Nissan ZEOD RC engine: The electric motor of the Japanese race car is complemented with a lightweight (40 kg), yet powerful (400 hp) and efficient (3-cylinder) gasoline engine. However, Nissan strives to go at least one round all-electric at the Le Mans race track before the new engine takes over.
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Electric 4-wheel drive: EVDrive completed the development of its so-called Terra-Torque-Drive designed specifically for utility terrain vehicles (UTV). For demonstration EVDrive chose the Kawasaki Teryx4, turning it around on the spot. Each of the four motors can deliver a peak torque of 89 Nm and features regen braking.
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US Hybrid adds H2: Specialised in electric and hybrid powertrain components for mid to heavy duty vehicles, US Hybrid now signed a global licensing agreement with United Technologies Corporation (UTC). The aim is to commercialise UTC’s Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) fuel cell technologies and to use it in H2 transit buses.
Open source vehicle design: Local Motors is a crowd-funding platform specialising in vehicle design by users. The first design to be funded is the Ariel Cruiser by Romanian member Ianis Vasilatos. The Ariel is a retro hybrid somewhere between a bicycle and a motorbike and comes in an electric and a gasoline version.
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