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DMC EV: DeLorean is back and it's electric

Posted: October 22nd, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Auto News, Auto News, Green Motoring, Grilled | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on DMC EV: DeLorean is back and it's electric

Goes around, comes around, what’s old is new again and LiLo! 3 common epigrams that seem to dictate the future, as the television man says “but wait there’s more”

DMC EV

“The car of the future has really become the car of the future,” joked James Espey, a vice president at DeLorean Motor Company of Humble, Texas.

In 1975 GM auto Exec J.Z. Delorean – most noted for the Pontiac GTO – started a small auto company with a huge name, DeLorean, and though his ill fated venture would last only 7 years, thanks to some spectacular publicity – Back to the Future – the thought has stuck. J.Z.DeLorean died in 2005, his legacy lives on . . .

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Seth Deysach’s American Black Walnut Lagomorph Bicycle

Posted: July 18th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: bicycle, On Two Wheels, On Your Bike | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Seth Deysach’s American Black Walnut Lagomorph Bicycle

Lagomorph Designs

Lycra Clad isn’t one of our favorite thoughts, we groove to vinyl, love pvc, lust after leather and definitely dig denim. The thought of lycra clad cyclist though, not good! All spruced up with kevlar uberbikes and faux sponsorship the latte sipping cycle brigade is not our bag.

So when we came across furniture maker Seth Deysach and his American Black Walnut – even the wood is sexy – cycle we had to dig deeper.  It all started when Deysach was invited to be part of the Object Society design show in June 2010, Deysach decided to create something special for the bash, something that combined two of his passions, creating things in wood and cycling :: Read the full article »»»»


Ford's NEW Three Cylinder 1Litre EcoBoost Engine

Posted: July 9th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Auto News | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on Ford's NEW Three Cylinder 1Litre EcoBoost Engine

In a sign of the times – Greenliness is Next To G_dliness – Ford is expanding its industry-leading range of fuel-efficient powertrains with the addition of an all-new 1.0-litre EcoBoost three-cylinder, developed in Germany.  Ford confirmed its next generation of hybrid vehicles, including the C-MAX in 2013, will have a Ford-designed, engineered and built transmission. The arrival of the latest member of the EcoBoost family and Ford’s new hybrid transmission, will further strengthen the company’s lineup of fuel-efficient vehicles. Introducing the powertrain newcomers, Derrick Kuzak, Ford’s group vice president of Global Product Development, said the three cylinder, in-line, powerpack had been developed in Europe for worldwide application and is a significant addition to Ford’s EcoBoost range of engines. Read the full article »»»»


SoloTrek developers Plan Two Seat Electric Hybrid Air Car

Posted: July 1st, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Aviation News | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on SoloTrek developers Plan Two Seat Electric Hybrid Air Car

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The folks behind the development of the SoloTrek/Springtail Exoskeleton Flying Vehicle have revealed plans to create the world’s first fuel-electric hybrid flying car. Michael Moshier and Robert Bulaga of Trek Aerospace are forming a new company to develop the hybrid Air Car, which will combine recent technological advances in materials and electronics with the kind of duct-fan technology that was used in the now-retired Springtail single person vertical take-off-and-landing (VTOL) vehicle.

Moshier and Bulaga are currently on the lookout for funding partners to help the multi-person transport project take off (sorry!) and a number of real world scenarios for its use have been suggested – from being useful for emergency services such as search and rescue, police patrol and medical support, to providing vital lifelines for those areas of the world where established transportation systems are lacking.

Given the probable cost of the first vehicles to roll off the production line, it’s more likely that thrill-seekers with bottomless bank accounts will be amongst the very first to power up the four fans and take to the skies :: Read the full Gizmag article »»»»


University of Adelaide's EDWARD Electric Dicycle

Posted: June 25th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Blip, Eco Driver, electric, Grilled, Michael Courtenay, On Two Wheels | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on University of Adelaide's EDWARD Electric Dicycle

Meet Edward, with a top speed of 40kmh / 25 mph is a futuristic, purely electric dicycle. Designed by Honor students – Ben S. Cazzolato, Chris Dyer, Kane Fulton, Jonathon Harvey, Evan Schumann, Charles Zhu, Luke Charles Francou, Jack Scott Parsons, Benjamin John Wright, Bo Zhu, Jonathon R. Atterton, Ben L. Davis, Samuel C. Hart and Erin E. Pearce – at the University of Adelaide, Australia, Edward is an advanced program in good looking mechanical design. Although it looks like some dystopian vehicle ridden by Gaff in Bladerunner, Edward is a fully operational electric, human operated dicyclele. Read the full article »»»»

Hoverbike, a Baby Chinook is Born

Posted: June 12th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Aviation News | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on Hoverbike, a Baby Chinook is Born

What do you get when you combine the agility of a motorbike with the lift of a hovercraft – aside from the obvious thrill – Chris Malloy’s Hoverbike, the ultimate all terrain vehicle. Malloy’s Hoverbike is set to take motocross to new hieghts. With a BMW 1170 cc 4-stroke engine delivering 80 kW driving two ducted propellers, the inventor of the Hoverbike, Chris Malloy, reckons with its high thrust to weight ratio, the Hoverbike should be able to reach an estimated height of 10,000 feet and reach an indicated airspeed of 150 knots  –  275 kmh / 170 mph.

Malloy told Grilled “I’ve loved designing aircraft since childhood. The thing that kicked off the design of the hoverbike was a comment my helicopter instructor Chris Townsend made, which was that the Robinson R22 was an airborne motorbike.  I didn’t quite agree, so I set out to build a robust workable flying motorbike to prove my point” Read the full article »»»»


Renault Twizy €EU20

Posted: May 20th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Blip, Eco Driver | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on Renault Twizy €EU20

The ultra-compact footprint of Renault Twizy – length: 2.32 metres / width: 1.19 metres / height: 1.46 metres – is ideally suited to city motoring. It will go on sale in Europe at the end of 2011. Renault’s wizbang all-electric Twizy – single passenger, 2 seat electric vehicle – can be reserved online by would-be buyers in Europe for just €EU20, with the French car-maker opening the books for pre-orders of the cross-bred car/scooter ahead of its world debut in production form at the Barcelona motor show. The vehicle is priced to sell at €6990/$9335 to €8490/$A11,335. Renault describes potential punters as “will clearly appeal to busy, car owning city dwellers looking for a second vehicle, as well as to younger drivers interested in a safe way to gain experience in traffic thanks to the availability of a version that will not require a car driver’s licence” The Twizy is essentially a four wheel scooter, according to Renault though it’s even cheaper to run than a Vespa. “Twizy’s running costs – insurance, maintenance and energy – battery lease and electricity for recharging – are just as modest, working out at 15 percent lower than those of a three-wheeled scooterRead the full article »»»»