Archive for the ‘Electric Vehicle’ category

EDWARD – Original Eco-friendly Diwheel Vehicle

June 9th, 2011

EDWARD (short for “Electric Diwheel With Active Rotation Damping”) is another invention meant to make our lives eco-friendlier.

The electric vehicle was designed and developed by a team of students at the University of Adelaide.

The main distinction of EDWARD from other green vehicles is a set of two wheels joined together through an axle and other equipment.

The vehicle features a seat for the driver and driving mechanism. The place of the driver is found between the wheels facing the controls.

There’s no problem with balancing thanks to the orientation of the two-wheels.

In order to provide a rock-free ride, the team decided to equip its vehicle with dynamic lateral stability and slosh control. Thus they were able to reduce the gerbling effect, which was EDWARD’s biggest issue.

The drive can activate or de-activate the upper mentioned feature in case of forceful braking or rapid acceleration.

[via Ubergizmo]

Volkswagen Aqua – New-Gen Eco-friendly Hovercraft Concept

May 27th, 2011

Chinese designer Yuhan Zhang has come up with a very original concept for Volkswagen called The Volkswagen Aqua, which represents a hovercraft of the future.

Graduate in Industrial Design at Xihua University, the student thought that the concept should be made using a lightweight and at the same time a very durable material.

According to the author of the concept, the vehicle could be used in lakes, rivers, coastal water or even on snow.

It would be interesting to note that the CDN Car Design Awards China committee included this vehicle in the “Chinese off-road Vehicle” category.

The Volkswagen Aqua features 2 motors. The main motor obtains power from a hydrogen fuel cell and it is used to drive the main fan. The latter inflates the skirt around the hovercraft and raises the vehicle just above the ground.

The other fans, located at the rear, are powered by individual electric motors. These fans are used to provide forward thrust and directional control. It is worth mentioning that the Volkswagen Aqua can accommodate two passengers.


[via Diseno-Art]

China’s BYD to Launch the World’s Largest Fleet of Electric Buses

May 18th, 2011

The Chinese car-making company BYD has signed a contract to manufacture over 300 electric buses. Dubbed eBus-12, the vehicle represents another step of PRC to becoming greener.

It is worth mentioning that the fleet of all-electric buses will be launched for the 2011 International Universiade Games that will take place in Shenzhen.

One of the most impressive advantages of the bus is its ability to register a long range of 250 kilometers on a single charge. This has become possible due to a high quality Fe battery apparatus with environmentally-friendly rechargeable system. Despite the fact that the battery allows the vehicle to travel almost 250 kilometers per charge, with the fast recharge mechanism used in the vehicle’s battery it takes about 30 minutes to achieve 50 percent state of charge.

It’s for the first time that BYD has been given the task to create eco-friendly buses. It would be interesting to note that BYD is China’s leading company that specializes in high performance eco-friendly rechargeable batteries and other green technologies.

As soon as the buses become part of the transportation system of Shenzhen, it will become the largest fleet of electric buses in the world.

In order to create a pure electric vehicle, BYD decide to use in-wheel motor drive system along with Iron Phospate (Fe) Battery technology.

Besides, by using axle-free drive system, the company managed to create more rider-friendly buses that have their floors much lower compared to traditional buses.

Because the air-conditioning system requires a lot of energy, the company decided to equip its buses with solar panels mounted on the roof. The power collected by these solar panels is stored in the Fe Battery.

[via BusinessWire]

ARCadia V2 – Futuristic Electric Truck

May 6th, 2011

Statistics show that the CO2 emissions from different transportation sources have increased by 20 percent over the past 20 years.

Taking into consideration that a lot of emissions are generated by trucks, Designer Vil Tsimenzin decided to design ARCadia V2, an eco-friendly vehicle that makes use of alternative power source.

The truck is powered by a system composed of battery and airflow turbines. The designer says that the vehicle would have enough battery power for a slow speed (between 1 and 8 mph) to run for about 2.5 – 0.5 hours.

In addition, the design of the truck was made in a way so the wind flow could be wisely used by 5 turbines. According to Tsimenzin, the optimum capacities of the turbines have been calibrated in order to be properly effective. He gave a theoretical situation in which at a speed between 5 and 10 miles per hour the power production would generate a constant usage supply of electricity and the truck would not loose energy.

In case the truck exceeds the speed of 10mph this would initiate the complex recharging system that will start producing more clean power.

[via EcoFriend]

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]

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]

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.

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]