They went 501km with one battery charge, from Alice Springs, in the Australian Northern Territory, to the finish marker at a point 183 km north of Coober Pedy, in South Australia.
This year’s Tokyo Motor Show was dominated by the Nippon market, Alpina and Lotus being the only foreigners with a stand at the show. Big companies like Daihatsu, Honda, Toyota, Suzuki, Nissan and Mitsubishi presented a lot of new concepts and hybrid or electric cars.
After the presentation of the Volkswagen E-up car, Skoda plans to build it’s own electric vehicle in the coming years starting from this concept. As VW already has the technology it should be easy for the Czech manufacturer to get on the market with a brand new EV.
A long time ago, Toyota Motor Corporation has started its green thinking trend with hybrid cars which revolutionized fuel consumption. Now they found a way to combine electric vehicles with hybrid ones and they presented their concept just days before the Tokyo Motor Show.
It looks like all the big players in the auto industry need boosts and help from their competition after all for succeeding in their plans. GM and Reva Electric Car Co., from India, announced that they will start producing a small electric car for the Indian market, based on GM’s Chevrolet Spark. The announcement was made by GM India president Karl Slym.
Daimler AG plans to introduce its electric Smart for Two by the end of this year. Serial production of this model will only start in 2012 in the plant from Hambach, France.
A German supplier of electronics and powertrain design to most of the major automakers for the last 25 years gives a solution to both the battery and the car manufacturers. The company is called IAV (Ingenieurgesellschaft Auto und Verkehr), and their solution is to charge the electric cars on-the-go through electromagnetic induction.
The French government announced that it plans to spend €1.5 billion (about $2.2 billion) in the development of an infrastructure that will encourage the development of clean vehicle technology and battery manufacturing.
I heard this is a little old, but it fits into GreenOptimistic’s subjects, and, there sure are people who haven’t seen it.
Researchers from Purdue University discovered precisely how fluid boils in capilary cooling sytems, and that by designing a system by using those rules they got a much more efficient heat transfer between the object to be cooled and the liquid.
As battery mileage efficiency for electric vehicle is still in huge debate and controversy Tesla Motors came with a great idea to please its buyers.
One of the major cities in Europe, Madrid, has found an innovative solution to give a new meaning and usage to the phone booths.
An Oregon-based company, Arcimoto of Eugene, designed their fully electric vehicle capable of reaching no less than 190 mpg, if we take mpg as an energy reference.
Car designers Jaap Van Der Voort, Tiemen Stelwagen, Janne LeppÃƒÆ’¤nen, Roope Kolu and Tuulia Miettinen have designed a zero-emission concept car that can run on any type of road, including on water.
Shelby SuperCars, the makers of the ÃƒÂ¢€Ã…â€œWorld’s Fastest SupercarÃƒÂ¢€ the Ultimate Aero, have announced their plans to produce the world’s ÃƒÂ¢€Ã…â€œfastest EVÃƒÂ¢€ this summer, with the development of a hybrid motorhome.
Radu Gogoana, a Romanian student from MIT (I’m proud of Romanian students, btw, I am Romanian), leading a team of other students have an ongoing project aimed to build an electric car able to drive 200 miles on a single charge and charge in about 10 minutes. As you can see in the video below, they use A123’s batteries.