The ToyoHog used to be a Toyota Prius but has been ripped off his heart. In place of the hybrid drivetrain, a Harley Davidson’s V-twin has been put in. While it is far from pretty or functional, this monster may find some fans in the EU parliament as certainly this hybrid cannot be overheard!
autoblog.com (with video)
It is official, again.
Honda’s Mean Mower is the fiercest and fastest lawn mower in the world. And who would be better suited to prove it than the British boys from Top Gear who asked Guinness to come along and record their world record. Piers Ward broke his own record with an average speed of 187.60 kph (116.57 mph) and even fulfilled Guiness criteria to cut some grass too.
youtube.com (video), gizmag.com
Fool you once and fool you twice.
A tuned version of the BMW i3 coming soon? Ecomento fell for this one. And when it came to EVs being hooked up to overhead lines in San Francisco, we admit having to check out the story a bit further ourselves.
ecomento.tv (BMW i3), transportevolved.com (San Francisco)
At the Boston Medical Center (BMC), doctors can now prescribe low-income patients a bike-share membership at reduced costs. Five instead of 85 dollars should be incentive enough to actually use the Boston bike sharing Hubway, especially as the obligatory helmet is included for free. Health and safety first!
Chicago-based Mercier-Jones designed a hovercraft in its 21st century version, the Supercraft. A limited edition is due to be released in May, with ten carbon fibre street-ships being made available to collectors for 75,000 dollars. The Supercraft is said to roam the lands with 80 mph and plough the sea with 40 mph. Just waiting for the Bat-Signal!
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…no matter what your goals are. This could be one of the interpretations for Cadillac’s controversial ‘Poolside’ commercial featuring the plug-in ELR (we reported). In it’s latest clip on the C-Max Energi, Ford is now giving us their view on it. Please draw your own conclusions. All we know: No matter how hard you work, you will only have to do half the work for the Ford.
youtube.com via autoweek.com
Some Russian government employees might have been reminded of times not so long ago, when Industry Minister Denis Manturov handed in a draft to limit the procurement of imported cars by state institutions. His proposal is meant to support the domestic car industry and the state’s pocket in the face of a falling rouble. So from now on it is bye-bye Benz and ‘Privét’ Lada!
Putting a car on top of the roof of a skyscraper does not make too much sense. In this case the car does not make much sense either. But Ford wants to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the legendary Mustang with style and will re-create its original debut during the New York Auto Show. Exactly as back in 1956, the car will be cut in three pieces and taken up using the elevators. Electrically-powered at least.
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Normally international affairs require careful handling and a lot of time, before they can be resolved. Foreign leaders currently in contact with former U.S. president Jimmy Carter have to be very patient though. Carter is lately relying on snail mail to avoid being monitored by the National Security Agency. Sorry Jimmy, the NSA knows now – better allow for some extra time for your mail.
Powered by hops.
Festo’s Bionic Kangoroo combines an electric with a pneumatic drive. Just like the real thing, it can “recover” part of the energy produced by hopping about, which (also like the real thing) happens via its hamstring. That in this case is made out of rubber. But that’s only a minor detail.
elektrotechnik.vogel.de (in German)
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The no-charging etiquette.
What to do when you end up at a broken charging station? Transport Evolved lists tips and tricks, starting with calling the operator all the way to getting towed. Very important here – to avoid comments from neighbours, have the tow truck drop you and your car off around the corner! The last bit of juice should get you to your front door.
Could the U.S. President soon be the proud passenger of a Model X Limo? With the White House looking for a successor of the current ‘beast,’ why not make it a Tesla? It is a U.S. company and comes with a sort of ‘in-flight charging system,’ where it can be hooked up to another vehicle for power – and what could be more presidential than not even having to stop for gas and being independent from foreign oil?
Starring the Twizy.
Renault’s fun vehicle takes a lead in Christoph Waltz’ upcoming movie Zero Theorem. Here it serves as the preferred mode of transport of neurotic Londoners in the future. However dark the future may be, the Twizy is sure to spice it up!
thegreencarwebsite.co.uk, youtube.com (official trailer)
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What looks like the latest Tesla commercial equalling the Model S to a spaceship has actually been produced by two college graduates. After just being embraced officially by Elon Musk, the success of their newly formed Everdream agency seems somewhat guaranteed.
youtube.com (video) via hybridcars.com
Who needs GPS to get you where you’re going when you have this – a cargo bike with an integrated city map of Copenhagen? So far, only one of these exists. And the map is not for the rider. Owner Mikael Colville-Andersen developed it, so he can help point tourists in the right direction. He did not mention, however, if he’d also be willing to transport them to the destination – it is a cargo bike, after all.
Way ahead of his time.
According to his Polar Network online account, one EV owner in the UK began charging up his Nissan Leaf in 1970 – some 41 years before the car was even made and 42 years before the charging network existed. The single charging sessions was logged at 386,655 hours! And if you think the poor man is broke after paying the bill, you are wrong. According to the software, he saved 1.6 million pounds (2.6m dollars) in fuel costs…
12,000 euro electric car.
We are not joking – this is the price Fulu is asking for its latest development, the ‘Electric Traction’ – including the battery. Do not put up your hopes for a bargain too high though, as the Fulu is very basic if not minimalistic. It sits two but nothing more. Have a nice weekend!
focus.de (in German), fulu.ch
A Chinese handyman by hobby wanted to make something special for his grandson and built him a miniature Lamborghini. Electric of course! Powered by five batteries, the car has a range of 37 miles and can reach 62 mph. The total production costs – around 600 euros (823 dollars).
May I take you for a ride?
In a recent ad, race driver Jeff Gordon let a car dealer fear for his life and that of his car, when taking him on a rapid test drive. The video, sponsored by Pepsi, went viral but was dubbed by an auto journalist as fake. To convince him of his driving skills and to take revenge, Gordon, disguised as a cab driver, gave his accuser a lift eventually turning into a car chase with (fake) state troopers. Gordon got him good…
youtube.com (car dealer), youtube.com (journalist)
Before restoring the cars and closing the sinkhole that recently opened up underneath GM’s National Corvette Museum in Detroit, USA (we reported), the carmaker has decided to put the damaged cars on display. A viewing booth has been built around the site of the catastrophe. Nature has always delivered the best spectacle, has it not?!
A review of a different kind.
Cutting edge technology is not always glamorous as the latest robot lawnmower by Rumsauer shows. While the Wiper One XH looks undoubtedly fresh, the almost 6-minute video of the little automatic mower slowly scything its way through the most difficult terrain does not do it justice. Go mow, Wiper!
youtube.com (video), wiperrobot.com
For the records – almost.
At Kennedy Space Centre, Florida, the Hennessey Venom has set a new speed record. 270.49mph makes it the fastest production car ever, beating the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport. However, the record might not be officially recognised by Guinness as to count as a “production car” because 30 pieces will have to be produced. Unfortunately the Venom will only be build 29 times.
In New York authorities are making a point of towing cars belonging to the federal government such as the F.B.I. That’s right, New York’s one-tow-fits-all policy does not exempt cars from N.Y.P.D., the fire brigade or other agencies either. Please judge for yourself if local “safety hazard violations” overrule national security.