Why bother with charging stations, when you could just drive your electric vehicle over a road that has embedded charging strips? That’s exactly what researchers at Cornell University are developing right now, which not only saves time for drivers, but also pave the way for more sustainable transit. These two insulated metal plates on the ground are connected to a power line through a matching network and a high-frequency inverter, thus creating oscillating electric fields that attract as well as repel charges in a pair of matching metal plates attached to the underside of a vehicle. Read more for a video and additional information.
Eviation announced today that it has taken delivery of the first Alice EPU from magniX, and its all-electric aircraft is set to take flight later this year. Called Alice, it can transport up to 9-passengers for up to 440 nautical miles, powered by magniX propulsion systems. The design includes one propeller at the rear and a second at the end of each wing, perfectly placed to reduce drag from wingtip vortices. Read more for two videos and additional information.
Italy-based Automobili Estrema reveals Fulminea, an all-electric hypercar that has an output of 1.5 megawatts (2,040hp). The company claims that it’s the first electric hypercar to use a hybrid battery pack that combines both a solid-state cell and an ultra-condenser to powers four electric motors, enabling it to achieve a 0-62mph time of 2.0 seconds, while reaching 200mph in less than 10.0 seconds. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
GM Defense has already delivered its first Infantry Squad Vehicle to the US Army, but now, it’s working on an all-electric version. Called the “All Electric Concept Vehicle,” it’s powered by GM’s eCrate electric powertrain generating 200 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque from a 60-kilowatt-hour, 400-volt battery that achieves up to 150-miles on a single charge. Its petrol counterpart is powered by a 2.8L Duramax four-cylinder turbodisel making 186 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. Read more for a video and additional information.
You may have see Elon Musk in the Cybertruck at the Tesla Austin gigafactory, but Jeff Bezos wasn’t about to be shown up by the SpaceX CEO. So, he visited the Blue Origin’s latest landing of its New Shepard rocket at its West Texas facility in a Rivian R1T electric pickup truck. However, this trip wasn’t about seeing progress on the site, but rather to promote ticket sales for suborbital tourist rides on New Shepard, which begin later this week on May 5. Read more for the video and additional information.
Suzuki partnered with the Istituto Europeo di Design (IED) to create Misano, a futuristic electric roadster that draws inspiration from motorcycles. The name actually comes from a popular racetrack in Italy located around Monza and San Marino. Measuring in at 13-feet in length, it’s slightly shorter than the Porsche 718 Boxster and has seating for two in a tandem configuration, with the battery pack situated next to the seats. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
Lebanon-based Electra’s goal was to build an eco-friendly supercar fit for the mid-range consumer and to replace the current ICE (internal Combustion Engine) car market with EVs by 50%, and what they came up with is the Quds Rise. The initial production run is set for around 10,000 vehicles annually, priced at $30,000 USD. It’s powered by an electric motor located at the rear axle that generates 160-horspower, enabling it to hit 62 mph in about 5-seconds, while topping out at 103 mph. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
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The Silk-FAW-designed Hongqi S9 hypercar has plenty of Italian flair and is powered by a twin-turbocharged V8T hybrid power system that consists on engine paired with three electric motors that generate 1,400-horsepower, enabling it to go from 0-62 mph in a mere 1.9 seconds, while topping out at 249 mph. The company plans on producing just 99-units worldwide, priced at $1.45-million, with first deliveries beginning in 2022. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
Flying cars have been in the news since the 1940s, but none have ever made it into mass production, that is unless…NFT’s ASKA becomes a reality. The company announced last week that it’s now taking pre-orders for the world’s first electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) vehicle designed for consumers. Powered by electric motors and equipped with a range extender, it has a flight range of up to 250-miles, while its architecture enables future models to convert the latter into any other energy sources, like hydrogen. Read more for a video and additional information.
The Toyota bZ4X Concept has made its official debut, and this is the start of a vision for the first of a global series of battery-electric vehicles to be introduced under the “Toyota bZ” brand umbrella. By 2025, the company will use this platform for around 70 electrified models, with at least 15 dedicated BEVs, including seven carrying the bZ (Beyond Zero) brand moniker. Plus, Toyota plans to electrify its pickup truck lineup in the near future, including hybrid and BEV powertrains. Read more for two videos, additional pictures and information.