Now that Smart’s second-gen Fortwo Electric Drive EV has gotten its year of time on the roads, the company is ready to announce its successor. For 2013, the car has received some mild tweaks to its design, but the real news is about what’s hiding inside this rear-wheel driven EV. For the first time, you’ll have to option of owning one outright, rather than being limited to a four-year lease at $599 per month. It’s thanks in part to an improved battery, which is now rated for an average lifespan of 10 years. The car has also received a massive power upgrade to 47 horsepower (up from 27 previously), along with an extra boost if you floor the pedal — this courtesy of a beefier engine and drive-train that gives it about 50-percent more power. Put it this way, this EV will get you from 0-60 in about 11.5 seconds, with top speed of 78MPH. Sadly, there’s no concrete word on what kind of range to expect, but it should be well more than the 87 miles of its predecessor. Beyond that, Smart’s added in GSM connectivity, allowing you the abilities to pre-start the car and keep track of its vitals remotely, among other features.
A quick drive around Brooklyn also confirmed how peppy and smooth the car was in use, however, not exactly on-par with our experience in Audi’s A3 e-tron — but it is considerably less. As our friends at Autoblog detail, the base model coupe is set to sell for a $25,000 MSRP plus fees, along with your choice of two chargers, which can cost up to $2,200 with installation. Here’s the good news, the car itself actually works out to just $17,500 thanks to a federal tax credit. All in all, this currently makes the cheapest full-on EV you’ll be able to get your mitts on. If you’d prefer to spice it up a bit, Smart will also offer a spruced up cabriolet variant for an extra $3K. Check out our chat with Smart about the car and the press release after the break for all the details.
Auto show concept cars are all whizzy styling and impractical interiors, and Smart’s latest offering, the Forstars EV at the Paris Auto Show, has all that in spades. But the stubby car has another show-stopping feature we’d love to see in production — a projector installed right into the vehicle’s grill. That would let you and a special friend pull the two-seater up to any white wall and beam the flick of your choice from an iPhone’s bluetooth port, while blasting the audio through the sound system. Other friends not in the Forstars’ confines would also get the sound from speakers located in the ventilation grills behind the doors. Once rolling, the concept Smart moves along with an 80 horsepower electric motor and 17.6 kWh battery, boasting 127 lb/ft of torque and an 80MPH top speed. Since the car’s currently a one-off, don’t get any ideas about heading to Lookout Point with a screen in tow — but you can head to the video after the break to see how it works.
There are few things we love more than custom-crafted carbon fiber cars with meaty all-electric powertrains and torque for miles and miles and miles. So, when we wandered by the display for the Furtive-eGT from Exagon Motors and, we couldn’t help but stop and throw together a gallery — despite that company trotting out mildly modified versions of this concept for a few years now. The all-electric supercar weighs just over 3,600 pounds and has dual electric motors, one for each rear wheel, pumping out a combined 402 horsepower. That’s good for a 0 – 60 dash in 3.5 seconds and, with its carbon ceramic brakes, it can pull 1.2G while doing a hard stop. Exagon says it could manage up to 225 miles on a charge. When will it ever go into production, and how much will it cost if it does? The company still isn’t saying, but if you have to ask…
We’re pretty sure we’ve suffered some amount of vision loss from staring at the ridiculously bright paint scheme on Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG E-Cell over the past few years. MB has rolled it out at virtually every auto show it can and we’ve always stopped for a gander, but now we finally have the full production version — and it’s in a slightly more tame but visually perhaps even more stunning color, a sort of chrome blue that even in the flesh looks CG rendered. It’s the SLS AMG Electric Drive, it’s launching next June and we have the full details after the break.
Designer Bastiaan Kok has come up with a cool concept design for a Porsche 911 Bicycle, as the name suggests his concept is based on the Iconic Porsche 911 car.
The Porsche 911 Bicycle features classic lines just like the 911 and it also features a lightweight alloy frame, which is one piece, there is also a low profile handlebar, have a look at the photos below.
Source Design Boom, Technabob
Pepsi Australia recently teamed up with Kelly Racing to produce the Pepsi Max super car. Photographer Chris Benny was hired to shoot the new car and lucky for us, he filmed a quick BTSV of the production. As with many shoots, the weather became a problem but Chris had a backup plan. With a little post work Chris made the outside shots pop and then moved the car inside to finish the shoot.
Have a BMW 3-Series that requires major engine work? Want to convert it to electric and improve performance, ActiveE style? The folks at Electric Motor Werks have you covered. Instead of making purpose-built electric cars, the company — which showed a converted 3-Series sedan and coupé at Maker Faire Bay Area 2012 — provides affordable and environmentally responsible electric conversion kits for the BMW E46. These are available directly to consumers but Electric Motor Werks is also building a network of installers (via tuner / speed shops) and setting up its own facilities.
We chatted with founder Val Miftakhov who gave us a tour of the prototype kit in the vehicles on display, so head past the break for more information and for our hands-on video.
21.5.12 nasce HDmagazine la nuova fonte di informazione, rivolta al futuro su auto, cinema, viaggi e molto altro ..
Era il lontano maggio di diversi anni fa quando nasceva il primo blog del network HDblog, una serie di blog verticali dedicati in modo dettagliato e completo al mondo della tecnologia, in primo luogo smartphone poi tablet, hardware, games e molto altro, diventando negli anni un punto di riferimento italiano ed internazionale. Sempre nel maggio 2009 tutti i blog hanno trovato la loro “casa” nel portale creato per ospitare tutti gli articoli di HDblog. Ancora nel maggio del 2008 è stato creato il canale Youtube che, dal suo primo video del mese successivo ad oggi, ha totalizzato 30 milioni di visualizzazioni.
E’ con immensa gioia e soddisfazione, dopo mesi di duro lavoro, che in questo maggio 2012 apre pubblicamente HDmagazine.it
A while back we heard that Porsche were test driving their new 918 Hybrid Spyder, and now Porsche has released some new photos of this hybrid supercar along with some more details.
The Porsche 918 Hybrid Spyder is due to go into production at the end of 2013, and the photos below are of a prototype of the 918 Spyder which take their inspiration from Porsche’s 917 racing cars.
The 918 Spyder will come with 770 horsepower and will be capable of doing around 78 mpg, thanks to its 4.6 liter v8 engine and two electric motors, it will have a top speed of over 200mph.
Volkswagon has imagined a concept hover car, which uses electro magnets embedded in the road to allow it to hover above the street. Watch the video after the jump to see the VW concept hover car in virtual action.
Other features of the concept hover car include a collision detection system to protect you from crashes, and which can be used in an automatic driving mode. The vehicle has been designed to carry two passengers and requires just a simply joystick controller to steer.
As you might guess due to the car being just a concept at the moment no production vehicles are available to actually drive, but the video representation of how the concept might work, gives you a glimpse of the what the future might hold.
Fin dall’annuncio e persino ora che la vediamo in pubblicità e nei concessionari, Twizy è sempre stato un veicolo controverso. Non è un’auto, non è una moto, non è un treno e neanche superman ma allora come possiamo definirla?
Facendo un giro nei concessionari scopriamo subito come Renault non cerchi di venderla come un’auto e neanche come un ibrido: Twizy è (o almeno così viene venduta) la soluzione ai problemi di mobilità urbana.
“Urbana” è infatti una parola chiave perché questa piccola quattroruote che abbiamo provato per riportarvi le nostre considerazioni.
The term “smart home” seems to turn up in tech circles every so often, only to fade into the background again without much sign of ultra-connected dwellings becoming a reality. Honda’s at least putting one foot forward, with a just-unveiled test house in Saitama, Japan featuring a system for controlling and monitoring energy usage. The Honda Smart Home System (HSHS) consists of thin-film solar cell panels, a rechargeable home battery unit, gas and hot water supply systems and the Smart e Mix Manager. The latter is the central part of the energy-control system, and it keeps track of all the other components in addition to monitoring the home’s use of power supplied by the grid. In emergency situations, it can also provide electricity via the home battery unit. On the day-to-day level, however, the system is there to let home owners know what sources of power they can kill. Honda also integrates its Japan-only Internavi system for controlling home appliances remotely. The car maker hopes to use the house for extensive demo testing, with an ultimate goal of reducing CO2 emissions by 50 percent. No word on how many decades till we actually call this sort of place home, though. Click on past the break for a look (in Japanese) at the test home’s features.
Audi are developing an electric version of their R8 supercar which will be called the R8 Etronic, there is just one problem with electronic cars, they are almost silent, so Audi has decided to develop some sound effects for the R8 Etronic to make it sound more like a supercar.
Instead of adding normal engine sounds to the R8 Etronic, Audi have decided to give their electric supercar a more futuristic sound, have a look at the video of it in action below.
Audi has added the sound effects to the vehicle to help pedestrians hear the car, and Audi has called its new electronic engine sound system Audi e-sound.
This week Chrysler have unveiled an industry first in the form of their new in-vehicle wireless charging system. Making it even easier to charge your smartphones and mobile devices while on the road. The wireless charging system works using an integrated power bin, measuring 8.27 x 9.5 x 3.25 inches.
Into which you place your smartphone or device requiring charging. Once the power bin recognises a battery-powered smartphone or similar it will start to charge the device once the vehicle is started. Pietro Gorlier, President and CEO of Mopar, Chrysler Group LLC’s service, parts and customer-care brand explains:
“At Mopar, we look for every single opportunity to make our customers’ lives easier,”-“Our industry-first in-vehicle wireless charging system is the perfect solution for those connected customers who are always on the go.”
The Chrysler in-vehicle wireless charging system is priced at $199.99 plus installation (part number 82213216), as well as being available in the 2013 Dodge Dart, that will be arriving in the second quarter of 2012.
Towards the end of last month Microsoft announced a concept car is was creating with help from West Coast Customs to inspired developers to build apps and automotive technologies for the future.
The project uses a 2012 Ford Mustang that looks like a 67 Mustang fastback. Now the finished car has been showcased by West Coast Customs showing exactly what gone inside Microsoft’s Mustang.
The video below show all the customisation that have been carried out on Microsoft’s Mustang from dashboard tablets, Xbox 360 consoles to rear projection display.
Using a Microsoft Windows smartphone you can keep tabs on the car’s location even when it is out of sight. Locate, unlock, and start the car all from the Viper SmartStart app. You can view more details about the customisation within the Mustang over at the Channel 19 website.
Source: Techie Buzz
BMW has unveiled images of their latest BMW i8 Spyder concept car which is the convertible version of the BMW i8 car Tom Cruise was lucky enough to drive in the latest Mission impossible 4 film, that launched late last year.
The BMW i8 Spyder is a 2 seater based on the LifeDrive architecture seen in the first BMW i8 concept. Both cars are equipped with plug-in hybrid technology and powered by an eDrive drivetrain combining a high-performance electric motor and an internal combustion engine, capable of producing 354 horsepower.
We love anything to do with Lego here at Geeky Gadgets, and the latest cool Lego creation is a full sized Lego model of a 2012 Ford Explorer, which was made in Legoland Florida.
The video below shows it being made, and it took a total of 382,858 Lego bricks, and 22 Legoland workers, 2,500 hours to complete.
It weighs in at 2,654 pounds which is almost half the weight of an actual Ford Explorer.