TAG: Electric vehicle

An Electric Trike with the Power of a Motorcycle

An Electric Trike with the Power of a Motorcycle

One up and coming small electric vehicle technology promises to combine the best parts of a motorcycle and a bicycle, while adding a third wheel and electric drive. The Odyssey Electric Trike project, from Dustin Herte and Ryan Bass, is the culmination of five years of work, which began with the first trike being built as a high school business project. The current iteration of the trike, the Mk. 5, is said to be have the speed and power of a motorcycle, due to its powerful 4kW electric motor, which puts out about 5.3 hp. The Odyssey is powered by… read more

Urb-e Is The Future Of Personal Transport

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At CES 2014, tons of awesome (and less-than-spectacular) products were showcased and raved about. One of them was the Urb-e. This tiny folding electric scooter is what we’ll all be cruising around on in the next few years. Check out The Verge’s quick review on the floor of CES: The Urb-e has the functionality of a swiss-army knife, and the portability of a backpack, weighing in at just 25 pounds. It uses an iPhone as a dashboard to display battery power and range, giving added definition to the trend of connectivity between motor vehicles and gadgets. While you can’t go… read more

Self-Driving Shuttle Bus Ventures To The U.S.

Self-Driving Shuttle Bus Ventures To The U.S.

Cruising along at a maximum speed of just above 12 miles per hour, the Navia is an all-electric vehicle that runs independently. Developed by Induct Technology, the French company decided to bring the vehicle to the U.S. The future forward transportation made a debut at the recent Consumer Electronics Show in Nevada. It features an open design and sort of resembles a vamped up, larger scale version of a golf cart. The robotic traveler is made to navigate and has lasers and sensors that scan and distinguish surrounding objects. It can measure distance and supposedly can detect passengers wanting to… read more

Leonardo DiCaprio Co-Founds Electric Car Racing Team

Leonardo DiCaprio Co-Founds Electric Car Racing Team

Some of the biggest advances in technology come from competition and specialized industries, and car tech is no exception. The techniques and materials once only used for race cars are now found in production models, making them lighter, safer, and more efficient for the rest of us. And with the trend toward electric vehicles as a greener transportation method, the more electric cars and racing teams that hit the track, the better the technology for consumer cars gets. One big event in electric car racing is the FIA Formula E Championship, an all-electric racing series that begins next year with… read more

Futuristic High-Performance Electric Motorcycle: Agility Saietta

Futuristic High-Performance Electric Motorcycle: Agility Saietta

Combining Formula 1 and aerospace design with advanced engineering and electric technology, Agility Motor’s Saietta aims to deliver on its claim to being “the world’s first high-performance, clean tech motorcycle”. Billed as a premium electric urban sports bike, the Saietta R is Agility’s flagship electric motorcycle, capable of hitting a top speed of 80 mph, with a 0 to 60 mph time of just 3.9 seconds. The bike is said to be the world’s first production composite monocoque chassis (as seen in F1 Cars), which minimizes the bike’s weight and increases its strength, delivering “superior handling.” This futuristic looking bike… read more

This Electric Scooter Uses Your Smartphone as the Dashboard

This Electric Scooter Uses Your Smartphone as the Dashboard

No, it’s not a Tesla (not even close), but its touchscreen dashboard takes a cue from the iconic electric car, by replacing physical knobs and buttons with the user’s smartphone. Terra Motors A4000i is being billed as “the world’s first wireless, smartphone-connected e-scooter”, as it uses the rider’s iPhone to display and transmit data from the vehicle. The company’s app will connect using Bluetooth and show the user data about the state of the battery charge, trip information, and soon, navigation information. With a 65 kilometer range, and a top speed of about 65 km/h, the A4000i promises to be… read more

Electric Sidecar Motorcycle Sets New Speed Record

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The folks behind one of the fastest electric motorcycles in the world, the KillaCycle, have just set another land speed record, this time in their modified sidecar motorcycle, the KillaJoule, earning them the title of the “world’s fastest electric sidecar motorcycle”. Bill Dube and Eva Håkansson’s KillaCycle is said to be the quickest electric motorcycle in the world, boasting over 500 horsepower, and having the capability of going from 0-60 mph in less than one second and a quarter-mile top speed of just over 174 mph. Eva’s KillaJoule, however, is quite another beast entirely, as it’s technically a “sidecar” version,… read more

Urban Outfitters to Sell Jetson E-Bikes

Urban Outfitters to Sell Jetson E-Bikes

The popularity of electric bicycles, or e-bikes, and other electrically-powered transport options is beginning to show a bit more, as seen by the announcement that the boutique retailer (and e-tailer) Urban Outfitters will soon be selling Jetson E-Bikes at five of their locations across the U.S.. “The Urban Outfitters shopper is looking for fun, savvy, stylish products that help make their lives more exciting and help them to express their individuality, so this partnership make sense for all parties involved. Electric bikes are quickly becoming the trending transportation alternative for everyone from city dwellers to students living on college campuses.”… read more

Singapore to get Driverless Electric Shuttle

Singapore to get Driverless Electric Shuttle

The future of public transportation, at least on a smaller scale, may be not only electric vehicles, but driverless electric vehicles that can autonomously navigate along pre-determined routes and drop passengers at their choice of stops. In Singapore, an autonomous electric shuttle will soon be put into service on a two kilometer route between Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and JTC Corporation’s (JTC) CleanTech Park, allowing for a real-world test of the system. During the initial two-year partnership between NTU, JTC and Induct Technologies, the shuttles will be tested, improved, and optimized, with the aim of providing a safe and reliable… read more

For Most States in US, Hybrids Better Choice than EV

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Which is better for the environment, an electric car or a hybrid? The answer to that is a lot more complex than it may seem, but the simple answer is that it depends on the state where you live. A new report from Climate Central, A Roadmap to Climate Friendly Cars, states that: “An electric car is only as good for the climate as the electricity used to power it. And in states that rely heavily on fossil fuels like coal and natural gas for their electricity there are many conventional and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles that are better for… read more