The Electric Cadillac ELR to Be Launched Onto the Market

August 22nd, 2011 by GreenDan No comments »


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 by GreenDan 1 comment »

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 by GreenDan 1 comment »

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 by GreenDan 1 comment »


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 by GreenDan 10 comments »


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]

SoloTrek Engineers to Create a Multi-Passenger Hybrid Air Vehicle

July 7th, 2011 by GreenDan No comments »

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]

CAT – Aquatic Vehicle from Cal Craven

July 4th, 2011 by GreenDan No comments »

Designer Cal Craven has recently unveiled its latest concept – an aquatic car.

The vehicle is probably designed for a world where waterways replaced roads and people drive personal boats and not road cars.

The designer called his concept the CAT (short for City Aquatic Transportation).

In today’s world this vehicle can be used by people living in an urban setting by the seaside.

The CAT has a lot of windows so the travelers could observe the surrounding views.

[via Yanko Design]

Toyota Unveils Its New GRMN Sports Hybrid Concept II

July 4th, 2011 by GreenDan 1 comment »

The Japanese carmaker Toyota has recently unveiled its brand new vehicle that boasts a very appealing design.

Dubbed GRMN Sports Hybrid Concept II, the vehicle was officially presented at the 39th Nürburgring 24-hour endurance race. The race took place near Nürburg, Germany.

It is worth mentioning that the car represents a modified version of the first Toyota hybrid sports car known as the Toyota MR2, which was presented in 2010 at the Tokyo Auto Salon.

The GRMN Sports Hybrid Concept II has good chances of becoming the company’s first marketed hybrid sports vehicle.

The car has a 3.5 liter V6 engine able to generate 295 horsepower and reach acceleration from 0 to 60mph in 6 seconds.

The name of the car comes as a tribute to Hiromu Naruse, a Toyota driver who passed away as a result of a crash in 2010. The abbreviation GRMN means GAZOO Racing tuned by Meister of Nürburgring (the title refers to Naruse).



[via Automotive News]

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

June 20th, 2011 by GreenDan No comments »


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 by GreenDan No comments »

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]