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Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Are Outdated
While many people are still amazed at the sight of a car plugged into an electrical outlet in the parking lot, the reality is that this is already an outdated concept. Isn't it just marvelous how technology continues to evolve, giving us so little time to get used to its new advances? The Israeli company Electreon Wireless has undoubtedly taken on the challenge of keeping things moving. Quite literally, in this case. Electric Vehicle Charging Electreon Wireless believes that so-called Wireless Electric Roads are our future. As the name already indicates, these roads are capable of charging electric vehicles wirelessly while they drive on them. It sounds like a massive advance for the electrical car industry, which is still grappling with the issue of extended charging times and limited ranges. The Wireless Electric Roads platform shows us a bright future. Not only can electric cars be charged on the go, but this also means that they require much smaller batteries. Through this initiative, manufacturers can focus on all kinds of other ‘extras’ that have until now been considered too heavy, in the literal sense. Meanwhile, drivers get to choose between a dynamic, semi-dynamic, or static charging option, as the gas-powered, hybrid, and electric variants of the future. {youtube}                                                              ELECTREON Dynamic wireless charging Back in 2019, Electreon Wireless proved its case by fully charging a Renault Zoe while it was driving through a section of street in the Israeli coastal town of Beit Yanai. This section had coils embedded in it, allowing for smooth energy transmission. At 8.5 kW and with a 91% efficiency, it is a job well done. Recommended:  Electric Solar Car 2020 Never Needs Charging Electric Vehicle Charging:  Test Run In Sweden These guys certainly attracted attention. They are now planning to run another test in Sweden later this year. Those with a vested interest in the electric car industry would do well to carefully follow these initial tests, as cars-charged-by-the-road is a premise that could lead to the ascend of fully autonomous cars. After all, the range will never be an issue anymore, nor will the weight of the battery be. On the Swedish island of Gotland, many will, therefore, be interested to see if electric cars can indeed be charged by the 2.5-mile stretch of road harboring copper coils, testing it on an airport shuttle service for public use between the airport and the town center of eco-municipality Visby. Photo by Electreon. Charging batteries while driving. All Charged Up The charging roads would not just be excellent for autonomous vehicles, including shuttles and public transport. It might also be a game-changer for trucks and the transportation industry, as electric trucks would no longer require super heavy batteries or mandatory downtime for charging. Recommended:  Charging Your Electric Car, Smartphone Or Laptop In Minutes A great prospect. Now the wait begins for Sweden’s trial run. If this test does indeed go as well as planned, we might see a lot more of this very soon. Cover photo by Zhang Kaiyv Before you go! Recommended:  Solar Electric Cars Are The Future: Bridgestone, Australia Did you find this an interesting article, or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your article about electric cars or to charge techniques? Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage.'
While many people are still amazed at the sight of a car plugged into an electrical outlet in the parking lot, the reality is that this is already an outdated concept. Isn't it just marvelous how technology continues to evolve, giving us so little time to get used to its new advances? The Israeli company Electreon Wireless has undoubtedly taken on the challenge of keeping things moving. Quite literally, in this case. Electric Vehicle Charging Electreon Wireless believes that so-called Wireless Electric Roads are our future. As the name already indicates, these roads are capable of charging electric vehicles wirelessly while they drive on them. It sounds like a massive advance for the electrical car industry, which is still grappling with the issue of extended charging times and limited ranges. The Wireless Electric Roads platform shows us a bright future. Not only can electric cars be charged on the go, but this also means that they require much smaller batteries. Through this initiative, manufacturers can focus on all kinds of other ‘extras’ that have until now been considered too heavy, in the literal sense. Meanwhile, drivers get to choose between a dynamic, semi-dynamic, or static charging option, as the gas-powered, hybrid, and electric variants of the future. {youtube}                                                              ELECTREON Dynamic wireless charging Back in 2019, Electreon Wireless proved its case by fully charging a Renault Zoe while it was driving through a section of street in the Israeli coastal town of Beit Yanai. This section had coils embedded in it, allowing for smooth energy transmission. At 8.5 kW and with a 91% efficiency, it is a job well done. Recommended:  Electric Solar Car 2020 Never Needs Charging Electric Vehicle Charging:  Test Run In Sweden These guys certainly attracted attention. They are now planning to run another test in Sweden later this year. Those with a vested interest in the electric car industry would do well to carefully follow these initial tests, as cars-charged-by-the-road is a premise that could lead to the ascend of fully autonomous cars. After all, the range will never be an issue anymore, nor will the weight of the battery be. On the Swedish island of Gotland, many will, therefore, be interested to see if electric cars can indeed be charged by the 2.5-mile stretch of road harboring copper coils, testing it on an airport shuttle service for public use between the airport and the town center of eco-municipality Visby. Photo by Electreon. Charging batteries while driving. All Charged Up The charging roads would not just be excellent for autonomous vehicles, including shuttles and public transport. It might also be a game-changer for trucks and the transportation industry, as electric trucks would no longer require super heavy batteries or mandatory downtime for charging. Recommended:  Charging Your Electric Car, Smartphone Or Laptop In Minutes A great prospect. Now the wait begins for Sweden’s trial run. If this test does indeed go as well as planned, we might see a lot more of this very soon. Cover photo by Zhang Kaiyv Before you go! Recommended:  Solar Electric Cars Are The Future: Bridgestone, Australia Did you find this an interesting article, or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your article about electric cars or to charge techniques? Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage.'
Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Are Outdated
Electric Solar Car 2020 Never Needs Charging
Now you can drive for thousands of miles, and you don’t have to recharge your vehicle thanks to a California startup, Aptera Motors, who is designing solar-powered cars. Electric Car 2020: Solar Powered In 2006, Aptera Motors was initially founded under the name Accelerated Composites. Then, in 2011 the company was liquidated. In 2012, the Zhejiang Jonway Group, a Chinese auto manufacturer, bought it and turned it into two companies: Aptera USA to build gasoline-powered cars and Zaptera USA to make electric vehicles (EVs). Recommended: Electric Car 2020: Solar Powered, Never Needs Charging At the start of 2019, Aptera re-formed under the management of Steve Fambro and Chris Anthony. The pair launched a crowdfunding campaign to resume development and to start producing vehicles. The campaign turned out successful.   {youtube}                                                 Electric Car 2020: Solar Powered, Never Needs Charging                                               Aptera and Elaphe Propulsion's In-Wheel Motor Technology Electric Car 2020: Solar Powered, Cell Efficiency We’ve always wanted to use (solar-power) at Aptera, but cell efficiency was just never good enough to be valuable until recently. Now we can take power from the sun, send it right to your battery with little loss in efficiency, and take you up to 44 miles a day for free! We think it is the best option for powering Aptera around the world. Recommended:  Solar Sono Motors Car: Developed in Germany, Made In Sweden Solar Powered Electric Car: Aptera Aptera is focused on solar-power for its EVs for two good reasons; it’s easy to acquire, and it’s free. Now that the development of solar and battery cell technology has improved, Anthony and Fambro can help push Aptera in the right direction towards zero-emissions. Recommended:  Solar Team Eindhoven The Netherlands Presents: The Solar Car The roof of the Aptera is covered in solar panels, which is why it never needs recharging. The teardrop-shaped vehicle is made up of lightweight composite body panels and has an efficient regenerative braking system. Electric Car 2020: Solar Panels The solar panels provide owners with a substantial amount of free power each year. “It pumps the energy produced from the sun straight into your battery pack and gives you over 11,000 miles a year of free juice to drive on. This is in addition to your 1,000-mile range battery pack, which you can top off any time with a charge cord,” added Anthony. Also, if you don’t use all of your yearly 11,000 miles, you can run electricity in your home with the excess power. Recommended:  Solar Powered Silent 55 Yacht Allows You To Cruise The World Another feature of the Aptera includes the option to upgrade and replace the existing solar panels on the vehicle. This option is vital for prolonging the EV’s longevity. “You can replace or upgrade any of the four panels at any time. This makes any maintenance easy, and it makes things upgradable in the future. The composite constructed vehicles are capable of lasting 50+ years if cared for,” said Anthony. Anthony claims the car will have a 110mph top speed and a 0 to 60 mph time of just 4 seconds for the Standard and Long Range versions. A Performance version will get to 60 in only 3 seconds. The car is also said to include an advanced “CoPilot” system for autonomous driving, and although the car is small and lightweight, it still has 25 ft³ storage space. Recommended:  The Solar Bike: Mix Between A Two-Wheeler And A Tesla Electric Car 2020: Solar Powered, Price The Aptera will cost roughly between $36,000-$59,000. The company claims 10,000 vehicles will be made by 2022 and that they will soon be open to taking pre-orders. Click on Aptera for the latest info. Before you go! Recommended:  Solar Electric Cars Are The Future: Bridgestone, Australia Did you find this an interesting article, or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your article about electric- or solar cars? Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage.'
Now you can drive for thousands of miles, and you don’t have to recharge your vehicle thanks to a California startup, Aptera Motors, who is designing solar-powered cars. Electric Car 2020: Solar Powered In 2006, Aptera Motors was initially founded under the name Accelerated Composites. Then, in 2011 the company was liquidated. In 2012, the Zhejiang Jonway Group, a Chinese auto manufacturer, bought it and turned it into two companies: Aptera USA to build gasoline-powered cars and Zaptera USA to make electric vehicles (EVs). Recommended: Electric Car 2020: Solar Powered, Never Needs Charging At the start of 2019, Aptera re-formed under the management of Steve Fambro and Chris Anthony. The pair launched a crowdfunding campaign to resume development and to start producing vehicles. The campaign turned out successful.   {youtube}                                                 Electric Car 2020: Solar Powered, Never Needs Charging                                               Aptera and Elaphe Propulsion's In-Wheel Motor Technology Electric Car 2020: Solar Powered, Cell Efficiency We’ve always wanted to use (solar-power) at Aptera, but cell efficiency was just never good enough to be valuable until recently. Now we can take power from the sun, send it right to your battery with little loss in efficiency, and take you up to 44 miles a day for free! We think it is the best option for powering Aptera around the world. Recommended:  Solar Sono Motors Car: Developed in Germany, Made In Sweden Solar Powered Electric Car: Aptera Aptera is focused on solar-power for its EVs for two good reasons; it’s easy to acquire, and it’s free. Now that the development of solar and battery cell technology has improved, Anthony and Fambro can help push Aptera in the right direction towards zero-emissions. Recommended:  Solar Team Eindhoven The Netherlands Presents: The Solar Car The roof of the Aptera is covered in solar panels, which is why it never needs recharging. The teardrop-shaped vehicle is made up of lightweight composite body panels and has an efficient regenerative braking system. Electric Car 2020: Solar Panels The solar panels provide owners with a substantial amount of free power each year. “It pumps the energy produced from the sun straight into your battery pack and gives you over 11,000 miles a year of free juice to drive on. This is in addition to your 1,000-mile range battery pack, which you can top off any time with a charge cord,” added Anthony. Also, if you don’t use all of your yearly 11,000 miles, you can run electricity in your home with the excess power. Recommended:  Solar Powered Silent 55 Yacht Allows You To Cruise The World Another feature of the Aptera includes the option to upgrade and replace the existing solar panels on the vehicle. This option is vital for prolonging the EV’s longevity. “You can replace or upgrade any of the four panels at any time. This makes any maintenance easy, and it makes things upgradable in the future. The composite constructed vehicles are capable of lasting 50+ years if cared for,” said Anthony. Anthony claims the car will have a 110mph top speed and a 0 to 60 mph time of just 4 seconds for the Standard and Long Range versions. A Performance version will get to 60 in only 3 seconds. The car is also said to include an advanced “CoPilot” system for autonomous driving, and although the car is small and lightweight, it still has 25 ft³ storage space. Recommended:  The Solar Bike: Mix Between A Two-Wheeler And A Tesla Electric Car 2020: Solar Powered, Price The Aptera will cost roughly between $36,000-$59,000. The company claims 10,000 vehicles will be made by 2022 and that they will soon be open to taking pre-orders. Click on Aptera for the latest info. Before you go! Recommended:  Solar Electric Cars Are The Future: Bridgestone, Australia Did you find this an interesting article, or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your article about electric- or solar cars? Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage.'
Electric Solar Car 2020 Never Needs Charging
Electric Solar Car 2020 Never Needs Charging
Best Electric Bike In The World: Modmo
Modmo was founded by 23-year-old Irishman Jack O’Sullivan. Jack got his start in the bike industry at age 16 with his first bike brand ‘Vital Fixies.’ After four years, Jack began working on Modmo. Modmo’s Vision We set out to create an electric bike that would replace your car. To do this, we addressed three core issues we saw with traditional bikes - sweat, theft, and utility. Photo by Modo Modmo’s: Best Bike In The World, Best Factory We knew, to make the best bike in the world, we would have to start by finding the best factory in the world. Photo by Modo After an Asian sourcing trip leads Jack to Vietnam, a partnership was formed with a state-of-the-art motorbike factory in Ho Chi Minh City. Here, we design, develop, and manufacture our bikes to quality never before seen in the electric bike industry. Recommended:  Electric Bicycles And Cars: Retro Models Modmo's Saigon Electric Bike Is A Stealthy, Modular Design Modmo's new Saigon electric bike is an odd take on the electric commuter road bike, but one we think might work well. With a front hub motor, a modular snap-on/snap-off accessory system, and a claimed 124-mile range, it looks like a tidy little package. {youtube}                                                         Best Electric Bike In The World: Modmo's Perhaps the frame is an excellent place to start. Made from 6061 aluminum, it's slim, attractive, and pretty darn stealthy for an electric bike. The removable battery, all 18.5 Ah / 666 Wh of it, fits in the cylindrical downtube and does a remarkable job of not looking like a battery at all, and both the crank and the rear hub look oddly clean for an electric bike. That'll be because the Saigon runs its hub motor on the front wheel; the crank only needs torque and cadence sensors for this system to work just fine. Still, the back end is kept super tidy with a Gates carbon belt drive. If you want gears, you can have them with the addition of an internally geared hub at the rear, a Shimano Nexus system. Recommended:  Electric Bike Rayvolt X One: Different Than Other e-Bikes Modmo: Front And Rear Views Brakes are Tektro hydraulics, and the hoops are WTB Horizons, a light off-road tire that looks like it won't offer too much-rolling resistance on the pavement. There's no suspension, so a bit of tire thickness here will at least do something for the ol' backside. There's a nicely designed shortie front fender, which is handy, and lighting is integrated front and rear, with the excellent addition of electro-luminescent painted parts that act as turn signals. Photo by Modmo The frame has modular mount points on the front and rear that can accept a range of click-in accessories; baskets, kid seats, racks, boxes, and whatnot. You can also use the front mount point to accept your charger if you don't want to pull the battery out. Tech-wise, it rocks a GPS with its 4G data connection for location tracking and security. There are motion sensors that operate like a power switch; when you move the bike, it turns on, and when you put it somewhere still, it turns off. So don't take it on the train, I guess. A Bluetooth connection lets you run the show through your smartphone, or there's a 3-inch screen in the nice-looking handlebar unit. Recommended:  Electric Bike Conversion Kits: Best In 2020 Photo by Modmo Modmo’s Saigon: 200 km On A Single Charge Modmo claims you can get up to 200 km (124 miles) out of a single charge. That would seem a stretch to us from two-thirds of a kilowatt-hour of battery and a hub motor. Then again, the motor is an EU-legal, 36-volt 250-Watt weenie with five power levels, so it's not beyond the realms of possibility on the lowest possible setting with lots of downhills and never exceeding the pathetic EU-mandated limit of 25 km/h (15.5 mph). And the whole bike weighs a pretty amazing 13.9 kg or less than 31 pounds, so you're moving a significantly smaller mass around than on many electric bikes. Realistically, if you ride it like most folks want to ride their electric bikes, a quarter of that range might be closer to the truth. Photo 'by Modmo That would still be practical for most folk, and the Saigon is a pretty tight-looking and well-thought-out little package. It's on pre-sale now for a 5 percent deposit on a €1,999 (US$2,238) price tag, which sounds like a decent deal to us for a beautiful custom frame with all those goodies. Deliveries are expected in September. Recommended:  Tesla Electric Cybertruck: Explorer’s Best Friend For more information on Modo's electric bikes: click here. Before you go! Recommended:  Electric Bicycles And Cars Were One's Classic Models: Retro Did you find this an interesting article, or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your article about electric bikes? Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage.'
Modmo was founded by 23-year-old Irishman Jack O’Sullivan. Jack got his start in the bike industry at age 16 with his first bike brand ‘Vital Fixies.’ After four years, Jack began working on Modmo. Modmo’s Vision We set out to create an electric bike that would replace your car. To do this, we addressed three core issues we saw with traditional bikes - sweat, theft, and utility. Photo by Modo Modmo’s: Best Bike In The World, Best Factory We knew, to make the best bike in the world, we would have to start by finding the best factory in the world. Photo by Modo After an Asian sourcing trip leads Jack to Vietnam, a partnership was formed with a state-of-the-art motorbike factory in Ho Chi Minh City. Here, we design, develop, and manufacture our bikes to quality never before seen in the electric bike industry. Recommended:  Electric Bicycles And Cars: Retro Models Modmo's Saigon Electric Bike Is A Stealthy, Modular Design Modmo's new Saigon electric bike is an odd take on the electric commuter road bike, but one we think might work well. With a front hub motor, a modular snap-on/snap-off accessory system, and a claimed 124-mile range, it looks like a tidy little package. {youtube}                                                         Best Electric Bike In The World: Modmo's Perhaps the frame is an excellent place to start. Made from 6061 aluminum, it's slim, attractive, and pretty darn stealthy for an electric bike. The removable battery, all 18.5 Ah / 666 Wh of it, fits in the cylindrical downtube and does a remarkable job of not looking like a battery at all, and both the crank and the rear hub look oddly clean for an electric bike. That'll be because the Saigon runs its hub motor on the front wheel; the crank only needs torque and cadence sensors for this system to work just fine. Still, the back end is kept super tidy with a Gates carbon belt drive. If you want gears, you can have them with the addition of an internally geared hub at the rear, a Shimano Nexus system. Recommended:  Electric Bike Rayvolt X One: Different Than Other e-Bikes Modmo: Front And Rear Views Brakes are Tektro hydraulics, and the hoops are WTB Horizons, a light off-road tire that looks like it won't offer too much-rolling resistance on the pavement. There's no suspension, so a bit of tire thickness here will at least do something for the ol' backside. There's a nicely designed shortie front fender, which is handy, and lighting is integrated front and rear, with the excellent addition of electro-luminescent painted parts that act as turn signals. Photo by Modmo The frame has modular mount points on the front and rear that can accept a range of click-in accessories; baskets, kid seats, racks, boxes, and whatnot. You can also use the front mount point to accept your charger if you don't want to pull the battery out. Tech-wise, it rocks a GPS with its 4G data connection for location tracking and security. There are motion sensors that operate like a power switch; when you move the bike, it turns on, and when you put it somewhere still, it turns off. So don't take it on the train, I guess. A Bluetooth connection lets you run the show through your smartphone, or there's a 3-inch screen in the nice-looking handlebar unit. Recommended:  Electric Bike Conversion Kits: Best In 2020 Photo by Modmo Modmo’s Saigon: 200 km On A Single Charge Modmo claims you can get up to 200 km (124 miles) out of a single charge. That would seem a stretch to us from two-thirds of a kilowatt-hour of battery and a hub motor. Then again, the motor is an EU-legal, 36-volt 250-Watt weenie with five power levels, so it's not beyond the realms of possibility on the lowest possible setting with lots of downhills and never exceeding the pathetic EU-mandated limit of 25 km/h (15.5 mph). And the whole bike weighs a pretty amazing 13.9 kg or less than 31 pounds, so you're moving a significantly smaller mass around than on many electric bikes. Realistically, if you ride it like most folks want to ride their electric bikes, a quarter of that range might be closer to the truth. Photo 'by Modmo That would still be practical for most folk, and the Saigon is a pretty tight-looking and well-thought-out little package. It's on pre-sale now for a 5 percent deposit on a €1,999 (US$2,238) price tag, which sounds like a decent deal to us for a beautiful custom frame with all those goodies. Deliveries are expected in September. Recommended:  Tesla Electric Cybertruck: Explorer’s Best Friend For more information on Modo's electric bikes: click here. Before you go! Recommended:  Electric Bicycles And Cars Were One's Classic Models: Retro Did you find this an interesting article, or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your article about electric bikes? Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage.'
Best Electric Bike In The World: Modmo
Best Electric Bike In The World: Modmo's
Electric Car Conversion Kits: Electrified Class
If you are a ‘real’ car lover, you may have found yourselves in quite a bind since the electric car movement started taking off. You might enjoy your oldtimers and fancy classic vehicles, but are well aware that those rank amongst some of the highest polluting cars on our roads. If only there would be a way of greening up those classics… Electric Car Conversion You are in luck. Those who watched the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle know there is a way! Electric car conversion kits can turn pretty much any old gas guzzler into a hypermodern electric drive. When Harry drove his bride in a Jaguar E-Type Zero, the classic E-body housing a modern electric drive, people jumped on the idea. Recommended:  Electric Bicycles And Cars Were One's Classic Models: Retro And if you think that this would only be reserved for the wealthiest of wealthy, you are once again in luck. The estimated cost of converting the Jag to an electric vehicle is somewhere between $50,000 and $100,000, much less than what the car originally cost. This means that there will be a decent market for it. Hence, the number of car conversion shops is growing steadily, especially in the United States. All kinds of iconic cars have already undergone the conversion procedure, including Dodge A100 vans, Dowsett's Comets, and your typical BMW classics. Photo by Electrek. The prototype e-Beetle Recommended:  Electric Car Technology In The Retro Luka EV Car Conversion Is Nothing New These specialty garages typically focus on one thing: converting the heavy, polluting vehicles into something offering a smooth, classy electric drive. The concept of car conversion has been around since the 1970s oil crisis when people would adapt their cars to house electric forklift motors. This way, they no longer had to rely on the somewhat unsteady market of oil back then. After the end of the crisis, interest in electric vehicles once again waned, up unto rather recently.   Recommended:  Electric Bike Conversion Kits: Best In 2020 Now, fuelled by growing concerns for the environment and the appeal and exuberance of people like Elon Musk, the electric car industry is once again on the rise. Technology has improved significantly and keeps getting better with each passing day. While this is great for the electric car industry and conversion shops, it does leave the latter scrambling to catch up. They know that the motor that they put in today could be outdated by tomorrow, which means that they have to stay on top of the game. Some are now even offering bolt-on car conversion kits for hobbyists. It makes for a fun afternoon in your garage.   Electric GT has created an electric ‘crate motor’, that gives car enthusiasts the ability to turn any classic car eco-friendly and electric. This is ideal for both conversion shops and weekend gear heads that love working on cars. Converting Existing Cars Is Better Their struggle to keep up is worth it. After all, they are invaluable in taking some of the most polluting vehicles off the road and converting them into something green. As one owner of such a conversion shop put it, “ No one buys a car to save the environment. I was like, ‘How come there are no electric speed shops? ” This guy was definitely on to something. He went on to convert an E36 BMW M3 and a classic Porsche. This was when he got more and more calls, and he decided, like others did, to do a business out of it. Some have decided to focus on specific car types, like Zelectric, a San Diego based conversion shop. It exclusively converts the 1950s and 1960s Beetles and Porsches, which are some of the easiest to convert thanks to their rear-engine layout.   Zelectric’s owner David Benardo is another example of someone who stumbled upon this business. He worked in advertising when he wanted to try and build his own electric Beetle. “ I documented it on social media, and people asked me, ‘Can you make me one? ” He started taking orders, priced anywhere in the range from $62,000 to $170,000, depending on the exact features demanded. Zelectric, a conversion shop in San Diego, specializes in the 1950s and ’60s Beetles and Porsches Niche Market With Growth Potential While these are not excessive amounts in the world of cars, it is undoubtedly no loose change either. Paying upward of $60,000 to have your Volkswagen Beetle (retailing at ~ $20,000 to $30,000) converted just seems silly especially if there are second-hand electric vehicles like the Leaf, Prius or RAV4 available for only a couple thousand dollars.   {youtube}                                                                                   Karmann Ghia Conversion to Electric (The Process) It means that the market is pretty niche, focusing on people who can’t do without their classic cars but want to do better by the environment. There are often one-of-a-kind parts involved, driving up costs. There is an upside, though. When those parts can be produced in bulk, it would bring prices down significantly. This is why the person who came up with the conversion kits is such a genius, as he did manage to bring down costs by employing the economies of scale theory. Similarly, do-it-yourself kits eliminate the installation costs, which can run up to some $15,000 as well.   Converted a VW Karmann Ghia to fully electric battery powered. While the availability of those kits is still somewhat limited, it is expected to grow in years to come. In the ideal world, there would be a conversion kit for pretty much every classic car out there. Or perhaps even your not-so-classic vehicle that you are just not ready to part ways with. If it can be turned into an electric drive for less than the price of a new vehicle, it is undoubtedly worth it. Before you go! Recommended:  Tesla Electric Cybertruck: Explorer’s Best Friend Did you find this an interesting article, or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your article about electric cars? Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage.'
If you are a ‘real’ car lover, you may have found yourselves in quite a bind since the electric car movement started taking off. You might enjoy your oldtimers and fancy classic vehicles, but are well aware that those rank amongst some of the highest polluting cars on our roads. If only there would be a way of greening up those classics… Electric Car Conversion You are in luck. Those who watched the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle know there is a way! Electric car conversion kits can turn pretty much any old gas guzzler into a hypermodern electric drive. When Harry drove his bride in a Jaguar E-Type Zero, the classic E-body housing a modern electric drive, people jumped on the idea. Recommended:  Electric Bicycles And Cars Were One's Classic Models: Retro And if you think that this would only be reserved for the wealthiest of wealthy, you are once again in luck. The estimated cost of converting the Jag to an electric vehicle is somewhere between $50,000 and $100,000, much less than what the car originally cost. This means that there will be a decent market for it. Hence, the number of car conversion shops is growing steadily, especially in the United States. All kinds of iconic cars have already undergone the conversion procedure, including Dodge A100 vans, Dowsett's Comets, and your typical BMW classics. Photo by Electrek. The prototype e-Beetle Recommended:  Electric Car Technology In The Retro Luka EV Car Conversion Is Nothing New These specialty garages typically focus on one thing: converting the heavy, polluting vehicles into something offering a smooth, classy electric drive. The concept of car conversion has been around since the 1970s oil crisis when people would adapt their cars to house electric forklift motors. This way, they no longer had to rely on the somewhat unsteady market of oil back then. After the end of the crisis, interest in electric vehicles once again waned, up unto rather recently.   Recommended:  Electric Bike Conversion Kits: Best In 2020 Now, fuelled by growing concerns for the environment and the appeal and exuberance of people like Elon Musk, the electric car industry is once again on the rise. Technology has improved significantly and keeps getting better with each passing day. While this is great for the electric car industry and conversion shops, it does leave the latter scrambling to catch up. They know that the motor that they put in today could be outdated by tomorrow, which means that they have to stay on top of the game. Some are now even offering bolt-on car conversion kits for hobbyists. It makes for a fun afternoon in your garage.   Electric GT has created an electric ‘crate motor’, that gives car enthusiasts the ability to turn any classic car eco-friendly and electric. This is ideal for both conversion shops and weekend gear heads that love working on cars. Converting Existing Cars Is Better Their struggle to keep up is worth it. After all, they are invaluable in taking some of the most polluting vehicles off the road and converting them into something green. As one owner of such a conversion shop put it, “ No one buys a car to save the environment. I was like, ‘How come there are no electric speed shops? ” This guy was definitely on to something. He went on to convert an E36 BMW M3 and a classic Porsche. This was when he got more and more calls, and he decided, like others did, to do a business out of it. Some have decided to focus on specific car types, like Zelectric, a San Diego based conversion shop. It exclusively converts the 1950s and 1960s Beetles and Porsches, which are some of the easiest to convert thanks to their rear-engine layout.   Zelectric’s owner David Benardo is another example of someone who stumbled upon this business. He worked in advertising when he wanted to try and build his own electric Beetle. “ I documented it on social media, and people asked me, ‘Can you make me one? ” He started taking orders, priced anywhere in the range from $62,000 to $170,000, depending on the exact features demanded. Zelectric, a conversion shop in San Diego, specializes in the 1950s and ’60s Beetles and Porsches Niche Market With Growth Potential While these are not excessive amounts in the world of cars, it is undoubtedly no loose change either. Paying upward of $60,000 to have your Volkswagen Beetle (retailing at ~ $20,000 to $30,000) converted just seems silly especially if there are second-hand electric vehicles like the Leaf, Prius or RAV4 available for only a couple thousand dollars.   {youtube}                                                                                   Karmann Ghia Conversion to Electric (The Process) It means that the market is pretty niche, focusing on people who can’t do without their classic cars but want to do better by the environment. There are often one-of-a-kind parts involved, driving up costs. There is an upside, though. When those parts can be produced in bulk, it would bring prices down significantly. This is why the person who came up with the conversion kits is such a genius, as he did manage to bring down costs by employing the economies of scale theory. Similarly, do-it-yourself kits eliminate the installation costs, which can run up to some $15,000 as well.   Converted a VW Karmann Ghia to fully electric battery powered. While the availability of those kits is still somewhat limited, it is expected to grow in years to come. In the ideal world, there would be a conversion kit for pretty much every classic car out there. Or perhaps even your not-so-classic vehicle that you are just not ready to part ways with. If it can be turned into an electric drive for less than the price of a new vehicle, it is undoubtedly worth it. Before you go! Recommended:  Tesla Electric Cybertruck: Explorer’s Best Friend Did you find this an interesting article, or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your article about electric cars? Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage.'
Electric Car Conversion Kits: Electrified Class
Electric Car Conversion Kits: Electrified Class
Hydrogen VS Electric Cars: A Beginner’s Guide
Just like so many concepts in sustainability, the terms ‘hydrogen’ and ‘electric’ in cars are often confused as being one and the same. Perhaps the similarity of ‘hybrid’ and ‘hydrogen’ does it, I honestly do not know. What I do know is this: they are definitely and decisively not the same.   Hydrogen As Chemical Reaction Let’s start with a quick look at hydrogen cars. These run on fuel cells that store hydrogen and oxygen. As these two ‘meet’, chemical reactions occur that result in the creation of water and energy. This chemical reaction is what powers the car. And the only by-product is water, let out through the exhaust pipes. While they need fuel, you might be happy to learn that this is hydrogen, a clean, renewable resource. No drop of petrol or diesel fuel is needed here. The range is not too bad either: on a single tank of hydrogen, the car can run some 320 to 400 kilometers. Recommended:  Green Hydrogen Power: The Enormous Potential Worldwide Electric Drives On Batteries Then, we move on to electric cars. These run on batteries, not fuel cells. Most of the ‘green’ cars driving down our highways are of this type: the Nissan Leaf, Teslas, or the BMW i3, just to name a few popular ones. Anyhow, these cars are equipped with a powerful battery that holds a charge in a way that closely resembles the way our smartphones store their power. Basically, you charge it and all activities from there on out will use some of the battery. BMW i3 A small side-note, this comparison does not always hold true. There are some electric cars that are capable of (slightly) re-charging while driving, for instance, while braking, when the produced heat is converted back into electricity. Either way, these cars will eventually need to be charged as well, doing so at a mains electricity points. This needs to be done after anywhere between 160 and 500 kilometers - the range varies pretty heavily per car.   Recommended:  Electric Cars Are Low On CO2: Gas Is The Best. Forget SUVs Instant Fuelling Vs Slow Charging While the hydrogen-fuel stations are pretty much like the petrol stations today, fuel up and instant go, electric-fuel stations are not as accommodating. Getting the car fully charged can take up to 12 hours. No problem if you are at home for the night, but rather inconvenient if you are on a road trip and eager to make long stretches. There are some so-called rapid charge stations, however, these still require some 30 minutes to add 160 kilometers to your electric car’s range. So, hydrogen cars would in this aspect effectively be a better substitute for petrol or diesel-powered cars, as they provide the convenience of instant fuel-up. Then why are there not more of them? Why are people continuously moving to electric cars instead? One of the main issues is that the development has quite literally taken a backseat to the gigantic success of electric cars. The audience at large is not aware of the benefits offered by hydrogen: lighter cars that will not let you experience any real ‘down-time’. It definitely sounds like the better option for public transport and transportation businesses, to name a few.   Deciding Factors Deciding Purchase Purchase decisions are not made on the benefit of instant fuelling alone, though. There are more things to consider when comparing the two types. Like range, performance, convenience (availability) of refueling stations, and - probably most important - price. {youtube}                                             Hydrogen Fuel Cell vs. Battery Electric Cars – Which is Better? Electric vehicles would arguably win 3 of those 4 criteria. Although the range is slightly better for hydrogen cars; the performance, availability of refueling stations and price will definitely have to go the electric car’s way. In particular the convenience of refueling, so the availability of hydrogen fuel stations is a problem. Hydrogen fuel stations are few and far between, while the costs of building more are pretty exorbitant. Compare this to the electric car’s quite literal ‘plug into the electricity net’ approach, and you can see why many people prefer those. Recommended:  Electric Cars: Truly Green Or A New Kind Of Liability? Hydrogen Still Using Fossil Fuels The ‘dream’ as provided by electric cars is real. You do not have to provide any sort of fuel, just plug it in. At your home, at your office, anywhere you like. This has drawn many people to the technology. Then, looking at the climate impact, there are more emissions associated with hydrogen cars as well. Hydrogen is largely generated using fossil fuels. So, we are not really solving the issue for good here. If all of those downsides to hydrogen aren’t enough, the price point is sure to chase the last of those interested away. The cars themselves are pretty pricey, while refueling is equally detrimental to your bank account. The cost may fall as the technology becomes more wide-spread, but with several tens of thousands of hydrogen cars out there, it is not likely to happen anytime soon. Not like it has happened for electric cars, at least, that are driving around by the millions. Recommended:  Buzz-Greening The World’s Fleets: Hydrogen Taking Bets On The Future This is not to say that we should not continue to invest in this technology, though. Some companies, like Toyota, Honda, and Hyundai are certainly trying. Perhaps they can foster a breakthrough, although the odds seem to be against them at this time. Electric vehicles appear more sustainable, responsible, scalable, and ecological. As technology progresses, charging time is sure to go down over the next decades, effectively eliminating its only weakness. Hydrogen cars, on the other hand, still have a rather long and complicated way to go. For now, my money is on electric cars.   Before you go! Recommended:  Tesla Model S Converted: Meet The Hydrogen Hesla Did you find this an interesting article, or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your article about electric car conversion kits? Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage.'
Just like so many concepts in sustainability, the terms ‘hydrogen’ and ‘electric’ in cars are often confused as being one and the same. Perhaps the similarity of ‘hybrid’ and ‘hydrogen’ does it, I honestly do not know. What I do know is this: they are definitely and decisively not the same.   Hydrogen As Chemical Reaction Let’s start with a quick look at hydrogen cars. These run on fuel cells that store hydrogen and oxygen. As these two ‘meet’, chemical reactions occur that result in the creation of water and energy. This chemical reaction is what powers the car. And the only by-product is water, let out through the exhaust pipes. While they need fuel, you might be happy to learn that this is hydrogen, a clean, renewable resource. No drop of petrol or diesel fuel is needed here. The range is not too bad either: on a single tank of hydrogen, the car can run some 320 to 400 kilometers. Recommended:  Green Hydrogen Power: The Enormous Potential Worldwide Electric Drives On Batteries Then, we move on to electric cars. These run on batteries, not fuel cells. Most of the ‘green’ cars driving down our highways are of this type: the Nissan Leaf, Teslas, or the BMW i3, just to name a few popular ones. Anyhow, these cars are equipped with a powerful battery that holds a charge in a way that closely resembles the way our smartphones store their power. Basically, you charge it and all activities from there on out will use some of the battery. BMW i3 A small side-note, this comparison does not always hold true. There are some electric cars that are capable of (slightly) re-charging while driving, for instance, while braking, when the produced heat is converted back into electricity. Either way, these cars will eventually need to be charged as well, doing so at a mains electricity points. This needs to be done after anywhere between 160 and 500 kilometers - the range varies pretty heavily per car.   Recommended:  Electric Cars Are Low On CO2: Gas Is The Best. Forget SUVs Instant Fuelling Vs Slow Charging While the hydrogen-fuel stations are pretty much like the petrol stations today, fuel up and instant go, electric-fuel stations are not as accommodating. Getting the car fully charged can take up to 12 hours. No problem if you are at home for the night, but rather inconvenient if you are on a road trip and eager to make long stretches. There are some so-called rapid charge stations, however, these still require some 30 minutes to add 160 kilometers to your electric car’s range. So, hydrogen cars would in this aspect effectively be a better substitute for petrol or diesel-powered cars, as they provide the convenience of instant fuel-up. Then why are there not more of them? Why are people continuously moving to electric cars instead? One of the main issues is that the development has quite literally taken a backseat to the gigantic success of electric cars. The audience at large is not aware of the benefits offered by hydrogen: lighter cars that will not let you experience any real ‘down-time’. It definitely sounds like the better option for public transport and transportation businesses, to name a few.   Deciding Factors Deciding Purchase Purchase decisions are not made on the benefit of instant fuelling alone, though. There are more things to consider when comparing the two types. Like range, performance, convenience (availability) of refueling stations, and - probably most important - price. {youtube}                                             Hydrogen Fuel Cell vs. Battery Electric Cars – Which is Better? Electric vehicles would arguably win 3 of those 4 criteria. Although the range is slightly better for hydrogen cars; the performance, availability of refueling stations and price will definitely have to go the electric car’s way. In particular the convenience of refueling, so the availability of hydrogen fuel stations is a problem. Hydrogen fuel stations are few and far between, while the costs of building more are pretty exorbitant. Compare this to the electric car’s quite literal ‘plug into the electricity net’ approach, and you can see why many people prefer those. Recommended:  Electric Cars: Truly Green Or A New Kind Of Liability? Hydrogen Still Using Fossil Fuels The ‘dream’ as provided by electric cars is real. You do not have to provide any sort of fuel, just plug it in. At your home, at your office, anywhere you like. This has drawn many people to the technology. Then, looking at the climate impact, there are more emissions associated with hydrogen cars as well. Hydrogen is largely generated using fossil fuels. So, we are not really solving the issue for good here. If all of those downsides to hydrogen aren’t enough, the price point is sure to chase the last of those interested away. The cars themselves are pretty pricey, while refueling is equally detrimental to your bank account. The cost may fall as the technology becomes more wide-spread, but with several tens of thousands of hydrogen cars out there, it is not likely to happen anytime soon. Not like it has happened for electric cars, at least, that are driving around by the millions. Recommended:  Buzz-Greening The World’s Fleets: Hydrogen Taking Bets On The Future This is not to say that we should not continue to invest in this technology, though. Some companies, like Toyota, Honda, and Hyundai are certainly trying. Perhaps they can foster a breakthrough, although the odds seem to be against them at this time. Electric vehicles appear more sustainable, responsible, scalable, and ecological. As technology progresses, charging time is sure to go down over the next decades, effectively eliminating its only weakness. Hydrogen cars, on the other hand, still have a rather long and complicated way to go. For now, my money is on electric cars.   Before you go! Recommended:  Tesla Model S Converted: Meet The Hydrogen Hesla Did you find this an interesting article, or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your article about electric car conversion kits? Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage.'
Hydrogen VS Electric Cars: A Beginner’s Guide
Hydrogen VS Electric Cars: A Beginner’s Guide
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