'project Electrom' Is A Honda Grom With A 50hp Electric Motor

'Project Electrom' is a Honda Grom with a 50HP electric motor

With the onset of the electric vehicle revolution, aftermarket conversions that replace internal combustion engines have skyrocketed in popularity. The ambitious projects aren't limited to old rides either. Some wild individuals are converting brand-new vehicles into torquey green funmobiles. The latest example is a 2019 Honda Grom with a 50-horsepower electric motor from an Alta Motors motorcycle.  Highlighted on Asphalt & Rubber, the men behind this project met each other on an Alta forum. The founder of ElectroBraap, a motorcycle-focused enthusiast brand, was looking to electrify the Grom minibike, and he called upon Mark Christman, a retired aerospace engineer, avid motorcyclist, and owner of custom design and fabrication company MSC Performance, who had all the tools and craftsmanship to make Project Electrom a reality. ElectroBraap stripped the bike down to its frame and drove to L.A. to meet Christman, who helped lay out exactly what needed to happen. The video explains the full extent of the changes made to the Grom equipment, but some of the major alterations include a new bulkhead design, a chopped gas tank-turned-electronics-housing, custom brackets, and plenty of custom spacers. The chassis and body were not modified at all. The powertrain was sourced from an Alta Motors Redshift MXR dirt bike (R.I.P., Alta). It has a 350-volt battery that powers an electric motor that makes roughly 50 horsepower and 42 lb-ft of torque in stock form. That can be bumped up to 60 horsepower when properly finessed. Considering the Grom comes standard with a 9.7 hp, 125cc engine, that is an absolutely absurd amount of power for such a tiny bike.  Watch the video above to see how everything comes together.           View this post on Instagram                  

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Toyota Shows New Supra Gt4 Racing Car At Geneva Motor Show

Toyota shows new Supra GT4 racing car at Geneva Motor Show

Remember the time a year ago when the 2020 Toyota Supra was yet to be revealed but Toyota brought a racing version to the Geneva Motor Show? You can now live that moment again, as Toyota is bringing a new Supra racing version to the Geneva Motor Show.

The video and image pack Toyota has released of the new Supra GT4 concept show a neat and stylishly made racer, with different aero and livery compared to the racing car concept of a year ago; interestingly, the race car retains the Supra's dashboard screen. The concept previews the customer motorsports version of the fifth generation Supra, aimed for privateers in endurance racing. The Supra GT4 will be seen at the Nürburgring 24 Hours race this year, and in 2020, the GT500 class car will take part in the Super GT series. That particular racing version was shown in early January before the Supra's Detroit debut.

Mitsubishi Teases An Electric Suv Concept Car For 2019 Geneva Motor Show

Mitsubishi teases an electric SUV concept car for 2019 Geneva Motor Show

News from Mitsubishi comes pretty slow these days, but it looks like something new is arriving at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. Today, the Japanese automaker revealed a teaser for a vehicle called the Engelberg Tourer, set to debut in early March this year. Details are vague, but we'll break down what we know.

Mitsubishi says it's bringing "more SUV, more EV, more technology and more style." We'll be the judge of that last one — the Eclipse Cross is evidence enough for apprehension about Mitsubishi "style." What we appear to be looking at is an electric crossover concept, similar to Mitsubishi's other recent crossover EV concept. This one looks a bit different from the front, though.

Toyota Will Roll Into China's Ev Market In A Gac Motor Vehicle

Toyota will roll into China's EV market in a GAC Motor vehicle

BEIJING — Toyota is taking an unprecedented route to meet China's stringent green car quotas: its showrooms will sell an electric vehicle without the Japanese company's distinctive triple-oval logo. Instead, it will feature the label of GAC Motor, Toyota's Chinese partner, and will be built around GAC's lower-cost technology. The move — a first for Toyota — will give GAC access to the Japanese carmaker's stringent quality control, prestige and sales channel. For Toyota, it presents a quick way to meet Beijing's requirements that such vehicles represent 10 percent of an auto manufacturer's production by 2019. According to two company executives familiar with the matter, Toyota plans to start selling the GAC-Toyota ix4 by the end of the year. The car is a battery-powered compact SUV based on GAC's Trumpchi GS4, and has been in development for two years. Selling a car derived from a Chinese partner's vehicle would have been unthinkable just a few years ago. But the idea gained momentum at Toyota because of the Chinese government's push to get more electric vehicles on the road, the executives said. The government mandates have spurred other new alliances, such as Ford Motor Co's agreement to develop electric vehicles with Zotye Automobile Co. Ford is waiting for regulatory approval for its partnership, which calls for designing and manufacturing several jointly developed no-frills EVs and selling them through a new China-only brand. It wasn't immediately clear which parts of the ix4 Toyota would provide, or which company's design standards were used. Quality experts say GAC cars rate relatively high. According to Jeff Cai, a Beijing-based senior director at JD Power & Associates, some of GAC's cars, such as the Trumpchi GS8 crossover SUV, already stack up well head-to-head with vehicles marketed by global automakers. "The GS4 is a good car with acceptable quality," Cai said. He added that the GS4 ranked No. 1 among Chinese brands and No. 3 among all brands for initial quality in the compact SUV category. One question, however, is GAC cars' longer-term reliability and dependability, Cai said. Under the new Chinese regulations taking effect next year, carmakers must amass credits for so-called new-energy vehicles equivalent to 10 percent of annual sales by 2019. That level rises to 12 percent for 2020. New-energy vehicles are defined as all-electric battery and plug-in electric hybrid cars. Although the ix4 gives Toyota a cheaper and quicker way to meet the quota, it also shows the company's anxiety about getting a toehold in the Chinese EV market before its own all-battery vehicle is available in 2020, industry officials and experts said. "It's a creative solution to a critical issue all automakers face in China: how to meet the strict production quotas for electric cars," said James Chao, Shanghai-based Asia-Pacific head of consultancy IHS Markit. Until recently, Toyota was one of the industry's major holdouts against full electrification. The company had planned to more or less skip battery-powered cars and turn instead to hydrogen fuel-cell technology as a mainstream alternative to gasoline-fueled cars. But China's seemingly inexorable drive toward electric cars changed that attitude. At the Beijing auto show last month, Toyota unveiled plug-in electric hybrid versions of its Corolla and Levin, due to go on sale in 2019. The company is also developing an all-electric battery car of its own, which the company has said should hit the market in 2020. "All this means our partnership has entered a new phase," the second Toyota executive said. The GAC-Toyota joint venture, established in 2004, has always produced and sold Toyota vehicles modified to sell in China or China-only Toyota cars. To be sure, industry officials and analysts believe GAC Motor cars such as the Trumpchi GS4 have been developed through studying global brands' cars, including those from its partners Toyota and Honda. Toyota is negotiating to execute a similar EV deal with its second partner, FAW Group, but nothing has been finalized, according to the first Toyota executive. Both executives declined to provide other details, including a target sales volume for the all-electric car or a pricing strategy for it. Toyota will assemble the vehicle at a factory in Guangzhou. The second executive said, however, that Toyota and GAC Motor would have to sell a "fairly sizable number" of ix4s to help the Toyota-GAC joint venture meet Beijing's quotas. Reporting By Norihiko Shirouzu

New Toyota Ev Motor Needs Less Rare-earth Metal, So Costs Less To Make

New Toyota EV motor needs less rare-earth metal, so costs less to make

TOKYO — Toyota has found a way to reduce the amount of a key rare earth metal used in magnets for electric car motors by around 20 percent, which could tame the cost of producing electric cars and reduce the risk of a supply shortage of materials needed for their production. The Japanese automaker on Tuesday said it had developed a magnet which replaces some of the neodymium, a rare earth metal used in the world's most powerful permanent batteries, with more abundant and cheaper lanthanum and cerium, adding that it aimed to use the magnets in electric vehicle motors within the next 10 years. As production of hybrid and other electric cars is expected to ramp up in the coming years, automakers and electronics companies have been developing new high-powered magnets which require less rare earth metals to reduce costs and trim exposure to possible fluctuations in supply. A temporary export ban of neodymium by major supplier China in 2010 during a territorial dispute with Japan and periodic supply shortages have highlighted automakers' dependence on these materials. "An increase in electric car production will raise the need for motors, which will result in higher demand for neodymium down the line," Akira Kato, general project manager at Toyota's advanced R&D and engineering company, told reporters at a briefing in Tokyo. "If we continue to use neodymium at this pace we'll eventually experience a supply shortage ... so we wanted to come up with technology which would help conserve neodymium stocks." At the moment, magnets used in most automobiles to operate motors for everything from hybrid and other electric drivetrains to power steering systems comprise a total of around 30 percent of the rare earth elements neodymium, terbium and dysprosium. Automakers including Honda have found ways to eliminate dysprosium and terbium, which cost around $400 and $900 per kilogram, respectively, from magnets by increasing the amount of neodymium, which costs around $100 per kilogram. Toyota has come up with a way to cut out the expensive metals from the magnets and also reduce the amount of neodymium in favor of lanthanum and cerium, which each cost around $5-$7 per kilogram. Kato declined to give specific details on cost reductions, but said that Toyota could replace up to half of the neodymium used in magnets for motors which operate conventional vehicle functions like power windows with lanthanum and cerium, and around 20 percent for electric motor magnets. Reporting by Naomi Tajitsu

Lexus Will Debut The Production Model Of The Ux Subcompact Crossover At The Geneva Motor Show In March

Lexus will debut the production model of the UX subcompact crossover at the Geneva Motor Show in March

Lexus will debut the production model of the UX subcompact crossover at the Geneva Motor Show in March, according to a newspaper interview with Lexus Norway CEO Knut-Erik Jahnsen — from Dagens Næringsliv:

Later this year comes a model that will provide more sales in the small niche brand. A smaller SUV will be presented during the Geneva exhibition in March, and Jahnsen has a goal of selling 1500 to 2000 cars in two years, as part of the brand’s goal of selling 100,000 cars in Europe at the same time.