Posts Tagged ‘eco-friendly’

Electric Tron Lightcycle from Parker Brothers Choppers

September 23rd, 2011

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]

The Electric Cadillac ELR to Be Launched Onto the Market

August 22nd, 2011

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]

Eco-Friendly Bus Carrying Bikes to Help Tourists Explore Seoul

July 26th, 2011

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]

Volkswagen Aqua – New-Gen Eco-friendly Hovercraft Concept

May 27th, 2011

Chinese designer Yuhan Zhang has come up with a very original concept for Volkswagen called The Volkswagen Aqua, which represents a hovercraft of the future.

Graduate in Industrial Design at Xihua University, the student thought that the concept should be made using a lightweight and at the same time a very durable material.

According to the author of the concept, the vehicle could be used in lakes, rivers, coastal water or even on snow.

It would be interesting to note that the CDN Car Design Awards China committee included this vehicle in the “Chinese off-road Vehicle” category.

The Volkswagen Aqua features 2 motors. The main motor obtains power from a hydrogen fuel cell and it is used to drive the main fan. The latter inflates the skirt around the hovercraft and raises the vehicle just above the ground.

The other fans, located at the rear, are powered by individual electric motors. These fans are used to provide forward thrust and directional control. It is worth mentioning that the Volkswagen Aqua can accommodate two passengers.

[via Diseno-Art]

Wind Explorer – Wind-Powered Vehicle that Crossed the Australian Continent

February 16th, 2011

Dirk Gion and Stefan Simmerer are two German inventors that decided to go on a journey from Perth to Sydney in their pod-shaped vehicle.

Recently, after a three-week adventure, they managed to complete their task, spending only under $16.

Their vehicle, called Wind Explorer, is the world’s first self-sufficient wind-powered car. It includes lithium-ion batteries that can be charged overnight using a mobile wind turbine. » Read more: Wind Explorer – Wind-Powered Vehicle that Crossed the Australian Continent

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

Urbee – World’s First 3-D Printed Vehicle

November 2nd, 2010

Urbee is the brainchild of Stratasys and Kor Ecologic. The two managed to create the world’s first vehicle that had its entire body 3D printed.

The layers of the material were printed on top of each other until the actual body of the vehicle was created.

It would be interesting to note that 3D printing has been used before. It was used by Boeing and Bespoke Innovations, a company that creates prosthetic limb casings. » Read more: Urbee – World’s First 3-D Printed Vehicle

Chinese Kingship to Build an Eco-Friendly Superyacht

October 29th, 2010

Kingship, a shipyard based in China, has announced the construction of a 44-meter long eco-friendly superyacht called the Green Voyager.

The design of the new yacht was officially presented at the Singapore Superyacht Conference.

According to the Chinese shipyard, the Green Voyager was designed with the goal of setting new environmental and efficiency standards. » Read more: Chinese Kingship to Build an Eco-Friendly Superyacht

Angel H1 – Eco-Friendly Hummer H1 that Delivers Electricity to Remote Areas

October 13th, 2010

The famous rugged Hammers spend a lot of gas and their engines emit a large amount of carbon dioxide.

In order to solve the issue Nation-E decided to create an eco-friendly Hummer H1.

The car boasts a 60KW battery. In addition, the vehicle doubles as a mobile energy source.

It is worth mentioning that this green Hummer H1, also called the Angel H1, was designed to be able to get to remote regions that suffered from serious disasters. » Read more: Angel H1 – Eco-Friendly Hummer H1 that Delivers Electricity to Remote Areas

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