The Future People, ORNL, Formula E, Spira4U.
New 3-D printed electric car: Oak Ridge Laboratory showcased a 3-D printed Shelby Cobra replica equipped with an electric powertrain from TM4. The car was printed using 20% carbon fiber reinforced ABS material. The design allows integrated components to be tested and enhanced in real time.
Human-powered vehicles in Detroit: “The Future People” presented its Cyclone and Zeppelin at the NAIAS. Both “future cycles” are powered by pedalling and are supported by an electric motor. The Zeppelin, for instance, has a 750 watt electric rear motor and reaches up to 25 mph (40 kph).
FE School Series debuts in Buenos Aires: As part of the Formula E racing series, 11 to 16-year-old students built and drove a total of ten Michelin-shod Greenpower Formula E cars. Six kids competed per team in a 20 minute race. The same format will also be found as a support race during the ePrix in Miami, Long Beach, Berlin and the final in London.
Squishy EV: Spira4U showed off its small car made entirely of foam and plastic in Detroit last week (we reported). Frank Markus drove the car and found out that “there’s plenty of electric motor whirring to be heard, and even at less than 20 mph, wind can be detected whizzing by the sliding side windows.”
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