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The 2012 Oxford to London Eco-Rally will act as the UK debut of the entirely revamped Zero DS. Zero Motorcycles are confident that the new 2012 Zero DS will strengthen its reputation as the world’s most versatile electric motorcycle. DS stands for ‘Dual Sport’ - designed to be agile in the dirt and quick on the street. The sleek and contemporary new styling is visually distinct from its predecessors. The new powertrain includes a brushless motor capable of 80 mph, new state of the art battery cell technology (over 100 mile range), regenerative braking and a power pack that is designed to last the life of the motorcycle. It is the first mass production electric motorcycle to ever achieve over 100 miles range (EPA UDDS).
200km/h top-speed. Range of 400km on a single charge. Just 6hrs to re-charge using a normal socket. This student-built car has been tried and tested all the way from Alaska to Argentina. The epic road trip was aimed at shattering the public perception of electric vehicles as slow, unattractive and of limited range. Is there a more perfect challenge than tackling the longest road on the planet in our electric supercar? The adventure is available on a DVD filmed and directed by the maker of the the 'Long Way Round' series.
As the world's largest tyre company, Bridgestone is committed to reducing the impact of motoring and to helping ensure a healthy environment for current and future generations. Several Eco-Rally vehicles including the 2011 World and European Car of the Year are shod with Bridgestone tyres.
Leading geophysicists predict that peak-oil is either currently occurring, or will have occurred by 2015. Meanwhile, demand for oil continues to increase at an extraordinary rate, with increasingly negative social and ecological consequences. Are you ready to switch?
The Lightning GT prototype is a British-built, rear-wheel drive electric supercar with a fully customisable interior. When it goes into production it will utilise the latest lithium titanate battery nanotechnology to give a range of 180 miles and the ability to recharge in just 10 mins using an Ultrafast off-board charging system. Recharging using standard 13A domestic power takes 15 hrs.
EV Innovations provides consultancy, electric vehicle design and product development services within the electric vehicle industry, plus consultancy services for customers looking to integrate electric vehicles into their existing fleets. Their designers have been developing EV's since the mid-1990s, including the record-breaking Bluebird electric land speed racers.
A specialist engineering team from within the world-famous university, Cambridge University Eco-Racing (CUER) has been creating solar-power-only racing cars to compete in the prestigious World Solar Challenge. The vehicles are designed, modelled and manufactured entirely from scratch. In the process the team has often developed entirely novel methods of car manufacturing and modes of thought in order to maximise the sustainability and safety of the vehicles. These methods have so far attracted the investment of global car manufacturers, energy companies and technological leaders.
Ford’s new 125PS 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine in the Ford Focus has proved its surprising performance by setting 16 FIA world speed records. The new engine only uses three cylinders and just 999cc to produce similar power to the outgoing 1600cc engine, yet better fuel economy and fewer emissions. Development of the award-winning engine – small enough to fit on an A4 sheet of paper – was led by the UK’s Dunton technical Centre in Essex. The turbocharged engine has been awarded “International Engine of the Year” by Engine Technology International magazine.
Halfway through 2012 and here's Green Car Design's second review, April - June 2012: Supercars. Headlines: Vauxhall Ampera, Renault Twizy, Porsche Panameras, Rimac Concept_One on sale and Lightning's GT almost there. Plus the exclusive thoughts of Peter Stevens, supercar designer extraordinaire, as well as Michael Mauer (Chief of Design, Porsche) and Mark Adams (GM Europe).