US electric car manufacturer ZAP announced that it will present this week a new electric sports car based on a Lotus Engineering design.
To take on Tesla Motors Roadster high-performance electric vehicle it is using the Lotus aluminum APX concept car as the platform and promises 644 horsepower / 155mph max speed by replacing Lotus’ APX’s conventional gasoline V6 engine with in-hub electric motors. By comparison, Tesla’s Roadster that is due for delivery the end of this year has 248 horsepower and a similar max speed.
The company further says “…the advanced battery management systems is intended to enable a range of up to 350 miles between charges, with a rapid 10-minute recharging time. An auxiliary power unit is planned to support longer distance journeys…
We are looking forward to see the car live and like to hear what their sales price will be.
Major battery technology manufactures just recently announced dramatic increases in efficiencies, charging cycle times and cost so the EV you can recharge for a 200 miles journey in 15 minutes might soon become a reality.
And as a senior manager from Volkswagen (VW) said when they took their conventional eco-friendly 3 liters/100km car (Lupo) off the market “…the customer might not accept an eco-friendly car without the fun of driving…”
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Those of us that did not get a chance to watch Chris Pane’s documentary “Who killed the Electric Car?” when it was released during June 2006 now, thanks to Google Video, got a chance to watch it in full length from our computers. Wikipedia and IMDb both provide additional information on the movie. We have [...]
French artist “Nicolas Gaudron” has created this “Electric bath-duck”
…this bath-duck is a project playing on the paradox between two different notions, the danger of electricity in the bath and the sweetness of a bath-duck living on water…”
Our first impressions were “weird, cynical and suicidal”. And as the artist says himself: “One use only”…
The World Economic Forum has selected 47 visionary companies as Technology Pioneers 2007. Each of the selected companies is involved in the development of life-changing technology innovation and has potential for long-term impact on business and society…
…Following the list of IT companies awarded for 2007 with a brief summary of their innovations, when, by whom,where they were founded together with the names of the leading investors for each company…
After various incidents of exploding computers, airlines banning laptops and almost nine million laptops / batteries having been declared faulty over the last weeks in IT’s biggest ever recall action, voices have been raised and questions asked if the whole battery technology as currently used in mobile phones and laptops is actually safe. It seems [...]