Chinese Ehang unveiled an electric drone able to carry a passenger at CES. Batteries are said to last for 23 minutes of manned flight and once the four propellers are folded, the drone takes up no more than a parking. The company is ready to launch its very private flying object this year for up to 300,000 dollars. Question is, if regulators will ever allow it to take off.
Unfortunately, we don’t really understand this choice of parking spot. The explanation to this picture of a Ferrari parked between the couch and the TV just reads: “Some like potted plants, other like Ferraris.” Let’s just hope the living room is on the ground floor.
All those who think little of electric mobility and still want to have a zero emission vehicle, could follow this guy’s example. Take anything with wheels, a dog – and some chicken wings to motivate the latter. And on that note, we wish you all a relaxing weekend!
Did you ever ask yourself what R2-D2 does when he is not standing in front of the camera? It looks as though the Star Wars star is earning a few extra bucks by delivering components to production lines at the Tesla factory in Fremont.
This conversion of a Porsche 914 to electric is definitely one of a kind. It uses a set of hair dryers as heaters! While it is probably not the most effective way to stay warm, we applaud the effort and creativity.
The morning after.
Some will brag about it, other won’t admit it at all, but fact is – many suffered a hangover on New Year’s morning. Enter the EV, because as Volkswagen shows in this video, a little peace and quiet on the street can go a long way.
The Tesla appeal.
A reader sent us a picture of a Smart ED plugged into a Supercharger, where it got stuck. It came with a note asking the Tesla team to please call the owner once it freed the tiny EV, so it could be towed to a suitable charger. It seems Tesla appeals even to the Smart-est.
facebook.com (note and picture)
Lexus has come up with another idea designed to go viral, putting its NX on wheels made of ice. While this might fit the season, putting an SUV on ice in times of global warming might send the wrong message. Next time try something more electrifying, please!
Concept vehicle Binatrax by Charles Bombardier is an autonomous, all-electric snow mobile. In the future, it could i.e. bring skiers and snowboarders to the top of the mountain. Good if you want to head down slopes where there is no ski lift.
We have shown you videos before of people driving an electric car for the first time. And generally, they have a lot of fun doing it. Tibor Blomhäll of Tesla Club Sweden looked at what it would be like for the EV generation to drive a car with a combustion engine. This is the film version of his story – which does not have a happy ending. At least not for the car dealer.
youtube.com (in Swedish with English subtitles)
Naughty or nice?
EV advocate Chelsea Sexton posted a photo of herself in a GM EV1 to teasingly ask GM’s Mark Reuss, if the Bolt’s arrival would coincide with the EV1’s 20th anniversary. She takes his reply “have you been naughty or nice?” as a yes, so we might see the first Bolt by December 5th, 2016.
Elon has a little lamb.
The front trunk of the Model S takes all sorts of things but this idea from Kazakhstan is unusual. The picture shows a sheep in the frunk. Considerations of animal rights come to late as the lamb was destined for Eid Eid, a holiday that includes celebratory and very fresh mutton dishes.
Tesla takes another step into sustainability, upcycling leftovers from its leather seats to make iPhone cases clearly marked with the T logo. A co-branding that could have with mutual benefits. Could alloy from faulty MacBooks be used for matte rims maybe?!
Tesla gets BMW upgrade.
A Russian Model S driver was not happy with the Tesla interior and fitted it with BMW parts instead. Upgrades include real leather seats and front panel, USB plugs and new cup holders. It’s unlikely, however, that Tesla and BMW will follow his lead and start a formal cooperation anytime soon.
insideevs.com (with videos)
Through the fire.
Pictures show the scarce remnants of a BMW i3 after a fire in a garage. Not much of the car is left besides the seat frames, wheels, the aluminium frame with the battery tray and strands of carbon fibre. Very important: the EV did not cause the fire!
Powered by insect.
Mattel has introduced an electric toy car, powered by a cricket trapped in the cockpit. The Bug Racer detects the insect’s position, allowing it to ‘steer’ the car. The cricket is not included with the toy, by the way. Mattel suggest getting one from the pet store…
Truck off track.
Volvo Trucks has a reputation for viral campaigns to showcase the safety features of its vehicles. Instead of a steering hamster, the latest spot features 4-year old Sophie remotely controlling (or not!) a HGV through a track spiked with obstacles. Deliberate destruction awaits.
youtube.com (Sophie), youtube.com (Hamster)
Electric hover car.
This FCV concept is the stuff dreams are made of as it hovers at high speeds over the pavement. Steered and elevated by four fans, the Elektrogliss is designed to be powered by a 225 kW fuel cell. What bliss it would be if it ever became a reality.
Sampling the creme de la creme.
Super car club Vivendi lives up to its name, inviting people to come and test drive the McLaren P1, Porsche 918 Spyder and Ferrari LaFerrari – all in one day! But this much fun comes with a heavy price tag. Taking part in the Hypercar Holy Trinity 200mph Challenge costs 7,500 pounds per person.
autovivendi.com via worldcarfans.com
Hyundai proves that record breaking performance may not always be a reason to brag. The carmaker says its Tucson Fuel Cell broke the speed record in the category of serial produced FCVs hitting a grand total of 152.2 kph (or 94.6 mph). Wow…
Get ready for the Joby S2, an awesome electric two-seater vertical takeoff and landing plane. The concept features no less than 16 propellers along its wings and can also glide as a plane reaching speeds of up to 200 mph. Have a nice flight into the weekend!
Aladdin goes electric.
Ever wanted to see Aladdin taking a ride on his magic carpet? Here is your chance to watch him cruising through the streets of New York and freaking people out. Spoiler alert! Of course it’s not a real flying carpet, but hey, it´s electric – and fun!
Tesla's NOx policy.
Unlike VW, the Californians operate an über-transparent policy on NOx emissions. Those only occur at its Fremont facility, where Tesla not only self-reported a non-compliance but then delivered a schedule for the solution of the problem by 2016. Ironically the NOx problem might be responsible for the delay in the Model X production.
Brands for change.
Some 600 artworks criticizing corporate sponsors of the UN climate talks currently underway in Paris were placed all across the city. One criticizes Air France, a COP21 sponsor, but not a clean means of transport. VW was also on display. The poster reads: “We are sorry that we got caught.”
Easter in November.
A first Easter Egg in the Model X Design Studio has been uncovered – a 72 amp onboard charger option. As Tesla still recommends the 48 amp AC charger, buyers have to type in ‘charger’ (no quotes) to find the upgrade. The onboard charger can, by the way, not be retrofitted.
If you wish to join the concerted shopping craze today, you might as well go big and get a Nissan Leaf for 10,600 dollars only. Conditions like living in Colorado, government funding and group purchases apply – still, what a bargain. Happy spending!
Useless retrofits are turning into a trend, as the combustion engine Tesla (we reported) is joined by a BMW i8 with a V8 engine. While the violation of the Tesla was just a step on the way to the dubious Deskla, Gabura does take its V8i seriously.
Drop box on wheels.
Did you miss the mail man again? Volvo wants to help, starting a pilot scheme “In-car Delivery” in Gothenburg. Delivery companies can open a recipient’s car once using a digital key to leave the shipment. Volvo wants to expand the idea across Sweden, as well as in other countries at a later date.
Good for doing business.
This new public toilet in Beijing not only lets you answer nature’s calling, but surf the internet, get cash from an ATM or a candy bar from a vending machine. You can also charge your mobile and even electric scooter while on the throne. The toilet paper remains low-tech, however.
Musk be the nerds.
As announced, Elon Musk starred on the Thanksgiving episode of the Bing Bang Theory. Besides making SpaceX a topic for discussion between him and character Howard Wolowitz, BBT also highlights Musk’s charitable side. The latter got stuck washing dishes, after being “too generous with the gravy” while handing out food.
youtube.com via space.com