German sports car maker Porsche unveiled the Porsche 918 Spyder hybrid supercar, which uses a combination of gasoline and electric power to improve acceleration while boosting fuel economy in around-town driving. Porsche 918 Spyder hybrid is all wheel drive which generates 887 horsepower from a V8 engine and electric motors on its front and rear axles, sprints from zero to 60 miles an hour in 2.8 seconds and has a top speed of 211 mph. The company said the new car “demonstrates the potential of the hybrid drive”. Porsche 918 Spyder hybrid has several driving modes. In the E-Power mode the car travels up to 18 miles on battery power and can accelerate to 60 mph in about seven seconds.
Mercedes-Benz will present at the end of November in Los Angeles Auto Show futuristic concept car Mercedes-Benz Ener-G-Force. The company says that it is only a design idea might look like a Mercedes-Benz G-Class in 2025. The inspiration for the ENER-G-Force is provided by the Los Angeles Design challenge, which asked for designs imagining a Highway Patrol vehicle for 2025. It’s no surprise, then, that this G-inspired design looks something like a Mercedes-badged all-terrain pursuit vehicle from the future. Ener-G-Force is powered not by an internal-combustion engine, but by a hydrogen fuel cell and four in-wheel electric motors.The “hydro-tech converter” is fed by “recycled” water stored in tanks on the roof. If it sounds a bit outlandish, just remember that Daimler has a history of predicting a hydrogen-powered future, and has invested piles of R&D dollars toward the tech. Moreover, this vehicle is conceived for the year 2025, and by then the cops probably will feel the need to make up for decades of crappy Crown Vic fuel economy.
Company BMW introduced an electric scooter BMW C Evolution with 100 kilometer range run on a single charge. Designers believe that this is the perfect scooter for urban roads. It will appeal to both male and female. With this scooter, you will feel king of the road and attract the attention of others. Scooter BMW C Evolution is equipped with an electric motor of 11 kW and battery 8 kWh. The maximum speed does not exceed 120 km / h,creators are confident that this is quite enough for the fans drive on urban roads.
The car was designed by the German automaker Audi AG as a replacement for Audi R15 TDI. Like its direct predecessor, R18 is equipped with a turbocharged diesel engine, but the reduced capacity – 3.7 liters in the configuration of V6. In addition, the R18 prototype the first time since 1999 implemented a closed cabin design. Every year Audi R18 TDI wins a victory in the competition at Le Mans. However, Audi, as well as auto companies such as Peugeot and Toyota, is trying to equip its hybrid cars to reach a new level of racing and try to win with the new power plant. Brand new prototype hybrid Audi R18 has already been seen during a secret test drive on the track at Sebring (USA). The new hybrid will fully meet all the requirements of the races of Le Mans. According to preliminary data, the hybrid model of the Audi R18 will participate in next year’s competitions FIA World Endurance Championship 2012. With the new hybrid engine, the exterior of the car dramatically changed.
Researchers from the University of California at Los Angeles (University of California, Los Angeles) have created a transparent solar cells (solar cells), which is an important step towards developing technology that will allow the future to cover the windows in buildings of various layers which produce energy, rather transparent when it is well to pass a street light. Scientific work was recently published in the journal ACS Nano. A team from the University of California gives a description of a new type of polymer solar cells (polymer solar cell, PSC), which generates energy by absorbing infrared radiation is mainly, but not visible light, so now the level of transparency in terms of human perception of almost 70 percent. The device was made of plastic photoactive, which converts infrared radiation into electrical energy. Polymer solar cells are attracting great attention from the energy industry, as they have significant advantages compared to other technologies for the production of solar cells.
Researchers at the Fraunhofer Center proposed the concept of the power plant for wave energy, which is based on a seagoing vessel. Researchers in its new system eliminated all the problems. Тheir proposed installation will consist of floating buoys which are attached on hinged mechanisms to the sides of a 50-meter ship.
The company Sony announced that it will start making lithium-ion batteries specifically for electric cars and hybrids “from the middle of this decade”.A Sony VP said his company expects demand for such batteries to grow drastically in the years to come, adding Samsung is ready to build dedicated plants in Japan and elsewhere if necessary.The first battery prototype for electric vehicles has measures 257 x 182mm and a long life.
The developers of the Japanese company Aqua Power System Japan have been developed and presented innovative and, most importantly, completely eco-friendly battery chargers. Henceforth, the world has rechargeable batteries, that are called NoPoPo Aqua Battery, and that can effectively be recharged after they are dropped into the water.
At a symposium at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics (Washington, USA) introduced a new technology for antennas that can accumulate the energy of electromagnetic waves from the environment.Any electrotechnics emits electromagnetic waves while working. Scientists from the Institute of Technology (Georgia, USA) decided to create a device that allows you to use this energy, providing them a tiny electrical devices such as wireless sensors, microprocessors, and more.