Ran across a couple of electric car related articles over at Business Week:
The first article is about OSCar the Open Source Car project. Checking out the concept page shows that they are shooting for an electric powertrain with wheel-hub motors.
The other article highlights the California electric car company, Zap!. Given this year’s soaring gas prices it’s not surprising to that their revenue shot up 247% over the year before.
I get quite a few emails from folks wondering if they can convert their RV to electric and then “charge” it using a generator while they drive, somehow tricking the gas into being more efficient by going through a another stage of energy transfer with a less efficient engine. Here’s a fellow who decided to power his RV using The Fat of America (WVO powered, that is). For those still curious about using gas to power an EV, here’s a couple articles: Gas Powered EV and Free Energy.
For those interested in enabling their hybrid to spend more time as a pure-electric check out Hymotion’s PHEV. GCC reports that the Fiarfax County Department of Vehicle Services just added a PHEV conversion to their fleet.