Archive for November, 2011

Joule – The First EV from South Africa

November 30th, 2011

For the first time information about the first electric vehicle from South Africa appeared online in 2010 and recently some additional data and images were brought.

Called “Joule”, the five-seater passenger car is not as technologically advanced as its famous counterparts Nissan Leaf and Honda Fit, but it is worth talking about.

The vehicle was built by Optimal Energy (Pty) Ltd, a private company established in 2005. The project got assistance from the government so that Joule would meet all standards set by UN-ECE.

The vehicle boasts a city range of 186 miles and a lithium ion battery that is fully recyclable, which makes South Africa even more proud of its car. The battery requires about 7 hours to get fully charged using a 220 volt home outlet.

It is worth mentioning that the South-African carmaker has its headquarters in Cape Town, the city where most of the nation’s renewable energy projects are being developed.

The vehicle’s top speed is 87mph. It measures 12.8 feet long, 5.9 feet wide and its trunk has a volume of 185 gallons.

Joule is expected to hit the South-African market by 2015 and later be rolled out in other countries.

Moto Undone – Electric Bike Designed for Silent Ride

November 21st, 2011


The latest concept unveiled by designer Joey Ruiter is an electric motorbike that looks nothing like a regular bike.

Dubbed Moto Undone, the vehicle features two wheels, a motor and brakes, all of them being probably the only things that may give a clue about the resembles of the vehicle with usual motorcycles.

The things that make it special are: the somewhat futuristic design, absence of noise and lack of fancy paint. At first glance the vehicle seems to be trapped in an aluminum case. Ruiter’s goal was to create a bike that would eliminate the fanciness and coolness of regular motorcycles.

Inside the bike one will be able to discover a 1000 watt, 48 volt electric motor that, according to the designer, allows the vehicle to run 90 miles or about 3 hours on a single charge.

All the necessary information, such as like speed and GPS info, is wirelessly transmitted via smart phone.

[via Earthtechling]

RYNO – Compact, One-Wheeled Self-Balancing Electric Vehicle

November 14th, 2011


RYNO Motors, a company with headquarters in Portland, Oregon, has recently presented an electric vehicle that has just one wheel.

Dubbed RYNO, the vehicle is not meant to replace the motorcycle, though it looks like one. It can reach a top speed of 25 miles per hour (40km/h) and can run on a single charge up to 30 miles (48 km). With its dimensions, the vehicle can be ridden even among pedestrians.

The developers look forward to launching RYNO onto the market, with the target being those who like scooters, meaning small, low cost vehicles that can be easily maneuvered in tight quarters.

The vehicle is equipped with a lithium-iron-phosphate battery pack, which, according to the company, can recharge in just an hour and a half. RYNO is also rather light, weighing 125 pounds (57 kg).

Its turning radius ranges from 0 to 3 feet (0.9 meters). In case the rider tries to exceed the speed or tilt limits, the vehicle’s Auto Balance System will initially signal about it, and then take control of the machine for a short time.

Currently the company is hand-building 50 limited edition pre-production RYNOs. These will be launched onto the market wearing a price tag of $25,000 each. The production model is expected to appear early next year and its price will be around $3,500.

Check out the video below to see the RYNO in motion:

[via RynoMotors]