Archive for July, 2010

Porsche to Create All-Electric Cars

July 29th, 2010

Porsche has decided to complement the line of car manufacturers that included in their list electric vehicles.

The famous German carmaker is going to manufacture a limited number of experimental electric cars.

Recently Porsche announced about its plan to create an all-electric sports-car and will begin with a test of 3 electric Boxsters. » Read more: Porsche to Create All-Electric Cars

Bentley Jeckyll and Hyde – Concept Car that Harnesses Solar and Wind Energy

July 29th, 2010

This futuristic concept of an electric vehicle is wisely called the Bentley Jeckyll and Hyde.

It is obvious that this car is not like the other models from Bentley.

The concept was designed by Bora Kim, and if it is built, the Bentley Jeckyll and Hyde has good chances of revolutionizing the luxury car industry.

One of its interesting features is the ability to manipulate the surface for aerodynamics. » Read more: Bentley Jeckyll and Hyde – Concept Car that Harnesses Solar and Wind Energy

Eco-Friendly High-Speed Train Design Unveiled by British Firm

July 27th, 2010

A UK designer firm, called Pristmanngoode, came up with a design of a new-generation, luxurious eco-friendly high-speed bullet train, which might become the future of sustainable transport in Britain.

The train is entitled Mercury and its design pretty much resembles the Concord.

The double-decker train is 400 meters long and can reach a speed of 225mph. It also has one of the world’s longest nose sections. » Read more: Eco-Friendly High-Speed Train Design Unveiled by British Firm

Sikorsky Firefly – First All-Electric Helicopter

July 27th, 2010

The idea of creating an electric helicopter has been floating for a while. However, due to the weight of the batteries the idea was never transformed into reality, until now.

Due to the great improvements in battery technology, batteries became more lightweight and able to store more energy.

Recently the aircraft company Sikorsky announced the creation on an all-electric helicopter that will be powered by new generation lightweight batteries. » Read more: Sikorsky Firefly – First All-Electric Helicopter

Driverless Electric Car to Travel From Italy to China

July 26th, 2010

A team of engineers from Italy decided to launch on a long journey a driverless electric vehicle. They want their car to travel 8,000 miles from Italy to China.

It is worth mentioning that the electric vehicle is equipped with laser scanners and 7 video cameras that will help it cross mountain roads and avoid city traffic.

Though the car is driverless, the team will have two electric-powered vans with technicians that will keep an eye on the car during the journey in order to avoid accidents. After several hours on the road that vans will need an 8-hour charge. » Read more: Driverless Electric Car to Travel From Italy to China

Blacktrail from PG Bikes is the Fastest Electric Bicycle in the World

July 19th, 2010

Although bicycles are probably the most eco-friendly transportation from them all, their biggest drawback is the speed.

PG Bikes is a bicycle manufacturer based in Germany that managed to come up with an electric bicycle, called Blacktrail.

The most interesting fact about the electric bike from the German company is that it is considered to be the fastest bike in the world, being able to reach a top speed of 100km/h.

The bike weights only 19.8 kilograms and is made using a number of advanced materials, including carbon, magnesium and titanium. » Read more: Blacktrail from PG Bikes is the Fastest Electric Bicycle in the World

Brammo Empulse – Electric Bike that Reaches 100 MPH and Boasts 100-Mile Range

July 16th, 2010

Brammo, an electric vehicle company with headquarters in Ashland, Oregon, United States, has recently presented an electric motorcycle called Empulse.

The motorcycle boasts a 50-horsepower motor and can reach a speed of over 100 miles per hour and a range of 100 miles on a single charge.

Probably the most interesting feature of the bike is its price that is rather low considering the performance of Empulse. The price starts at $9,995. However, the 100-mile-range battery upgrade increases the price of the bike till $13,995. » Read more: Brammo Empulse – Electric Bike that Reaches 100 MPH and Boasts 100-Mile Range

Fiat to Produce Hybrid Version of Its Small TwinAir 500

July 16th, 2010

The Italian carmaker Fiat looks forward to start developing a hybrid version of its compact vehicle TwinAir 500, able to register over 100mpg.

Engineers at Fiat will give the 900cc two-cylinder vehicle an electric boost, thus reducing carbon dioxide emissions to just 70g/km.

Fiat will include in its new version of TwinAir its advanced dual clutch transmission. The goal is to introduce a small 5kW (8bhp) electric motor into the vehicle’s gearbox casing. » Read more: Fiat to Produce Hybrid Version of Its Small TwinAir 500

Renault-Nissan and Bajaj Auto to Launch Eco-Friendly $3,000 Vehicle

July 13th, 2010

Having the goal of creating a cost-friendly energy-efficient vehicle, the Renault-Nissan Alliance teamed up with India’s Bajaj Auto and managed to come up with a car called ULC.

The new, compact, eco-friendly vehicle costs just $3,000 and it is able to reach an inspiring 70mpg.

It is worth mentioning that Bajaj Auto is the second-largest bike producer in India and the Renault-Nissan Alliance has been cooperating with the Indian company for about 2 years. » Read more: Renault-Nissan and Bajaj Auto to Launch Eco-Friendly $3,000 Vehicle

Renault DeZir – New All-Electric Supercar from the French Carmaker

July 7th, 2010

The famous French car-making company Renault has recently presented the design of its new eco-friendly supercar. The new green vehicle, called DeZir, embodies Renault’s new slogan “Drive the Change.”

The futuristic concept boasts an average range of 100 miles on a single charge. The driver can also making use of the company’s Quick Drop system.

It is worth mentioning that the system makes it possible for the driver to change the battery fast, without having to wait till the old battery recharges. » Read more: Renault DeZir – New All-Electric Supercar from the French Carmaker