Posts Tagged 'electric car'

The Electric Super-Car Arms Race Has Begun


Just under a week ago, Shelby Supercars (unrelated to the legendary Carroll Shelby) released the details for their 0-60 in 2.5 seconds, 1000 hp, 208 mph top speed electric super car called the Ultimate Aero EV. With the grandpappy of this niche, the Tesla Roadster, already being delivered and production of the Fisker Karma starting this year, it is safe to say that there is some competition in this high-end market.

If these companies can actually start churning out cars dependably, I am looking at you Tesla, I don’t think it is too much of a stretch to say that this technology will be used to create commuter cars that the mere mortal can afford. If you look back around the turn of the century to the beginning of the automobile era, you will see that they were originally high-end coach built machines that only the uber-rich could afford. Eventually, once they were able to be mass manufactured, they became much more affordable and eventually ubiquitous.

Something else to note about this is that most of this development in the electric vehicle space has been courtesy of free market forces (unless I am mistaken.) I am sure that public funding for green product and energy development is a positive, but perhaps truly sustainable and beneficial advances come from private sector activity.

And now, for no good reason really, a pic from the Tesla Roadster crash tests. Glorious and sad at the same time…

Pic from Autoblog.

Quirky Commercial for the Chevy Volt

Found on the Autopia Blog: http://blog.wired.com/cars/2008/02/wipers-stereo-p.html

Some more news on Electric Cars:

http://blog.wired.com/cars/2008/05/renault-will-br.html

http://blog.wired.com/cars/2008/06/bob-lutz-drives.html

A bit of criticism for EV’s:

http://fourwheeldrift.wordpress.com/2008/06/30/current-electric-carsand-why-we-dont-drive-em/

North American Solar Challenge

The North American Solar Challenge will be starting on July 13th just a few miles from the Phoneraiser offices. They will be racing from Plano, Tx (a suburb of Dallas) to Calgary, Alberta. According to their press materials, the NASC “is designed to inspire young people to pursue careers in science and engineering.

“The NASC promotes:

  • Renewable energy technologies (specifically photovoltaic or “solar cells”)
  • Educational excellence in science, engineering and mathematics
  • Creative integration of technical and scientific expertise across a wide-range of disciplines
  • “Hands-on” experience for students and engineers to develop and demonstrate their technical and creative abilities
  • Environmental consciousness”

Pictures from the race: http://americansolarchallenge.org/photos/

Information and History of the American Solar Challenge: http://americansolarchallenge.org/aboutasc/

Some Teams entered in the Race: http://www.rrc.mb.ca/raycer/, http://www.cs.wmich.edu/~sunseeker/index.php, http://me.berkeley.edu/calsol/