Posts Tagged ‘electric car’

Nissan turning over a new “LEAF”

Thursday, August 6th, 2009

Nissan unveiled their first all-electric car design; the LEAF. This powder-blue wonder comes complete with two charge ports in the front, electricity saving headlights, right-side driving, and 5 doors (including the hatchback). Though the Nissan LEAF is not going to be available until late 2010, many questions have still been posed. Would the car perform up the standards of other cars on the market? How many miles will the car get to a full charge? How will consumers charge this new-age car? How long will charging to full battery take? So many questions. read more »

Tesla Model S – First Look

Monday, October 27th, 2008

We have heard news about this for a while now, but this time we are seeing the first speculated images. from Road & Track.  I am not one that would buy a convertible for my daily driver. They are less efficient due to aerodynamics, heavier b/c of the reinforcement of the frame, and they cost more…which is why it never made sense to me that Tesla would build its first electric as a convertible. Now they have a car that is more viable for people other than those that live in sunny California.

This 4-door sports car will have room for 5 and get 240 miles on a charge. The acceleration is still very respectable at under 6 seconds, and for a base price of $60,000, it will be priced even better than the Fisker Karma. Electric never sounded so beautiful.

via engadet

Teenager Builds Electric Car for $10K

Tuesday, October 14th, 2008

Welcome to the innovation center of electric cars…San Antonio, Texas, where Lucas Laborde built an electric car he plans on driving to school for $10,000.  He spent over 150 hours this past summer working on the car converting the gas powered kit car to an all electric car.  The Bradley GT II was the lucky conversion car that is now powered by 8 eighty pound lead-acid batteries.

Lucas’ father, Ralph Laborde, funded the project and let his son use the space at his company, River City Hydraulics Inc.  Ralph bought the kit car on Ebay for $5,000 and then spent the rest on the electrical parts and batteries that would later power the vehicle.  The converted Bradley now has a top speed of 45 mph and has a lot of low-end torque which is expected for electric vehicles.

The car does have its quirks in that the gull wing doors don’t close properly due to the stress of the 80 pound batteries twisting the fiberglass body.  However, this is a truly great accomplishment in that it takes years and several millions of dollars for auto manufacturers to come up with a working prototype.

via manufacturing