Student Electric Car with 310 Mile Range in Australia

Student Electric Car with Panasonic Batteries - Wired.com Wired Magazine

Glenn Ong/UNSW Australia Sunswift

(WIRED) Tesla has a new competitor, and it’s not from BMW or General Motors. It’s from Australian university students, whose electric Sunswift eVe set a new world record for fastest average speed—more than 60mph—over 500 kilometers (310 miles) on a single battery charge, on July 23. That’s a big deal: Range is the biggest issue holding back the widespread adoption of EVs, and this record shows the car can drive hundreds of miles at a reasonable highway speed. It stomped on the old record, a mere 45 mph, and drove farther than even the Tesla Model S, the current king of EVs, can go on a full charge.

The eVe is a lovely-looking car whose battery pack can be charged from a regular wall outlet, or using the array of solar panels on its hood and roof. It’s the fifth vehicle made by the students, from the University of New South Wales; its predecessors date back to 1996 and include the IVy, which still holds the record for fastest drive by a solar-powered vehicle at 55 mph, set in 2011. Read More

[VIDEO] Electric battery car race highlights student achievement

Student electric car teams race battery powered model cars

Young engineers and inventors race battery powered electric cars to learn more math and science.

Amarillo, TX – Young inventors and engineers had a chance to show off their skills Saturday morning at the B&W Pantex Electric Battery Car Race.

Over a month ago, a number of teams were given a kit to assemble a model car that is only powered by electric batteries. Read more of this post

Crowdfund Our App – GPS Your Commute

GPS Your Commute - Commute energy calculator

GPS Your Commute! Now on Indiegogo.com

Ever wonder how much money, energy, time or fuel you would save driving an electric or hybrid car in place of conventional? Electric Auto Shop is launching a crowd funding project on Indiegogo to develop the software for easily measuring trips in your car.

map-readout-gpsA developer of high school and university coursework in engineering and mechanical vehicle assembly, Electric Auto Shop is developing the software as an easy way for students to test the efficiency of their vehicles. A software application for the iPhone or iPad would give the user a readout of the car’s OBD (On Board Diagnostics) and generate a GPS map and up-to-the-second data readouts of the vehicle’s speed, distance and fuel usage.

Successful completion of the project would give students and teachers the tools to easily GPS their Commute.  No longer would they have to spend the time and effort of measuring these trips by hand or on pencil and paper. Users will be able to interpret their current gasoline vehicle commute and see how that trip would look if it were taken in an alternate fuel vehicle (electric, hybrid, CNG).  Students can use this data to interpret how their trips would be affected by replacing their gas-fueled vehicle with electric, hybrid or CNG cars and trucks.

Electric Auto Shop has posted its plans for the new software on crowd funding website Indiegogo.com.

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Gas Station to Charging Station

Gas Station to Charging Station

From the ashes of an old gas station flies the phoenix of electric charging for all.

If you excuse the confused metaphor, that’s essentially the idea behind an electric car charging plaza proposal in Encinitas, California.

San Diego-based Evoasis wants to build the new plaza on the corner of Vulcan Avenue and E Street, and plans moved a step forward last week when the City Council agreed to consider leasing the property to Evoasis.

As The Coast News reports, the charging plaza could accommodate 15 cars at one time, and the stations would also feature a fast-charge facility for compatible vehicles. ===> Continue Reading

3-Wheeled, 84 MPG Elio Moves A Step Closer To Reality

3 Wheeler Elio Motors

Elio Motors 3-Wheeler

Remember Elio Motors?

If you’re one of their 17,000 or so Facebook fans it’ll be hard to forget, as the company’s little green three-wheeled vehicle will be a regular fixture on your timeline.

As The Detroit News reports, Elio has just released a new prototype of the tiny gasoline-powered vehicle, set to be built at an ex-GM facility in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Alongside the prototype, Elio also announced the names of several suppliers on-board the project, including Altair Engineering, IAV, NEWTECH 3, Comau and more–many of which already serve dozens of other huge automakers. ===> Continue Reading

BMW i3 Concept. The Megacity Vehicle.

The BMW i3 Concept with eDrive is an uncompromisingly sustainable vehicle designed for urban areas. Driven purely by electric power and purpose-built to meet the demands of sustainable and emission-free mobility it embodies an intelligent form of urban transportation and commuting.

MBW Megacity Electric Vehicle

BMW Megacity

BMW i3 CONCEPT COUPE:
BORN ELECTRIC. NATURALLY INTELLIGENT.

The BMW i3 Concept Coupe recently celebrated its European premiere in Geneva alongside the BMW i8 Concept Spyder in a show of the present state of design, development and innovation.

Since 2008, the BMW Group has been investigating customer needs with regards to electric driving within the world’s largest e-mobility field trial. As part of the test process, more than 20 million kilometres (12.5 million miles) of testing by more than 1,000 pilot customers in ten countries was conducted and dynamically assessed. The findings show that the distances covered by electric vehicles differ only slightly from the distances covered by conventional ones, at an average of somewhat over 40 kilometres (25 miles) a day. Based on this fact as well as findings on drivers’ charging patterns and the general importance of public charging station locations to drivers, BMW i set out to design the BMW i3 Concept Coupe. ===> Continue Reading