The future London black cab will be ‘green’

Last week, E&T Magazine visited an event where some of the future designs for London’s iconic black cab were introduced. Attending the event was the Mayor of London Boris Johnson, who said that by 2018 all new London taxis should be able to switch into an emission-free more. We spoke to the companies presenting their designs and asked them, how are they going to tackle the challenge. We were particularly impressed by Frazer-Nash’s vision of a solar-powered charging station that will assure the energy powering the electric-hybrid vehicles will be as clean as it gets. Designing a taxi for London … Continue reading The future London black cab will be ‘green’

Future London #MetroCab taxis have to be emission free by 2018; could be solar-powered

All new London taxis will have to be zero emission capable by 2018, the Mayor of London announced at an event showcasing designs of future environmentally friendly cabs. The London Taxi Company, Frazer-Nash and Karsan have put their newly designed vehicles on display today in London, all opting for hybrid technology enabling the vehicles to switch conveniently between an electric zero-emission mode and petrol powered engines. “To date, one Achilles heel (of the London taxis), particularly the older models, has been the pollution generated by chugging diesel engines,” said the Mayor of London Boris Johnson before the event. “As part … Continue reading Future London #MetroCab taxis have to be emission free by 2018; could be solar-powered

James Bond from Dr No to Skyfall – 50 years of gadgets, an annotated graphic #Skyfall

As the Royal Albert Hall red carpet prepares to unfurl itself and welcome the expensively soled shoes of the Skyfall stars – notably Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem and Judi Dench – we offer our own small contribution to James Bond mania with this look back at 50 years of gadgets. Cars, guns and everyday objects given a snappy technological twist by Q branch – they’re all here. We’re pleased to see Oddjob’s hat getting a look in, but whither Jaws’ teeth? Gnawing through that cable car wire gave Roger Moore the fright of his life halfway up that mountain. If … Continue reading James Bond from Dr No to Skyfall – 50 years of gadgets, an annotated graphic #Skyfall

Electric vehicles – research material and resources available from the IET Library #EVs

Did you know that the IET Library can be an invaluable resource for your research projects? Invaluable research material is available on myriad engineering topics. For example, let’s take a look at what’s available on the subject of electric vehicles. Here’s what the library has available electronically to all its members through its IET Virtual Library. The Virtual Library’s e-book collection, Knovel, alone has titles such as: Propulsion Systems for Hybrid Vehicles by John M. Miller (Institution of Engineering and Technology); Battery Operated Devices and Systems – From Portable Electronics to Industrial Products by G.Pistoia (Elsevier); Electric Vehicle Technology Explained by James Larminie and … Continue reading Electric vehicles – research material and resources available from the IET Library #EVs

Renault Twizy electric car – an annotated graphic

Despite the miniscule numbers of electric cars currently on the planet’s roads (approximately 50,000 sold worldwide in 2011, a market share of 0.1%), the stone-cold fact is that they are indisputably a big part of the world’s automotive future. Renault’s latest offering is the Twizy and is the star of today’s annotated graphic. Bonjour, Twizy! Twizey? Twizzy? Twizzee, said with an Inspector Clouseau-style French accent? Dunno. Have fun with it yourself! Click on the graphic for an expanded view. Continue reading Renault Twizy electric car – an annotated graphic

Electric vehicles: charging ahead

Thinking of buying a new car? Had enough of petrol stations, with their overpriced chocolate, novelty air fresheners, hitherto unimaginable compilation CDs and comprehensive displays of pornography? Maybe an electric vehicle is the way forward. And not just for those of us wearying of the relentless forecourt visits, but for the whole planet. Step away from the oil, foolish human! There is a better way. Possibly. There is naturally a wealth of debate fizzing around the issue of electric vehicles, so we’ve done the helpful thing and created a dedicated electric vehicles page, pulling together news and features from E&T magazine on … Continue reading Electric vehicles: charging ahead