The dark side of Bond.
The producers behind the James Bond movie series put off fans of electric cars with a categoric “no” to a Bond EV, seeing it as to austere for Her Majesty’s spy. In Spectre, only the villain got to drive a hybrid, so who is the good and the bad guy actually?!
telegraph.co.uk (No to EV), thetimes.co.uk (hybrid)
“Nuts and bolts versus watts and volts,” describes the narrator the drag race between a BMW i3 and a 2015 Polo GTI with a DSG gearbox in South Africa. Careful, it contains scenes that some e-mobility fans might find disturbing.
youtube.com via autoevolution.com
It wasn't me.
While DragTimes were having a great time testing the Tesla autopilot function cruising through Miami, things got a little bit out of control. The driver got a ticket because the autopilot was speeding, 75 mph in a 60 mph zone. All too human, we’d say!
youtube.com via insideevs.com
Entrepreneurial spirit wanted.
Japan is looking for its own Apple or Tesla and is ready to spend 10 billion in its quest. Chief headhunter Toshiyuki Shiga describes his mission as follows: “I want to help create a Japanese version of Elon Musk.” May we suggest to consider cloning?
Festival of ideas.
Once a year, in-house developers at Hyundai and Kia are asked to let their creative juices flow freely for the festival of ideas. A trike that purifies water or a zeppelin that collects the vital fluid seem reasonably useful but what about an electric two-wheeled cylinder car or a motorised baby stroller, we wonder?!
Color of the day – schaamrood.
Volkswagen has released a quite humorous full page advertisement in major Dutch newspapers to apologize for equipping its diesel cars with cheating software. The ad is titled “schaamrood” (shame red) and VW admits it is “anything but proud of our newest color”.
Comparing apples and pears.
What equals a Tesla to a Hummer? Nothing, one would think apart from them both being eligible to the same “hummer tax deduction” of 25,000 dollars as the Model X has a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) of over 6,000 pounds. Small-business owners might want to speak with their tax accountant about this lovely little loophole no. 179.
Tesla accuses two journalists of the Reno Gazette-Journal of trespassing on the Gigafactory. When caught by workers, the two paparazzi attempted to flee in a Jeep and allegedly run over a Tesla employee. The latter was slightly hurt and the driver arrested.
Electric rickshaw for London.
Sherazam Tiwan studies design and envisions to bring a modern version of the three-wheeled taxis best known from India to London. He would like his compact electric rickshaw to be adopted by TfL as a form of public transport. It could surely beat a Black Cab in traffic easily.
Toyota’s TS040 Hybrid might not be the fastest racer in Le Mans but can harvest six megajoules of energy from regenerative braking. Enough to prepare eggs, toast, and coffee for 171 people. Good morning!
Ever wanted to just get away from it all? You’re not alone. Meet Chris Sawey, who has dropped everything to live in his Toyota Prius around a year ago. The video covering his adventures has already been viewed more than 700,000 times and is definitely worth watching.
DIY diesel scandal.
The festive season is (almost) upon us and kicks off with halloween. A website got particularly creative as it puts out a manual on how to make one’s own dieselgate costume that involves a gas mask, fuel canister and lots of fumes. Pretty outrageous!
halloweencostumes.co.uk (costume) via autoblog.com
An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) inspired by Tesla has been put out there by designer Fraser Leid. So far, the Tesla Drone is only a vision but one that takes extra long range (60 min) and its own charging station (superbly fast and wireless) from its name sake. Ludicrous, is it not?!
autoevolution.com, behance.net (design)
Lexus has asked a London design firm to recreate its IS sedan using 1,700 sheets of laser-cut cardboard. Glued together by hand and including the interior, the result is aesthetically amazing indeed and can be driven, too – electrically.
motortrend.com, youtube.com (making of)
Fold & Fly.
The electric Gi FlyBike folds to half its size pretty much instantly and the Kickstarter campaign reached its goal almost as fast. At the time of writing, almost 150,000 dollars of the required 75,000 had been raised. Looks like this full-size electric folder is truly destined to fly.
kickstarter.com (campaign) via techinsider.io
Save the last dance for our planet.
MW is turning people into power producers at the Marathon races in Berlin, Cologne and Frankfurt. Visitors are invited to rock a special dancefloor at the BMW booth. Generators underneath convert the compression of the dancefloor into electricity which will then be used for an i3 to complete the marathon distance of 42.195 kilometers (26.219 miles).
energy-floors.com via insideevs.com
As Google realises that its autonomous cars are a little too cautious, breaking even when they ‘see’ potential danger, they want to teach them to drive more like humans – meaning more recklessly. Cutting corners, edging into intersections and crossing double-yellow lines will all be part of the game. And what about a digital finger?!
Her Majesty's hybrid.
Who wouldn’t like to play the villain once? Steve Huntingford got the chance, as he got to try the Jaguar C-X75. The car is starring in the next James Bond movie “Spectre” and will be driven by bad boy Mr. Hinx. He cannot be that bad, though, as his Jag is a powerful hybrid.
Transport for London successfully finished a trial, where it recuperated energy from Tube train brakes that could power an Underground station for two days a week, potentially saving TfL 6m pounds (9m dollars) a year. More importantly for commuters: the technology also decreases heat generated by trains in tunnels.
Frustrated with his children’s school, Elon Musk simply set up his own. Ad Astra (Latin for to the stars) so far teaches 20 pupils, including his sons, adapting to their best abilities. We wonder, if those all-stars are secretly being trained for daddy’s mission to Mars?
It's over, Jetta.
Once trust goes out the window, there is no turning back. Due to the VW scandal, three ‘basic girls’ are dumping a basic car in this Funny Or Die comedy sketch video.
Fossil fuel free.
The oil and gas industry challenges of us to go one week without fossil fuel or products that contain the black gold. While the intention is clearly to underline the importance of oil, the campaign might show people, how important it is to look for (more) alternatives or not to burn a limited resource mindlessly. We wish you a fossil fuel free weekend!
Plug and Plant.
American start-up Leaf has developed a grow box for cannabis. The principle of the fridge-like device is simple: plug ‘n plant. The planter will only be available in the U.S. and cannabis is strictly limited for medical use. Naturally.
Volvo introduces the ROAR robot, designed to collect garbage. While its name might suggest otherwise, the little robot drives autonomously and is fully electric. If the project ever leaves concept stage, it could surely become a roaring success.
Fuel cell transformer.
Charles Bombardier has come up with a stunning new electric vehicle concept. Meet the Jacknife, a futuristic-looking and fuel-cell-powered car that can alter its shape, folding itself up to optimize parking space and stretching out its wheels for optimal driving stability.
As a sponsor of this year’s Emmy Awards, Audi’s A3 Sportback e-tron is starring in the new Muppets promotion video. We assume everyone got along during the shoot. Kermit the frog and the plug-in hybrid are both “green representatives” after all.
youtube.com via autoblog.com
All the luddites in the room.
Taxi drivers were not amused when London’s Mayor Boris Johnson called them “luddites,” or technophobes at a meeting, after being asked about the introduction of electric taxis . Previously, cabbies protested Transport for London’s refusal to impose stricter regulations on Uber. Things got so out of hand, they even sent a member of security to hospital… really now?
Ode to Space Balls.
Yes, the Tesla P90D also has an easter egg and it has been found. When sliding the acceleration toggle from ‘Sport’ to ‘Ludicrous’ and holding it for five seconds, the display will show an animated graphic right out of the cult movie. Though Tesla drivers look much happier than Lord Dark Helmet after going into ‘Ludicrous’ mode.
Not a sound.
To make it very clear how electric mobility will change life in the city, Volkswagen filmed no less than 43 EVs driving circles at a roundabout without making any noise. The spot’s title couldn’t be more fitting – “Enjoy The Silence.”
German Limouzine stretched a Smart to limousine length. The MadeForSix accommodates six passengers, obviously, has six wheels and includes LED screens. It boasts 120 hp, but is sadly not powered by an electric drive. Imagine what six in-wheel drives could do.