German automotive supplier Uniqueco claims that its two 4×4 concepts, shown here in CAD model form, is more than a plastic Jeep clone that will never, ever reach production – they think the small, simple SUV is the future of the automobile. It’s not. Before we get too far with this article, I want to […]
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The Frankfurt Motor Show is here, and major automakers are duking it out for a lion’s share of the attention with their latest concept cars. But there are smaller outfits there too, including a German university that rolled out the InEco Concept. It’s a small, all-electric car with the same driving range as many mass market EVs, but manages to weigh less than 2,000 pounds.
The spec sheet on Van.Eko’s electric scooter reads like a scooterist’s wet dream, with a MASSIVE 70 lb-ft of torque coming from the Be.e’s 4 KW electric motor and high-end components like telescoping front forks and disc brakes front and rear (With that much power, you’ll certainly need them!). You can get a better sense of the electric scooter’s awesomeness, here.
Toyota’s Lexus LFA supercar program is over – but the lessons Toyota learned from building the light weight, ultra-fast exotics are going to carry forward into the future of Toyota’s mainstream cars, if the latest reports are to be believed. Over the years, several companies have justified spending serious money on supercars and motorsports by […]
Inspired by water-cooler talk about a cardboard canoe, inventor and craftsman Izhar Gafni became obsessed with the idea of a cardboard bicycle. Despite Gafni’s enthusiasm and technical/design prowess in the field of mechanical and bio-medical engineering, however, a number of his engineering buddies told him it couldn’t be done. Cardboard didn’t have the structural properties required to build a usable, durable bicycle frame. It was impossible … but people like Gafni love s*** that’s impossible.
Friday is here, and we’re all just a few hours away from the weekend. Huzzah! Until then though, here’s a few green news stories to get you through the next eight hours. Some of today’s highlights include a Smart EV range-extending trailer, GM to use more carbon fiber and composite materials, and Aptera’s founder to […]
You read that right: two-thousand miles per gallon … and (in case you missed the reference), these 2000 mpg vehicles were built by a bunch of school-aged tweenie-boppers. That’s huge – but let’s step back from that, though, and take a few moments to enjoy the schadenfreude. A few short months ago (with the septuagenarians […]
Many among the car industry’s “old-guard” kvetch and moan about government-mandated fuel economy goals that force mpg improvements of 10, 15, or 25% compared with current figures (I’m looking at you, “Maximum Bobby” Lutz – it wasn’t that long ago you claimed a 25% improvement was “ridiculous”). UPS, it seems, took a long, hard look […]
While we all know Honda makes cars and motorcycles, did you know they also make garden equipment, power generators, and even robots? Apparently they now make planes too, and their first aircraft, the HondaJet, uses 20% less fuel than competitors. The super-light plane is made from composite materials, a combination of carbon fiber (often used […]
This is the face of the made-from-hemp Kestrel EV being built by Canadian car-maker Motive Industries, who made a big media splash last month courtesy of the car’s “controversial” composite construction. As you can see (above, rendered in a raw “composite hemp” finish) the Kestrel’s design photos show a modern city car that manages to […]
Canadian engineering firm Motive has announced that its new Kestrel will feature lightweight composite body panels made primarily of hemp. So, forget bio-fuels for now – this post is all about Motive’s innovative use of bio-composites to deliver strong, lightweight, recyclable cars and put the Canadian auto industry at the leading edge of sustainable automotive […]
The title just about says it all. Chrysler, perhaps one of the worst run auto companies in recent memory, has teamed up with NASA. Yes, that NASA. I guess there are certain perks that come with being bailed out by the US government. Like teaming up with the world’s best funded space organization to develop […]
[social_buttons] A team of researchers at Baylor University, Texas, have figured out a way to make car parts from coconuts, opening the door to the replacement of environmentally damaging plastic with an abundant, renewable resource. The team have also created biodiesel from coconut oil, and are confident the new fuel could be an economically viable […]