Driving the vote.
A statistic shows that Toyota Prius drivers are 126 percent more likely to vote for U.S. republican candidate Ted Cruz than the average U.S. citizen, while they are also 40% more likely to cast their ballot for Hillary Clinton (Dem). Dodge and Ford owners seem to be more inclined to vote for reality TV star Donald Trump…
As some places debate license fees in the range of 100 or 200 dollars, this takes the cake. One man in Hong Kong paid 2.3m dollars for the license plate with the number 28 – a lucky number there. Granted, those weren’t fees. He bought the plates at an auction.
One Volkswagen branch experienced an unexpected boom in recent months, as the carmaker sold 7.2 million currywursts (sausage with a curry ketchup) in 2015, braking all previous sales records. It meanwhile also sold 5.82 million vehicles – a close second.
Lobbyists fight EVs.
Koch Industries, a powerful oil and chemical conglomerate, plans to invest 10m dollars to promote petroleum-based fuels, and to protest state subsidies for electric vehicles. Details are currently kept under wraps, but will likely be in full force by spring or summer. Let’s assume that’s money out the window.
This vehicle is a truly weird hybrid between bike, pedestrian, rickshaw or even sulky. Basically, a cart on wheels is drawn by oversized legs, which in turn are moved by pedals. Well, best watch the video yourself!
youtube.com via carscoops.com
A triceratops was sighted on the Isle of Wight, where it appeared out of nowhere on the road. Research soon found his origins and also that he was lifeless. His owner, in whose garden the model resides for promotional reasons, suggests a concerted prank and promised to better secure the prehistoric reminder in the future.
Autonomy in the office,
Nissan showcased its Intelligent Parking Technology using a chair. Equipped with extra mobile wheels and an electric motor in the base, those office chairs tuck neatly under the next available desk at the clap of a hand. A manager’s dream.
youtube.com via worldcarfans.com
Tesla and Radio Flyer have launched a Model S for kids. With a top speed of 10 kph, it is only a little slower than the electric cart from Arrow Smart. While the latter has a top speed of 20 kph, mum and dad can limit speed and range via a smartphone. Sensors protect the little ones from collisions. Add a summon function and the toy might just be worth the 599 dollars.
electrek.co (Model S),theverge.com (Arrow Smart)
Residence apparently complained about loud engine (!!!) noise coming from the Apple testing centre in Sunnyvale, California, at night. That’s the place where the internet giant is allegedly working on the Apple car. Did someone just crank up their iPod or were we wrong about Apple making an EV?
British Arena Flower has pointed out a new feature for Tesla’s summoning function. Fill the Model S with roses on Sunday, and do not forget the champagne on the backseat to surprise your sweetheart in a most modern manner. If you don’t have a Tesla, you can obviously still hand-deliver your gifts. We wish a great weekend, filled with romance and electric cars.
A Brazilian civil servant built a water-powered motorcycle in his garage in São Paulo. Filled with water of any quality, the Moto Power H2O uses electrolysis to separate water into hydrogen and oxygen molecules and can go 500 km on one litre. Technically, it could even double as a water filter.
Low carbon diet.
Philly Greens operates an electric food truck by Polaris, making the takeaway business considerably cleaner. Too bad he still need fuel to power the burners. At least he serves only locally grown greens. Enjoy.
Log against the clock.
Did you know they have log cars in the Canadian woods and that this motorised tinder sets out to break the record for the fastest log?! Guinness clocked 56 mph on a quarter-mile track for the tree powered by 20 hp electric turbines and a 35 hp electric motor at the differential. A truly green “car.”
Nomadic Powers, makers of battery trailers, embraces Tesla CEO Elon Musk who loudly considered batteries to tow when asked for 800 mile range. However, Musk also mentioned that he slept only an hour the night before and might not think clear entirely. Clever idea or not, it is clever PR indeed.
nomadicpower.de, youtube.com (Musk video, 16:45)
Electric herd instinct.
There is a new flock in Cumbria in the heart of British Lake District. Ten Twizy arrived to serve tourism businesses. Each EV comes with a distinct sheep personality and has been named in local tongue. Should electric cars ever be required to make an artificial sound, we got an idea about how they could blend in more naturally. Meeh!
Banned by Tesla.
Elon Musk personally cancelled the order of an expecting Model X customer, followed a blog post criticising the launch event and a phone call after which the Tesla CEO deemed the blogger too rude to own one of his cars. With these long delivery times, one might well be picky about who to prioritise.
Voice commanded Tesla.
Software provider Mosaic has tweaked Amazon’s Alexa to enable voice commands for the Model S. The software is not out yet but works demonstrably fine. All of a sudden, Knight Rider seems not far from reality. Giving Tesla the voice of K.I.T.T. would definitely add to the fun.
autoblog.com, treehugger.com, youtube.com
It has been suspected, but now the UCI had to admit the first official case of electric doping. A young Belgian was caught with an electric motor hidden in her road bike’s frame at the cyclo-cross world championships. Ironically, the rider crossed the finish line on foot due to mechanical rather than electrical problems.
Tesla as tourist magnet.
California will exempt buyers of a new Tesla from paying value added taxes, if they come and pick the EV up themselves. The idea that they will visit the production plant in Freemont and maybe stick around a few days longer in the Golden State.
A minister's nightmare.
British Transport Minister Andrew Jones experienced his very own commuter’s horror as he tried to reach Bristol to announce a 7.5m pound government funding package for green transport. First, his train was delayed. Then, the electric bus planned for demonstration failed to start and never turned up. Goes to show that an investment in green transport is indeed needed.
Hybrid snow plough.
As blizzard “Snowzilla” covered the U.S. East Coast in snow and ice, we have an idea that makes snow shovelling more fun. Check out this guy pushing the shovel while cruising behind on his no handle Segway. But handle with care!
Second-hand EV market.
For those who forgot to order their Tesla Model X on time, there is already a used all-electric SUV from the Signature line. It comes with just 500 miles on the speedo and a hefty price tag of 215,000 dollars – 80,000 dollars more than the original price. Who said there is no money to be made with EVs?
panjo.com via autoblog.com
Dude, where is my car?
The blog post “How Elon Musk Stole My Car” has the Tesla community scratching their heads. One guy wasn’t able to check the status of his newly ordered Model S, even though he paid all initially fees upfront. It turns out, Elon Musk himself was using the car, as it had only been been put up for sale accidentally.
atlantic.net via electrek.co
Clean car clash.
California is an EV heaven and it looks like it is getting a little crowded. An autonomous Nissan Leaf crashed into a parked Toyota Prius in San Francisco. The technology did not come from Nissan, and the best part was that the crash occurred after the human driver took over the steering wheel. Great save!
Leaf battery tuning.
Hybrid Industries is offering a third party battery for Nissan’s EV. The 48 kWh battery pack delivers 160 miles once retrofitted for 6,500 dollars. Nothing has been said on what such a “repair” means in terms of warranty, but maybe the companies should work together anyway?!
evobsession.com via cleantechnica.com
Model 3 revealed.
Springfield saw the launch of Tesla’s upcoming economy model, which was a secret guest on the Simpson show. The episode not only featured the Model 3 as the yellow family’s new electric car, but also the Hyperloop – operational. Check out the stills of the show.
Finnish Scrooge stuck their label on a BMW i8, drawing a crowd on the streets of Helsinki. The company offers an app that tracks debts between friends and sends reminders about who owes what after a night out. Question is: who actually paid for the hybrid sports car?
youtube.com via insideevs.com
Audi over the moon with Google.
Audi entered the Google Lunar XPRIZE space travel competition, working with Berlin-based Part-Time Scientists on the solar-powered lunar quattro. To win the 30m dollar prize, the team has to take the automated vehicle to the moon, which Audi says it will do by 2017. Hopefully, we will see the technology be applied on earth shortly after in either an Audi or a Google car.
“You’re standing on the surface of the Earth. You walk one mile south, one mile west, and one mile north. You end up exactly where you started. Where are you?” If you know the answer to that question, Elon Musk may just hire you. Or, if you are one of the best students at a top university, he might just call you personally to set up an interview. No joke.