Archive for the ‘Electric Vehicle’ category

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]

Electric Tron Lightcycle from Parker Brothers Choppers

September 23rd, 2011


The fans of TRON will definitely appreciate the new eco-friendly Lightcycle from Parker Brothers Choppers.

Currently engineers are carrying out tests of their electric bike. However, soon the bike will hit the roads officially.

It would be interesting to note that in 2010 the Parker Brothers Choppers have presented their gas-powered version of the famous LED Lightcycle.

Although the new bike is not advised for heavy use, the developers say that its 96 volt electric motor allows the vehicle to reach a top speed of 100 mph. In addition, 15 to 35 minutes will be enough to charge the built-in lithium battery pack that will allow the vehicle to register a range of 100 miles before it will require recharging.

It would also be interesting to note that the Lightcycle is available with a TRON-style helmet. With just a flip of a switch, the driver can activate the LED lights on the bike to illuminate its rims and body.

Just like the gas-powered Lightcycle, this vehicle features 22″ x 12″ dual hubless wheels with custom tires, a tough steel frame, and body made of carbon fiber and fiberglass to make the bike more lightweight.

The price for the gas version is $55,000, but there’s so far no word on the price of the electric version.

[via NerdApproved]

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.

Sealander – Camping Trailer that Doubles as Electric Boat

September 15th, 2011


This invention was designed and constructed by an industrial designer from Germany. Daniel Straub named his amphibious camping trailer Sealander. The 2-in-1 smart vehicle represents a mix an electric boat and camping trailer.

The concept has already been brought to life and tested. Currently Sealander is being prepared for launch onto the market.

It would be interesting to note that the vehicle can be used to navigate on shallow waters. Its casing is made of fiberglass reinforced plastic enriched with a double bottom in order to prevent sinking if leakage happens.
The Sealander runs on a 5 horsepower electric motor that can also play the role of a source of power for on-board devices. In addition, the vehicle features a removable roof. Once launched, the customers will be able to select from a number of modules.

The standard module will include cooking-washing module, a cooler, heater, table and 2 benches. The latter can be converted to make the deck area more spacious. The Porta Potty-style toilet in such model will be optional. The client will also be able to choose the colors and inside materials.

The Sealander is 389 cm (12.8ft) in length, 160 cm (5.25 ft) wide and 185 cm (6 ft) high and has a weigh of 380 kg (838 lbs). The product page says that the vehicle doesn’t need any special license to sail it in Germany. It is expected to wear a price tag of EUR15,000 ($20,500) with shipping scheduled to start in early 2012.

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]

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]

Orphiro to Launch a Beautiful Electric Motorcycle

July 15th, 2011


With an increasing popularity of green vehicle it is our pleasure to review this beautiful electric motorcycle, which boasts not only high efficiency but also quietness and of course a great design.

The Dutch company called Orphiro is the author of this magnificent concept, drawing inspiration from classic bobber styling.

The company’s motorcycle feature lithium ion batteries and a motor that generates 72 volts.

This electric bike is able to reach a top speed of 75 miles per hour and register a range of 60 miles on a single charge.

It is expected to be launched onto the market in September of this year.

[via Orphiro]