TAG: Electric car

Inventing an Accessible Electric Car

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  Electricity was the first energy source to power automobiles in America, proceeding steam-power and gasoline. Even after the implementation of combustion engines, affinity for electric carriages remained high for several years as they were favored for their lack of noise and pollution.   So why the switch to fossil fuels? Convenience certainly comprises a large part of the equation, as car models with combustion engines began to cost less than their electrically-charged competitors, particularly around the time Ford began to mass produce them. Prices then varied from 500-1,000 USD for a car that ran on gasoline, compared to 1,000-plus… read more

Stanford Unveils 2013 Solar Challenge Car

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In the realm of solar electric cars, the yearly World Solar Challenge (WSC) is the most competitive and challenging race in the world, forcing teams to push the limits of their knowledge and technology to build a car that can stand up to the race conditions across 2000 miles of the Outback. The 2013 entry from the Stanford Solar Car Project, “Luminos“, was just unveiled, and it promises to be a strong contender in this year’s WSC, which will include 47 teams from 26 countries. According to the team, for this year’s car, there were several major changes, including the… read more

From Quiet Achiever To The World Solar Challenge

From Quiet Achiever To The World Solar Challenge

What’s more fun that racing around a solar powered vehicle? How about a race that involves 47 teams of them from 26 countries in a world solar and electric car competition that is the largest of its kind in the world? The World Solar Challenge is a global event that was initially the idea of Hans Tholstrup, who built a solar vehicle called the Quiet Achiever. In 1982 he took his handcrafted vessel on a drive from the west through the east of Australia. Not wanting to contain the fun and challenge of building a solar car, he enticed others… read more

World’s First Solar-Powered Family Car

World’s First Solar-Powered Family Car

What’s being hailed as the first “energy-positive car”, and the first solar-powered family car, has been designed by a team of students at Eindhoven University of Technology and will be trialed in the 2013 World Solar Challenge in October of this year. The car, dubbed “Stella”, has room for four people, trunk space, a touchscreen interface and intuitive steering, and is said to have a range of 600 km. Stella has an aerodynamic design and lightweight body and frame, which yields a very efficient car, and will be entered in the Cruiser class for the upcoming solar road race. According… read more

Mia Electric is Pioneering Urban Electric Cars

Mia Electric is Pioneering Urban Electric Cars

In the electric vehicle market, there’s a lot being done in the luxury and sports car niches (think Tesla), and there are some electric entries in the traditional sedan or city-car models (Ford Focus and Fusion, Nissan Leaf, etc.), but for something completely different, there’s a new contender for the urban car market. Mia Electric is building an electric vehicle that’s been designed from the bottom up to be a great urban transport, starting from a blank slate. According to Mia, they tried to answer the question of what people really needed for urban mobility, and looking at their resulting… read more

Formula Sun Grand Prix Challenges Student Solar Cars

The next wave of innovation in solar power and electric vehicles is powered, in part, by the work that students put into designing and building their entries to events such as this upcoming one, the Formula Sun Grand Prix. Solar car competitions have been happening since 1990, with the GM Sunrayce USA, and thanks to the Innovators Educational Foundation (IEF), has continued build with their milestone events, the American Solar Challenge and the Formula Sun Grand Prix. IEF, which is the non-profit organization behind North America’s collegiate-level solar racing in North America, states that these races are meant to inspire… read more

Tesla Swaps Batteries in Just 90 Seconds

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For those prospective electric car owners who exhibit range anxiety or have charge time angst, Tesla just blew away those worries with their recent battery swap event, where they demonstrated an extremely quick battery swap for their Model S. In less than the half the time it takes to fill up a gas tank, Tesla Model S owners could drive away from a Supercharger station with a full battery pack, thanks to the new quick-swap setup. According to Forbes, the fast-swapping service will be offered at about the same price that 15 gallons of gasoline is selling for locally, which… read more

Compare Driving Costs for Gasoline vs. Electric Cars

Compare Driving Costs for Gasoline vs. Electric Cars

When considering the operating costs for a gas powered vehicle, it’s fairly simple to understand and apply the miles-per-gallon ratings on the window stickers, because we’re used to thinking in those terms, and are reminded of the costs for a gallon of gas every time we fuel up. But what if you’re interested in an electric car? How do you measure and compare the energy costs of something that plugs into your house with all of the rest of your electrical appliances, and gets paid for monthly, on a bill where you usually only see the totals for usage, not… read more

Lithium Deposit In Wyoming

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A new lithium deposit discovered in southwest Wyoming could be enough to cover the annual U.S. lithium demand–and then some. Right now, 80% of all lithium in the United States comes from imports from countries such as Bolivia, which, incidentally, has enough lithium to power 4.8 billion electric cars. It also doesn’t hurt that lithium can be recycled from batteries, unlike oil which disappears completely. Even with these facts, some people still fear that we could eventually run out of lithium. Still, analysts suggest that our demand for lithium, as it increases, will lower prices, and that we should be good for… read more

Smart Tech for EV Charging Could Cut Charge Costs in Half

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A trial of an electric vehicle ‘smart’ charging technology in Australia found that, when used together with a smart meter/grid, the costs for charging an electric vehicle could be cut in half. The project, which paired the ChargeIQ charging technology with Victoria’s Smart Grid, was the first of its kind to feature end-to-end use of the smart meters for managing electricity demand, and the findings could help to further boost the integration of EVs on the grid. According to the results of the trial, drivers could save about 50% on their charging costs each year, while also helping to optimize… read more