Archive for January, 2010

Mission One

When I first saw a rendering of the Mission One bike I loved it, I mean it looked like something Luke Skywalker would park outside his bachelour pad, but I felt that there was no way the rendering was going to be translated directly into a finished product. We’ve all seen it many times before, a company that creates a prototype vehicle or rendering that makes your jaw drop when you lay eyes on it only to totally lose the beauty of the original design in the finished showroom floor ready product. Lanjut →

The Zero S

Zero Motorcycles is currently producing 3 of the best electric bikes that people who aren’t Jay Leno can afford, that Zero S pictured above retails for just $9,950 USD and costs less than $.01 per mile to operate, throw in the 10% Federal Tax Credit for people purchasing in the US and it quickly becomes apparent that having one of these would be cheaper than taking public transport. And a hell of a lot more fun. The Zero S has a range of 50 miles (80 km) and a recharge time of 4 hours from a standard outlet, has no gears to fiddle with and produces enough power to take you to a top speed of 55 mph (90 kph). Lanjut →

The Fisker Karma

The Fisker Karma is, I think, one of the best looking cars (electric or otherwise) currently in development. Originally revealed on the 14 January 2008 at the North American International Auto Show the Fisker was a sensation and heralded the arrival of what is almost certainly to be one of the big names in electric vehicle production. The cars are designed by Henrik Fisker, who used to work at Aston Martin and ran design for the Aston Martin DB9 and V8 Vantage, the similar design cues are relatively clear. Lanjut →

The AquaWatt 848

The Austrians are renowned for their craftsmanship, this trait is clearly self-evident in the boats produced by the guys at AquaWatt. They have been producing very high quality electric boats for quite some time now but have yet to really gain a footing internationally, with watercraft like the AquaWatt 848 pictured above though their prominence in the fledgling electric boating industry is sure to continue to rise. The 848 is a remarkably good looking river/lake boat with twin electric motors producing 25 kilowatts each, you can expect to cruise at 6 knots for up to 8 hours before rejuicing the lithium polymer batteries, giving you a range of approximately 90 kilometers. Lanjut →

NASA’s Puffin

The sort of gloriously twisted imagination that came up with the Puffin is probably also responsible for the Star Wars Speeder Bikes (I want one so badly it hurts my brain). The Puffin, in short is a VTOL electric aircraft designed to accommodate a single, brave passenger in the face-down prone position. It uses the very cool and very new lithium phosphate batteries which means the estimated weight is just over 400 lbs (180 kgs), sporting a top speed of 140 mph (225 kmph) and a range of 50 miles (80 km), not very far to be fair, especially at one-forty but oh what fun it would be! Those propellers are an impressive 7.5 feet in diameter (2.28 m) and they rotate to allow full V-22 Osprey influenced VTOL capabilities.

Video after the jump.

Via NASA and Wired

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