GKN, Mercedes, BladeGlider, Visiobike.
GKN takes e-racer to Goodwood: The electric motor manufacturer will take part in the Goodwood Festival of Speed with the TMG EV P002. The car which has already won Pikes Peak in 2012 is driven by two GKN axial flux motors delivering 1.200 Nm to the rear axle.
Temporary range extension explained: Transport Evolved takes a look at the Mercedes B-class range mode feature. Basically, it is a battery boost, similar to the Tesla principle where the battery is programmed to use more of its capacity. Do this too often and you will ultimately shorten battery life.
BladeGlider test drive: Wes Raynal got the chance to drive a prototype of Nissan’s concept car, of which the company says might go into production by 2017. Essentially it is a race car brought to the streets and Raynall found it nothing but “remarkable.” When it comes to handling, Raynal likes its better than the Ariel Atom on which the BladGlider mule is based on and which he drove on that same day.
Looking for funding: Visiobike is a pedelec from a Croatian start-up which utilises the smartphone as controller that analyses the bike’s sensors and also serves as rear-view camera. However, the crowdfunding project to make this visonary e-bike come true, is about to fail as only 6,000 of 180,000 euros needed have been collected so far.
indiegogo.com (campaign) via green.autoblog.com
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