Posts tagged cars

Volvo revamps its pedestrian detection system to automatically brake for cyclists
Cars that automatically stop when a pedestrian is in the way have been in Volvo’s fleet for a while now, but the automaker has just unveiled an update to its existing tech that’ll stomp on the brakes when cyclists are too close for comfort. 

Volvo revamps its pedestrian detection system to automatically brake for cyclists

Cars that automatically stop when a pedestrian is in the way have been in Volvo’s fleet for a while now, but the automaker has just unveiled an update to its existing tech that’ll stomp on the brakes when cyclists are too close for comfort. 

Tesla Motors unveils a SEXY electric crossover SUV
You don’t have to drive something that looks like a cheap matchbox car  to roll in electric style. Tesla Motors, aka, makers of all-things-sexy  (at least when it comes to electric vehicles), unveiled their new Model X yesterday.

Tesla Motors unveils a SEXY electric crossover SUV

You don’t have to drive something that looks like a cheap matchbox car to roll in electric style. Tesla Motors, aka, makers of all-things-sexy (at least when it comes to electric vehicles), unveiled their new Model X yesterday.

A Ten-Minute Charger For The Nissan Leaf 
The ten-minute charge uses a new compact charge station that costs less than half what the previous quick charger did, and could also be used on other automakers’ vehicles. Still, at around a million yen (~$13,000), it’s more suited to institutional use. Gas stations, parking lots, that sort of thing. It’s bad enough already that you have to get a 220V adapter in order to get your Leaf back on the road in good time.
The advanced processes and materials used mean that this isn’t likely to be found at your local shop any time soon, though. And of course there aren’t really enough electric vehicles out there to make this a priority just yet. But by doing the theoretical work now, Nissan can be ready with a product when the time is right.

A Ten-Minute Charger For The Nissan Leaf

The ten-minute charge uses a new compact charge station that costs less than half what the previous quick charger did, and could also be used on other automakers’ vehicles. Still, at around a million yen (~$13,000), it’s more suited to institutional use. Gas stations, parking lots, that sort of thing. It’s bad enough already that you have to get a 220V adapter in order to get your Leaf back on the road in good time.

The advanced processes and materials used mean that this isn’t likely to be found at your local shop any time soon, though. And of course there aren’t really enough electric vehicles out there to make this a priority just yet. But by doing the theoretical work now, Nissan can be ready with a product when the time is right.

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Thwart car break-ins with a DIY fake recycling box
This simple but ingenious DIY project is a great way to keep car-bound valuables disguised as a a box of recycling using….items you’re already going to be recycling. Double win!

Thwart car break-ins with a DIY fake recycling box

This simple but ingenious DIY project is a great way to keep car-bound valuables disguised as a a box of recycling using….items you’re already going to be recycling. Double win!

How tire makers are treading lighter on the planet
Everyone thinks you have to buy a new hybrid, plug-in hybrid, or electric vehicle to roll greener on the road, but you don’t. All you have to do is sling some new rubber on your current vehicle.

How tire makers are treading lighter on the planet

Everyone thinks you have to buy a new hybrid, plug-in hybrid, or electric vehicle to roll greener on the road, but you don’t. All you have to do is sling some new rubber on your current vehicle.

World’s Quickest Electric Car Is a ’72 Datsun, Does 0-60 in 1.8 Seconds! 
Out on the dragstrip, the last vehicle you’d expect to be crushing BMWs and Ferraris is a 1972 Datsun. But John Wayland’s White Zombie is anything but ordinary. The electrified Datsun 1200 does 0-60 in a jaw-dropping 1.8 seconds.
The two-door coupe sports a dual-armature 9″ series-wound electric motor that was especially built for Wayland. Its battery pack is 192 lithium-polymer cells totaling to 355 Volts and 22.7 kWh of energy. The vehicle has a 90-mile range and it is even street legal. With over 500-plus horses, it’s no surprise the Zombie takes a quarter-mile in just ten seconds.

World’s Quickest Electric Car Is a ’72 Datsun, Does 0-60 in 1.8 Seconds!

Out on the dragstrip, the last vehicle you’d expect to be crushing BMWs and Ferraris is a 1972 Datsun. But John Wayland’s White Zombie is anything but ordinary. The electrified Datsun 1200 does 0-60 in a jaw-dropping 1.8 seconds.

The two-door coupe sports a dual-armature 9″ series-wound electric motor that was especially built for Wayland. Its battery pack is 192 lithium-polymer cells totaling to 355 Volts and 22.7 kWh of energy. The vehicle has a 90-mile range and it is even street legal. With over 500-plus horses, it’s no surprise the Zombie takes a quarter-mile in just ten seconds.

Porsche’s giant LED TV: Eco-snobbery or eco-epic?

The new 201-inch waterproof LED TV will set you back a cool $810,000. So the question I’m asking you is this: Do you think this is a grossly excessive example of eco-snobbery or is it a great way to help the mega-rich? Vote in the poll on this post and check out the video of the TV in action.

The Oh-So Sexy Plugin-Hybrid Fisker Karma Hits the Road
There’s a new kid on the luxury plug-in hybrid block. Scratch that, there’s a sexy new hot chick that just moved in 3 doors down on that block. And her name is Karma…Fisker Karma. She almost didn’t close escrow on that place 3 doors down, but in the end everything came together and she’s moving in soon.
Damn that Leonardo DiCaprio for scooping her up first.
The Karma is powered by two electric motors, which can power this car for about 80-miles on just battery power alone. Once the battery runs out of juice, a GM sourced 2.0-liter, turbo-charged, four-cylinder engine will come into play to take you the remaining distance. The idea is, you get green motoring without any mileage limitations.

The Oh-So Sexy Plugin-Hybrid Fisker Karma Hits the Road

There’s a new kid on the luxury plug-in hybrid block. Scratch that, there’s a sexy new hot chick that just moved in 3 doors down on that block. And her name is Karma…Fisker Karma. She almost didn’t close escrow on that place 3 doors down, but in the end everything came together and she’s moving in soon.

Damn that Leonardo DiCaprio for scooping her up first.

The Karma is powered by two electric motors, which can power this car for about 80-miles on just battery power alone. Once the battery runs out of juice, a GM sourced 2.0-liter, turbo-charged, four-cylinder engine will come into play to take you the remaining distance. The idea is, you get green motoring without any mileage limitations.