Electric Cars

850hp Electric Racing Car: CHRIS HARRIS on CARS

Posted in DRIVE, Electric Cars, Electric Vehicles, General, Videos by MrAngry | November 11th, 2013 | Leave a Reply |

Drayson B12/69EV

How do you feel about electric cars? Personally, I’m not a massive fan (yet) but the fact is, we can’t escape that these are the way of the future. They’re becoming more reliable, faster and with ever evolving battery technology, we’re getting more in the way of range with each and every update. Resident hot-shoe Chris Harris recently got behind the wheel of the Drayson B12/69EV, an old petrol powered LMP car that’s been converted over to electric power. His thoughts? Check them out after the jump.

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2012 Ford Focus Electric: Ridelust Review

Posted in Best of, Car Reviews, Domestic, Domestic Review, Domestic Rides, EcoLust, Electric Cars, Electric Vehicles, Featured, Ford, General, Other Rides, Rides by MrAngry | November 19th, 2012 | 2 Responses |

2012 Ford Focus Electric

This is the 2012 Ford Focus Electric, a variant of Ford’s already stellar Ford Focus. It’s got all the same bells and whistles as the normal Focus sans one very important detail; a gasoline powered engine. The Focus Electric is Ford’s answer to the Nissan Leaf as it’s a full-on electric car. The Focus and Leaf are about the same size and have a similar range, but the Focus has the ability to recharge in about half the time of the 2012 Nissan Leaf. I’ve been playing around with this car for about a week, and I can tell you that at this writing, I actually like it quite a bit.

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2012 Tesla Model S – Jay Leno’s Garage

Posted in Domestic Rides, EcoLust, Economy Cars, Educational, Electric Cars, Electric Vehicles, Rides, Tesla, Videos by MrAngry | November 4th, 2012 | 1 Response |

2012 Tesla Model S

It can seat up to 7 people (if you count the rear jump seats), has a range of 300 miles and is one of the most stylish new sedans on the market. It’s the new 2012 Tesla Model S and before we go any further I’d like to remind everyone that this baby is 100% electric. Jay Leno recently had a chance to experience the new Model S and in my opinion came away more than impressed.

Source: JayLenosGarage.com

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“Monster” Tajima Flogs the Tesla Model S

Posted in Domestic Rides, EcoLust, Electric Cars, Electric Vehicles, General, Other Rides, Rides, Tesla, Videos by MrAngry | September 19th, 2012 | 1 Response |

Monster Tajima Tesla Model S

He was the first man to brake the 10-minute mark at the Pikes Peak Hill Climb and is widely known as one of the worlds best drivers. This is Nobuhiro ‘Monster’ Tajima and when most people think about electric cars, this is not the driver that comes to mind. Tesla however sees things differently though, which is why they’ve stuffed Monster Tajima into their newest EV, the Tesla Model S. Did he like it? Click through to find out.

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ZUGO: Yugo, Electrified

Posted in Design, EcoLust, Electric Cars by Dustin Driver | January 12th, 2012 | 2 Responses |

The Yugo was supposed to unite the Balkans under an umbrella of capitalism, to infuse the area with much-needed jobs and cash. Instead, the car was crap. Still, there’s something endearing about the little hatchback, something honest and pure. That’s why it still has a special place in our hearts—and why designer Milos Paripovic has re-imagined it as an electric. Oh, and also because he wanted to poke fun at electric cars.

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2012 Chevrolet Volt: RideLust Review

Posted in Car Reviews, Chevrolet, Domestic Review, Electric Cars, Featured, RideLust Review by Kurt Ernst | December 12th, 2011 | 2 Responses |

2012 Chevrolet Volt

Thumbs Up: The first truly new automotive technology in decades.

Thumbs Down: New “lower” price makes car more expensive.

Buy This Car If: You want an electric car that has a virtually unlimited range.

Even before the current post-crash-test fire media hype, the Chevrolet Volt was the most misunderstood and politicized car in the history of the automobile. Detractors called it “just another hybrid,” without bothering to learn what makes the Volt different from ordinary parallel hybrid automobiles like the best-selling Toyota Prius. Worse, they panned it for “only” getting 37 miles per gallon in generator mode, or “only” having a battery range of 35 miles, missing the point of the car entirely. General Motors was upfront during both the development and the launch of the car: for an admittedly narrow range of the population, the Volt is the perfect automobile. For the rest of us, it’s a very good choice for a four-seat sedan that blends battery power and range-extending generator power. Read More…

Toyota Motorsports Sets EV Lap Record On The Nürburgring

Posted in Car Tech, Cool Stuff, Electric Cars, News, Track Events by Kurt Ernst | August 31st, 2011 | 1 Response |

If you still think that electric power is for golf carts only, have a look at the video below. In it, Toyota Motorsport driver Jochen Krumbach sets a new world record for a lap of the Nürburgring Nordschleife, running it from bridge to gantry in just under 7:48. That was fast enough to shatter the old record of 9:01, set by Peugeot’s EX1 electric roadster concept. Read More…

Think Tanked: EV Builder Files Bankruptcy

Posted in auto industry, Electric Cars, News by Kurt Ernst | June 24th, 2011 | Leave a Reply |

The Think City. Image: Mahlum

If you were one of the two or so people (besides the U.S. Government) who purchased a Think EV, I’ve got some bad news for you. Norway-based Think has filed for bankruptcy and will liquidate all assets worldwide, including it’s Think operation in Elkhart, Indiana. The company will also liquidate Ener1, a battery supplier to the EV industry, to which Think owes some $32 million in outstanding loans. Read More…

Are Two Wheels Better Than Four?

Posted in EcoLust, Electric Cars, Electric Vehicles, General, Other Rides, Rides by MrAngry | June 17th, 2011 | 1 Response |

Diwheel

Engineers are taught to constantly think outside the box. They’ve been programmed to question that whatever exists today, can be made better tomorrow as long as you align the right pieces of the puzzle. Take the engineering students from the University of Adelaide in Australia for example. You see they’ve just invented an electric vehicle that they’ve name the Diwheel and according to them it’s half motorbike, half unicycle and could, if they play their cards right, be a glimpse into what we’ll be seeing on tomorrow’s roads. The Diwheel is made up of two mammoth outer wheels that enclose a center mounted cockpit for the driver. It also utilizes active rotation damping so as to keep the cockpit centered when the vehicle comes to a stop. Granted this contraption is a bit unconventional, but hey, so are the engineers who designed it. Click through for the video.
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A Nissan Leaf, 779 Miles And 24 Hours

Posted in driving, Electric Cars, Road Trips, Videos by Kurt Ernst | June 6th, 2011 | Leave a Reply |

Seeking to prove that electric cars can be practical for long distance road trips, a trio of Dutch friends set out to drive 779 miles in 24 hours. Picking a route that provided ample Level III chargers (which will replenish the Leaf’s batteries to 80% of capacity in around 20 minutes), the group achieved their goal. What does it prove? Not a lot, really, except that you can take the Leaf on road trips as long as you have access to Level III chargers after the initial 73 mile full battery range is depleted, and then every 58.4 miles (accounting for an 80% charge from a Level III station) thereafter. Don’t plan on speeding, either, since the best range is achieved by speeds between 62 and 74 miles per hour. You’d best like coffee (or have a weak bladder), because every 59 miles of forward progress demands a 20 minute recharging stop. Win or fail; you decide after watching the video below. Read More…