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World Solar Challenge Won by Dutch Team

Posted: October 10th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Eco Driver | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on World Solar Challenge Won by Dutch Team

Dutch team celebrates win

The World Solar Challenge has been won by the Dutch team in their superquick Nuna7, their solar powered car crossed the finish line more 100 kilometres ahead of closest rival Japan.

Hindmarsh Square was the scene of  jubilant celebrations as the Dutch team, Nuon, cruised into the centre of Adelaide for the trophy presentation after completing the 3,000 kilometre road journey from the top ends capital, Darwin.

It marked the fifth win in the event for the team, who have now competed seven World Solar Challenges, the team will lead a victory parade through the streets of Adelaide on Sunday October 13.

The race was close right up until veteran Japanese team Tokai, lost its battle with cloudy skies closing in on the finish line, while Tokai was stuck on the side of the road with a flat battery, Nuon powered on passed to take line honours :: Read the full article »»»»

Motorings NEXT Big Thing?

Posted: May 23rd, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Eco Driver, Favorite New Thought | Tags: | Comments Off on Motorings NEXT Big Thing?

Three wheel motoring has been around for a bunch of time, from the extreme Davis D-2 Divan, to the pedestrian Reliant Robin. The most successful incarnation to date has been in the guise of  scooters – like Piaggio’s MP3, and Peugeot’s clever HYbrid3 – agile, quick and just a little sexy, in an offbeat kinda way. Indeed, the very first motor-car was a 3 wheeler, the 1860s Benz Patent Motorwagen, still history isn’t ever a great reason to repeat something, unless of course you’ve come-up with something as nifty as this! PS: I want mine in black please  :: Read the full article »»»»

Have You Met Hiriko?

Posted: February 22nd, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Auto News, Concept Car, Eco Driver | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Have You Met Hiriko?

Have You Met Hiriko CityCarThose crazy Europeans love green! seriously, they’re into it . . . while the rest of the galaxy ponders the thought of green, the Europeans are splashing out. The European Commission’s President, José Manuel Durao Barroso, unvieled the ubercool electric vehicle – HIRIKO – in late January. The superneat four-wheel traction and direction, haptic steering wheel and folds up when parking, electric micro-car is according to President José Barroso “… an answer to the crisis”.

Unlike their North American counterparts, European auto-makers have long been associated with smart, small, simple runabouts. In urban centers with narrow winding lanes, small has always made perfect sense. Most Europeans rarely drive the vast distances where a car the size of Texas comes into it’s own.

A consortium of seven companies from Spain’s Basque country have teamed up with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology – MIT – Media Lab, and have taken small, smart and  simple to extremes.

The prototype of this electric wiz was unveiled on January 24th by José Manuel Barroso, the president of the European Commssion, who climbed into the car, gave a thumbs-up, and called it a “systematic solution to major societal challenges”. The two-door Hiriko, whose name derives from the Basque word for “city” or “urban”, was designed by MIT engineers, but built by Basques. Starting next year, a trial manufacturing run is set to begin at Vitoria Gasteiz, outside Bilbao. Read the full article »»»»

Trident Iceni, Biodiesel Supercar Set for Relaunch of a Relaunch at US$150,000 Sometime in the NEARISH Future, We Think!?

Posted: July 21st, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Eco Driver | Tags: , , | Comments Off on Trident Iceni, Biodiesel Supercar Set for Relaunch of a Relaunch at US$150,000 Sometime in the NEARISH Future, We Think!?

We’d like to talk about our 11th favorite British Auto maker, TVR, unfortunately they went bust a couple of years back, instead we’ll talk up our 9th favorite British Auto Maker, Trident. We love a swindle, the thought of duping the galaxy is a bit of a chuckle. Insofar as auto swindles go, Trident has to be one the the most amusing. The amount of press – and yes this counts – this autobuilder has recieved is outstanding. Trident, not to be confused with Trident Cars Ltd (UK) this is where we get confusing, Trident Cars Ltd was established in 1966, in 1978 Trident Cars Ltd ceased manufacture – but not existence – someplace in here TVR picked up the Trident, and it still shows. The 1999 – 2009 Trident Iceni is apparently a retrofitted TVR prototype – remember that styling – We’re unsure who scribed the design but think the current incarnation is owned and run by Broadley Performance Vehicles PLC, Eric Broadley in coope­ration with PB Design presented the Trident pro­totype at the 1998 Birmingham Motor Show. In 1999, Eric Broadley founded Trident Sportcars Ltd, which constructed the next 11 prototypes of the Trident Iceni roadster between 1999-2001. In December 2002, the company name was chan­ged to Broadley Performance Vehicles, and the car was renamed the Broadley 1-37, its production apparently started in 2004, though No Cars were produced?. Yes Yes, still no sign of the Trident Iceni in all these words!? It’s coming, truly . . Read the full article »»»»

University of Adelaide's EDWARD Electric Dicycle

Posted: June 25th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Blip, Eco Driver, electric, Grilled, Michael Courtenay, On Two Wheels | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on University of Adelaide's EDWARD Electric Dicycle

Meet Edward, with a top speed of 40kmh / 25 mph is a futuristic, purely electric dicycle. Designed by Honor students – Ben S. Cazzolato, Chris Dyer, Kane Fulton, Jonathon Harvey, Evan Schumann, Charles Zhu, Luke Charles Francou, Jack Scott Parsons, Benjamin John Wright, Bo Zhu, Jonathon R. Atterton, Ben L. Davis, Samuel C. Hart and Erin E. Pearce – at the University of Adelaide, Australia, Edward is an advanced program in good looking mechanical design. Although it looks like some dystopian vehicle ridden by Gaff in Bladerunner, Edward is a fully operational electric, human operated dicyclele. Read the full article »»»»

Renault Twizy €EU20

Posted: May 20th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Blip, Eco Driver | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on Renault Twizy €EU20

The ultra-compact footprint of Renault Twizy – length: 2.32 metres / width: 1.19 metres / height: 1.46 metres – is ideally suited to city motoring. It will go on sale in Europe at the end of 2011. Renault’s wizbang all-electric Twizy – single passenger, 2 seat electric vehicle – can be reserved online by would-be buyers in Europe for just €EU20, with the French car-maker opening the books for pre-orders of the cross-bred car/scooter ahead of its world debut in production form at the Barcelona motor show. The vehicle is priced to sell at €6990/$9335 to €8490/$A11,335. Renault describes potential punters as “will clearly appeal to busy, car owning city dwellers looking for a second vehicle, as well as to younger drivers interested in a safe way to gain experience in traffic thanks to the availability of a version that will not require a car driver’s licence” The Twizy is essentially a four wheel scooter, according to Renault though it’s even cheaper to run than a Vespa. “Twizy’s running costs – insurance, maintenance and energy – battery lease and electricity for recharging – are just as modest, working out at 15 percent lower than those of a three-wheeled scooterRead the full article »»»»

Mercedes-Benz's Easy E-Cell

Posted: September 22nd, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Auto News, Eco Driver, electric car, Green Motoring, Grilled, hybrid, mercedes benz, Motoring News, plugin | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Mercedes-Benz's Easy E-Cell

This electric vehicle’s design is based on the automaker’s A-Class lineup.

Europe will be getting yet another new electric vehicle courtesy of Mercedes-Benz. Daimler announced that the Mercedes-Benz A-Class E-Cell electric passenger car is under production at the company’s Rastatt plant in Germany. The new vehicle will be Daimler’s third electric vehicle following in the footsteps of the smart electric drive and the A-Class E-Cell. Read the full article »»»»