Frenchman Xavier Chevrin
is driving an electric car 3,000 miles through Africa, from Nairobi to Johannesburg. Finding outlets is a challenge, about 65 percent of Africans do not have access to electricity. The daily video logs
are a joy not only for the beautiful scenery along a contemporary African road trip, but the excitement of many Africans who have never seen an electric vehicle. The vehicle
is a souped-up version of cars used by the French postal service, a Citroen Berlingo
powered by Venturi
. This is Xavier's 2nd long distance electric car expedition, previously he did Shanghai to Paris
, it set the record for the longest distance traveled in an electric vehicle.
posted by stbalbach
on May 23, 2012 -
This is not your (grand)father's PennyFarthing ... but it sure looks like one! Introducing the YikeBike
, being developed by an outfit in Christchurch, New Zealand. With a top speed of 20kph, a cruising range of 9~10km, and a re-charge time of 20+ minutes, it's not going to be the answer for every commuter, but given the astonishingly small compact size to which it can be collapsed - and taken on a train/bus/etc. - it looks to be a real contender in the 'run about town' market. Plenty of action videos are linked from the bottom of their Gallery
posted by woodblock100
on Mar 5, 2010 -
Want a highway-speed in-production electric car right now
and can't afford a Tesla Roadster
? The now defunct Corbin Sparrow
has been re-born as the NmG
("No More Gas") from Myers Motors. It uses 12 lead-acid batteries (1-4yr life), 70+mph, 30 mile range, about $50k. It's not for everybody but - in the US - it's currently the only other pure EV option available (that's not a conversion
or low-speed). However if you can wait a couple years more EV's are in development
posted by stbalbach
on Apr 30, 2008 -
The Chevy Volt, GM's new plug-in hybrid electric car. For a customer driving about 40 miles a day or about 15,000 miles a year, compared to a 30 mpg car, the Volt would save about 500 gallons of gasoline per year. If the car is charged every night, the driver should be able to achieve that mileage using virtually no gasoline. That same example would also save 4.4 metric tonnes of CO2 every year from each car.
All it needs for mass production is a supplier for its untested lithium ion battery concept.
posted by Brian B.
on Jan 7, 2007 -