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.
It looks like the Fiat 500 is the source of inspiration for many start-up car manufacturers lately. After the TwinAir enhancement Fiat did to its own famous brand and the plug-in hybrid presented in Vienna, a company called mk-group Holding GmbH, is selling a pure electric car based on the 500, the CARe 500, for an interesting price.
Here’s a proof that things are moving faster and faster in today’s world – or, at least, faster than I thought. Not a long time ago we’ve been presenting the partnership between Tesla and Toyota to bring a RAV4 electric vehicle to the market. Now it’s alive – here it is, at this year’s LA auto show.
And I thought they couldn’t make them any better than Tesla Motors did… INIZIO is the name of the electric super car designed by Li-ion Motors from North Carolina that will kick Tesla probably one step forward (out of the scene? I guess not).
The drive range of an electric vehicle, namely Nissan Leaf, could be affected by the use of air conditioning whether to heat or cool the interior, said Mitsuhiko Yamashita, executive vice president of Nissan Motor Co Ltd at Ceatec Japan 2010.
When I first saw it at this year’s Paris Motor Show, I thought I was looking at something having to do with Steve Jobs, or something called iCar… but it was not like that at all. Renault’s Zoe Preview really is French, and also has a gadget-like touch and feel.
Kia has brought its latest innovation at the 2010 Paris auto show in the form of an electric car called “POP”, which aims to take small cars to the next step and integrate them into a trend that only a few years ago had been considered science fiction.
Citroen made its presence felt at the Paris auto show with the Survolt – not something new for the connoisseurs – that made its official debut at Geneva Auto Show, earlier this year.
Because Tesla and Toyota made an agreement this spring to build an electric car, everybody thought that the joint venture between them will result in a small car being built, like we’ve been used to – the Prius, the Roadster, the Yaris etc.
Nice idea for a car that pretends itself to be more than hybrids are, and though less than fuel cell powered ones. Batteries are still a pollution factor, but hydrogen extracted by solar power means are not.
Ford wants to implement cooling/heating mechanisms for the batteries they will include in their future Focus Electric. The engineers at Ford designed a thermally conductive liquid that circulates throughout the battery.
European cars often get a fuel economy of about 42 mpg, with some newer models even getting 60 mpg or more. The technology adopted for electric cars, on the other hand, uses mainly lithium ion batteries, made of metals extracted from mountains by using complex chemical processes that not only generate CO2, but also pollute the environment and help to deforestation.
Now, in the days of the aftermath that the crisis has given the auto industry, a Canadian company wants to build the first electric car that has its body built from bio-composites. Specifically, we’re talking about hemp – a relative of Cannabis.