VW is building an electric race car to set a new speed record

October 20, 2017 by  
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Buckle your seat belt!  Volkswagen , on a mission to become a top producer of electric vehicles, is proving itself by developing an electric race car which will be entered in the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb  in 2018. If the company is successful, the race will mark the first time in 31 years VW has competed in the hill climb. The race will take place in Colorado Spring, Colorado , and will be held on June 24, 2018. According to The Verge , the hill climb has been held annually since 1916 in the Rocky Mountains . Though the track is just 12.4 miles long, ascending it is no easy feat. In under 13 miles, vehicles will climb 4,700 feet to the summit 14,000 feet above sea level. Dr. Frank Welsch, the VW board member responsible for the development, said, “The Pikes Peak hill climb is one of the world’s most renowned car races. It poses an enormous challenge and is therefore perfectly suited to proving the capabilities of upcoming technologies.” Related: The Netherlands’ sun-powered Nuna9 race car wins the World Solar Challenge Last year,  e0 PP100 , which was driven by Rhys Millen, set the record for the fastest modified electric vehicle. The electric race car completed the run in eight minutes and 57.118 seconds. At the same time, a Tesla Model S set another record for a production car, with a time of 11 minutes and 48.264 seconds. Reportedly, electric cars have become quite popular at Pikes Peak over the past few years, as the thin air at a higher altitude makes it hard for internal-combustion engines to develop power. The new race car is presently being developed by Volkswagen Motorsport in Germany . According to Welsch, data obtained from the Pikes Peak race will be incorporated into electric vehicles that are sold by all VW brands. The infamous Microbus (which is coming back as an EV in 2022 ) will be but one vehicle improved upon using the lessons learned from the race. + Volkswagen Via The Verge Images via Volkswagen

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Lightning Electric Motorcycle Tops All Gas-Powered Motorcycles at Pikes Peak Race Course

July 2, 2013 by  
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The  Pikes Peak Hill Climb in Colorado is one of the most challenging race courses in the U.S. with its 156 turns and extreme elevation changes from 4,720 feet up to 14,110 feet. This year marked the first time ever that an electric motorcycle led its segment when Lightning Motorcycles and Carlin Dunne managed to pull ahead of the competition with a fully electric motorcycle . Read the rest of Lightning Electric Motorcycle Tops All Gas-Powered Motorcycles at Pikes Peak Race Course Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Carlin Dunne , electric motor , electric motorcycle , electric transportation , green motorcycle , green transportation , Lightning Motorcycles , Pike’s Peak Hill Climb        

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15-Year-Old Develops Hollow Flashlight Powered by Body Heat

July 2, 2013 by  
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From a sleeping bag that charges your gadget s to entire buildings that use body heat to run heating systems , scientists are harvesting the heat emitted by humans as a source of renewable energy. But the latest development in thermoelectric energy generation doesn’t come from a high-tech lab at MIT; it comes from Ann Makosinski, a 15-year-old Canadian girl who developed a flashlight that is powered by the heat from a human hand . With the aim of reducing the number of single-use batteries that are thrown in landfills, Makosinski developed the innovative flashlight, which can be developed cheaply and could be deployed to populations that can’t afford electricity to light their homes. Read the rest of 15-Year-Old Develops Hollow Flashlight Powered by Body Heat Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 15 year old , Ann Makosinski , Google , Google Science Fair , Hollow Flashlight , human heat , human-powered flashlight , renewable energy , science fair , teenager , thermal energy , thermoelectric flashlight        

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Nevada Gives Audi the First Automaker Permit to Operate Autonomous Vehicles on Public Roads

January 7, 2013 by  
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Audi has announced that the State of Nevada has issued it a permit allowing the testing of autonomous vehicles on the state’s public roads. This is only the second permit that Nevada has given out, with the first one being given to Google . The new permit makes Audi the first automotive manufacturer to obtain this special permit. Read the rest of Nevada Gives Audi the First Automaker Permit to Operate Autonomous Vehicles on Public Roads Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: AUDI , Audi autonomous vehicle , Audi TT , automotive , autonomous vehicles , Google , green transportation , piloted driving , piloted parking

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2013 Fiat 500e Tops Class With 108 MPGe Highway Rating and 87 Mile Range

January 7, 2013 by  
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Fiat has announced the official performance specs for the 2013 Fiat 500e electric vehicle. The 2013 500e beats out other electric vehicles like the Honda Fit EV and Nissan Leaf with an EPA rating of 108 MPGe on the highway and a total driving range of 87 miles between charges. The 2013 Fiat 500e also has a 116-MPGe combined and 122 MPGe city-cycle rating. Read the rest of 2013 Fiat 500e Tops Class With 108 MPGe Highway Rating and 87 Mile Range Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: automotive , electric vehicle , FIAT , Fiat 500 , Fiat 500e , Fiat electric vehicle , green transportation , lithium ion battery

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Electric buggy to take on Pikes Peak on Yokohama’s orange oil tires

June 17, 2010 by  
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Eco Factor: Zero-emission vehicle powered by electricity. Bringing electric engines and Yokohama’s orange oil-infused tires to the test, the EV Sports Concept HER-02 buggy is ready to take on the Pikes Peak Hill Climb. The buggy gets powered by an AC motor that runs on batteries developed by Sanyo.

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