Posts Tagged ‘aluminum’

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]

SKhy Bus – Driverless Hydrogen-powered Bus that Can Also Filter Wastewater

April 8th, 2011

Dubbed SKhy Bus, this vehicle represents a fusion of nature and technology. If built, this eco-friendly bus will be able to considerably cut the pollution level of the environment through its numerous green features.

Designed by Alain Monteiro, the bus is able to process wastewater to create hydrogen that powers the vehicle. It would be interesting to note that wastewater will be 300 percent more effective in producing hydrogen than normal water.

In addition, the SKhy Bus get additional power from solar cells mounted on top of the vehicle and brakes.

The concept also makes use of large air intakes that capture carbon dioxide from the air and filter it, while using the extracted CO2 as a cooling system and fire extinguisher.

The components that SKhy Bus is made of, including seats and aluminum structure, are fully recyclable. According to the designer, the bus can have from 72 to 128 seats, with the number of seats depending on the city in which the bus will run.

One more interesting feature of the vehicle is its windows that can sense heat radiation of the sun and depending on the situation get darker of lighter. Finally the bus will run without driver, being controlled with the help of GPS and sensors.


[via Designboom]

Top 10 Best Electric Vehicles

October 25th, 2010

2010 Tesla Roadster

Made by Tesla Motors, a Silicon Valley-based car-maker, the Tesla Roadster was for the first time presented as a prototype in July of 2006. Two years later the company announced that it will start a mass production of the vehicle. The Roadster became the world’s first all-electric, mass-produced sports vehicle.

One of the most impressive features of the car is the range. As one of the best electric vehicles the Tesla Roadster boasts a range of 220 miles on a single charge.

The 288hp engine allows the electric vehicle to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds and reach a top speed to 125mph. The expected battery life is 7 years or 100,000 miles. Other interesting features include carbon fiber body and LED tail lights.

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mm.e the Compact Electric Car You Can Assemble At Home

April 28th, 2010

Designed by Adam Danko, this vehicle is intended to be used in an agglomerated urban environment. Dubbed the “mm.e” (micro mobility – electric), the car boasts great driving features and low price.

The sporty mm.e is 2.7 meters long and it will be available via the Internet – the users will have the possibility to order it as a package and assembled the car at home using screwdriver.

The design of this electric vehicle is rather simple and at the same time quite functional. » Read more: mm.e the Compact Electric Car You Can Assemble At Home

Hydrogen-Powered BMW Bike Concept

February 24th, 2010

This BMW concept bike is anything but usual, not only because it boasts a nice design but also due to the fact that it is hydrogen powered.

The concept was designed by a number of students from the ISD of Valenciennes, France, with the goal of attempting to envision the future of motorbikes in a green environment.

Arik Schwarz, Benoit Czyz, Charles Edouard Berche, and Vincent Montreuil named their creation BMW HP Kunst. » Read more: Hydrogen-Powered BMW Bike Concept

Triker – Eco-friendly Three-wheeled Electric Car

November 30th, 2009

the-triker-eco-friendly-car-three-wheeledMarouane Bembli, a designer from Sweden is the one who came up with this interesting concept. The Trinker represents an electric vehicle that runs on three wheels. Besides being eco-friendly, it is rather inexpensive.

Tricker can be used to drive virtually anywhere. The designer claims that the environmentally friendly car is very comfortable.

In addition, due to the fact that Tricker’s body is made of a single module that is installed on an aluminum chassis, the vehicle has considerably reduced in weight. One can easily change the color of the vehicle or its material. » Read more: Triker – Eco-friendly Three-wheeled Electric Car

VW Pholeum – Electric Vehicle Able to Turn 360 Degrees

October 27th, 2009

Pholeum VW Concept

This interesting concept was designed by Alexei Mikhailov. The futuristic chariot, dubbed VW Pholeum, represents the city speedway one-person mean of transport.

Using the external wheel base, the car can easily be parked, since the wheels are able to turn 360 degrees. The car doesn’t require suspension because rubberized tires along with independent spoke arrangements easily absorb any bumps. Note that tires are made of bio-degradable rubber.

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