Way ahead of his time.
According to his Polar Network online account, one EV owner in the UK began charging up his Nissan Leaf in 1970 – some 41 years before the car was even made and 42 years before the charging network existed. The single charging sessions was logged at 386,655 hours! And if you think the poor man is broke after paying the bill, you are wrong. According to the software, he saved 1.6 million pounds (2.6m dollars) in fuel costs…
Blackout at Volkswagen.
The e-Golf production at VW in Wolfsburg, Germany, had only just started when it came to an abrupt halt. Oddly enough, a problem at VW’s power plant led to a blackout leaving half the city and the unfinished e-Golfs without electricity for three hours.
spiegel.de (in German)
12,000 euro electric car.
We are not joking – this is the price Fulu is asking for its latest development, the ‘Electric Traction’ – including the battery. Do not put up your hopes for a bargain too high though, as the Fulu is very basic if not minimalistic. It sits two but nothing more. Have a nice weekend!
focus.de (in German), fulu.ch
A Chinese handyman by hobby wanted to make something special for his grandson and built him a miniature Lamborghini. Electric of course! Powered by five batteries, the car has a range of 37 miles and can reach 62 mph. The total production costs – around 600 euros (823 dollars).
Putting the pedal to the metal.
TV show host Jay Leno takes the wheel of a one-million-dollar Mini Countryman. Its owner Nani Roma – who was also the winner of the 2014 Dakar Rally – doesn’t look reassured as they jet through California’s Death Valley. Why? Just watch!
This dad lets his daughter park his BMW i3 for him – his 5-year-old daughter! How did she do it? Just press play…
May I take you for a ride?
In a recent ad, race driver Jeff Gordon let a car dealer fear for his life and that of his car, when taking him on a rapid test drive. The video, sponsored by Pepsi, went viral but was dubbed by an auto journalist as fake. To convince him of his driving skills and to take revenge, Gordon, disguised as a cab driver, gave his accuser a lift eventually turning into a car chase with (fake) state troopers. Gordon got him good…
youtube.com (car dealer), youtube.com (journalist)
Before restoring the cars and closing the sinkhole that recently opened up underneath GM’s National Corvette Museum in Detroit, USA (we reported), the carmaker has decided to put the damaged cars on display. A viewing booth has been built around the site of the catastrophe. Nature has always delivered the best spectacle, has it not?!
A review of a different kind.
Cutting edge technology is not always glamorous as the latest robot lawnmower by Rumsauer shows. While the Wiper One XH looks undoubtedly fresh, the almost 6-minute video of the little automatic mower slowly scything its way through the most difficult terrain does not do it justice. Go mow, Wiper!
youtube.com (video), wiperrobot.com
For the records – almost.
At Kennedy Space Centre, Florida, the Hennessey Venom has set a new speed record. 270.49mph makes it the fastest production car ever, beating the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport. However, the record might not be officially recognised by Guinness as to count as a “production car” because 30 pieces will have to be produced. Unfortunately the Venom will only be build 29 times.
In New York authorities are making a point of towing cars belonging to the federal government such as the F.B.I. That’s right, New York’s one-tow-fits-all policy does not exempt cars from N.Y.P.D., the fire brigade or other agencies either. Please judge for yourself if local “safety hazard violations” overrule national security.
War of the cable.
A Florida couple fell victim to what could be dubbed as e-mobbing. They were charging their Chevy Volt when an unknown perpetrator cut the cord! The Volt sent a last distress signal to its owners, who highly suspect their neighbours.
Volvo On Call.
Forget about missing the postman and (again) not getting the long-awaited delivery. At the Mobile World Congress Volvo will showcase a new option for receiving packages directly to your car. A digital key only opens the car once to drop the package before the boot is closed again. We wonder if Amazon’s drones will also be able to open the doors?!
Mind the glass.
Google has compiled a list of advice to the early adopters of its smart glasses. Things to avoid are: staring into the distance for extended periods of time; recording people without their explicit consent; or wearing the Glasses on occasions requiring you to be fully present like romantic dates. In short: Don’t be a glasshole.
The first will be last.
Apple has only just started to spread rumours of the iPhone 6 but cues are already forming. So far it is a very short line consisting of just one Japanese called Yoppy. He even dressed up for the occasion as his object of desire and has thus become an important person of his own viral marketing campaign.
This lady might have felt like being on candid camera when she was captured trying to charge her Nissan Leaf. Unfortunately, she stopped at a Tesla supercharger station which plugs just won’t fit the thirsty Leaf. Extra points for trying though!
No time to hit the slopes this year? Casey Neistat shows, that it’s enough to hit the street. Hooked up to his SUV, he snowboards his way through New York City. Chances are, the trip would have been better on his lungs, had his driving force been electric. Maybe next time.
Nature strikes back.
Eight vintage cars of the Corvette National Museum have been swallowed by Earth. Security cameras were filming when a massive sinkhole under the museum’s so-called Sky Dome opened up and swallowed the cars. Luckily, no one has been hurt – apart from the cars.
youtube.com via nytimes.com
Instead of an ice scraper, this Polish man relied on the methodical use of a mallet to free his car from ice. More drastic even was his way of opening the frozen doors: climbing in through the boot and kicking the doors open from inside. We wish him a safe trip!
One man's accident…
…is another man’s treasure: In this case the sorrow was all the driver’s who got stuck in snow with his BMW i8 prototype. Naturally, spy photographers were having a field day. To make things worse, snow clearing vehicles had to be called to the rescue as the i8 came without a towing lug.
worldcarfans.com, autoevolution.com (Photo gallery)
Friend or foe.
Comparing snakes with brussel’s sprouts makes about as much sense as putting up an all-electric car against a mostly-electric car. Ironically, this is exactly what GM is doing with its new Volt spot. How about picking at the big gas guys first next time?!
youtube.com via cleantechnica.com
Policing on a new level.
The Dubai police force just received their new patrol car – a white-and-green Bugatti Veyron. It joins the likes of Audi R8, Bentley, Brabus B63S, Ferrari FF and Nissan GT-R already on the force. However, these super cars are less used to actually chase super gangsters but to pose in public places for tourists instead.
Luxury carmaker Aston Martin has issued a recall of all left-hand models built from November 2007. The reason behind the recall is that the gas pedal arm could break and increase the risk of a crash. Unfortunately one of Aston Martin’s suppliers was using Chinese counterfeit plastic material. Having to recall as much as 75% of all cars built in the last six years, could very well break a premium brand’s neck.
Argentinians have had a hard time for some time now, but the latest shortage is set to bring things to a boil. McDonald is in short supply of Ketchup and no supplementary sauces were able to calm people. The Ketchup riot has now reached a new level, with burger-hungry burghers begging president Kirchner to loosen import regulations. It is time to ketch up, Argentina!
Designer Theophilus Chin calls himself ‘Automotive Manipulator’ as he finds pleasure in rendering flagship models or anticipate what future models might look like. Naturally, he follows Tesla’s Elon Musk and came up with a Model C (for compact) but also a Tesla Pick Up dubbed Model T (for truck). We are waiting for the Tesla-Twizy!
theophiluschin.com (Model C), theophiluschin.com (Model T)
Bye-bye beer buzz.
Minnesota’s Lakemaid company, also known as the Fishermen’s Lager, had taken to the skies recently when delivering crates of beer to remote ice shacks with a drone. Now, the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) decision to bring the beer drone down got the net buzzing, resulting in a White House petition. Still, FAA refuses to overlook about five breaches of regulations. Maybe they could do over a beer or two?!
Full stop out of the blue.
Secret plans of the EU have now come to light, about a device fitted to every car that would enable the police to stop it remotely by cutting the ignition and petrol supply. Even if the latter might be seen as some kind of promotion for EVs, we do not want to raise your hopes too high.
Last Sunday, the police in West Yorkshire stopped a woman on the motorway. While learning drivers in the UK can take their first drives accompanied by any qualified driver, this lady’s pet parrot certainly does not qualify as such supervisionary company. Otherwise, it would have surely kept her from illegally entering the motorway or exceeding the speed limit.
In Sunderland, a gang stole Nissan parts worth one million pounds. Most of the stolen goods were received by a father-son duo, who offered 330 navigation units on eBay alone at a prize way below value. The gang was caught by undercover police and has now been jailed.
In the small town of Rasdorf in Germany, farts and burps of 90 cows confined in a shed caused methane gas to reach a critical level. An electric spark, probably from a cow massage machine, then led to an explosion in which one cow was slightly hurt. There were no reports of burnt milk but emergency services keep measuring gas levels.