A 1965 Cobra on the road turns heads and it is hard to improve on that automobile – that is unless you make it fully electric, which is exactly what Wayne Krauth is doing in his garage. The car itself is a kit car made by Factory Five and the kit alone cost $20,000. Mr. Krauth explained, Factory Five makes this kit and they have done it in such a way that this body is so true to the original Cobra that it includes ten flaws that original one had. For example, one of the rear fenders is taller than the other and there’s little alignment problems on it. There is no power anything on the car, thus true to the ‘65. The frame of the car is 4 inch steel tubing to mirror the original Cobra’s frame. In fact in some states, like Florida, this type of kit car when fitted with a gas engine is registe...
Ybbs, Austria has just installed new EV charging stations powered by Wüster power stations, which claim that 100% of electricity to come from renewable sources. Regardless of the source of the power, its distribution is rather clever. Using a system designed by Siemens, Ybbs can now recharge EVs from parking meters.
The advantages of electric cars are piling up as consumers and automakers alike come to realize just how versatile a giant battery on wheels can be. Nissan has unveiled an entire scale model of a Japanese home that the Leaf electric car can power for about two days.
Ikea, the world’s largest furniture retailer with a demonstrated interest in sustainability and environmental responsibility, has partnered with ECOtality, Inc. to bring Blink EV charging stations to 10 cities throughout the western United States by Fall 2011. ECOtality will be in charge of installation and “ongoing charger operations”; IKEA’s role is to prepare the host site for the charging stations, maintain the sites in good condition, and send all charging data to ECOtality. There will be a minimum of two charging stations per qualifying store. Blink, an EV infrastructure and EV product line owned by ECOtality, has already worked with restaurant chain Cracker Barrel to provide its DC Faster Chargers in Tennessee. The EV Project will provide a variation of these...
Project Better Place keeps making waves, having recently announced partnerships with Renault and expansion into Denmark. With all the news and progress being made, Better Place certainly seems legit, but perception often lags reality, and some of our readers have left comments questioning whether Better Place’s business model had any legs. As if answering in the affirmative, Project Better Place’s Israeli facility released this video of the battery swapper in action, effectively “topping off” the electric car with a simple swipe of a card in about the same time it would take to top-off a conventional ICE car. The stations themselves are designed to be modular in construction, and compatible with several different EVs – although they are presumably leaning he...
How does comfort food and a full-battery for your electric car sound? Pretty damn good if you ask me. Cracker Barrel, one of my favorite restaurants, is installing charging stations at 24 Tennessee locations.
The Nikkei newspaper (subs. req’d) says that a Japanese company has built a quick charge system that can take a battery from zero charge to 50% full in about 3 minutes. JFE Engineering Corp, based in Yokohama, says that the system will go on sale later this year and has the capability to charge 5 times faster than other such quick charge products. Even though one station costs about $63,000, that’s roughly 40% less than the competition.
[social_buttons] A study came out today saying that electric cars–both battery electric and plug-in hybrids–would make up as much as 16-percent of new car sales in New York City come 2015. That’s roughly 70,000 vehicles. But what’s driving these EV sales? Governments are expected to impose higher restrictions on CO2 emissions, for one. Plus, subsidies and tax benefits for EVs are expected to increase.
[social_buttons] Pictured above is a solar charging station under development by Toyota. The company has plans to open the first of 21 in the Spring of 2010, signaling a move by Toyota to become a vertically integrated company. First, make the plug-in car. Then, build the charging station that it plugs in to. It’s comparable to the same company both digging up the oil, and building the car that runs on the oil. But better. In many ways this is an understandable move. Toyota has held a leadership position in the hybrid market, and, as such, the company has long resisted any mention of a future move to plug-in vehicles. Why cut sales short, with all the expense that that entails: retooling assembly lines and so on – when yours is the market leader?
[social_buttons] Sven Holthusen runs the EDISON project at Siemens’ Energy Sector in the Denmark branch of the international engineering giant. The EDISON project is working on raising charging power to as much as 300 kW so that batteries can be recharged on the go, in as little as six minutes. The idea is to replicate the familiar: filling up at a gas station in 6 minutes or so, not in order to replace long slow overnight charges in home garages but to have an alternative to meet the needs of those apartment-dwellers who don’t have garages (and those who do, but who don’t sleep at least 6 hours at night) by making on-the-go-charges as available and as quick as filling up at a gas station.
A German supplier of electronics and powertrain design to most of the major automakers for the last 25 years has just secured a patent that could be a game changer for electric vehicle adoption. Their technology would allow electric vehicles to be charged as they drive over any road embedded with a recessed wireless recharging strip, using electromagnetic induction. Ingenieurgesellschaft Auto und Verkehr (IAV) says the technology will be available commercially within 3 years, is insensitive to weather conditions, and is not susceptible to mechanical wear. As Wilfried Nitschke from IAV says, “The road is then the range extender.”
For a city with so many amazing trees, Portland is getting ready to add a bunch of new LEAFs to our streets. [social_buttons] No, that’s not a typo. I’m talking about the LEAF, Nissan’s just-unveiled electric vehicle, which is set to hit dealerships in the fall of 2010. In our quest to be the nation’s leader in electric vehicle infrastructure, usage and development, the Portland region took a big step forward today with the announcement that Nissan and eTec selected Oregon as one of five test markets for the largest deployment of EV’s and the associated charging station network in American history.