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  1. brian eiland

    brian eiland Senior Member

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    I originally added this posting to a subject thread having to do with fuel prices and some recent auto/market discussions. But the more I thought about it, why leave it buried there quite a few 'superyachts' that just might make use of one of these for shore-side excursions.



    Aside from our crude supply problems, let me inject a few positive notions, since we are discussing fuel and cars here.

    I was sure hoping those fuel prices would not drop so quickly, lest we forget working on alternative powered vehicles....particularly here in the USA where we consume so much fuel for auto purposes. And now this big downturn in the economy may make that much less funding available for these grass roots developments.

    But ingenuity can not totally be quenched....here are a few interesting
    3-wheel developments in the works that I found doing a little search yesterday.

    Enjoy the videos, particularly that T-Rex unit:

    http://www.fuelvaporcar.com/html/the_car.html

    http://videos.streetfire.net/video/SEMA-Video-Footage-by-The_86919.htm

    http://videos.streetfire.net/video/Global-News-Special-92mpg_118150.htmhttp://videos.streetfire.net/video/Global-News-Special-92mpg_118150.htm


    ...or how about this T-Rex vehicle...yahoo!!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=38TFetQAe2o

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=19h99yLoo2o

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cu_tYnLAivw

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eeQDMV7WPQ8

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qpP3y_aY1iQ

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=01Bp1sY_YYk

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IMLDBmxy4go

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CtZ0bNDX68k

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Di69WJTug0E
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    Most Economical, new VW from China

    The Most Economical Car in the World will be on sale next year.

    This is not a toy, not a concept car. It is a newly developed single seat car in highly aerodynamic tear-shape road-proven real car. It is ready to be launched as a single-seater for sale in Shanghai in 2010 for a mere RMB 4,000 (US$600)!

    Interested? Wait till you learn that it will cruise at 100-120 Km/Hr with an unbelievable 0.99litre/100Km (258 miles/gallon) !!

    Impressed? Totally, after you have read all the details below about the hi-tech and space-age material input into this car!!!



    Better than Electric Car - 258 miles/gallon: IPO 2010 in Shanghai

    This is a single seated car

    From conception to production: 3 years and the company is headquartered in Hamburg , Germany .

    Will be selling for 4000 yuan, equivalent to US$600..

    Gas tank capacity = 1.7 gallons

    Speed = 62 - 74.6 Miles/hour

    Fuel efficiency = 258 miles/gallon

    Travel distance with a full tank = 404 miles

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    Hi,

    Looks interesting.

    When I first scrolled down it was the Wolfsburg Number plate that caught my eye, it wasn't till later I saw the VW Symbol. Wolfsburg is the home of VW.

    What is the name of the Hamburg Co that has developed it?

    There is quite some difference about when it was first revealed, approved by the board and how much it will cost here in this article from June last year.

    http://www.carmagazine.co.uk/Green-Cars/Search-Results/Green-News/VW-to-relaunch-one-litre-eco-car/

    I don't understand myself how the prices quoted in this article can be lowered to those given to you Brian and they can still achieve all they claim.
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    brian eiland Senior Member

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    The information came to me from another forum, so I'm not sure of the details or the pricing...sorry

    Just caught my eye as I've long had an interest in alternative fueled cars. We really need to be working on this problem. I think a half-way decent electric Mini-Cooper would be an extra hot ticket. I'd have one, and I'm 6' 4" and fit in one.
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    Hi,

    This is the first "green car" I have seen on here that I think has a good chance of actually being produced.

    Volkswagen Group build good cars and I would normally say they have the R & D funding to get something like this off the ground, it remains to be seen if the current world economic slowdown retards the progress of rolling this out to the market.
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    Inflatable Nanotech Car

    XP Vehicles is ready to launch a new development in the automobile industry designed to reinvent the basics of car design. Its model, the Mini Utility Vehicle (MUV), is a battery/fuel-cell hybrid that utilizes new technology in an attempt to improve safety, reduce costs, and increase its range as an electric car (see the figure).

    The MUV relies on its power-to-weight ratio as well as its endless hot-swap energy storage array, which XP believes set it apart in the auto industry, to achieve its efficiency. The physics of pressure pneumatics allows the MUV to endure crashes without incurring serious damage, says the company.

    Besides its crash-resistance, XP contends that its new MUV is also bulletproof, thanks to its use of modern ceramics, Kevlar, and vectran-type materials in layers. In the near future, XP will carry out a test “shoot-out” with SWAT officers and AK-47 assault rifles to compare the durability of a traditional steel door with that of an MUV, which will be seen on the Internet and television.

    In addition to its strength, the MUV also weighs much less than regular cars made of steel. According to XP, an MUV’s door, created from nano-tech material, has the ability to diminish the crash impact because of its flexible and lightweight nature. Unlike the steel used today in many cars, the company asserts that nano-tech fabric can move and increase passenger safety through its combination of strength and tolerance.

    Some of the features of the MUV, as stated by XP, make it easy to avoid the auto shop. The vehicle has a battery-powered electric drive train and a hydrogen-powered fuel cell to extend battery range while driving. XP believes this car will have no need for an extension cord, since it has a removable power pack that can be recharged at home. The MUV also features solid-state non-pressurized hydrogen storage cassettes, and they are rechargeable using a home generator or can be swapped while driving.

    Aerospace technology, such as an inflatable membrane construction for added durability, also plays a role in the construction. In addition, the seats, dashboard, and body have already-deployed airbags inside them that give the car enhanced higher-speed crash safety, according to XP’s team. There is no steering column in this car; instead, the MUV includes an end-to-end shock tubing system. An interactive video dashboard and an optional energy-creating skin are two other features of the prototype.

    The MUV will have a base price of $20,000, which makes it an affordable option for consumers, according to the company. XP has accomplished this goal by using pressure membrane materials, allowing the company to create the MUV with up to 70% less parts than a standard car. With its simplified assembly, XP contends that the manufacturing time for an MUV is much shorter than that of a typical car, resulting in lower costs for both the company and the consumer.

    XP has taken advantage of the Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing Incentive Program (ATVM) to obtain government funding for its efforts. This program, created in 2007 by the Department of Energy (DOE), was designed to give loans and grants to automobile and automobile part manufacturers to cover the cost of re-equipping, expanding, or opening manufacturing facilities in the United States to generate advanced technology vehicles or qualified components, as well as for related engineering integration costs.

    XP, an ATVM loan applicant, has recently learned that its application is almost complete, which makes the company among the first to receive this news. The company applied in November 2008 for a $40 million commercial loan, which led to a seven-month review by the federal government. U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu has lent his support to XP, requesting that funds from ATVM are donated to XP “as fast as possible.” Besides this program, XP has also inquired about other loan and grant opportunities and is looking into investor options.

    XP Vehicles has offered a challenge to all other electric car companies to outdo its metrics, but it has not yet had any contenders. The company, almost 12 years in the making, is an off-shoot of Clever Industries LLC. Its mission is to develop the safest, most affordable vehicle with the lowest total cost of operation (TCO) and the best power-to-weight ratio driven by alternative energy.

    For XP, the economic downturn has diminished its investor opportunities but at the same time has drastically reduced its competition within the field. As for the future, the company sees the industry turning towards boutique automobile firms with more outsourced manufacturing. In the current economy, however, XP wants its “vehicles of change” to inject hope into the new auto industry and create the largest number of American jobs possible. XP hopes to have its prototype finished in 2009, and the volume production stage is expected to begin in 2010

    http://www.myxpcar.com/

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    Don't be a wimp, just go and buy a bike.

    Go to the store, pedal power.

    Go to work, electric powered bike.

    Go to Italy for lunch, a bloody big Suzi, a Kawa, a Beemer works too.

    When was the last time you had more than 2 people in your car?

    A well tuned bike will still give you 55-60 mpg and performance you could just hug!



    Oh, as an aside, the 'bloody big Suzi' left me for a tattoo artist, I loved that bike.
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    Tesi is a nice replacement for Suzi.

    http://www.bimotaamerica.com/bikes_t3da.html
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    How About a Morgan?

    How about a Morgan Three Wheeler? It gets about 40 mpg or so and goes from 0-60 in about 5 seconds.

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