Electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids may be green and sustainable, but that doesn't mean much if you forget to plug them in the night before. To overcome this frustrating morning surprise, BMW Group is developing a new generation of wireless inductive charger technology
that’s comparable in speed to cables, but requires no more effort than parking and pressing a button.
Cadillac swears its plug-in hybrid ELR
isn't a bust and to help make the point, it recently let me cruise around in one for a weekend. It's a powerful and fun ride built on the guts of the Chevrolet Volt
that could certainly give Tesla
a run for its money, provided you've got plenty of your own to spend on one.
Solving the problem of urban transportation has vexed town planners since the days of Julius Caesar. It isn't just a matter of coming up with a better bus or shared cars. Unless you want people to end up slogging the last mile of their journey in the rain, a city’s transportation system needs to be comprehensive and integrated. The French city of Grenoble is taking a stab at the problem by introducing Toyota's Ha:mo
(Harmonious Mobility) system into its broader transport management scheme.
In October this year, Nissan will enter the commercial zero-emissions vehicle market when its e-NV200
van goes on sale in Japan. The company officially introduced the vehicle during a launch display event at Nissan HQ in Yokohama, earlier this month. Gizmag dropped in for a closer look.
It’s one thing to invent an electric bus, a hydrogen car
, or other green transportation technology, but quite another for it to work in the real world. For example, the Trolleybus Optimisation Système Alimentation (TOSA)
flash-charging electric bus system may be the most brilliant idea ever, but if it can’t stay in the black, then might as well be drawn by diesel-powered horses. Scientists at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) are hoping to avoid that scenario by developing a computer model that helps engineers integrate the buses into existing transport systems while keeping costs down.
Nissan's ZEOD RC
hybrid electric racer has set a new record at Le Mans, hitting 300 km/h (186 mph) while running on electric power only down Mulsanne Straight in qualifying this week.
In a gesture that’s as symbolic as it is game-changing for the EV industry, Elon Musk posted on Tesla’s blog this morning that "Tesla will not initiate patent lawsuits against anyone who, in good faith, wants to use our technology."
Last year, Phinergy and Alcoa announced
the development of an aluminum-air battery that could give an electric car a potential range of 1,000 miles (1,609 km), though stops for a water top-up would be needed every couple of hundred miles. Now the companies have debuted the technology on the track at Montreal’s Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve.
Over the past few years we’ve seen no shortage of new electric scooter designs, and prominent among them are those that fold-up
to become the ideal urban commuting weapon. Dutch-based Trikelet BV is looking to add to this list with a 3-wheeler billed as the "most compact, foldable electric vehicle in the world."
Mitsubishi is preparing to return to the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb this month. It will compete in the Electric Modified Division with a pair of updated MiEV Evolution racers. The all-electric race car is more powerful and capable than ever.