Developed by engineers from Imperial College London, the SRZero sportscar ran on lithium iron phosphate batteries powering two electric motors with a peak output of 400 horsepower during its 16,000-mile (26,000-kilometer) journey. Powering up was a joy at times, the team said - such as in Chena Hot Springs, Alaska, where they started their trip July 3 after charging the batteries using geothermal energy. "The SRZero was literally being charged from energy taken straight out of the earth with absolutely zero CO2 emissions," Alex Schey, a mechanical engineer who organized the trip, wrote in his blog that day. Finding places to plug in along the way became a major challenge as the team passed through 14 countries in 70 days of driving. But every time the driver hit the brakes - and there was plenty of that as the team made its way through the Rocky Mountains, Mexico and Central America and then through South America - the car recovered kinetic energy, extending its capacity to drive as … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Electric Car Sets Cross-Continental Record
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(By Adam Hadhazy, This story originally appeared on TechNewsDaily.com) Given all the new electric vehicles (EVs) hitting the road soon, including the Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf, one might think they are some sort of new-fangled concept. Yet the invention of the EV actually predates the iconic gasoline-fueled Model T Ford that began mass production in 1908.Early in the 20th century, EVs had themselves a bit of a heyday. But the greater traveling distance, higher top speed and easier refueling provided by the internal combustion engine, among other factors, put EVs in the rear view for decades. And until recently, with rising environmental and economic concerns, carmakers and consumers had never looked back.In the spirit of what's old being new again, modern automakers are in some ways correcting for - and repeating -the mistakes of the EVs of yesteryear. Only time will tell if the 21st century electric revolution ends up short-circuiting as well.The (First) Ascent of EVs Various small … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Will Past Prove to be Prologue for the Electric Car?
DAVOS, Switzerland - Electric car pioneer Shai Agassi is a man with a startling prediction: Before 2020, he says, more people everywhere will be buying electric cars than those powered by gasoline."It doesn't mean that oil is not necessary, but we're starting the way out," said Agassi, a former top executive for information giant SAP AG who launched his Better Place venture several years ago.Existing electric cars have a limited range, after which owners have to stop and wait for hours while their car's battery recharges. Owners of Agassi's cars would be able to remove the used battery and replace it with a fully charged one, allowing them to get back on the road almost immediately.The first country slated to go live with a network of "battery-switching" stations run by Better Place is his native Israel, where he plans a launch - with 56 stations and an expected 5,000 cars - before the end of 2011. In 2012, Denmark and Australia are expected to join, along with trials in Hawaii and in … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Q&A: The Electric Car Transition a Matter of When, Not If
Last Updated Oct 22, 2010 11:03 AM EDT The automobile press had only just begun to get real test drives of the Chevrolet Volt when a highly-charged argument broke out this week: Is the Volt a true electric car? Under the headline "GM Lied," a slightly overwrought reviewer at Edmunds Inside Line said the auto company was telling a fib by claiming in promotions that the Volt was an "all electrically driven vehicle." In fact, said the reviewer, the Volt (at right) is more like a plug-in hybrid. General Motors shot back that the Volt's gas engine has no direct mechanical connection to the wheels but conceded that the gas motor is in effect driving the wheels at times. GM said it had not fully explained the system earlier for competitive reasons while it had patents awaiting approval. Why should you care about this engineering altercation? Two reasons: First, the distinction means the car can go a lot farther before you need to plug it in (or fill it up). Second, because it can have a … [Read more...] about Electric Car Smackdown: The True Cost of Buying a Volt
Last Updated Dec 8, 2010 12:15 PM EST I am cruising through Times Square silently but very, very stylishly in a sleek electric Tesla roadster. Soon you will be able to rent a few of these and many more prosaic electric cars from Hertz at airports and in their car-sharing program in New York City, Washington, D.C. and San Francisco. Electric cars are moving toward the mainstream as new models are announced and the Nissan Leaf and Chevrolet Volt reach their first buyers this month. The Tesla couldn't show its stuff in slow-mo city traffic. But just a brief clear space is enough to feel the breathtaking acceleration (0 to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds). Of course, the move toward electric cars is not about speed -- though most have excellent acceleration -- but about high mileage and low emissions. In that realm, the Environmental Protection Agency just announced the official gas-mileage equivalent numbers for the Leaf and the Volt. Let's take a closer look at what's going on with … [Read more...] about Electric Cars: New Models Coming; Volt and Leaf rated Nearly 100 MPG
First it was the mystery car. The Silicon Valley version of a yeti sighting. "Apple is testing a car on the streets of San Francisco!" they screamed -- a self-driving car, they conjectured. Then the rumors turned the corner, from autonomous to electric: Apple wants to "give Tesla a run for its money." And the lawsuit: Apple is poaching battery talent from Tesla. Now, Apple insiders are reportedly saying that yes, an Apple car is in the works, yes, it's going to be electric, and, yes, it's actually coming soon. Sooner than most would have guessed. According to Bloomberg, "people with knowledge of the matter" said that Apple is planning to have electric cars in production by 2020. The timeline is aggressive, especially for a company that has no foothold in the market to start with. But it's Apple, so, you know, rules shmules. The timing would put the company just behind the 2017 releases of the Tesla Model 3 and the Chevy Bolt, both of which will offer consumers an electric option that … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Apple to release electric car within five years?
San Diego’s leading car sharing company will soon replace its all-electric vehicle fleet with gas-powered cars due to a lack of charging stations, a symbolic setback for the emission-reduction aspirations of the city’s ballyhooed climate action plan.Electric cars are key to the ambitious plan’s requirement to cut carbon emissions in half by 2035, and car sharing plays a major role because it can fill small gaps in commutes that feature mass transit or bicycling.City and environmental leaders said on Wednesday that the decision by Car2Go should be a call to action."It's a lesson to all of us that we have to work harder to build the infrastructure necessary to support electric vehicles and other transportation modes," City Councilman Todd Gloria said.Nicole Capretz, the primary author of the city’s climate plan and the executive director of the Climate Action Campaign, said the Car2Go decision is a frustrating step in the wrong direction."It's disappointing … [Read more...] about Car2Go switching electric cars to gas
Ready or not — the electric vehicle revolution is here. That’s the key takeaway from auto manufacturers, that — propelled in part by governmental pressure across the globe to boost fuel efficiency and cut back on pollution — are now investing heavily in electric drivetrains, with one foreign automaker, Volvo, planning to drop out of the gasoline-powered market entirely as soon as next year. One industry forecast from Bloomberg New Energy Finance found that electric cars could be as cheap as their traditional counterparts by 2025 — and could overtake them in sales by 2038. So whether Colorado has nearly 1 million electric cars by 2030, as Gov. John Hickenlooper has proposed, or merely a few hundred thousand, electric vehicles are primed to multiply. And that’s going to change not only how we use our roads, but also how we pay for them. So far, though — even as lawmakers have named transportation a top priority for two years running … [Read more...] about Electric cars and technology are upending transportation as we know it. But is Colorado prepared?
If a $100,000 tech-packed, trend-setting Tesla Model S sedan isn’t quite cool enough for you, Henrik Fisker requests a moment of your time.The heralded automobile designer of the iconic BMW Z8 and a gaggle of Aston Martins is back in the car game with the electric Fisker EMotion, which he plans to unveil Tuesday at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.Remember Fisker? Backed by a federal loan, he launched his own car company making a sleek plug-in hybrid sedan, the Karma, about the time Tesla was trying to get its Model S sedan off the ground. But production stopped in 2013 after battery woes and financial issues led to bankruptcy. This time, Fisker's rakish new sedan boasts upward-opening gullwing-style doors for both front- and and rear-seat passengers, a modernist interior, 400-mile battery range and a $129,000 base price. The EMotion also promises to come with sensors critical to self-driving.“I pushed myself to move car design … [Read more...] about Fisker’s first all-electric car takes on Tesla: Exclusive details
Welcome to California Inc., the weekly newsletter of the L.A. Times Business section.I'm Business columnist David Lazarus. Happy New Year! Here's a rundown of upcoming stories this week and the highlights of last week.LOOKING AHEADMarijuana for sale: California's legal pot market opens for business Monday. Licensed shops can now sell marijuana legally to recreational users — you no longer need a “medical marijuana” card — 21 years and older. But it may be hard to find a shop near you. Sellers are required to have a local permit and a state license to open their doors, and that process has moved slowly. In Los Angeles, the city will begin accepting applications to sell recreational pot on Wednesday, but it could be weeks before any shops open for legal sales.New laws: Starting Monday, California employers may no longer ask job applicants about their salary history. Advocates for equal pay argue that such queries help perpetuate the wage gap, because women tend to … [Read more...] about California Inc.: Recreational pot coming soon to a shop near you