TAG: Electric car

Tesla Expands Electric Car Supercharger Network in U.S.

Tesla Supercharger

Driving an electric car long distances is about to get a little easier, thanks to the announcement that Tesla is expanding its Supercharger network to cover additional areas across the U.S. Not too long ago, owning an electric car was somewhat of an oddity, and held plenty of challenges for drivers, not the least of which was the question of where to charge it up when not near their own garage or home. But now we’re starting to see a wider adoption of electric vehicles, including the iconic Tesla Model S, which is getting infrastructure support from the company with… read more

New High Performance Electric Sports Car Launched

TORQ Roadster

Proving that electric cars don’t have to be boring, the TORQ Roadster, a high-performance, three-wheeled, electric sports car will soon be hitting the streets. If you want to buy an electric sports car, your choices just got more numerous, thanks to the launch of a new design from TORQ, which is said to be fast enough to go from 0-60 MPH in just four seconds. The TORQ Roadster, which will be available starting in April, is a bit different than the other electric sports cars now on the market, as its three-wheeled design, sheathed in carbon fiber body panels is… read more

VW Announces First All Electric Production Car: e-up!

Volkswagen e-up!

A new compact electric car may soon hit the streets, as Volkswagen announces the debut of its e-up! model, which will mark VW’s first foray into a production version of an electric vehicle. The vehicle will premiere at the Annual Press and Investors Conference in Wolfsburg Germany this week. The new model, a four-seater with a driving range of up to 150 km, is geared for daily city use and can take an 80% charge on its 18.7-kWh lithium-ion battery pack in just 30 minutes. The e-up! is said to be nearly noise-free while operating, and its motor can produce… read more

World’s First Build-at-Home Electric Car Kit

iracer kit electric car

Imagine being able to build an all-electric race car at home, from a kit. If the iRacer project goes forward as planned, you may soon be able to fabricate one of the world’s first build-at-home electric sports cars in your garage or back yard. A new partnership between Birmingham City University (BCU) and Westfield Sportscars Ltd will focus on developing the electric car kit, which will further strengthen the growing demand for cleaner transportation, as well as appeal to the DIY crowd. According to BCU, the iRacer kit will sell for about £13,999 (~$21,000 USD), and can be quickly transformed… read more

EV Charging Stations

An EV station concept

With the recent influx of electric vehicles by carmakers such as Nissan, Chevy, Tesla, and others, the question of charging the vehicles still remains. Each car comes equipped with a charging system to plug your car in at home, but what about refueling on the road? Tesla in 2012 promised to build a national electric car charging network. Their array of superchargers would spread across the nation on the biggest highways, and would be available for anyone with Tesla’s Model S electric vehicle. However, each station would charge your vehicle for free. Nissan also has big plans for their new… read more

Fiat’s Electric Car

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There aren’t very many luxury vehicles that have made the switch to electric, but Italian carmaker Fiat is changing that trend. The Fiat 500e Electric Car just received a 116 MPGe rating from the EPA. This makes it one of the few quality electric vehicles on the market. The Fiat vehicle also beats out many of the smaller electric vehicles in its class with regards to its EPA rating. With its 122 MPGe city, 108 MPGe highway, and a combined 116 MPGe energy output, the 500e has big plans to compete with the bigger names, such as Nissan and Chevy…. read more

Tesla Model S

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Motor Trend’s choice for 2013 Car of The Year surprised everybody, though it really shouldn’t have. The all-electric Model S sedan by Tesla is one of the most innovative and unique cars on the market, which should please everyone who envisions a future of sustainable transportation. Tesla was founded in 2003 by Elon Musk and a group of intrepid Silicon Valley engineers who sought to change the automobile market. Elon Musk is also the famous co-founder of Paypal and creator of the SpaceX corporation. Their first electric model, the Tesla Roadster, debuted to a mixed market reaction and a high… read more

Wind Powered Charger

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Using an electric car is really cool and now there is yet another reason to be uber-cool, as the world’s first wind powered electric vehicle charging station was installed successfully last month. “Sanya Skypump” is a collaborative effort of Urban Green Energy and General Electric; it is the world’s first EV station which charges cars with the help of wind. Sanya Skypump uses the technology of both organizations – the vertical tower is from Urban Green Energy (UGE 4K) and EV charging technology is from General Electric. Together they form an all-in-one power generation and charging station. The vertical axis… read more

Reasons For Electric Cars

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Electric cars were dominant in the late 19 and 20th century until the internal combustion engine was invented and gasoline was mass produced. Due to the recent petrol price hike and the limited availability of fossil fuels, electric cars have again grabbed the attention of many. The following are some reasons why you should consider buying an electric car. Electric cars contribute to health and the environment: As they use electricity as fuel, there are zero emissions. In fact electric cars don’t even have a tailpipe. By driving an electric car you are creating a healthy and quality environment. Green charging:… read more

Alternative Energy Travel

Electric and hybrid vehicles

It has been predicted that gas-powered vehicles will be replaced by electric and hybrid modes of conveyance within 50 years. This would be a tremendous benefit to our planet, as well as other areas of everyday life impacted by alternative energy transportation. The importance of these ecologically conducive vehicles in today’s automobile research/development cannot be overstated, and here’s why: Health Benefits- Regional pollution will be dramatically reduced when a growing section of the population switches to EV’s (Electric Vehicles) or hybrid automobiles. Carbon emissions can adversely affect personal health if a driver is in or near a vehicle with poor… read more