Oct 6, 2014 - 08:21 am

Safer charging.

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!

Oct 2, 2014 - 08:50 am

Star-spangled campaign.

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.

Oct 1, 2014 - 08:26 am

Solely power.

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!


EVS35 Oslo 2022

Sep 30, 2014 - 08:21 am

Connected car.

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.

Sep 29, 2014 - 08:26 am

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!

Sep 26, 2014 - 08:21 am

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….


Sep 25, 2014 - 08:21 am

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.

Sep 24, 2014 - 08:20 am

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)

Sep 23, 2014 - 08:16 am

Clamps off!

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.


Sep 22, 2014 - 08:18 am

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

Sep 19, 2014 - 08:26 am

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.

Sep 18, 2014 - 08:18 am

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.


Sep 17, 2014 - 08:19 am

Four-legged transport.

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.

Sep 16, 2014 - 08:31 am

User's perspective.

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.

Sep 15, 2014 - 08:21 am

Mirror, mirror.

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.


Sep 12, 2014 - 08:20 am

Mobile charger.

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…

Sep 11, 2014 - 08:23 am

Once more…

…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!

Sep 10, 2014 - 08:19 am

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.

Sep 9, 2014 - 09:14 am

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…

Sep 8, 2014 - 08:11 am

Supercharger bully.

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)

Sep 5, 2014 - 08:20 am

Clean all around.

Dyson has presented the most autonomous hoover to date, the Dyson 360 Eye. It features a digital map of all rooms and a 360-degree panorama camera. The little guy even hooks itself up to a charging station when needed. On that note – have a great and relaxing weekend.
mashable.com, wired.com

Sep 4, 2014 - 08:41 am

Chair to wear.

A new kind of wearable comes from Switzerland where Noonee invented the ‘Chairless Chair.’ Like an exoskeleton, it can simply be strapped around the leg and stays in position at the push of a button. The company hopes to offer relief to professional “standers” like factory workers and both BMW and Audi have expressed their interest already.

Sep 3, 2014 - 08:15 am

Ice Bucket Charger.

Californian eMotorWerks is taking a new approach to the Ice Bucket Challenge and puts its ‘JuiceBox’ EVSE to the test while it is busy charging a Nissan Leaf. Inside, the box remained entirely dry so the call goes out to Bosch and Schneider now. Will your chargers take the challenge?
youtube.com via transportevolved.com

Sep 2, 2014 - 08:18 am

Supersize me.

The Porsche 918 Spyder surely has many virtues but space is not among them. This is what two ladies and their two helpers discovered the hard way when trying to stuff their bags under the hood. In Porsche’s defense we’d like to say that part of the problem might have to do with packing abilities – or the lack of them.
youtube.com (video)

Aug 29, 2014 - 08:42 am

Flying around the bend.

Driving electric motorcycles is not even a thing of the past yet, and flying ones is no longer just thing of the future. A group of aeronautical engineers took the new Hoverbike out for a spin in the English countryside. Its passenger? A 3D printed robot – of course!
youtube.com via iflscience.com

Aug 28, 2014 - 08:58 am


How would you react if you are sitting at a red light and Batman pulls up next to you? Would you grant him the right-a-way, in case he was on a mission to safe anyone? Japanese drivers actually had to ask themselves exactly that, as a man in a Batman costume on a three-wheeled Batmobile drove down the motorway.
youtube.com (Video) via carthrottle.com

Aug 27, 2014 - 08:34 am

Pink is for girls.

British car insurance company Sheilas’ Wheels proposes to create women-only lanes called PinkZones in some parts of the country. Not because they see women as being bad drivers (in fact, women have less accidents than men), but because it would increase their safety and quality of life. Sexism? No, rather British humour!

Aug 26, 2014 - 08:58 am

Car industry's coolest moves.

Opel CEO Neumann was nominated at the Ice Bucket Challenge and passed on the challenge to the big bosses of Daimler and VW, as well as his own – Mary Barra, CEO of General Motors. Julie Hamp, CCO Toyota North America, couldn’t keep her head dry either, pouring not only ice but also some of the water from the carmaker’s FCV.
youtube.com (Opel), youtube.com (GM), youtube.com (Toyota)

Aug 25, 2014 - 08:19 am

No words, just moves.

You can watch Kia’s commercial for its new electric vehicle over and over. What the relation between the Soul EV and sexified (and dancing) hamsters is, remains a bit vague. But the sparks are flying!
youtube.com via nytimes.com

Found on electrive.com
06.10.2014 08:20