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?!
Forget about rogue states,…
…good governance has now been measured by the British government on a rather different scale as it lists outstanding traffic related fines by embassy personnel in London. North Korea owes 194,565 pounds for congestion charge even though it only has two cars. But this is no match for the USA, which owes Londoners 8 million pounds (13.7m dollars).
theguardian.com, gov.uk (list with all debtors)
Airbus resorts to Ryanair methods.
The plane manufacturer now issued a patent for seats that strongly resemble bicycle saddles but are fixed and narrowly lined up in a row. The concept is designed to save space and money but even Airbus admits it will result in “reduced comfort.” Does this construction imply passengers will have to pedal-power their plane next?!
…is the only possible explanation for this Model S which crashed into a Tesla sign right in front of a Fremont dealership. The web (while laughing) blames the accident on an overjoyed yet unexperienced Tesla buyer why we just hope that this was not in fact a test ride gone wrong.
Bigger, better, Smart.
Because really, what’s better than a larger than life city car with its own indoor climate? At least that is what the Daimler subsidy tries to have customers believe. Tries to or succeeds – just see for yourself. And who knows, maybe it’s time to think big.
youtube.com (promo video with testers reactions)
Showing off some muscle.
What better way to see who is stronger, than to let the BMW i3 and Hyundai Grandeur 2.4 go head-to-head in a tug of war? We won’t reveal who wins, just keep in mind that it is the inner values that count.
youtube.com (Video) via insideevs.com
Hack a Tesla.
The Tesla Model S always is a brilliant marketing instrument, isn’t it? This time the organisers of next week’s SyScan conference in Beijing invite all participants to try hack the Model S. If successful, the hacker gets 10,000 dollars from the organisers – and most probably a job offer from Tesla.
Fast charge is the new fast food.
According to infrastructure provider Chargepoint, it has now more charging stations (18,000) in the U.S. than there are McDonald restaurants (13,900) and Starbucks cafés. Looks like the times are changing!
Think outside the box…
…but stay on track, is the motto this inventive man must have been following. He put an euro-pallet to new use when modifying it to cruise the tram tracks of his hometown Bratislava, Slovakia. Let the good wood roll!
vimeo.com (video) via pulptastic.com
Twizy goes Jeep.
As if the Twizy is not unusual enough, Red Castle Classics has rebuild Renault’s electric quad for the Eco Travel Network. The “Toro” features two (bike) racks (again unusually arranged) as well as softer tyres to accommodate for bumpy tracks on ‘Breacon Beacons.’
The Northumberland County Council is being accused of wasting public funds, after it installed two charging stations on the car lot of the public library. An area they knew was about to be sold. The charging points now had to be removed. We agree they should have looked twice before picking a location – but isn’t it the thought that counts?
Start them off young.
Who says bike-sharing is only for grown-ups? Paris now offers kids’ bikes at five locations, as part of its Velib’ bike-sharing scheme. From bikes with training wheels to balance bikes – with ‘P’tit Velib,’ children can learn to share. A skill they will hopefully not forget as they get older.
Good things come (back) to those who wait.
It was 33 years ago that American George Talley last saw his Corvette. It had been stolen from the streets of Detroit and was now found some 1,600 kilometres away. Manufacturer GM took it upon itself to return the vehicle to its rightful owner – and almost to the exact spot from where it had been taken.
usatoday.com (plus video)
Meet Robot Ray.
If your car cannot park itself, do not worry about it any longer. At Düsseldorf Airport, Robot Ray is there to lend a helping hand to drivers tired of steering. Just leave your vehicle at the Vehicle Transfer Station (VTS) where lasers take measure before leaving it to Ray to properly park it in an otherwise too tight lot. And he will get the car out of there too.
The time from placing the order to delivery of a new car can be torturing for some, pushing them to repeatedly check positions of car vessels and call the dealership. One Chinese Tesla customer apparently couldn’t handle the tension and repeated rescheduling. The first thing he did with, well, actually to his car, was to destroy the windshield with a wrench. This will definitively add another day or two before he can take his Model S for a spin.
Automatisation is the next big thing and it will change the manufacturing industries forever. But who says a robot cannot be fun? Dan Granett, a former NASA engineer is seeking funding for his ‘BugJuggler.’ The 20-metre high machine with its giant arms will be able to juggle with up to three VW Beetles weighing 1,800-pounds each. Definitely sounds sensational!
Remember the Swede advertising its old Volvo 245GL in the most modern marketing lingo (we reported)? Well, Christoffer Castor is back with a sequel, designed to make you laugh out loud. We wish you all a great weekend!
Coffee on wheels.
Wheely’s Bicycle Café by the Nordic Society For Invention and Discovery (NSID) is currently looking for crowdfunding calling on all bike baristas. The idea is a coffee station integrated into a cargo bike. The café’s energy demand is satisfied by a battery fed with solar power. Our suggestion for rainy days: Power a generator through pedalling.
indiegogo.com via treehugger.com
Quarter Pounder with quad.
McDonald’s is now delivering burgers with branded electric quads to customers in Vienna and parts of Lower Austria. The electric four-wheelers have a range of 80 kilometres and reach speeds of up to 45 kph.
heute.at (in German)
Catch them young.
Bentley now offers a toy version of its Bentley Blower from 1920. The ride-on car comes with alloy racing wheels and a hand-stitched leather seat but without a motor. With a 5,500 dollar price tag, on the other hand, it is rather “grown-up.”
Ladies tired of being patronised by male mechanics can now go to the “Only Girls” garage near Paris, France. There, not only a kids’ playroom is available but also massages and manicures are offered to the waiting customers. More importantly though, female staff is taking the drivers through every step of the repair process. Vive la femme!
When Facebook crashed yesterday causing something close to a panic within the social media community, a chocolate manufacturer made good use of the gap. KitKat turned to Twitter tweeting: “Looks like #Facebook is having a BREAK right now. Have a BREAK, too!” Well, we could not have put it better ourselves and wish you a wonderful weekend!
twitter.com via marketing-interactive.com
Putting luxury into train travel.
Japanese railway company J.R. East plans on building a so-called Cruise Train, or a “Penthouse on rails.” 360-degree glass ceilings and maisonette-style sleeping suites are only some of the features of the 50-million-dollar train. It will have room for 34 passengers only, so ticket prices will most probably be astronomically when it goes into service in the spring of 2017.
It´s all in the name.
The former Head of R&D at GM and now a professor at Michigan University has his own theory on why fuel cell technology has not yet taken off. It is because of its name, which he believes is too far from ordinary people’s reality and too close to combustion engines. He thus proposes to call them ‘hydrogen battery’ instead. By the way, his name is Larry Burns.
Tweet to win.
As all Formula E cars have the same specs, FIA came up with the ‘Fanboost,’ allowing the use of the full 200 kW driving power for a limited time. Which car benefits is strictly determined by popularity, as only the driver who gets the most @-mentions on twitter will literally be pushed forward by his followers.
Indian business man Rahul Thakar had got enough of his Jaguar XF being repeatedly broken. In a blunt social media post, he said that any donkey cart is more reliable than his luxury car. To prove his point, he took a picture of his Jaguar with eight donkeys harnessed to it. The viral impact his online “complaint” made, surely got Jaguar moving.
Just for kids.
Toyota presents its Camatte Sport at the Tokyo Toy Show, featuring hundreds of LEDs on car’s hood that can display different images. While some moms and dads might be a bit jealous of their kid’s electric roadster, Toyota says it hopes to inspire the next generation of carmakers.
carscoops.com, youtube.com (Video)
For those EV drivers feeling very close to mother nature, this charge point in the middle of the Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park might just become their favourite spot to plug in. The people in the picture definitely look like they are enjoying themselves. So is nude charging a new trend?!
facebook.com (picture contains nudity), chargemap.com
Odd one out.
In need for speed? Well, you got plenty of it in this video where the three super sports cars La Ferrari, McLaren P1 and Porsche 918 Spyder (all of them hybrid), competed at the Assen Circuit in the Netherlands. They were joined in the race by the Koenigsegg Agera R.
The wait for the future is over.
On Kickstarter, the HoverSkater project by Jim Pitts is looking for backers. While it still not lets you fly, the skateboard can get airborne for a short time due to its aircushion. Marty McFly, we need you here, now!