North American International Auto Show in Detroit brought in sight several car companies interested in hybrid and electric cars. Ford Motor Co in planning by 2011 to implement fully electric cars that have an autonomy of at least 160 km on a single charge. Ford will also offer gas-electric hybrid cars by 2012.
Like the 3.9 seconds 0-60 acceleration wasn’t enough, Tesla has unveiled on Sunday the faster “Tesla Roadster Sport” at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
A team of Japanese technicians from Keio University have built two electric cars trying to beat the speed record on such vehicles. Each of the cars with a bizarre design, has eight wheels and is powered by Lithium-Ion batteries. Each of the eight wheels is driven by an 80 hp electric motor.
Following the development of batteries and, generally, electricity storage, the UK-based firm, Isis Innovation Ltd has developed a new revolutionary electric motor that outperforms the old ones by having the materials and a little of the working principles modified inside them.
Remember Ian Wright? Right, he’s the inventor and producer of Wrightspeed X1, the first most famous electric sportscar. This summer his car was on top of all the newspapers, environmental and auto blogs. Now, the same famous sportscar with plans to be commercialized and developed in the coming years, is being retired and put on the shelf. Why is that happening?
Mercedes-Benz announced the BlueZERO concept which will be presented at the Detroit Auto Show, in January. Three different models will be available, all based on the Class B model, including the fully electric BlueZERO E-Cell featuring a lithium-ion battery that offers it an autonomy of up to 200 km, a 100 kW electric engine (equivalent to 136 horsepower) and a maximum torque of 320 Nm.
James May evaluated a Honda FCX Clarity, with a positive attitude towards its environmental purpose. We don’t enter the discussion as of how eco-friendly is the making of FCX, or its price, because these are all going to change in a few years to accomodate to the markets.
Of course, maybe you’ve watched Top Gear’s Prius evaluation a few years ago. It was about the 2001 generation of the hybrid, and they’ve been a little harsh to it (Jeremy Clarkson showed us how fun it is to rifle a high tech car). Now, the all-famous Jeremy Clarkson didn’t rifle anything (yet), but what he was trying to prove with this Tesla Roadster video just isn’t fair.
Its name sounds like it’s taken out of Star Trek. Still, this is Chinese technology kicking some much bigger butts all over the world. BYD, the Chinese cell phone battery maker unveils today the F3DM, an all-electric sedan designed to show some more capitalist, more prudent, oil-led giant companies like Chevrolet, GM or Toyota, that you can do a decent electric car with a low price and high expectations.
Here’s some good news for DIYers. If it ever passed through your head to convert your actual car to an electric one, here are some Orange County guys that already did that and sell Prius conversion kits so you can do it at home, too.
The active wheel features an electric motor, a braking and an electric suspension system, which is something only seen in the military about two years ago. The electric suspension is basically the same with a classic one, except the central shock absorbers, that comprise active, step-by-step motors driving a rack-and-pinion system at each wheel, that can cancel out anything the computer tells them to.
Though some blogs take it as a surprise, it’s not something new coming from Honda: their vision of a sportscar powered entirely by a hydrogen fuel cell… not surprisingly, the same that’s into their FCX Clarity, released this summer.
Dean Kamen, a UK inventor, has just released to the public a modified electric Ford Th!nk, hacked in his DEKA labs. DEKA is his company located in Manchester Millyard. Kamen’s modified electric car has a Stirling engine onboard, into the trunk. He uses the stirling engine mainly to defrost and heat the car, because the systems doing that are huge power consumers.
Here’s a video we’ve been expecting for so long: a real image of a real car, expected by so many electric vehicle enthusiasts. Enjoy…
The French piece of electric cake is called “Volage Roadster”, and is being developed by Venturi, also a French company. Primary performance analysis with today’s presumptions about immediate future technology says that Volage will be capable of reaching 160mph and going about 200 miles with the onboard battery.
Unlike the Americans or the Europeans, the Chinese know their way into the cleaner future everybody dreams of. They probably began understanding a long time ago and now bringing into practice the cleanest possible way of transportation: a solar powered electric car.