One of the biggest limitations of electric buses is range. Now, though, a US company has eked out over 250 miles (402 km) from one of its electric buses. The Proterra Catalyst XR is said to afford the best efficiency rating ever for a 40-ft (12-m) transit bus, at 22 mpg (12.8 l/l00 km) equivalent.
The highlight of Artega's booth at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show was quite clearly the Scalo sports car, but the newly revived German outfit also applied its electric powertrain know-how to another debut show vehicle. An all-electric, sit-atop four-wheeler, the Karo is designed to combine the feel of a jet ski, ATV and motor scooter. It's a two-seat, road-going "fun mobile."
We've taken a look at the notable debuts, the concept cars and the large vehicles of this year's Frankfurt Motor Show, but there was plenty more to see at the biggest auto show in the world. Here we check in on the smaller debuts, features and oddities from around the show – everything from classic cars, to futuristic autonomous concepts, to water toys with aftermarket body kits.
We may still be waiting for the first true hoverboards, but one firm says its single-wheeler feels so like hovering that it's actually called the Hoverboard. The board is mounted atop a 10-in wheel, with users leaning forward to accelerate and backwards to decelerate or change direction.
When you think of electric car manufacturers, Thunder Power doesn't exactly spring to mind. But the Taiwanese electronics company has used the Frankfurt Motor Show to unveil a new fully electric car with a claimed range of 650 km.
The Frankfurt Motor Show is to be the setting for a preview of an all-electric SUV that Audi is preparing for 2018. The e-tron quattro concept offers up a range of over 500 km (311 miles) from its 370 kW (496 hp) electric powertrain and wraps it all up in a sharply-styled suit that puts the new Q7 to shame.
Nissan has unveiled its 2016 LEAF electric car and, sadly, a glow-in-the-dark paint-job
won't be an option. Other new "premium-look" colors, however, will be.
More importantly, the new LEAF will have a best-in-class range of 107
miles (172 km) and the NissanConnect infotainment system as standard.
While some electric cars may have a decent range in places like
California, they're not so impressive in locations with frigid winters.
That's because their battery is powering not only the motor, but also
the cabin heating system. Now, however, engineers at Germany's
Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation are
developing new technology that could keep EV drivers warm, without leaving them stranded.
Perhaps you'd like to own an electric car, but you simply can't afford
something highway-worthy like a Tesla or Leaf. Well, if most of your
trips are made up of short jaunts within your neighborhood, you may be
able to get away with a slower-but-cheaper electric runabout. Eco-Cruise
recently launched just such a vehicle, in the form of its Cruser Sport.
Peugeot has teamed up with sound designer and producer Amon Tobin to
create a sound-themed concept car. The Peugeot Fractal is described as
an "electric urban coupé" that explores the sense of sound to improve
the experience of driving. It features a host of cutting-edge audio