August 23rd, 2015 § Comments Off on Aston Martin Rapide: Another 800 Horsepower Electric Car. Think it’s a “Tesla Killer”? § permalink
The Aston Martin Rapide is an incredible vehicle. It’s arguably one of the most impressive sedans in the world, up there with the Mercedes S65 AMG, the Porsche Panamera Turbo S, and the finest Bentleys and Rolls Royces. Its two rear doors were added without compromising the integrity of its looks or shape; it’s literally an Aston for the whole family. It has a creamy V12 producing over 550 horsepower, but its velvety demeanor takes precedent over all-out track performance.
It’s every inch an Aston. But it’s aging, and the British marque has big plans for revitalizing the Rapide nameplate — it wants to take a page from Tesla’s playbook, and make an electric model that’s capable of 800 horsepower and is focused more intently on the track and less about dropping the kids off at prep school.
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October 1st, 2014 § Comments Off on The Strati: World’s First 3D-Printed Electric Car Built in Just 44 Hours § permalink
It’s been a really exciting year for 3D-printing, what with the technology being used in medical breakthroughs to save lives in Spain, to print multiple houses in China and to build an entire castle in a back garden in the US.
And now we have a new first to add to the list in the 3D-printing industry – the world’s first electric car built from 3D-printed parts.
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July 30th, 2014 § Comments Off on Researchers Create Pure Lithium Anode, “The Holy Grail” For Battery § permalink
Lithium-ion battery pack for 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV electric carLithium-ion battery pack for 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV electric carEnlarge Photo
Existing lithium-ion batteries rely on the movement of lithium ions between the anode and cathode–and back–as the battery charges and discharges.
It’s one of the best options we have for powering electric vehicles (and most consumer electronic devices, for that matter) but there’s still room for improvement.
Researchers at Stanford University have published a report in the Nature Nanotechnology journal detailing the creation of a pure lithium anode, potentially boosting battery efficiency by a large margin over today’s units.
According to Phys.org, a pure lithium anode is considered the ‘Holy Grail’ of battery design, returning the usual improved-battery benefits: higher energy density, lighter weight and more power.
In an existing lithium-ion battery, the anode is typically made of graphite or silicon. These are largely used for their stability, rather than their efficiency. » Read the rest of this entry «
March 24th, 2014 § Comments Off on Three-wheel wonder! Toyota i-ROAD urban electric vehicle to be tested in Tokyo § permalink
Toyota is reinventing city driving with the i-ROAD electric vehicle, set to be tested on the streets of Tokyo by a group of about 20 drivers. Based on a concept car seen at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show, the i-ROAD runs on electricity, can go about 31 miles on a charge and can reach a maximum speed of 37 miles per hour.
Forget about motorcycles and two-seat mini vehicles…the future of the city car might be just around the corner.
The Toyota i-ROAD urban electric vehicle is set to start a consumer test in Tokyo. Based on a concept car seen at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show, the i-ROAD comes in five candy-bright colors, seats just one, and can go about 31 miles on a single charge.
Toyota’s i-ROAD electric vehicle banks while taking a turn, giving it some added coolness.
In terms of size, this tiny car is just how it seems–tiny! At just 7 feet long, less than 5 feet tall, and 2.8 feet wide, you’d likely be able to fit at least two of these electric cars in one curbside parking space!
February 21st, 2014 § Comments Off on Tesla Sights: Apple ‘exploring move into electric cars’ § permalink
The San Francisco Chronicle newspaper is reporting that Apple’s merger and acquisition chief Adrian Perica met with Elon Musk, CEO of electric car manufacturers Tesla last spring.
In October last year German banking analyst Adnaan Ahamd urged the company to invest in Tesla to “radically alter Apple’s growth profile”.
“In Elon Musk, you could strike up a partnership and obtain a new iconic partner to lead Apple’s innovation drive,” he added.
It was also reported Apple is looking to move into the world of healthcare technology, specifically devices used to predict heart attacks.
Audio engineer Tomlinson Holman, inventor of THX and 10.2 surround sound, is aiding the company to study the sound blood makes as it flows through arteries.
As part of its quarterly financial results released last month, Apple revealed it had spent $525 million on deals- almost double the amount it spent the entire previous year.
The reported moves into automobiles and healthcare appears to mark a desire for Apple to expand beyond the design and production of consumer devices.
Apple has previously shown its hand in this market and announced deals with BMW, Daimler, Mercedes and Honda to produce smart dashboards featuring iOS, the same operating system used by iPads and iPhones.
It has also collaborated with Tesla in the past by supplying its map technology, alongside Audi and Toyota.
February 4th, 2014 § Comments Off on Should Everyone Lease Cars All The Time? Elon Musk Says Yes (esp electric) § permalink
Sometimes, it’s nice to have a shiny new car sitting in your garage, knowing that you own it.
At others, it’s preferable to pay a modest amount for it each month knowing that, in two or three years, it will be taken away and is no longer your problem.
The latter is what we know as leasing, and it’s one part of a ‘creative financing’ route that Tesla CEO Elon Musk believes people will increasingly turn to in future–as the most consumer-friendly option currently available.
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January 1st, 2014 § Comments Off on UK GOV: Keeping the existing plug-in vehicle grants until at least May 2015. § permalink
- Keeping the existing plug-in vehicle grants until at least May 2015.
- Launching a call for evidence to inform the £500m 2015-2020 package of support.
- Jointly developing a consumer communications campaign with industry.
- Working with the UK Automotive Council to strengthen the UK ULEV supply chain and maximise the benefits of the Advanced
- Propulsion and Energy Storage centres.
- Updating Government Buying Standards to deliver higher public sector ULEV uptake.
- Continuing to fund the £37m national chargepoint infrastructure package.
- Working with industry on an initial network of circa 65 hydrogen refuelling stations.
- Maintaining a strong, clear and lasting set of tax incentives for the purchase of ULEVs.
- Clarifying the tax position for ULEVs with
- Supporting ambitious but realistic EU new vehicle emissions targets.
- Offering a prize of up to £10m to develop long-life battery technology for the next generation of ULEVs.
- Continuing to require the national rollout of smart meters into homes by 2020.
January 2nd, 2013 § Comments Off on If London M25 Orbital had #ElectricCar rapid #charging at every Service Station – #EV sales would soar. Can’t wait. § permalink
There are one or another Service station at every 30 odd mike intervals of not sooner, at London M25 orbital motorway.
Manufacturers should all pitch in (not just Nissan) and invest into rapid and fast charging infrastructure.
This will not mere increase sales or mere few extra car but significantly improve consumer confidence and deal with so called “range anxiety” issue.
Many Electric vehicles ate already used for commutes to work, myself and my colleague for one example 25 and 40 round trip respectively.
Having M25 “electrified” would mean more people would consider moving I favour of electric cars driving into work from further distances. (especially those who work in London and live outside M25)
What do you think?
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November 8th, 2012 § Comments Off on Drivers positively charged about electric cars: Consumer range anxiety about electric cars is a myth and motorists are largely positive about electric cars, new research suggests. § permalink
Consumer range anxiety about electric cars is a myth and motorists are largely positive about electric cars, new research suggests.
Given the chance, drivers quickly get over any anxiety or concerns they have about battery–power cars, with many motorists who have driven them found to prefer them to conventional models, according to a study by the London Metropolitan University.
A trial of 340 motorists taking part three-month trial of electric cars revealed just how quickly drivers adapt to electric cars.
Dr Louise Bunce, Lecturer in Psychology at London Met, who led the research, said: “Despite initial skepticism, drivers quickly adapted to the vehicles and were extremely positive about aspects of its performance, including its acceleration and speed,” Dr Bunce said.
“Drivers soon discovered that recharging their vehicle was more convenient than having to stop en-route to refuel at a petrol station. Not to mention, it costs around a mere £2 to go 100 miles.
“There are zero tail-pipe emissions for the health-conscious and people felt environmentally and socially responsible while at the wheel.”
London Met Consumer Psychologist Dr Dimitrios Tsivrikos is now heading a new research project into how best to change the consumer mind-set on electric cars, to encourage uptake based on these encouraging findings.
“We want to look at the psychology and advertising techniques behind this industry and re-educate people,” he said.
“The research shows that many believe electric cars to be a legitimate, affordable and convenient option for daily transport. With the government providing incentives to buy, like not having to pay road tax, sales should be strong.
“So few people in the UK have taken up the Government’s £5000 grant to help buy these cars; this means marketers need to reposition electric vehicles to consumers.”
October 15th, 2012 § Comments Off on The media and the electric car market § permalink
One snapshot of the casual web search produces the most odd results, citing the mixed attitudes of the global average (English speaking) consumer, in the UK and US.
Some tired and tested the green tech and happy with it, vs some who are dead against it, awaiting the “magic” battery to come out of blue.
Live and see, but one thing for certain, we never had the “perfect car” as far as conventional oil cars went – it taken a hundred odd years to get where we are with refined performances, reliability etc to meet ALL average car user demands.
Interest, consumer spending, and perseverance paved way to the above and one should reserve such attitudes towards “the Electric car” – inclusively, to ensure the success or the Green Eco Progress and our own well being.