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…
The facility at the NextEnergy headquarters in downtown Detroit is one of 5,000 being installed in nine areas of the US, on the federally-funded initiative from Coulomb Technologies.
Hundreds of the new networked charging points will be installed throughout southern Michigan, from Grand Rapids to Detroit.
The company said yesterday that over the next several weeks, the 18,600 people who have already reserved a $32,780 LEAF will be invited to choose the color, trim level and place an order for their car.
Quote of the Day from David Suzuki in the Georgia Strait:
Technological developments [such as electric cars etc.] are welcome, but maybe it’s time we started rethinking our car culture as whole. The average car in North America carries 1.5 people, which means that most cars on the road only have a driver in them. Is it really efficient to use more than 1,000 kilograms of metal to transport 100 kilograms of human?
David Suzuki at West coast Green
And, as an article on The Mark News argues: “Requiring about 90 square metres for home storage, 90 square metres for storage at destination, 180 square metres while traveling and another 60 square metres for repairs, servicing, or sale, an automobile occupies more than 400 square metres altogether – more space than most apartments.”
We take our cars for granted, but really, they haven’t been a part of our human culture for that long, and they needn’t be an essential part forever.
It looks like supply and demand is working out in the consumers’ favor when it comes to lithium-ion batteries. Production has been ramping up for the batteries as more electric cars go into production and that has led to an oversupply that may just keep piling up.
Analysts are predicting a price drop of between 19 and 25 percent by the end of the year — a slash that could also spell cheaper electric cars in the very near future.
Battery makers in Japan and Korea, like Samsung and Panasonic, account for 75 percent of the world’s production, and they’ve been competing to get the largest share of a market that could triple over the next six years. This production and pricing war has created a glut of batteries and, luckily for consumers, a falling price.
Many first generation electric vehicles are going on sale in the coming months. I won’t be surprised if the second generations, much like we’ve seen with later generation hybrids, include a cheaper price tag.
MOB concept for Toyota, is the brainchild of Spanish designer Jorge Marti Vidal and features a striking look that incorporates unusual bodywork.
The concept vehicle, which has been inspired by the idea of the Mobius strip, carries two continuous panels, which weave their way back and forth to create the bodywork and the chassis.
Honda will be unveiling a hybrid version of the Fit (also sold as Jazz) at the Paris Motor Show in September. The launch will mark the first time a parallel hybrid vehicle will be made available to B-segment consumers. The new model will feature the same engine as the Insight hybrid, the 1.3-liter i-VTEC engine is combined with a CVT gearbox with an electric motor sandwiched between the two to create a parallel hybrid system.