Considering the importance of lightweight, compact vehicles, designer Marcel Zuziak has designed an amazing concept car called the Light in Motion. This is a sleek automotive that is perfect for traffic-congested cities and requires minimum space in parking lots.
Bearing the shape of a sleek PC mouse, the exterior of the Light in Motion has a smooth and curvy design that gives a very futuristic look.
The Light in Motion concept is an electric vehicle powered by 150kw electric motor placed in the rear wheel, and is capable of moving from zero to one-hundred kilometers in less than four seconds. The cute car is made of lightweight materials, making it a very compact vehicle that will surely provide a smooth, efficient and eco-friendly ride. Read more…
Porsche has started taking orders for the 918 Spyder plug-in hybrid supercar, but they’re keeping the list exclusive with a super high price and a limited production number — the German automaker is asking $845,000 for the car and is capping production at, ahem, 918.
If you’re one of the lucky people out there that can gets themselves on the list, you’ll be getting a lot of performance from the sporty hybrid. The vehicle is outfitted with a 500-horsepower V8 engine and two electric motors worth another 218 horsepower. It will be able to go from zero to 100km/hr in 3.2 seconds and has a maximum speed of 199 mph.
From an efficiency stand point, it should get 78 mpg under normal driving conditions, but if you’re taking it to the race track, expect the fuel economy to drop. The car can run in all-electric mode for up to 16 miles and the battery can recharge in three hours.
Porsche isn’t set to start production on the car until September 18, 2013, so for those that make an order, you’ll have to wait about 2.5 years before it’s in your driveway.
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.
No, the company isn’t hiring a new stunt driver to perform the task on a conventional 4-wheeled MINI, but is coming to the Paris Motor Show with a two-wheeled electric ride – a Mini Scooter.
No doubt, electric cars / motos provide a clean, green and eco friendly mode of transportation. No doubt however, that their operating range still remains at low – compared to conventional vehicles – levels, therefore providing a major obstacle to their further penetration in the market.
Trying to deal with this matter, auto designers have been trying to come up with new ideas and interested concepts like the Zero Moto, proposed by the designer Wes Rhoad.
Toyota‘s Auris HSD is the first mass-produced hybrid car to be built in Europe, being assembled at the Burnaston plant in Derbyshire. It is both smaller and cheaper than Toyota‘s better-known hybrid, the Prius, which is built in Japan.
The Auris hybrid matches Prius’s impressive economy when equipped with 15-inch wheels and economy-biased tyres, setting an official score of 74.3mpg and 89g/km. Optional 17-inch wheels provide more grip but worse fuel economy, at 70.6mpg and 93g/km.Both Prius and Auris hybrids use the same powerplant: a 1.8 litre, 98bhp petrol engine coupled to an 80bhp electric motor, each capable of independently driving the front wheels through a variable-ratio gearbox, or combining to give a maximum of 138bhp. The electric motor doubles up as a generator, either drawing power from a bank of NiMH batteries to speed the car up or feeding power back to the batteries as the car slows down.
Nearly half of the more than 5 million electric vehicle charging stations expected worldwide by 2015 will happen in China, according to Pike Research.
Six companies have formed China’s first international alliance for promoting the electrification of both private and public fleet vehicles, with a supporting charging infrastructure. The Sustainable New Energy International Alliance at the time, is consisted of three United States-based and three local businesses:
I.B.M. Corporation representing, network information systems and smart grids
Ohio-based Eaton Corporation which specializes in vehicle power systems, charging stations and batteries
Top local companies are lithium-ion battery maker CITIC Guan, electric motor provider Zhongshan Broad-ocean Motor Co. and Beiqi Foton Motor Company, China’s largest commercial vehicle producer.