At CES, IO Hawk presented its invention of the same name. The size of a skateboard but operated facing forward, this handle-free Segway might require a little practice. Luckily, its top speed is just 6 mph so feel free to lean in there if you are ready to spend 1,800 dollars on a pre-order.
mashable.com, dailymail.co.uk (video)
Electric supercar for kids.
Henes has issued the ultimate electric car with a perceived range of 3,000 miles. The Broon F8 is just 1.2 metres long but comes with AWD, a top speed of 10 mph and a 7-inch Android tablet. The 1,000-dollar goodie can also be operated via a parent’s hand on the remote control.
It's got the look.
A Norwegian EV enthusiast has tuned its BMW i3. At least from the outside it now looks as if it belongs to the high performance “M” sub-brand. The stripes here however, designate not high performance in terms of power but endurance, as this one year old EV already has 11,000 km on its odometer.
You’ve been ICEd.
No less than 540 petrol car drivers had to pay this year for blocking a charging station in Raleigh, North Carolina. That’s more than the number of vehicles that actually charged there. Maybe these drivers really want an EV for X-mas and didn’t know how to tell their spouse?
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Rocket Mobility presents its Tomahawk designed to go anywhere. The tank-like electric “trackchair” is driven by two electric motors turning the treads on each side. The Tomahawk can turn on the spot and comes with extras like a roll bar or gun rack that add to the price of 10,000 dollars.
No More ICEing.
Charging stations blocked with combustion engine vehicles are a thing of the past, or better, nothing to worry about anymore. Start-up FreeWire has found a solution by simply putting the charger on wheels. The Mobi Charger actually comes to where you park, at the workplace for example, and can charge five EVs per day…
A true villain.
In the new Bond movie Spectre, Bond’s nemesis Herr Oberhauser is to flee in the Jaguar C-X75 Concept car the company shunned to produce. The film version will waive the original four electric motors for a V8. A villain with a conscience would have been out of character it seems.
Under a palm tree.
Usually the spot to be, this palm tree in Hollywood prove anything else than protective for seven Toyota Prius at a dealership. As the huge palm fell amid a storm it literally took seven in a strike, damaging some and totalling one.
Electric X-mas shopping.
Forget about the good old sledge powered by red-nosed reindeers. Santa Claus has entered the 21st century in a Brabus Smart ED. The clever idea was showcased at the Galleries Lafayette in Berlin, were a rather young Santa and his sexy lady helper loaded their X-mas shopping into the compact EV.
In India, one could see Batman Return quite literally in the form of a replica of its Batmobile as seen in Tim Burton’s movie from 1992. Built by Executive Modcar Trendz, the Batmobile is said to be based on the platform of a Mercedes S-Class and cost about 40,000 dollars to convert.
Flying driving aid.
A drone following your car’s moves – sounds scary at first but is actually thought of as a safety feature by the Eye in the Sky team, which just won Toyota’s Silicon Valley App Design Competition. The drone is your live view from above and might be used for parking.
It’s no secret that one can find the one or other copy of European technologies and designs in China. But this time, the Chinese improved the original, rebuilding Aston Martin´s Cygnet as the all-electric Dojo Pioneer.
Faster than flying.
Not long ago, Amazon was looking into drones but for now the online giant resorted to an old yet fast form of delivery: cycle couriers. The service is called ‘Amazon Prime Now’ and is operated in New York City. The promise: get your goods within an hour or two. We say: Use electric bikes and half that time.
Local Motors came up with the Verrado Drift Trike that might look like a children’s toy but is a lot more powerful. Logically, it was the boys (in a man’s body) of Mashable that took the electric tricycle for a literally quick spin – around their office…
Healthy living with EVs.
According a Nissan salesman in Washington, ten customers quit smoking after buying a Leaf. The reason is simple – they no longer stop at gas stations, which is where they typically bought their cigarettes.
The all-electric Neighborhood Patrol Car definitely turned heads at the Security China exhibition in Beijing. It looks nearly unfinished on the inside, stripped of style and gimmicks. But it has room for four: two cops, a dog – and the bad guy.
A Chinese student has set a new record – in parallel parking. Han Yue drifted a Mini into a parking gap that’s only 8 cm longer than the vehicle. That’s reason enough for an entry in the book of Guinness World Records.
Putin drives elecric.
The Yo-mobil project that was to develop hybrid cars for Russia might have been declared as dead, but now presents an all-electric car that somehow looks a lot like the BMW i3. Four units have already been built and one has been sent to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Police EV with a view.
The “Zijing Qingyuan Armored Spherical Cabin Electric Patrol Vehicle” was presented at the Security China exhibition in Beijing. It features a sort of glass dome that allows police men a 360 degree look around. It could at least be a serious competitor to the Popemobile.
Forget about home office or non-territorial workplaces. ‘Work on Wheels’ (WOW) is a new concept by design consultancy IDEO. Designed as a self-driving electric pod, the self-driving office comes to you and gets you to the next meeting – or to the place you want to work.
Next level sustainability.
A Chinese carpenter has built a Lamborghini roadster out of carved wood. Not any wood. We are talking about a luxury car here, so he used mahogany. The icing on the cake is that it actually drives (on rubber tires) electrically up to 18 mph.
Lotus F1 race drivers Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado exchanged their F1 cars for two Renault Twizy which they took for a spin in the Dubai Mall. They were literally all over the place, including the aquarium and the indoor ice rink.
The Tesla Motorcycle…
…is a hoax by Youtube channel ‘Tesla Motorcycle’ which uploaded a fake commercial advertising the Model M, an electric motorcycle by Tesla. While the idea is rather suggestive, the video uses a Ducati with a fuming exhaust pipe. We wonder what Tesla might do to clear its name…
youtube.com via autoevolution.com, insideevs.com
When you gotta go.
One bus traveling between the UK cities of Bath and Bristol is entirely powered by biomethane, which is produced by treating sewage and food waste. Local media has dubbed the Bio-Bus as poo-bus and poo-blic transport.
Los Angeles is no stranger to motorbike gangs, but this is a first for the city. Hollywood Electrics is a group of electric bike riders who go and drive along scenic routes and eat in restaurants that use electric motorcycles for deliveries. All that emission and noise free – ride on!
greencarreports.com (with video)
The ancient art of fighting with the Katana, the Samurai swords, has found its modern expression with two high precision robots by CPM Special Bearings crossing blades. Obviously, the fight was non-bloody and programmatically rehearsed.
Security has become autonomous with Microsoft introducing its robot security guard. Five of these K5 machines monitored Microsoft’s Silicon Valley campus last week. The 136-kilo robots sense danger but are not (yet) equipped with means to actually prevent humans from doing harm.
A Scottish dog care centre has found yet another positive effect of electric vehicles: the chill factor. When taking dogs back to their owners in the new Nissan e-NV200, the near silent electric drive puts the pets to sleep whereas before barking was the norm, stressing out animals and humans.
“So großartige Autos werden nur in Deutschland gebaut” (A car this great can only be made in Germany) is the slogan Chrysler uses to promote its new 200 model. Of course it is not made in Germany, so check out for yourself how the Americans turn it around. Well, they try at least…
No more sitting in traffic jam.
U.S. company Krossblade Aerospace Systems has developed a flying hybrid car concept that takes off and lands vertically. So if there is a traffic jam, it can literally fly past it. And with an alleged flying speed of 300 mph, it is the fastest car-plane out there.