Archive for August, 2010

Buckeye Bullet EV Boasts an Average Speed of 291mph

August 26th, 2010

Although electric vehicle do not pollute the environment, they have a number of drawbacks, one of which is speed. However, students from the Ohio State University decided to solve the issue and developed the Buckeye Bullet 2.

The high-speed lithium ion-powered vehicle has recently broken the land speed record for a battery-powered car.

The average speed reached by the Buckeye Bullet 2 was 291mph, with the test being carried out in the Utah Salt Flats. » Read more: Buckeye Bullet EV Boasts an Average Speed of 291mph

Sports Car-Maker Morgan to Add Two Eco-Friendly Vehicles to Its Portfolio

August 25th, 2010

The English sports car manufacturer, Motor Morgan Company, is looking forward to adding two eco-friendly vehicles to its line of sports cars.

The announcement comes shortly after Morgan presented its Eva GT at Pebble Beach 2010.

The company hopes to put two brand new eco-friendly vehicles into production by 2013.

It is worth mentioning that the first green model from Morgan will be the “LIFEcar 2″. It will be an electric-diesel hybrid sports vehicle that will boast a range of 1,000 miles. » Read more: Sports Car-Maker Morgan to Add Two Eco-Friendly Vehicles to Its Portfolio

All-Electric Van from ePower Trucks Features Switchable Battery Pack

August 25th, 2010

EPower Trucks, a company based in the United Kingdom, has recently presented its brand new all-electric light commercial car able to transport a payload of 670 kilograms.

The gross weight of the zero-emission vehicle is 3.5 tons and it will cost $47,000.

Besides being eco-friendly, the XT320E 3.5t is also rather inexpensive, considering that its price is about half the price of 3.5t electric vans sold on the market today. » Read more: All-Electric Van from ePower Trucks Features Switchable Battery Pack

Volkswagen Hopes to Create Electric Cars with a 500-Mile Range

August 24th, 2010

According to Martin Eberhard, the electric vehicle engineering director who works at Volkswagen’s Electronics Research Laboratory (ERL) located in Palo Alto, California, over the next 10 years we could witness the appearance of electric vehicle boasting a range that exceeds 500 miles on a single charge.

Today the Laboratory is working on the creation of a number of new driver assistance systems and human-machine interface technologies.

In addition, the ERL focuses on upgrading the multimedia functionality and connectivity of vehicle produced by Volkswagen Group. » Read more: Volkswagen Hopes to Create Electric Cars with a 500-Mile Range

Compact SimplyCity EV for Eco-Conscious Drivers

August 19th, 2010

This electric vehicle, called SimplyCity, was created using recycled or recyclable materials such as hemp fiber and wood.

These materials are lightweight and they reduce the overall weight of the car by approximately 30 percent.

The vehicle is powered by an electric motor.

The main goal of the engineers was to create a car that could boast low carbon emissions and low operating costs. » Read more: Compact SimplyCity EV for Eco-Conscious Drivers

Kia POP – All-Electric Vehicle Designed for 2010 Paris Motor Show

August 19th, 2010

The POP is a new electric vehicle recently unveiled by the South Korean car-making giant Kia.

The car is expected to be presented at the 2010 Paris Motor Show.

The POP represents a commuter vehicle that has space for two passengers.

One of the most attractive features of the car is its bubbly design with symmetrical oval side windows. » Read more: Kia POP – All-Electric Vehicle Designed for 2010 Paris Motor Show

Human-Electric Hybrid Vehicle to Be Commercially Available in 2011

August 18th, 2010

Professor Charles Samuel Greenwood is the one who developed the human-electric hybrid vehicle called “Imagine PS” (PS stands for power station), which is expected to be commercially available in 2011.

The car will be able to reach a top speed of 100km/h (60mph) on the flat and up to 50km/h uphill.

It is worth mentioning that the entire low-mass vehicle was made by hand. For over 40 years Mr. Greenwood has been working on vehicles that could be powered by humans and finally managed to create a street legal sedan model that can carry 4 passengers. » Read more: Human-Electric Hybrid Vehicle to Be Commercially Available in 2011

Students Create Electric Vehicle that Gets Efficiency Equivalent of 300mpg

August 16th, 2010

A group of students from the DeLaSalle School in Kansas City teamed up with engineers from Bridgestone America’s Technical Center in Akron to create a special all-electric car.

It is worth mentioning that the team has already carried out a number of tests of their eco-friendly vehicle on Bridgestone’s Texas Proving Grounds. Before the testing, engineers equipped the vehicle with Bridgestone Ecopia EP100 tires. » Read more: Students Create Electric Vehicle that Gets Efficiency Equivalent of 300mpg

Wind-Powered Vehicle Travels Faster Than the Wind

August 3rd, 2010

Rick Cavallaro together with the team from fasterthanthewind.org was able to create a wind-powered vehicle that can travel faster than the wind.

The team carried out the records runs at El Mirage, California. The speed registered by the vehicle was officially recognized by the North American Land Sailing Association.

The vehicle went downwind 2.8 times the wind speed, with the wind speed being 13.5mph.

It is worth mentioning that engineers and researchers managed to achieve such a result using an ultra-lightweight cart, which also had good aerodynamics. » Read more: Wind-Powered Vehicle Travels Faster Than the Wind

Wireless Charger for Electric Vehicle Unveiled by Evatran

August 2nd, 2010

Evatran, a company based in Virginia, has come up with the world’s first wireless charging station for electric vehicles.

The device was presented at the Plug In conference, which took place in San Jose.

The company named its wireless charger Plugless Power and here’s how it works: the driver gets a control tower (plugged into the grid), a parking block and an adaptor installed on the EV.

The parking block represents a long flat pad that is positioned in the ground underneath the car at the charging station. » Read more: Wireless Charger for Electric Vehicle Unveiled by Evatran