The cloak and dagger Louisiana car company known as V Vehicles has now been renamed Next Autoworks and will be based in California. If the name rings a bell, then you’ve probably been surfing one of the many green blog sites lately. V Vehicles started making waves in mid-2006, claiming to “change the automotive business in the US” through their revolutionary new, small, environmentally-friendly runabout. All we knew was that it would run on natural compressed gas and the generic stuff about it being compact, cheap to run etc. Since then, we haven’t even seen what the car looks like save for a few blurry renderings and a headlight teaser. The car doesn’t even have a name.

Most people in the know never took them seriously. That is, until now. Next Autoworks now has some serious backing from billionaire oil magnate, T. Boone Pickens, and the Venture Capital firm, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, and they have even hired Kathleen Ligocki to take the lead. Ligocki’s resume includes being a part of top brass at Ford, Tower Automotive, and Mexico’s GS Salinas. In the design department, Tom Matano will be doing his thing - famous for designing the timeless Mazda Miata and sleek RX-7.

Now that the game plan has changed with serious players on board, these guys finally look like they’re for real. Then again, with so much secrecy, one cannot help but be a little weary. If they manage to pull it off, it’ll be a landmark era for the automotive industry and no doubt a green wave of change to the way things are currently done. We’ll keep you posted.

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Source: Insideline

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16 comments:

  (714) posted on 08.26.2011

There are a lot of environmental-friendly vehicle in the market. And seriously, the competition is quite tough. It seems that they haven’t find any possible consumer for this one.

  (528) posted on 08.26.2011

It seems that the vehicle doesn’t make it into production. The competition between the green car is pretty tough. Well, I guess its the reason why its concept was being killed.

  (429) posted on 08.11.2011

Well., I like their new name. The first time I heard this. I imagined that it will be the next successful automaker in the history. Even if they will change their name. I’m sure it will not be a big problem for the owner who is very rich so it is not a big deal for him to release a huge amount of money.

  (630) posted on 08.8.2011

It is a good thing that they want to change their concept about cars. They don’t get any prospective buyers, and they almost got bankrupt. I hope they can now come up with better cars.

  (444) posted on 08.1.2011

Agreed. Even from the start this concept is just a waste..Although, this kind of vehicle help in the reduction of fuel consumption still I don’t think that its worth it to spend a moolah.

  (762) posted on 08.1.2011

Well, they have reveal this concept ahead of its debut to gather possible buyer. Well, it seems that no one find it kind of interesting neither I! Well, I guess it’s better to build a more reliable concept.

  (647) posted on 05.5.2011

hmm. It seems that they have already killed this concept. Well, I think its the better thing to do since its not reliable. Even electric car is not reliable so how come an ethanol could be? BTW, Kia Soul Flex is the first car that uses ethanol for fuel.

  (313) posted on 03.25.2011

Im not sure amauri_grecco, I don’t know what’s happening in the auto industry nowadays, but even those ugly and pointless concept are already lineup for production. So i guess, there is a possible that same thing would happen on this concept car.

  (728) posted on 03.16.2011

So, it means that this car doesn’t have a name yet but it actually has a teaser!
Is there any updates for this one? I bet the people behind this have change it concept.
And i don’t think that this car looks great, I can imagine from its headlightssmiley

  (427) posted on 03.2.2011

what is so stupid about ethanol? The only stupidity was using corn to make it. You can make ethanol out of algae too. If one were to take otherwise useless land and convert them into artificial lakes for the express purpose of growing algae you could make a lot of ethanol without impacting the food market.

  (474) posted on 03.1.2011

Always wondered why CNG wasn’t a more readily available option for automobiles. It burns clean, ICE engines (fairly) readily accept it with a few modifications, we’ve got a gagillion cubic feet of it in the US alone.

  (402) posted on 02.28.2011

The engine is almost a standard engine with one or two additions but would be the most efficient engine in the market. It will leave the electric car wanting.

  (477) posted on 11.22.2010

I wouldn’t be surprised to find out they even get to keep some of the funding that was fronted to bring them here.

  (344) posted on 11.21.2010

CNG works. We used it on farm vehicles years ago and it works great.
Cheap clean abundant domestically. Ford has now put heavy duty liners in super duty truck for future conversion option in ’11 models.

  (406) posted on 11.9.2010

I just wonder where would be the V Vehicle produce the cars?

  (858) posted on 11.3.2010

I wish certain things were artificially subsidized and legislated so that we could have a bunch of options. We’d probably have
ethanol, CNG, hydrogen, and electric, in additional to diesel and gasoline..

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