The Musk who fell to earth.
The Simpsons episode featuring Elon Musk has finally aired. Smithers introduces him to Mr. Burns as “this man who is revolutionizing the car industry.” Burns answers stands for itself – “Henry Ford, good to see you. You’re as healthy and vibrant as Detroit.”
There are some odd offers for lodging on the online platform AirBnB, but this location is tempting. For 85 dollars per night, Model S owner Steve from Phoenix will let you sleep in the boot of his car. He also provides an air mattress and two remote controlled candles for that extra touch of romance.
Cold has a new style.
The Polish design agency Mind Sailors shows with their “Snow Crawler” concept how we can travel electrically and in style through snow. A closed cockpit and runners make for an agreeable ride through any winter wonderland. Have a nice weekend!
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The Dover Police Dep. in Delaware started a new series – the DashCam Confessionals. The star of this episode is a cop, rocking out to Taylor Swift’s “Shake it Off.” Literally dancing behind the wheel, he does put on a serious face every time there is a passerby – just to continue his dance routine when only YouTube is watching.
Ready, set, gone.
The Tesla Model S P85D left a 2015 Dodge Challenger Hellcat in its dust at a drag race at Palm Beach International Raceway. And since it was already on a roll, the Tesla also set a new record with a quarter-mile time of 11.6 seconds and a speed through the finish of 114.6 mph.
youtube.com via greencarreports.com
Backtrack or setback?
The French city of Lyon will replace all of its 26 electric buses with diesel ones. Why, you ask? Because the former only seat 26 and the latter 51. And because there are of course neither manufacturers nor suppliers who could provide more seats and an electric drivetrain… Or maybe Lyon should just subscribe to electrive.com.
emobilitaetonline.de (in German), avem.fr (in French)
If it itches, you must scratch.
A video gone viral shows an elephant in Thailand that must have had one big itch. A poor Mercedes (and its driver) served as a scratching tree. We might deduct the elephant wasn’t too happy with the job, since it ripped a few pieces off the car before leaving for the bushes.
Change Tesla for Tesla.
A U.S. Tesla driver is looking for a European counterpart to exchange vehicles – Tesla against Tesla. The only requirement is that the exchanger has to be a longtime contributor to the Tesla Motors Club forum. Would that be enough for you to leave your car in the hands of a stranger?
teslamotorsclub.com via cleantechnica.com
Luck comes standard.
At the Detroit Auto Show, Chinese carmaker GAC presented its WitStar concept, featuring one stand-out detail – the rear armrest doubles as a fish tank. Or the tank as an armrest, we’re not sure. While this one is filled with plastic fish only, it could be a selling point for some Chinese, as water can represent luck and fortune.
Chinese copy cat.
You gotta look twice to spot the difference between this Rayttle E28 mini EV and the Renault Twizy. The Rayttle EV is produced by Zhejiang Litong New Energy Automobile who describes the French clone as having a “unique European style.” Indeed.
An answer to ICEing has been found: musking. When faced with a conventional car blocking an EV charging spot, musking describes the action of blocking the gas-guzzler in turn. The practice is named after Tesla CEO Elon Musk. Fining, however, might be the more appropriate answer.
A new Guiness World Record has been set for the tightest parallel parking job. The car of choice was the Fiat 500e that slid into a spot with just 7.5 cm to spare. Before you start practising at home, be advised that the record holder is a professional stuntman.
Carmakers might be coming to terms with electric vehicles, however the marketing teams seems to be a little slower to adapt. “One drive and you’ll almost forget it’s electric” is the tagline VW came up with to advertise the e-Golf. A line to better forget while enjoying the electric ride!
Folding with grace.
The designers of the Inu electric scooter say they were inspired by ballerinas. The Inu smoothly folds and unfolds at the push of a button on a smartphone app in just five seconds. Prices range from 2,999 euros (3,580 dollars) to 4,999 euros (6,000 dollars) depending on battery size.
At CES, IO Hawk presented its invention of the same name. The size of a skateboard but operated facing forward, this handle-free Segway might require a little practice. Luckily, its top speed is just 6 mph so feel free to lean in there if you are ready to spend 1,800 dollars on a pre-order.
mashable.com, dailymail.co.uk (video)
Electric supercar for kids.
Henes has issued the ultimate electric car with a perceived range of 3,000 miles. The Broon F8 is just 1.2 metres long but comes with AWD, a top speed of 10 mph and a 7-inch Android tablet. The 1,000-dollar goodie can also be operated via a parent’s hand on the remote control.
It's got the look.
A Norwegian EV enthusiast has tuned its BMW i3. At least from the outside it now looks as if it belongs to the high performance “M” sub-brand. The stripes here however, designate not high performance in terms of power but endurance, as this one year old EV already has 11,000 km on its odometer.
You’ve been ICEd.
No less than 540 petrol car drivers had to pay this year for blocking a charging station in Raleigh, North Carolina. That’s more than the number of vehicles that actually charged there. Maybe these drivers really want an EV for X-mas and didn’t know how to tell their spouse?
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Rocket Mobility presents its Tomahawk designed to go anywhere. The tank-like electric “trackchair” is driven by two electric motors turning the treads on each side. The Tomahawk can turn on the spot and comes with extras like a roll bar or gun rack that add to the price of 10,000 dollars.
No More ICEing.
Charging stations blocked with combustion engine vehicles are a thing of the past, or better, nothing to worry about anymore. Start-up FreeWire has found a solution by simply putting the charger on wheels. The Mobi Charger actually comes to where you park, at the workplace for example, and can charge five EVs per day…
A true villain.
In the new Bond movie Spectre, Bond’s nemesis Herr Oberhauser is to flee in the Jaguar C-X75 Concept car the company shunned to produce. The film version will waive the original four electric motors for a V8. A villain with a conscience would have been out of character it seems.
Under a palm tree.
Usually the spot to be, this palm tree in Hollywood prove anything else than protective for seven Toyota Prius at a dealership. As the huge palm fell amid a storm it literally took seven in a strike, damaging some and totalling one.
Electric X-mas shopping.
Forget about the good old sledge powered by red-nosed reindeers. Santa Claus has entered the 21st century in a Brabus Smart ED. The clever idea was showcased at the Galleries Lafayette in Berlin, were a rather young Santa and his sexy lady helper loaded their X-mas shopping into the compact EV.
In India, one could see Batman Return quite literally in the form of a replica of its Batmobile as seen in Tim Burton’s movie from 1992. Built by Executive Modcar Trendz, the Batmobile is said to be based on the platform of a Mercedes S-Class and cost about 40,000 dollars to convert.
Flying driving aid.
A drone following your car’s moves – sounds scary at first but is actually thought of as a safety feature by the Eye in the Sky team, which just won Toyota’s Silicon Valley App Design Competition. The drone is your live view from above and might be used for parking.
It’s no secret that one can find the one or other copy of European technologies and designs in China. But this time, the Chinese improved the original, rebuilding Aston Martin´s Cygnet as the all-electric Dojo Pioneer.
Faster than flying.
Not long ago, Amazon was looking into drones but for now the online giant resorted to an old yet fast form of delivery: cycle couriers. The service is called ‘Amazon Prime Now’ and is operated in New York City. The promise: get your goods within an hour or two. We say: Use electric bikes and half that time.
Local Motors came up with the Verrado Drift Trike that might look like a children’s toy but is a lot more powerful. Logically, it was the boys (in a man’s body) of Mashable that took the electric tricycle for a literally quick spin – around their office…
Healthy living with EVs.
According a Nissan salesman in Washington, ten customers quit smoking after buying a Leaf. The reason is simple – they no longer stop at gas stations, which is where they typically bought their cigarettes.
The all-electric Neighborhood Patrol Car definitely turned heads at the Security China exhibition in Beijing. It looks nearly unfinished on the inside, stripped of style and gimmicks. But it has room for four: two cops, a dog – and the bad guy.