Archive for August, 2011

AEGT01 – World’s Most Powerful Electric Supercar from Quimera

August 25th, 2011


Quimera looks forward to present what it claims to be the most powerful electric vehicle in the world.

Dubbed AEGT01, the electric super car makes use of Lithium Polymer EIG battery packs that allow it to reach a speed of 180 miles per hour.

The vehicle is expected to appear at the Motorland in Alcaniz, Spain next month. Until then the company decided to unveil a teaser video of the car.

Thanks to the trio of UQM motors that generate 700hp, Quimera’s AEGT01 is able to show acceleration from 0 to 60 mph in 3 seconds.

It is worth mentioning that the company’s vehicle is the world’s first racecar to be entirely powered by electric batteries and motors, being able to compete in terms of performance with some of combustion engine racecars.

Next year Quimera will allow drivers and teams to carry out test drives of its new vehicle. It would be interesting to note that the company has already gained popularity thanks to its electric scooters, solar-powered scooters, and commercial vans.

[via Quimera-Project]

The Electric Cadillac ELR to Be Launched Onto the Market

August 22nd, 2011


Currently there’s very little information about the new eco-friendly vehicle from Cadillac, but it is known that the car will have an electric propulsion system composed of a T-shaped lithium-ion battery, an electric drive unit, and a 4-cylinder 1.4-liter engine generator.

The vehicle will be able to show acceleration from 0 to 60 in 8.5 seconds. Being powered entirely by electricity (just like GM’s other famous car Volt) the Cadillac ELR will activate its extended-range mode as soon as the battery runs low on energy.

It is worth mentioning that the extended-range mode involves the activation of the gas-powered generator that allows the vehicle to run hundreds extra miles.

To recharge the vehicle’s battery pack it is required to simply plug it into the mains. The car makes use of the same Voltec powertrain as the Volt.



[via TechCrunch]

Tesla Model S Equipped with Giant 17-inch Touchscreen Replacing the Dashboard

August 10th, 2011

The much anticipated Tesla Model S electric supercar is expected to be launched onto the market in 2012 with its main competitor being BMW-5 series.

Boasting high-performance, the famous luxury electric sedan will boast a huge vertical 17-inch touchscreen mounted at the front.

It would be interesting to note that the touchscreen will be the largest ever mounted on any production vehicle.

The device will be able to provide 3D graphics, being powered by NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor. In addition, the touchscreen continually sports a 3G connection.

It will replace the whole array of buttons and a lot of other controls that are usually located on the dashboard.

The new processor from NVIDIA features 8 dedicated computing cores. It is also the first mobile 1080p HD video processor on the planet.

There will be two processors used on the device – one dedicated to infotainment and navigation and the other one for the instrument cluster.

The touchscreen will boast such features as live traffic, climate-control system and more. Users will have the possibility to visit Google maps, play favorite music or surf the Internet.

Tesla Model S will have a charging time of only 45 minutes and wear a price tag of $50,000. This year the vehicle will be on display at the CES 2011 outside the Las Vegas Convention Center in the Central Plaza.

[via CargoCollective]

Electric Flake Concept Car

August 9th, 2011

Have you ever thought about a vehicle that could breathe like a living creature? Da Feng definitely thought about that and designed a car dubbed the Project Flake.

The exterior of the vehicle features flexible scales able to separate in order to control the airflow and cooling.

These scales can also play the role of small air brakes and offer downforce for the car. Today there are a few vehicles that harness a similar technology, one of them being the BMW GINA concept car.

The idea behind the Flake concept car is mainly a puppeteering system that makes use of nano-tube cables in combination with electromagnetic solenoids used to track, adjust, and increase the performance of the car.

One more interesting feature (in fact the one that made this vehicle appear in an eco-friendly cars blog) is that the scales can also track the sun, acting like solar panels, thus the vehicle is able to generate its batteries much faster.

[via Carbuzz]

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