Forget about flying cars, the future comes on two-wheels. But that does not mean that they necessarily touch the ground. Daisy Carrington collated the craziest cycling concepts out there. Be prepared to hover above ground, to filter air, or to get real-time updates on your surroundings while shining a laser sword, sorry, light.
To prevent big lorries from crashing into the Sydney Harbour Tunnel, the Australians came up with a warning sign you cannot possibly oversee. If all flashing lights fail to alert the driver, a giant STOP sign will appear out of nowhere, blocking the tunnel entrance. But no worries, it is only a projection on a wall of water. We wonder however, if this spectacle might not cause trucks to get extra-close?!
Purest of pleasures.
Apart from zero emissions and other advantages, the best thing about electric driving is the silent and powerful acceleration. This seems to have instantly appealed to three young ladies who could not get enough of the family’s Tesla Model S. Electric driving has found its sound – excited screams of joy. Again, please!
The police in Mexico City could not believe their ears, when examining a driver at a routine checkpoint. From inside the car, a harsh voice repeatedly stated “He’s drunk, he’s drunk.” On close examination, the driver’s pet parrot was found to be the whistle-blower. His treason though, did not severe the bond between the master and his fluttery friend, as in the end they went to jail together.
Accurate production numbers of the Tesla Model S are always hard to come by. Now secretiveness has ended but you have to do the math – you got all weekend…
In Ohio, Senator Tom Patton repeatedly tried to pass anti-Tesla laws under the cover of serving the established businesses of his county. Turns out he wasn’t that selfless a servant as he received more than 40,000 dollars from dealer organisations. Instead of trying to pass Amendments this man should better make amends!
Mind the gap.
Because three-phase outlets are common in Europe, a lot of EV drivers are taking their EVSEs on the road. To prevent the expensive equipment from being stolen, owners came up with a solution you might have seen before. But this time the leash belongs to the car, not to a pet!
teslamotorsclub.com (Tesla forum), lufty.eu
The Spanish company Oto Cycles makes e-bikes that take a fair share of retro from strange worlds. One model features a battery looking like a tank from a 50s motorcycle while still being dubbed ‘lightweight’. Others come with classic diamond frames but carry a battery in a sack. We suggest calling that model Kangaroo.
What was supposed to be a slowly unveiling PR coup has spun quicker than expected. As promised, last weekend Amazon delivered three massive boxes to their customers. Obviously, this would not go unseen and soon internet users guessed their content: a Nissan Versa Note. No need for a revealing video anymore, but why not use a super-drone next time to create a real big buzz?!
The best of two worlds.
Ever thought about using the airstream of a car for powering a wind turbine?! The Transport Turbine can be strapped to the roof of a car to generate energy while driving which then can be used to power the car‘s electronics. Not the car itself, mind you!
There might be certain drawbacks to being a dustman in Russian winter but these two garbage collectors surely are making the best of it. Just hold on tight and surf! Maybe their American colleauges could learn a thing or two to get through the current spell of arctic cold.
How cool is that?!
A Canadian company came up with the coolest test ever to show that their car batteries can withstand minus 40 °F (-40 °C) – easily. So they not only froze the battery but put it into a truck made out of ice. Question is: how chilled is the driver of this icy vehicle?!
Better late than never.
The newly elected mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio, wants to outlaw the horse-drawn carriages around Central Park. Because they are “not human and not appropriate for the year 2014”, he wants to replace them with electric cars in the design of 1910s’ touring cars.
Extra topping for roads.
The state of Wisconsin, also known as America‘s Dairyland, has yet found another use for its cheese. Left-over brine is now utilised to de-ice the streets in winter. Apparently, the salty brine of Mozzarella spiced with a bit of traditional rock salt has proven most efficient so far. Based on the motto: One for your pizza and one for the road.
nytimes.com, bcove.me (Video)
Serving it piping-hot.
Some things defy an explanation and many of those can be found on YouTube. We might never learn why this guy decided to burnout his bike in (hopefully) his own kitchen, but one thing is certain: this would have never happened with an electric motorbike.