The French Pyrenees town that staged the world's first Grand Prix nearly a century ago now hosts the world's first electric car Grand Prix. Pau in southern France has seen many a race since 1901 - but none as quiet as this one.
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A century after Grand Prix racing started in Pau, the French town has staged the world's first Electric Grand Prix.
All 12 entries used the same vehicle, the Exagon-built Andros racing car.
Originally designed for racing on ice, the car can reach speeds of 112 miles per hour.
Winding through the picturesque town of Pau, the 1.7 mile course hasn't changed much over the decades.
Its winding route through the town has earned it comparisons with better-known Monaco.
But it's Pau that has the honor of having hosted the very first Grand Prix in 1901.
The resort in southwestern France, just 31 miles from the Spanish border, is a proven testing ground for future Formula 1 world champions on Formula 2, 3 or 3000 vehicles.
For the die-hard motor sports fans raised on the roar of high-powered petrol engines on full throttle, electric car racing might seem a little tame.
But others found the low-pitched whine -- a bit like a jet engine but much quieter -- a pleasant change from the ear-splitting roar of the traditional racing engine.
Participants included Nicolas Prost, the son of France's Formula 1 World champion Alain Prost, as well as Fabien Barthez, the former goalkeeper who helped France win the World Cup in 1998.
But neither could defeat the reigning champion of the Andros Trophy electric series on ice.
Adrien Tambay won the race ahead of Mike Parisi and Soheil Ayari, who came in third.
Electric Toyota Race Car: Stuns Nordschleife Lap
If you had told us that an electric Toyota racing car could lap the famed
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Worlds fastest street legal ELECTRIC CAR 1972 Datsun 1200 Whtie Zombie.
This car is based in Oregon... there are something like 18 hydro electric
power plants in that state! Hydro generation accounts for 58% of all
electricity in Oregon (Over 70% in Washington) and coal accounts for less
Only about 15% of the energy from the fuel you put in your tank gets used
to move your car down the road or run useful accessories, such as air
conditioning. The rest of the energy is lost to engine and driveline
inefficiencies and idling. Therefore, the potential to improve fuel
efficiency with advanced technologies is enormous. With an Electric Car it
costs just $1.00 per 100kms with MUCH more performance than with petrol at
$20.00 per 100kms.
EVs use between 1/6th and 1/10th the energy of a comparable ICE powered
Datsun 1200 EV Specs:
- Motor - Hi Torque Electric 'Siamese 8' Series Wound DC Dual Armature 8
- Controller - Zilla Z2K EHV 2000 Amp
- Battery - 60x 16 Ah Hawker Enersys 'Genesis' Lead-Acid 360 Volts
- Final Drive ratio - 4.11 : 1
- Weight - 2,450 Pounds (1,113 Kilograms)
The Ultimate Electric Car - Coming to Continental USA ... Better Place Inc.
April 27, 2011 ... Better Place is coming to the continental USA within a
few months. The prototype production in Israel and Hawaii was a great
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Better Place, Sheraton Waikiki and Hawaiian Electric Partner on EV Charge
Network in Hawaii
September 30, 2010
Better Place announced today the start of its initial deployment of EV
infrastructure in Hawaii, with the launch of a project to incorporate its
electric-vehicle infrastructure in Honolulu, in partnership with Kyo-ya
Hotels & Resorts' Sheraton Waikiki Resort and Hawaiian Electric Company.
The project will start with a small number of charge spots in Waikiki and
around Oahu and includes seven electric vehicles. Better Place will manage
the charging of the vehicles via a network operations center located in
Palo Alto, California.
"Hawaii's commitment to being a world leader in renewable energy, as
demonstrated by the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative, aligns very strongly
with our mission to help end the world's reliance on oil," said Jason Wolf,
Vice President of Better Place's North American Operations. "This project
marks the beginning of our initial, pre-commercial infrastructure
deployment in Hawaii. It supports the state's goal of leading the nation
in renewable energy use, which Better Place will integrate into the grid
via electric cars."
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Dual Motor Electric Vehicle Drivetrain With Powerglide 2 Speed Transmission Walkthrough by EV West
Here's a brief 10 minute video that gives a nice overview of the EV West 2
speed Powerglide transmission that runs without a torque converter direct
drive to 2 coupled Warp 11 motors. Depending on the voltage and current,
these twin motors can put out well over 1000 lb/ft of torque, and 600+ horsepower. We used
this motor and transmission combination to power our BMW M3 to the summit
of Pikes Peak in 2012 setting an all time record for street legal electric
cars. The strength and reliability of this system is key. For more
information regarding this bolt in drive train, please visit
http://evwest.com for the latest updates.
This Electric E36 Makes 850 lb/ft of Torque at the Wheels! - /TUNED
EV West isn't like other electric car builders. They aren't trying to save
the planet from gasoline emissions, they are trying to build race cars
using electric technology for events that can best use that technology. The
Pikes Peak International Hillclimb, with a total driving distance of under
20 miles at very high elevation, is one of those events. We take their
Pike's Peak M3 to the Dyno to find out what 400
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Quimera AEGT01 at Motorland F1 race track
Maximum power: 700 ps
Top speed: 300 km/h
Quimera is very proud to announce that the AEGT001 (All Electric GT 001)
Shakedown, performed the 26th of august, at F1 Circuit of Alcañiz
(Motorland), Spain has been a complete success. During this Shakedown some
critical parts and concepts were tested with outstanding results (speed,
temperature, gearbox, batteries, BMS, mechanical solutions, cooling). The
whole team is now very confident to take the project further in the
development and to start the promotional and testing activities in order
to let the world know about this reference project.
The next steps are:
- Official presentation at Motorland, Alcañiz, Spain. the exact date is
yet to be defined but it will happen during september.
- Frankfurt Motorshow presentation
- Kick-off of the second phase with the introduction of further
- Two protoypes will be manufactured in the coming months and official
tests for interested professional teams and drivers will be conducted first
Audi e-tron concept electric car
Los Angeles Times automotive critic, Dan Neil, takes a drive in the plug-in
electric Audi e-tron concept car that seems ready for production. Read more
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DIY Electric Car: 04A DC Motor Basics, Part 1
Showing how to build your own electric car. In this segment, we take a look
at the basics of how DC motors work. This video is an excerpt from the
instructional DVD "BUILD YOUR OWN ELECTRIC CAR", available from
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Inizio RTX - World's Fastest Electric Car Vs. Tesla Roadster
Designed by Li-Ion Motors, the Inizio all-electric supercar is capable of
speeds up to 170mph and achieves 0-60mph in just 3.4 secs (Tesla Roadster,
0-60mph in 3.7sec). Green Energy News speaks with NASCAR driver turned
environmentalist, Leilani Munter, about the all new electric sportscar
which competes with (and surpasses) the Tesla Roadster in many areas.
Footage from 2011 Detroit Auto Show (NAIAS).
Formula-E, Electric Racing for the Future - /SHAKEDOWN
When IndyCar's Andretti Autosport announced itself as a team entry in the
new FIA Formula E Championship launching in 2014, it's time for Leo Parente
and ShakeDown to bring you up to speed on this global open-wheel racing
series that will run on full-electric power. 10 races, 10 teams, 2 drivers
per team, 4 cars - because rather than change tires or swap batteries, the
2 mandatory pitstops in each 1-hour race will see drivers swapping cars to
keep racing [the other car recharges between stops]. Then, there is the RC
car sound vs 'real engines'!
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