Peraves Ltd. is a small technically driven Swiss company which has exclusively dedicated three decades of persistent work to the development of the world's only fully enclosed high performance cabin motorcycle with DuPont Kevlar® composite monocoque. More than 130 of these machines have been produced and are driven daily by real connaisseurs around the world. The momentary culmination of this somewhat lonesome approach has been the dominant win of the 2010 PROGRESSIVE Automotive X Prize in the USA last fall. The 2.5 million US$ Tandem Two-Seater Class win went to the company's two entered X Tracers, of which the production version called the MonoTracer "e" will be on sale in all EU countries and in the USA as a 2012 model. It is by far the world's most energy-efficient high performance vehicle with a true "200 mile" performance: 200 mile range on a single charge, 200 miles per hour unlimited top speed and 200 miles per gallon (equivalent) on the tough US cycle.
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10 Feb 2012

Electric vehicle technology changes brought forward

With hybrid and pure electric vehicles, the future is arriving much sooner than predicted. This is a surprise to those looking only at electric cars where sales in 2011 were well behind plan.
28 Jun 2011

Design of an Automotive X Prize Winner: the Swiss Peraves eTracer

Peraves, Switzerland
15 Jun 2011

Electric vehicle value chain is changing

Currently the key enabling technologies in electric vehicles are motors, batteries and control systems. For the next ten years, add to that energy harvesting, supercapacitors (ultracapacitors) and range extenders that replace internal combustion engines in hybrids, notably fuel cells and mini turbines.
2 Jun 2011

Off-road electric vehicles see rapid change

The highly successful manufacturer of conventional off-road vehicles, $2 billion Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII) has recently launched a pure electric Neighbourhood Electric Vehicle NEV. Now it has added the leader in that sector encompassing closed communities rather than open highways. Global Electric Motorcars LLC (GEM), a wholly owned Fargo, N.D. based subsidiary of Chrysler Group LLC. GEM is a leader within the low-speed vehicle market, with approximately $30 million in sales during the 2010 calendar year. Since the company was established in 1998, it has placed more than 45,000 electric-powered NEVs on the road worldwide.
30 May 2011

Goodbye 100 mile range electric vehicles

150 miles range is the new benchmark for affordable electric vehicles: the 100 miles range of today's pure electric vehicles will quickly become an embarrassment.
28 Apr 2011

Electric Vehicles - But Not As We Know Them

Today's electric family cars are useless in telling us anything about the future. The design and adoption of electric vehicles is subject to sudden change driven by surprising factors. The unique event "Electric Vehicles - Land Sea Air" in Stuttgart, Germany is alone in looking at the big picture in order to clarify what is really going on.
1 Apr 2011

PARC Battery Electrode Breakthrough

Palo Alto Research Center PARC, developed laser printing, object-oriented programming, and personal workstations with graphical user interfaces. Now it is building a cleantech portfolio.
1 Apr 2011

Land Rover's 4WD hybrid prototype

The recent Geneva Motor Show provided the platform for numerous manufacturers to exhibit their new environmentally friendly vehicles as such ranges become common-place in the lines of commercial car companies. One of these corporations was Land Rover who showcased their hybrid prototype from Range-e.
1 Apr 2011

Energy harvesting for electric vehicles

Over twenty million electric vehicles produced in 2010 will employ on-board energy harvesting to help charge the traction batteries. That includes both hybrid and pure electric vehicles.
31 Mar 2011

Subsidy powers growth in Indian two wheel sales

Mr Sohinder Gill, director, Society of Manufacturers of Electric Vehicles in India has recently declared that, powered by an incentive package for electric vehicles announced by the Ministry of New and Renewable energy in November 2010, average monthly sales of electric two-wheelers in India has risen 20%.
25 Mar 2011

Balqon Receives $15.9 Million Order from China

Balqon Corporatin reports receiving an order for 300 electric drive systems.
23 Mar 2011

Ford to surpass Honda?

Ford may be about to overtake Honda to become number two on-road electric vehicle manufacturer in the world by numbers produced. It has recently has re-opened its Michigan Assembly Plant that has been re-vamped for the production of the new electric version of its Ford Focus model.
22 Mar 2011

ABSL Power Solutions acquired by EnerSys

As lithium batteries become increasingly dominant in the market, EnerSys has recently announced the acquisition of ABSL from CIP Industries L.P. Inc in a bid to seek continuing growth in power supply sector.
22 Mar 2011

Siemens cuts the charging time for electric cars by 50%

Siemens is launching a charging point Charge CP700A on the European market which can charge electric cars with a normal battery capacity within an hour.
21 Mar 2011

Joint venture between BYD and Daimler receives business license

The electric vehicle developed by the joint venture will capitalize on BYD's excellence in battery technology and e-drive systems as well as Daimler's know-how in electric vehicle architecture and safety.
15 Mar 2011

Catching up with Vision Motor Cars

Two years ago, VMC founders introduced their all electric pickup truck called the Everest. Once poised to begin production the Spring of 2010 from their Williamsburg, Kentucky plant utilizing what everyone thought was going to be strong government support for electric vehicles, VMC had to make a change in plans.
14 Mar 2011

Solar plane contract for Newcastle University

The Newcastle team has secured a major contract with the UK's QinetiQ to help create the US-based Boeing 'SolarEagle'.
11 Mar 2011

Hitachi receives order for B-CHOP for Seoul metro line 9 in Korea

Hitachi receives order for "B-CHOP" energy storage for traction power supply system for Seoul metro line 9 in Korea
11 Mar 2011

Electric vehicle battle moves beyond cars

By a big margin, Toyota is number one in hybrid car sales and indeed in sales of electric vehicles overall thanks to such things as sales of its electric forklifts, where it is in the top three in most countries.
8 Mar 2011

China's massive EV production plan

China plans to put more than a million electric vehicles onto the road each year by 2015, according to a recent report in the state-run People's Daily. That compares with an IDTechEx projection of around 4.1 million globally.