Too modern for bureaucrats.
The third-largest city in Columbia has slammed the breaks on granting a license to an electric bus produced in the country. Why? Because it doesn’t fit in any existing categories in terms of carbon dioxide emission since legally, vehicles that do not emit carbon dioxide do not exist.
Elon Musk makes an appearance on yet another American cult cartoon series: South Park. This time, however, he was not the good guy – at first – as he tried to bring down poor Timmy’s ‘Handicar’ ride share programme. Zipcar, Hummer and Lyft get their fair share of satirical bashing too.
youtube.com via thenewswheel.com
Twizy on ice.
At French La Clusaz, winter fans can enjoy a very special ride this coming cold season, as the ice circuit is open to Renault’s Twizy. Spinning and pirouetting has never been more fun! We wonder when the first tuner will come up with some skate blades for the mini EV.
Mercedes issued a new spot that might be dubbed as explicit. It shows the coupling of the S-Class Coupé with the Actros Truck, “giving birth” to the Vito. A censored and a voyeur version are available online. Better watch them before the rating agency does.
youtube.com (12A), youtube.com (18)
Arnold Schwarzenegger has been spotted checking out Toyota’s i-Road, which is a good deal smaller and possibly nimbler than the vehicles the Terminator turned Governor turned (somewhat) green usually rides. Hasta la vista, baby!
Many have laughed at Apple’s “Bendgate” misfortune that quickly turned into a PR problem. Did you also accidentally bend your iPhone 6 in your jeans pocket? No problem – check out the new “Panel Press” created by gTool that’s supposed to slowly unbend it back in shape.
Please come this way.
A resourceful retiree had enough of roadworks causing congestion between Bath and Bristol and build his own diversion instead. He opened it up to the public but not without asking tolls. Now, Mike Watts just counted his 100,000th customer, another 50,000 are needed to recover the costs of 300,000 pounds. Keep them coming!
Meet Ms Aiko Shihara, Toshiba’s robot receptionist which (or is it “who”?) comes with 15 actuators inside its head to make it look more lively. Aiko speaks and signs Japanese. Toshiba plans to show it American sign language soon too. Maybe motels would be interested in the never-tiring android.
In Japan, you can now get the Smart fortwo ED as ‘edition Disney’ which is inspired by Mickey Mouse in colour and details. As the conversion was done by Brabus that usually stands for performance, we wonder if Bond-like gadgets were included – after all, Mickey is a detective.
What first looked like thinking ahead, proved not to be thought through. Online shopping website CARiD.com, already lists the Tesla Model X among the vehicles you can order accessories for. Selecting Tesla’s future car and exhaust pipes however, yields impressive 186 results. Chrome pipe, anyone?
Remember our last video tip on how to easily unlock a charging cord on the Nissan Leaf using just a comb? Here comes a walkthrough on different ways you can still stay in charge of your equipment. Solutions range from separate locks to drive-on ramps – chose your favourite!
For the introduction of the e-Golf to the States, Volkswagen has hired Mr. Spock and Captain Kirk from the Star Trek series. The spots have not yet been published so you got plenty of time to practice the Vulcanic salute. May your weekend be long and prosper!
Dear readers, you will only hear from us again on Monday, October 6, as we are celebrating the 24th anniversary of Germany’s reunification this Friday.
Scientists at the Center for Research in Advanced Materials (CIMAV) have found a way to capture the energy produced by people moving forward. The device that converts mechanical energy into electrical can be fitted in the sole of a shoe and cold soon be implemented in mats at stations to amplify the passers-by energy. Let’s do the energy walk!
Electric cars are more versatile than even we thought. While you might have dreamed about partly powering your home with your car’s battery, this Chevrolet dealer solved the more pressing problem of his broken internet connection by simply logging onto the 4G hotspot of the 2015 Volt. The temporary solution has become permanent now and serves as yet another EV sales pitch.
Strange law in Iowa.
Now, it is not only illegal for Tesla to sell cars directly to willing customers in its own stores, but giving test rides also seems to violate a law dating back to 1970. The California carmaker had to cancel a recent test drive event, where it tried to advertise its US-made Model S to its countrymen – for their own protection of course!
Volvo continues its viral quest…
…to position its trucks as cool and easy going. This time, they use the setting of the Italian Riviera and a red carpet with a hidden camera. See what happens when a newly employed valet is suddenly handed the keys to a truck instead of a sports car….
If a charger could talk.
KEBA’s KeContact P20 would scream “get me out of here” as it had to operate for 12 hours under ice cold water for the EVSE Ice Bucket Challenge. Now, KEBA challenges ABL, Mennekes and RWE, to put their wallboxes (and engineers) under iced water.
These bikes are made for walking.
Here comes a new trend from the leading e-bike nation namely the Netherlands: electric ‘Loopfiets.’ These bike-like vehicles feature a treadmill instead of pedals, transforming your walking movements into forward motion and giving you the chance to exercise outdoors.
youtube.com (in Dutch but self-explanatory)
A man in British Walthamstow took desperate measures to “save” his car from the claws of the tow truck. While other penalty parkers might ruefully give up when seeing their car on top of the recovery vehicle, this driver just jumped in and drove off – quite literally.
The wheels keep turning.
Forget sitting at your office all day. One San Francisco-based inventor has built a giant hamster wheel for humans with an integrated computer desk, so the monitor won’t move. It is probably not the best option for companies with limited space though.
huffingtonpost.com (with video), instructables.com
No better place.
In Israel, hundreds of Fluence ZE vehicles are turned to scrap after the bankruptcy of Better Place. Importer Carasso Motors had stored the electric cars destined for the battery swapping service for too long, basically leaving most of them too damaged to be resold.
Over the top.
Sometimes less is more though this does not seem true for the world of tuning. Watch this Lamborghini Aventador trying to move over a ramp, although “ramp” is actually an exaggeration – as is the extra-extra low setting of this car. At least the motor keeps roaring reassuringly.
Researchers from MIT have developed a robot cheetah as they are looking into how animals efficiently move forward. As they are making good progress with this wild machine cat, the developers even play with the idea that four legs might one day replace four wheels.
Under normal circumstances, Qualcomm engineers have no problem to explain their technology. However, being questioned in a BMW i8, featuring these very same technologies, that is driven and drifted by race driver Nelson Piquet Jr. is a whole different matter.
For Fashion Week, London cap company Addison Lee came up with a mirrored car that will chauffeur celebs, designers, models and even journalists from event to event. Those not on the VIP list can tweet a selfie of them in the vehicle body to win a free ride.
The boys from Gadget Review had some fun with the BMW i3. Curiously enough, their testing involved a generator to charge the EV in between. While they noisily prove that you can do that, a big “why would you?” remains…
…Lexus takes on the electric car in their advertising campaigns by highlighting its alleged disadvantages like having to plug it in. Well, isn’t Lexus a brand of Toyota? Didn’t Toyota sell about 11,500 Prius plug-in this year? Doesn’t mean ‘plug-in’ to….well, never mind!
Deep sea for the few.
DeepFlight Dragon is a submarine said to make submarining as easy as flying while a trained pilot is not needed anymore. The company hopes to open up a whole new niche in tourism when it shows its buoyant sub at next weeks Monaco Yacht Show. The choice of place for its debut was surely well calculated as the water Dragon costs 1.2 million dollars.
Beware the elderly.
Take a look at the fastest mobility scooter in the world that reached 107 mph on the Isle of Man. It is presumably also the only tuned mobility scooter in the world which had its tame electric drive replaced for a 600-ccm Suzuki Bandit motor. Maybe just what you need for retirement…
What first might appear as a charger blocker or even illegal camping at an Supercharger station in Switzerland is in fact a converted VW Bulli trying to recharge at a Tesla charger. We wonder who could be more interested in such a conversion: Tesla or Volkswagen?
electricmotornews.com (in Italian with picture)