electric cars

  • Recargo And Xatori Merge To Make PlugShare The Essential App For Electric Car Drivers

    Recargo And Xatori Merge To Make PlugShare The Essential App For Electric Car Drivers

    People are afraid that if they drive an electric vehicle, they’ll run out of juice somewhere. So to convince more people to buy electric cars and dominate the charging station locator market, Xatori and Recargo are merging. The combined charge finder developers will go by the name Recargo to promote their station map and trip planner app PlugShare. Xatori and its co-founders Forrest… Read More

  • EV Mini Sport: Mini Electric Sports Car From Japan (Video)

    EV Mini Sport: Mini Electric Sports Car From Japan (Video)

    It’s not a Tesla, but Japan-based Tajima Motor Corporation has developed a zero-emission (and pretty cool-looking) mini sports car. The so-called EV Mini Sport [JP] has been publicly showcased first in 2010, and will go on sale in Japan and abroad “soon” (according to the company’s website). The car weighs just 280kg and is 2.49 m long, 1.29 m wide, and 1.09 m high. It… Read More

  • Video: Electric Car From Japan Reaches Over 300KM Travel Range

    Video: Electric Car From Japan Reaches Over 300KM Travel Range

    We spent two posts on SIM-LEI, an electric car developed by a a spin-off startup at Keio University in Tokyo in collaboration with a total of 34 domestic and foreign companies, in the past months. And it seems that the startup, SIM Drive Corporation, is on track to start mass-producing the vehicle in about 2 years. The company was set up in August 2009. The main selling point of the newest… Read More

  • KOBOT: Japanese Company Shows Transformable, Smartphone-Controlled E-Cars (Video)

    KOBOT: Japanese Company Shows Transformable, Smartphone-Controlled E-Cars (Video)

    Japan-based Kowa Tmsuk may just be ten months old and just have five employees (it’s a joint venture between two larger companies), but it seems the company is set to build cool things. Their electric vehicle concept, dubbed KOBOT, looks very promising – especially for a first product. The KOBOT is essentially a mix between a robot and an electric mini car that can make itself… Read More

  • Video: This Electric Vehicle “Wears” Airbags For Ultimate Protection

    Video: This Electric Vehicle “Wears” Airbags For Ultimate Protection

    A Japanese company called Humanix [JP], in cooperation with Hiroshima University, has developed a small electric car that “wears” airbags on the body. I am not really sure if the result can be called pretty, but Humanix is claiming that (perhaps rightfully) their ”iSAVE-SC1” is the “safest electric vehicle in the world”. The three-wheeled car offers enough… Read More

  • Follow-up: New Electric Car TEEWave AR1 Up And Close (Video)

    Follow-up: New Electric Car TEEWave AR1 Up And Close (Video)

    When we showed you the so-called TEEWave AR1 last week, reactions were mixed, with some readers calling the latest electric car from Japan “pretty”, while others said it’s plain “ugly”. But now news site DigInfo TV has gone and shot a video of the vehicle, which not only shows the car in more detail but also provides more insight on its development and… Read More

  • TEEWave AR1: Japan Gets New Electric Sports Car

    TEEWave AR1: Japan Gets New Electric Sports Car

    Tesla is getting some competition from Japan: Tokyo-based chemicals giant Toray has taken the wraps off Teewave AR1 (short for “Toray Eco Efficient Advanced Roadstar 1”), a two-seat sports car over the weekend. The company invested a total of US$3.8 million in the development of the electric vehicle whose main selling point is its low weight: Toray used carbon fiber reinforced… Read More

  • Japanese Professor Shows Rare Earth-Free Electric Car (Video)

    Japanese Professor Shows Rare Earth-Free Electric Car (Video)

    Prices for rare earth elements have gone through the roof in recent years, with China basically monopolizing the market for these rare substances (the country currently produces a whopping 97 percent of all rare earths used globally). But in the field of electric vehicles, the dependence on rare earths could be a thing of the past soon: Professor Nobukazu Hoshi’s Lab from the Tokyo… Read More

  • Pioneer Announces Car Navigation System Specifically Designed For Electric Vehicles

    First an Augmented Reality-based car navigation system, now a model that’s specifically designed for electric vehicles: Pioneer has today announced [JP] the AVIC-ZH09-MEV, which doubles as a multimedia entertainment system and comes with a number of functions that are supposed to make the lives of EV drivers easier. According to Pioneer, it’s the first car navigation system of… Read More

  • SIM-LEI: Japan's Newest Electric Car Reaches 333km Driving Range, And It's Fast

    In December last year, we reported that a spin-off startup at Keio University in Tokyo has teamed up with a total of 34 Japanese companies and municipalities to develop a new electric car. And now the startup, SIM Drive Corporation, has announced it has spent the last months on working on a new model that reaches a driving range of 333km. Read More

  • Mitsubishi i-MiEV Taking Over Europe?

    Today, Mitsubishi announced that it plans to bring the Euro-spec i-MiEV to 15 European countries. As you know, production started last fall, and Mitsubishi is trying to make it out faster than the Volt or Leaf; and with the Leaf’s recent productions problems and Volt’s low December sales, it may not be too hard. Read More

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