Sep 1, 2015 - 08:47 am

Wet feet.

The Traxxas Slash 4×4 is a model car that is not afraid of the water. It drives fast enough that it manages to stay on the surface instead of becoming “a submarine.” Even jumps cannot make this little EV go under. (with video)

Aug 31, 2015 - 09:43 am

EV with sound.

Instrument maker Roland will create “ingenious neo-futuristic” sounds for the GLM ZZ electric sports car, giving drivers the feeling of being behind the wheel of a “space ship on the road.” If they cannot enjoy the silence, who better that an instrument maker for some of the world’s greatest musicians to make the noise?,

Aug 28, 2015 - 08:23 am

Meet the electric TreeRover.

Two students have developed a prototype model of a tree planting robot. The TreeRover is a four-wheeled, battery-powered vehicle that plants up to ten seedlings at a time. Talk about having a green thumb!


Aug 27, 2015 - 08:11 am

Six feet under.

Goldcorp is conducting underground trials with different electric vehicles at the Canadian Musselwhite gold mine, to determine if they can replace their existing fleet of diesel-powered vehicles. The company is also considering to put charging stations underground.

Aug 26, 2015 - 08:14 am

Just chillin'

The ‘Chilli Island’ is a cross between an electric motorboat and a luxurious floating device that will be presented at the Interboot in September. It has an integrated sound system and a personal palm tree (or leaves) to provide shade. It’s safe to say that we know how we’ll spend our next summer holiday., (in German)

Aug 25, 2015 - 08:03 am

Walking was so yesterday!

The Netherland-designed Oxboard might be the new way to go (or roll). The lightweight Segway-style device has no handlebars, letting its rider float effortlessly to wherever he or she wants to go. Sounds like a blast, but is it worth the hefty price tag?,


Aug 24, 2015 - 09:03 am

One-wheeled delivery.

The ‘Transwheel’ concept designed Kobi Shikar from Israel looks like a robot on a unicycle that, with a robotic arm, picks up and carries packages. It is equipped with GPS for navigation and facial recognition to confirm the identity of the recipient.,

Aug 21, 2015 - 08:38 am

Electric Superheros.

Japanese TV superhero Ultraman now has a Nissan Leaf and a Nissan e-NV200 to help him fight crime. The colourful special edition of the EVs also features cannons in order to impress the bad guys – or to fight the gas-guzzlers?

Aug 20, 2015 - 06:57 am

Electric Boat inspired by Dolphins.

Charles Bombardier has come up with a new concept for future mobility. The Sirène is a solar-powered driverless kayak propelled by an “innovative biomimetic propulsion system” that imitates the movement of a dolphin’s tail.


Aug 19, 2015 - 08:13 am

EVs to ascend into space?

A Canadian company has been granted a patent for what it calls a ‘space elevator’, which would reach about 12 miles above the Earth’s surface and is designed to reduce the cost of rocket launches by up to 30 percent. Here’s the kicker: The space tower could serve as a track for electric vehicles to travel up and down carrying about 10 tons of payload.

Aug 18, 2015 - 08:15 am

Self-driving stroller.

Did VW accidentally invent the stroller of the future? Responding to Facebook comments, the carmaker has developed a baby stroller that brakes and keeps distance automatically. And as the following video reveals, the results are quite impressive.

Aug 17, 2015 - 07:01 am

Electric Bentley for Kids.

The wait for an all-electric Bentley is over. Well, at least for your kids: Chinese toy maker Yuelejia now offers a ‘Bentley SUV’, powered by a 45W motor with a top speed of up to 6 km/h. It has a functional key, working lights, a horn, a drive selector, and a MP3 plug – and is pretty inexpensive.


Aug 14, 2015 - 08:34 am

Electric copycat.

For its latest creation, Chinese motorcycle maker Jiangsu Xinri was rather clearly inspired by Honda’s Gold Wing. However, there is one significant difference: the Chinese model has an electric motor. For once, a copy that outshines the original.

Aug 13, 2015 - 08:18 am

Electric Bulli.

A converted VW bus from 1966 carries solar panels instead of surf boards on its roof. They are used to charge the batteries that power the electric motor of this holiday beauty on the streets of Cambridge, Massachusetts. Why, oh, why does Volkswagen not electrify its iconic camper series?!


Aug 12, 2015 - 08:39 am

Electric drive board.

The WalkCar is actually a laptop-sized skateboard that fits in a bag and can be used as “walking” aid. It goes up to 10 kph for about 12 km and is activated by shifting weight. Pretty neat invention from Japan – just the name needs improving. Any ideas?,


Aug 11, 2015 - 08:10 am

Thrill seeker.

Elon Musk’s life must be stressful enough with Tesla undertaking huge projects. To relax a little, he took to wing walking. Basically, you stand outside on a bi-plane going 130 mph and let the wind play with your hair – kind of.

Aug 10, 2015 - 08:14 am

Electric submarine.

French Stephane Rousson is looking for funds to electrify its Scubster. First introduced as a pedal-powered concept in 2011, the little submarine now features a propeller on each side that rotate independently. The Scubster can dive up to 2 hours on battery power at a maximum of 8 kph.

Aug 7, 2015 - 08:14 am

'A' for effort.

Wellington (NZ) is looking to put hybrid double-deckers into service. In fact, they have been testing them for 4 years, costing taxpayers millions, only to find that the buses might actually be too heavy for the city’s roads and don’t fit through all tunnels. Points for trying, though.

Aug 6, 2015 - 08:15 am

It flies!

Okay, it hovers and only under very distinct circumstances like a rather light-weight and well-balanced boarder, a skatepark tiled with magnets and a flow of liquid nitrogen. Still, it really hovers! And, Marty McFly is due to arrive this October to help Lexus out anyway.

Aug 5, 2015 - 08:00 am

Smooth operator.

Students of the ETH Zurich have developed an electric wheelchair that can take stairs by itself. Two rubber tracks basically even out the edge and smoothly pull the Scalevo up. On the flat, two large balancing wheels take over again.

Aug 4, 2015 - 08:20 am

New level of incentives.

Texas-based Stream is rewarding each of its ten best National Directors with a Tesla Model S. Not for lease, but as a bonus. Never mind that Tesla is not allowed to sell its cars in Texas. If you are looking to now apply for a job with Stream, there is no word on whether they will ever give away another Tesla.

Aug 3, 2015 - 08:18 am

Car comedy.

The Tartan Prancer, also known as “The Honda of Albania” is the secret star of a new comedy “Vacation” that builds on the original movie from 1983. The fantasy plug-in hybrid features two front-ends, two gas tanks and a plug, as well as a fountain inside. (no Albanian needed) via

Jul 31, 2015 - 07:30 am

Tilting point.

The Swincar by Mecanroc is an all-electric, all-wheel drive quad that takes hurdles like a spider. Its four wheels sit on arms that can move freely, while the driver safely swings in the nacelle. Only in curves, wheels and seat tilt in unison for added fun. Enjoy your weekend – off- or on the road!

Jul 30, 2015 - 08:50 am

To the rescue.

Nissan makes fun of generational change (and range) in this funky new spot. It stars a desperate young man stranded in a desert, who has no choice but to call his grandma to pick him up – in her electric Leaf.

Jul 29, 2015 - 08:22 am


Serial theft of batteries from hybrid cars in San Francisco might soon come to an end, as Greentec developed a special safety screw. The bolts can only be installed and removed with a tools only Greentec has access to. Thieves could be pretty screwed soon.,

Jul 28, 2015 - 08:09 am

Hybrid vs. SUV.

Never underestimate the acceleration of a Porsche 918 Spyder – it is pretty instant, especially while still in a parking lot. This fellow in Saint-Tropez had to find that out the hard way, as his ride was stopped before it really started by a parked SUV. Ouch!

Jul 27, 2015 - 08:34 am

Misleading or mislead?

A Volvo V60 plug-in was recently sited at a Tesla Supercharger. Surely, he left with an empty battery, but the question remains – why was he there? Did he not realize that he couldn’t plug in there, or is he working for Volvo, looking to link up with Tesla for Supercharger access?

Jul 24, 2015 - 09:02 am

Scoop of the day.

Uber will be delivering ice cream to customers in Singapore via EVs and drones. Just like the cars, scoops can be ordered and paid for using the app. Let’s just hope the ice cream doesn’t melt while high in sky – or Singaporeans may experience rain with strawberry or chocolate flavour.

Jul 23, 2015 - 08:30 am

When the heart skips a beat.

Lexus modified its RC-F Coupe, so that it can reflect the driver’s heartbeat on the vehicle’s exterior using electro-luminescent paint and sensors attached to the driver’s body. While there is no real use for the technology, it does look cool!,

Jul 22, 2015 - 08:09 am


For the “Negative Carbon U.S. Road Trip,” environmental activist Brian Kent wants to drive his Nissan Leaf for 25,000 miles over 100 days across the U.S. But that’s not all: Kent says he will plant a tree in each of the 48 U.S. states he passes through.,

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