- Post is under moderationFirst let me start by saying that I like electric cars, but mainly purpose-built ones. I own a #Tesla-Model-S-P90D / ( #Tesla / the dual-engine #Tesla-Model-S model), a #1909-Baker-Electric and a #1914-Detroit-Electric . My wife has an #electric-Fiat-500 .
What I have never been a fan of is taking perfectly good gas-engine cars and turning them into electrics, because they never quite deliver on the promise. Electricity is like sex: people seem to have a compulsion to lie about it. Every electric bicycle or motorcycle I have ever ridden promised 80 to 100 miles on a charge, but if you rode them the way you ride a normal motorcycle, you never got more than about 30 miles before you were limping home.
Most amateur and semi-professional conversions from gas to electric tend to come up short. The cars are usually heavier, which means handling and braking are adversely affected. Luggage space is lost and, of course, range is diminished. None of this really bothered me because most of the cars being converted were cars I wasn’t particularly interested in.
Something I thought I would never accept was converting classics to electric. Like most car enthusiasts, at least here in the States, the only part of the Royal Wedding I found interesting was the electric E-type. I’m not sure how I felt about it. A priceless classic ruined? Or had it been made better than it was?
To answer this question I consulted a man named Michael Bream. He owns a shop called EV West near San Diego, California, and has done some fascinating conversions such as electrifying Porsche 911s. Now, before you head down there with pitchforks, hear me out. As Michael explained, 911s are expensive but not rare. They built well over a million of them and his conversions are such that you can always go back to stock. He never cuts anything structural.
The classic I found most fascinating was his electric Fiat 124 Spider. The unusual part was that he had kept the original gearbox. I had always been told that there was no advantage in having a gearbox on an electric motor. Most electric motors make full torque from zero, so a gearbox just adds weight and complexity. Years ago I drove one of Elon Musk’s early prototype roadsters, the one with a two-speed gearbox. The electric motor was so powerful that the gearbox broke. So a single-speed was deemed sufficient, although the top speed was somewhat limited.
The advantage of having a gearbox, though, is driver involvement. Although I could pull away in just about any gear with the converted 124 Spider, using the gearbox made me feel more like I was part of the car. The electric motor was way more powerful than the original four-cylinder internal combustion engine, and the only thing missing was the exhaust note. I think transmissions will be the next big thing for electric vehicles. Just the fact that they use them in Formula E racing, when they’re not required to, proves something.
I was fortunate enough to get a ride in the beautiful #new-Tesla-Roadster designed by Franz von Holzhausen, which goes from 0 to 60mph in well under two seconds, turns the quarter-mile in the high-eights and has a claimed top speed of over 250mph, while giving you over 600 miles between charges.
I couldn’t tell if it had a transmission or not, and everybody was pretty hush-hush about the technical aspects of the car. What I can tell you is that it was the fastest-accelerating street vehicle I have ever been in. No need for launch control. Just hit the pedal and it was gone.
It was about the same size as a 911, which I consider the perfect size for a sports car. The other fascinating aspect was the aerodynamics. Since there is no traditional transmission, the undercarriage could become a giant diffuser. Imagine: no headers or long exhaust pipes running the length of the car to break up the airflow. Combine all those elements with a power plant that requires absolutely no maintenance of any kind, and is good for over a million miles, and you have an unbeatable combination. The genius of Tesla is the battery technology. They develop it, build it, own it.
Back to Michael Bream. After seeing his converted Porsches, Volkswagens, Fiats and even a BMW that ran at Pike’s Peak, I was sold. I’d been prejudiced against converted electric cars purely because I’d never seen any done this well. These conversions were faster, handled as well and, with their original gearboxes, were just as much fun to drive as the originals. But as for the #electric-Jaguar-E-type … that’ll take some time.Stream item published successfully. Item will now be visible on your stream.
- Post is under moderationTesla Superchargers no longer free, from 1st January #2017 / #Tesla-Supercharger / #Supercharger / #Tesla-Model-S / #Tesla-Model-3 / #Tesla /
TESLA’S famously ‘free’ Superchargers are about to dramatically change. Ahead of - likely - more popular cars including the Model 3, offering Supercharger access for free was bound to come to an end sooner rather than later. Current and old purchases will continue to receive free unlimited Supercharger access, whereas new cars ordered after 1st January 2017 will only come with 400kWh credits (or about 1,000 miles) free per year - or roughly four charges for a Model S with 250+ mile range.
Details of the payment system will be announced at a later date, but it’s possible this will be handled by a new over the air update or App on the main touchscreen in each Tesla. Tesla state the money earnt from Superchargers will go toward building new chargers more rapidly as the company moves toward producing 500,000 cars per year by #2018 .
The announcement was made at the same time as #Elon-Musk casually added that a second #Gigafactory would be built somewhere in Europe, but offered no additional details.Stream item published successfully. Item will now be visible on your stream.
- Post is under moderation/ #2018 / #Tesla-Model-Y - the small #SUV / #Tesla-SUV / #Elon-Musk / #Tesla
In September, the first SUV from Tesla, the Model X to German customers and busy so comes the booming crossover segment for the electric car brand.
Large quantities is the Gullwing but probably not make 86 300 euros alone costs just entry version 60D with about 355 kilometer range. sale Masses could Tesla, however, the compact notchback variant Model 3, which will roll in 2017 for $35,000 to the first customer. About 400,000. Pre lie Tesla claims to already before. If one counts two and two together, it is clear what must come: a small SUV based on Model 3, perhaps even before the indicated hatchback version debuts. The key data of the compact crossover model (see computer retouching) are likely those of the Model 3 same.
It will provide space for five, a range of 345 kilometers / 200 miles, the hardware for the Tesla's Supercharger charging stations and an acceleration from 0 to 62MPH in under six seconds. In addition, Tesla aspires to five stars in crash test and had to prepare plans on the autopilot function. This could be following recent accidents with the assistance system, however, to change: If good 130,000 Model S have been sold worldwide (not all on autopilot) and so already accidents happen, the expansion of the features on the triple numbers could quickly advised to take risks. Another problem is Tesla going in the second SUV probably the same out of the way: The double doors at the rear, which have provided the model X for a delay of the sales launch of over one year, are already too expensive for the smaller SUV.
Practically, however: even for the Model 3 Elon Musk has promised (for under $5,000 charge) and a trailer coupling optional all-wheel drive. Inside waiting that typical giant screen in the center console, the equipment should be standard vegan. Background of the model name is actually a plan by Elon Musk, has the Ford, however, already crossed the Model 3 with older naming rights. It should be called model E originally. Model S, E and X, since Y would perfectly fit to: S-E-X-Y.Stream item published successfully. Item will now be visible on your stream.
- Post is under moderationFEATURE: TESLA SUPERCHARGER RALLY #Drive-My was invited to attend this exclusive event, the first official European Supercharger rally. We experience a Model S 85 all the way to Amsterdam and back.
ONE BILLION MILES #Tesla-Motors / #Tesla-Model-S-85 / #Tesla-Model-S / #2016 / #European-Supercharger-Rally /
Tesla Motors recently celebrated a milestone achievement. As is becoming increasingly apparent from the American electric car maker, one should expect the unexpected. One billion electric miles was the buzz term surrounding celebrations held in Amsterdam, where a huge party for invited guests took place. Guests from all over Europe made their way over to Tesla Motors’ European HQ, the process of which in itself covered many more electric miles. WORDS: Jonathan Musk / PHOTOS: Lucy Hargrave /
One billion electric miles is a great statement to make from the tiny car company that has managed to shake their much more established and bigger-pocketed rivals since the launch of their superb Model S. To picture one billion miles, it is roughly the same distance as travelling to the planet Saturn. Even the furthest [dwarf] planet in our solar system, Pluto, which took the New Horizons space mission nine years to reach while travelling at speeds of 36,000 mph, is only three billion miles away. So, one billion miles is a long way and don’t forget those miles have been travelled electrically by only 75,000 Model S cars too. It’s a landmark achievement for such a small company and considering the Model S is not a ‘cheap’ car by Tesla’s own admission.
For the UK group of attendees, things kicked off from Maidstone in Kent, home to the most south easterly Tesla Supercharger; a network of rapid chargers capable of outputting more than 125kW of power to charge the Model S’ considerable battery from 0-80% in less than 45 minutes. The UK alone has more than 22 Supercharger locations with more on the way. Tesla had kindly invited us along for the journey and provided us with the best-selling Model S 85 rear wheel drive.
The roundel stuck to the side of UK attending cars, including our Model S 85 that we drove to Amsterdam.
The first leg entailed travelling to Eurotunnel. Unfortunately, Operation Stack was in full force that meant stop-start traffic ensued from the word go. While creeping toward Folkestone, Calais and the French Eurotunnel terminal experienced an unexpected deluge of some 1,500 people attempting a desperate bid to get the UK. The three hour delay gave ample opportunity to play with the colossal 17-inch touch screen display positioned between the driver and passenger. Tesla is currently unique in providing such an enormous display that offers a sensational experience. For a car, it makes mapping and practicalities including music playing from almost any source a dream. All Model S are fitted with their own SIM card; not to send/receive phone calls but instead to access the internet. Perhaps one of the most notable features is that it works internationally and is included in the price of the car. It makes the Model S’ computer even more delightful with websites and traffic updates downloaded in seconds and in whichever country you find yourself travelling. For an American car to offer such a facility in Europe is world class. During our weekend trip to Amsterdam, we would pass from the UK to France, via Belgium and into the Netherlands. Throughout each of the countries, we had seamless internet access that proved more than useful on multiple occasions. The only drawback was at motorway speed, occasionally the Google powered maps were downloaded slower than we were travelling - but it isn’t a problem since the instrument cluster has an offline map view.
Having finally made it across the channel and onto the continent, the Tesla quickly settled into its default and tranquil motorway driving groove. The proceeding 94 miles to our mid-way stop at Tesla’s Ghent Supercharger location rapidly passed by. Reaching Ghent entailed a literal ten minute halt, which was time enough to have a rest stop and a swig of water before setting off on the road again for the final 130 mile stretch. The rapidity of the Supercharger meant that we had gained enough charge to reach Amsterdam with at least 50 miles range spare.
Coming from a nation where Tesla Motors isn’t quite a household name, it is surprising to arrive in Amsterdam and see a Model S on every street corner. A massive fleet of 170 Model S taxis are run from Schiphol airport, helping with this observation, but within the city itself privately owned Model S’ are everywhere to be seen too.
At Tesla’s HQ a gathering of some 200 Tesla Model S owners and their families had come from all corners of Europe to celebrate the aforementioned one billion electric miles achievement. Tesla had put on an unforgettable spread much of the evening was spent talking to and discussion Tesla and driving electrically.
During the evening, some announcements were made detailing the success and future for Tesla in Europe. Jelle Vastert, Head of Tesla’s European Supercharger Program, said, “We have gone from 23 Live Superchargers last year to more than quadruple that number today. Their use is so widespread that 12,000,000 electric kilometres per month are provided by them and that number is expanding at a speed of around 20-30% per month.”
ABOVE With more than 200 Model S’ to charge during the evening, the Superchargers were in constant use. Although a staggered charging schedule was used, the system remained stable and able to provide enough energy for all the cars.
He added that the first Supercharger in Spain has been opened in the Catalonian city of Gerona, enabling Model S drivers to extend their journey’s further south. Incredibly, the first Model S to reach the new station came from Norway! Jelle added, “You can now drive an electric car all the way from Norway to Barcelona and believe me, it’s a great experience.” This goes someway to demonstrating the dedication and involvement Tesla owners have with the company and are effectively treated as brand ambassadors rather than mere customers.
In the UK, Tesla’s Supercharger network has suffered delays as a result of a legal dispute with a rival rapid charge network. Speaking about this, Jelle spoke to Drive-MY confirming, “In the UK, we’ll catch up this summer. We have a bit of work to do to catch up in the UK, but we can progress there now. We have more than 10 Superchargers coming soon. It’s no secret we had a legal dispute but that’s resolved now so we can progress.
Tesla’s Supercharger network is expanding elsewhere in Europe too as Jelle continued, “We’ll be expanding south into Spain and east into Italy too. Germany already has 40 stations and there are plans to install more Superchargers across Europe at locations people already use, including at hotels and parking.”
Most Tesla owners have come from a background of powerful cars too and the variety of previous cars was surprising. Some had owned large executive cars like the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, while others had sports cars including Audi’s R8. More surprising were those who had doubled their car buying budget to get a Model S, having calculated that fuel and tax savings would offset the initial asking price.
Somehow, Tesla’s Model S has attracted a wide variety of petrol heads and won them over despite the differences in vehicle type. An interesting factor was that many did not cite the environment as a core reason for purchasing or being interested in buying an electric car. Instead, most agreed that it was the technology and superb performance that won them over. One thing was evident, all over Europe people are seeing the benefits of electric power and the Tesla Model S is a showcase of the future you can own today.
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Jelle Vastert, Head of Tesla’s European Supercharger Program. Much fun was had by all! Tesla’s HQ lit up at night.
Having swapped cars to the range topping P85D for our return journey, we were able to travel into the centre of Amsterdam where more Model S were to be seen at seemingly every corner. Almost every street in Amsterdam has electric car charging points, many of which were in use. It was a real eye opener to witness so many electric cars being used for daily travel and that they can really work in a city situation. Hopping into the P85D though, it was clear this car was not meant for small spaces as its acceleration from 0-62mph in 3.1 seconds would simply be a danger to everyone in an inner city location.
After one final charge we left Amsterdam and headed for the motorway. In a safe environment on an empty stretch of road, the full accelerative power was put to the test. It is quite simply awe inspiring and terrifying in equal measure. How the near two-tonne car is able to grip the road and propel it ahead as fast as it does is astonishing. That the car costs £79,900 (inc. PICG) makes it all the more amazing. This is near hypercar quick and makes everything else on the road appear slow and out-dated. Despite this ‘Insane’ performance, it was easy to see why so many are turning to Tesla for performance. While driving along the Dutch motorway exiting Amsterdam, the speed limit is just 100 km/h. In a petrol powered sports car with similar pace to the P85D, we would have used a significant amount of fuel to travel at that speed because of the highly tuned nature of the engine and its likely large capacity too. In the Tesla, we used no more energy travelling at 100 km/h than we did in the less powerful 85 model we had driven to Amsterdam the day before. It is this versatility that electric cars can offer so exceptionally well and the Tesla is the daddy.
Tesla is a forward thinking company trying to push the boundaries of what is possible with a car. Their desire to be the best in their field just happens to put them into comparison with other petrol and diesel cars, but in reality the powertrain is what has made the Tesla so desirable. The fact that the company also gives its customers a network of free to use Superchargers is the icing on the cake. They may have only sold 75,000 Model S worldwide to date but Tesla has already made its mark on the automotive industry. We look forward to the next one billion electric miles and many more thereafter.
Inside the cavernous workshop at Tesla Amsterdam where more than 20 car ramps are able to provide servicing and support for all Tesla electric cars.
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Waiting three hours at Eurotunnel. Aboard the train, Tesla feels very wide. Supercharging at Ghent required only a ten minute stop. Tesla Amsterdam played host to the BBQ and party.Stream item published successfully. Item will now be visible on your stream.
- Post is under moderationELECTRO FLIGHT WORLD'S FASTEST ELECTRIC PLANE EXCLUSIVETHE STORY OF A VERY BRITISH PROJECT
Electroflight is an ambitious British project to create an electric aeroplane capable of 300 mph. #Drive-My takes an in-depth look at the project and what it might mean for electric aviation. #Electroflight-Plane
Electric cars may soon become common place on our roads, but what about electric powered aircraft? Very much in its infancy, we take a look at a pioneering British electric plane project, that could herald potentially huge ramifications.
MAIN The Electroflight plane features a twin-prop design, with each being powered by separate motors.
Ever since the Wright brothers first took to the air, we humans have been obsessed with flight. Despite numerous efforts of varying madcap designs, the Wright brothers managed to successfully navigate a figure of eight course in the air ahead of anyone else in the world. Other attempt did actually result in flight, technically, but their efforts usually ended a bumpy landing and bruised pride, and those were the lucky ones.
Back then, nothing flew apart from paper aeroplanes that somehow managed to predate man’s first flight by many years. Despite these early difficulties, today anything designed seems to manage to fly. Take a look at the latest AirBus and it is a small wonder that such a giant, weighing hundreds of tonnes is able to take off at all - let alone that it has just two engines to propel it skyward.
From radial piston engines the age of jet planes just 40 years later, aircraft technology has advanced at a staggering rate. The first flight in 1903 was little faster than walking pace but by the late 1950’s planes were already capable of more than 3,000 mph. With all this very evident speed of progress, it is no wonder electric propulsion has never really had an opportunity to make a case for itself. But what could electric power bring to the world of aircraft?
An electric powered airplane has only just managed to cross the English Channel, while the Solar Impulse 2 is half way around its world tour in its bid to become the first electric powered aircraft to travel around the world. Both of these achievements were completed a hundred years ago in the history of flight, so what is the relevance today?
A small unit at an airfield in Gloucestershire might not be the headquarters of a huge multi-national conglomerate that you may have expected to front research into new and pioneering flight technology but it is the home to Targett Aviation, run by Roger Targett. Targett’s background is predominantly centred around making Red Bull air racer’s faster and sure enough, hidden beneath a dust cover is a current 200 bhp aerobatic display plane.
It’s a good starting point as Roger explains, “That plane there has the same power as the electric plane.” It’s a bold statement considering the size difference between the Red Bull air racer and the electric plane that sits nearby. “It’s quite disruptive technology as from a military point of view it has huge potential,” Roger continues as he delves further into the workshop lined with various different aircraft and gliders. There has been interest from various different fields and one perhaps less obvious than most is the military interest. Roger continues, “If you put me on the end of a runway with my electric aeroplane and I’m next to a frontline jet fighter like a Typhoon and we both hit the start button at the same time, I’ll be at 20,000 ft and climbing before they’ve even left the runway. They’ll soon catch up, but electric power is just so instant. A jet fighter takes about two minutes to spool up whereas electric is instant.”
It’s an interesting new perspective given to a benefit electric power might be able to provide over our pre conception that jet fighters are the quickest things in the sky. That they may well be, but it will take them a while to achieve that speed. Roger goes on to show us some electric concepts he created in response to a DARPA call for new drone designs. They’re a fascinating bunch of ideas but one thing is clear; with each speed and instantaneous response are the key advantages over a nav-gas powered alternative. Many of the solutions he presents exhibit some of the typical electric benefits we’re more used to on the ground but for very different applications. For example, zero emissions means an electric drone can be used inside a building or other mother-ship where they could be flown from. The lack of any liquid fuel means less risk of fire or explosion too. Naturally, there are drawbacks just as there are with most electric cars, namely batteries are heavy and therefore flying time is spoken of in minutes rather than hours. The solution, however, is simply to have more than one and charge those not being flown while the others are in flight.
Roger brings out another example. “In Afghanistan, they have to guard and maintain a two and a half mile long runway for drones and the like to operate from. An alternative is to have a ‘tail sitter’ electric powered drone that can launch vertically from a military base. It travels 300 mph and because it’s electric it has a tiny heat signature too and is relatively easy to hide from ground-to-air missiles. It takes about an hour to launch a Predator drone whereas electric doesn’t need any preparation time and is just instant,” says Roger. It’s a fascinating display of out-the- box thinking and a clever indication that electric propulsion could have actually found its niche, albeit in an unobvious solution.
Electric propulsion also has other possibilities with regards to other projects already in existence. The hybrid air-ship project currently being undertaken in Bedfordshire, for example, will initially be powered by diesel engines. However, air ships have a problem in that as fuel is burnt, the weight of the vehicle is reduced. As such, it is necessary to apply more energy when reducing altitude. Electric power would negate this factor as the weight of the batteries would not change.
Another factor where electric planes benefit over fuel power is cost. Roger explains, “The Rotax 912 is currently the most popular engine for sport and home built aircraft. To operate one of those for 2,000 hours, which is roughly the life of that engine before it needs a major overhaul, costs £96,000 in fuel, oil and other expenses. Equivalent power from an electric motor would cost as little as £12,000 to charge it and get a similar 2,000 hours use from it.”
However, as fantastic an idea as electric planes might be when up in the air, keeping them there could prove to be a problem not due to batteries or reliability but instead legislation. Roger adds, “With this project we would be writing the books for legislation and certification as it simply hasn’t been done yet.”
Aside from writing the rule book and possible military applications for electric aircraft propulsion, the plane you see on these pages has been built for aerobatic displays and outright speed. Capable of around 300 mph, the plane is powered by two YASA 400 electric motors, each providing about XX bhp. One motor sits behind the other and passes through the middle. The reason for this is that a twin contra-rotating propeller setup can be used, which gives additional benefits to manoeuvrability. Typically, when a single propeller is used, the plane can turn exceptionally well in one direction and less so in the other thanks to the gyroscopic effect created by the spinning propeller. The contra-rotating propeller overcomes this issue and also introduces new aerobatic possibilities not possible with a conventional aerobatic plane. For example, prop hanging is a common practice whereby the plane is controlled a bit like a helicopter with the whole thing hanging in the air on the power of the engine and the propeller. The effect to the audience is the plane is static in the air. Some pilots then like to show off a little and allow the torque of the engine to spin the plane around the propeller, known as ‘torque roll’. However, with a single prop this can only be done in one direction whereas with contra-rotating propellers, the same stunt can be done but in both directions. Thanks to the instantaneous torque potential from the electric motors, the climb rate can also be more dramatic and less progressive, with the possibility of evermore death-defying stunts being performed. The fuselage is built from a Nomex honeycomb sandwich covered in carbon-fibre and shares many similarities to other conventional aerobatic display plane designs. However, there are several key differences. Firstly, where fuel is usually stored in the wings, the batteries will be housed in the main fuselage. Secondly and most apparent is the nose cone. Because the electric motors are so tiny, it allows for the nose design to be as small as possible, rather than having a large frontal area. The result should mean improved aerodynamic performance and speed.
Unfortunately, as the plane you see here is only a demonstration model and not a flying example, it is difficult to say exactly how long flight time will be. Roger says, “I have a given volume of space for the batteries and when I first designed the plane that would have allowed for five minutes of flying, which is enough to do the speed record or a display at an air show. However, in the last five years since it was first designed battery energy density has improved to the extent that flight time could easily be doubled.”
The project differs from most other electric plane ventures because it is trying to achieve outright speed and performance to test the ability of electric power, rather than others who have tended to aim for endurance. Small electric motors with big batteries and huge wingspans seem to have been the preferred option over powerful electric motors with small batteries and high manoeuvrability. One of the possible uses, aside from aiming to break the electric air speed record at some 300 mph, is to have a fleet of these aircraft that could perform never before seen stunts and aerobatics in almost near silence too. There would, of course, be wind and aerodynamically induced noise but the motors themselves would be very quiet, especially when compared to noisy fuel powered aircraft at least. Roger adds, “The projected take-off weight is 420 kilos, including a 75 kilo pilot. 120 kilos of that is the batteries. The calculated thrust is about 500 kilos, so there’ll be 80 kilos of thrust in hand. Effectively, it will be able to go vertical. The Red Bull air racers can almost prop-hang, but not quite and it will roast their engine in the process. Whereas in the electric plane, it will be indifferent to this manoeuvre as, for a start, there won’t be much heat build-up. With the power to weight ratio in this, there’ll be nothing out there like it in its class.”
But, what sort of funding is needed to get a project like this off the ground? “Three million pounds,” Roger calmly exclaims. “We might be able to get matched funding through the various grant systems available, if we only achieve half of that but that’s to do it properly. It’s a big project to undertake because whereas others build only an air frame and buy an engine off the shelf from someone like Rolls Royce, we’re doing the air frame and propulsion system from scratch.” It’s a large amount of money, but in the grand scale of things if Electroflight are able to capitalise on their desire to be a world leader in electric aircraft propulsion it is a small price to pay when usually billions are spent developing a new car, for example. The money would go towards building three air frames initially, with the first being a test air frame to satisfy the authorities. This would be used for stress testing purposes, which would see it tested to destruction. The other two would be flying air frames with one built slightly more advanced than the other so that any necessary modifications can be incorporated into the other as they are built. Roger adds, “It would be great to also be able to build a few demonstrators and get them into air shows around the world to demonstrate their capabilities.” Ultimately, electric plane propulsion has more merits than may at first appear. It is now usual to hear about how an electric powered car outperforms a conventionally powered vehicle and the Tesla Model S is a good example of this. Electric aviation is in its infancy with only a few flying examples in existence around the world and while they may in their own right be pioneering projects, they have hardly attempted to push the envelope of possibilities. Electroflight is different in that their approach is more akin to that taken by Richard Noble who began the Thrust land speed record attempts. We all know that happy ending that rightly earned its place in history with worldwide acclaim. That project led to the current Bloodhound 1,000 mph land speed project, which is being used to invigorate an appetite in engineering for school children. It’s a worthy cause and a history that Electroflight could follow if they are able to obtain funding.
Being at the forefront of a new technology is not an easy place to be in as it requires a belief in something new and unproven. However, electric power is gaining acceptance in the car world and there is no reason why the same couldn’t happen for aircraft too. Whether Electroflight ever gets off the ground is likely a question of funding, but it certainly deserves to as it would put the UK at the forefront of an emerging technology that is bound to take off.
ABOVE A Tesla Model S gives the tiny electric plane some perspective. Cockpit is cramped but free from clutter. Same power, massive size difference. Advanced safety; Electroflight features a parachute for the plane, not pilot. / #Tesla-Model-S / #Tesla /
Specification #2016 / #Electroflight Plane
Engine #YASA-400 x2
Thrust 500 kgs
Max Speed 250 knots
Stall Speed 60 knots
Climb Rate 9.000 ft/min
Ceiling Height 25.000 ft
Batteries 120 kg Li-ion
Airframe (piloted) +/-10G
Weight (exc. pilot) 345 kgs
MAIN The Electroflight plane features a twin-prop design, with each being powered by separate motors.
AERODYNAMIC New and never before seen aerobatics will be possible from the near instant electric torque.
The plane in the background is a current Red Bull air racer with similar power, but the electric plane’s frontal area is significantly reduced allowing for better aerodynamics.
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- Post is under moderationUpstream. The #2016 #Tesla-Model-3 electro-mobility will now be affordable. / #Tesla / #Elon-Musk
The rumored price is a slap in the face for the car-Establishment: $35,000 to cost, the new Tesla, which corresponds to currently about 31,000 euros. Giant Large hooting among fans, hype around the globe - but also with a small flaw. After all, the 31,000 euro costs the bare basic version untaxed what will probably account for more 50 thousands in real life.
After all, Tesla has thus already earned $ 135 million, 135,000 preorders 1.000 dollars already received, is CEO Elon Musk forward certainly. Especially also because he has betrayed not much technical details on the car 345km/220miles range and 0-100 kph in under six seconds are specified, the rest is speculation.
On the market, the model should come 3 end 2017th Tesla is busy working on his Gigafactory in Nevada, in the future the batteries are made for all models in the. Batteries for 500,000 vehicles to be produced there annually. Completion of the factory is planned for 2020 - thus it will probably still take a while before the Model 3 actually rolls on the streets.
People Tesla: Much is to Tesla 3 so in secrecy that it itself does not know Elon Musk. Hopefully he finds it in time one, because $ 135 million are already flowed, in his direction.Stream item published successfully. Item will now be visible on your stream.
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