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Porsche's First Car Found After Being Left In A Shed For 112 Years
Added by admin 29/01/14

The first Porsche ever built has been untouched since 1902. Officially called the Egger-Lohner C.2 Phaeton, this electric car from 1898 has 'P1' engraved onto all of the key components standing for Porsche 1, done by the then 23-years old Ferdinand Porsche himself.
The P1 took to the streets of Vienna on June 26, 1898, making it one of the first vehicles registered in Austria. Porsche's first design included a compact electric drive weighing 286 pounds and offering an output of 3 hp, or up to 5 hp in overloading mode, allowing it to reach up to 22 mph. When driven in this manner, speed was regulated via a 12-speed controller.
The overall range could span up to 50 miles. Under the electric system was coachbuilder Lohner's alternating vehicle body, which allowed the vehicle to be used all year...

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                                                   More story and more photos courtesy:  JALOPNIK


Nissan sells 100,000th LEAF Electric Car
Added by admin 21/01/14

Amy Eichenberger of Charlottesville, Va., became the 99,999th global Nissan LEAF customer when she purchased her 100 percent electric vehicle at Colonial Nissan.
Amy, a 47-year-old mother of two, wasn't even in the market for a new car. Then she spotted a University of Virginia colleague's Nissan LEAF and decided she wanted to know more about the "modern-looking, futuristic and progressive" car.
"As an architect, the style first got my attention, and I loved the concept of zero emissions," Amy said. Amy is a project manager overseeing major capital investments for the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.
Nissan LEAF was the first car Amy test drove, and she loved the zip it had. A Mercedes driver for 10 years, Amy describes herself as "picky." Quality, safety, a "glide ride" and reliability were at the top of Amy's auto shopping list criteria.
She said she had a few initial reservations - primarily around range, so she tested out some gasoline and diesel competitors as well. "I'd been told once I drove a Mercedes I'd never drive anything else again. I don't need fancy, but I do appreciate the solid feel and craftsmanship of a luxury vehicle, and I get that in the LEAF," Amy said.
"The general fuel economy out there is unimpressive and many of them felt tin-canny. I didn't even want to look at anything in the 20 MPG range. I considered the VW Jetta TDI, Toyota Prius, Honda CRV and a couple of Subaru wagons, and I always came back to the Nissan LEAF. Everything else seemed stuck in the past," Amy explained.
Amy ultimately chose a LEAF S in Glacier White. Her commute is about 10 miles to the university each day and most of her errand-running is around the city, well under the LEAF's estimated range of 84 miles on a full charge...

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                                                   Story and more and photo courtesy: Electric Vehicle News


Tesla Model S to launch in Australia by June 2014
Added by admin 16/01/14

Tesla Motors have confirmed the company will return to Australia by June to launch the RHD Model S and its own network of Apple-style stores.
Having wound back its Australian operations following the end of its Roadster the US brand will begin deliveries of the Model S in the second quarter of 2014.
Speaking at the 2014 Detroit motor show, a spokesperson for the automaker said orders had already been taken.
They also confirmed plans are underway to establish a network of Tesla-owned stores in Australia, rather than traditional car dealerships. The Tesla store concept has been developed by the same man behind the Apple Store, George Blankenship.
The stores are usually based in shopping districts rather than traditional automotive areas and are owned by Tesla rather than being franchised to dealers.
The company’s next car, the Model X SUV, won’t arrive in Australia until 2015 at the earliest. Tesla declined to comment on price but it is expected the Model S may be priced around AUD$200,000.

                                                   Story and photo courtesy: Electric Vehicle News


Toyota Sells Six Million Hybrids
Added by admin 16/01/14

From one controversial vehicle, an idea that looked like it should never work, Toyota's idea of creating the gasoline-electric sandwich has caught on.
Launched in 1997, the Toyota Prius is pretty much synonymous with hybrids. It's also a best seller in places like California or Japan. Global cumulative Prius sales reached the milestone 1 million vehicle mark in May 2008, 2 million in September 2010, and passed the 3 million mark in June 2013.
It's not alone though. Toyota and its luxury sub-brand Lexus sell a lot of other hybrid models. In Europe, the Auris hatchback is catching on, while Americans buy a lot of Camrys. The demand for these electrified models is so high that Toyota has now reached six million hybrids globally.
The announcement came yesterday, after the Japanese automaker finished adding up December 2013 sales figures. In total, 6.072 million hybrids have been sold as of the end of 2013. (1.279 million in 2013) The interesting things is, since a lot of Toyotas have hybrid version, this latest milestone was reached just nine months after the last one, five million units.

                                                   Story and photo courtesy: AutoEvolution


Harvard Team develop Organic battery that costs only $US 27 / kWh
Added by admin 12/01/14

Harvard researchers have developed a battery that harnesses energy by using the electrochemistry of organic molecules rather than metals. The battery, which they say can be applied on a power-grid scale, uses naturally abundant and small organic compounds called quinones rather than electrocatalysts from costly precious metals such as platinum.
Quinones would be inexpensive to obtain and can be found in green plants or synthesized from crude oil. The battery designed by Harvard scientists and engineers used a quinone molecule that's almost identical to one that's found in rhubarb.
Unlike solid-electrode batteries, flow batteries are recharged by two chemical components dissolved in fluids that are kept in separate tanks. Flow batteries are well suited to storing large amounts of energy, but a major drawback to metal-based flow cells has been cost.
According to MIT Technology review, a conventional metal-reliant flow battery costs an estimated $700 per kilowatt-hour of storage capacity, whereas the Harvard team's metal-free technology would bring those costs down to $27 per kilowatt-hour...

                                                   Story, photo and more courtesy: Electric Vehicle News


SIM-Drive develop 4 motor AWD electric Toyota 86
Added by admin 08/01/14

The EV SIM-86e, a Toyota 86 developed by SIM-DRIVE, was exhibited at the Odaiba Motor Fes. The car is an 86 based EV, with all 4 wheels powered by independent motors.
Technical specifications haven't been released (in English at least) but we can make some educated guesses. The AWD EVs developed by SIM-Drive to date, SIM-Lei, SIM-Wil & SIM-Cel have all used direct drive in-wheel motors. We can see from the picture below (click on image to enlarge), the standard friction brakes are visible in the wheels so the SIM-86e must be running in-board motors.
In developing the SIM-86e, Tajima Motor Corporation used E-RUNNER technology, which the company has been developing for racing vehicles to participate in the Pikes Peak International Hillclimb. TMC Chairman of the Board and SIM-Drive President and Director Nobuhiro Tajima explained:
“Since our development of a 4WD automobile with a twin engine, we have been playing with such car-control technology as multiple power sources and 4 independent motors. In the SIM-86e we have thoroughly employed the control know-how cultivated through developments to E-RUNNER technology.”...
                                                   Story, photo and lots more courtesy: Electric Vehicle News


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