Design Concept of the Day: Kawasaki J

December 23, 2013 § Leave a comment

kawasakijconceptI missed this one in the Tokyo Motor Show round-up last month, but it’s worth picking up on now. Kawasaki is looking at future urban/suburban transport with this bi-modal electric bike; it’s an adaptable three-wheeler that can be switched from a low-riding, aerodynamic sports bike mode to a more upright, comfortable city machine. It uses Kawasaki Heavy Industries’ Gigacell nickel-hydride battery and battery management technology.

  • About time for an electric London taxicab: the Frazer-Nash Research extended-range electric powertrain has been fitted into a prototype by Ecotive Limited. Trials will start in London next year, with sales to follow, reports the Standard.
  • Latest news/analysis on the electric-Saabs-from-Trollhatten-for-China story from Automotive News. “Faces long odds”, they say. Indeed.
  • And another ongoing saga: Mazda’s still playing with the idea of using its rotary engine as a range-extender, reports Autoweek. The Wankel’s now been fitted in a Mazda2 RE-EV prototype.
  • Bollore (maker of the BlueCar) has unveiled its latest EV: a low-cost open Mehari-type four-seater for resort use. The BlueSummer will cost from 13,500 euros or leased from 550 euros a month, reports Technologic Vehicles.
  • Bosch has set up a new company, Bosch Connected Devices and Solutions, for Internet of Things technologies and services: it’s to focus initially on products for smart homes, traffic, transportation and logistics. More at Green Car Congress.

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