And now, for something new here in my Choir blog. I read some articles about these fuel efficient and/or solar/electric powered cars and I thought you might take interest in them too.
More and more car manufacturers are coming to their senses and have seriously embarked on developing environment-friendly cars. Some of these innovations still rely on both electricity and gas. Some are electric-powered. And then some are designed to rely on wind and sun. Ingenious. Goodbye to toxic emissions.
Without further ado, here are four of the latest wind/electric/solar-powered cars for the future.
Venturi Eclectic Tribrid
Not really your safest car around, for it comes without sides. But it wasn’t designed for long range nor highway driving. This “lunar lander” is very cool for running errands or going around town. But what’s quite amazing with this car is that it can be powered entirely by wind and sun.
With its onboard wind turbine, a mere breeze can juice the car’s battery enough to provide nine miles of driving and the solar panels on the roof could give three to four miles of driving.
Last year, the makers sold 200 early versions of the car for $33,000 each. Many hope that the technology, if not the style, would continue in the years to come.
Now this one looks interesting. It’s one of half a dozen three-wheel concept cars being developed that combine the fuel savings of hybrids with the excitement of riding something like a motorcycle. And as you can see, the vehicle, on a quick turn, tilts to one side. How cool is that?
Priced at about $25,000, this car may go on sale come early 2010. Did you notice the glass canopy? What a ride!
Nano (a.k.a.”Tata Nano Car” )
At the New Delhi car show last January, “the New Bug” debuted. The $2,500, four-door, ten-foot-long sub-subcompact car from Tata Motors for its affordability is dubbed “The People’s Car” in India. Yes, it still runs on gas but it has a fuel-efficient engine and very minimal emission.
It has a rear-wheel drive, all-aluminum, two-cylinder, 623 cc, 33 PS, multi point fuel injection petrol engine. This is the first time that a two-cylinder gasoline engine is being used in a car with single balancer shaft. The lean design strategy has helped minimize weight, which helps maximize performance per unit of energy consumed and delivers high fuel efficiency. Performance is controlled by a specially designed electronic engine management system.
Now, this one is my winner, hands down. Look Ma, no tailpipes! This all-electric sports car is powered entirely by its lithium-ion battery, unlike hybrids, which have two separate systems: an electric motor and a gas engine. This “Porsche” accelerates from zero to sixty in four seconds and takes more than 200 miles per electric charge. Be ready to shell out a bit more than a hundred thousand for this one. Last time I checked it sells for $109,000.