Apparently, Henry Ford’s Model T was actually not for everyone. Ford’s wife Clara was not impressed with what her husband got on offer and kept driving her 1914 Detroit Electric. While it is not known what Henry had to say to that, we now know for a fact that his lady had some class!
Fast charging farce.
The Scottish Highlands Council has just spent 82,000 pounds (137,500 dollars) on four charging stations. While the intentions were certainly good – who would want to be stranded in an EV in hilly and chilly Highlands – the outcome is less than ideal as the four stations are only capable of delivering 7 kW AC. The Council now promised to stock up on rapid chargers soon, aye!
See-through Land Rover.
In New York, Land Rover will present its Discovery Vision Concept that enables the driver to look what lies directly ahead or better underneath. Cameras at the front of the car feed a Head-up display and thus create the illusion of a transparent bonnet. Anticipatory driving has just reached a new level!
puregreencars.com (with video)
Put a spider in your tank.
Mazda is recalling its Mazda 6 in the USA as the car proves too popular with yellow sac spiders. Attracted by the smell of petrol, the crawling plague weaves webs inside the tank increasing the risk of fire. A Mazda spokesman could not shed light on why the spiders chose Mazda but summarised the situation honestly when admitting to be “terrified.”
Wherever you go.
The Terra Wind is the dream of campers as it works on land and water. The amphibious motorcoach has a top speed of 80 mph on the highway and 7 knots in the water. While his interior looks like the cockpit of an airplane it has not yet learned how to fly.
Fully Charged’s Robert Llewellyn got behind the wheel of a Tesla Model S and was not prepared for the acceleration. In between cheers of joy and the invocation of god, the comedian could not help himself but finding it -BEEP- phenomenal!
youtube.com (video) via treehugger.com
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
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!
…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.
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)
This pickup truck comes flying out of nowhere – literally. Luckily for these Iowa cops, the 4×4 did not clip them as it approached the ditch, where it landed safely and drove off into the night. Have a save weekend!
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)
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
Fast and furry.
They are racing down the street, chased by… well, actually we don’t really know. But this kitty holds on tight to the steering wheel of its electric sports car in the film parody “Knead for Speed.” And who doesn’t want to start out the weekend with a dose of cat content?
Not sold on EVs…
…are those who should sell them, apparently. On the GM-Volt.com forum you will find some sad stories about car dealers not only misinforming but trying to keep its customers from buying electric cars from them. How will this ignite any spark?
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…
Blackout at Volkswagen.
The e-Golf production at VW in Wolfsburg, Germany, had only just started when it came to an abrupt halt. Oddly enough, a problem at VW’s power plant led to a blackout leaving half the city and the unfinished e-Golfs without electricity for three hours.
spiegel.de (in German)
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).
Putting the pedal to the metal.
TV show host Jay Leno takes the wheel of a one-million-dollar Mini Countryman. Its owner Nani Roma – who was also the winner of the 2014 Dakar Rally – doesn’t look reassured as they jet through California’s Death Valley. Why? Just watch!
This dad lets his daughter park his BMW i3 for him – his 5-year-old daughter! How did she do it? Just press play…