This is just an amateur work, but this is how the future will look like for sure! Electric! Including luxury models like Porsche.

This electric Porsche 914 is the result of work by dedicated MIT students and their mentors. Is true the car is only tested in parking lots but they estimate that the car should be able to hit 100 mph and run 130 miles before needing a recharge.

Converting the car to an advanced electric vehicle is an achievement in itself and serves to demonstrate the viability of the technology. But for the students, the real fun starts now. Said mechanical engineering graduate student Craig Wildman, "Now we get to take data while we’re driving. We can record everything that happens on a laptop, come back and change parameters, and test drive it again." With the Porsche as a test platform, the students can monitor conditions in the car while looking for ways to increase efficiency, performance and range, and to bring down costs.

The student project took off last year when Valence Technology Inc. donated 18 lithium phosphate rechargeable batteries valued at $2,030 each, plus a battery-management system. The team began by removing the original engine, exhaust lines and fuel tank and installing an electric motor and motor controller, the batteries and battery-management system, a battery charger and various smaller components. Each of the batteries is equipped with a built-in computer that monitors its conditions—ideal for the data-gathering task.

The car should consume about 185 watt-hours per mile of electricity, the equivalent of about 65 miles per gallon of gasoline.

Thanks’ Jezza’ for the tip.


Source: Boing Boing

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  (70) posted on 06.10.2008

This is a joke, right?

  (520) posted on 06.10.2008

This is to much!! What are they going to build next? An electric aircraft, electric transatlantics?

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