Weekend odds and ends

June 10, 2011 § Leave a comment

Watching the Le Mans 24 Hours this weekend? There’s racing at Goodwood too, y’know: the Greenpower Education Trust IET Formula 24 and 24+ races. These will feature over 70 electric cars built by teams from schools and further education establishments as part of a great programme to inspire young engineers.  Love last year’s Zebedee, pictured here in its (unofficial) Gulf colours.

  • Ford is to sell the 2013 C-Max in the US in hybrid (and five-seater) form only, reports Detroit News, and there’ll be an ‘Energi’ plug-in option as well as a conventional two-mode hybrid. It’s part of Ford’s plans to triple its ‘electrified’ production – hybrids, plug-in hybrids and EVs – to 100,000 cars a year by 2013, when it will also launch the all-electric Focus.
  • A patent has been filed for a five-minute EV charging system which constantly collects power from the grid and then delivers it to the car in quick bursts. It’s the work of a Japanese firm called Integrity Exports, reports Autoblog Green. Concerns over the effects on batteries – and indeed, whether automotive-spec batteries can cope with this, of course at this stage.
  • Volvo has confirmed that the V60 PHEV (plug-in hybrid) will go on sale in the US – but with a petrol engine in place of Europe’s diesel.
  • Problems for the Paris Autolib’ scheme, reports the Independent. Objections to this short-term EV hire programme, set to kick off in December, have been lodged by car-hire firms including Avis and Hertz, who are launching a legal challenge on the grounds of unfair competition from this publicly-subsidised programme.
  • Jalopnik readers have selected the ‘ten most epic electric car failures’: interesting reading, as whilst there’s some sad stories and fairly pathetic attempts in there, it shows that there were also some fine ideas ahead of their time. How great did the EAC Silver Volt look?
  • Oregon-based MotoCzysz took first and second at the TT Zero for electric superbikes yesterday on the Isle of Man; third-placed was the Kingston University-developed Ion Horse. Winning rider Michael Rutter reached a top speed of 149.5mph and an average lap speed of 99.6mph. Report at Motorcycle USA, since the UK’s MCN doesn’t appear to have covered this race (boo!). Long pre-race interview with Michael Czysz at Wired Autopia, too.







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