Posts Tagged ‘ electric car ’

2015 All-Electric Audi R8 E-Tron


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When the Audi E-Tron was originally unveiled, the main concern for the German auto maker was the 130-mile battery range. Over the years however, Audi has continued to work on the vehicle, and is now getting more than the double the output, with a battery life of 280 miles. That may not seem like a ton of range, but you have to remember that the 2-door pumps out 376 horsepower and 500+ lb-ft of torque – a setup that’s good for a zero to sixty time of 4.2 seconds. The vehicle’s production will be extremely limited, and will only be sold to customers upon request. It’s definitely a good start for what looks to be a promising future for the electric car segment.

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BMW i8 Electric Super Car


BMW group has unveiled the production version of their first purely electrically powered super car, the ‘BMW i8’, at the international motor show (IAA) 2013 in Frankfurt. The plug-in hybrid combines the dynamic capabilities of a super car with fuel consumption and emissions you would normally expect from a small city car. Featuring a passenger cell made from carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) and a turbocharged three-cylinder BMW twinpower turbo hybrid system, the high-performance EV develops 231 horsepower from its 1.5 liter combustion engine that drives the rear wheels, while a separate 131 horsepower electric drive sends its power to the front wheels and allows an all-electric range of up to 35 kilometers and a top speed of 120 km/h. The high-performance electric car can fully recharge in 1.5 hours from a 220-volt level 2 charger, and boasts up to 94 mpg in combined fuel efficiency. The motor derives its energy from a lithium-ion battery centrally mounted in the vehicle — which creates a low center of gravity for even more efficiency. It also works to provide an additional power boost to assist the gasoline engine during acceleration.

Renault Twizy Sport F1 Electric Concept


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Renault represented their latest concept – the Twizy Sport F1 – which was designed to crank up the performance of your average electric car with its kinetic energy recovery system (KERS), similar to that used in its formula 1 race cars. The result is six times the power output — almost 100 horsepower — which pushes the car from 0-62 in the same time as the Renault Mégane Renaultsport 265. As for the exterior, the futuristic Twizy looks like a curious mix between a smart car, lunar rover, and bobcat construction vehicle and features a front splitter, side-pods, rear wing, and a diffuser with an F1-style rain light. This light is controlled with a colorful gamepad-like steering wheel on the inside, which also controls the KERS, radio and rain light.

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