Archive for the ‘Zero Emissions’ category

Alfa Romeo 4C – Beautiful Eco-friendly Sports Car from Italy

June 20th, 2011

It is worth mentioning that Alfa Romeo, which has been launching its marvelous 8C Competizione counterpart for a while now, has been continuously focusing its attention on performance.

But with its latest 4C model, the Italian car manufacturer wants to show that it has serious intentions of hitting the market of eco-friendly vehicles. In addition, Alfa Romeo designers have paid close attention to safety.

Here are some of the technical specs of the new 4C concept car:

Weight: 850kg
Power: 241hp
Acceleration: 0-100km/h in under 5 sec
Top speed: 25km/h

Thus we might in the near future witness the appearance of a gorgeous rear-wheel-drive sports car with an engine located in the middle and impressive fuel efficiency.

It was announced that Alfa Romeo 4C will go into production by the end of 2011, which means that very little times remains until the Italian carmaker’s green dream rolls out.

[via Rouse Hill Times]

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]

MiraQua – Ultra-compact, Emissions-free Vehicle

March 31st, 2011

The nice-looking MiraQua is not only a very compact but also represents a zero-emission vehicle.

One of the most interesting things about the concept is the door that is located at the front, allowing the driver to easily enter the car from the front.

The author of MiraQua is Chaoyi Li, a designer from China. The car has the goal of tackling the congestion issues that take place in China and Australia.

In the case the vehicle becomes popular in the two upper mentioned countries it has good chances of going worldwide.

It would be interesting to note that MiraQua has one in-wheel-motor. It also incorporates drive-by-wire-technologies.

Inside, however, there’s little space, with the interior measuring 1.9 x 0.6 meters.

Due to the fact that the whole front section of the vehicle opens up, drivers can put big packages, like bicycles for example, inside the vehicle without any problems.

[via Alternative Energy News]

Saline Bird – Super Bike Powered by Compressed Air

March 22nd, 2011

Although there has been very little information offered on this superbike powered by compressed air, this monster will surely catch the attention of the public, and not only due to its green features, but also because of a very nice design.

The name of this extreme motorcycle is Saline Bird and its authors are members of a team called Les Triplettes de Bonneville.

It is worth mentioning that the team is composed of five members: Charles-Edouard Berche, Ugo Spagnolo , Adrien Fuinesl, Frederic Dobbelstein and Jean-Philippe Paries.

Their goal was to develop an eco-friendly bike that would boast an eye-catchy design and several green features.

The team decided to use a twin compressed air tanks to power their Saline Bird. Thus developers hope their bike breaks the land speed record.

Saline Bird has an aerodynamic design. It tends to obtain the ideal balance between aerodynamics and center of gravity, thus gaining more stability on the road.

It would also be interesting to note that the frame of the bike is made of carbon fiber.

[via Yanko Design]

Chase 2053 – Hydrogen Vehicle that Can Move on Both Land and Air

January 25th, 2011

With an increasing number of futuristic car designs, we’re getting closer to vehicles that could transport people not only by land but by land as well.

One of the newest and most interesting concept cars was designed by Thomas Larsen Roed who spent a lot of time designing an eco-friendly vehicle, which, after finally being finished, was called “Chase 2053.”

The three-wheeled vehicle can run on both land and air and as its name indicates, the car is designed for the year 2053. » Read more: Chase 2053 – Hydrogen Vehicle that Can Move on Both Land and Air

General Motors Works on Compact EV that Can Communicate with Other Cars

December 8th, 2010

General Motors is working on a two-seat eco-friendly vehicle that would suit people who are not fond of car-stuffed cities.

Due to the car’s compact size it can easily fit in narrow traffic spaces. GM named its new vehicle EN-V (also called “envy”). In fact the three letters in the name stand for Electric Networked Vehicle.

The main customers are expected to be the citizens of megapolises such as Shanghai or Beijing. » Read more: General Motors Works on Compact EV that Can Communicate with Other Cars

BugE – Lightweight DIY Electric Vehicle

November 30th, 2010

BugE is a three-wheel vehicle that you have to build yourself.

It was developed by Mark Murphy, of Creswell, Oregon, who previously worked as a designer for different companies like GM, Chrysler and BMW.

From 2007 he managed to sell over 50 BugE kits to customers around the United States and currently decided to export them to Europe and the land of the rising sun. » Read more: BugE – Lightweight DIY Electric Vehicle

Bio-Bug – World’s First Vehicle Running on Human Waste

November 23rd, 2010

According to engineers from GENeco, a company specializing in alternative energy, they managed to create a motor that can run on methane gas produced from human waste.

They carried out a test of their engine by placing it in a VW Beetle. Engineers called the vehicle Bio-Bug.

It is worth mentioning that the development of a high-performance motor running on methane is a practice called biogas upgrading.

The practice involves the removal of carbon dioxide from the gas generated by waste fermentation. » Read more: Bio-Bug – World’s First Vehicle Running on Human Waste

Cadillac Aera – Concept Car Powered by Compressed Air

November 17th, 2010

This wonder was developed by General Motors Advanced Design Group for the 2010 LA Auto Show Design Challenge.

The eco-friendly Cadillac Aera weights only 1,000 pounds and its main advantage is economy.

The car will save you a lot of money because it will require refueling every 1,000 miles.

It is worth mentioning that designers thought about making the body of the vehicle from mono-formed 3D lattice, a very strong material. » Read more: Cadillac Aera – Concept Car Powered by Compressed Air

Kobra – Zero-Emission Electric Bike

November 12th, 2010

Cristiano Giuggioli is the author of this electric motorcycle called Kobra.

The most interesting thing about this bike is that it is an eco-friendly mean of transportation that can satisfy the needs of 3 main motorcycle categories, i.e. touring, sport and city.

It easily adjusts to suit the height and weight of the rider. The bike boasts an electric motor, which allows Kobra to register zero carbon emissions. » Read more: Kobra – Zero-Emission Electric Bike