Archive for the ‘Concept’ category

Lola-Drayson B12/69EV – a 850 HP EV That Accelerates From 0 to 60 in 3 Sec

January 17th, 2012


The 6th MIA International Low Carbon Racing Conference was the place where people were able to witness the presentation of the mind-blowing electric racecar created by Drayson Racing and Lola.

Dubbed the Lola-Drayson B12/69EV, the vehicle is able to generate 850-horsepower (640 kW) from an electric charge.

It also boasts acceleration from 0 to 60mph in just 3 seconds and from 0 to 100mph in 5.1 seconds, being able to reach a top speed of 200 mph.

It is worth mentioning that this car is the first in a series that Drayson Racing looks forward to bringing to the 2013 world championship for electric racing cars called FIA Formula E series.

Here are a few specs of the vehicle: it has 4 YASA-750 axial flux motors that power the the car’s 700 volt system, a composite three part 60 kWh battery that can be recharged using the brand new inductive Qualcomm Halo system.

[via Green Autoblog]

Lexus Presents LF-LC Hybrid Sports Coupe Concept Vehicle at NAIAS 2012

January 10th, 2012


Recently Lexus has presented its brand new LF-LC Hybrid sports coupe. The presentation took place at the NAIAS 2012 in Detroit.

The design is very attractive, managing to catch the attention of the crowd at Detroit Auto Show.

The vehicle boasts an aerodynamic body and it’s probably the most futuristic hybrid car Lexus has ever launched.

It would be interesting to note that with LED details the vehicle’s headlights were inspired by jet fighter afterburners. In addition, Lexus LF-LC is currently the only car to boast a front to back glass roof.

Inside one will be able to discover two 12.3-inch LCD screens that show information about the speed and current position of the vehicle.

The design of the car allows it to be even more fuel-efficient.

So far there has been no word on when the concept will hit the market.

[via Detroit Free Press]

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]

Varley evR450 – Ultra-light Electric Sportscar

October 31st, 2011


A new powerful electric car is going to be built by an Australian firm that specializes in aerospace, defense and EVs.

The prototype of the Varley evR450, which costs just under $215,000, was unveiled at the Third Annual Australian Electric Vehicle Conference.

The materials used in the vehicle make the car extremely lightweight and the 125-year-old company looks forward to collaborating with experts from Tritium and Ultramotive in order to introduce new features in its vehicle.

Varley has equipped its electric car with two Ultramotive CARBON motors. Weighting just 30 kilograms, each motor can generate a maximum of 150kW and provide continuous power of 58 kW.

According to the Australian company, its new car will be able to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.8 seconds and register a top speed of 200 km/h (125 mph).

In case an extra lithium-ion battery pack is added, the range of the car will double from 150km (93.21 miles) to 300km. the batteries used in the car can be recharged if plugged in to mains power.

[via Gizmag]

Coffee-Powered Vehicle Shows Average Speed of 66MPH

September 28th, 2011


Automotive engineers from Britain designed and built a vehicle that runs on coffee beans. Recently they carried out a test of their new car.

The modified Rover SD1 was able to break the speed world record for a car powered entirely by organic waste.

The test involved the car driven on the Elvington Race Track near York. It was estimated that the vehicle registered an average speed of 66.5 mph, which is almost 20mph faster than the previous record shown by a US team that created a car powered by wood pellets.

Together with Teesdale Conservation Volunteers of Durham, Martin Bacon, took an old Rover and got rid of a lot of parts to make it lighter, equipping it with “gasifier” and filters that transform waste coffee granules into power.

It would be interesting to note that the vehicle burns coffee in a way that resembles the burning of charcoal – coffee beans are heated up like charcoal and the combustion gases, such as CO2 and water vapor, are reduced by hot carbon to CO and hydrogen.

Afterwards the gases are filtered with the help of a cyclone filter and rock wool filter and the radiator is used for cooling. The cleaner and cooler gas is piped through the engine and into cylinders. The explosion then activates the engine.

The vehicle is expected to appear at Bang Live show in Manchester, being part of the city’s science festival at Campfield Market Hall.

[via Dailymail]

Concept_One EV from Mate Rimac Unveiled

September 26th, 2011


Finally the Concept_One EV, one of the most awaited eco-friendly vehicles of the Frankfurt Motor Show, has been presented. The electric vehicle was designed by Mate Rimac, a 23-year-old designer from Croatia.

There are two things for which Concept_One can be highly appreciated: its sleek design and mind-blowing technical specifications. With 1088 horsepower, the vehicle can accelerate from 0 to 62mph (100kph) in 2.8 seconds and reach a top speed of 190mph (305kph).

In addition, the car can register a range of 370 miles (600 kilometers) on a single charge. There will be 88 limited-edition production models launched in 2013.

It would also be interesting to note that Rimac Automobili, a company based near Zagreb, Croatia, equipped its Concept_One with 4 independent electric motors (one motor installed in each wheel).

The design and engineering team that worked together at Rimac factory includes Goran Popovic, the leader of the team composed of former Pininfarina employees and former Magna Steyr designer Adriano Mudri.

Popovic and his team worked on the design of the “driver-focused” interior covered in leather from Vilner and a head-up-display.

Mudri, in his turn, worked on the carbon-fiber body of the vehicle. So far no word on pricing has been given.


[via Rimac automobili]

Audi EV A2 – Compact Driverless Car with Built-in Wi-Fi

September 22nd, 2011


Having in mind the problems linked with traffic when people have to waste hours, the time that could be spent on something useful, designers at Audi decided to create the EV A2.

This is a new compact concept car from the famous carmaker. It was built to take over in car-stuffed areas and allows the driver to do other things such as for example using the built-in Wi-Fi to surf the web.

It would be interesting to note that Audi A2 was unveiled at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show. It boasts a touchscreen user interface developed to help the driver by managing some peripheral duties like activating the high beams and windshield wipers.

In addition, the car does not have door handles as these function on gestural commands.

It is quite logical that the collaboration between Audi and Stanford led to the creation of such a driver-less vehicle.

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]

The designer’s blog.

Eco-Friendly Bus Carrying Bikes to Help Tourists Explore Seoul

July 26th, 2011


Kukil Han, a talented designer from Seoul has recently posted his latest design of a solar-powered bus called Bike Guide. The vehicle will transport people around the capital of South Korea eco-friendly style.

The concept is very impressive and could really be brought to life and become rather useful in European cities as well.

The designer’s idea was that tourists visiting Seoul can sign up for a tour around the city at any kiosk mounted in the area. The stations include maps with stops along the route so passengers would be able to pre-pay for the service. The payment is made via a touchscreen device.

The eco-friendly bus with several bikes attached to it features solar panels mounted on the roof. At each stop the bus detaches bikes so people could explore the city on their own. After returning to the bus, passengers attach the bikes back and wait until the vehicle reaches the next location.

While riding the bus, people can watch a television that says about the next point that tourists may consider exploring. The same information is provided when people use the bicycles. A small display mounted on the handlebar of the bike provides data on the time of departure, GPS navigation, historical facts and more.

Watch the video below to get a clearer picture of the whole concept.

[via Treehugger]

SoloTrek Engineers to Create a Multi-Passenger Hybrid Air Vehicle

July 7th, 2011

A team of engineers headed by aircraft engineers Michael Moshier and Robert Bulaga is looking forward to building a multi-passenger, fuel-electric hybrid air vehicle.

The car will be the second and improved model of Vertical Take-Off-and-Landing (VTOL) single passenger vehicle, which the team named SoloTrek XFV.

The latest development will be based on the same duct-fan technology that the engineers used in SoloTrek. Currently the team is searching for someone to fund their project.

The previous $5-million project was funded by DARPA. The SoloTrek air vehicle was highly appreciated by aircraft enthusiasts. It also received the Invention of the Year award from Popular Science.

The latest project is expected to be very helpful to the police, during recue operations and for medical aids, where it could help people during different natural disasters.

In addition, Moshier says that their hybrid air vehicle could be widely used for everyday commutation purposes in poor countries, where infrastructure is a very low level. People in developed countries could use the vehicle to escape car-stuffed megapolises.

[via EarthTechling]