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Zap! about to join Tesla with Lotus-designed electric cars?

Zap! about to join Tesla with Lotus-designed electric cars? - Filed under: , While there is already one Lotus-designed all-electric car making headlines, the Tesla Roadster, perhaps it's time to get spoiled. We might soon find out what Lotus can do for electric car company Zap!, which currently operates in the NEV market. An exterior redesign does not automatically come with dramatic changes under the hood, but NEVs might evolve far beyond their current boxy or too-futuristic looks if this arrangement works out. The details of the deal are that Lotus Engineering is working on a feasibility study for Zap! to develop "a number" of new electric cars. The idea is to integrate major components, like new motor designs, controllers, batteries and charging systems to build a stylish EV with maximum consumer appeal. Lotus technical centers in Hethel, UK, Ann Arbor, Michigan, and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, will be involved in the study.I'm not sure how this relates to the news from Obvio! (of Brazil) late last month that it had picked Lotus Engineering to help develop two new microsports cars. Obvio!'s distribution partner in North America is Zap! We'll try and find out.Related:

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Hero Cycles to launch electric two-wheelers in collaboration with ... - domain-B

Hero is a motorcycle company in India.

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domain-B Hero Cycles to launch electric two-wheelers in collaboration with ...domain-B, India - Jan 5, 2007The vehicles are priced between Rs.15000 to Rs. 20000 and E-Scooters are in the range of Rs. 24000 to Rs. 28000. The running cost of these vehicles, ...

[Electric Scooters @ Google News]

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Video tour of the Chevy Volt's E-Flex platform

Video tour of the Chevy Volt's E-Flex platform - Filed under: , , Thanks to GM, we have a animated fly-by video animation of the E-Flex platform that forms the basis of the Chevy Volt concept car. Permalink | Email this | Linking Blogs | CommentsBOLD MOVES: THE FUTURE OF FORD Step behind the curtain at Ford Motor. Experience the documentary first-hand. [EV's @ AutoBlogGreen]

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GM's official Chevy Volt website now available

GM's official Chevy Volt website now available - Filed under: , AutoblogGreen has been bringing you all the news we can find on the Chevy Volt. But, if you're the type of person who likes to get your news directly from the source, we won't fell too bad if you spend a few minutes over at the official GM website section on the Volt. While I'm sure there will be lots of good stuff revealed on the site as we move from concept to production (hopefully), the site offers a pretty basic - and coy - overview of the Volt's capabilities right now and GM's greener side.Why coy? Check out this line: "Concept Chevy Volt is just another way Chevy is working to bring you drivable and practical vehicles that help decrease our dependence on petroleum and reduce greenhouse gas emissions." Yeah, GM's really been a leader in the green car movement. I grant that GM has done some good, environmentally-friendly thing in the past. And I'm all for PHEVs and the cleaner future cars like the Volt will bring us in the future, but let's not smudge over the past here, K?There is one thing about the Volt I'm going to need more information on. GM's website says: "You'll also enjoy ... new convenience features allowing you to charge certain small electronic devices without plugging them in." (Emphasis added) How, exactly, is this supposed to work?[Source: GM] Read | Permalink | Email this | Linking Blogs | CommentsBOLD MOVES: THE FUTURE OF FORD Step behind the curtain at Ford Motor. Experience the documentary first-hand. [EV's @ AutoBlogGreen]

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Liberty E-bike

Liberty E-bike - This is a video of a Liberty 48 volt city electric bicycle. (LINK)

This bike appears to be using a "brushed" hub motor. And it appears that brushed motors tend to make a humming sound. Most "brushless" motors seems to be far quieter. (Also, see the Liberty Electric Mountain bicycle) [Cycle Santa Monica (blog)]

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Tesla opening a new tech center in MI to work on a CUV?

Tesla opening a new tech center in MI to work on a CUV? - Filed under: , Tesla Motors has already made clear their intentions to expand their product line beyond the Lotus Elise based roadster that's due this summer. They've previously announced plans for at least the sedans, one in the $50,000-70,000 range and another down at the $30,000 range. Now comes word via TheCarConnection that Tesla has opened up a tech center in Auburn Hills, MI, north of Detroit and has hired a dozen engineers there. The Michigan tech center will initially be working on the $50,000 vehicle which is code-named "White Star" and may turn out to be a sedan/crossover. A crossover would make more sense at this point than a sedan, because the higher floor would allow space for a larger battery pack to maintain the range achieved by the lighter roadster in the larger form factor vehicle. The product timing for this second vehicle is pretty aggressive since it will be a new-from-the-ground-up vehicle, meant to have substantially higher production volumes than the Roadster, which is derived from an existing vehicle structure. Designing, certifying and tooling up such a product in only a couple of years is hard for an established manufacturer that has facilities in place. It seems likely that Tesla will probably team up with a company like Magna or ASC, that have built full concept vehicles and have been itching to get a niche production program like this for years. The fact that they have set up shop in Michigan definitely points in this direction.[Source: TheCarConnection] Read | Permalink | Email this | Linking Blogs | CommentsBOLD MOVES: THE FUTURE OF FORD Step behind the curtain at Ford Motor. Experience the documentary first-hand. [EV's @ AutoBlogGreen]

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Listen to Alec Brooks' presentation at the California Air Resources Board ZEV Technology Conference

Listen to Alec Brooks' presentation at the California Air Resources Board ZEV Technology Conference - Filed under: ,
Alec Brooks could be called an expert in the field of electric cars, as a matter of fact, if you listen to this mp3 audio file, you will hear him referred to as such. And with good reason, as he has years of experience. He was involved with GM from the early days of their electric program and was an engineer on the Impact and later on the EV1 team. He currently works on unmanned aircraft.
Alec recently made a presentation to the CARB ZEV team. You can listen to it here, and read a little about him at EVWorld, where I found this information. He speaks on greenhouse gases, and with his current position at AeroVironment Inc. he discusses some of their current projects. I think it is interesting and worth listening to. I hope you enjoy it.
He has some interesting things to say about the EV1 project, how he got involved and details on how the car came about. With all the interest surrounding the Chevy Volt, it may be worth reconsidering.
[Source: EV World]


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Phoenix Motorcars Takes First Fleet Pre-Sales Orders for Its All ... - Business Wire (press release)

Phoenix Motorcars Takes First Fleet Pre-Sales Orders for Its All ... - Business Wire (press release) -

Phoenix Motorcars Takes First Fleet Pre-Sales Orders for Its All ...Business Wire (press release), CA - 3 hours ago... exclusive use of Altairnano's NanoSafe™ battery packs in four-wheel, all-electric vehicles having a gross weight up to 6000 pounds. ...

[Electric Vehicles @ Google News]

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China BAK Battery to Develop and Manufacture New Li-Ion Cells for Vehicles

China BAK Battery to Develop and Manufacture New Li-Ion Cells for Vehicles - China BAK Battery, Inc. (BAK) plans to construct a new facility that will focus on product development and manufacture of an advanced lithium-ion battery cell product line. The new battery cells will provide higher energy density and power, longer life cycle and shorter charge times as compared to other types of lithium-based batteries, according to the company.

The initial customer development programs will focus on applications in Light Electric Vehicles (LEV)—such as the electric bicycle—and Uninterruptible Power Supply. The planned products from this new facility also have potential application in hybrid electric vehicles.Timing of the construction of the new facility is dependent on the progress of customer development programs, according to BAK.

The facility will be owned and operated by BAK’s new indirect wholly-owned Chinese subsidiary. The new subsidiary, BAK International (Tianjin) Co., Ltd., will be located in Tianjin Beichen Hi-Tech Industrial Park in northeast China.

The earliest potential shipment from the new facility is fiscal 2008, and will become more certain as business development activities, and construction of the Tianjin facility progress.

In fiscal 2006, China BAK introduced a new line cylindrical battery cells for use in laptop computers and scaled its lithium polymer sales for mobile electrical devices significantly. BAK believes it is now in an ideal position to expand its product lines into these other emerging applications in order to capitalize on additional market opportunities.

Our new line of battery cells, which we expect to manufacture once our new Tianjin facility is completed, is a logical extension of our current product mix, it expands the market applications we serve and should strengthen our position as the worldwide market leader in lithium-based batteries cells.

—Xiangqian Li, President and Chief Executive Officer, China BAK

China BAK Battery, Inc. is one of the largest manufacturers of lithium-based battery cells in China and in the world, as measured by production output. It produces battery cells commonly used in cellular phones, notebook computers, cordless power tools and portable consumer electronics.

Early in 2006, China BAK formed a contract manufacturing partnership with A123Systems to produce that company’s first products. (Earlier post.) [Green Car Congress]

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Re: E-max scooter China partner factort is still available

This is a thread on the Zappy list about the original manufacturer of the E-Max .. the chinese company that made the E-Max is in business and visible on the Web at http://www.topmotorx.com ... ZAP is planning to import and sell it as the Zapino.

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Re: E-max scooter China partner factort is still available - Is Kasea made by Top Motor X? They look to be identical. I rode a Kasea at ZAP headquarters last November. If you scroll down the page on the link below you [Zappy @ Yahoo!Groups]

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