Another EV for Pikes Peak, the Bioplane, Friday news round-up

March 30, 2012 § Leave a comment

Team APEV (Association for the Promotion of Electric Vehicles) has unveiled its 2012 Pikes Peak contender, a prototype EV to be driven by hillclimb legend Nobuhiro ‘Monster’ Tajima. Video here at YouTube; the team is planning to raise money for survivors of last year’s Japanese earthquake and tsunami as well as for environmental education projects. The epic 12-mile, 4,700-ft climb event takes place in Colorado in July.

In other news today:

  • The Biotruck Expedition team, whose adventures include taking a waste oil-fuelled school bus around the world, are taking to the skies: main man Andy Pag intends to fly a rubbish-fuelled microlight the length of the UK, stopping en route to visit schools, businesses and sustainable energy projects. The microlight will run on a fuel synthesized from old plastic bags and waste packaging. And there’s a passenger seat, too: sponsors and backers, which the team are appealing for, can come along (in turn) for the ride. More about the Bioplane project at the Bio Blog.
  • Sneak peek photos of the Fisker Nina at Autoblog Green; it’s looking good. Proper reveal next week at the New York Auto Show.
  • Back in the real world (sort of), stories are emerging of ice-rides in the Renault Zoe, which is just finishing its winter-testing programme. Pictures and reports from Autocar, Auto Express, What Car? etc.
  • Inevitably, lots of opportunistic smugness from EV owners, charging point and infrastructure suppliers, EV consultancies and PRs for all of the above over the so-called ‘petrol crisis’. I will not join in. As someone who has nowhere to recharge an EV, and no wish to spend out £25,000-plus on a car right now, I’ve topped up my tank with unleaded like the rest of the lemmings, even though this week, I will mostly be travelling by train and pushbike. £67 for three-quarters of a tankful, since you asked. Cheers.

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