We've previously heard about a low-speed electric version of the precocious Geely Panda and, more recently, a Tobe-branded critter for Taiwan from a tie-up with Yulon Motors. Now comes word of a freshly-launched third version that will take its name from the Inuit word for polar bear, Nanoq, and that could be available in Europe as early as this spring. The drivetrain is being supplied by the Danish electric vehicle developer Lynx Cars with the lithium polymer batteries sourced from sister company Positive. Numbers for the Nanoq are as good or better than many of the other electrics coming onto the market this year with a top speed of 130 kilometers per hour (80 miles per hour) and a stated range of 200 kilometers (124 miles). The price is being reported by some in the Danish press as starting at 235,000 kroners ($45,530 U.S. at today's exchange rates). It's unclear whether the Nanoq will make it to the American market, but if it does, it might be found at your local Volvo dealership.
Although 0-60 times weren't given, we have hopes that the wildcat-powered bear is no sloth. The other vehicle that Lynx Cars is known for is a high-powered two-seater with Tesla Roadster-beating performance. Based on the Opel Speedster, that Lotus-built sportscar is said to possess 1,072 horsepower that will take it to 60 mph in under three seconds. Hit the jump to watch it take on the Tesla in the bonus video (with NSFW subtitles) that accompanies the press release.
[Source: Lynx Cars]
Geely made huge impact at COP15 with electric car
A Chinese car company, Geely, has made a huge impact on COP15 in Copenhagen with its new electric car.
The car is made in co-operation with the Danish company Lynx which has developed its electrical components and a new state-of-the-art lithium battery pack.
Geely and the Danish electric car developer Lynx Cars and Danish Positive batteries have their focus on lowering C02 emission with the new Geely Panda powered by Lynx.
The car is a five-seater family car, powered by a new electric motor system from Lynx and a new state-of-the-art battery called Positive. The car has a top speed of 130 km/hour and has a range of 200 kilometers per charge.
In Asia, the car will be branded "Geely Panda", powered by Lynx, and in USA and Europe it will be branded "Geely Nanoq", also powered by Lynx. "Nanoq" means "polar bear" in Greenland.
One of the focal points of lowering C02 emissions is to protect the ice cap of Greenland. So it makes sense to use the story of the Polar bear in the countries outside Asia to make a direct link with the benefit of driving electric.
The car made a big impact when driving around the streets of Copenhagen during the COP15. And it gave China a great reputation for actively doing something about C02 emission.
Among the people who saw or drove the car were: Mr Wen Jiabao; His Royal Highness Prince Frederik of Denmark; actor, Jet Lee; Mr Richard Branson; US governor Mr Arnold Swarzenegger, and many more. All were very excited about this charming car.
The car will be ready for sale in Europe as the first territory in spring 2010.
The batteries are the same as in the LYNX GT, a record-breaking pure electric sports car with 1,072 horsepower.
Extreme discharge capacity and extreme fast-charge capability are some of the cornerstones of the battery pack from Positive Energies. And at the same time the battery pack is award-winning for its safety features.
The Lynx GT is already famous in Scandinavia. The car has appeared at many shows to show off its fantastic speed and acceleration: 0-100 km/hour in less than three seconds and a top speed of over 300 km/hour.