Tesla, nothing but junk.
That is Standard & Poor’s latest verdict. The rating agency gave stocks of the Californian carmaker a B-minus, or in other words the thumps down. The rating was unsolicited, however. Meaning, it was given without consulting Tesla and without Tesla asking for it. So maybe it was all just a cry for attention?
Electric coming out.
James May from Top Gear admitted on British radio that he is buying an electric car! Is this the end of the show as we know it? Will the famous presenter trio loose one of its petrol heads? In James’s defense, he bought a BMW i3 with petrol range-extender, so hopefully Jeremy Clarkson tempers justice with mercy.
Dear readers, due to Ascension Day, electrive.com will not be published this Thursday and Friday. We will be back with a fresh batch of electric news on Monday. Until then, we wish all a relaxing weekend!
These bikes are made for walkin'!
No doubt, cycling and walking will keep you fit and are probably the best ways to discover your city more intimately. But often walking is just not fast enough to keep up with the city’s pace. The Walking Bicycle Club combines the best of both worlds – so step on it!
High level austerity.
While Italy might seem to be in the middle of recession, the Italian State Police got their ride pimped by Lamborghini. The Huracán LP610-4 in blue and white comes outfitted with a siren system, and police radio. It is not the first Lambo in the force but actually replaces two Gallardos. Not exactly what we would call a cut in budget…
Road to perdition.
History seems to repeat itself with BMW now collecting perfectly working ActiveEs to kill the electric car once more. Naturally, the Electronauts are devastated but helpless as the ‘pre-production test fleet’ vehicles cannot be sold on to private buyers and were thus always destined for destruction. But really, is this German efficiency?
Mind the gap!
The French train operator SNCF has made a big faux-pas, quite literally. It ordered 2,000 new trains which are simply too wide for many stations in its network. Planning was done on the measurements of stations built in the last 30 years while most stations in France actually date back 50 years. What a very costly “malheur!”
Who thinks that today’s children are little couch potatoes getting their kicks in the virtual world?! Well, Razor’s Crazy Cart is here to change that. Its electrically powered front tyre can rotate 180° in both directions and thus open up a whole new world of crazy drifting, especially as there are no brakes.
Rumour has it that the next Batmobile will be a hybrid. As with the previous movie cars, Warner Bros. strives to have a fully functioning vehicle to use at promotion events. A hybrid would surely be handy as it could cleanly and silently drive on the red carpet. And after all, Batman is one of the good guys!
A car full of coins.
A Chinese man made employees of a car dealership spend their whole morning counting pennies with which he wanted to purchase a new vehicle for 16,000 dollars. After 50,000 yuans (8,000 dollars) his nerves got the better of him and he paid the rest by card. However, he had about 5 tons of coins in his car outside – no wonder he needed a new one with this overload.
Pimp my ride.
Surely, it always depends on how you look at things but this owner of an old Volvo estate surely is a spin doctor. His video uses marketing tools usually reserved for only the newest, most expensive and overall best cars, only that he is praising his old Volvo. One of his numerous unique selling points are actually four doorhandles, one of them broken. Buy my car!
Power comes at a price.
This video shows an old Lada easily overtaking a Porsche 911. While the speed and dedication is truly impressive, the sound of whatever it is that powers the Lada roars rather unpleasantly. Maybe the Porsche driver wanted to be taken over and be left in peace and quiet?!
British Airways plans to offer cross-continental flights powered by trash. The airline has partnered with American Solena Fuels to make an annual 50,000 tons of jet fuel by “gasifying” garbage. If all goes to plan (not waste) London to NYC flights could be waste-fuelled by 2017.
BMW in a box.
It probably took the Hungarian police a while to unravel what was in front of their eyes when stopping a VW transporter from Romania. Inside, a stolen BMW X6 had been dismantled and literally stuffed inside the van. What a reduction of residual value!
Chinese researchers are working on the Super-Maglev – a magnetic train that can travel up to 3,000 kph inside a vacuum tube. So far, researchers have built a 6-meter diameter model of the Chinese Hyperloop, which reaches a dizzying top speed of 48 kph. But hey, Elon Musk only has some manuals!
Are you already driving electric and ultimately following the rule ‘Burning rubber not oil!’? You might want stop using that great electric torque to scream your tyres before they start screaming at you. Continental is working on a thread sensor that could be telling you off soon!
This video shows what could just be the typical eBook reader. No, not the kind from Amazon. This one is male, in its mid-twenties and drives a Renault Twizy- all the way into the library.
Especially if you try to perform a 3-way turn with your car in the cargo space of the new Ford Transit transporter. If you make it a 14-ish-way turn and use world’s smallest car – as seen in this video – you might actually succeed. Why all this, you ask? Because you can!
Taking a gas-guzzling SUV off-road is certainly closest to its intended purpose. But taking it off the road and into a canal like in this video, its quite a different story. It is not known how this could happen, but luckily nobody was injured. And this way, another SUV has been taken off our city roads.
Nozzi, the new star of this Tesla video, is a gasoline nozzle that no one seems to need anymore. That makes Nozzi so sad that he gets drunk at a bar! In the end, it still finds its purpose in life. What that is? See for yourself.
Living with lag.
Swedish internet provider ume.net made a video to showcase how life would feel like if seen through virtual reality glasses but with a slow internet connection causing a lag of three seconds.
youtube.com (video) via globalpost.com
+ + +
Instead of a three-second delay, we at electrive.com will take a four day break as we stay true to our roots in Germany, where Labour Day is traditionally celebrated on the 1st of May, the same as in the U.S. We will be back on Monday, 5th May, regardless of the UK bank holiday. Whenever your May holiday starts or ends, we wish you a truly joyful one!
Watch your mouth.
Researchers from the Swiss Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) together with PSA Peugeot Citroen have developed an on-board emotion detector. It is designed to distinguish only two emotions of a driver: anger and disgust as these could indicate road rage. So next time, give your best smile to the camera – while pushing the pedal or pressing the horn.
On second thought.
GoCycle dealer Ben Jaconelli was devastated when his stylish electric folder got stolen in London. However, he received a call at his e-bike store only a few days later by someone asking how to actually charge the GoCycle. But instead of delivering a new charger, Jaconelli paid the thief’s house a visit, where he only met the mother. An hour later, the GoCycle was sent back in a cab.
It cannot be, fans thought when Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak posted a picture of him and his Tesla Model X on twitter. And while many were still bickering about Elon Musk probably getting the iPhone 6 before anyone else, the secret was finally lifted – the car in the picture is just a display and belongs to no one (yet).
Elio Motors has come up with a rather unusual comparison to measure the low environmental impact of its three-wheeler. According to the company, its trike could drive 20,000 miles and would still emit less carbon dioxide than a cow burping and farting for a whole year.
Nissan CEO Andy Palmer expressed his company’s interest in working with Mahindra on charging infrastructure for India. His openness to cooperation was echoed by Dr.Pawan Goenka of Mahindra who would be “more than happy” to work with the Japanese. Both these niceties, however, were exchanged only via the media. So why not sit down and talk to each other soon?!
Snitch a hike.
A thief, who snatched a girl’s handbag on a street in China, must have thought it was his lucky day when a passing scooter driver offered him a ride to escape. The robber soon regretted this hitchhike, however, as his alleged accomplice dropped him off in front of a police station.
mirror.co.uk (with video)
Loudly led astray.
Speeding drivers in Missouri, USA will soon not be captured on speed camera but be shot at with unpleasant sounds from a sound cannon. These ‘acoustical weapons,’ however, are designed to disturb and disorient people – not exactly what you want on a highway!
+ + +
We hope you stay safe and wish you a jolly Good Friday and happy Easter before we come back with more electrifying news next Tuesday, April 22nd!
+ + +
A highway patrol cop recently pulled over a Tesla Model S for speeding. The all star cast of Elon Musk himself, Rebecca Hall and Johnny Depp with Paul Bettany on his lap would normally let anyone forget about the fine and hop in instead. The officer however, resisted the glamour and insisted on the law. In this case, not even a HOV sticker is helping.
thesun.co.uk via transportevolved.com
Mix Aerospace has come up with an idea dreams are made of – a flying car that is electric too. The French company is looking now for funding. The investment needed, however, is a skyrocketing 2,250,000 euros.
indiegogo.com (with video)
Apparently, Henry Ford’s Model T was actually not for everyone. Ford’s wife Clara was not impressed with what her husband got on offer and kept driving her 1914 Detroit Electric. While it is not known what Henry had to say to that, we now know for a fact that his lady had some class!