Flying around the bend.
Driving electric motorcycles is not even a thing of the past yet, and flying ones is no longer just thing of the future. A group of aeronautical engineers took the new Hoverbike out for a spin in the English countryside. Its passenger? A 3D printed robot – of course!
youtube.com via iflscience.com
How would you react if you are sitting at a red light and Batman pulls up next to you? Would you grant him the right-a-way, in case he was on a mission to safe anyone? Japanese drivers actually had to ask themselves exactly that, as a man in a Batman costume on a three-wheeled Batmobile drove down the motorway.
youtube.com (Video) via carthrottle.com
Pink is for girls.
British car insurance company Sheilas’ Wheels proposes to create women-only lanes called PinkZones in some parts of the country. Not because they see women as being bad drivers (in fact, women have less accidents than men), but because it would increase their safety and quality of life. Sexism? No, rather British humour!
Car industry's coolest moves.
Opel CEO Neumann was nominated at the Ice Bucket Challenge and passed on the challenge to the big bosses of Daimler and VW, as well as his own – Mary Barra, CEO of General Motors. Julie Hamp, CCO Toyota North America, couldn’t keep her head dry either, pouring not only ice but also some of the water from the carmaker’s FCV.
youtube.com (Opel), youtube.com (GM), youtube.com (Toyota)
No words, just moves.
You can watch Kia’s commercial for its new electric vehicle over and over. What the relation between the Soul EV and sexified (and dancing) hamsters is, remains a bit vague. But the sparks are flying!
youtube.com via nytimes.com
Tesla has just set up store in Hamburg, Germany, and finds itself in the same building as Audi’s advertising agency. Coincidence? The agency does not seem to think so and took the chance to make its claim with a big poster of the Audi e-tron “welcoming” Tesla warmly.
Smart is not running out of ideas when thinking about how to make city life better. The latest spot deals with the problem of people waiting at red lights (or not). So why be static if you can be ecstatic instead and feed the little red man with your best dance moves?!
Mysterious leaflets showing up on windscreens of Model S have been trying to warn the owners of the “toxic tesla crime-mobile” for some time now. The Tesla enemies are now taking things to a new level, suspecting politicians, White House staff and bloggers alike to be part of Tesla’s conspiracy to… make the world a greener place?!
Elon Musk got in line with a number of celebrities who have taken the viral “Ice Bucket Challenge.” The aim is to collect for charity, the real fun starts however, when nominating the next VIP. Musk left this to his kids. Johnny Depp, Tony Hawk, it is your turn now!
At electrive.com we serve news freshly to your inbox every weekday at breakfast time (well, depending on where you live). In case you are having breakfast right now, safe the bacon! Maybe this bacon-powered motorcycle is a possible new candidate for your daily commuter!?
Recreation for batteries.
Researchers from Clarkson University, New York, have found a new use for hemp as they transformed cannabis bark into carbon nanosheets to be used in supercapacitors instead of graphene. The scientists say it is perfectly legal as they only use the waste and insist that there is “no overlap with any recreational activities.” Well, we hope you will have plenty of those over the weekend!
This e-bike that roams the street of India’s city Mumbai must be among the cheapest in the world. Prasad Kambli used his time off from his job as a UPS driver going around scrapyards to piece the no-name electric bicycle together for less than 200 dollars. Surely, one of a kind.
In sailing mode.
Who thinks that “sailing” in an EV necessarily implies electric power, should think again. This two Danish kite surfers have taken the VW E-Up quite literally. Well, almost. They sure give a new meaning to EVs powered by wind energy. See for yourself!
As the Chevy Volt has been around for quite some time now, it had to endure the earliest and most ridiculous “arguments” aimed at killing yet another electric car. Sebastian Blanco has collected the top 5. Our favourite: Fox Business’ claim that marriages would be destroyed by fights over forgotten charging.
From paper to power.
Harvard scientists have developed the first self-assembling robot. Similar to the Transformers we know from the big screen, this little guy disguises himself as a sheet of paper, which folds into a moving robot without human intervention. If – like in the movies – it can one day take the shape of a car (and why not an EV?) remains to be seen.
theguardian.com (with video)
Not only Disney’s bear Baloo knows that there are situations in jungle life which call for a biiig scratch. This elephant found the perfect “tree” in a VW Polo on safari in South Africa. His amorous approach was too much for the car though, which was left broken while Dumbo went his way entirely relaxed. May your weekend be the same!
youtube.com (Baloo and tree, animated), dailymail.co.uk (Dumbo and VW, real)
San Francisco’s Mayor Ed Lee is driving a Chevy Volt, which in general is a good thing. The EV has been spotted though repeatedly breaking, or say bending the rules and the drivers never having to pay the fine. Lee is not taking any responsibility as his office claims that it is not the mayor himself driving the Volt. However, wouldn’t a bit of the right behaviour make his electric example so much better?!
No, it was not the Tesla Model X that took up two spaces at once at a supercharger station. The picture of the petrol intruder (obviously unplugged) went viral anyway, prompting Tesla CEO Elon Musk to reassure us on Twitter that the monstrous car is not the Model X.
When it comes to designing solutions everyone would love to see in the future, Eduardo Galvani seems the go-to person. After his Nimbus electric camper van (we reported) comes the ‘Fly Citycopter’, an electric helicopter for future urban “driving” – or so we hope!
A seriously mobile mobile charger.
Koodo’s latest mobile charging station takes things to a new level. It does not have to be carried but follows its owner wherever he or she goes and comes with a very personal touch, too. See for yourself…
Window of opportunity.
Well, if my car can park itself, why would I need to be in there, is what this driver of a BMW i3 must have thought. He had to trick the car in believing he was still with it though, and thus left through the window after initiating the self-parking mode. Luckily, the driver has not tried to tamper with the Active Cruise Control yet…
In a concerted effort, BMW closed a roundabout just to send a so-called driftmob featuring five M235i out there. Their drifting however, does not resemble a mob at all but is more like a ballet or synchronised, well, drifting.
Metal thumb up.
If you happen to drive through Canada you might be lucky enough to meet the HitchBOT. It is probably one of the few hitchhikers almost everyone would pick up as the robot is trying to get from Halifax to Victoria, relying on the kindness of strangers and their car’s cigarette lighter. It is programmed to make conversation too so chances of abduction are somewhat high.
globalnews.ca, vimeo.com (video)
The Musk who fell from Earth.
The Tesla CEO will appear in The Simpsons and lend his voice to his yellow comic self. The episode will see Musk taking on Springfield’s chief villain and nuclear power plant owner Mr. Burns. We cannot wait to see the Simpson family in a Model S!
Wake up light.
The car driver in this video must have been so exhausted, he even used the stop at a red light for a power nap so deep, not even a horn “alarm” could wake him up. We hope your weekend offered plenty of relaxation and wish you a fresh start into the new week!
<a href=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WpuuBtZaxyk” target=”_blank”>youtube.com</a>
Technology transfer can come in many forms and this one is especially beneficial. Croatian Rimac has adapted the battery from its Concept_One supercar to be used in wheelchairs. With the new technology, the range went up from 10 km to 60 km, the battery weighs ten kilos less and lives 10x longer, thus enabling the user to roll for longer, lighter and better.
Lifting forklift lifting.
When a lifted pallet is forked into a lifted truck by a forklift that is lifted by a forklifting forklift lifter, it either makes a great tongue-twister or proves that these guys understand logistics!
Audio crash test.
For sure, the most dramatic element in this crash test video is the music that goes along with it. Even though it is no less than the new Smart fortwo heading into a new Mercedes S-Class, which is double the weight. The Smart’s Tridion safety cell seems to perform well but we’d prefer the collision avoidance system – and a different soundtrack.
A team of ten 5 to 6-year old kids was invited over to Rolls-Royce headquarters to build their own electric race car to compete in the Formula Goblin race by the Greenpower Education Trust. Team March got the price for “Best Bodywork” though the tiny e-racer was obviously realised with the help of grown-up engineers who left their mark (RR).
Bulli from another world.
The Nimbus e-car has been designed by Brazilian Eduardo Galvani. His futuristic camper van looks as if it very well could go to Mars or the bottom of the ocean. For now, however, the Nimbus is only a concept complete with hybrid 4WD drive, solar cell and wifi. Who will give Galvani a call first: Tesla or Volkswagen?!