Jun 12, 2015 - 09:01 am

Super daddy.

Forget about pedal-powered Kettcars, kids nowadays drive around in electric mini vehicles. Yet, some still complain about low speed and so daddy had to show his tuning skills, equipping this mini Mini Cooper with a turbo mode. Better to hand over the remote control to mommy.
entertainment.ie (with video)

Jun 11, 2015 - 07:55 am

Hats off to Francis.

The pope has shunned his Mercedes Popemobil and can now be seen in a Hyundai convertible. While he follows what he preaches, humility in this case, his approach to papacy might be a little too open air for some. However, Francis believes he doesn’t have much to lose at his age, apart from his zucchetto.

Jun 10, 2015 - 08:08 am

What a wash out.

The BMW i8 is extra low, designed for high speed with low wind resistance. However, in times of emergencies, in this case a high flood, drivers surely wished they had chosen an SUV instead. At least no short circuit occurred during this involuntary car wash.

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Jun 9, 2015 - 07:48 am

Targeting the Leaf.

Nissan has come up with a new sport which could be called seek ‘n shoot. The goal (quite literally) is to hit a Nissan Leaf with a soccer ball as it passes with your eyes blindfolded. Check out if either Xavier or Natasha managed to score.

Jun 8, 2015 - 08:02 am

Terminator for Toyota.

Arnold Schwarzenegger is to drive a Toyota Mirai posing as pace car at the Sprint Cup series at Sonoma Raceway in California at the end of this month. All one can hope for is that he will not act as Terminator just because he sits in a car called future. Hasta la vista, Arnie!

Jun 5, 2015 - 09:04 am

Partee on the go.

Nissan has converted one of its e-NV200 to a party on wheels, called the PART e-VAN. The electric vehicle will have an appearance at this weekend’s Champions League Final in Berlin and at the 24 Hours of Le Mans next weekend. It features a solar-powered disco ball, augmented reality screens on the side panels, a DJ booth, and a cocktail maker. Let the party begin!
ecomento.com, insideevs.com


Jun 4, 2015 - 09:00 am

Purrfect ride.

Tesla owner John Griswell was amazed to learn that a kitten had taken up residence next to the motor of his Model S and would just not come out. So he took the car to service centre. The little guy looked pretty upset to have to leave his new home. But he has found a new one and will be given a Tesla-themed name.
vimeo.com via greencarreports.com o

Jun 3, 2015 - 09:03 am

Watch out Google.

When it comes to search engines, few can compete with Google. And what if those unworthy competitors were to try and also built a self-driving car? YouTube channel “Rooster Teeth” entertained the idea and decided, best to hope that never happens. Why? Just watch!
youtube.com (video)

Jun 2, 2015 - 09:01 am

Overconfident bicycle light.

If these bike balls were intended as a joke is up for debate. Fact is, inventors of the jiggling testicular-looking lights that attach to back of the bike’s saddle and happily bounce around while driving, have raised six times the amount they asked for to make the project a reality and grab life by the (bike) balls.
kickstarter.com (with video)


Jun 1, 2015 - 08:21 am

Nibbling for a cause.

Hippie ice cream maker Ben & Jerry’s has teamed up with Tesla to launch their latest flavour ‘Save Our Swirled.’ The EV maker responded favourably and issued a special Model S with a trunk that can hold 1,000 scoops. Under the hood, ice cream and planet lovers can sign a climate change petition of Avaaz. Who could resist that sweet resistance?!

May 29, 2015 - 08:51 am

Early childhood education.

Both Matchbox and Hot Wheels now issued miniature versions of the Tesla Model S. While Matchbox sticks with the original, Hot Wheels put the funk on and offers a glitter EV. We guess that is as far as establishment goes.

May 28, 2015 - 08:56 am

Love whisper.

Volvo teases the electric bus to go into service in Swedish Gothenburg with a video sweetly showcasing the power of silence. A teenager just found the courage to ask his sweetheart out but his shy attempts are drowned by a roaring diesel bus. What if this bus was silent?!


May 27, 2015 - 08:45 am

Don't touch the gas pump.

Who thinks electric mobility would only help to keep the atmosphere clean has not heard of this new study from a researcher nicknamed “Dr. Germ.” He found that 71 percent of gas pump handles are “highly contaminated” with the kinds of bacteria that pose a high risk of illness. One more reason to go electric (and to carry your own charge cable).
latimesblogs.latimes.com via greencarreports.com

May 26, 2015 - 08:32 am

iMiev-Bug hybrid.

Range anxiety can apparently get the creative juices flowing. And the do-it-yourself idea of towing the rear of a VW Bug to go that extra mile is nothing short of creative – even if it is not the greenest contraption ever built. Mind the licence plate!

May 22, 2015 - 08:02 am

Battery burglar, again.

Increased electrification of transport also has a darker side, as battery theft becomes more common. While thieves often target the Toyota Camry in New York, in Frisco they are mainly after the Prius’ power packs. Maybe Toyota is right trying to switch to hydrogen.


May 21, 2015 - 08:15 am

Farmer's electric fleet.

Most EVs are nowadays designed for urbanites. However, they can be used for almost anything. The BMW i3’s latest calling comes from New York City, where 20 i3 are used to count trees. And in Seoul, a fleet of five Renault Twizy is used to deliver Korea fried chicken. Don’t count your chickens, hug a tree!
electriccarsreport.com (New York),

May 20, 2015 - 08:51 am

New dynos wanted.

It looks like the instant and mighty torque of electric cars is simply too much for conventional dynos. This video shows a Tesla Model S breaking the dyno at 950Nm torque. Mind you, it was the P85D AWD version.
youtube.com via insideevs.com

May 19, 2015 - 08:03 am


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!

May 18, 2015 - 08:37 am

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.
9to5mac.com, businessfinancenews.com

May 12, 2015 - 08:13 am

Top spot.

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.
autoevolution.com, washingtonpost.com

May 11, 2015 - 08:49 am

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”.

May 8, 2015 - 08:09 am


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.

May 7, 2015 - 08:12 am

Super bus.

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.

May 6, 2015 - 08:18 am

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!

May 5, 2015 - 08:20 am

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.

May 4, 2015 - 07:58 am

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!

Apr 30, 2015 - 08:24 am

Topsy-turvy world.

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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Apr 29, 2015 - 08:23 am

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.
insideevs.com, techtimes.com

Apr 28, 2015 - 08:02 am

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.
youtube.com (video)

Apr 27, 2015 - 09:28 am

Intentional Irony.

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.

Found on electrive.com
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