…Lexus takes on the electric car in their advertising campaigns by highlighting its alleged disadvantages like having to plug it in. Well, isn’t Lexus a brand of Toyota? Didn’t Toyota sell about 11,500 Prius plug-in this year? Doesn’t mean ‘plug-in’ to….well, never mind!
Deep sea for the few.
DeepFlight Dragon is a submarine said to make submarining as easy as flying while a trained pilot is not needed anymore. The company hopes to open up a whole new niche in tourism when it shows its buoyant sub at next weeks Monaco Yacht Show. The choice of place for its debut was surely well calculated as the water Dragon costs 1.2 million dollars.
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Beware the elderly.
Take a look at the fastest mobility scooter in the world that reached 107 mph on the Isle of Man. It is presumably also the only tuned mobility scooter in the world which had its tame electric drive replaced for a 600-ccm Suzuki Bandit motor. Maybe just what you need for retirement…
What first might appear as a charger blocker or even illegal camping at an Supercharger station in Switzerland is in fact a converted VW Bulli trying to recharge at a Tesla charger. We wonder who could be more interested in such a conversion: Tesla or Volkswagen?
electricmotornews.com (in Italian with picture)
Clean all around.
Dyson has presented the most autonomous hoover to date, the Dyson 360 Eye. It features a digital map of all rooms and a 360-degree panorama camera. The little guy even hooks itself up to a charging station when needed. On that note – have a great and relaxing weekend.
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Chair to wear.
A new kind of wearable comes from Switzerland where Noonee invented the ‘Chairless Chair.’ Like an exoskeleton, it can simply be strapped around the leg and stays in position at the push of a button. The company hopes to offer relief to professional “standers” like factory workers and both BMW and Audi have expressed their interest already.
Ice Bucket Charger.
Californian eMotorWerks is taking a new approach to the Ice Bucket Challenge and puts its ‘JuiceBox’ EVSE to the test while it is busy charging a Nissan Leaf. Inside, the box remained entirely dry so the call goes out to Bosch and Schneider now. Will your chargers take the challenge?
youtube.com via transportevolved.com
The Porsche 918 Spyder surely has many virtues but space is not among them. This is what two ladies and their two helpers discovered the hard way when trying to stuff their bags under the hood. In Porsche’s defense we’d like to say that part of the problem might have to do with packing abilities – or the lack of them.
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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
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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)
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.
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?!
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.
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?!
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!