Posts Tagged ‘electric’

Students Turn Audi into Electric Vehicle that Also Harnesses Solar Energy

March 30th, 2011

In order to demonstrate that it is possible to mix an electric car with a solar-powered one, a group of students from Georgia Tech has presented their latest project – an electric vehicle that can harness solar energy.

Members of the team entitled Solar Jackets recently unveiled their super car at the Buckhead Eco-Collection.

They managed to transform an Audi into a “solar-assisted electric vehicle”, equipping it with two batteries that can be charged by plugging the car’s charger into an electric socket.

The bigger battery is used to power the vehicle while the smaller one powers windows, steering and brakes. It is worth mentioning that with the help of solar panels, the car can harness solar energy that is stored on the smaller battery.

According to the tech aerospace engineering student Corbin Klett of Buford, currently the team is working hard on the design of car so it could compete in the forthcoming World Solar Challenge that will take part in Australia.

[via GreenOptimistic]

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]

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

Alcatraz – Compact and Aerodynamic Electric Car Equipped with Solar Panels

February 15th, 2011

This concept car was designed for the San Francisco Motors Competition. It combines improved aerodynamics and compactness.

However, the most important feature of Alcatraz is the use of solar panels mounted on its roof and hood.

The solar panels generate electricity that is used to extend the range of the car.

In addition, the vehicle features 6 batteries that allow the car to travel 80 miles on a single charge. » Read more: Alcatraz – Compact and Aerodynamic Electric Car Equipped with Solar Panels

Mirari – Electric Car Registered in the Guinness Records as the World’s Lowest

February 14th, 2011

Mirari (translated as “future”) is a very original electric single-seater vehicle that was designed in the Okayama Prefecture city of Asakuchi.

The vehicle is about 45 centimeters high and can reach a top speed of 50 kilometers per hour.

It is worth mentioning that Mirari was designed by students of Okayama Sanyo High School’s Automobile Department. » Read more: Mirari – Electric Car Registered in the Guinness Records as the World’s Lowest

Mitsuoka Motors Unveils Himiko – Classic Electric Supercar

February 3rd, 2011

The majority of electric vehicles that run on the streets today take modern forms, but a Japanese firm called Mitsuoka Motors came up with the idea of making an electric car with a classic design.

The company’s electric supercar is based on the contemporary Mazda NC MX-5 sports car and is called the Himiko. The car is not only environmentally friendly but is also very stylish.

It would be interesting to note that the name of the electric vehicle comes from an ancient Japanese queen. » Read more: Mitsuoka Motors Unveils Himiko – Classic Electric Supercar

Aerius – Solar-Powered Electric Supercar

January 21st, 2011

Engineers are continuously working on extending the range of electric vehicle. According to designer Pei-Cheng Hsieh of the Monash University, there’s a necessity to equip vehicle with solar panels.

He decided to design his own vehicle and called it Aerius. The concept electric car shows how the proposed technology works.

The vehicle was designed for the year 2025 and it shows the performance of race cars combined with the latest green energy producing technologies. » Read more: Aerius – Solar-Powered Electric Supercar

BugE – Lightweight DIY Electric Vehicle

November 30th, 2010

BugE is a three-wheel vehicle that you have to build yourself.

It was developed by Mark Murphy, of Creswell, Oregon, who previously worked as a designer for different companies like GM, Chrysler and BMW.

From 2007 he managed to sell over 50 BugE kits to customers around the United States and currently decided to export them to Europe and the land of the rising sun. » Read more: BugE – Lightweight DIY Electric Vehicle

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.

» Read more: Top 10 Best Electric Vehicles