Archive for April, 2011

VIERIA – Eco-friendly Concept Car that Filters Polluted Air

April 19th, 2011

Two graduate students from the Kyun-won University designed a next-generation eco-friendly vehicle dubbed VIERIA that boasts a special filter that cleans air.

The 24-year old Gin-Woong Kim and 23-year-old Su-ji Kim are two representatives of the ANALOG industrial designing division of Kyun-won University.

Their four-wheel, single seater concept car boasts an inhaling system in the front that suck in polluted air and with the help of its inbuilt filter generates clean, pollution-free air.


[via Tuvie]

The Phoenix – World’s First Vehicle Made of Bamboo

April 14th, 2011

Dubbed “The Phoenix”, this eco-friendly vehicle is the world’s first car that is made of bamboo, which means that it is also biodegradable.

The Phoenix is the brainchild of designers Kenneth Cobonpue and Albrecht Birkner. It was built in just 10 days. The developers used bamboo, rattan, steel, and nylon.

The car is 153 inches long. It represents a great solution to one big problem linked with the waste produced by old cars that are no longer used.

Mr. Cobonpue mentioned that his project has the goal of showing the future of green cars by “using woven skins from organic fibers mate to composite materials and powered by green technology.”

The biodegradable skin that the vehicle is made of was designed to last the average amount of time that a person uses a car – in industrialized countries this period of time is equal to 5 years, while in other nation from 10 to 20 years.

In case the user wants to keep The Phoenix for a longer period of time, they can replace the skin, which is quite inexpensive. It is worth mentioning that the car’s frame can be easily adjusted for individual needs.

Currently the designers did not provide any data on the engine or motor of the vehicle.

[via Kenneth Cobonpue]

R3 – Three-wheel Electric Vehicle from T3 Motion

April 14th, 2011

T3 Motion is a California-based company that has recently announced it managed to build its electric prototype car called R3 (previously known as GT3).

A few details of the vehicle were unveiled in the summer of 2010 and today T3 Motion plans to patent its exclusive two-rear-wheel design.

Earlier there was information on some interesting features the car may have, including an iPad dock station from GPS navigation.

The car will be able to reach a top speed of 70mph and register a range of 80 to 100 miles on a single charge. Its electric motor is powered by lithium-polymer battery.

In case all of the announced features stay the same the car will have a price tag of somewhere between $35,000 and $42,000.

[via Earth Techling]

SIM-LEI – Japanese Electric Car that Shows 200 Miles per Charge

April 12th, 2011

SIM-LEI is the creation of 34 companies that decided to team up and develop an all-electric vehicle able to register a range of 200 miles per charge.

The Japanese vehicle was set to be presented earlier this year, but the presentation was postponed due to the tragic events that occurred as a result of an earthquake.

It is worth mentioning that the car is about 15.5 feet long, 5 feet wide and 5 feet high. SIM-LEI weights around 3,600 pounds (1,632.93 kilograms).

Inside you will be able to discover a 24.5 kWh in-wheel electric motor. The latter has an equivalent fuel economy of nearly 165mpg.

In addition, SIM-LEI is able to accelerate from 0 to 60mph in 4.8 seconds and reach a top speed of 90mph.

A press release issued by the EV developer SIM-Drive, claims that the aim of the program is to begin mass production in 2013.

[via Earth Techling]

Z-Kart – Homemade Electric Buggy from California

April 11th, 2011

Z-Kart is the creation of George Fortin from California. The electric vehicle looks more like a buggy and was made by Fortin at his own garage.

The car is a one seat and it cannot boasts the various safety features that most modern electric cars are equipped with today.

The Z-Kart can register a rage of 20 miles on a single charge and reach a top speed of 40mph. However, Fortin mentioned that he can change the gearing to make the car score 50mph.

It is worth mentioning that the car features a 72 volt DC motor that is powered by 6 lead acid batteries. He decided to use the lead acid batteries due to their cost effectiveness.

One can charge the vehicle’s motor with the help of a 110-volt outlet via a retractable cord in about 3 hours.

Fortin made of frame of the buddy from solid polyethylene, while aluminum was used for the car’s rear hubs.

It would be interesting to note that the brakes of the electric vehicle were borrowed from racing go-carts, tires from motorcycles, and rims from sandrail dune buggies.

According to George Fortin, the idea to create an electric buddy came to him after he saw his kid playing with battery-powered radio-controlled model cars.


[via EcoFriend]

SKhy Bus – Driverless Hydrogen-powered Bus that Can Also Filter Wastewater

April 8th, 2011

Dubbed SKhy Bus, this vehicle represents a fusion of nature and technology. If built, this eco-friendly bus will be able to considerably cut the pollution level of the environment through its numerous green features.

Designed by Alain Monteiro, the bus is able to process wastewater to create hydrogen that powers the vehicle. It would be interesting to note that wastewater will be 300 percent more effective in producing hydrogen than normal water.

In addition, the SKhy Bus get additional power from solar cells mounted on top of the vehicle and brakes.

The concept also makes use of large air intakes that capture carbon dioxide from the air and filter it, while using the extracted CO2 as a cooling system and fire extinguisher.

The components that SKhy Bus is made of, including seats and aluminum structure, are fully recyclable. According to the designer, the bus can have from 72 to 128 seats, with the number of seats depending on the city in which the bus will run.

One more interesting feature of the vehicle is its windows that can sense heat radiation of the sun and depending on the situation get darker of lighter. Finally the bus will run without driver, being controlled with the help of GPS and sensors.


[via Designboom]

eSpeedster – Eco-friendly Replica of 1957 Porsche Speedster on Sale

April 8th, 2011

A Colorado-based company called Duke’s Garage, decided to add to their collection a new electric conversion vehicle.

It is worth mentioning that the company specializes in restoration of classic vehicles.

The new “old” car is called eSpeedster and it was officially presented at the 2011 Denver Auto Show. Complementing the line of replica cars created by Duke’s Garage, the vehicle is based on the popular 1957 Porsche 356A Speedster.

It would be interesting to note that the car has a 39.2 kW 3-phase AC electric motor. The latter is powered by lithium-ion-phosphate batteries.

The car’s electric motor also gets additional power from regenerative braking. According to the company, its zero-emission vehicle costs just 5 cents per mile to drive.

At the same time the eSpeedster boasts a nice leather interior. Inside you will also be able to discover an iPod-ready stereo and temperature control.

Engineers at Duke’s Garage made their new car available in blue, black, silver, and red. Currently two models are available for sale each with a price tag of just under $50,000.

The eSpeedster can reach a top speed of 90mph and register a range of 110 miles on a full charge. In order to completely recharge the vehicle you will need about 8 hours. More information can be found here.

Hyundai Blue2 – Green Vehicle with Lots of Innovative Features

April 6th, 2011

The new model from Hyundai, entitled Hyundai Blue2, represents the next-generation of luxury vehicles.

It also features a ground-breaking hydrogen-powered fuel cell tank that powers the all-electric drive. Thus Hyundai Blue2 provides an emission-free ride.

Equipped with an innovative hydrogen fuel cell technology, the vehicle, according to the company, can register 120 horsepower and a fuel economy of around 82 mpg (of hydrogen).

The efficiency of the car is also improved by its streamlined body with some futuristic aspects and special alloy wheels with low resistant tires.

On the exterior the Blue2 has LED screen panels that surely make the vehicle more visually appealing.

Another technological advance is a special system able to recognize the driver. As soon as the owner of the vehicle is recognized the car automatically opens the doors. In addition, the side mirrors are replaced by cameras.

Inside the driver will be able to benefit from a state-of-the-art air-ionizing system that is able to filter the circulating air through the vehicle’s interior cabin.


[via Motor Authority]

Naimo – Electric Crossover Utility Vehicle from KIA

April 4th, 2011

One of the vehicles presented at this year’s Seoul Motor Show is called Naimo and it’s an electric car developed by the popular Korean carmaker Kia Motors.

The name of this electric vehicle comes from the Korean word “Ne-mo” which is literally translated as “square shape.”

Kia Naimo is touted to be a crossover utility vehicle (CUV). It boasts some eye-catchy features, including wraparound windscreen, asymmetric sunroof, and LED headlights.

Inside you will able to find a mix of traditional and futuristic elements, such as Korean oak, which was used to make the door panels and the floor; and paper that engineers used for head lining.

In addition, you will discover an advanced transparent organic light emitting diode (TOLED) display on the car’s front panel along with and full device connectivity.

Naimo is powered by an electric motor and features twin 27kwh LiPoly batteries. The company claims that its new electric vehicle will be able to travel around 200km on a full charge.

In order to recharge the vehicle, you simple have to plug it using a 3.3kw outlet.


[via Akihabara News]