Overloaded vehicles are not an entirely uncommon side in Asian countries. However, this video of a police raid of a six-seater van in China adds another dimension to tight passenger packing. Please see and count for yourself!
Pick a team.
The fight for the best employees between Tesla and Apple has reached new heights. Cindy Nicola, who used to be in charge of recruiting for Apple, has switched sides and will from now on do that job for the Californian EV maker.
The all-electric Viseo by French company Iris can have its cockpit ascend up to 3 metres, giving the driver a bird’s eye view of the surroundings. It’s great for security services, spies who want to quietly keep a lookout, or just for backing into a space – there’s nothing blocking your view from up here.
No speed limit.
“Autobahn” is a term that doesn´t need to be translated. And thanks to Porsche, it can now be enjoyed on the other side of the Atlantic as well. Their new U.S. headquarters in Atlanta comes with a circuit that also features its very own piece of “German Autobahn”.
The intelligent solar panel bunch from Austria was inspired by nature. The petal-shaped panels blossom like a flower and also follow the sun. Maybe Tesla would be interested to put its Powerwall right next to the garden hose as sort of a granary for the potential energy harvest.
Those who think buses are boring should think again, as Charles Bombardier has come up with a truly futuristic concept. The electric Xoupir with AWD is charged wirelessly, has solar panels on the roof and offers passengers the comfort of tinted windows, extra fast internet and does not require a ticket – you pay via phone or fingerprint.
All EV drivers could wish for.
And a little more. That seems to be the idea behind BMW’s i Collection. Made from recycled materials, it includes everything from clothing to accessories like the solar-powered bluetooth speaker. The colour of the EV season: blue!
Wild and free.
A golf cart gave police at the Loyola University campus quite the chase, as the unmanned vehicle would erratically turn around itself and backwards away from the officers. Whether we will see more of this as cars get more autonomous is doubtful, but still fun to watch.
The right to charge.
In disbelief, we have been watching racial tension in the U.S. escalate. And this story is just as inexplicable. An African-American man was charging his EV in the dark, when police told him to stop since the station was closed. He refused and the officers responded by using pepper spray and tackling him – all for charging his electric vehicle!
The Tesla Club Sweden wondered what the heck this hype on gasoline driven cars was all about and decided to test one for themselves. Slight irritation occurred at the garage – after all, who would like to buy a car at a place you hope to see as rarely as possible afterwards – and got only stronger when they discovered that they could not refuel the vehicle at home and were asked to pay for petrol. What a brave new world!
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Free Tesla cars for everyone.
Last weekend, Elon Musk and Tesla followers on Twitter were surprised by a rather unusual offer: call this number and get a Model S for free. Obviously, even Elon’s EV love does not go this far – the accounts had been hacked.
Enjoy the silence.
This new Ford Focus Electric sure makes some noise! It almost sounds like a V8. Thank God the passenger runs out of breath at times and needs to stop adding fake motor sounds.
Soon there will be a new species populating the South Pole – not due to global warming, but to tackle it. The Zero South mission has taken it upon itself to take central Antarctica with mega vehicles converted into plug-in hybrids running on electricity and bio fuel. Recharging with solar power is obviously out of the question.