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.
In sailing mode.
Who thinks that “sailing” in an EV necessarily implies electric power, should think again. This two Danish kite surfers have taken the VW E-Up quite literally. Well, almost. They sure give a new meaning to EVs powered by wind energy. See for yourself!
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?!
No, it was not the Tesla Model X that took up two spaces at once at a supercharger station. The picture of the petrol intruder (obviously unplugged) went viral anyway, prompting Tesla CEO Elon Musk to reassure us on Twitter that the monstrous car is not the Model X.
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!
A seriously mobile mobile charger.
Koodo’s latest mobile charging station takes things to a new level. It does not have to be carried but follows its owner wherever he or she goes and comes with a very personal touch, too. See for yourself…
Window of opportunity.
Well, if my car can park itself, why would I need to be in there, is what this driver of a BMW i3 must have thought. He had to trick the car in believing he was still with it though, and thus left through the window after initiating the self-parking mode. Luckily, the driver has not tried to tamper with the Active Cruise Control yet…
In a concerted effort, BMW closed a roundabout just to send a so-called driftmob featuring five M235i out there. Their drifting however, does not resemble a mob at all but is more like a ballet or synchronised, well, drifting.
Metal thumb up.
If you happen to drive through Canada you might be lucky enough to meet the HitchBOT. It is probably one of the few hitchhikers almost everyone would pick up as the robot is trying to get from Halifax to Victoria, relying on the kindness of strangers and their car’s cigarette lighter. It is programmed to make conversation too so chances of abduction are somewhat high.
globalnews.ca, vimeo.com (video)
The Musk who fell from Earth.
The Tesla CEO will appear in The Simpsons and lend his voice to his yellow comic self. The episode will see Musk taking on Springfield’s chief villain and nuclear power plant owner Mr. Burns. We cannot wait to see the Simpson family in a Model S!
Wake up light.
The car driver in this video must have been so exhausted, he even used the stop at a red light for a power nap so deep, not even a horn “alarm” could wake him up. We hope your weekend offered plenty of relaxation and wish you a fresh start into the new week!
<a href=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WpuuBtZaxyk” target=”_blank”>youtube.com</a>
Technology transfer can come in many forms and this one is especially beneficial. Croatian Rimac has adapted the battery from its Concept_One supercar to be used in wheelchairs. With the new technology, the range went up from 10 km to 60 km, the battery weighs ten kilos less and lives 10x longer, thus enabling the user to roll for longer, lighter and better.
Lifting forklift lifting.
When a lifted pallet is forked into a lifted truck by a forklift that is lifted by a forklifting forklift lifter, it either makes a great tongue-twister or proves that these guys understand logistics!
Audio crash test.
For sure, the most dramatic element in this crash test video is the music that goes along with it. Even though it is no less than the new Smart fortwo heading into a new Mercedes S-Class, which is double the weight. The Smart’s Tridion safety cell seems to perform well but we’d prefer the collision avoidance system – and a different soundtrack.
A team of ten 5 to 6-year old kids was invited over to Rolls-Royce headquarters to build their own electric race car to compete in the Formula Goblin race by the Greenpower Education Trust. Team March got the price for “Best Bodywork” though the tiny e-racer was obviously realised with the help of grown-up engineers who left their mark (RR).
Bulli from another world.
The Nimbus e-car has been designed by Brazilian Eduardo Galvani. His futuristic camper van looks as if it very well could go to Mars or the bottom of the ocean. For now, however, the Nimbus is only a concept complete with hybrid 4WD drive, solar cell and wifi. Who will give Galvani a call first: Tesla or Volkswagen?!
Forget about rogue states,…
…good governance has now been measured by the British government on a rather different scale as it lists outstanding traffic related fines by embassy personnel in London. North Korea owes 194,565 pounds for congestion charge even though it only has two cars. But this is no match for the USA, which owes Londoners 8 million pounds (13.7m dollars).
theguardian.com, gov.uk (list with all debtors)
Airbus resorts to Ryanair methods.
The plane manufacturer now issued a patent for seats that strongly resemble bicycle saddles but are fixed and narrowly lined up in a row. The concept is designed to save space and money but even Airbus admits it will result in “reduced comfort.” Does this construction imply passengers will have to pedal-power their plane next?!
…is the only possible explanation for this Model S which crashed into a Tesla sign right in front of a Fremont dealership. The web (while laughing) blames the accident on an overjoyed yet unexperienced Tesla buyer why we just hope that this was not in fact a test ride gone wrong.
Bigger, better, Smart.
Because really, what’s better than a larger than life city car with its own indoor climate? At least that is what the Daimler subsidy tries to have customers believe. Tries to or succeeds – just see for yourself. And who knows, maybe it’s time to think big.
youtube.com (promo video with testers reactions)
Showing off some muscle.
What better way to see who is stronger, than to let the BMW i3 and Hyundai Grandeur 2.4 go head-to-head in a tug of war? We won’t reveal who wins, just keep in mind that it is the inner values that count.
youtube.com (Video) via insideevs.com
Hack a Tesla.
The Tesla Model S always is a brilliant marketing instrument, isn’t it? This time the organisers of next week’s SyScan conference in Beijing invite all participants to try hack the Model S. If successful, the hacker gets 10,000 dollars from the organisers – and most probably a job offer from Tesla.
Fast charge is the new fast food.
According to infrastructure provider Chargepoint, it has now more charging stations (18,000) in the U.S. than there are McDonald restaurants (13,900) and Starbucks cafés. Looks like the times are changing!
Think outside the box…
…but stay on track, is the motto this inventive man must have been following. He put an euro-pallet to new use when modifying it to cruise the tram tracks of his hometown Bratislava, Slovakia. Let the good wood roll!
vimeo.com (video) via pulptastic.com
Twizy goes Jeep.
As if the Twizy is not unusual enough, Red Castle Classics has rebuild Renault’s electric quad for the Eco Travel Network. The “Toro” features two (bike) racks (again unusually arranged) as well as softer tyres to accommodate for bumpy tracks on ‘Breacon Beacons.’
The Northumberland County Council is being accused of wasting public funds, after it installed two charging stations on the car lot of the public library. An area they knew was about to be sold. The charging points now had to be removed. We agree they should have looked twice before picking a location – but isn’t it the thought that counts?