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Overview

  • Electric Vehicles >
    PopSci Archive Gallery: The Electric Car, 1916-Present - Starting with August of 1916, which was their first issue to cover a hybrid gasoline-electric automobile; then passing through 1920, when electric cars were preferred because of the high price of gas, dropping in interest as gas dropped in price; then through several iterations in between including a 1968 GM stirling engine hybrid and their 1990 EV1; ending with the rebirth in 2008; PopSci gives 17 snapshots through EV history. (Popular Science; July 23, 2010)
  • Trends / EVs > Electric Cars >
    VIDEO: Inhabitat Sees Green at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show! - 2011 seems to be the year of the electric car! From super-sexy electric race cars (from Porsche), to a retina-searing electric yellow sports cars (from Mercedes), to practical electric commuter cars (like the Ford Focus EV and Ford C-MAX Hybrid), nearly every major car manufacturer at the Detroit Auto Show this year unveiled a new electric car or a new hybrid. (Inhabitat; January 15, 2011)


For article , see PowerPedia:Electric vehicle.
  • What Electric Cars are Available Today in the U.S.? - Cites two electric cars presently available for sale in the U.S — the NmG , part car, part motorcycle; and the Zap! Xebra, which costs under $10,000, with 40-50 mile range. (Maybe missed a few). Others coming soon. (TreeHugger; July 25, 2006)
  • Why We Need Electric Cars - Electric Vehicles have overwhelming advantages over gasoline vehicles in fuel cost, emissions and energy independence. Solar recharged electric vehicles are 50 to 3,000 times more efficient than burning biofuels, based on sun to wheel energy conversion rates. (Mother Earth News; October/November 2006)

At PESWiki Directory

  • Tesla Motors Inc. Nears Launch of First Vehicle - Tesla Roadster is 100% electric, not hybrid. Four wheel drive (in-wheel motors) make it faster than most sports cars; and it has a 250+ mile range. Major VC backed ($40 million) company debuted the car July 19, 2006 in Santa Monica.
  • ZENN Motor Company - A Canadian developer, manufacturer and supplier of electrically powered vehicles currently sells two models in the U.S. The ZENN is an affordable Neighborhood Electric Vehicle (NEV) with a regulated maximum speed of 25 mph and a range of 35 miles on a full charge. The vehicle can be recharged overnight from a standard electrical outlet.
  • Phoenix Motorcars electric cars - Phoenix Motorcars, headquartered in Ojai, California, is an early leader in the mass production of full function, freeway speed electric automobiles. Entertaining fleet orders for Sport Utility Trucks (SUT).
  • Venturi Automobiles - Features three electric models, including the Eclectic -- an urban 3-seater electro-solar or wind vehicle is the first production energy-autonomous vehicle in history. Eclectic takes advantage of moments of immobilisation to store energy in its NiMH batteries. It offers a range up to 50 km at a speed of 50 km/hr and can also be recharged from the grid in 5 hours. Production of 20 vehicles has commenced and 200 will be launched in June 2007.

Electric Cars for Sale

Models

  • EVs > Electric Cars >
    Electric Car Goes 375 Miles On 6-Minute Charge - A German-based company, Lekker Energie, has come up with a vehicle capable of driving up to 375 miles at moderate highway speeds. The company responsible for the battery pack, DBM Energy, claims an efficiency of 97 percent and a recharge time of around 6 minutes when charged from a direct current source. (All Cars Electric; Oct. 27, 2010)
  • XP Vehicles - 12-page PDF Preliminary Specifications - Inflatable car runs on hydride fuel cells, a see-through dash, air-pressure seats and other innovations. (XP Vehicles; Feb. 5, 2009)
  • All-Electric Mini Unveiled! - BMW says it will lease the Mini E two-seater to "select private and corporate customers" in California, New York and New Jersey under what is essentially a big R&D project to develop EVs through its Project i. (Wired; Oct 21, 2008)
  • Chrysler Unveils 3 Electric Car Prototypes, One to Be Produced in 2010 - Chrysler has decided to play with the cool kids and has unveiled three prototypes that use its new electric drive technology. The good news is that this isn't just for car shows; they intend to produce one of the three in late 2010, with a smaller number of EVs going out to fleets for testing in 2009. (TreeHugger; Sept. 24, 2008)
  • Green Eco Mobility - Clean and green transportation gets a new look and feel as GEM, a Chrysler LLC company, introduces the next generation of clean, gas-free and emission-free, battery electric vehicles - Peapod. Top speed, 25 MPH, 30 mile range, street legal. (YouTube) (PR Newswire for Journalists; Sept. 23, 2008)
  • Electric City Motors - The Current is a zero emission, electric vehicle designed for urban passenger car usage. Highway Legal, Government Crash Test Rated, 4 Door/4 Passenger Hatchback, A/C , Heater, Power Windows, Distance Per Charge: 65-200 miles, Highway Speed: 65-70mph, 0-60: 4.9 Seconds. Starting at $28,995. Manufactured by Quanxing Transport Equipment. Distributed by Colorado Auto Connection.
  • ATT R&D - Parade is a highway legal Korean made MPV model electric vehicle with a top speed of 70 mph and up to 150 mile range for around $20,000. The drive motor is located between the rear wheels with the batteries underneath the passengers, enhancing safety and performance. It offers dual air bags, crash-worthy aluminum body with crumple zone, ABS and climate control system.
  • NevCar is planning to build an electric vehicle assembly plant and/or distribution center in Sutherlin, Oregon by 2009. ATT R&D supports NEVCAR's efforts to market ATT R&D and the Invita and Parade product in the United States.


  • Miles Javlon XS500 all-electric sedan - Miles Automotive rolled-out their all-electric, five-seat sedan with an 85 mph top speed and a 150+ mile range, that starts at $29,500. It has a 320 V, 25 kWh, 80 Ah lithium-ion battery that takes six hours to charge, and will become available for sale by the end of 2008. (AutoblogGreen; Apr. 3, 2007)
  • Miles Electric Vehicles - Introducing the first line of zero-emissions all electric vehicles manufactured in China to the highest international standards.
  • Think Nordic AS - TH!NK electric vehicle from Norway (formerly owned by Ford). See also Pivco
    • TH!NK city Debuts in UK - The TH!NK city electric two-seater urban car has a top speed of 65 mph and a range of 126 miles. Charging the batteries from 20% capacity to 80% takes four hours. The first cars have been delivered to Norwegian customers and UK delivery is expected in summer 2009. (Green Car Congress; July 21, 2008)
  • Stevens Vehicles - Zero Emission Zecar, Zevan and Zecab, 2 pence per mile to drive. (Green Car Congress; March 1, 2008) (Thanks RLP)
  • Inflatable, Affordable Electric Car Announced - Low cost inflatable electric car is announced as world's first crash-proof, long range, flat-pack vehicle. Imagine a pre-deployed air bag forming the body of the car. (PESN; Sept. 14, 2007)
  • eBox - Electric car from AC Propulsion has a top speed of 95 mph, a range up to 180 miles and a 2 hour fast charge. eBox is made by converting a Toyota Scion xB to electric power that is stored in a lithium ion battery made from 5,088 small cells.
  • Zap New, Demo, and Used Electric Cars Available. Featuring Xebra.
  • OBVIO! will develop and introduce lithium-ion-powered electric cars based on its 828 and 012 microsport car designs for export to North America. OBVIO! has a strategic partnership with California automobile distributor ZAP, which has agreed to be the exclusive North American distributor and has pre-purchased 50,000 OBVIO! units.
  • Hybrid Technologies R-Electric Car Co. sells lithium battery electric cars like the Smart Car, R-Car Chrysler Crossfire and PT Cruiser. These zero emissions vehicles can travel 70-90 mph for 100-125 miles.
  • Once-in-a-Lifetime Electric Car - Sam's Club, a unit of Wal-Mart, will sell a 70 mph Mercedes-Benz Smart electric car in a once-only Christmas promotion. For $35,000 you get lithium-ion batteries from Hybrid Technologies, bringing the car's range to over 100 miles. (AutoblogGreen; Oct. 6, 2007)
  • HighTechScience.org Sparrow is a single passenger all electric vehicle with a top speed of 75-80 mph. Now manufactured by Myers Motors as the NmG (No More Gas)
  • Myers Motors - Qui Moto electric vehicle coming summer 2007. Two passenger seating, 60 mile range, 70 mph speed, 110 volt charging, 1000 miles on less than $25 of fuel.
  • Sakura in the UK. With a sleek and dynamic chassis and a great attention to detail Maranello4 is clearly made in Italy.
  • Twike.com and Twike.us - 53 mph - 80 mile range - equivalent of 300 to 600 miles per gallon.
  • SECMA - QPOD City Elec is safer than scooters, has a 45 km/h top speed, made by Secma
  • Wilderness E.V. offers Volkswagen Beetles, Geo Metros and Ford Festivas that are already converted to electric power.


  • Electrovaya Launches Maya-300 - Electrovaya is launching the Maya-300 low-speed electric vehicle with a 120 mile range on a single charge. It is powered by Electrovaya’s lithiated manganese oxide battery that offers 40-60% higher energy density with comparable safety to its Phosphate-Series offerings, incorporating battery separator films from ExxonMobil. (Green Car Congress; Jan. 23, 2008)
  • C-Fee - electric cars made in Thailand
  • Ariana-EV - ISFCEV Intelligent Solar Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle - High Performance Vehicle with 400- 500 Km Range & 160 km/h speed.
  • Free Drive EV - The Solar Bug is a fun, inexpensive, economical, solar power supported personal electric vehicle.
  • CityCom - German CityEl is powered by a 2.5Kw electric engine that has a range of 70 - 90 Km.
  • Elcat Electric Vehicles - Finland - Elcat Citywagon 202 - A more powerful, greatly improved electric vehicle for passenger use. See Dragon Electric Vehicles in the U.K.
  • BigMan - The strong, tough, durable, revolutionary, "ZERO EMISSIONS" Electric Powered Low Speed Vehicle (LSV)
  • Quiet Cars (UK) - Quiet Car Company - 100 Km Range, 40 Mph, Chargeable on standard 13A Socket, 5 Hour Charge, 100 miles for £1.00 (on standard electric tarif ), £8500 + Vat.
  • VentureOne - three-wheeler will be available as a hybrid with 300 mile range or as an all electric vehicle with 120 mile range. It seats two and is capable of 100 mph with 100 mpg fuel efficiency and can tilt almost 45º in turns. To be released in late 2008, priced in the $20,000 range.
  • EcoV Electric - 25 mph street legal vehicle with automotive ride, comfort and durability for use on public roads 35 mph and slower. It recharges for 50 cents from a standard wall outlet to go 25 to 40 miles and is virtually maintenance free. 4 and 6 passenger models with flip down rear seat convert into a utility vehicle and a pick-up truck, for under $10,000.
  • Micro-Vett - sells the Fiat Doblo' Electric freeway speed EV. 120 km/h speed, 150 kms range in city.
  • Green Machines sells the Doblo in Ireland
  • RoadRatMotors.com - Electro Bubble Buddy - Your LSV (low speed vehicle) will travel over 50 miles on a single charge! When you are done using it, just plug it into a standard wall socket to recharge the batteries.
  • Electric Big Wheel - Silence PT2 3-wheeled electric vehicle has 100kW of power, a top speed of 200 km/hr and range of 200-400 km.
  • EVA-USA - The BANDIT is a three wheel electric car that can pay for itself in less than a year in gas and insurance savings. It has a top speed of 50 mph, can go 100 miles on a charge, has a heater for winter use and is delivered anywhere in USA.
  • Tomberlin Outdoor - The Eco-friendly Tomberlin™ ANVIL™ is designed from the ground up as a Street Legal Low Speed Vehicle. Completely powered by electricity and controlled by GE™ technology, it combines the latest advances to offer a range of 40+ miles.
  • Preview of the Ze-O Electric MPV - NICE Car Company presented the Ze-O electric MPV, which is coming to the UK this Autumn and to the rest of Europe during 2009. It will have a range of up to 65 miles (105 km) in city driving and top speed of 55 mph (89 kph). (Green Car Congress; July 14, 2008)
  • OKA Auto - Mini-car neighborhood electric vehicle (NEV) available for sale in USA is safer than other low speed vehicles (LSV - 25 mph). It has been crash tested in Europe and meets EU regulations for a full speed vehicle. Fuel costs are estimated at $0.50 to $1 a day for a 15 to 30 mile commute.
  • Covco - Korean electric four wheel vehicle - Salon, Pick-up, LSV or Golf
  • Elettrica - A compact Italian city car that runs on electricity, and can travel at speeds of up to 45mph for up to 70 miles on a single charge, by Start Lab.
  • Zytek Group - The smart fortwo ev sets a new benchmark in the electric vehicle sector, the 55Kw drivetrain producing a top speed of 120km/h. 12 kilowatt hours per 100 kilometres gives it a range of 110 kilometres.
  • MDEK - The MDE-A Sprint NEV can be driven by those with severe physical handicaps up to the paraplegic, requires the use of one hand to operate.
  • TIO America - T.i.O. NEV can drive for 50 miles at speeds up to 25 m.p.h. for about a penny a mile.
  • New Electric Sports Car - Lightning Car Company will produce a new electrically driven sports car powered by Altairnano's Nanosafe batteries and Hi-Pa Drive wheel motors from PML Flightlink. A three model lineup is planned that includes a luxury model, a lightweight sport version and an extended range model that can run 250 miles on a charge, starting in 2008. (AutoblogGreen; Jun. 12, 2007)
  • Solamo - Electro vehicles can be charged from the socket or through the sun using solar modules on the roof of the vehicle.
  • American Electric Vehicles - Electric Police Car: Chevrolet Impala conversion to a high performance all electric car. An Azure Dynamics 50 KW peak motor is powered by 27 KWh of lithium-polymer batteries. Top speed = 91 mph. Single gear - NO transmission. All lights are functional. Very quiet - be ready to go with no noise.
  • Elghe - Italian company sells an electric Fiat Panda and electric Renault Twingo
  • Ecolori SPA - Fiat Panda Elettrica EnerMove and Renault Twingo Elettrica
  • e'mobile - Fiat Panda Elettrica and Renault Twingo Elettrica Switzerland
  • Archimede Energia - Fiat Panda Elettrica and Renault Twingo Elettrica
  • Armor Electric - high quality EV's, NEV's, ZEV's, (electric, neighborhood and zero emission vehicles)
  • Symphony Motors - will design, manufacture, sell, and service battery powered electric vehicles.
  • Zero EV - Japanese ZERO/SPORTS Elexceed RS, one-seater electric vehicle is street legal in Japan and has been in production for several years now. Distributed by Edo Performance. Video
  • Leo Motors - 4 wheel, 3 wheel and 2 wheel EVs from Korea
  • Luxury Electric Car - The first demonstration prototype has been built by converting a brand new 2007 Acura TL Type S automobile from gasoline power to all electric power.
  • Green Vehicles - Starting with the sleek freeway drivable commuter, then the rugged work truck, and finally onto petite but sheik city vehicles, we offer a full range of pure electric vehicles. Videos
  • Electrorides - Electrorides plans to introduce new integrated zero-emission electric vehicles to fleet operators in 2008.
  • Revo Motor Company - A different type of electric car company. With a different type of electric car! For a different world!
  • Brixxon Electric Motorcars - The Bontino EMC ( Electric Module Car ) is the ideal vehicle for driving in crowded cities, suburban neighborhoods, for it is quiet, releases no harmful emissions and environment friendly.
  • Lumeneo - The French Lumeneo Smera EV can go 80mph tops on its dual electric 20hp motors. It's just a concept for now, but Lumeneo is reportedly aiming for a 2009 release. The initial price of the EV would be somewhere around $31,000 to $47,000.
  • Blade Electric Vehicles - conversion technology has been used successfully to convert the Hyundai Getz to electric drive for government, business and private use.
  • CT&T - e-zone Korean electric car
  • Nanjing Jiayuan Electric Vehicles -
  • Jinhua Shiwei Vehicle Co. - Electric Car Model Number: SW-C001 Motor power: 3KW Max Speed: 45Km/h-60Km/h Battery: 120Ah, 12V (8pcs) Charge time: 6-12hr N/W
  • Electric Q-Car from Takara Co. - Takara zooms from the world of toys to that of personal transport. With look-at-me styling, a range of 80km on fully charged batteries, and a turning radius of just 2.5m, the cars are tailored to the young city dweller on the move. Top speed is 50km/hr and the batteries can be charged in 8 hours using any 100V electric outlet. (metropolis.japantoday.com)
  • BG Automotive Group - BG Automotive will be offering electric vehicles for the 2008/2009 model year in most major cities in North America, including Canada.
  • Hiline Carts & Cars - Cost of ownership of an XG vehicle in comparison to a standard gas-powered vehicle is one third and fuel efficiency is eight times greater. Simply plug into any standard 15-amp, 110-volt outlet to recharge and go….for pennies a day.
  • Fosh Automotive - We wanted to create a vehicle that you didn't have to plug in all the time, basically we wanted a vehicle that you could just get in and drive. Nanoantennas came to our rescue. Our double-sided nanoantennas target mid-infrared rays and don't need visible light like traditional solar cells do. The EVT-3 also utilizes regenerative braking and does offer a plug-in option, for abnormal and emergency situations. Basically, we have created a car that will continue to collect and convert energy to constantly charge your battery pack.

Human-Powered

Kits

  • EVs > Electric Cars > Kits >
    TREXA announces pricing details for DIY electric car - TREXA has announced a base price of US$15,999 for the lithium-powered, modular platform which is designed to facilitate the creation of custom "vehicle apps". "We believe that it’s time we put the automotive industry back into the hands of the people, by offering them a cost-effective, well-supported vehicle platform to design and build for." (GizMag; February 9, 2010)
  • Raptor: An Electric Car Nearly Anyone Would Want to Drive - Using a 3-phase AC induction motor and 290 nickel-hydride batteries, software engineer, Raul Atkinson's "Raptor" kit car reaches 0-60 mph in 8 seconds, with a top speed of 100 mph. Maximum range is about 80 miles, with a full recharge taking just 3 hours. At $85,000, the Electric Raptor costs less than current incarnations of similar cars that are all-electric. (PhysOrg; July 9th, 2009)
  • Vancouver inventor charged up about electric car - Milner Motors developed the ElectriCar, a four-door, four-seat, plug-in hybrid car ready to hit the highway in about a year. The first 100 cars will be sold as “kit cars", assembled and driven away one at a time, for between $20,000 and $30,000 each. Mass production will come later. (The Columbian; June 7, 2008)
  • SUNN - solar powered car kit - uses no fuel - You can custom design and build your own car which can be driven on roads with a speed limit of less than 35 MPH (in states that have a low speed vehicle law). The car is recharged from the sun or can be plugged in, and has a top speed of 25 MPH with a range of 12 miles. Starter kits as low as $2,900.
  • SSI-Racing.com
    - Recently SSI-Racing.com produced their first full custom electric race car named 2SSIC (for Simple Solutions Inclusive Car #2, number 1 being a DARPA robot). In a few months they will begin limited, built to order, production of kitcar electric vehicles.
  • NEVCO - The gizmo is a street legal single passenger NEV with a top speed of 45 mph and a 45 mile range.
  • Araco - Japanese single person electric vehicle.
  • Blue Sky Design - BugE four-season personal electric transport can go 40 miles @ 30 mph at a cost of 1 cent per mile, with a top speed of 50 mph. The lead acid batteries can be fully charged in 8 hours, or plug in anywhere you go. The BugE kit will sell for approx. $3000 and assembled for $4000, from the designer of the Gizmo.

Dealers

  • Milner Motors - Jim Miner builds the kits for the ElectricCar and AirCar in Vancouver, WA.

electric

  • NEV Portal - Directory for locating Neighborhood Electric Vehicles Dealers
  • MC EV - Street legal electric vehicles with retail locations in Seattle, Spokane and Portland
  • Electric Cars of Austin - all electric, street legal, zero emission, low speed (LSV & NEV) vehicles in Austin Texas
  • Cal-Roadster Neighborhood Electric Vehicles in Santa Ana, Ca.
  • Lang Motors - Vancouver, Canada distributor for ZENN and Electrovaya
  • Synergy EV - Electric, hybrid and fuel cell vehicles in Silicon Valley
  • Green Scene - Electric Cars Electric Bicycles Hybrids and More serving Oregon and Washington
  • Newteon - Distributor for Piaggio Porter, Fiat Doblo, Ydea, in France and Monaco.

Rentals

  • Aloha Toy Store is the First Electric Car Rental Company on Maui, have Rented Electric Cars since 1999, have the Largest Selection of Electric / Alternative Energy Vehicles for Rent in Hawaii.

Pre-Commercial

Prototypes

  • EVs / Solar > Paint >
    Renault Solar Paint Car - An environmentally friendly design car of the Renault combines electric power and renewable energy from solar energy through nano solar paint on car. Renault 2010 Sand Jumper uses next-gen renewable energy technology and recycled, recyclable ecological materials. (Alt Energy News; Apr. 27, 2010)
  • Electric cars wait in the wings - Dr. Mike Duke outlined the future of the the UltraCommuter electric car designed and developed at Waikato University that defies all weaknesses previously associated with electric vehicles. It is capable of running on batteries for up to 200km before it requires recharging and reaches speeds between 120kmh and 170kmh. (Manawatu Standard; Sept. 17, 2008)
  • Fisker- A prototype of Fisker’s sleek $80,000 plug-in, Fisker Karma, was introduced at the Detroit’s January Auto Show. (Fisker; Sept. 15, 2008)
  • Shelby SuperCars (SSC) to Build World's Fastest Electric Car - The Ultimate Aero EV is based on the SSC Aero, the world's fastest production car. The EV will be powered by a 500 horsepower electric motor. The drive train will feature a revolutionary power source allegedly allowing for several years between charging (not a typo). (PESWiki; August 13, 2008)
  • Electric_Vehicles > Electric Cars >
    Nissan Shows Off Powerful New Electric Car - Expected for 2010, Nissan said the front-wheel drive, boxy-shaped car has a newly-developed 80 kilowatt motor with 660 pounds of advanced lithium-ion batteries installed under the vehicle's floor, giving it plenty of punch. (CBS News; August, 6, 2008)]
  • Chevy Volt - GM's plug-in EV concept uses the E-Flex Propulsion System to run 40 miles on electricity alone and charges in 6 hours from plugs on either side of the car. The on-board generator burns gasoline, E85 or biodiesel to recharge the battery, extending the range to 640 miles.
  • Venturi Astrolab - 2-seater tandem electro-solar vehicle uses photovoltaic cells covered by a film of nano-prisms concentrating solar energy to recharge NiMH batteries. It has a range of 110 km and a top speed of 120 km/hr. Solar recharging provides a daily range of 18 km or it can be recharged from the grid in 5 hours. First delivery is scheduled for January 2008.
  • Mitsubishi Delivers EV Prototypes to Utilities - Mitsubishi Motors has delivered prototypes of its i MiEV research electric vehicle to two utilities in Japan, for data collection on driving performance and battery-charging capabilities. Mitsubishi plans to sell the commercial version in 2010 for less than ¥2 million (US$17,000). Subaru has also begun field trials of 10 EVs. (Green Car Congress; Mar. 12, 2007)
    • Mitsubishi Motors Colt EV test car uses in-wheel motors & lithium-ion batteries. The in-wheel motor makes it possible to regulate drive torque and braking force independently at each wheel without the need for any transmission, drive shaft or other complex mechanical components.
    • Mitsubishi Accelerates Electric Vehicle Work - Mitsubishi Motors has unveiled a new, single-motor research electric car based on its i minicar. The new Mitsubishi innovative Electric Vehicle (i MiEV) will be used for joint research programs with Japanese power companies beginning this year, and in fleet tests in 2007. Mitsubishi had earlier planned to begin selling electric cars in Japan in 2010. (Green Car Congress; October 12, 2006)
  • A Carbon-Free, Stackable Rental Car - An MIT group hopes that its foldable electric vehicles will cut pollution, and ease congestion in the "last mile" by letting people rent and return the vehicles to racks located near transportation hubs, such as train stations, airports, and bus depots. (MIT Technology Review; Nov. 1, 2007)
  • Volvo's New 3CC - Under the bonnet of the 3CC is an electric powertrain that quietly propels the car to a governed top speed of over 135 km/h (85 mph) and delivers 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) acceleration in approximately ten seconds with zero emissions.
  • Electric Cars >
    The 8-wheeled Electric Eliica - The makers of the Eliica (which stands for Electric Lithium-Ion Car) aim to exceed 250 mph, with a range of 200 miles between charges. Each of 8 wheels house an 80 hp electric motor. (Inhabitat; Jan. 6, 2009)
  • Solar Electric Hybrid Prototype - The UltraCommuter is an ultra-light weight, low drag, hybrid-electric commuter vehicle that combines photovoltaic recharging and grid recharging with a CNG-fueled range-extending generator. Solar panels provide 87% of the car's total power needs.
  • Cree (Creation Engineering Ecology) - SAM is a Swiss award-winning and patented Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) of a new generation designed and developed by Cree Ltd. SAM is at prototype stage and approved for all public roads. 80 vehicles initially produced for public testing in the cities of Zurich and Basle are currently running mainly on Swiss roads and owned by private consumers. SAM in Australia
  • Electric Racer - The Formula race car that Raser Technologies recently built runs solely on electric power from a bank of more than 30 12V batteries and a proprietary drive system based on an ac-induction pancake motor. In dynamometer testing, this drive system has generated as much as 420 ft-lb of torque, enough to produce 500 horsepower at 6,250 rpm.
  • Mitsubishi’s full electric mini camper van - Mitsubishi has taken the old school Volkswagen camper van, shrunk it down a bit, thrown in some electric motors, and called it the Concept-EZ.
  • Apollo Energy Systems - Silver Volt II - Projected Performance: Top Speed 100 mph, 0-60 mph in 10 seconds, 350-400 mile range, 5-minute refueling time.
  • Le BlueCar electric car from France - Batscap's BlueCar prototype electric city car technology has been sold to Valeo and PSA (Citroën-Peugeot). Powered by lithium metal polymer batteries, the car has a range of more than 200 km (120 miles) and 125 km/h maximum speed (80 miles/hr). The battery can be fully recharged in 6 hours. (AutoblogGreen; Jun. 17, 2007)
  • batScap - French battery company introduces BlueCar EV concept.
  • Horlacher - EV development prototypes: TAZI people mover, Pantila coupe, city III
  • Audi R-Zero Concept - If anyone thinks that an electric car is deprived of elegance and dynamism, Audi R-Zéro is a battery-driven vehicle that can fulfill dreams and arouse desires. Top Speed estimated 286 mph. 0-62 mph under 3 seconds.
  • One Liter Car - OSCAR (open source car) is the prototype of an electric lightweight vehicle, consuming 6 kWh per 100 km from the grid. This amount of energy can be generated from 1 litre diesel. Alternatively, we installed 10 m² of solar cells on a roof to power this car 20,000 km per year - only with solar energy!
  • Hyundai Santa Fe Electric SUV Demonstration and Evaluation - The State of Hawaii conducted a two-year demonstration and evaluation of 15 Hyundai Santa Fe electric sport utility vehicles. The electric SUVs are manufactured by Hyundai Motor Company and have a 60 kW electric drive system, designed and developed by Enova Systems. These SUVs are powered by Panasonic nickel metal hydride batteries and utilize the rapid charging stations installed around the island of Oahu under the EV Ready State Project.

Concept

  • Nissan Unveils All-Electric LEAF - Nissan's all-electric LEAF, slated to launch in late 2010 in Japan, the US, and Europe, will have a 100-mile range, seat 5, have an advanced computer system with remote control by IPhone, and promises to be competitively priced. Recharge time is 8 hours with a 200-volt power source, and just under 30 minutes with a quick charger to charge to 80% of capacity. (Reuters; Aug. 3, 2009)
  • 10 Minute Charge for Student-Built Electric Car - Some MIT students are woking on an EV prototype called the elEVen that could be charged in just 10 minutes, but would require 350 kW of power, so special charging stations would also have to be built. The lithium iron-phosphate batteries aren't cheap either, bringing the vehicle's sticker price to the range of $80,000 USD. (Alt. Energy News; July 30, 2009)
  • CarGo concept beats the hell out of traffic - The compact, battery-powered CarGo goods van that is designed to negotiate the urban jungle, making frequent deliveries without fuss or fouling the air. Adam Schacter’s single-seated design can be changed into different configurations, including compact (compartment upright), narrow (storage laid at an angle), and pick-up truck (compartment laid flat). (GizMag; June 7, 2009)

Flying

Misc.

Trends

  • Trends > EVs > Electric Cars >
    Who Killed The Electric Car? So Far, It Looks Like The Consumer - According to a recent survey conducted by infas, a social research and market institute in Bonn (Germany), drivers’ expectations and their actual behavior are wildly different. This leads them to avoid electric cars because of perceived shortcomings which actually have no effect on most drivers’ daily habits. (Gas2.0; January 8, 2012)

Government & Politics

  • EV Proponents Lobby Calif. Governor on ZEV Rules - Plug In America advocacy group sent a lengthy letter to California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, urging him to influence the panel to protect present rules calling for automakers to collectively build 25,000 zero emissions vehicles for sale in the state between 2012 and 2014 and 50,000 between 2015 and 2017. (Edmunds; March 18, 2008)
  • Air board may trim electric car mandate - A California Air Quality staff report recommends that the board greatly reduce the required number of purely electric vehicles that automakers offer for sale and instead focus on more readily available and less expensive hybrids that would still cut pollution dramatically. (UNION-TRIBUNE ; March 24, 2008)

Humor

  • Humor > Oil / Engines / EVs > Cars >
    What if Everything Ran on Gas? (video) - A silly advertisement by Nissan about their electric Leaf depicts a world in which everything is powered by polluting, petrol engines: microwave, food processor, blow dryer, cell phone, computer, copy machines, dental drill. (YouTube / Nissan; May 26, 2011)
  • Featured: Humor >
    Motor-less Motorcycle and More - Here's a collection of images I've compiled and prepared especially for our April 1, 2011 coverage, including Solar Powered Tai Chi; Zero Point Energy Defined; Run-of-the-Stairs Hydro; GEET Grocery Cart; Human-Powered School Bus; Hydroelectric Dam Springs a Goat Leak; Self-Looped Power Outlet; Political Promises Could Provide Power Source; Biomass-Powered Bird; Plastic-Bottle-Powered Car. (Free Energy News and BeforeItsNews; April 1, 2011)

In the News


  • Electromagnetic > Electric Vehicles > eCars > ArcticTek >
    Update from Alaska Star - In March we did an interview with Chris Hunter, who described his ultra-efficient, 800-mile range electromagnetic motor design that he's making for his Alaskan car. Though delayed, the project is still moving forward; and the "Dream Factory" initiative in Fairbanks, which is a place for inventors to go to for taking an idea to reality, is likewise moving forward. (PESWiki; Aug. 19, 2010)
  • Electric cars charge ahead - At least nine car companies worldwide say that by 2013 they will offer plug-in vehicles that use electric motors as their primary means of propulsion, according to Plug-in America, an activist group. Some will be all-electric drive vehicles (EV). Most will be plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) that use small gasoline engines as a backup. (Christian Science Monitor; March 13, 2009)
  • Sizzling Future Electric Car Market Attracts Middle East Investment - An affiliate of the Qatar Investment Authority (QIA), a state-owned and funded sovereign wealth fund, led a $65 million financing round for Fisker Automotive Inc., a producer of plug-in electric hybrids. Al Yousuf, LLC., a Middle East investment house and trading group based in Dubai, has since last March financed two alternative vehicles companies, the Ontario-based Phoenix Motorcars and Zap Inc., an electric car company, in Santa Barbara, CA. (Cutting Edge News; Sept. 15, 2008)
  • High-tech vehicles growing more common in region - "This is really happening - now. Electric vehicles are finally hitting the mainstream," said Dan Davids, who owns a modified Prius and became the first person in the state of Washington with a hybrid Prius, so the car runs on electricity only. (Seattle PI; Sept. 9, 2008)
  • Electric Vehicles Debut at British Motor Show - Quiet Car Company is showing a battery-electric conversion of the Chinese Hafei Lobo five-door hatchback, an small car designed by Italian styling house Pininfarina. The Quiet Car 2 has a lithium-ion battery pack and offers a range of around 65 miles on a full, 5-hour charge. Top speed is 50 mph. The conversion displaces the engine with the battery pack, and uses a rear-mounted electric motor to drive the rear wheels. Much of the electric drivetrain equipment is fitted under the rear seats. QCC is taking orders for the £12,995 (US$25,900) car, but deliveries won’t start until October or November. (Green Car Congress; July 25, 2008)
  • Electric Vehicles Debut at British Motor Show - The NICE (No Internal Combustion Engine) Car Company premiered a Chinese-made five-door hatchback EV, the Ze-O. Built in China but styled in Italy by Bertone, the Ze-O MPV is a version of the Changhe Ideal, a car introduced in China in 2006. Initial versions of the Ze-O will use an 18 kWh AGM sealed lead acid battery pack, with a lithium-ion option offering longer range to come. The £13,995 (US$27,900) vehicle has a 65 mile range in typical city driving with a top speed of 50 mph. (Green Car Congress; July 25, 2008)
  • Grove Invokes Paranoia to Prove Only Electric Vehicles Survive - Grove, 71, who revolutionized production of devices at the heart of computers, is exploiting his name and ties to investors and politicians to jump-start a similar advance in battery-run vehicles. His idea is to refit millions of gas-guzzling autos to run on electricity part-time and convince carmakers to adopt so- called open source rules on advanced technology so that Americans can convert their cars. (Bloomberug; July 21, 2008)
  • TH!NK city Debuts in UK - The TH!NK city electric two-seater urban car has a top speed of 65 mph and a range of 126 miles. Charging the batteries from 20% capacity to 80% takes four hours. The first cars have been delivered to Norwegian customers and UK delivery is expected in summer 2009. (Green Car Congress; July 21, 2008)
  • Real-World Electric Vehicle Fuel Cost - The Japan EV Club drove a Mitsubishi i MiEV and a Subaru R1e 533.57 miles from Tokyo to Hokkaido in the week before the G8 summit. The electricity fuel cost was $16.94, compared to $121.34 for a comparable gasoline car. (AutoblogGreen; July 19, 2008)
  • Shelby SuperCars to Build World's Fastest Electric Car - Shelby SuperCars will base the Ultimate Aero EV on the SCC Aero. "Powered by a 500 horsepower electric motor, the Ultimate Aero EV will have true supercar performance." "The drive train under development will feature a revolutionary power source allowing for extended time between charging intervals with the possibility of several years between charging." (TreeHugger; July 18, 2008)
  • 500 electric Minis coming to California - Five-hundred Minis will come off the line in Oxford, England sans drivetrain. The powerless shells will be sent to Germany painted silver with contrasting yellow roofs. Workers in Munich will convert the vehicles into battery electrics, and the cars will then be shipped to California where they will be offered for sale. (AutoblogGreen; July 9, 2008)
  • Mitsubishi to Begin i MiEV Retail Sales In Japan A Year Early - The Nikkei reports that Mitsubishi will begin retail sales in Japan of its i MiEV electric vehicle next summer, instead of 2010. However, it is advancing the retail release in light of smoother-than-expected preparations for mass production and the favorable sales conditions created by runaway gasoline prices. (Green Car Congress; Jul. 9, 2008)
  • 5 electric cars you can buy now - With gas prices soaring, plugging in has its appeal. But there are trade-offs: high costs and low speed. (CNN Money; June 18, 2008)
  • Pininfarina to unveil its electric car this Autumn - The Pininfarina / Bolloré electric car will be sold in America as well as Europe and Japan. The concept will debut at the Paris Motor Show in October and the production model reveal is scheduled for the Geneva Auto Show in the Spring. The supermini with Pininfarina badging should seat four and cost in the neighborhood of €15,000 (US $23,295.75). (AutoblogGreen; May 6, 2008)
  • Introducing the BYD E6 Electric Car - BYD, China's biggest battery maker, has introduced its E6 electric car at the Beijing International Auto Show. It will be a 5 seater with an acceleration of 0 to 100 kph of around 10 seconds. Top speed should be 160 kph (100 mph), with BYD's own lithium-ion iron phosphate battery. Range per charge is expected to be 300 km (186 miles). (TreeHugger; Apr. 21, 2008)
    • BYD Launches China's First Electric Car For Nearly $22,000 - China's BYD Co., which is 10 percent owned by U.S. investor Warren Buffett, said that it has launched the world's first homegrown electric, mass-produced plug-in hybrid car. Slashdot (AHN; Dec. 15, 2008) See also Chinese hybrid car is charging into weak market (LA Times; Dec. 13, 2008)
    • BYD E6 Pure Electric Vehicle (Includes video) - The range per charge will be 249 miles, with claimed 0-60 mph acceleration in less than 8 seconds, with a projected top speed of 100 mph. The LiFePO4 (lithium Iron phosphate) battery pack in the E6 can be quick-charged to 50 percent of its capacity in 10 minutes, and 100 percent of its capacity in 60 minutes. (Engineering TV; March 10, 2009)
  • Denmark’s electric avenues - Project Better Place is partnering with Renault for the electric vehicles, Nissan Motor for its lithium-ion battery pack, and the Israeli and Danish governments, which are offering tax credits on zero-emissions vehicles. (Plenty; March 28, 2008)
  • Photos: Electric cars in New York - At the 2008 New York auto show, the race is on to offer a production electric car. Major automakers Nissan, Subaru, and Mitsubishi showed working vehicles, while an upstart brought in a conversion with impressive stats. (CNet Reviews; March 25, 2008)

Cautions

  • EVs > Electric Cars > Cautions >
    Depreciation May Hit Electric Cars Harder Than Regular Cars - Mitsubishi has put out a chart to the BBC which suggests that the higher up-front costs of an electric car, plus the increased depreciation, mean in the long haul it could cost a lot more than a petrol powered car. Mitsubishi seems to think that electric cars will lose their value quicker mostly because of the battery packs. (Gas 2.0; Aug. 30, 2010)

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