Belgian luxury auto maker Imperia Automobiles is reviving their car-making facilities in Liege. Now for $140,000 and change you can get a hybrid gasoline/electric retro-looking GP roadster. This beast will get you from 0 to 60 in four seconds using hybrid mode.
Drop into electric-only mode and you'll add only two seconds to that time. The secret the Imperia GP's dual power plants, including a 1.6 liter turbocharged direct-injected gasoline engine with 209 horsepower. The electric induction motor kicks another 74 horsepower to the wheels.
Nissan is pulling out all the stops on its latest concept car dubbed the ESFLOW. This vehicle is based on the same technology they have already used on their electric production vehicle the LEAF. One major difference is that the LEAF won't hit 60 mph in under 5 seconds.
ESFLOW promises a 150 mile range on one charge, with laminated lithium-ion batteries mounted low for optimum handling and weight distribution. The aluminum chassis and composite body panels reduce weight to help extend driving range and improve performance.
How about an all-terrain bike for short commutes and off-road racing that never needs gas? The O2 Pursuit is dubbed an urban motorcycle and was featured in the Melbourne Design Awards this December. Compressed air from a portable tank provides the energy to drive a small engine, a concept which has been proven on larger vehicles already headed towards production.
Of course fossil fuels might be burned to generate the electricity required to compress the air. Ideally the system would use clean energy to accomplish the task, such as solar or wind. After the tanks are full the designers envision a place where riders could swap out air tanks quickly and be on their way.
If you're interested in England's answer to the Tesla Roadster, reserve a Lightning GTS today for 15,000 pounds (about $29,500 US). Lightning Car Company Limited plans to deliver the electric vehicles in the UK starting next year. The company
claims the car will achieve naught to 60 in only four seconds, with a top speed of 130 mph. In addition, Lightning claims the range of 30 on-board NanoSafe batteries powering the vehicle will be 250 miles per charge. NanoSafe batteries contain no heavy metals and are
Schwinn has officially entered the 21st century with a splash after almost 114 years of making bicycles. Pictured below is the Continental, retailing for 2400 bucks. Why is this bike so special? Plug it in for four hours and it will give you electric motor drive
for up to 60 miles. This machine boasts a light aluminum frame and completely streamlined electrical system. Can you even tell where the battery is located? The Continental is an entirely new take on an old concept, integrating the
With oil prices skyrocketing a new trend has been growing in popularity: hypermiling. The object is basically to go the farthest on the least amount of gas, which involves altering vehicles and driving habits in some obvious and not so obvious ways. Kind of like swimmers wearing Aquablade swimsuits and shaving all their body hair.
While most do it to save money, some hypermilers do it for sport, like Dan Kroushl, Wayne Gerdes, Rick Reece and Bob Barlow who drove 47 hours and 1,397 miles on 12.87 gallons of gasoline in an unmodified Toyota Prius. Although that seems like it defeats the purpose, it actually shows what cars are capable of with a little creativity. They used a "pulse and glide" technique and kept the car in electric mode as long
Boulder, Colorado electric-hybrid bike maker Optibike has recently unveiled its OB1 model. The OB1 is a perfect solution for reducing your emissions, getting some good cardiovascular exercise and not arriving to work sweating like a pig.
The idea of electric-hybrid bikes is to add speed or power when you need it (running late or going up hills) but letting you pedal when you please. According to Optibike, "Pedaling an Optibike- you get the same amount of exercise you get on a traditional bicycle- you just go 3X as FAST. The seamless integration of the Optibike patented Motorized Bottom Bracket (MBB) means you can pedal as much, or as little as you desire. Don’t want to get sweaty on your way to work- fine, let the thumb throttle
Ok dudes, how radical is the Zero X. It's a dirt bike. An electric dirt bike. WTF? I'm telling you it's quick as a gas bike and real cool looking. Check it out in this picture. Check out the muchacha, too. This piece will be featured at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach starting this weekend in YES... the one and only Long Beach, California.
So the high-power version of this thing will cost you $8350, but the thing is aluminum and has one of the lightest motorcycle frames physically possible. The bike is 140 pounds and if you gank a charge at your parent's house it runs free for two hours and goes 40 miles! You can sneak up on your friends
How about a 400cc motorbike that goes from 0-50 in 6.8 seconds and has a top speed of 62 miles per hour? What if this same hog required no gasoline and produced no emissions? The future is now, and the Vectrix promises a range of
up to 65 miles on a 3-5 hour charge. Plug in anywhere and hit the throttle alone or with a passenger. The regenerative disc braking system will conserve energy while stopping on Pirelli tires and