Saturday, January 22, 2011

Japanese eco-friendly electronic rickshaw

The Green wheels:
Everything old is new again for one Japanese manufacturer, which has unveiled an electronic version of a rickshaw. The "Meguru" is a three-wheeled, three-seat compact vehicle whose single lithium-ion battery allows for a maximum speed and range of 40 kilometers (25 miles) per hour, although the number of batteries could be increased for a longer ride.
"This is a true environmentally friendly car," said Nobuyuki Ogura, the chief executive officer of Yodogawa Group, which built the vehicle in cooperation with three other small companies in western Japan."Instead of an air-conditioner, it comes with a pinwheel, and we are also thinking of adding a wind chime because it gives a refreshing sound to cool you down without the need of electricity," he told Reuters Television. "It doesn't have a heater, but it's equipped with blankets to keep you warm in the winter."
A regular driver's license is required to take the vehicle on the road, but car registration is unnecessary. Devised as part of a project to revitalise small businesses facing economic hardship, the vehicle - which is 2.5 meters (8 ft 2 in) long, 1.2 meters (3 ft 11 in) wide and 1.6 meters (5 ft 3 in) tall - also showcases traditional Japanese crafts.
The body is coated in red lacquer, the floor is filled with recycled bamboo, and the retractable "window" has been carefully crafted in the shape of a Japanese fan using Japanese "washi" paper. All were made by craftsmen in western Japan. The company says it is selling the vehicle for around one million yen ($12,180) while assessing a business plan for mass production.
Even disposing of the car after its usefulness has passed poses no problems. "We've used all-natural materials, so if you ever decide to get rid of the car, simply bury it in the ground," Ogura said.

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Top 10 Most Expensive Cars in the World - 2010

10. SSC Ultimate Aero: $740,000
New model with 270 mph top speed, spiller made from carbon, a temperature sensor and tire pressure to optimize driving conditions.

SSC ultimate aero

9. Leblanc Mirabeau: $765,000
Designed with 24 hours resilience test at Le Mans.It can be driven on the road legally. Mirabeau is using 4.7-liter V8 engine, 700 hp, and can reach average speed of 230 miles/hour. Specially made to order, including for semi automatic transmission system version.

Leblanc Mirabeau

8. Koenigsegg CCX: $1.1 Million
This car used V8 engines and only 806 units produced. It only takes 3.2 seconds to reach 100 Kms/hour. Top speed can be reach easily is 245 mph. The car tires use rim carbon, with 6 speed, and ceramic brakes.

Koenigsegg CCX

7. Koenigsegg CCXR : $1.3 Million
Koenigsegg CCXR is another variant from Koenigsegg CCX that signed in environmentally friendly cars. This car uses biofuels, need 3.1 seconds to reach 100km/hour, with top speed 250mph.

Koenigsegg CCXR

6. Maybach Landaulet: $1.4 Million
This car is most expensive cars brand from Germany. Landaulet is the most expensive saloon car. This car has 604 HP, with top speed 155 miles/h, and using 12 twin turbo engine.

Maybach Landaulet

5. Lamborghini Reventón: $1.42 Million
Not yet clear whether this old version of Reventon is still available. Only 20 units made. This car created using black aluminum rim, like the newer version of roadster, the design is inspired by fighter aircraft.

Lamborghini Reventon

4. Lamborghini Reventón Roadster: $1.56 Million
The car design is inspired by Stealth aircraft display. This car using V12 650 HP Engine. Can reach top speed of 340km/hour.The car is very light in weight because the body is made using carbon fiber materials.
Lamborghini Reventon Roadster

3. Pagani Zonda Cinque Roadster: $1.8 Millions
There are only 5 units available, and go on sale. Chassis made from carbon titanium. Powered by 678 HP Mercedes AMG V12, only 3.4 seconds to reach 100 km/hour. Can reach 217 mph top speed. The body carbon and suspension is using titanium and magnesium.
Pagani Zonda Cinque Roadster

2. Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport $2 Million / $1.67 Million for coupe version
The Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport uses 1001 hp, 16-cylinder engine, and has been developed so there will be no draft inside, even when exploring the upper reaches of the car’s 217 mph top speed. Traits with 2.7 inch LCD mirror. This car is the world’s fastest roadster.
Bugatti Veyron 16 4 Grand Sport 57

1. Koenigsegg Trevita: $2.21 Million
Just three units to be produced. Koenigsegg Trevita is designed based on Koenigsegg CCXR and added with new shimmering diamond carbon fiber, named “Trevita” in Swedish means “three whites”.

Those three cars fully equipped with Koenigsegg Shimmering Diamond Weave bodywork, using double carbon wing, paddle-shift, inconell exhaust system, carbon ceramic brakes with ABS, hydraulic lifting system, infotainment system, tyre monitoring system, chrono instrument cluster and special airbags.The navigation system is also developed custom just for this model.

For the Machine Koenigsegg placed the same 1018bhp engine. Special for this model, the exterior paint fully developed in Sweden, at Koenigsegg headquarters.

Koenigsegg Trevita