Posts Tagged ‘electric engine’

ARCadia V2 – Futuristic Electric Truck

May 6th, 2011

Statistics show that the CO2 emissions from different transportation sources have increased by 20 percent over the past 20 years.

Taking into consideration that a lot of emissions are generated by trucks, Designer Vil Tsimenzin decided to design ARCadia V2, an eco-friendly vehicle that makes use of alternative power source.

The truck is powered by a system composed of battery and airflow turbines. The designer says that the vehicle would have enough battery power for a slow speed (between 1 and 8 mph) to run for about 2.5 – 0.5 hours.

In addition, the design of the truck was made in a way so the wind flow could be wisely used by 5 turbines. According to Tsimenzin, the optimum capacities of the turbines have been calibrated in order to be properly effective. He gave a theoretical situation in which at a speed between 5 and 10 miles per hour the power production would generate a constant usage supply of electricity and the truck would not loose energy.

In case the truck exceeds the speed of 10mph this would initiate the complex recharging system that will start producing more clean power.

[via EcoFriend]

SIM-LEI – Japanese Electric Car that Shows 200 Miles per Charge

April 12th, 2011

SIM-LEI is the creation of 34 companies that decided to team up and develop an all-electric vehicle able to register a range of 200 miles per charge.

The Japanese vehicle was set to be presented earlier this year, but the presentation was postponed due to the tragic events that occurred as a result of an earthquake.

It is worth mentioning that the car is about 15.5 feet long, 5 feet wide and 5 feet high. SIM-LEI weights around 3,600 pounds (1,632.93 kilograms).

Inside you will be able to discover a 24.5 kWh in-wheel electric motor. The latter has an equivalent fuel economy of nearly 165mpg.

In addition, SIM-LEI is able to accelerate from 0 to 60mph in 4.8 seconds and reach a top speed of 90mph.

A press release issued by the EV developer SIM-Drive, claims that the aim of the program is to begin mass production in 2013.

[via Earth Techling]

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]

eSpeedster – Eco-friendly Replica of 1957 Porsche Speedster on Sale

April 8th, 2011

A Colorado-based company called Duke’s Garage, decided to add to their collection a new electric conversion vehicle.

It is worth mentioning that the company specializes in restoration of classic vehicles.

The new “old” car is called eSpeedster and it was officially presented at the 2011 Denver Auto Show. Complementing the line of replica cars created by Duke’s Garage, the vehicle is based on the popular 1957 Porsche 356A Speedster.

It would be interesting to note that the car has a 39.2 kW 3-phase AC electric motor. The latter is powered by lithium-ion-phosphate batteries.

The car’s electric motor also gets additional power from regenerative braking. According to the company, its zero-emission vehicle costs just 5 cents per mile to drive.

At the same time the eSpeedster boasts a nice leather interior. Inside you will also be able to discover an iPod-ready stereo and temperature control.

Engineers at Duke’s Garage made their new car available in blue, black, silver, and red. Currently two models are available for sale each with a price tag of just under $50,000.

The eSpeedster can reach a top speed of 90mph and register a range of 110 miles on a full charge. In order to completely recharge the vehicle you will need about 8 hours. More information can be found here.

Naimo – Electric Crossover Utility Vehicle from KIA

April 4th, 2011

One of the vehicles presented at this year’s Seoul Motor Show is called Naimo and it’s an electric car developed by the popular Korean carmaker Kia Motors.

The name of this electric vehicle comes from the Korean word “Ne-mo” which is literally translated as “square shape.”

Kia Naimo is touted to be a crossover utility vehicle (CUV). It boasts some eye-catchy features, including wraparound windscreen, asymmetric sunroof, and LED headlights.

Inside you will able to find a mix of traditional and futuristic elements, such as Korean oak, which was used to make the door panels and the floor; and paper that engineers used for head lining.

In addition, you will discover an advanced transparent organic light emitting diode (TOLED) display on the car’s front panel along with and full device connectivity.

Naimo is powered by an electric motor and features twin 27kwh LiPoly batteries. The company claims that its new electric vehicle will be able to travel around 200km on a full charge.

In order to recharge the vehicle, you simple have to plug it using a 3.3kw outlet.


[via Akihabara News]

MiraQua – Ultra-compact, Emissions-free Vehicle

March 31st, 2011

The nice-looking MiraQua is not only a very compact but also represents a zero-emission vehicle.

One of the most interesting things about the concept is the door that is located at the front, allowing the driver to easily enter the car from the front.

The author of MiraQua is Chaoyi Li, a designer from China. The car has the goal of tackling the congestion issues that take place in China and Australia.

In the case the vehicle becomes popular in the two upper mentioned countries it has good chances of going worldwide.

It would be interesting to note that MiraQua has one in-wheel-motor. It also incorporates drive-by-wire-technologies.

Inside, however, there’s little space, with the interior measuring 1.9 x 0.6 meters.

Due to the fact that the whole front section of the vehicle opens up, drivers can put big packages, like bicycles for example, inside the vehicle without any problems.

[via Alternative Energy News]

Germany’s Artega Launches New Electric Sports Car Called Artega SE

March 18th, 2011

Following the Tesla Roadster, a German carmaker Artega decided to launch a nice-looking electric sports vehicle – Artega SE.

The sports car was presented at Geneva Motor Show. It is worth mentioning that Artega SE was built after its GT counterpart.

The twin electric motors incorporated in the car can generate 375 horsepower and allow the vehicle to register a speed of 124mph.

Inside one will be able to find a 37kW lithium polymer battery, which can be fully charged in about an hour and a half (if charged at a commercial charging station).

On a full charge the vehicle can travel for about 186 miles before requiring a refill. Because of the additional horsepower, Artega can register even better results than GT.

Due to the fact that both cars were built with similar weight distribution, the latest version shows good handling.

This year, according to the German carmaker, a set of 500 eco-friendly vehicles will be launched, each being available for $208,500 – plus import fees.

[via Insideline]

EX Vehicle – Tricycle Powered by Screwdrivers

March 14th, 2011

Surely eco-friendly vehicles have a great future and designers always try to create something out of this world, something futuristic that would suit the generation next.

One of the latest “crazy” environmentally-friendly ideas is this screwdriver-powered EX vehicle.

The EX is a tricycle that uses 18-volt screwdrivers as engines that allow the vehicle to register a top speed of 30 km/h (which is pretty normal in a car-stuffed megapolis).

The author of this vehicle is Nils Feber. He made EX from the ground.

The design of the vehicle places the driver in horizontal position with both arms outstretched holding the wheel.

Both throttle and brakes work just like in any normal motorcycle. In addition, the custom-made joint makes the read section of the vehicle tilt when the driver leans into curves.

It would be interesting to note that most of the parts used to built the EX vehicle were borrowed from old bicycles.

Nils mentioned that he was inspired by a skeleton and its organs when he designed the vehicle.

[via EcoFriend]

QUAD – Electric Off-road Vehicle Concept

March 9th, 2011

Designer Facundo Elias developed a four-wheel off-road eco-friendly vehicle and named it QUAD.

The recreational vehicle has a 48 volt electric motor.

The latter is powered by 4,750 ampere batteries.

The onboard batteries allow the vehicle to travel 3 hours before requiring a refill.

You will need to wait between six and eight hours for the QUAD to recharge (the time depends on the voltage).

More images of the concept vehicle can be found here.

Rolls-Royce to Present First Ultra-Luxury Electric Car at Geneva Motor Show

February 21st, 2011

March 1 is the day when the Geneva Motor Show will open its doors for all those passionate about vehicles. This is when guests will be able to witness the presentation of the first electric vehicle from Rolls-Royce.

It is expected to go on a tour around the world and be presented in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and North America.

“With this vehicle, we begin an exploration into alternative drive-trains, seeking clarity on which alternative technologies may be suitable to drive Rolls-Royce motor cars of the future,” said Torsten Muller-Otvos, CEO at Goodwood, a firm based in England. » Read more: Rolls-Royce to Present First Ultra-Luxury Electric Car at Geneva Motor Show