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The Eternal Cycle: Quiet Waste Recolection, Then-today-tomorrow

The new waste collection vehicle of the German company Quantron AG was successfully tested - it was in operation without any restrictions, just like other models with diesel engines, with a daily 7 to 9 hour collection tour for distances of up to 85 kilometres. There was always sufficient residual energy available, and for recharging it only needed a 63A three-phase house connection with continuous load. The electric and therefore quiet rubbish truck is no longer a utopia; supply and demand are increasing and in the near future the nightly disposal of our affluent rubbish will be quiet.
The idea is not new, but the technology has never been as good as it is today. As early as 1909 the…
06 November 2020 / V. Christian Manz

The Visitor: Trimak, The Van Financed By Rockefeller

At the beginning of the sixties, the Spanish company Trimak was looking for financing to launch its three-wheeler van into large-scale production. It found the necessary money through two foreign companies, International Basic Economy Corporation (IBEC) and Transoceanic-AOFC Ltd., both belonging to the American Rockefeller Trust, which took over 60% of the shares. From there on, sales multiplied.
Trimak S.A. was founded at the end of 1959 when it bought the large two-storey building of the MOTO SCOOTER company in Calle Ronda de Toledo in Madrid, manufacturer of the Rondine motorbikes. The new owner, Estanislao Makowiecki, a Polish nationalised Spanish engineer with a great industrial…
25 October 2020 / V. Christian Manz

Skoda Enyaq IV And The History Of Czech Electric Vehicles

The Skoda Enyaq IV electric is now ready, and it is a vehicle that promises to be a real trendsetter in the market. It is a great bet of the Czech brand towards the electromobility. The Enyak IV is also taking part in the Tour de France. A few weeks ago the Skoda company spoke publicly about its history in the field of electric vehicles, showing photos of its first models. This is a good moment to increase this information and to talk about the previous and subsequent Czech electric vehicles, with some data full of surprise.
The first Czech electric car appeared in 1900. It was a model developed in Switzerland by Jacob Fischer, who wanted to manufacture it in Switzerland under the brand…
02 September 2020 / V. Christian Manz

The Visitor: Trucks For Cape Juby In Morocco

Under the name of "The Visitor" I will occasionally publish reports on the history of the automobile and commercial vehicle that are not related to the topic of electric vehicles. We start today with "Trucks for Cape Juby in Morocco", which I hope you will like.
A high command of the Spanish protectorate Cape Juby in Morocco, a small strip of landscape close to the Canary Islands, but on the African continent, in 1933 commissioned a company of London to ask for the possible supply of large trucks with diesel engines suitable for African roads. The Betancor company contacted the Armstrong-Saurer, Crossley, Foden and Yorkshire companies. The answers together with their…
07 August 2020 / V. Christian Manz

The Eternal Cycle: Speed Fights With Volts And Watts

Speed records with electric vehicles tumble every year, and even with volts and watts it is getting faster and faster. Although this data is not usable, as the record-breaking vehicles have little in common with today's electric production vehicles, the races nevertheless help to improve components, motors and batteries and ... above all, they also give the electric vehicle the flair of speed, the emotions that come from the gut, which we in the world of automobiles, especially when they are environmentally friendly now, always need. That was already the case before!
The first automobile to break through the dreaded speed of 100 km/h was an electric vehicle. And this already in 1899!…
28 March 2020 / V. Christian Manz
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The Eternal Cycle - Women Driving Electric Vehicles

In automotive history only the ladies who drove gasoline cars are ever mentioned, but there were also many female drivers of electric vehicles in the last decade of the 20th century. In the first years of the new century, numerous advertisements appeared showing women driving electric vehicles, elegantly dressed, stylishly in silent and easy-to-handle cars that drove off immediately, and did not need a crank to start them. And were also very clean.
Numerous were these ads in the social press of America. First and foremost in Harpers Magazine, McClure's (one of the first magazines that took care of well-researched journalism and reported social grievances and dubious deals of…
06 March 2020 / V. Christian Manz

The Eternal Cycle: Electric Taxis, Then And Now

As early as 1896, electric taxis were humming through the streets of London, the hummingbirds, as they were affectionately called by the inhabitants, did not smoke and did not leave dung on the asphalt. And they were also quiet.
The drivers could pay some dividends to the London Electric Cab Company, owner of most of these taxis. The basic model was from Bersey, with an American Lundell engine, and a patented battery changing system - the batteries slid out in their box with small wheels and a new box with fresh units slid back in. The E.P.S. lead batteries with 170 ampere hours lasted up to 80 kilometres. Of course there were problems, where not, and later gasoline-powered taxis were…
01 March 2020 / V. Christian Manz

Nobe, A New-age Lovely Electric Car

On a three-wheeled chassis and edged with the chrome of America’s muscle days, this new-age take on an antique design is a reminder of a time when cars weren’t just a daily commuter but a work of art to boot. Nobe may take you back sixty years, but “we’re proud of that, but we’re ten years ahead of the times with an electric take you’re sure to be shocked by.”Nobe offers a classic, playful yet conventional way to own a piece of nostalgia without the carbon footprint. Owning a lightweight, comfortable and compact e-car doesn’t have to look generic or blow a budget. Make your next trip with style, turn a few heads, and still do your part in making sure your automobile choice…
06 June 2018 / V. Christian Manz

Happy Christmas

We wish all our readers happy Christmas and a prosperous new year, full of joy, of "electrifying" stories and of love and understanding towards others, which is the only thing that gives us a future. And to celebrate it, those readers who understand Spanish and / or enjoy more than 500 photos of pre-1935 electric vehicle, will have a singular offer to get the second or the two books of V. Christian Manz referring to the history of electromobility. Open the website www.historiasdelcoche.com and type in Código the code "Reyes", and you get a discount to get either the second book or both. In fact, the best gift of for some of our best friends.
LOS PIONEROS y SILENCIOSOS Y…
23 December 2017 / V. Christian Manz

Nissan Reveals New Leaf

All electric, and packed with ingenious technology, the new Nissan LEAF is the company’s first car in Europe that will embrace the early steps of advanced driver assistance, and is packed with cutting-edge innovations such as e-Pedal, allowing you to drive and brake in a totally new and seamless way. It can also go further, with a range of 378 km/235miles* on a single charge, and has been redesigned for a new generation, with a sleeker look inside and out. The new Nissan LEAF will be on sale in Europe from January 2018.
“The new Nissan LEAF drives Nissan Intelligent Mobility, which is the core brand strategy for Nissan’s future,” said Hiroto Saikawa, president and chief executive…
07 September 2017 / Press Release

BMW Presents New I3 And I3S

With over 8,000 vehicles sold in the UK since launch, the BMW i3 is the best-selling electric car in the premium compact segment. Now, the success story is set to continue with a major refresh, new technology and the addition of a new, sportier variant, the BMW i3s. They will celebrate their world premieres at the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt/Main in September 2017.
Following systematic refinement, the BMW eDrive technology aboard the new BMW i3 and new BMW i3s offers emission-free driving with instantaneous power delivery, efficient use of energy and increased range. Both models draw their energy from the lithium-ion high-voltage battery with a capacity of 94Ah (33kWh). A…
29 August 2017 / Press Release

Blue Cruiser - Solar Energy With An Extraordinary Design

The University of Bochum (Germany) and the big consortium thyssenkrupp presents the result of a development partnership, the blue.cruiser, a four-seater sports coupé with most attractive body, only receiving the energy from the sun. This car will run on the World Solar Challenge in Australia in October this year.
The latest solar-powered car to result from this development partnership is a four-seater sports coupé. It shows the best and most attractive side of e-mobility: not just rational and sustainable, but also a real treat for the eyes. For the first time, the body and interior were created by a design student from Folkwang University of the Arts in collaboration with budding…
14 July 2017 / V. Christian Manz

Historias Del Coche Eléctrico LOS PIONEROS 1870/1906

Already on sale the first book of a new collection called "Car Stories", the first dedicated to the true history of the electric car.
As the author, I point out that 120 years ago we had the possibility of having non-polluting and silent electric cars everywhere, as private vehicle, taxi, van, truck, bus, etc ... but we missed this opportunity to walk towards a pollutant transport currently very complicated. We invite our readers to enjoy this series of books, soft but forceful, and full of images and photographs - more than 300 per book. At this moment only available in Spanish language, others will follow.…
01 June 2017 / V. Christian Manz

Bultaco Linx, The Fourwheeler From The Legendary Brand

At the Motorcycle Show in Milan (EICMA) in November 2016 the legendary Spanish brand Bultaco, known for its range of electric motorbikes Brinco, has presented a sports car par excellence, without windshield and without side windows, with a 400 hp engine to bring the spirit of motorcycles to a car, which as presented, also needs a helmet to drive it.
It has a gasoline engine, of course, and with it, Bultaco slightly breaks its purpose for electric vehicles, but neither the compnay has never been proposed to manufacture a car. We firmly believe that: if this project goes ahead and has the desired success, the company will develop special electric sports cars.The Linx car with its engine…
10 February 2017 / V. Christian Manz
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