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    The Vectrix – A powerful yet stylish electric scooter

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    For those who still think that electric powered vehicles have a long way to go, think again. The Vectrix is a very powerful electric powered scooter that accelerates faster than cars at stop signs and claims to go upto 68mph at top speed. The Vectrix is powered by a low-mounted, 3.7 kilowatt NiMH battery pack that re-charges to 80 or 90 percent of capacity in two hours. Three hours is usually enough for a full charge, four if you start from flat empty.

    Posted in Transport on May 22, 2008
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    Komatsu PC200-8 Hybrid World’s 1st Hybrid Excavator

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    Komatsu PC200-8 Hybrid hydraulic excavator combines a capacitor and a diesel engine. While construction machines normally use hydraulic motors to turn their upper structures, Komatsu’s new Hybrid model uses an electric motor for this movement. The electric motor collects energy generated when the upper structure of the excavator slows down while turning. The energy collected is converted into electric energy to be stored in the capacitor. The stored electricity is utilized via a dynamo-electric motor to assist the engine when it is accelerating. As a result, the engine can be used in a low-rotation zone with high-efficiency combustion. In addition, the rotation can be maintained at 700rpm when the engine runs idle (during deceleration), thereby reducing the fuel consumption.

    Posted in Transport on May 15, 2008
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    Toyota Prius Sales Top 1 Million Mark

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    Toyota has announced today that worldwide cumulative sales of the Toyota Prius have passed the 1 million mark, with approximately 1,028,000 units sold as of the end of April this year. The Prius was launched in Japan in 1997 and began selling in Europe, North America and other markets in 2000. In 2005, Toyota began first overseas production of the Prius in Changchun, China, and sales of Prius vehicles in South Korea are expected to begin in the latter half of 2009. Based on sales figures and a lot may complex calculations Toyota claims Prius’s have led to a reduction in CO2 emissions (considered a cause of global warming) by producing approximately 4.5 million tons less CO2 when compared with gasoline-powered vehicles in the same class and of similar size and driving performance.

    Posted in Transport on May 15, 2008
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    Volkswagen and Sanyo join hands to develop new lighter batteries

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    Volkswagen AG along with Japan’s Sanyo Electric is in the process of developing a lithium-ion battery, a key component of hybrid and electric cars. Sanyo is going through a restructuring and believes its battery business is key to its turnaround. Sanyo is currently manufacturing nickel-hydrogen batteries that can be recharged repeatedly and supplying them to Honda Motor Co. and Ford Motor Co. Volkswagen and subsidiary Audi AG will also adopt Sanyo-made nickel-hydrogen batteries for use in the Volkswagen group’s first hybrid model, to be rolled out as early as next year. Toyota, which has enjoyed enormous successes with Prius hybrid model, has worked with Matsushita Electric Industrial, known for its Panasonic brand, to start mass-production of a lithium-ion battery for use in Toyota’s hybrid models by 2010.

    Posted in Transport on May 13, 2008
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    Smith Edison electric van selected by CitySprint for its London fleet

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    After satisfactory road testing, CitySprint has concluded that the greater capital cost of the Smith Edison electric van would be offset by potential cost savings in fuel and maintenance. CitySprint is the UK’s leading courier network offering Same Day Courier, Next Day Courier, International Courier, and Specialist Services on a 24/7 basis. Commenting on the driving experience CitySprint’s Fleet & Specialist Services Director said that the electric van is a superb drive; smooth, surprisingly quick and, with no need to change gears and without the noise, rattle and emissions of a typical diesel, very courier friendly.

    Posted in Transport on May 7, 2008
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    Washington introduces public bicycle sharing plan

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    After Paris it’s now time for Washington to have its own bike sharing program. A new bike-sharing venture in Washington called SmartBike DC will allow people to rent bicycles using only a membership card, Washington Transportation Department official Jim Sebastian said the new public venture will have 10 locations throughout the district and will have 120 bicycles available for rent, The New York Times reported Sunday. The automated rental program comes thanks to a deal with advertiser Clear Channel Outdoor, which will have advertising rights to all district bus shelters. Sebastian told the Times if the program enjoys similar success as other plans in Paris and Barcelona, the number of available bikes could one day reach 1,000.

    Posted in Transport on April 29, 2008
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