Crowd Sourced EV to blow away the Competition
Here’s an electric vehicle that can perform on the street, but it costs about one fourth the price of a Nissan Leaf or Ford Focus EV. This two-seater has a range of about 50 miles (80km). The StreetScooter is a project under the authority of over 80 auto component suppliers as well as engineering and electrical companies. All the stakeholders of this project have created a special taskforce to manage the project, which include experts from all areas of EV production and design. The main objective of this task force is to build an EV with a price that is significantly lower than conventional automobiles. Judging on the average commuter’s daily trip, the engineers have designed the StreetScooter to travel short distances. What’s more important is the target price, which the designers say will not exceed $7000. This tiny EV will be compatible with all highway safety laws and will provide a top speed of 74 miles per hour (118km/h). The expected date of production is slated for 2013 in Europe.
Another Stunning Electric Motorbike from Volta
Spanish E-bike makers, Volta have come out with their latest offering – the BCN City. This super cool bike made its debut at the Milan Motorcycle Show last month and has created quite a stir. With is compact and stylish looks and fantastic engineering the BCN City is sure to shake things up in the E-bike segment. It is expected that the bike will have three models but all of them will share the same components and performance figures. There is a 36bhp motor and the bike will be able to touch speed of about 120kmph and have a range of just 70km, which makes it yet another city commuter vehicle. The battery, however, charges fully in only three hours which makes it very functional. The bike is priced at $9,900 and the company will start taking orders starting this month with deliveries expected in early 2012.