Friday round-up

January 13, 2012 § Leave a comment

No shortage of news in a week which has included the Detroit Motor Show, the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas and now Autosport International, but here’s some more as-yet-unmentioned-by-me snippets.

  • Drayson Racing Technologies claims to have the world’s fastest electric racer: the Lola-Drayson B12/69EV develops 850hp from its four motors and can do 200mph. Unveiled at the Low Carbon Racing Conference (a prelude to the Autosport do at the Birmingham NEC this weekend), it’s a Le Mans prototype with induction charging and regenerative damping. More at the Charging Point.
  • The EcoVelocity show is to return this year, May 10th-13th 2012, and it’ll be bigger and better – it’s moving to the ExCel centre, London Docklands. It’s in partnership with the Metro newspaper again, and the organisers are hoping to take it “to the next level” at the larger venue after its successful debut at the Battersea Power Station last year.
  • IBM is working on a lithium-air cell battery which could give EVs a range of 500 miles, reports New Scientist. Issues of chemical instability when recharging are being solved, apparently.
  • More electric racing: Quimera is teaming up with IMSA and the American Le Mans Series to develop an international series. Full details and release posted at Autoblog Green.
  • Honda Accord: plug-in hybrid option for the 2013 US-market car. V6 engine, twin motors, a six-speed auto ‘box and an all-electric range of 10-15 miles.
  • Aftermarket EV conversion of the day: the Toyota 2000GT Solar EV built by members of the Toyota Auto Fan Club in Japan. Story and very pretty picture at the GreenMotor blog.
  • Registrations of scooters rose 12% last year in the UK, reports the Motorcycle Industry Association, as commuters turn to two-wheeled transport, prompted by rising fuel prices and parking costs. Full story at the Guardian.
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