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Peugeot Competition 2008 Winner’s Full Scale Model: The Peugeot RD

Posted in Car of The Future Project, Car of The Future Project Research with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 21, 2009 by edwinconan

Peugeot RD Concept Car Full Scale Model Revealed in Shanghai – Worldcarfans

The Peugeot RD concept design of 27 year old Carlos Arturo Torres Tovar is now on exhibition as a full-size model at the 2009 Auto Shanghai in China. The Colombian has just graduated from the National University of Colombia where he studied Industrial Design.

His concept car was the winning project in Peugeot’s 5th Annual Design Competition which saw prospects from 95 different nationalities submit over 2,500 projects. The theme for the contest was “Imagine the Peugeot of the Worldwide Megalopolis of tomorrow” which in essence asked them to picture the transportation needs of future megacities and design a vehicle to satisfy them.

What sold the RD concept for Peugeot and the selected jury was its high road-holding ability with ease of use in congested traffic, the environmentally friendly electric motor and the 3-wheeler’s driving sensation of a sedan. It also features panoramic all-around visibility and head-up display. Peugeot has been building this show unit since October 2008.

On top of seeing his design come to life in a 1:1 scale, the winner also takes home a cheque for 10,000 euros and an Xbox 360 game console. Twenty nine short-listed entries also received certain prizes.

Now I understand that the whole point of a concept car is to come up with something completely different and strange, not the prettiest, the coolest or the most practical. And the whole point of designing a concept car for a car design competition is to completely ignore the brief and just design something you want. This Peugeot RD Concept proved my point of view perfectly.

The brief for the Peugeot contest was “Imagine the Peugeot of the wouldwide megalopolis of tomorrow”, and the winner is an electric single seater the size of a family saloon with three enormous washing machine drums. I can only imagine the traffic issue of the worldwide megalopolis of tomorrow getting worse if many of us have one of this.

Morgan’s zero-emission Life Car

Posted in Car of The Future Project, Car of The Future Project Research with tags , , , , , , , on April 12, 2009 by edwinconan

GM to Unveil 2-Seater, 2-Wheeled Urban Electric Prototype in New York

Posted in Car of The Future Project, Car of The Future Project Research with tags , , , , , , , , on April 8, 2009 by edwinconan

GM to Unveil 2-Seater, 2-Wheeled Urban Electric Prototype in New York – Worldcarfans

The way GM and Segway explain it, partners in this project, it’s a two-seater, two-wheel electric vehicle that moves people around an urban space “quickly, safely, quietly and cleanly.” As if there’s something wrong with noisy, polluting over-sized cars.

They call it Project P.U.M.A., which stands for Personal Urban Mobility and Accessibility, and the vehicle has a range of 35 miles (56 km), can carry two or more passengers, depending on future seat configurations, and moves at a top speed of 35 mph (56 km/h). The Project P.U.M.A. will debut at the New York auto show tomorrow; definitely a perfect locale to showcase a vehicle made for dense urban environments.

There’s something called Dynamic Stabilization on the PUMA because, you know, the thing has to run on only two wheels, and a Smart Battery management system for the lithium-ion power pack. Yes, the technology is there but what’s the horsepower rating on this thing?

Design students all around the world have been forever making concept vehicles in their schools which look exactly like this with 2 wheels and travel in urban area. It seems that GM has finally listened and realized the potential of those concepts and decided to have a go themselves. Well, it’s a start.

Sigma Motorworks Crafts an EV Sports Car from a Mustang

Posted in Car of The Future Project, Car of The Future Project Research with tags , , , , , , on April 7, 2009 by edwinconan

Sigma Motorworks Crafts an EV Sports Car from a Mustang – Worldcarfans

Sigma Motorworks has released the first pictures of their Ford Mustang based GTE electric-vehicle which is scheduled to launch next year.

Power comes from two 100 horsepower electric motors which are directly connected to the front and rear Ford-sourced differentials. This unique arrangement eliminates the need for a gearbox and provides the GTE with all-wheel drive, a rarity among electric-vehicles

Nice Try, Tesla

Posted in Car of The Future Project, Car of The Future Project Research with tags , , , , , , , on April 7, 2009 by edwinconan

2011 Tesla Model S

Model S sedan has anticipated base price of $49,900, up to 300-mile range and 45-minute QuickCharge capability

Tesla Model S In Motion – Worldcarfans

An electric car that is, actually, kind of cool?

Here is the Tesla Model S saloon in motion and just listen to that electric, subway-like zipping sound it makes as it scurries away. Who said that electric cars had to sound like a food processor?

And the car has got some moves too, judging by how it turns around and speeds away like that in the video.

Finally, here is an electric car from a small, entrepreneurial company that has a top-notch design to it. Its looks can rival the Maserati Quattroporte.

Tesla Model S Receives 500 Orders in First Week – Worldcarfans

Tesla released the new Model S just last week (March 26) and it has already received 520 orders.

Now, they just have to build the car.

The Tesla Model S is an electric 5+2, 4-door sedan which accelerates from 0 to 60 mph (100 km/h) in 5.6 seconds and can go 300 miles (483 km) on a single charge. The car sells for $57,400 US dollars (43,400 euros) but comes with a $7,500 dollar (5,670) tax credit from the US government. It can be charged using a 120, 208 or 240 volt electrical outlet, which takes hours, or from an external direct current line in about 45 minutes.

Tesla has been known as the car firm that design and make the electric car that people actually want to buy. They did it with their two seat roadster, and now they did it again with this 4 seat sports saloon.

Here is some of my thought about the this Model S. This is an all electric car, which sounds great, but let’s not forget where the electricity come from, if it is not come from windmill, solar power, wave energy or at least nuclear power station and other green energy source, then it’s no good. Then is the battery technology, it takes hours to charge up with normal 120V or 240V line, the 45 minutes quick charge only works on external direct current line, where to find one of that? What if I want to travel longer than 300 mile continuously? And when people say this car has a subway-like zipping sound, to me it’s more of an annoying electric buzz from a golf cart. There is still a long way to go for electric car to be as practical as the petrol car.

As far as the styling concerns, people say this car can be a rival to the Maserati Quattroporte, and it’s cool. Why? because this car looks just like it. Actually, it looks like a mixture of Maserati Quattroporte, Aston Martin Rapide Concept and Jaguar XF, and i can feel there are Mazda DNA in this car as well, specially the front. The designer must traced all those cars and then layer all the tracing paper together and draw the final shape. I am not saying this is not a good looking car, for an electrical vehicle, this is a giant leap in styling, but for a car in general, too much copying in it. Same story goes to the Fisker KARMA, that one looks like Maserati as well. What I am saying here is, if you want to make an electric car cool, don’t copy the petrol car. If you design something new, why not draw a new shape, draw something different. There should be another kind of cool for electric car, another level of cool, and that is certainly not found in Toyota Prius or Honda Insight, nor is it found in this petrol car looking EV.

But to be on the bright side, the internet response and market respone are very positive. You can tell people are disappointed in Detroit car makers, and they are desperate to save the planet with the only few dollars left in their hand after the economic crises, 57,400 dollars to be exact.

The One Minute Recharging Nano Battery

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on August 27, 2008 by edwinconan

Toshiba’s ‘NanoBattery’ Recharges In Only One Minute

Toshiba Corporation today announced a breakthrough in lithium-ion
batteries that makes long recharge times a thing of the past. The
company’s new battery can recharge 80% of a battery’s energy capacity
in only one minute, approximately 60 times faster than the typical
lithium-ion batteries in wide use today, and combines this fast
recharge time with performance-boosting improvements in energy density.

To Make Hybrids Louder, oh, dear

Posted in Design Studio Icarus Project with tags , , , , on August 23, 2008 by edwinconan

Motor Authority » California studying ways to make hybrids louder

Oh, good, there are people start to concern about the pedestrians, and try to make hybrid cars noisier. And their anwser is to use speakers and microphones, some even want the hybrid to sound like a V8.

To me, this is a super daft idea, i mean to protect pedestrians is good, but to make a hybrid car louder is stupid, just look at that hybrid car on the picture, do you want that thing sounds like a V8?

To drive a Toyota Prius hybrid car is already embarrassed enough, the image you are sending out is that:
1. You are an environmentalist and hippie
2. You are stupid and convinced by Toyota marketing people and believe their scam that to drive one of their dreadful Prius you can save the planet.
3. You have no taste of aesthetic what so ever, there is no difference between you and the blind person you gonna run into.

I don’t understand why people buy Toyota Prius, it’s a typical scam, toyota is using our concern about environement to sell us rubbish and make loads of money. To make that Prius as “economical” as possible, toyota goes to the ends of the earth, literally. The nickel they need to make the battery comes from a mine in Canada, to seperate the nickel from the mine, it will produce a lot of acid rain, ok, doesn’t matter, then they load the nickel to an enormous cargo ship and sent it to Europe to refine it and then sent the nickel to China and turn it into a sort of foam then sent them to Japan to put into the battery in a Prius car. Think about those, how much environment damage have they already done in the process of produce a Prius?!!! Ok, if that sounds fine to you environmentalists, and you finally spent a lot of money and bought one, the life of the battery is short and the maintainness cost is higher than normal car. Ok, if that still sounds fine to you environmentalists, and you finally finish the car and through it away, the battery in the car will continue to poison the planet, the poison will go to the water, the soil, the fish, the food, many people will be poisoned and dead. A recent study shows that in the long term, a Prius does more envirnment damage than a Land Rover Discovery. In conclusion, the planet is killed, and the people are killed, just so you environmentalists can buy a Toyota Prius and pretend that you are nice people and concerned about the environment.

Frankly, I can’t see anything good about that Prius. It looks rubbish, it costs a lot, it is slow, it doen’t handle, it uses more oil on a motorway than a V8 M3 because at a high speed the tiny little petrol motor has to work overtime to keep the speed, and what does “using more oil” mean? it means more pollution and more money. In the end, it is not econormical at all.

And now those environmentalists and hippies are starting to worry about the pedestrians, oh, my god, you’ve already killed lots of people and will kill more people at the distinct moment when you sign your Prius bill, it really doesn’t matter if you kill one or two more pedestrians. And further more, do you environmentalists think that we normal people want to see and hear a rubbish looking Prius passing by with a loud speaker with a fake V8 engine noise boardcasting that you are a gay, a pretender, an evnironmentalist, a murder and you want more noise pollution?

If you are a turly concerned about the environment and people’s lives, just don’t buy a hybrid car, go and buy a Land Rover Discovery, so that the planet is saved, the pedestrians are saved, and you will live happier and feel better and people around you will think you are an hornest man and they will love you.