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Geely McCar : A Vehicle that Combines Car & Mototcycle

17/05/2011 Comments off

Geely McCar Combines Car & Mototcycle

It’s certainly been too long since we’ve featured a cool vehicle. Geely McCar is cool, cute, and has an adorable name to match. Aww. In essence, Geely is an ultra compact, two-door, four-seater with a built-in, folding three wheeled electric scooter in the rear. When the scooter is docked, the car shares both its battery and electric motor to extend the all-electric range or ensure the scooter is fully charged. The vehicle is proposed as having choice of gas-electric hybrid or fully electric powerplants. Read more…

All-electric garbage trucks to sweep French streets

07/05/2011 1 comment

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The lumbering, polluting trucks that have collected garbage from French streets for years will soon become a noisy memory once a new generation of super quiet, all-electric vehiclesstarts making the rounds next week.

The zero-emission, made-in-France trucks are still large and bulky, but they promise to pack as much punch as their cousins with a vastly reduced impact on the environment and a relatively inoffensive, low humming engine sound.

The Paris suburb of Courbevoie, with over 70,000 residents, will receive the first all-electric trucks on May 12.

All existing trucks– which operate on dual electric and thermal motors – will eventually be replaced by the new vehicles, of which 11 will be in operation by the end of this year, according to SITA France, a subsidiary of waste management company Suez Environnement.

“The engineers faced a real challenge of how to make it all work together – how they would be able to minimize overall electrical usage and come up with the vehicle that we have here,” said SITA industrial director, Cyril Fraissinet.

In the works for the past three years, the all-white trucks with the words “clean vehicle” proudly displayed on their flanks were developed by French company PVI, which makes electrical vehicles for industry, and Semat, a division of Zoeller that makes collection vehicles.

The new generation of trucks operate on powerful lithium-ion batteries made by Dow Kokam, a division of Dow Chemical, that allows them to operate for eight hours without recharging.

A handful of French cities have experimented with electric garbage trucks in the past, but slow speeds and limited distances stood in the way of a wider rollout, SITA said.

The new garbage trucks are fully computer-operated and include a screen inside the front cabin so that the driver can see colleagues working behind the truck.

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Norway’s postal service to drive Ford Transit Connect Electric vans

10/04/2011 Comments off

Green News, green postal service, Ford Transit Connect Electric van, Europe electric vehicle, Europe lithium ion battery, Ford electric vehicles, C-MAX Hybrid, C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid, electric van The Norwegian postal service ordered 20 units of the Ford Transit Connect Electric van in its continuing efforts to green its operations.

The purchase will make Norway Post the first European buyer of the zero-emission electric van. The contract includes an option for more orders in the future.

The Ford electric van is an updated electric version of the long-wheelbase Transit Connect light commercial vehicle. The van has a top speed of 120 kilometers per hour and a range of up to 130 km on a full charge.

With a carry cargo volume of 3.8 cubic meters and a maximum payload of 500 kilograms, the van is well suited to the postal agency’ predictably short range routes and frequent stops.

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DHL greens delivery fleet with hybrid trucks, electric vans

04/04/2011 4 comments

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Logistics giant DHL will deploy an all-green commercial delivery fleet in Manhattan composed of 80 low-emission, alternative fuel vehicles by September this year.

Of the 80 vehicles, 50 will be hybrid trucks while 30 will be electric vans. Hybrid and electric vehicle developer Azure Dynamics is manufacturing the vehicles, with Ford Motor Company providing the chassis. The hybrid trucks will feature Azure’s hybrid powertrain into the Ford E450.

The electric vans will be Ford Transit Connect vans, carrying Force Drive electric powertrains by Azure and Johnson Controls-Saft advanced lithium-ion batteries.

Each van can run 80 miles in a single charge, has zero tailpipe emissions and is “virtually silent” when driven.

The trucks can shift to electric drive mode at low vehicle speeds and use regenerative breaking. The conversion reportedly improves fuel economy by 40 percent and reduces greenhouse gas emissions by up to 30 percent.

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Porsche Debuts Electric Boxster Prototype

21/02/2011 1 comment


Porsche has unveiled an electric version of its iconic Boxster sports car called the Boxster E — the first of three that will be built.  The prototype has 240 horsepower provided by two electric motors attached to the front and rear axles, can go from 0 to 60 mph in 5.3 seconds and should have a 100-mile range per charge.  All of the electric drivetrain technology was provided by parent-company Volkswagen.

The German carmaker will test the three Boxster E prototypes around the Stuttgart region and use them as “mobile laboratories” to test and improve electric car technology for future Porsche models.

Last year, Porsche said it would make a hybrid version of all its models and so far has debuted a 911 GTC R Hybrid race car, a 918 Spyder hybrid, and a hybrid Cayenne SUV, but the Boxster E is its first all-electric vehicle.  While there are no immediate plans for a production model, I don’t think it will be too long before we see it.

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Nissan picks Hawaii for launch of all-electric Leaf

06/09/2010 Comments off

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Hawaii will be one of the first markets that will see Nissan’s pure electric vehicle when it makes its commercial launch in January 2011 in the island state.

Nissan and Hawaii have agreed to build an electric vehicle charging infrastructure network across the state to boost E.V. deployment.

Nissan will guarantee a steady stream of the Leaf to the state and will work with dealers to ensure smooth selling and lease.

Additionally, Hawaii has put in place a $4,500 state tax credit on the purchase of electric vehicles and a $500 state tax credit on the purchase and installation of home charging stations. That incentive coupled with a $7,500 tax credit for electric vehicles coming from the federal purse could significantly reduce the cost of the Nissan Leaf from the suggested retail price of $32,780 to $20,780.

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