When we posted about the FlyNano last year, there was (apparently) some skepticism about whether it was anything more than a fanciful idea. Footage released this week shows the airplane undergoing flight testing on Monday, equipped with a new battery-powered engine.
Domino's Pizza comes up with some pretty wacky ideas. (Exhibit A: moon base.) The latest, called Safe Sound, comes from the company's Netherlands arm. The electric scooters the company uses there are basically silent, which can be a hazard to pedestrians. Solution? Record someone saying, "Vrooom!"
Electric cars are silent, and that's a problem. Yeah, it's a problem for pedestrians (who can't hear them coming), but it's a real problem for electric car owners, who want their cars to sound like the amount of money that they paid. When Audi's R8 e-tron becomes available, that will be a lot of money, so Audi is inventing a new sound to match.
This new electric scooter was designed with one thing in mind — giving you wheels that are easy to ride, park and store in urban environments. Hopefully, you are as single minded as the makers of this scooter because to accomplish this they've gone minimalist and pared down the bling to a minimum.
Ugh. Cycling. We've got cars now people, which means that you don't have to pedal your butt off to get from place to place. But if you absolutely insist on punishing yourself like that, consider upgrading your bike with this trailer, which can give you an assistive boost whenever you need it.
Today, there are about 17 million scooters on the road worldwide. By 2017, one estimate puts that number at 138 million, and most of them will probably be electric. For all you drivers out there, get ready to be really, really annoyed.
Carbon drive systems and infinitely variable planetary hubs sound like they belong on a spaceship that doesn't exist yet. So, you'll either be excited or disappointed to hear that all of this futuristic-sounding technology is available right now, on an electric bicycle.
Bet you thought the Smart Car was not passenger-friendly. Wait till you get a load of the Miluira. Takayanagi's one-person electric car is ablast from the past, but with a drive from the future.
Electric cars have a lot going for them, but pedestrians sometimes fear them for their lack of noise. If you're crossing the street, and an EV is coming at you, chances are you won't hear it coming. Automakers have responded by installing noisemakers (some incredibly cool), including Toyota, which just unveiled one for its popular Prius. One problem: it's optional.
Who says electric cars are for wusses? This Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG E-cell prototype cranks up its neck-snapping torque with four electric motors — two on each axle. Hold onto your lunch, because its 526hp is about to rock your world from 0 to 60 in about the amount of time it takes for you to begin comprehending the word fahrvergnügen.