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BYD AUTO (Build Your Dreams), F3DM HYBRID
Jan 30, 2009/ Here are BYD's claims for it's new Hybrid Car.
Environmentally-Friendly & Energy-Efficient
The F3DM can travel 62 miles using only batteries. After that, a 1.0-liter all aluminum gasoline engine kicks in to generate electricity for the vehicle's battery pack, which in turn powers the vehicle's 75-kilowatt electric motor.
The Fe battery used in BYD's Dual Mode (DM) Electric Vehicle system is non polluting and safe, and can be easily recycled. The F3DM is easy to recharge from a standard household power outlet. It can be charged to 50% of capacity in 10 minutes and full in 60 minutes via quick charge, or to 100% of capacity via a standard household power outlet in seven hours.
The midsize sedan is expected to sell for about $21,700. BYD Auto attributes its ability to offer the F3DM at about half the estimated price of GM's comparable Chevrolet Volt PHEV, due out in 2010, to the breakthrough development in FE battery technology.
BAJAJ AUTO ULC
May 12, 2008/ PARIS/PUNE/TOKYO- Mr. Rajiv Bajaj, Managing Director of Bajaj and Mr. Carlos Ghosn, President and CEO of Renault and President and CEO of Nissan, today announced they will form a joint-venture company to develop, produce and market the car code-named ULC with wholesale price range starting from 2500 USD. The new joint-venture company will be 50% owned by Bajaj Auto, 25% by Renault and 25% by Nissan.
Targeting the growing Indian new vehicle market, the ULC will be made at an all-new plant to be constructed in Chakan (Maharashtra state) in India. Initial planned capacity will be 400,000 units per year. Sales will start in early 2011 in India, as a primary market, with growth potential in other emerging markets around the world. The feasibility has already extended into Joint Product Development and the project is on line to meet targeted performance & cost.
press release may 12, 2008 Bajaj Auto
June 6, 2008/ Not quite a car, nor a bicycle. To this date the Twike Mobile has not received Canadian Federal approval as a licensed motor vehicle.
Images courtesy of twike.comThe Twike is a human pedal assisted NiCd (NiMH) battery powered vehicle that can cruise at speeds up to 80kph (55 mph). It seats 2 people. The range is about 80 to 130 Kms, depending on how much pedal power you are willing to invest towards your journey. Based on European standard 220 volt household current at a draw of about 16 Amps the Twike will fully recharge from empty in about 2 hours. energy consumption equal to 0.43 litres per 100km (550 mpg). The vehicle runs on motorcycle wheels, it has an aluminium chassis and a recyclable resin body. Steering is done with a joystick, and the Twike is started by entering a pin number into the onboard computer.
The Twike was digned in Switzerland and is currently built in Rosenthal, Germany. There it retails for the equivilent of approximately $25,000 Canadian. Visit twike.com for more info.
ZENN (Zero Emission No Noise)
Zenn has exclusive rights to a new, potentially disruptive power technology. Zenn is working on a next-generation car that uses EEStor's ultracapacitor to achieve dramatic capabilities, including:
-five-minute charge time, can be charged in comon electric outlet
-250-300 mile range
-battery cost of 1/3 to 1/10th that of lithium ion batteries
-eight times the power of lead acid batteries.
The ZENN Motor Company builds 100% electric cars in Canada. It has a manufacturing facility in St. Jerome Quebec. The company has been selling cars in the US for the last eighteen months but only received approval to sell the electric cars in Canada in early November. To date you can only buy them in British Columbia. The company is still awaiting approval in other provinces that need special legislation for cars with a maximum speed of 40 km/ hour.
The car is for sale in the United States for aprox. $15,000 . It'll make a nice in town car, so get our provincial governments moving to get a cheap fuel efficient car on our roads. See the ZENN Web site for more info at www.zenncars.com .
Air Car Presentation for the UK Market
On the 20th September 2007 a car with an air-compressed engine, invented by the Frenchman Guy Negre, will be presented in London. The presentation will take place at 10 am in the Millennium Hotel (17 Sloane Street, Knightsbridge, London SW1). The aim of the event is to present MDI's technology to the public before its imminent arrival on the market and to offer to businessmen and institutions the chance to take part in establishing the factories in the UK.
One of the many challenges of today's society is maintaining our lifestyle with minimal repercussions to the environment. This is why Guy Negre has invented a "zero pollution" car which involves no combustion.
The MDI car can reach a speed of 68 mph and has a road coverage of roughly 124 miles -some 8 hours of travel- which is more than double the road coverage of an electric car. When recharging the tank, the car needs to be connected to the mains (220V) for 3 to 4 hours or attached to an air pump in a petrol station for only 2 minutes.
Economy and the ecological benefits are the main advantages for the client since the car's maintenance cost is 10 times less than that of a petrol-run car, costing 1 pound for the car to travel for up to 8 hours or to cover 124 miles in an Urban area.
How does it work?
90m3 of compressed air is stored in fibre tanks. The expansion of this air pushes the pistons and creates movement. The atmospheric temperature is used to re-heat the engine and increase the road coverage. The air conditioning system makes use of the expelled cold air. Due to the absence of combustion and the fact there is no pollution, the oil change is only necessary every 31.000 miles.
At the moment, four models have been made: a car, a taxi (5 passengers), a Pick-Up truck and a van. The final selling price will be approximately 5.500 pounds.
"Moteur Development International" (MDI) is a company founded in Luxembourg, based in the south of France and with its Commercial Office in Barcelona. MDI has researched and developed the Air Car over 10 years and the technology is protected by more than 30 International patents.
MDI's expansion has just begun and they have already signed 50 factories in Europe, America and Asia. The company is offering 20 licences in the UK as exclusive manufacturing areas for cars as well as offering other licences in the nautical and public transport sectors.
It is predicted that the factory will produce 3.000 cars each year, with 70 staff working only one 8-hour shift a day. If there were 3 shifts some 9.000 cars could be produced a year.
MDI is undertaking a long-term franchise business. The graphs show an important profit margin, which will be increased by the subsequent exclusive spare-parts market.
You can find more information on the Web page: www.theaircar.com or telephone +34 93 362 37 00
Moteur Developpment International Press Release
Alternative Fuels PumpAlternative fuels are derrived from resources other than petroleum. Some are produced domestically, reducing our dependence on imported oil, and some are derived from renewable sources. Often, they produce less pollution than gasoline or diesel.
To promote alternative fuels, the Federal government offers tax incentives to consumers purchasing qualifying alternative fuel vehicles.
ETHANOL is produced domestically from corn and other crops and produces less greenhouse gas emissions than conventional fuels.
BIODIESEL is derived from vegetable oils and animal fats. It usually produces less air pollutants than petroleum-based diesel.
NATURAL GAS is a fossil fuel that generates less air pollutants and greenhouse gases.
PROPANE, also called liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), is a domestically abundant fossil fuel that generates less harmful air pollutants and greenhouse gases.
HYDROGEN can be produced domestically from fossil fuels (such as coal), nuclear power, or renewable resources, such as hydropower. Fuel cell vehicles powered by pure hydrogen emit no harmful air pollutants.
Courtesy of fueleconomy.gov