SEARCHING for a way to make an electric car that is truly competitive with its petrol and diesel equivalents is frustrating. The lithium-ion batteries used to store the juice which powers such cars are almost cheap enough and almost long-lasting enough to do so, but not quite. And unless they are fitted with petrol-driven generators known as range extenders, electric cars cannot go far without topping up the batteries. Even with the best modern technology, such top-ups take at least 20 minutes. What is needed is a better battery.
The inaugural race of Formula E got under way on Saturday 13th September. The first fully electric racing series is officially homologated by the FIA and is the most definitive step towards greener motorsport since Formula-1 was hybridised.
The ten-race series runs across the UK winter season, starting in Beijing. It ends in London on 27th June 2015. The objective is to bring more awareness of electric vehicles to the heart of cities across the globe, including Buenos Aires, Miami and Berlin. Earlier this year, Rio De Janiero was dropped from the racing calendar. Alejandro Agag, Formula E CEO, confirmed in Beijing that a nine-city season would be acceptable, though rumours continue to circulate, suggesting Mexico City will take the Valentine’s Day race slot. Agag has suggested one city would double for two races over the weekend, to reach the ten-race total.
The SRT-01e stock chassis serves all twenty drivers for the first season. Sporting a 200kg battery and 200kW electric motor, which powers the rear wheels, drivers are limited to…Read more
The Oatmeal aptly describes the Model S as an Intergalactic Spaceboat in its illustrated review.
The Tesla Model S is one of the most well-liked cars on the planet, with many road testers — including Recombu’s own — absolutely fawning over it. The latest to fall for its charms is Matthew Inman, a cartoonist at The Oatmeal, who has penned an illustrated review of the luxury sedan. Read more.
The makers of the Prius will plough ahead with a hydrogen-powered electric car.
Toyota will putt 10,000 hydrogen-powered electric cars on the road from next year. After reducing the cost of production by 95 per cent, the Japanese automaker believes it is now in a position to mass-produce 10,000 units, which it expects will retail for… read more.