Thursday, August 7, 2008
The Swiss company Cree has created a three-wheeled electric vehicle that is full of sustainable features. The award-winning SAM car seats two in an agile body that is 90% recyclable, has a maximum speed of 85 kilometers per hour, and touts an emission-free 15 kilowatt electric motor that charges fully in just 6 hours. The design was recently re-tooled by Impact Automotive Technologies in preparation for a limited release of 500 cars in September, with 5000 units targeted for 2009. The car’s highly efficient engine consumes about 5kwh per 100km, and it converts kinetic energy from breaking, rolling to a stop, and driving downhill into electrical energy. With production ramping up later this year the projected price point is about 6,600 Euros. It is great to see all of the electric cars coming out however tandem seating is fine for motorcycles but sucks in a car.
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