Richard Morgan of Electric Classic Cars, last seen on Fully Charged when we test drove the lovely red VW Beetle, has surpassed himself. This is an amazing machine, slightly faster than the original 1979 Porsche 911 SC Targa and beautifully converted. With a 54kWh battery from a Tesla Roadster and two motors end-on-end, it’s 0-60mph (0-97km/h) time has been improved by close to 1 second so “it’s certainly got a little bit of spirit!”.
In the United States, some mechanics have started to use Tesla batteries and engine systems in ways Musk had hardly anticipated.
provide fossil-driven cars with proven, efficient engines – such as the Audi S5
– with the quiet and power-consuming parts of the Tesla S P85. This means a
complete conversion of a petrol-driven car to an electric car.
This type of cars was featured during the Supercharged Sunday event in New York in early August.
One of the remodeled cars that attracted the most attention was just an Audi S5, rebuilt by Samuel Polyak. The rebuild has taken him six months, including the assembly of 3 of Tesla’s lithium-ion batteries in front, and the remaining 13 batteries in the back of the car.
Polyak is a mechanic in his own company. Rebuilding electric versions of
fossil-powered cars – such as the Mazda MX3 from the 1990s has been a great
part of his life.
time that we all switch to electric”, as it appears on Polykup’s website.
“At Polykup we transform yesterday’s cars with internal combustion engines to tomorrows’ electric-driven. All combustion engine components are removed, and replaced with electrical components according to customer requirements.“
video you can see Samuel Polyak show us all the technical details and
challenges of rebuilding an Audi S5 to a camouflage Tesla.
Ever since the electric cars started to arrive, there has been skepticism in about how long the batteries in these cars will last.
We are now beginning to get experience with an increasing number of vehicles that have been driven a lot of miles, and we now have a better foundation to draw conclusions.
The Estonian taxi company Elektritakso’s electric cars has traveled 13 million electric and emission-free kilometers (8 080 000 miles) so far. They drive the Nissan Leaf, and the oldest car in the fleet has been driving a sensationally 309 000 kilometers (192 000 miles) and is still in daily operation.
Many of the taxi company’s cars have driven 260 000 kilometers (160 000 miles), and still have 70-80 percent battery capacity left.
– This is not a surprise. There was some uncertainty about electrical technology in the beginning, but eventually we found out that the electric car and technology is to be trusted. Because of the taxi business, we must charge our Leaf quite often. We have found that it is best to charge the electric cars between 20-80 percent, to protect the battery, and maintain the quality for optimum reliability and longevity, says Ermo Kontson, the owner of the taxi company.
– Currently, we are replacing old models with the new 40 Kwh Leaf model, so our drivers can drive on a single charge longer, and earn more money, said Kontson, in a press release.
The interest is huge for the Bollinger B1. The American SUV is supposed to have a maximum range just under 200 miles or 320 kilometers with the 120-kwh battery pack. With a ground clearance of 20 inches or 51 cm, the Bollinger will make its best appearance off-road.
The B1 comes with two battery pack options. A 60-kwh battery pack that gives you a range of 120 miles or 193 kilometers, or a 12-kwh battery pack that gives you a range of 200 miles or 320 kilometers. It has to electric engines that provides 360 horsepower’s to all four wheels. It is equipped with the same hydro pneumatic system for level control as the French made Citroën introduced in the 50’s.
The Bollinger company claims that they have produced the world’s first fully electric 4-weel drive. “sport Utility truck”. In 2014 a group of SUV-lovers came together in the northern part of the state of New York with a common goal, to create the Bollinger B1.
The car or the car to be, seems to be a success so far. More than 19 000
reservations have been made on the car. The price is not yet to be known, but
is probably going to be released this fall. The mass production is going to
start next year with the first deliveries from 2020.
We are really looking forward to seeing this car on the road.
China is by far the biggest manufacturer of electric cars. There are 487 Chinese electric automakers and still counting.
China has a very proactive policy towards how many electric cars they want on the road in the future, and they are subsidizing this growing number of electric car companies with a lot of money. So it is no surprise that the electric car companies are popping up like mushrooms all over the country.
In June, a 47-billion-dollar
fund was announced for electric vehicles, and other high-tech industries by the
China Construction bank, and the National Development and Reform Commission.
This adds up to the total of 15 billion dollars in regional government funding in
the past five years.
With so many manufacturers of electric cars, there is going to be some pretty hard competition. Not only will the companies compete against each other. They will also compete against much bigger and more well-established companies like Hyundai, Nissan, Volkswagen, BMW, Mercedes-Benz etc. BMW, Volvo, and Mercedes-Benz already have factories in China. Tesla is on its way.
Last year around 770.000 electric vehicles were sold in China. That is almost half of the total sale worldwide. Some of the car companies will make it and some want. Examples of electric car makers that seem to make it in the competition and is spoken about in Europe and USA is Byton, NIO, and Singulato.
At the same time as solar cells are getting cheaper on the world marked, solar power is about to become the most important source of renewable energy. Availability and the low costs gives solar power great potential, but at the same time it’s vulnerable
Many of the places on earth that has the most sun hours and therefore become the best places for solar power, has big problems with pollution and smog. This makes the solar panels much less effective. This is proved by a new study, which was published in the scientific magazine Energy and Environmental Science.
The study which was carried out by a
team of scientists from MIT in corporation with the University of Singapore,
looked at 17 places where smog is a problem. One of these places is New Delhi
in India. In The city which is one of the most polluted cities in the world, up
to ten percent of the sun energy disappear due to smog and pollution.
When this much energy is wasted, the sun energy projects get less profitable. This makes it less likely that corporations’ will invest in this kind of technology, rather than coal powered plants to cover the demand for energy. This will increase the pollution and smog, and everything ends up in a bad circle which is difficult to break out from.