Venturi, Drive eO, Babel Bike, Solar Impulse 2.
Ready for the cold: Venturi’s all-electric vehicle Antarctica with caterpillar tracks stood up against snow and ice in the Alps, showing that it is fit to support research teams at the South Pole. It will be used to reach research areas; distances that are currently covered by ski. Apparently, the idea for the vehicle came from Prince Albert II of Monaco on his last trip to the snow covered region.
Drive eO racer: The Latvian company announces the world’s first one megawatt electric race car, the eO PP03. The six YASA-400 electric motors provide a total of 1020 kW, allowing the car to reach 260 kph. Drive eO says that it will compete in the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in the U.S. in June.
The Babel Bike is said to be safest bike out there. It features a Shimano electric motor to support the rider during acceleration and seatbelts as well as a rolling cage in case of an accident. While it looks slightly odd, the safety argument could get some back in the saddle.
autoblog.com (with video), indiegogo.com (crowdfunding campaign)
Not gone with the wind: Bad weather is forcing the Solar Impulse 2 to remain grounded in China, where it has been for the past two and a half weeks. Swiss pilots Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg had planned to stay for one night only, as they fly around the world only powered by the sun.
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