GM is making a $30,000 electric car called the Chevrolet Bolt. Harley Davidson Takes A Silent Electric Motorcycle On Tour. Harley Davidson has developed a high performance electric motorcycle and is taking it on tour around the U.S., Canada and Europe. Prospective customers will be able to ride and provide feedback on the bike so the company can gain an insight into rider expectations and they can shape the electric motorcycle’s future. The ‘Project LiveWire Experience’ kicks off with a journey down Route 66 and will visit over thirty Harley Davidson dealerships before the end of the year.
In 2015, it will continue across the U.S. before expanding into Canada and Europe. The electric motorcycle aims to blend the company’s styling heritage with the latest technology to deliver a new expression of their signature look, sound and feel. It is said to offer a visceral riding experience with an unmistakable new sound. Project LiveWire is more like the first electric guitar – not an electric car. Harley Davidson. Harley-Davidson testing electric motorcycles. Harley-Davidson plans to publicly unveil its first electric motorcycle, a sleek, futuristic bike that hums like a jet airplane taking off. ( / AP) By Associated Press June 19 at 5:40 PM MILWAUKEE — Would a Harley still be a Harley if it didn’t have that out-of-my-way rumble and those fat, hydrocarbon-belching exhausts?
Motorcycle enthusiasts are about to find out as Harley-Davidson rolls out an electric bike — a sleek, futuristic version that sounds like a jet airplane taking off. The public will get its first look at handmade demonstration models at an invitation-only event Monday in New York. The company will then take the models on the road for riders to try and provide feedback. Harley will use the information to refine the bike, which might not hit the market for several more years. Harleys have long been the bad-boy bike of choice with an image associated with motorcycle gangs, even though most riders are middle-aged and middle-class.
San Jose State University police Capt. Pourquoi les voitures Tesla passent à l'open-source. L'économie collaborative qui était autrefois réservée à l'industrie du logiciel vient de trouver un nouvel allié de poids dans une industrie qui fut le symbole du capitalisme traditionnel au 20ème siècle : l'automobile. Elon Musk, le génial entrepreneur qui est souvent comparé au Tony Stark d'Iron Man, a annoncé sur le blog de Tesla que le fabricant de voitures électriques allait renoncer à exercer ses droits de propriété sur son portefeuille de brevets. "Tesla Motors a été créé pour accélérer l'avènement d'un transport durable. Si nous dégageons le chemin vers la création d'une voiture électrique attirante, mais que nous posons des mines de propriété intellectuelle derrière nous pour dissuader les autres, nous agissons de façon contraire à cet objectif", explique Elon Musk.
Le patron de Tesla prévient que sa société ne "lancera de plaintes en violation de brevets contre personne qui, de bonne foi, souhaite utiliser notre technologie". Une licence virale pour profiter à tout l'écosystème. All Our Patent Are Belong To You. Yesterday, there was a wall of Tesla patents in the lobby of our Palo Alto headquarters.
That is no longer the case. They have been removed, in the spirit of the open source movement, for the advancement of electric vehicle technology. Tesla Motors was created to accelerate the advent of sustainable transport. If we clear a path to the creation of compelling electric vehicles, but then lay intellectual property landmines behind us to inhibit others, we are acting in a manner contrary to that goal. Tesla will not initiate patent lawsuits against anyone who, in good faith, wants to use our technology. When I started out with my first company, Zip2, I thought patents were a good thing and worked hard to obtain them. And maybe they were good long ago, but too often these days they serve merely to stifle progress, entrench the positions of giant corporations and enrich those in the legal profession, rather than the actual inventors.
Why Formula 1 Racers Are Relearning How to Drive | Autopia. Rookie phenom Kevin Magnussen exits the pit box in his McLaren MP4-29 Photo: Courtesy of McLaren Formula 1 drivers are among the finest in the world, with an innate skill behind the wheel and an uncanny knack for getting the most from a car. But even the best of them are relearning their craft as they adapt to new rules and technology that’s made this season’s cars more challenging to drive. The adoption of hybrid drivetrains and aerodynamic changes have led to cars with less downforce, less grip, and a whole lot more torque, making them trickier to drive.
That’s required drivers to use far more finesse through turns, while brake-by-wire technology and new limits on how much fuel cars can burn has them rethinking such basic skills as where to brake and how soon to get on the gas. “It’s all new for the drivers this year,” says Christian Horner, team principal at Red Bull Racing. The new regulations are, he says, “a bit of a grid shuffler.” Indeed. Johammer J1 is the first e-motorcycle to reach 200km range. Apr 17, 2014 johammer J1 is the first e-motorcycle to reach 200km range johammer J1 is the first electric motorcycle to reach 200km rangeall images courtesy johammer motorcycles designed and produced in austria, the johammer J1 motorcycle is the first serial electric bike capable of reaching beyond 200 kilometers in range thanks to its innovative energy supply system. applying a chopper-like aesthetic, the electric gears and controls are integrated in the back wheel for a maintenance free ride. at the core lies a newly developed battery system; the shortest connection between the two axes being a direct line. the middle-frame is made from aluminum, which provides space for spring damper and battery pack. two high-resolution 2.4 inch rear view mirrors provide relevant driving information in a compact display. the johammer J1 is the first serial electric motorcycle capable of reaching beyond a 200 kilometer range the design references a chopper-like aesthetic detail of the construction.
Toyota’s New Hybrid Racer Is a 1,000 Horsepower Beast | Autopia. The Toyota TS040 is out to hunt Porsche and Audi at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Photo: Toyota Three teams are out to dominate the 2014 24 Hours of Le Mans, and the latest entrant from Toyota boasts all-wheel drive, a screaming V8, and nearly 1,000 horsepower. The Toyota TS040 is the follow-up to last year’s pair of Le Mans prototype racers which came in second and fourth, just behind the 12-time champs at Audi.
And this year, Toyota has to compete with the most winningest Le Mans team of all time: Porsche. The TS040 is an evolution of the TS030, with a larger V8 punched out from 3.4 to 3.7 liters and putting out 513 horsepower to the rear wheels. Toyota’s hybrid system delivers 473 horsepower to all four wheels. Two new motor-generators are fitted to the TS040, with one in the rear and another mounted on the axle between the front wheels.
Like Porsche, Toyota fully intends to use the lessons learned on the track to make better, more powerful, more efficient road cars. Les nouvelles Formule 1 et leur son "de merde" Nombreux sont les fans de Formule 1 à regretter les moteurs hybrides équipant les modèles de cette saison actuelle. Des moteurs qui font bien moins de bruit que les moteurs thermiques, et qui, de l'avis du pilote Sebastian Vettel, en mettent un sacré coup au côté spectaculaire de ce sport. Et d’ailleurs, Sebastian Vettel, pilote pour l’écurie Red Bull, n’y est pas allé par 4 chemins lorsqu’on lui a demandé son avis sur ces moteurs hybrides V6 1.6 turbo : « C’est de la merde ! J’étais sur le muret des stands et c’est plus silencieux que dans un bar !
Les propos, rapportés par Sport24, résonnent malheureusement on ne peut plus juste. Et malgré tout, les fans de ce sport automobile devront s’y résigner : les F1 bruyantes, c’est bel et bien termine, comme l’a confirmé le consultant Franck Montagny : « L’ère des V10 et des V8 bruyants est désormais révolue. » Quand bien même une modification en milieu de saison est probable, afin de rendre ces moteurs un peu plus bruyants.
Why It Took So Long for the World’s Fiercest Supercars to Go Hybrid | Autopia. The McLaren P1 supercar is powered by gasoline and electricity. McLaren Automotive Bugatti’s next car will be a hybrid. It’s not surprising that the proud manufacturer of the Veyron Super Sport, the king of all excessive automobiles, is taking a route that makes most people think of the dinky eco-mobiles and their self-satisfied owners. It’s surprising that it has taken it this long to do so. The luxury auto brand is following a trend that has been established over just the past few years: Today’s supercars are powered by batteries as well as internal combustion engines. It’s obvious why.
So why is it that Toyota’s been selling the Prius for nearly two decades, but McLaren and company—who are used to pioneering new technologies, not following the mass automakers—have only started making hybrids in past few years? Improved Capability A pudgy commuter car may not need electrical systems that function with millisecond-level accuracy, but vehicles that top 200 mph do. Porsche Ferrari. Bugatti mulls hybrid follow-up to Veyron supercar -sources.