Archive for March, 2011

MiraQua – Ultra-compact, Emissions-free Vehicle

March 31st, 2011

The nice-looking MiraQua is not only a very compact but also represents a zero-emission vehicle.

One of the most interesting things about the concept is the door that is located at the front, allowing the driver to easily enter the car from the front.

The author of MiraQua is Chaoyi Li, a designer from China. The car has the goal of tackling the congestion issues that take place in China and Australia.

In the case the vehicle becomes popular in the two upper mentioned countries it has good chances of going worldwide.

It would be interesting to note that MiraQua has one in-wheel-motor. It also incorporates drive-by-wire-technologies.

Inside, however, there’s little space, with the interior measuring 1.9 x 0.6 meters.

Due to the fact that the whole front section of the vehicle opens up, drivers can put big packages, like bicycles for example, inside the vehicle without any problems.

[via Alternative Energy News]

Students Turn Audi into Electric Vehicle that Also Harnesses Solar Energy

March 30th, 2011

In order to demonstrate that it is possible to mix an electric car with a solar-powered one, a group of students from Georgia Tech has presented their latest project – an electric vehicle that can harness solar energy.

Members of the team entitled Solar Jackets recently unveiled their super car at the Buckhead Eco-Collection.

They managed to transform an Audi into a “solar-assisted electric vehicle”, equipping it with two batteries that can be charged by plugging the car’s charger into an electric socket.

The bigger battery is used to power the vehicle while the smaller one powers windows, steering and brakes. It is worth mentioning that with the help of solar panels, the car can harness solar energy that is stored on the smaller battery.

According to the tech aerospace engineering student Corbin Klett of Buford, currently the team is working hard on the design of car so it could compete in the forthcoming World Solar Challenge that will take part in Australia.

[via GreenOptimistic]

Saline Bird – Super Bike Powered by Compressed Air

March 22nd, 2011

Although there has been very little information offered on this superbike powered by compressed air, this monster will surely catch the attention of the public, and not only due to its green features, but also because of a very nice design.

The name of this extreme motorcycle is Saline Bird and its authors are members of a team called Les Triplettes de Bonneville.

It is worth mentioning that the team is composed of five members: Charles-Edouard Berche, Ugo Spagnolo , Adrien Fuinesl, Frederic Dobbelstein and Jean-Philippe Paries.

Their goal was to develop an eco-friendly bike that would boast an eye-catchy design and several green features.

The team decided to use a twin compressed air tanks to power their Saline Bird. Thus developers hope their bike breaks the land speed record.

Saline Bird has an aerodynamic design. It tends to obtain the ideal balance between aerodynamics and center of gravity, thus gaining more stability on the road.

It would also be interesting to note that the frame of the bike is made of carbon fiber.

[via Yanko Design]

Veritas RSIII Roadster Hybrid – The Quickest Hybrid Vehicle on the Planet

March 18th, 2011

A combination of eco-friendliness and high performance is what the beautiful Veritas RSIII Roadster Hybrid can boast with.

It would be interesting to note that the core of this green supercar is the BMW-sourced V10 engine that can generate 507-horsepower and allow the vehicle to register acceleration from 0 to 60mph in just 3.1 seconds.

This figure is even better than the all-petrol version of the same model. Inside the model developed by Vermot AG one will be able to find a lithium-ion battery pack.

The top speed of this white beast is 205mph. By using the electric engine alone, the car can register a range of 31 miles.

It is worth mentioning that the Veritas RSIII Roadster is also equipped with Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) that offers additional power to the li-ion battery by making use of regenerative braking technology.

According to the head of Vermot’s board, the company plans to launch a coupe version of its green vehicle. The presentation is expected to be this summer. In addition, by 2013 Vermot looks forward to launching an all-electric version.

[via Aolautos]

Germany’s Artega Launches New Electric Sports Car Called Artega SE

March 18th, 2011

Following the Tesla Roadster, a German carmaker Artega decided to launch a nice-looking electric sports vehicle – Artega SE.

The sports car was presented at Geneva Motor Show. It is worth mentioning that Artega SE was built after its GT counterpart.

The twin electric motors incorporated in the car can generate 375 horsepower and allow the vehicle to register a speed of 124mph.

Inside one will be able to find a 37kW lithium polymer battery, which can be fully charged in about an hour and a half (if charged at a commercial charging station).

On a full charge the vehicle can travel for about 186 miles before requiring a refill. Because of the additional horsepower, Artega can register even better results than GT.

Due to the fact that both cars were built with similar weight distribution, the latest version shows good handling.

This year, according to the German carmaker, a set of 500 eco-friendly vehicles will be launched, each being available for $208,500 – plus import fees.

[via Insideline]

EX Vehicle – Tricycle Powered by Screwdrivers

March 14th, 2011

Surely eco-friendly vehicles have a great future and designers always try to create something out of this world, something futuristic that would suit the generation next.

One of the latest “crazy” environmentally-friendly ideas is this screwdriver-powered EX vehicle.

The EX is a tricycle that uses 18-volt screwdrivers as engines that allow the vehicle to register a top speed of 30 km/h (which is pretty normal in a car-stuffed megapolis).

The author of this vehicle is Nils Feber. He made EX from the ground.

The design of the vehicle places the driver in horizontal position with both arms outstretched holding the wheel.

Both throttle and brakes work just like in any normal motorcycle. In addition, the custom-made joint makes the read section of the vehicle tilt when the driver leans into curves.

It would be interesting to note that most of the parts used to built the EX vehicle were borrowed from old bicycles.

Nils mentioned that he was inspired by a skeleton and its organs when he designed the vehicle.

[via EcoFriend]

QUAD – Electric Off-road Vehicle Concept

March 9th, 2011

Designer Facundo Elias developed a four-wheel off-road eco-friendly vehicle and named it QUAD.

The recreational vehicle has a 48 volt electric motor.

The latter is powered by 4,750 ampere batteries.

The onboard batteries allow the vehicle to travel 3 hours before requiring a refill.

You will need to wait between six and eight hours for the QUAD to recharge (the time depends on the voltage).

More images of the concept vehicle can be found here.

Fisker Karma – Luxury Plug-In Hybrid Vehicle to Enter Production Soon

March 1st, 2011

The car will roll off the company’s assembly line by March 2012 and hit the stores around the United States in April.

It is worth mentioning that this nice-looking eco-friendly vehicle was expected to be launched in November 2009, but the production was pushed back to September 2010. Then it was once again pushed back to February 2011.

Now it seems that the company will finally start the production of Karma. » Read more: Fisker Karma – Luxury Plug-In Hybrid Vehicle to Enter Production Soon