Monday, February 13, 2006

Toyota Fine-S

Another move by Toyota R and D to take into the wave of future rides. Green is in for the future. Electric cars, hybrid vehicles and much more.. the cleaner the better. The Toyota Fine - S is brave move to utilize Hydrogen fuel cell to power this futuristic sleek vehicle.

Who said efficiency was boring? With hydrogen fuel cells below the deck for a low center of gravity, and independent 4-wheel control for exceptional drivability, the Fine-S is the shape of what's to come.

Monday, February 06, 2006

Volvo Concept Car 3CC
Source: Volvo Cars

Develop a car for the future. These six words provided the inspiration for the 3CC Concept Car. The car is the result of advanced research into sustainable mobility and Volvo engineers have placed particular focus on the conditions regulating safety in small cars and their ability to handle incoming forces in a frontal collision.
At just 3899 mm long, 1624 mm wide and 1321 mm high, the 3CC has the dimensions of a classic 2-seater sports car – but that’s where similarities end. This sporty vehicle has a unique two-plus-one seating configuration, which provides enhanced occupant communication, rear-passenger comfort and all-round visibility.
Powered by an 80 kW AC induction motor and with a potential driving range of 300 km (approx 180 miles) the 3CC has a top speed of over 135 km per hour. Furthermore, our Safety Ride Down Concept, where the seat slides forward at the moment of deformation, the intention being to compensate for the small car’s traditional lack of space in the crumple zone elevate the 3CC to the status of a small car with unique safety characteristics and advanced levels of occupant safety.
Toyota CS&S

The CS&S is a 4-wheel-drive mid-engine 2+2 sports car. Employing Toyota's Hybrid Synergy Drive,® an electric motor drives the front wheels, while a gas engine and electric motor in combination drive the rear. CS&S also unveils "Toyota Space Touch," where the driver selects functions by "touching" holographic projections.

According to Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Technology International, who featured the CS&S on the cover their 2003 annual review, it is just a design study, although every detail has been engineered. Designer Roberto Falasca calculates his creation could dispatch zero to 60 in around 8.5 seconds, not that the CS&S will ever perform: this one-off car doesn't move, even though it has all the necessary components - suspension, engine, electric motor, etc... According to Falasca, the car could probably drive at up to 40 mph before things got unsafe.
Source: Nissan Hypermini

The Hypermini's hyper-cute design masks one tough, serious vehicle, combining many advanced features and processes. Lithium-ion batteries (which are lighter and have a higher energy density than lead-acid or nickel-metal hydride batteries) reduce weight while still maintaining an impressive driving range. Plus, there is no memory effect from repeated recharging. The revolutionary aluminum spaceframe is lighter and more rigid than a comparable steel body. Many of the Hypermini's plastic raw materials are actually recycled from end-of-use vehicles, using a process that Nissan pioneered. Finally, special tires let you drive up to 50 miles in case of a flat. It's also economical, costing as little as 2-cents per mile to drive.* Inside, the cabin is spacious and comfortable. We're sure you'll appreciate the Hypermini for its incredible combination of space-age technology and down-to-earth practicality.