Archive for October, 2010

Chinese Kingship to Build an Eco-Friendly Superyacht

October 29th, 2010

Kingship, a shipyard based in China, has announced the construction of a 44-meter long eco-friendly superyacht called the Green Voyager.

The design of the new yacht was officially presented at the Singapore Superyacht Conference.

According to the Chinese shipyard, the Green Voyager was designed with the goal of setting new environmental and efficiency standards. » Read more: Chinese Kingship to Build an Eco-Friendly Superyacht

Top 10 Best Hybrid Cars

October 28th, 2010

2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid

The main feature of this hybrid vehicle is fuel efficiency that is obtained with relatively little performance sacrifice.

The heart of 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid is Ford’s 2.5-liter Hybrid Powersplit drivetrain, a combination of a 156hp 2.5-liter, Atkinson cycle gasoline motor and a 106hp AC electric engine.

Being a parallel hybrid, this car can run on electric power, gasoline power of a fusion of the two. It is able to show an average fuel economy of 41 miles per gallon in the city and 36 on the highway.

» Read more: Top 10 Best Hybrid Cars

Honda Air Concept – Lightweight Compressed Air Vehicle

October 25th, 2010

One of the most popular Japanese carmakers, Honda, has recently presented the design of its new Air Concept car, a compressed air vehicle.

It is worth mentioning that the Japanese auto giant showcased its green vehicle at the 2010 LA Auto Show’s Design Challenge competition.

One of the company’s main goals was to design a car that would weight less than 1,000lbs. Besides being very lightweight, Honda Air is able to carry up to 4 people. » Read more: Honda Air Concept – Lightweight Compressed Air Vehicle

Top 10 Best Electric Vehicles

October 25th, 2010

2010 Tesla Roadster

Made by Tesla Motors, a Silicon Valley-based car-maker, the Tesla Roadster was for the first time presented as a prototype in July of 2006. Two years later the company announced that it will start a mass production of the vehicle. The Roadster became the world’s first all-electric, mass-produced sports vehicle.

One of the most impressive features of the car is the range. As one of the best electric vehicles the Tesla Roadster boasts a range of 220 miles on a single charge.

The 288hp engine allows the electric vehicle to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds and reach a top speed to 125mph. The expected battery life is 7 years or 100,000 miles. Other interesting features include carbon fiber body and LED tail lights.

» Read more: Top 10 Best Electric Vehicles

El-Assist – Electric Car that Uses Overhead Network to Recharge

October 19th, 2010

Vladimir Abramov is an industrial designer who came up with a way of charging electric vehicle.

The new technology considerably increases the range of EVs due to the fact that with its help the cars can be refilled on the move.

In addition, the new concept has the goal of cutting the number of private cars by combining private driving and public transportation. » Read more: El-Assist – Electric Car that Uses Overhead Network to Recharge

Scientists Look Forward to Making Electric Cars Safer

October 15th, 2010

Having the goal of increasing the safety of pedestrians and cyclists, scientists from the Warwick University’s WMG decided to create a special electric van that would help them figure out the types of noises that warn pedestrians but don’t annoy them.

The vehicle that came to mind is called ELVIN (which stands for Electric Vehicle with Interactive Noise).

Researchers used this utility car around the campuses to patrol car parking.

It is worth mentioning that the vehicle includes a NoViSim’s sound system. » Read more: Scientists Look Forward to Making Electric Cars Safer

Angel H1 – Eco-Friendly Hummer H1 that Delivers Electricity to Remote Areas

October 13th, 2010

The famous rugged Hammers spend a lot of gas and their engines emit a large amount of carbon dioxide.

In order to solve the issue Nation-E decided to create an eco-friendly Hummer H1.

The car boasts a 60KW battery. In addition, the vehicle doubles as a mobile energy source.

It is worth mentioning that this green Hummer H1, also called the Angel H1, was designed to be able to get to remote regions that suffered from serious disasters. » Read more: Angel H1 – Eco-Friendly Hummer H1 that Delivers Electricity to Remote Areas

Fast-Charging System that Powers Hybrid, Electric Buses

October 11th, 2010

Most buses today drive on diesel. Opbrid Transporte Sostenible, a company based in Spain, decided to focus on the eco-friendly part and presented its Busbaar charging system that powers buses with renewable energy, allowing them to travel around a city without burning diesel.

The system leverages the fast charge capability of lithium-titanate batteries and employs an end-of-route high-power charging (250 kW) system. This system works without plugging in. » Read more: Fast-Charging System that Powers Hybrid, Electric Buses

All-Electric DeLorean to Hit the Road in a Week

October 7th, 2010

Soon we will be able to witness the appearance of an all-electric DeLorean – the same car used in the trilogy “Back to the Future”.

The Wired Italy Features Editor Massimiliano Ferramondo said that the eco-friendly vehicle will be completed in about a week.

However, he mentioned that to create an electric DeLorean was not an easy task.

During the manufacturing process engineers gathered up a 90kW engine and Lithium-ion batteries that were made in a way to be able to fit into the vehicle. » Read more: All-Electric DeLorean to Hit the Road in a Week

Jaguar C-X75 Hybrid Supercar Offers a Look Into the Future of Car-Making

October 4th, 2010

Jaguar recently unveiled its C-X75 Concept car. The presentation took place right before the opening of the 2010 Paris Motor Show.

It is worth mentioning that the electric hybrid vehicle marks the 75th anniversary of iconic Jaguar design. In addition, Jaguar C-X75 is meant to provide a look into the future of car-making technology.

The two-seater eco-friendly supercar boasts a propulsion system that combines two small micro gas turbine engines, offering 140 kW. The engines can be powered by LPG, diesel, biofuel or natural gas. » Read more: Jaguar C-X75 Hybrid Supercar Offers a Look Into the Future of Car-Making