Originally posted on EV Obsession France may not have been as quick to adopt electric cars as some had hoped, but things seem to be slowly changing for the better. Just in time to appeal to a new wave of potential EV buyers is a refreshed Renault Zoe Z.E., which gets a 20% boost in […]
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Well somebody has gone ahead and dissected a Nissan LEAF in the same manner, only in this case the “victim” is still alive, in a sense.
I’m sure some of you Elio fans out there will say we should put an Elio motor into one of those crazy, tandem-seat tadpole autocycles, but that’s on you.
Hot on the heels of the official launch of the Volkswagen e-Up! and Volkswagen e-Golf electric vehicles, the Germany automaker has announced its intentions to offer up to 40 alt-fuel models in coming years. 14 of those alternatively-powered vehicles will hit the market in the next year.
The 1950s and 60s were a wild time in America where bold new ideas were regularly trotted out for the masses to gorge on. While this was the heyday for the American automobile, there were always those looking to make personal transportation smaller, lighter, and more practical. Alex Tremulis was just such a fellow, and his self-balancing gyroscopic motorcycle concept is undergoing restoration thanks to a dedicated team.
You’ve probably never heard of PGO, a small French automaker who makes niche vehicles for those-in-the-know. This small-volume automaker made waves a few years ago when it debuted the Hemera, a Porsche Speedster ripoff that weighed in at just over 2,100 pounds and was powered by a natural gas four-cylinder engine. And now PGO has debuted a range-extended hybrid that can go over 60 miles before the gas-powered generator kicks in.
Mitsubishi’s little electric cars have a lot of fans here at Gas 2, and they’re sure to win a few more with the introduction of a new EV motor that incorporates something called a silicon-carbide inverter. That’s fancy-talk for cutting-edge technology that will allow Mitsubishi to build EVs with smaller motors that deliver just as […]
Mercedes finally unveiled the powertrain of its upcoming SLS eCell electric, gullwing supercar … and it is all kinds of high-tech, carbon fiber awesome. The new AMG-developed, aluminum-bodied coupe features a pushrod front suspension to minimize unsprung weight (handling’s mortal enemy) in a bid to offset the weight penalties of carrying an electric motor in […]
Mitsubishi’s i-MiEV, well-known in Japan, is a super cute little EV reaching the American market this year. Meidensha, the heavy electrical equipment manufacturer that’s responsible for the i-MiEV’s power controller, isn’t satisfied to rest on the laurels of the work it’s done for Mitsubishi, though – they announced their next generation electric motor and inverter […]
I can’t prove it, but I just know that Suzuki’s marketers were listening to Creedence when they christened the company’s Renault Twizy-fighter they’re set to debut in Tokyo at this year’s 2011 Tokyo Motor Show. Like the Twizy (and VW’s Nils, for that matter), Suzuki’s Q seats 2 in tandem, with an adjustable rear seating […]
Mike Picard’s cooler-than-yours electric car, based on a vintage Willys military Jeep, was present and accounted for at EVCCON 2011. As you might recall from our original post covering Picard’s build, the NetGain WarP11 electric motor has way more horsepower (80) and torque (120 lb-ft) than its original gasoline engine (an even 60 hp […]
It’s not easy to make a 1973 Opel GT sexier than it already is – but ripping out the engine to install an electric motor is a pretty good start, and that’s exactly what Texans Charlie and Tamara did! The married couple bought the Opel three years ago, and have been working to make the 70’s coupe into a forward-looking EV ever since.
Gas 2 author Charis Michelsen drove out to Cape Girardeau, Missouri for the 2011 Electric Vehicle Conversion Convention (EVCCON), which runs through tomorrow at the Cape Girardeau regional airport. Over the next few days, Charis will be highlighting some of the extra-special EVs at EVCCON, which run the full gamut from cringe-worthy to lust-worthy, with […]
The press days at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show may be over, but there are still a few tidbits trickling in here and there. Take this Ford E-Bike concept, which has an electric-assist motor that provides up to 53 miles of power, and is loaded with all sorts of high-tech goodies.
Every day, Americans from all walks of life embark on a quest to build their very own electric car. Creig Freeman is just such an individual, building a performance EV based on the body of an old Pontiac Fiero. What started as a modest EV has become a performance vehicle with lofty ambitions. This is his story in his own words. -Ed.
Toyota and Gazoo Racing trotted out this hot little hybrid number just before this weekend’s Nurburgring 24-hour endurance race (which, incidentally, was won by Porsche). The GRMN ii takes up where Gazoo’s first hybrid concept (based on the 3-rd generation Toyota MR2) leaves off, with slinky new bodywork that plays off Toyota’s MR2 design heritage […]
Hyundai unveiled its new Blue2 fuel-cell electric sedan at this week’s Seoul Motor Show, further establishing the brand as a serious rival to “traditional” green-tech leaders Honda and Toyota. The Blue2 concept itself is powered by a 120 hp electric motor that Hyundai promises will deliver fuel efficiency equivalent to more than 80 mpg. Seriously […]
The Autoblog is reporting that Audi’s eagerly-anticipated A1 e-tron extended-range hybrid will finally start hitting roads in Europe later this year, and UQM PowerPhase motors (charged by the Audi’s on-board, 254 cc Wankel rotary generator, of course) will be what’s pushing them. UQM’s PowerPhase motors – seen here previously, driving Saab’s new 9-3 ePower EV […]
A new breed of magnets may help the resolve the industry’s dependency upon rare-earth metals while improving the magnetic performance. These new magnets are being developed using nanocomposites, and are supposedly much stronger than conventional magnets with similar weights.
On the surface electric cars seem simple, but the motors and batteries are actually made from rare earth elements subject to supply disruption. But Toyota is working on an electric motor that doesn’t use these rare metals.