Just like all of its predecessors tinkering with electricity such as the Prius or Tesla’s Roadster, the Nissan Leaf has already been tagged with problems by some of its only 450 owners in the U.S.. The issue in this case is not safety-related, but merely a functional one: at times, the Leaf refuses to start.
Z-Kart is the name of George Fortin’s newest vehicle. Called by some a contraption, and by others an image of a dream, the Z-Kart doesn’t have at all any of the safety requirements of a modern automobile. It is rather a four-wheel carriage that drives electrically, but what’s most important, though, is that it’s made in a garage… in California.
Nissan UK has assured its customers that they won’t get left out of Leafs, even if Japan’s earthquake has destroyed most of the transportation infrastructure in the country. So far, 550 orders worth some $42,000 have been fulfilled.
Although few for the moment, electric cars in Japan already have a bright future when it comes to charging, as a consortium made from ten companies want to give beverage vending machines another use: you guessed…. EV chargers.
After in late 2010 the petrol capital of Houston has been announced the recipient of a $10 million investment in electric car recharging networks, it’s not Chicago’s turn, as utility Exelon, along with the city led by newly appointed Mayor Rahm Emanuel want to build 280 charging stations… by the end of 2011.
Few times in history have there been alliances between French and German auto manufacturers, but it seems right now that BMW and Peugeot/Citroen are actually interested in building an electric vehicle alliance set to bring profits to them both and to set an European manufacturing standard.
Now, Elon Musk, Tesla Motors’ CEO, has declared himself super-optimistic about their chances to produce an electric SUV and show it to us this year, as a concept. The Tesla Model X, as he called it, is set to go onto the production lines and to the market in about four years, way after the Model S sedan will have grown in popularity.
I’ve said for many times that LEDs are the next big thing to come in matter of lighting. With the upcoming release of various electric cars having more or less battery storage available, LEDs seem the perfect solution for saving some energy.
The gasoline version that you can see here can reach speeds of up to 160 mph and can host two. It’s not a motorbike and not a car, either. Though the electric version of it can outperform any electric car on the market today in both speed and autonomy and will look exactly the same.
The Detroit Auto Show was the scene for the unveiling of yet another wonder in technology. Li-Ion Motors and EV Innovations, a company specialized in energy storage solutions for most anything, presented the brand new Inizio electric car.
Achieving a high speed of a little over 88 km/h (54 miles/h), the UNSW’s Sunswift IVy, powered only by silicon solar cells significantly topped the previous 1987 record of 79 km/h and was quick to make it into the Guinness World Book of Records.
South Korea’s capital is the home of some newly-launched electric buses. A country that’s heavily dependent on fossil fuels, Korea is now one of the most fervent investors in battery technologies and renewable energy.
In an interview given to TechOn!, Kurt Kelty, Director of battery technologies at Tesla Motors, explained a few historic facts which led to the Roadster’s success. One of them was the adoption of laptop lithium ion batteries, and building a safe and robust energy storage out of them.
The BP spill has definitely caused a lot of environmental damage and people spent a lot of money and energy to clean it. To make themselves a greener image the General Motors company has, for marketing purposes, announced that they will use recycled BP spilled oil to make the plastics in the iconic Chevy Volt… which is a half-blood electric.
A few days ago, we made an appeal to everyone to Like the page of Revenge of the Electric Car on Facebook. Well, it looks like they got their votes (it was only a matter of time), and I think my article contributed a little to the release of the trailer.
You remember the movie “Who Killed The Electric Car?,” right? We wrote an article about it almost two years ago. Well, if you didn’t watch the movie or don’t know the idea behind it, at least let me tell you it has a sequel that it’s going to debut this spring.