February 16, 2010 |
In the e-mail era, the U.S. Postal Service seems hardly plugged in -- but at least it wants its vehicles to be. The postal service has awarded contracts to several California firms to develop a prototype postal van that would run on electricity. The contracts are part of the service's effort to determine whether it can convert some, or even all, of its 142,000 delivery vans to electricity. Such a project would be worth billions of dollars to the companies that win production contracts.
July 11, 1999
"Gas-Electric Cars May Be Right Mix for U.S. Drivers" [June 26] inaccurately represents the current status of electric vehicles. Electric vehicles have made a respectable showing in the last few years. The "dismal" number of EVs sold in the last three years isn't bad at all when you consider that EVs have been available to consumers in only a couple of regional markets; that most EVs, including Toyota's RAV4 sport-utility, DaimlerChrysler's Epic minivan and Nissan's Altra station wagon are not yet available to consumers; and that GM and Honda have had lackluster marketing aimed more at corporate positioning than moving cars.
September 17, 2010 |
Three vehicles, powered mostly by ethanol and electricity, beat out more than 130 other entries in a $10-million contest to build the world's most fuel-efficient autos. One of the winners, a tandem two-seater that looks like a motorcycle-automobile hybrid, featured a drive train from the same San Dimas company that provided technology for the Tesla Roadster. Another, a four-seater, weighed in at less than 1,000 pounds. The third vehicle was able to accelerate to 60 miles per hour in less than 15 seconds.
November 13, 2010 |
Some vehicles defy easy classification. Take the plug-in electric Peraves E-Tracer, headed for California roads next year. Balanced on two wheels and operated with a throttle, it's similar to a motorcycle. But it's also fully enclosed in a Kevlar fiberglass shell. FOR THE RECORD: E-Tracer electric vehicle: An article in the Nov. 13 Business section about the Peraves E-Tracer, a plug-in electric vehicle, gave the wrong unit of measure for the power rating of its AC induction motor.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 17, 2000
"Little Car's Big Shadow" (editorial, March 12) misses the real significance of GM's EV1 recall. GM recalled all of the older EV1s, not with the intent to fix them, but to keep them. The second-generation EV1s with improved batteries would make good replacements, but there is already a waiting list for them. Can GM build more? Not easily; it dismantled the EV1 assembly line. GM says it wants to create and build a market for electric vehicles, but its actions speak differently. GM is not alone.
October 29, 1998 |
Alan Cocconi likes speed too. He just doesn't think it has to come at the expense of all the dinosaurs who worked so hard to give the world crude oil. He builds a high-performance electric sports car, the tZero, that is rated at 220 horsepower with a 0-to-60 acceleration of 4.9 seconds. An electronics engineer from Caltech, Cocconi, 40, cut his teeth working as a consultant for GM on what became the EV1 electric car now leased through Saturn dealers.