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Electric Car Makes 1000km on a Single Charge

Written by , on June 8, 2010

The Japan Electric Vehicle Club has exceeded its own Guinness record for longest distance driven without recharging, achieving 1,003.184 km over 27.5 hours. The club’s Daihatsu Mira EV was powered by a Sanyo battery system containing more than 8,320 lithium-ion batteries and ran at a speed of about 40 km/h at a track in Shimotsuma, […]  Read more »

Renault’s Production Electric Cars

Written by , on May 13, 2010

Renault has unveiled the final production versions of two all-electric cars – the Fluence ZE sedan and the Kangoo ZE van. Both have a range of 160 kilometres and will be available in 2011. The Fluence Z.E. is the first production-ready car that can take advantage of Better Place’s battery swapping system and will be […]  Read more »

51 Varieties of Electric Cars by 2012

Written by , on March 22, 2010

According to Evan Thornley, chief executive of Better Place Australia, 51 new models of plug-in electric cars are planned to on the world market by 2012. Mr Thorley believes that the complete conversion to electric cars is inevitable. “We know how the movie ends. Battery prices are going down, petrol prices are going up – […]  Read more »

Renault-Nissan Pinning Its Future on Electric Cars

Written by , on February 12, 2010

In an interview with BBC, Carlos Ghosn, the head of Renault-Nissan, has outlined how he is pinning the future of his company on the electric car. “I think the trends we’re seeing are all pointing in the same direction,” he said. “Oil is a challenge, both price and availability. Regulations about environments are going to […]  Read more »

Open Source Hydrogen-Electric Car

Written by , on January 22, 2010

British company, Riversimple, has shown its Mk 1 "network electric" car. The car is a hydrogen fuel cell powered vehicle about the size of a Smart Car. The car features unique technologies that enable it to run on a 6kW fuel cell, with a fuel consumption equivalent to 0.008 litres per kilometre with greenhouse gas […]  Read more »

Ford’s Electric Model T?

Written by , on October 24, 2009

Ford has showed off a prototype of what is being called called the Model T of the company’s electric car strategy – the battery-powered Focus sedan. To keep costs down, the Focus will be built on the company’s global “C” platform, which is used in two million cars a year. “This is about affordable transportation […]  Read more »

France Launches Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Plan

Written by , on October 4, 2009

The French Government has announced plans to invest €1.5 billion ($au 2.5 billion) in infrastructure for the two million electric and hybrid cars it wants on the road by 2020. The plan includes industrial research, making batteries, producing clean cars and building a nation-wide network of battery-charging stations. Under the plan, a million battery-charging points […]  Read more »

VW’s Electric Beetle

Written by , on September 17, 2009

Wolkswagen has demonstrated the concept version of it’s E-Up! – a fully electric car which it says will be “the Beetle of the 21st century”. VW says that the car will have a maximum speed of 135 kilometres per hour and a range of 130 kilometres. Fully recharging from a standard 240 volt outlet will […]  Read more »

French Show Electric Concept Cars

Written by , on September 16, 2009

Citroen, Renault and Peugeot have all displayed new electric concept cars at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Citroen showed its ultra-chic plug-in REVOLTe hybrid concept inspired by its iconic 2CV. The REVOLTe measures just 3.68m long, 1.73m wide and 1.35m tall. The most interesting feature is its original and distinctive three-seater layout – the driver’s seat […]  Read more »

Tesla Planning a Low-cost SUV

Written by , on August 17, 2009

In an interview on the American Charlie Rose television show, Elon Musk, head of Tesla Motors, has described the company’s plans following the success of its Roadster sports car. Tesla has already previewed its Model S, an electric sedan that Tesla says will carry seven passengers and provide more cargo space than any other sedan […]  Read more »