On Shai Agassi and Better Place

In May of 2007, Shai Agassi launched Project Better Place. He had no cars, no test sites, no electrical engineering experience, and no automobile experience. All he had was a vision of an electric automobile charging infrastructure that would allow EVs to finally proliferate. By early summer of this year, Agassi had two countries volunteering

BG Automotive Starts Essembling Electric Cars

BG Automotive, a young Philadelphia company, has already started assembling low-speed (25mph max) electric vehicles that will be available as soon as, well, now.  The company website states their 4-door hatchbacks will be available “Oct/Nov/Dec 2008”.  The BG NEV will be roughly $16,000. However, it will not be legal in Pennsylvania until the state senate

Jay Leno and the 1909 Baker Electric Car

This is my favorite Jay Leno’s Garage, even better than his episode with the Tesla Roadster. It’s inspiring. This is a vehicle that is 100 years old, requires very little upkeep, runs smoothly and silently, and has a 110 mile ev range. The technology has always been there. Even the original batteries still work. I

On the Lumeneo Smera

I must say, there are a lot of great things coming from France in the electric car world. Take, for example, the Lumeneo Smera. It is a hybrid of two concepts demonstrated in the Tango and the VentureOne. This in-line two-seater will tilt into turns, enhancing maneuverability and create an exciting driving experience.  The Smera

Another neat Tango video

Initially, I wasn’t too taken by this EV, and its been around a while, but after seeing it handle and accelerate, it looks like a lot of fun. Instinctively, you think it will tip over around curves, but you have to keep in mind that there are several heavy batteries on the floor, keeping its

France Betting on Electric Cars

I found this article in RedGreenandBlue.org today: The French government announced today that it has earmarked a massive €400 million ($549 million) in state support for the development of electric and hybrid cars. The news comes hot on the heels of key pledges on the development of electric cars from Renault and Peugeot-Citroen that signal