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Braitenberg Vehicles

Valentino Braitenberg describes a series of thought experiments in which "vehicles" with simple internal structure behave in unexpectedly complex ways. He describes simple control mechanisms that generate behaviors that, if we did not already know the principles behind the vehicles' operation, we might call aggression, love, foresight and even optimism. Braitenberg gives this as evidence for the "law of uphill analysis and downhill invention," meaning that it is much more difficult to try to guess internal structure just from the observation of behavior than it is to create the structure that gives the behavior. Read more  about:  people.cs.uchicago.edu/~wiseman/vehicles/

Aptera

This is the 3-wheel car that gets over 200mpg as a plug-in hybrid, and looks like it's straight out of a 70s science fiction movie.

visit  www.aptera.com

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Students Invent Green Electric Motorcycle

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High schoolers Ben Gulak and Jason Morrow, both 18, displayed their vehicle at a recent Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Albuquerque. Besides being cool, the bike is also green. It produces zero emissions, and the inventors hope it will be used in cities due to its compact size. Reed more

via inventorspot.com/articles/teens_invent_green_electric_motorcycle_5973

The FreedomCAR

www1.eere.energy.gov/vehiclesandfuels/

The FreedomCAR and Vehicle Technologies (FCVT) Program is developing more energy efficient and environmentally friendly highway transportation technologies that will enable America to use less petroleum. The long-term aim is to develop "leap frog" technologies that will provide Americans with greater freedom of mobility and energy security, while lowering costs and reducing impacts on the environment.

E-flight initiative for sport Aircrafts

www.sonexaircraft.com

At a press conference held today on AeroShell Square at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2007, Sonex Aircraft, LLC and AeroConversions Products made the official unveiling of the E-Flight Initiative, pioneering alternative energy research & development for sport aircraft, with an informational forum to follow tomorrow, July 25 at 11:30 am in AirVenture forum building 11. The unveiling included a proof-of-concept prototype electric powerplant installed in a Waiex airframe and the event was kicked-off with opening remarks by EAA President Tom Poberezny.
In 2006 Sonex Aircraft, LLC’s research and development team began work on what is now called the “E-Flight Initiative.”  E-Flight is a push to explore viable alternative energies for powering sport aircraft and improve the efficiency and performance of current products and technologies to keep aviation affordable for the average pilot, and to keep recreational aviation available to future generations of pilots.

Enertia electrick bike

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www.enertiabike.com/

Many influences have combined to create the right opportunity with the right people necessary to create the Enertia - a lightweight, powerful electric motorcycle that is easy to use and practical to own. Since its founding in 2002, Brammo Motorsports has focused on finding creative solutions is every area of the company from product design to manufacturing innovation.
 
Applying our experience in racecar design to the demands of creating an ultra-efficient battery powered vehicle platform is the basis for Brammo's approach with the Enertia. The same fundamental engineering principles that apply to race vehicle design - lightweight, stiff structure and high energy efficiency - also apply to improving performance in alternative-fueled vehicles.
 
From a historical perspective, Brammo's Enertia is right on time.

Ariel Atom

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www.arielatom.com/

"A true minimal sports car with race bred construction and components, the Atom is the first new vehicle to bear the Ariel name for 27 years."


Famous for innovative engineering, advanced design solutions and performance oriented vehicles, Ariel, founded in 1898, is one of the oldest names in British motoring history. From Brooklands race cars to the renowned motorcycles, Ariel represents a 100 year tradition of leading British automotive design. The Atom continues that tradition for the next century with one of the most exciting pieces of automotive design ever.

The Exposed tubular chassis puts the engineering on display. Form following function and engineering dictating aesthetics. Influenced by race cars, motorcycles and aircraft, the Atom was designed around driver and mechanical components - form following function and engineering dictating aesthetics - design with a purpose. With development from the ground up by Simon Saunders Automotive Design together with major suppliers Bilstein, Eibach, British Steel, Delphi, plus input from the country's leading engineers and journalists, the Ariel Atom has an absolutely unquestionable pedigree. Designed to the highest standard, including seat belt mounts, steering column safety, exhaust emissions and lighting.

Ariel were adamant that primary and secondary levels of safety were as high as possible.
Heart of the Atom is the large diameter, but light weight, tubular steel chassis forming the main structural component of the car. Developed using sophisticated computer modeling and testing techniques the chassis offers more interior space, strength and protection than any other cars in its class. The unique safety levels, afforded by the high side rails and lack of doors, are complemented by integral front and rear rollover tubes giving a driver and passenger safety cell. Six point seat belt anchorages are designed to exceed FIA, SCCA, and NASA Approval standards.

The bare chassis is a work of art, the welding is immaculate.
Hand built in-house by Brammo Motorsports, every chassis has a guarantee of expertise that can only come from experience and a pride in producing only the highest quality product. Made from large diameter ERW and CDS steel tube, entirely welded by hand using MIG and TIG welding, then powder coated, each Atom chassis is just the beginning of an immediately visible attention and care to detail design and quality. The chassis is a work of art in itself.

 

The VentureOne

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Introducing the VentureOne, a revolutionary 3-wheel, tilting, plug-in Hybrid vehicle. This unique 2-passenger flex-fuel Hybrid vehicle will achieve 100 miles per gallon with a top speed of over 100 mph.

And if that weren’t enough, imagine combining the performance feel of a sports car with the agility of a motorcycle. This is an exhilarating driving experience that can only be compared to flying a jet fighter two feet off the ground.

The VentureOne is a fully enclosed vehicle that is surrounded by a steel “safety cell” and other safety features typically found only in cars—things like side impact beams, driver airbag, rear bumper and engine shield.

While the same height and length as the MINI Cooper, the driver in the VentureOne sits as high off the road as a standard automobile. When combined with its 360° glass canopy effect, the VentureOne not only provides a driver with tremendous road visibility, but adds to a sense of overall driving confidence.

The VentureOne is a revolutionary new vision in transportation. www.flytheroad.com/

The VentureOne weighs approximately 1,200 pounds in prototype form, with an overall width of 48 inches, a length of 11' 8", and a 106 inch wheelbase. The engine is located in the rear of the vehicle at a low height. The passenger compartment and the front wheel tilt when cornering; however, the forces are aligned with the vertical axis of the driver’s body, resulting in the driver being pressed into the seat rather than pushed across it.

Although classified as a motorcycle according to the NHTSA (since it has three wheels), the VentureOne has an enclosed body. The reinforced roll-cage construction in combination with front-and-side-impact protection, and a highly efficient passenger restraint system, give the occupants a level of protection comparable to conventional cars — or statistically, 33 times the safety of a typical motorcycle.

H-racer & Solar Hydrogen Station

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The H-racer is a micro-version of what engineers and scientists have been dreaming about for real cars: combining hydrogen with oxygen to generate a DC current to power an electric motor. Unlike a gas-powered car engine, the only byproducts of this electrochemical process are electricity, heat and pure water. Recently named as one of the Best Inventions of 2006 by Time Magazine, the H-racer is now the best selling fuel cell product in the world, and Horizon? first step in bringing the world a tangible vision for a viable hydrogen economy. With the H-racer, you can witness the power of new energy technology in the palm of a child? hand. Horizon has created a unique, patented miniature fuel-cell car and hydrogen refueling station. The Refueling Station creates hydrogen by electrolysis using water, and once the car's hydrogen tank is full, the car can run on its own hydrogen fuel-cell system, with the simple flip of a switch.   www.horizonfuelcell.com/

Around the world with solar powered taxi


On 3. July, we will take off for a tour around the world in a solar powered vehicle. We want to visit scientists, politicians and all those people who care about global warming. We will reoprt daily, how people are trying to stop global warming in the different countries of this world, and we want to show that solutions are available and everybody can be part of the solution. For this, for the first time in history, we are driving a car, powered by solar energy, around the whole world. Without making pollution. Without producing CO2. But with joy of life, humor and the spirit of pioneers.

www.solartaxi.com/index.php