Just for kids.
Toyota presents its Camatte Sport at the Tokyo Toy Show, featuring hundreds of LEDs on car’s hood that can display different images. While some moms and dads might be a bit jealous of their kid’s electric roadster, Toyota says it hopes to inspire the next generation of carmakers.
carscoops.com, youtube.com (Video)
For those EV drivers feeling very close to mother nature, this charge point in the middle of the Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park might just become their favourite spot to plug in. The people in the picture definitely look like they are enjoying themselves. So is nude charging a new trend?!
facebook.com (picture contains nudity), chargemap.com
Odd one out.
In need for speed? Well, you got plenty of it in this video where the three super sports cars La Ferrari, McLaren P1 and Porsche 918 Spyder (all of them hybrid), competed at the Assen Circuit in the Netherlands. They were joined in the race by the Koenigsegg Agera R.
The wait for the future is over.
On Kickstarter, the HoverSkater project by Jim Pitts is looking for backers. While it still not lets you fly, the skateboard can get airborne for a short time due to its aircushion. Marty McFly, we need you here, now!
Lexus has agreed to supply Australian police with a Lexus GS 450h and a Lexus RX 450h, so officers don’t lose track on the icy roads. Because, who knew, you can go skiing in Australia! The vehicles will be used to patrol the street and inform people about safely driving in winter.
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British police have received the ultimate tool to catch any thief – a race car! The Ariel Atom 3.5R goes from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.5 seconds. Too bad it won’t be used to chase anyone, but to lower motorcycle deaths on British roads. How a race car is supposed to help, remains a bit of a head scratcher.
In Britain, Range Rover SUVs have become a target for thieves. However, it is not the 4×4 these guys are after, but the headlight LEDs. As far as the newly formed police squad ‘Operation Emporia’ knows, the extra strong lights are being misused to provide light to grow cannabis plants. Well, at least it is for a green cause!
The bicycle is one of the most versatile forms of transport, but this video from Addis Ababa of a man piggy-backing his goat while riding a bike has left even us wondering – and laughing. And because videos of animals are always a hit, we got another one for you starring a cat and a bike.
youtube.com (goat), youtube.com (cat)
Tesla, nothing but junk.
That is Standard & Poor’s latest verdict. The rating agency gave stocks of the Californian carmaker a B-minus, or in other words the thumps down. The rating was unsolicited, however. Meaning, it was given without consulting Tesla and without Tesla asking for it. So maybe it was all just a cry for attention?
Electric coming out.
James May from Top Gear admitted on British radio that he is buying an electric car! Is this the end of the show as we know it? Will the famous presenter trio loose one of its petrol heads? In James’s defense, he bought a BMW i3 with petrol range-extender, so hopefully Jeremy Clarkson tempers justice with mercy.
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These bikes are made for walkin'!
No doubt, cycling and walking will keep you fit and are probably the best ways to discover your city more intimately. But often walking is just not fast enough to keep up with the city’s pace. The Walking Bicycle Club combines the best of both worlds – so step on it!
High level austerity.
While Italy might seem to be in the middle of recession, the Italian State Police got their ride pimped by Lamborghini. The Huracán LP610-4 in blue and white comes outfitted with a siren system, and police radio. It is not the first Lambo in the force but actually replaces two Gallardos. Not exactly what we would call a cut in budget…
Road to perdition.
History seems to repeat itself with BMW now collecting perfectly working ActiveEs to kill the electric car once more. Naturally, the Electronauts are devastated but helpless as the ‘pre-production test fleet’ vehicles cannot be sold on to private buyers and were thus always destined for destruction. But really, is this German efficiency?
Mind the gap!
The French train operator SNCF has made a big faux-pas, quite literally. It ordered 2,000 new trains which are simply too wide for many stations in its network. Planning was done on the measurements of stations built in the last 30 years while most stations in France actually date back 50 years. What a very costly “malheur!”
Who thinks that today’s children are little couch potatoes getting their kicks in the virtual world?! Well, Razor’s Crazy Cart is here to change that. Its electrically powered front tyre can rotate 180° in both directions and thus open up a whole new world of crazy drifting, especially as there are no brakes.
Rumour has it that the next Batmobile will be a hybrid. As with the previous movie cars, Warner Bros. strives to have a fully functioning vehicle to use at promotion events. A hybrid would surely be handy as it could cleanly and silently drive on the red carpet. And after all, Batman is one of the good guys!
A car full of coins.
A Chinese man made employees of a car dealership spend their whole morning counting pennies with which he wanted to purchase a new vehicle for 16,000 dollars. After 50,000 yuans (8,000 dollars) his nerves got the better of him and he paid the rest by card. However, he had about 5 tons of coins in his car outside – no wonder he needed a new one with this overload.
Pimp my ride.
Surely, it always depends on how you look at things but this owner of an old Volvo estate surely is a spin doctor. His video uses marketing tools usually reserved for only the newest, most expensive and overall best cars, only that he is praising his old Volvo. One of his numerous unique selling points are actually four doorhandles, one of them broken. Buy my car!
Power comes at a price.
This video shows an old Lada easily overtaking a Porsche 911. While the speed and dedication is truly impressive, the sound of whatever it is that powers the Lada roars rather unpleasantly. Maybe the Porsche driver wanted to be taken over and be left in peace and quiet?!
British Airways plans to offer cross-continental flights powered by trash. The airline has partnered with American Solena Fuels to make an annual 50,000 tons of jet fuel by “gasifying” garbage. If all goes to plan (not waste) London to NYC flights could be waste-fuelled by 2017.
BMW in a box.
It probably took the Hungarian police a while to unravel what was in front of their eyes when stopping a VW transporter from Romania. Inside, a stolen BMW X6 had been dismantled and literally stuffed inside the van. What a reduction of residual value!
Chinese researchers are working on the Super-Maglev – a magnetic train that can travel up to 3,000 kph inside a vacuum tube. So far, researchers have built a 6-meter diameter model of the Chinese Hyperloop, which reaches a dizzying top speed of 48 kph. But hey, Elon Musk only has some manuals!
Are you already driving electric and ultimately following the rule ‘Burning rubber not oil!’? You might want stop using that great electric torque to scream your tyres before they start screaming at you. Continental is working on a thread sensor that could be telling you off soon!
This video shows what could just be the typical eBook reader. No, not the kind from Amazon. This one is male, in its mid-twenties and drives a Renault Twizy- all the way into the library.
Especially if you try to perform a 3-way turn with your car in the cargo space of the new Ford Transit transporter. If you make it a 14-ish-way turn and use world’s smallest car – as seen in this video – you might actually succeed. Why all this, you ask? Because you can!
Taking a gas-guzzling SUV off-road is certainly closest to its intended purpose. But taking it off the road and into a canal like in this video, its quite a different story. It is not known how this could happen, but luckily nobody was injured. And this way, another SUV has been taken off our city roads.
Nozzi, the new star of this Tesla video, is a gasoline nozzle that no one seems to need anymore. That makes Nozzi so sad that he gets drunk at a bar! In the end, it still finds its purpose in life. What that is? See for yourself.
Living with lag.
Swedish internet provider ume.net made a video to showcase how life would feel like if seen through virtual reality glasses but with a slow internet connection causing a lag of three seconds.
youtube.com (video) via globalpost.com
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Watch your mouth.
Researchers from the Swiss Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) together with PSA Peugeot Citroen have developed an on-board emotion detector. It is designed to distinguish only two emotions of a driver: anger and disgust as these could indicate road rage. So next time, give your best smile to the camera – while pushing the pedal or pressing the horn.
On second thought.
GoCycle dealer Ben Jaconelli was devastated when his stylish electric folder got stolen in London. However, he received a call at his e-bike store only a few days later by someone asking how to actually charge the GoCycle. But instead of delivering a new charger, Jaconelli paid the thief’s house a visit, where he only met the mother. An hour later, the GoCycle was sent back in a cab.