A Japanese team headed by the former Dakar Rally winner Kenjiro Shinozuka, have beaten the world record for a distance run in an electric car on a single charge. The new figure stands at 808 miles (1,300 km). It beats the old record of 623 miles (1,003 km) by quite a considerable distance – 185 miles.
How do you counteract the competition that offers electric cars with limited range? Offer a car with an extended range? No, cut it to the minimum and present it as an urban shopping cart.
That’s exactly what the Suzuki Q Concept is. The quirky 2-seater looks like a washing machine but it is cute and nicely designed. It’s maximum range is just 12 miles and Suzuki says that it’s good for doing your everyday shopping or picking up kids from school.
You can certainly see an advantage in having such a small vehicle – it’s easy to manoeuvre and very cheap and
If your car is sending you tweets, it doesn’t mean you’re drunk. Twitter is a social phenomenon. Initially devised as microblogging platform, it is now much more than that. There are quite some characters sitting in Twitter. There are dogs tweeting, robots tweeting… now there will be cars tweeting.
Toyota Motor Corp. has revealed that they’re planning to create a large private
After the much talked about deal with DaimlerChrysler, Tesla has struck another deal – this time with Toyota. The troubled Japanese giant has bought a stake in Tesla in order to have access to the American start-up’s know-how. It is a huge compliment for a small company like Tesla.
Although Toyota pioneered the modern hybrid car technology and adapted it for the mass market, apparently they are not so confident about their
Allegedly Nissan will start taking deposits for Leaf electric car in April. The order-book will be open subsequently in August and the first electric cars will reach the drivers in USA by December this year.
The car’s price will be kept relatively low but you don’t get to own the battery. It will be leased to you. Te exact price will be announced prior to the deposit campaign.
It is estimated that almost 50,000 people
A parking plot near a highway between Tokio and Yokohama now has a high-spec charging point system for electric cars. It was unveiled by the Kanagawa governor Shigefumi Matsuzawa who expressed his excitement about popularizing environmentally friendly cars in the community. This high-speed charger takes just 15 to 30 minutes (depending on your electric car … Read more
Allegedly the French automotive giant wants to purchase a control share in Japanese Mitsubishi Motors.
The most obvious reason for two companies wanting to join their forces is cutting the operational costs (read: more job losses). I am sure this is the case with the upcoming Franco-Japanese alliance, however, there is another hidden player in this game and that is the
According to Nissan Motors, the new electric car Leaf is close to completion. The pre-production units are being tested and developed. It is going to be the first model to use the unique Nissan EV platform. It is a plausible idea as the new platform tidies up the components, unites all the best inventions that there are so far in electric car industry and has a huge potential to bring the production prices down. That’s what we need – an electric car to
Nissan Motors in collaboration with Showa Aircraft Industry Ltd has created a system that will allow recharging an electric vehicle without the necessity to plug it into grid.
The principle of operation is quite simple. Electromagnetic induction between two coils is used. The flow of electric current into the transmitting coil creates magnetic field that induces current in the receiver that is located under the car.
The transmitting coil is inside a thin hermetically closed plate. It is possible to install it onto the pavement or directly under the surface. A parking space equipped with such plates would allow the electric vehicle drivers topping up by
Japanese would. Ok, don’t worry, it is Yens not Pounds Sterling. According to a survey carried out by Reuters, Japanese consumers are happy to pay $15,800 or more for a brand new electric car. The survey included more than 800 economically active Japanese citizens.
The majority of them (40%) would part with one and a half million Yens to buy an electric car. Another 20% would add another million to their electrification budget whereas 10% of the respondents noted that they would currently refrain from buying an electric vehicle. The main reason for that being the lack of