Posts Tagged ‘electric’

RYNO – Compact, One-Wheeled Self-Balancing Electric Vehicle

November 14th, 2011


RYNO Motors, a company with headquarters in Portland, Oregon, has recently presented an electric vehicle that has just one wheel.

Dubbed RYNO, the vehicle is not meant to replace the motorcycle, though it looks like one. It can reach a top speed of 25 miles per hour (40km/h) and can run on a single charge up to 30 miles (48 km). With its dimensions, the vehicle can be ridden even among pedestrians.

The developers look forward to launching RYNO onto the market, with the target being those who like scooters, meaning small, low cost vehicles that can be easily maneuvered in tight quarters.

The vehicle is equipped with a lithium-iron-phosphate battery pack, which, according to the company, can recharge in just an hour and a half. RYNO is also rather light, weighing 125 pounds (57 kg).

Its turning radius ranges from 0 to 3 feet (0.9 meters). In case the rider tries to exceed the speed or tilt limits, the vehicle’s Auto Balance System will initially signal about it, and then take control of the machine for a short time.

Currently the company is hand-building 50 limited edition pre-production RYNOs. These will be launched onto the market wearing a price tag of $25,000 each. The production model is expected to appear early next year and its price will be around $3,500.

Check out the video below to see the RYNO in motion:

[via RynoMotors]

Electric Scooter from Czech Republic Sets World Record Traveling 706 Miles in 24 Hours

September 30th, 2011


Akumoto, the company with headquarters in Czech Republic, in collaboration with ČEZ, an electricity generation conglomerate, managed to create an electric scooter that set a new world record among its electric counterparts for the longest distance crossed in 24 hours.

This week the Akumoto electric scooter managed to register a figure of 1,136.3 kilometers (706.1 miles). The companies calculated that the trip needed only 40.8 kWh of electricity and cost only 190 Czech Korunas, which is about $10.35.

Lukáš Drahovzal, the sales manager at Akumoto, outlined that the test of the new electric scooter and the record it set was meant to illustrate that two-wheeled electric vehicle are more versatile than some might think.

ČEZ mentioned that in the near future there plans to carry out tests of electric vans and trucks.

[via Akumoto]

Concept_One EV from Mate Rimac Unveiled

September 26th, 2011


Finally the Concept_One EV, one of the most awaited eco-friendly vehicles of the Frankfurt Motor Show, has been presented. The electric vehicle was designed by Mate Rimac, a 23-year-old designer from Croatia.

There are two things for which Concept_One can be highly appreciated: its sleek design and mind-blowing technical specifications. With 1088 horsepower, the vehicle can accelerate from 0 to 62mph (100kph) in 2.8 seconds and reach a top speed of 190mph (305kph).

In addition, the car can register a range of 370 miles (600 kilometers) on a single charge. There will be 88 limited-edition production models launched in 2013.

It would also be interesting to note that Rimac Automobili, a company based near Zagreb, Croatia, equipped its Concept_One with 4 independent electric motors (one motor installed in each wheel).

The design and engineering team that worked together at Rimac factory includes Goran Popovic, the leader of the team composed of former Pininfarina employees and former Magna Steyr designer Adriano Mudri.

Popovic and his team worked on the design of the “driver-focused” interior covered in leather from Vilner and a head-up-display.

Mudri, in his turn, worked on the carbon-fiber body of the vehicle. So far no word on pricing has been given.


[via Rimac automobili]

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]

China’s BYD to Launch the World’s Largest Fleet of Electric Buses

May 18th, 2011

The Chinese car-making company BYD has signed a contract to manufacture over 300 electric buses. Dubbed eBus-12, the vehicle represents another step of PRC to becoming greener.

It is worth mentioning that the fleet of all-electric buses will be launched for the 2011 International Universiade Games that will take place in Shenzhen.

One of the most impressive advantages of the bus is its ability to register a long range of 250 kilometers on a single charge. This has become possible due to a high quality Fe battery apparatus with environmentally-friendly rechargeable system. Despite the fact that the battery allows the vehicle to travel almost 250 kilometers per charge, with the fast recharge mechanism used in the vehicle’s battery it takes about 30 minutes to achieve 50 percent state of charge.

It’s for the first time that BYD has been given the task to create eco-friendly buses. It would be interesting to note that BYD is China’s leading company that specializes in high performance eco-friendly rechargeable batteries and other green technologies.

As soon as the buses become part of the transportation system of Shenzhen, it will become the largest fleet of electric buses in the world.

In order to create a pure electric vehicle, BYD decide to use in-wheel motor drive system along with Iron Phospate (Fe) Battery technology.

Besides, by using axle-free drive system, the company managed to create more rider-friendly buses that have their floors much lower compared to traditional buses.

Because the air-conditioning system requires a lot of energy, the company decided to equip its buses with solar panels mounted on the roof. The power collected by these solar panels is stored in the Fe Battery.

[via BusinessWire]

VIERIA – Eco-friendly Concept Car that Filters Polluted Air

April 19th, 2011

Two graduate students from the Kyun-won University designed a next-generation eco-friendly vehicle dubbed VIERIA that boasts a special filter that cleans air.

The 24-year old Gin-Woong Kim and 23-year-old Su-ji Kim are two representatives of the ANALOG industrial designing division of Kyun-won University.

Their four-wheel, single seater concept car boasts an inhaling system in the front that suck in polluted air and with the help of its inbuilt filter generates clean, pollution-free air.


[via Tuvie]

R3 – Three-wheel Electric Vehicle from T3 Motion

April 14th, 2011

T3 Motion is a California-based company that has recently announced it managed to build its electric prototype car called R3 (previously known as GT3).

A few details of the vehicle were unveiled in the summer of 2010 and today T3 Motion plans to patent its exclusive two-rear-wheel design.

Earlier there was information on some interesting features the car may have, including an iPad dock station from GPS navigation.

The car will be able to reach a top speed of 70mph and register a range of 80 to 100 miles on a single charge. Its electric motor is powered by lithium-polymer battery.

In case all of the announced features stay the same the car will have a price tag of somewhere between $35,000 and $42,000.

[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]

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]