12 October, 2008

Joule Electric Vehicle - South Africa Joins The Race To Sustainable Cars

Note to all my visitors from Pure Energy Systems , thank you for dropping by, please browse this blog for more sustainable energy articles, also the TEdADYNE Systems blog.  You will find a lot of good information on electric vehicles, alternative power, and more!  

Also, I realise I didn't put the specs or anything in this article, I've quickly added those at this article.

Now, on to the article.  Enjoy!

South Africa even seems to be outpacing Australia in the electric vehicle stakes.  The Joule looks like a very nice vehicle from the few details one can glean from that page.  Optimal Energy appear to have assembled a bunch of desirable features into one vehicle.  My only quibble would be on the price, and that is mainly because I think that to drive up fast and early adoption of electrics, a lower price point would be better.

Sad that Australia, with all our innovation and engineering and knowledge, can't get a project like that off the ground.  Why do we seem to need to to appear to suck as badly as the States on every front?  However many hundred million people and all those resources and they can't get one decent electric vehicle effort going, and so we are just going to sit back and do the same?  (I'm talking about an appealing, sensible, useable mass market vehicle not the billy carts with batteries and the ultra expensive roadsters that seem to be all that come out of the USA.)

Key to doing better, being better, is for the government to support such endeavours.  It just seems that our government isn't as innovative in its thinking though.

2 comments:

Alias said...

"I'm talking about an appealing, sensible, useable mass market vehicle not the billy carts with batteries and the ultra expensive roadsters that seem to be all that come out of the USA."

Actually quite a few interesting and affordable EVs are scheduled to roll in the near future.

teddlesruss dat who! said...

My apologies - I've seen that someone wants to release a "Volt" at some stage, and I saw that some manufacturers have plans to build the antithesis of what EVs are all about, such as electric SUVs.

Making car manufacturers responsible for the new electric tech is like putting Cadbury in charge of developing diabetes medications...

And the Joule is good for 200km with a single battery and 400km with two. When anyone else approaches that kind of range on today's battery technology, maybe.

I was more saying that neither the USA nor Australia (nor, come to think of it, is there much news from Europe) have gotten so far along with a useable and useful design. I'm disappointed in Australia's performance...

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