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Toyota’s ‘RAV4 EV’ Coming to Market in 2012

The electric ‘RAV4’, the first result of Toyota’s electric-car collaboration with Tesla, will be sold directly to consumers next year, Toyota says in trying to stamp out reports to the contrary.

“Recent reports have incorrectly stated that the ‘2012 RAV4 EV’ will only be marketed to fleet and car-sharing programs. We’d like to set the record straight. The ‘2012 RAV4 EV’ will definitely be sold to the general public,” the automaker said in a statement. Continue Reading →

Futuristic Chainless ‘INgSOC’ Hybrid Bike

This electric bicycle concept called ‘INgSOC’, designed by Edward Kim and Benny Cemoli, combines the aerodynamic shapes of triathlon designs, flexible handling of traditional bikes, and advanced hybrid power technology into one super-efficient commuting machine.

The wild-looking chainless bike runs in three modes: battery-powered, battery assist, and battery charge mode, where the user powers up the battery by pedaling. Continue Reading →

Nissan NV200 to Be Safest NYC Taxi Ever

In May 2011, after considering a large number of proposals, New York City’s Taxi and Limousine Commission recently announced that it has selected Nissan‘s NV200 as the Ford Crown Victoria‘s heir apparent as the yellow cab for New York City. This will give Nissan an exclusive 10-year contract to supply New York City taxi operators with vehicles.

At long last, Ford has managed to get its Transit Connect car-truck approved for use as a New York City taxi. But the party won’t last for long.

The Transit Connect, Ford Taurus, Nissan Altima and Chevrolet Impala have all been added to the list by the city’s Taxi and Limousine Commission for use by taxi operators. But they can only be bought until Nissan starts producing its NV200 van “Taxi of Tomorrow” in October, 2013. Continue Reading →

‘Aluminum-Celmet’ to Increase Electric Vehicle Range by 300%

Sumitomo Electric Industries (SEI) is the Japanese company behind an innovation that could potentially lead to a serious rise in the capabilities of electric vehicles. SEI is a manufacturer of electric wire and optical fiber cable that recently developed a porous aluminum called ‘Aluminum-Celmet’.

The company says the lightweight metal can be integrated into lithium-ion batteries and claims that ‘Aluminum-Celmet’s three-dimensional structure forms interconnected, spherical pores that somehow nearly triple battery capacity. SEI has set up a small-scale production line at Osaka Works to accelerate development efforts toward mass production of the new material.

‘Aluminum-Celmet’s electrical resistance is supposedly lower that of Celmet, a proprietary metal derived from nickel and currently used in SEI’s NiMH batteries. By replacing the conventional aluminum-copper foils within a li-ion battery with its patented Aluminum-Celmet, the company says battery capacity can jump by up to 300%. Continue Reading →