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26th November 2013
Green Automotive Company (OTC: GACR) announced today that its subsidiary, Liberty Electric Cars, has been chosen by the European Union to be a major partner in the prestigious epsilon innovation program. Selected due to the company’s leading electric vehicle design and engineering accomplishments, the project’s ultimate goal will be to successfully develop a small electric passenger vehicle that optimizes safety, performance and comfort features while integrating all the benefits of a lightweight unique body construction. The project will be co-funded by the 7th Framework for Research and Technological Development, which is the EU’s main arm for financially supporting essential research throughout the continent.
“We are truly honored to be selected by the European Union as a partner in the epsilon program,” said Ian Hobday, CEO of Green Automotive. “It is extremely rewarding to be recognized for our pioneering work with electric vehicles and we welcome the opportunity to help further accelerate the trend away from fossil fuels.”
Liberty Electric Cars, will advise on the best materials to be used throughout the vehicle body construction and the precise manufacturing methods that will need to be employed, while directly contributing to the overall market research and resulting vehicle design specifications. In addition to balancing a low vehicle weight (less than 600 kg) with performance and comfort considerations, an ultimate goal will be to achieve an excellent vehicle safety rating for both occupants and pedestrians by receiving at least a 4-star Euro NCAP rating (equivalent to the American NCAP rating). The epsilon project also aims to successfully reach a new level of energy efficiency that can result in a pure electric driving range of at least 150 km in a realistic urban driving environment, with an acceleration time of 0-100 km/h in less than 10 seconds.
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10th October 2013
Southern California’s Newport Coachworks will unveil an all-new battery electric bus at the LCT 2014 show in Las Vegas this February. The company is testing motors and battery cells now with a view to nailing down U.S. suppliers, says Ian Hobday, CEO at Newport’s Green Automotive Company parent.
Read the interesting story in Fleets and Fuels magazine - New electric bus from Newport Coachworks Inc.
21st September 2013
Liberty Electric Cars had been selected to become one of the major partners of the prestigious EU program “DELIVER”, to design the next generation fully Electric Light Commercial Vehicle with the goal to reduce the environmental impact in urban areas by 40%.
The project has made some considerable progress over the past 6 months. DELIVER has carried out a market and technology forecast on the future of urban freight delivery, which has led to the specification of requirements for the DELIVER vehicles.
In parallel, the work on the definition of the design of the DELIVER vehicle has moved forward. Various aspects of the vehicle architecture have been studied and possible options have been analyzed. This has led to choices regarding the general concept layout, styling, battery, drive train, doors, seat configuration and bulkhead design.
The next step of the project will focus on the production and physical demonstration of the DELIVER vehicle. This will cover the virtual assessment of the vehicle performance, in particular considering its structural behavior including crashworthiness, ergonomics and aerodynamics. The materials and technological feasibility will also be assessed and the energy efficiency and environmental impact will be evaluated.
In 2014, the DELIVER vehicle will be showcased at numerous occasions across Europe.
For more information on the Deliver project, visit the DELIVER website.
2nd April 2013
Few things polarise opinion more than the electric car. It is either a great way to save the planet or a really bad way to get from A to B?
The Today programme's Evan Davis wanted to find out more, and took a ride in one with an enthusiast and a sceptic.
Bjorn Lomborg, the so-called Sceptical Environmentalist, having written a book of that name, has made a career attacking what he thinks are the irrationalities of the green movement. He is not a fan of electric cars.
Ian Hobday, who runs Liberty Electric Cars, took Evan and Mr Lomborg for a ride.
Listen to the full interview on the BBC website.
30th January 2013
“I can tell you that there will be a vehicle that will do Land’s End to John O’ Groats on a single charge next year,” said Ian Hobday, CEO of Liberty Electric Cars – one of Britain’s fastest growing electric car manufacturers.
The vehicle will be capable of a range between 837 to 1,000 miles – four times the furthest range of electric cars currently available on the market.
From MotorTrades Insight's headquarters in Brentwood, Essex, the car could potentially reach many areas of Europe without having to be recharged, including Paris, Brussels, Bordeaux, Lyon, Montpellier, Marseille, Zurich, Milan, Monza, Amsterdam, Munich, Berlin, Prague, Salzburg, Copenhagen, Malmo, Belfast, Dublin, and the Pyrenees.
While the price and final model is yet to be revealed, Mr Hobday said "it shows you where the electric car technology is going".
Speaking on the electric car industry as whole, he said: “If I have to forecast where we’re going to be, right now we’re at 200 to 250 miles without too much trouble. We will be at 400 to 500 miles within two or three years."
“Have no fear. Battery-based energy storage for electric vehicles will be capable of delivering everything that a tank of petrol or diesel can deliver within two or three years.”
By the end, possibly even the middle of the year, Liberty Electric Cars aims to double its workforce to 80 - a sure sign of the times to come for Britain’s electric car revolution.
Read the full story on Motortrades Insight.
7th January 2013
They are unfairly criticised by cynical members of the public and in the past have been know for travelling only a short distance and needing a whole night to recharge.
Yet, researchers and engineers at Cranfield University, Michelin and Liberty Electric Cars are together working overtime on projects to ‘rewrite a current law of physics’, said Ian Hobday, CEO of the company behind the project.
AN ELECTRIC MOTOR FREE OF RARE EARTH METALS
Ian, goes on to say “We are working on two types of motor at the moment. One is designed simply to be less expensive but to deliver the same performance and that’s by removing rare earth metals,” he explained. “China dominates the market, prices have gone through the ceiling, pushing up the prices of electric motors, so if we can produce a rare-earth-metal-free electric motor, we bring back down the cost of the electric motor and we reduce the cost for the final consumer.”
A NEW ELECTRIC MOTOR THAT DEFIES NEWTON
“The second motor-related project that we have on the go at the moment is the evaluation of a motor which if it’s successful would require the rewriting of a current law of physics,” he excitedly explained.
If it works, this motor will actually recharge the battery pack whilst driving the car so it does not have to stop. While it is powering the vehicle, this will provide energy back to the battery pack. We’ve been looking at the technology seriously for over six months. It sounds like perpetual motion which is why we’re sceptical about whether it works.
“We have a pilot operation up and running in our technology centre up in Coventry and initial results are quite encouraging so you’ve got developments in the area of motors where you can see them becoming more efficient and better and you can think about between 15 and 30 per cent improvement in that area of electric motors over the next two years.”
Read the full article over at www.motortradesinsight.co.uk
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