April 18, 2011
Mini Cooper Powers Up From Home Solar System
Talk about being creative. Tom Moloughney of Chester, NJ actually powers up his all-electric Mini Cooper via his residential solar system. He drives 62 miles round trip to his restaurant Nauna's Bella Casa in Montclair and figures that he saves about $5,000 a year. Moloughney, concerned about our foreign oil dependence, was allowed to participate in a BMW pilot program that included 612 Mini Es.
After he realized that the electricity he used came from coal and gas-fired power plants, as well as from nuclear sources, he came up with this solution. By the way, his license plate reads "EF-OPEC." Check out his journey via the link.
(Good job, Tom and thanks for the tip, Jason.)
Via Tom Moloughney
March 16, 2010
PRO-AMX Solar City Concept Car
PRO-AMX, aka Mexican Automotive Projects, was started in Mexico in 2008 to build clean vehicles. They now have two concept cars in development. The SGT-HC combines a 4-cylinder engine with an electric motor. The Solar City needs nothing but the sun to keep it going with cells located on the awning and glazed area of the car.
March 8, 2010
Mo-Du-Lo Rides 3 Ways
The "Mo-Du-Lo" is so named because the modular car can be made into three different versions. The Mo is a monocycle operated by pedals. The Du is a 4-wheeled car with two monocycles that can accomodate 2 and can be run by batteries that have gotten their power from photovoltaic cells. The Lo version connects many cars and monocycles to create trains and can be used for long distance traveling. The concept was part of the Michelin Challenge Design Showcase.
Via Michelin Challenge
February 2, 2010
ICARE Car Travels to Promote Alternative Power
Mark Muller, a Swiss engineer involved in the ICARE project, has designed a car that will run around the planet with only solar and wind power as its energy source. Beginning in May, the car will travel to 30 countries to study CO2 compensation initiatives. The non-profit org is also looking for sponsors to buy a solar cell or a piece of asphalt.
January 26, 2010
BYD Looks Ahead to Solar Vehicles
Warren Buffet's latest investment is in BYD (the letters are the initials of the company's Chinese name), a firm that is involved in production of batteries, mobile phones and automobiles. The company showed off its electric cars at the recent NAIAS and says that it is looking into solar power to run their vehicles in the future. The $22,000 car is expected to be imported to the US sometime next year.
December 22, 2009
Sikat Car Built to Teach Filipinos About Solar Energy
Sikat is the Philippines Solar Car Society's second car, the next generation of the Sinag, that was designed for 2007 World Solar Car Challenge in Australia. Made by a team of 33 from De La Salle University, the new vehicle weighs 100kg less than its predecessor and has a top speed of 112 kph. Its purpose will be to alert Filipinos to the pluses of solar energy.
Via Dailly Mirror
December 17, 2009
Rural Concept Car Doubles Energy Savings
Matt Bradbury's Rural Concept car one ups zero emission electric cars by adding a hybrid system that runs on both electricity and hydrogen fuel cells. The vehicle has a carbon fiber chassis and solar panels that can be rotated individually or together for more sun. The panels provide power into the electric motors.
November 18, 2009
Tiny, Tiny Solar Car
InPro Solar claims that this is the smallest Solar Car on the planet. At a size of only 33 x 22 x 14 mm, no assembly is required. The tiny vehicle runs with sunshine or a strong artificial light as its power source.
Via InPro Solar Car
November 5, 2009
Tokai Challenger Wins Global Green Challenge
The Japanese Tokai Challenger won the Australian Global Green Challenge race last week. The solar vehicle had the lead in the 3,000k race from the beginning and kept it even though they had a flat along the way. This is the first time since 1993 that the team has won the event. While the Challenger maintained a maximum speed of 150km per hour to earn the win, a Tesla managed to set a world record by going 501 kilometres (313 miles) on a single charge.
Via Global Green Challenge
October 27, 2009
Belfast Constructs Solar Car Chargers
Northern Ireland is the proud owner of its first solar powered car charger. Located outside the Hilton Hotel in Belfast, the device can provide juice even on a cloudy day. The Cross Group has the franchise for the chargers and hopes that there will be many more of them in the next 5 years, when sales of electric cars will be on the rise. At a cost of £30,000 (~$49,000.00) apiece, we don't foresee them outside the local equivalent of a Motel 6.
Via Belfast Telegraph
October 8, 2009
RVs Go Greener
Even RVs are becoming more eco-friendly. Manufacturers are making them more fuel efficient with diesel engines/batteries that get more mpg and some have sleeker front ends. They are also making them lighter and many of them are powered by solar and wind power. The Recreational Vehicle Industry Association says that up to 20% of RVers use solar panels for their on board systems.
Via Peter Greenberg
October 6, 2009
Maine High School Develops Solar Car Kit
Art Haines, a mechanical designer, drafted 8 students from Skowhegan Area High School in Maine to develop and build a 2-seater street legal car (in 35mph zones) with a solar panel mounted on its hood. After the original prototype was completed, they came up with a pre-welded DIY kit that anyone can order for $5,500.00 (batteries not included.)
The SUNN EV has a 10HP DC motor, two shocks, large diameter wheels and an 85W solar panel. The vehicle can travel up to 30 miles at a speed of up to 25 mph when fully charged by the sun or wall outlet. Owners can select color and configuration when choosing between the truck or SPIRIT 3-wheeler.
Via SUNN EV
September 21, 2009
Volkswagen's E-Up! Green Car
Volkswagen has a new electric car they have dubbed the E-Up!, no doubt named after the fact that that it is powered by electrons. The 10 1/2 car seats four and can hit 60 mph in about 11 seconds. A 18 kWh lithium ion battery pack weighing 530 kilograms is seated underneath the vehicle in an air-cooled, crash-protected tray. The port for battery charging is located under its logo and the roof has solar cells to both supply energy to the electrical system and cool its interior. Don't get too excited. Production of the E-Up! is slated to begin in 2013 and become available for all by 2020.
Via Fareast Gizmos
September 15, 2009
Early Tokai Solar Cars
After posting about the University of Tokai's entry into the Global Green Challenge, we happened to notice that they have been doing it for quite a while now. It seems that in the past, the vehicles were more whimsical and gimmicky than the ones produced now, including one with Doraemon, Japan's robotic cat.
Via 3 Yen