'A' for effort.
Wellington (NZ) is looking to put hybrid double-deckers into service. In fact, they have been testing them for 4 years, costing taxpayers millions, only to find that the buses might actually be too heavy for the city’s roads and don’t fit through all tunnels. Points for trying, though.
Okay, it hovers and only under very distinct circumstances like a rather light-weight and well-balanced boarder, a skatepark tiled with magnets and a flow of liquid nitrogen. Still, it really hovers! And, Marty McFly is due to arrive this October to help Lexus out anyway.
Students of the ETH Zurich have developed an electric wheelchair that can take stairs by itself. Two rubber tracks basically even out the edge and smoothly pull the Scalevo up. On the flat, two large balancing wheels take over again.
New level of incentives.
Texas-based Stream is rewarding each of its ten best National Directors with a Tesla Model S. Not for lease, but as a bonus. Never mind that Tesla is not allowed to sell its cars in Texas. If you are looking to now apply for a job with Stream, there is no word on whether they will ever give away another Tesla.
The Tartan Prancer, also known as “The Honda of Albania” is the secret star of a new comedy “Vacation” that builds on the original movie from 1983. The fantasy plug-in hybrid features two front-ends, two gas tanks and a plug, as well as a fountain inside.
youtube.com (no Albanian needed) via autoblog.com
The Swincar by Mecanroc is an all-electric, all-wheel drive quad that takes hurdles like a spider. Its four wheels sit on arms that can move freely, while the driver safely swings in the nacelle. Only in curves, wheels and seat tilt in unison for added fun. Enjoy your weekend – off- or on the road!
To the rescue.
Nissan makes fun of generational change (and range) in this funky new spot. It stars a desperate young man stranded in a desert, who has no choice but to call his grandma to pick him up – in her electric Leaf.
Serial theft of batteries from hybrid cars in San Francisco might soon come to an end, as Greentec developed a special safety screw. The bolts can only be installed and removed with a tools only Greentec has access to. Thieves could be pretty screwed soon.
Hybrid vs. SUV.
Never underestimate the acceleration of a Porsche 918 Spyder – it is pretty instant, especially while still in a parking lot. This fellow in Saint-Tropez had to find that out the hard way, as his ride was stopped before it really started by a parked SUV. Ouch!
Misleading or mislead?
A Volvo V60 plug-in was recently sited at a Tesla Supercharger. Surely, he left with an empty battery, but the question remains – why was he there? Did he not realize that he couldn’t plug in there, or is he working for Volvo, looking to link up with Tesla for Supercharger access?
Scoop of the day.
Uber will be delivering ice cream to customers in Singapore via EVs and drones. Just like the cars, scoops can be ordered and paid for using the app. Let’s just hope the ice cream doesn’t melt while high in sky – or Singaporeans may experience rain with strawberry or chocolate flavour.
When the heart skips a beat.
Lexus modified its RC-F Coupe, so that it can reflect the driver’s heartbeat on the vehicle’s exterior using electro-luminescent paint and sensors attached to the driver’s body. While there is no real use for the technology, it does look cool!
For the “Negative Carbon U.S. Road Trip,” environmental activist Brian Kent wants to drive his Nissan Leaf for 25,000 miles over 100 days across the U.S. But that’s not all: Kent says he will plant a tree in each of the 48 U.S. states he passes through.
Trash and email.
The so-called “BigBelly” rubbish bins in New York are state of the art. They feature a solar-powered press that will compress its content regularly, meaning they bins have to emptied less frequently. To top it off, they could now also be used as wifi hotspots!
DIY electric car.
A young Chinese used his spare time to build himself an electric car. The look is dynamicly cute and the chassis is made of fibre glass and galvanised piping. Since it was not made by a state-approved manufacturer, the under 5,000-dollar EV is not allowed on the road.
A student from the University of North Carolina got a parking ticket on campus. When he learned that 80 percent of the fine goes to the state and not to the university, he still paid literally every penny – dropping off three buckets full of the copper coins. Happy counting!
The UK’s Go Ultra Low campaign has come up with a fun approach to promote PHEVs, pitching a dad’s doubts against his teenager’s better knowledge. The latter shows what it means to drive electrically. After all, “is instant acceleration ‘pfffff’?” We are afraid not.
For warm summer nights.
Brazilian artist Fernando Andrade has developed the “Nissan Beach Buggy” concept. Its fluent lines just make you dream of sun, sand and surf. We hereby appeal to the carmaker: Dear Carlos, let us have this one to cruise around in. And make it electric, of course!
Bolloré’s electric car sharing in Indianapolis is in trouble again. Business owners are protesting against EVs charging and supposedly blocking their storefront. A Democratic politician will today propose to symbolic tow away of five BlueIndy demonstrator cars. Not a good look.
Owner of the rights to the game Tetris built his dream home on Hawaii and powers it only with the sun. The system even provides power to charge his two Tesla, and he now hopes to make his electricity more widely available. Let’s all dream of autarchy in paradise this weekend, shall we?!
Getting a Tesla in Russia.
It must feel like being back in the old times, when luxury was scarce. While the American carmaker refuses to set up trade or infrastructure in the country, affluent Russians go through great length to get their hands on a Model S. It is time to pick up that phone, Mr. Musk!
In Hong Kong, an iPhone 6 Plus exploded while charging. The Chinese version of the Apple Daily released a video that even includes a simulation of the case. The woman claims she used an original charge cable and now looks to ask Apple for remuneration.
hk.apple.nextmedia.com (in Chinese) via ejinsight.com
Not everyone is a fan of downsizing. Mercedes tuner Chrometec released a new sound module that simulates the roaring of a V8 engine and can be retrofitted to hybrid V6 motors like that of the GLC Hybrid. Lovers of loud can choose between 6 sound levels and regulate volume. While the module does not increase fuel consumption it seems risible rather than reasonable.
Virtual Formula E.
Forza Motorsport 6 will include all teams of the Formula E playable on the console. The game will be released in September. Hopefully, the list will include new team names by then.
It’s not Silicon Valley but Brickworld Chicago, where Lego lovers showcased their tedious constructions. For the Tesla Lego-logo, it was all about balance, while the Supercharger needed the right curves. Feeling inspired to revisit that Lego box? You have all weekend!
youtube.com (Logo), youtube.com (Supercharger)
Dutch violinist and conductor André Rieu joined the chorus of Tesla fans. On Twitter, he raised his voice in what could almost be seen as an outburst of LOVE for his new Model S combined with special thanks to Elon Musk. How harmonious!
Smart engineers and British train-builder Interfleet converted a ForFour into a locomotive with solid steel wheels instead of tyres and fixed steering. Stay in lane technology thus took on a whole new meaning, but after a short test ride – on tracks – the car got its rubber tyres back.
Chevrolet is looking into a way to reuse its Volt batteries that goes beyond using just the cells and will now reuse the circuit trays, too. They make for brilliant bat boxes for the nocturnal creatures to escape disease, to nest and rest in darkness.
The ‘Hybrid Electric Road Train’ from the Philippines is not only powered by a hybrid system, but is also a mix between a train and a bus. Maybe we could call it a hybrid bus-tram, or a train on wheels. Well, we are open for ideas.