Ford Sees Coconuts As Alternative to Petroleum

October 10th, 2011 by GreenDan No comments »

Throughout the past couple of years, Ford managed to increase the use of various eco-friendly materials in its vehicles.

The famous car-making company started making cushions using soy foam seat, instrument panels using castor oil foam, underbody systems using recycled resins and more.

Recently Ford started experimenting with coconut fibers that are also known as coir.

The new material is expected to make door and seat trim, plastic storage bins, and cup holders mode durable, as well as making its vehicles more recyclable.

It would be interesting to note that coconut fibers can be used to make lightweight products, which means that a car can save more energy.

In addition, these fibers create more pleasant interiors due to the fact that they have a more natural-looking textured finish.

According to Dr. Ellen Lee, technical expert for Plastics Research at Ford, the company is continuously looking for ground-breaking renewable technologies able to cut the amount of petroleum used.

[via Cnet]

Electric Scooter from Czech Republic Sets World Record Traveling 706 Miles in 24 Hours

September 30th, 2011 by GreenDan No comments »

Akumoto, the company with headquarters in Czech Republic, in collaboration with ČEZ, an electricity generation conglomerate, managed to create an electric scooter that set a new world record among its electric counterparts for the longest distance crossed in 24 hours.

This week the Akumoto electric scooter managed to register a figure of 1,136.3 kilometers (706.1 miles). The companies calculated that the trip needed only 40.8 kWh of electricity and cost only 190 Czech Korunas, which is about $10.35.

Lukáš Drahovzal, the sales manager at Akumoto, outlined that the test of the new electric scooter and the record it set was meant to illustrate that two-wheeled electric vehicle are more versatile than some might think.

ČEZ mentioned that in the near future there plans to carry out tests of electric vans and trucks.

[via Akumoto]

Coffee-Powered Vehicle Shows Average Speed of 66MPH

September 28th, 2011 by GreenDan No comments »

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 by GreenDan No comments »

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 by GreenDan No comments »

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]

Maxximus Prodigy – Luxury Super Car Powered by Liquid Natural Gas

September 22nd, 2011 by GreenDan No comments »

The car-making company Maxximus is currently working on an eco-friendly vehicle that will run on liquid natural gas (LNG) and wear a price tag of $1,000,000.

The super car is called Prodigy and its design is based on the design of the LNG 2000 prototype model. It would be interesting to note that the vehicle would be the world’s first super car powered by LNG.

According to the company, its new vehicle will boast an interior that is close to that of a Rolls Royce. From these words it is possible to draw the conclusion that Maxximus looks forward to compete on the market of supercars with such giants as Ferrari and Tesla Motors.

In the picture you can see the LNG 2000 designed by Marlon Kirby of Indianapolis. He worked on the project for about two years.

The vehicle with its twin turbocharges is said to generate 2,000Hp, and show acceleration from 0 to 60mph in about 2 seconds. In addition, according to Kirby the car can reach a top speed of 300 mph.

Judging from the information provided by the company [PDF], there are at least 5 millionaires willing to acquire the luxury eco-friendly super car.

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

September 22nd, 2011 by GreenDan No comments »

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.

Jaguar C-X16 – Stylish Hybrid Concept Unveiled at Frankfurt Auto Show

September 16th, 2011 by GreenDan No comments »

The Frankfurt Auto Show, which opened on September 15th and will keep attracting car lovers from around the world until September 25th, is where visitors can observe a myriad of new concept vehicles.

One of them is the wonderful Jaguar C-X16 hybrid concept.

The Jaguar C-X16 is a two-seater equipped with a 3.0 liter V6 engine able to generate 300hp and an electric motor that produces 95hp. The latter is incorporated into the eight-speed gearbox of the sleek-looking coupe.

The hybrid vehicle can register acceleration from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.3 seconds, with the op speed being 186mph.

Jaguar C-X16 has its motor generator powered by a 1.6 kWh lithium ion unit installed behind the seats. Thus the car-maker was able to obtain a perfect 50/50 weight distribution.

According to Jaguar, during the official tests its eco-friendly vehicle emitted only 165 grams per kilometer of carbon dioxide. It was also announced that for short distances the driver will be able to run their car at up to 50 mph in electric-only mode.

Inside one will be able to discover a futuristic interior with multimodal rotary controls displayed on small OLED screens that can reconfigure in order to show the different functions that the driver can perform using the controls.

To maintain the battery pack juiced up, the company equipped its new vehicle with Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) that charges the battery packs when the driver hits the brakes. The final version of the vehicle along with its price tag will be available in at least a year, until then we can enjoy this stylish concept.

It would be interesting to note that the company simply could not wait for the opening so it launched a video right before the event. Watch the video below.

[via DailyTech]

Sealander – Camping Trailer that Doubles as Electric Boat

September 15th, 2011 by GreenDan No comments »

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 by GreenDan No comments »

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]