the frugal Camry.

Mario Khler gets his eyes shining when he says that around 60,000 taxis are registered in the Federal Republic of Germany, of which 15,000 are purchased each year. He would have liked to send the specialist journalists in Split with Camrys in the taxi set to send a signal.

Klaus Brieter / mid

Specifications Toyota Camry Executive:

Four-seat sedan of the upper middle class, length / width / height / wheelbase in millimeters: 4.885 / 1.840 / 1.445 / 2.825, curb weight: 1.595-1.660 kg, payload: 440-505 kg, tank capacity: 50 l, luggage capacity: 524 l

Engine: 4-cylinder naturally aspirated gasoline engine, displacement 2,487 cm3, power: 131 kW / 177 hp at 5,700 rpm, max. Torque: 221 Nm at 3,600-5,200 rpm, electric motor with 88 kW / 120 hp and 202 Nm torque, system power: 160 kW / 218 hp, 0-100 km / h: 8,3 s, top speed: 180 km / h, electronically controlled continuously variable transmission, front-wheel drive, average fuel consumption: 4.3-4.4 l / 100km, CO2 emissions: 98-101 g / km (NEDC values), price: 42,390 euros

The article "Toyota Camry Executive: Taxi driver by the sea" was added on April 23, 2013 in the category Driving Report by Klaus Brieter with the keywords Driving Report, Sedan, Hybrid Vehicle, Car, Novelty, Test Report, Press Preview, Test, Report, Short Test, Presentation released.


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At the i-Mobility 2019, the Smart Mobility Fair, the car industry will mainly show new electric cars and hybrid models. For example, Peugeot presents two vehicles that are all about sustainable technologies: the all-electric compact car e-208 and the compact SUV 3008 with hybrid drive. Both cars will be available from winter 2019 on the market. I-Mobility will take place from April 25 to 28, 2019 in Stuttgart.

"With the new Peugeot 208, we are implementing our new strategy of flexibility," says Steffen Raschig, Managing Director of Peugeot Germany. "Our customers choose a model and the right drive for their lifestyle." The SUV segment is also continuing the quest for sustainable mobility: The Peugeot 3008 comes with four-wheel drive and is equipped with state-of-the-art hybrid technology, according to Raschig.

The e-208 is powered by an electric motor with 100 kW / 136 hp and thus reaches a distance of 340 kilometers according to WLTP standard. The engine develops from the stand a maximum torque of 260 Newton meters. Meanwhile comes the 3008 Hybrid4 with the "PureTech engine" and two electric motors, which are installed respectively on front and rear axle, on a total output of 220 kW / 300 hp. The compact SUV accelerates from 0 to 100 km / h in 6.5 seconds and leads to WLTP standard up to 50 kilometers purely electric.

The item "Peugeot drives to the fair i-Mobility" was added on April 23, 2013 in the category News by Lars Wallerang with the keywords Alternative drive, Exhibition, Novelty, Car, Subcompact, SUV, Hybrid vehicle, Electric car, Presentation, released.


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This Toyota is not to be overlooked – and certainly not to touch, even though it is a near-silent hybrid.

But inside everything is focused on concert atmosphere: Toyota now brings the Special Edition C-HR Neon Lime – Powered by JBL on the market. This special model features a JBL sound system consisting of an 576-watt eight-channel stereo amplifier and nine high-performance speakers.

A special Music Experience package featuring JBL lifestyle products is included: the JBL Endurance Dive, the Tune 600BTNC headphones, the Pulse 3 Bluetooth portable speaker, and a six-month Deezer subscription. In keeping with this model, the location was chosen for the performance: the JBL Snow Party in the French Alps.

And driving with this catchy tune can also: The limited to 2,000 pieces special model is equipped with a 122 hp hybrid drive.

The article "Earwig: Toyota with 576 Watt" was published on 08.04.2019 in the category Novelties by Andreas Reiners with the keywords Special model, novelty, hybrid vehicle, presentation, released.


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Peugeot repositions itself in terms of electric mobility. Two vehicles are now celebrating their premiere: the all-electric Peugeot e-208 and the Concept 508 Peugeot Sport Engineered Neo-Performance with hybrid drive.

The e-208 is based on the design of the coupe sedan 508. He has an electric motor with 100 kilowatts (136 hp). Three driving modes are part of the electric vehicle, with the Sport mode accelerating the e-208 from 0 to 100 km / h in 8.1 seconds.

The study based on the new Peugeot 508 is equipped with three engines: a PureTech 200 petrol engine, an 81 kW / 110 hp electric motor at the front and an electric motor with 147 kW / 200 hp at the rear. The car can travel up to 50 kilometers purely on electricity. According to Peugeot, it emits only 49 grams CO2 / km according to the WLTP standard in an average driving day.

The article "Peugeot: Two New for the Electromobility" was published on 05.04.2019 in the category Environment by Andreas Reiners with the keywordsElectric car, hybrid vehicle, electromobility, environment,released.


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Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) is getting ready for the future. In a new Software Innovation Center in Tokyo, the automaker wants to create the digital basis for the vehicles of tomorrow.

The center will open in the financial year 2019. The technologies developed there are designed to ensure "that Mitsubishi can meet the growing demand for vehicles with innovative preventive safety features, as well as with more electrification and other low-emission drives," said a company spokesman. Technologies such as electrification and four-wheel drive are also to be pushed ahead. Both are already in use in the Outlander plug-in hybrid.

The article "Mitsubishi builds innovation center" was published on 04.04.2019 in the category News by Rudolf Huber with the keywords Car, research, hybrid vehicle, short message, news, released.


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Toyota has announced the release of nearly 24,000 patents from over 20 years of hybrid technology development for royalty-free use. In addition, the carmaker offers other car manufacturers a chargeable technical support for the development and sale of electrified vehicles when Toyota's engines, batteries, control gear and other components are used for their own propulsion systems.

"The time has come for cooperation," says Shigeki Terashi, board member and executive vice president of Toyota Motor Corporation. "We receive a lot of inquiries about our electrification systems from companies that have realized that hybrid powertrains and other electrified vehicle technologies need to become even more popular." If the number of electrified vehicles increases in the next ten years, it will become the standard. You want to support this process.

The royalty-free patents are hybrid technologies in particular, which have helped to improve the performance of drive technology, reduce its size and reduce costs. The focus is on electric motors, control units and system controllers used in various electrified drive systems – such as hybrid, plug-in hybrid and fuel cell vehicles.

The article "Toyota releases hybrid patents" was added to the category Environment by Lars Wallerang on 04/03/2019 with the keywords Hybrid vehicle, Technology, Cooperation, Economy, Alternative drive, Environment, released.


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From Alaska to Tierra del Fuego: With the Ford Explorer, even inaccessible borders can be crossed. Now comes America's best-selling SUV to Europe. At the start of the market on the old continent at the end of 2019, a 331 kW / 450 hp hybrid vehicle will be on a tour of discovery. The purely electric range of the seven-seater is according to Ford about 40 kilometers.

The sixth Explorer generation was developed from scratch according to Ford. Ford offers the new top model of its European SUV family exclusively as a left-hand drive and in two trim levels: as a sporty "ST-Line" and in the luxurious "Platinum" version. The consumption for the Explorer with plug-in hybrid drive should be 3.4 liters per 100 kilometers, which corresponds to CO2 emissions of 78 g / km.

The new Explorer is perfect for families with a lot of space and a love of adventure, emphasizes Matthias Tonn, chief engineer of the Explorer series in Europe. "That's why it was so important for us that he can pull everything with his plug-in hybrid drive – from the horse trailer to the boat trailer," explains Matthias Tonn on the sidelines of the European debut in Amsterdam.

The driver has the TMS (Terrain Management System) off-road management system, which provides seven driving modes controlled by a dial: Normal, Sport, Dirt Road, Slippery, Trailers and Eco and a special setting for deep snow and Sand. Each individual program is displayed with its own graphic symbols in the instrument's 12.3-inch display. The serial downhill control is intended to facilitate the traversing of difficult terrain.

With a length of 5.05 meters, a width of 2.28 meters (with unfolded exterior mirrors) and a height of 1.78 meters, the new explorer with plug-in hybrid drive can accommodate up to seven people in three rows of seats.

The luggage capacity indicates Ford with a maximum of 2,274 liters. Another 123 liters are added through the storage and storage compartments in the interior. And no one has to die of thirst, because there are at least twelve cup holders for the seven passengers. Whether this should be a decisive purchase criterion, however, seems questionable.

Jutta Bernhard / mid, Ralf Loweg / mid

The article "Hybrid Power: Ford Explorer Discovers Europe" was added on April 2, 2013 in the category Novelties by Jutta Bernhard with the keywords Car, SUV, hybrid vehicle, novelty, concept, released.


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