New electric car: the HUVO & the Volt

New electric car: the HUVO

"The HUVO"

Suzuka-based Topia Corp. presented an electric car during the 19th Design Engineering & Manufacturing Solutions Expo in Tokyo, which weighs just 150kg (330lb). The so-called Huvo is the prototype of a single seat mini car.

The Huvo is made of steel, aluminum, carbon fiber reinforced plastic and ABS resin. Topia says the prototype was completely produced in-house. According to the CEO, other companies trying to manufacture a comparable car would only be able to produce a vehicle weighing as much as 300kg.

Compared to the other single-seat electric vehicle that we had the misfortune of laying eyes on recently, Topia's HUVO looks just magnificent. This clearly minuscule road warrior, which officially tips the scales at 150-kilograms (or just over 330-pounds), holds one lucky motorist and a small briefcase (if you're lucky). Reportedly, the frame is constructed from high-tensile steel plate, the doors and the back panel from aluminum alloy, the roof from carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP), the windshield from polycarbonate and the interior / wheels covers from ABS resin.

To save weight and development costs, the HUVO is made out of materials that would make any contemporary golf cart proud; mainly plastic, ceramic, more plastic, and a bit of high-tensile steel plate. Although, as the headline implies, if HUVO goes into production Topia should probably just make the thing out of a nice, sturdy wood, and save your immediate family a step at the funeral parlor.

The company doesn’t mention the invention on its website and at this point, there is no information available regarding possible commercialization of the Huvo in the future. Your guess is as good as ours when it comes to crash test ratings, but we suppose we should wait and see if this thing even sniffs the commercial market before worrying over that.

Chevy's (Chevrolet) upcoming electric car; "the Volt":

The Concept Chevy Volt, with its revolutionary E-Flex Propulsion System will be different than any previous electric vehicle because it will use a lithium-ion battery with a variety of range-extending onboard power sources, including gas and, in some vehicles, E85 ethanol to recharge the battery while driving.

Chevy claims that if you drive less than 40 miles a day, you'll never have to put a drop of gas into your Volt. But the Volt is expected to cost around $40,000 or so when it goes on sale (which could be as soon as 2010). New electric car: the Volt

At that price, gasoline makes much more financial sense.

Let's say the Volt ends up with sticker price of $40,000.

Compare that to the Chevy Malibu LS, which starts at $20,550, seems about equal in size to the Volt and is considered an exceptional vehicle.

That's a price difference of $19,450.

Let's say gas jumps to $5 per gallon (which seems pretty likely by 2010). At that price, $19,450 would buy you 3,890 gallons of gas.

The LS is rated for 22 mpg in the city and 30 on the highway.

Most people probably do a mix of city and highway driving, but lets say you do only city driving.

That means your 3,890 gallons of gas would allow you to drive 85,580 miles.

The average American drives about 12,000 miles per year.

So that means you'd have to own a Volt for more than seven years (and never use a drop of gasoline) to make it a better financial decision than a run-of-the-mill gas-powered car.

And that's not even counting the spike in your home electric bill from charging up your Volt in your garage every night.

The technology of electric vehicles is enticing and promising. But it's not ready for prime time.

Check below about the innovation of Tata nano minicar ; you may get interest:

Tata nano: cheapest car to challenge the automarket, Technical and Model Specifications

Ref.:

http://techon.nikkeibp.co.jp/english/
http://techblog.dallasnews.com
http://www.chevrolet.com/


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Have they said how much the HUVO will cost if it goes on sale to the public.

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