electric cars

  • 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

  • Tommykaira ZZ-EV: Japanese University Venture Shows New Electric Car

    In April this year, a group of graduate school students at Kyoto University announced the launch of a venture called Green Lord Motors [JP]. As the name suggests, it’s a car company, and yesterday, it took the wraps off its first offering [JP, PDF]: a replica of the popular Tommykaira ZZ as an electric vehicle. Read More

  • Nissan Leaf's Window Sticker Boasts 99MPGe

    While I’m sure the guys at Nissan were crossing their fingers, hoping for a 100MPGe rating, the EPA either had other ideas, or didn’t plan for three-digit numbers on their window stickers. Maybe the new ones will change that, but for now the poor Leaf is stuck with a paltry 99MPGe rating. Wait, that’s pretty good. Read More

  • Mitsubishi Rebrands Its i-MiEV The i, Plans For Fall 2011 Rollout

    The EV wars, they be heating up! Or at least they promise to heat up, a year from now or so. We’ve already got the Leaf coming out, the Volt (though not strictly speaking an EV) on its heels, Honda’s Fit EV coming in 2012, and now Mitsubishi is entering the game in a modest way with the i EV. Read More

  • Honda Shows Off Its Fit EV

    We heard a little while back that Honda was beginning to go public with its new hybrid and EV line for 2012, and sure enough, today at the LA Auto Show they unveiled the concept electric Fit. It doesn’t sound particularly original, and the Leaf and Volt will be beating it to market by a year, but hey, the more the merrier. Here are some basic stats and facts. Read More