Posts Tagged ‘carbon fiber’

Wubbo Ockels Superbus – Powerful, Speedy Eco-Friendly Bus

September 21st, 2010

This is not a limo, it’s a 15-meter long bus and it’s called Wubbo Ockels Superbus.

The incredible vehicle was developed by the Dutch inventor Wubbo Ockels.

The designer of this 9,500kg beauty is Antonia Terzi. It makes use of an electric powertrain.

The bus’ electric motors are powered by a lithium polymer battery pack. » Read more: Wubbo Ockels Superbus – Powerful, Speedy Eco-Friendly Bus

Blacktrail from PG Bikes is the Fastest Electric Bicycle in the World

July 19th, 2010

Although bicycles are probably the most eco-friendly transportation from them all, their biggest drawback is the speed.

PG Bikes is a bicycle manufacturer based in Germany that managed to come up with an electric bicycle, called Blacktrail.

The most interesting fact about the electric bike from the German company is that it is considered to be the fastest bike in the world, being able to reach a top speed of 100km/h.

The bike weights only 19.8 kilograms and is made using a number of advanced materials, including carbon, magnesium and titanium. » Read more: Blacktrail from PG Bikes is the Fastest Electric Bicycle in the World

BMW Megacity Vehicle – the Company’s First Electric Car

July 5th, 2010

The first electric vehicle from the German car-making giant BMW is expected to be launched in 2013.

The company’s eco-friendly car is called Megacity Vehicle. It is manufactured using such lightweight materials like carbon fiber and aluminum.

The car will be built from ground using BMW’s own “LifeDrive structure,” which is believed to have the strength of steel while being 50 percent lighter than standard aluminum. It would be interesting to note that other carmakers base their electric vehicles on already-available gasoline-powered cars. » Read more: BMW Megacity Vehicle – the Company’s First Electric Car

The Green Samba – World’s First Eco-Friendly Personal Water Craft

May 20th, 2010

The images you see here show the concept of the world’s first Personal Water Craft V 3.0 powered by twin drive electric propulsion pods, which means that it doesn’t pollute the environment.

Dubbed Green Samba, this eco-friendly water craft is able to produce 260bhp (brake horsepower – the measure of horsepower of a certain engine without the power loss, with the latter being caused by the gearbox, water pump, and other supplementary components like power steering pump and muffled exhaust system). » Read more: The Green Samba – World’s First Eco-Friendly Personal Water Craft

PU_PA – Lightweight Electric Vehicle Made of Carbon-Fiber Materials

April 2nd, 2010

Teijin Ltd., a chemical and pharmaceutical company based in Japan has recently presented its ultra-lightweight eco-friendly vehicle called PU_PA.

The body of this electric vehicle is made almost entirely from carbon-fiber materials and the car itself weights just 437 kilograms, which is about half the weight of a standard electric car.

It would be interesting to note that carbon fiber is at one-fifth the weight of steel but at the same time it is ten times stronger. » Read more: PU_PA – Lightweight Electric Vehicle Made of Carbon-Fiber Materials

Zeus – Stunning Eco-friendly Supercar

January 27th, 2010

zeus-electric-concept-carAccording to some designers, if all eco-friendly cars had a better design, the car-makers could register much better sales. One of such designers is the Portugal-based Joao Miguel Dias, who designed a “green” concept car and called it Zeus.

His car incorporates an electric engine hidden inside an aesthetically attractive body. Besides its good looks, the car is also very functional, allowing, for instance, the driver to enter the car in three different ways. The doors can open up to 50 degrees. » Read more: Zeus – Stunning Eco-friendly Supercar

Rural Concept Runs on Hydrogen and Solar Power

December 10th, 2009

rural-concept-car-hydrogen-solar-power This concept car was designed by Matt Bradbury, who though about integrating a hybrid system within this eco-friendly vehicle. Such system is expected to considerably improve the car’s performance.

The hybrid system runs on electricity and hydrogen fuel cells. Thus the Rural Concept represents a model that generates zero emissions while driving at high speeds.

Its chassis is made of carbon fiber. The Rural Vehicle features adaptable solar cells that the driver can rotate to harness maximum solar energy by tracking the sun. Its solar panels convey the power to the in-wheel electric motors that make the car move. » Read more: Rural Concept Runs on Hydrogen and Solar Power