Monster’s Monster – another EV for Pikes Peak

May 22, 2012 § Leave a comment

Mitsubishi (see below) is going to have some tough competition at Pikes Peak: Team APEV (Association for the Promotion of Electric Vehicles) has unveiled a monster. The Monster Sport E-Runner, to be precise, to be driven by Pikes Peak champ and record-holder Nobuhiro ‘Monster’ Tajima. Video of the unveiling, and footage of the car in action, at Autoblog Green; no specs released as yet. Toyota’s electric contender at Pikes Peak, by the way, is the Radical-bodied TMG EV P001, EV record-holder at the Nürburgring Nordschleife.

In other news today:

  • Toyota has sold 4million hybrids (including the Lexus-brand models) as of April 30th. This number includes 423,000 in Europe and 94,000 in the UK. Prius sales began in 2000, with the Mk2 hatchback (2003) bringing the hybrid tech further into the mainstream. Toyota has calculated that its hybrids have saved around 26 million tonnes of CO2 (compared to their non-hybrid equivalents on the market), and with 19 variants now in production, hybrids are accounting for 15% of global sales. Now you just need to hybridise/electrify the big gas-guzzlers like the Land Cruiser and Hilux, Toyota.
  • Incidentally, here’s a bit of history for y’all. Toyota’s first hybrid in production was a bus: the Coaster Hybrid EV launched in Japan (1997). Not a lot of people know that. This series hybrid was actually more akin to today’s range-extended EVs, the engine driving a generator to power the electric motor – and this tech was actually developed from a system first shown in a 1977 concept at the Tokyo Motor Show. The Sport 800, a two-seat coupe, featured a gas turbine (similiar to an aero engine’s turbofan) and motor; the turbine shaft turned a generator which both charged the onboard batteries and powered the motor, which drove the rear axle via a conventional diff. More detail, and pretty pic, of it here.

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