Electric

  • He’s Electric — Will A Revolutionary Black Box Turn Dale Vince Into Europe’s Elon Musk?

    He’s Electric — Will A Revolutionary Black Box Turn Dale Vince Into Europe’s Elon Musk?

    Dale Vince sits in a spartan office in the corner of Ecotricity, one of the UK's few green energy electricity networks, and taps away on an Apple Mac at his standing desk. The office is bare, other than a normal desk, a couple of chairs and a Union Jack flag hung on the wall. But the Union Jack is not sporting its normal Red White and Blue. This is a Union Jack fashioned in various shades of… Read More

  • GM Announces All-Electric Chevy Spark EV, Plus New Concept Car Chevy EN-V

    GM Announces All-Electric Chevy Spark EV, Plus New Concept Car Chevy EN-V

    This week, GM announced it will launch an all-electric vehicle under the Chevrolet brand, the Spark EV. The car is basically an electric version of the Spark mini-car and will be sold in limited quantities in the U.S., including California, starting in 2013. The company also announced it has started working on its new concept vehicle, the Chevrolet EN-V. Read More

  • Flying Green: The Possibilities And Challenges Of Electric Aircraft

    Flying Green: The Possibilities And Challenges Of Electric Aircraft

    Airplanes release greenhouse emissions into the atmosphere and require enormous amounts of fuel to fly. A Boeing 747 can consume up to five gallons of fuel per mile. But what if planes could be powered by electricity? Though they won't replace passenger airliners anytime soon, small, zero-emission, electric planes are flying today. Engineers have been pursing electric flight for decades. In… Read More

  • Nissan Sprouts Leaf Rollout Plans

    Nissan Sprouts Leaf Rollout Plans

    Nissan's Leaf is almost ready to be picked. The company announced its all-electric car will be available to buy as early as December, but only for those in California, Washington, Oregon, Arizona and Tennessee. Other parts of the country will have to hold their horsepower a little bit longer. Nissan chose to release to those five states first because they're home to the EV project, the world's… Read More

  • Porsche Revving Up All-Electric Sports Car

    Porsche Revving Up All-Electric Sports Car

    The electric sports car scene is heating up with Porsche's confirmation of a new all-electric sports car based on its Boxster. The company is conducting daily tests of three research cars to study battery systems and electric drive components. Porsche President and CEO Michael Macht said in a statement that Porsche will "definitely be offering electric sports cars in the future," but that the… Read More

  • Feeling Impulsive? Take Brammo's Empulse Electric Motorcycle For A Spin.

    Feeling Impulsive? Take Brammo's Empulse Electric Motorcycle For A Spin.

    Brammo's electric motorcyle, the Enertia, is about to get some faster, stronger siblings. The company's new Empulse Trio line will feature bikes that can take you an average of 60, 80 or 100 miles on a full charge at speeds of up to 100 miles per hour. The Enertia, in comparison, can only travel about 40 miles on a full charge. "We found there was a range anxiety issue with the 40-mile range,"… Read More

  • Ford Charges Up With Compact Power Batteries

    Ford Charges Up With Compact Power Batteries

    Ford's 2011 Focus Electric will run on Compact Power Inc.'s lithium-ion battery, the company announced today. The batteries will initially be made in South Korea at CPI's parent company, LG Chem, with plans to start manufacturing at a new $300 million site in Holland, Mich. in 2012. The Focus Electric will be a full battery electric passenger car made at Ford's Michigan Assembly Plant, which used… Read More

  • Guinness World Record: Sanyo battery lets e-car travel 555.6 km without recharging

    Guinness World Record: Sanyo battery lets e-car travel 555.6 km without recharging

    One of the biggest obstacles that prevents electric cars and other vehicles from becoming mainstream is the insufficient battery life. In most cases, potential buyers of those green vehicles are scared off by the fact that there still aren't enough charging stations out there or that the travel distance (on a single charge) is just too short. But many companies are working on the battery problem… Read More

  • All-electric Fiat 500EV to hit U.S. in 2012

    All-electric Fiat 500EV to hit U.S. in 2012

    Chrysler first showed this baby off at the Detroit Auto Show this year. Today, we received word that an all-electric version of the Fiat 500 platform should be available in only a couple years. How exciting! Read More

  • RoboCar G: Japanese venture to sell electric robot car (videos)

    RoboCar G: Japanese venture to sell electric robot car (videos)

    We covered various products from Tokyo-based robotics venture ZMP in the past, including a mini robo car, but we never had the chance to blog about an actual robot car (from any company actually). Granted, it's just a one-seater and not really "robotic", but the so-called RoboCar G [JP], which is an electric vehicle, doesn't look too bad and might be the beginning of a new trend. Read More

 
  • Electrical vehicle concepts running rampant

    Electrical vehicle concepts running rampant

    Couple of things to talk about, Honda just announced that they are going to show off an electric concept vehicle, and a Hungarian company is making a concept car that's capable of splitting in to two separate vehicles. Read More

  • Moosshiqk electric motorcycle goes fast, looks silly

    Here's an interesting DIY project: Santosh apparently felt that the current generation of electric pocket bikes were just a little too large, so he built his own version. While Santosh's bike is quite small, it is capable of running at almost 10mph. Read More

  • Zero MX: electric motocross track bike

    Zero MX: electric motocross track bike

    Now that it’s summer and time to frolic outside, it’s time to ride dirt bikes, right? Of course it is, but let’s try and keep the environment clean and quiet this summer. Zero Motorcycles announced their latest electric motorcycle yesterday, the Zero MX. It’s built for the track with a beefy suspension specifically designed for “bigger jumps” and a 19-inch front… Read More

  • All-electric Jetski goes 50mph, is whisper quiet

    It’s oddly wonderful to see a Jetski darting about in the water accompanied only by sporadic splashing sounds instead of the constant whine of a gasoline motor. The “Eco Watercraft” is an all-electric Jetski that can apparently go up to 50 miles per hour on a battery that lasts three hours in between charges. Read More

  • More sweet electric motorcycles

    More sweet electric motorcycles

    Treehugger really likes those ‘lectric bikes. We had that awesome-looking GPR-S the other day, but these are a little less… well, production. There’s DIY, there’s concept, and there is of course the spine-snappingly quick Killacycle (cool video there, wait till 1:15). Even though they’re not buyable right now, these things are where innovation comes from, and these… Read More

  • Want an EV car? Build one yourself.

    Want an EV car? Build one yourself.

    You don’t need a $40,000 Chevy Volt to be part of the green crowd. Just convert your current vehicle from gasoline to electric. It might cost you more than the car is worth, but you won’t be sending your bucks overseas.  CNN is showcasing two fellas that did just that. One with a Honda Civic del Sol and the other with a Chevy S-10. Both are now electric and both were converted by… Read More