A Chevy Volt owner in Detroit has had power in her garage cut off by the Homeowners Association. She agreed to pay around 50 dollars, but when the HOA told her that the costs associated with charging her car were too much and presented her a 200 dollar bill, she refused to pay.
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Recalling the recalled.
We have gotten used to write about recalls, but this tops previous reports. Ford is re-recalling nearly 40,000 vehicles in the U.S., to inspect steering shafts that could break and cause loss of steering. Ford said that after making the repairs, it discovered the way it had fixed them was “improper.”
A group trying to make the EV look bad has sprung to life in Norway. It tells members that the Model S “is harmful to the environment.” Their motto – no one can proof they’re wrong. And if sources are needed, they have found some credible looking ones that they emailed to their followers. It’s all very credible, indeed…
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Flying car ahead.
The flying car Aeromobil 3.0 was presented in Vienna, Austria. It needs only 200 meters for take-off and a mere 50 meters for landing. The final price is said to fall “somewhere in between the price of a supercar and a small plane”. Unfortunately it’s not electric.
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Simplify my ride.
X-Tomi Design gave 15 sports cars a new, simpler look. Thanks to digital retouching, we can imagine what a LaFerrari or Porsche 918 Spyder would look like in entry-level edition. But as mothers all over the world keep telling their children – it’s what’s on the inside that counts.
Supply and demand.
Though it was introduced only last, you can already buy a used LaFerrari with just 100 kilometres on its back. A German online portal offers the supercar for merely double the factory price. A steal considering all 499 units available are sold out – the only question is who is stealing from whom?
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After the stretched Hummer and the stretched Prius, here comes the stretched scooter. It was made by Chinese Lanbei and seats no less than 11 people and is all-electric, of course! Why they build this XXXXXL vehicle and show it all around the country? It could be solution for mass transportation – as long as the destination is just straight ahead.
EVs for big and small.
2015 looks to be a great year for electric mobility and LEGO fans. The McLaren P1, Porsche 918 Spyder and LaFerrari will all be available for the little yellow guys (and gals). And all LEGO kits include a wrench, because, well who wouldn’t want to look under the hood?
Too modern for bureaucrats.
The third-largest city in Columbia has slammed the breaks on granting a license to an electric bus produced in the country. Why? Because it doesn’t fit in any existing categories in terms of carbon dioxide emission since legally, vehicles that do not emit carbon dioxide do not exist.
Elon Musk makes an appearance on yet another American cult cartoon series: South Park. This time, however, he was not the good guy – at first – as he tried to bring down poor Timmy’s ‘Handicar’ ride share programme. Zipcar, Hummer and Lyft get their fair share of satirical bashing too.
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Twizy on ice.
At French La Clusaz, winter fans can enjoy a very special ride this coming cold season, as the ice circuit is open to Renault’s Twizy. Spinning and pirouetting has never been more fun! We wonder when the first tuner will come up with some skate blades for the mini EV.
Mercedes issued a new spot that might be dubbed as explicit. It shows the coupling of the S-Class Coupé with the Actros Truck, “giving birth” to the Vito. A censored and a voyeur version are available online. Better watch them before the rating agency does.
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Please come this way.
A resourceful retiree had enough of roadworks causing congestion between Bath and Bristol and build his own diversion instead. He opened it up to the public but not without asking tolls. Now, Mike Watts just counted his 100,000th customer, another 50,000 are needed to recover the costs of 300,000 pounds. Keep them coming!
Meet Ms Aiko Shihara, Toshiba’s robot receptionist which (or is it “who”?) comes with 15 actuators inside its head to make it look more lively. Aiko speaks and signs Japanese. Toshiba plans to show it American sign language soon too. Maybe motels would be interested in the never-tiring android.
In Japan, you can now get the Smart fortwo ED as ‘edition Disney’ which is inspired by Mickey Mouse in colour and details. As the conversion was done by Brabus that usually stands for performance, we wonder if Bond-like gadgets were included – after all, Mickey is a detective.
What first looked like thinking ahead, proved not to be thought through. Online shopping website CARiD.com, already lists the Tesla Model X among the vehicles you can order accessories for. Selecting Tesla’s future car and exhaust pipes however, yields impressive 186 results. Chrome pipe, anyone?
Remember our last video tip on how to easily unlock a charging cord on the Nissan Leaf using just a comb? Here comes a walkthrough on different ways you can still stay in charge of your equipment. Solutions range from separate locks to drive-on ramps – chose your favourite!
For the introduction of the e-Golf to the States, Volkswagen has hired Mr. Spock and Captain Kirk from the Star Trek series. The spots have not yet been published so you got plenty of time to practice the Vulcanic salute. May your weekend be long and prosper!
Dear readers, you will only hear from us again on Monday, October 6, as we are celebrating the 24th anniversary of Germany’s reunification this Friday.
Scientists at the Center for Research in Advanced Materials (CIMAV) have found a way to capture the energy produced by people moving forward. The device that converts mechanical energy into electrical can be fitted in the sole of a shoe and cold soon be implemented in mats at stations to amplify the passers-by energy. Let’s do the energy walk!
Electric cars are more versatile than even we thought. While you might have dreamed about partly powering your home with your car’s battery, this Chevrolet dealer solved the more pressing problem of his broken internet connection by simply logging onto the 4G hotspot of the 2015 Volt. The temporary solution has become permanent now and serves as yet another EV sales pitch.