August 23, 2009

The foot rests are like handle bars, with directional steering done by pressing on the left or right foot rest, and the speed controlled by leaning forward or backward. The average new rider just needs 30 minutes to master it.

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Husqvarna Panthera Leo

June 13, 2009

Husqvarna Panthera Leo is a concept lawn mower. It has paddles on the wheel for adjusting three independent mowing blades, an LCD display that displays speed and obstacle proximity, and a rechargeable lithium-phosphate battery with enough staying power to trim your yard for two hours straight.

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Opel Ampera

March 8, 2009

GM unwrapped its new Opel Ampera and will go into production late 2011. The revolutionary Opel Ampera will be the first emission-free, electrically driven automobile in Europe suitable for everyday driving.

It comes with a 16kWh lithium-ion battery that takes the car 60km and a gas powered generator for recharging the battery once depleted while it continues to power the car, that can extend the range to more than 500km.

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Brammo Enertia

March 7, 2009

The Enertia is a plug-in bike that does 0-60 MPH in under 4 seconds and can go for up to 50 miles on one charge. the bike has six 12 Volt lithium-phosphate batteries. It weighs less than 150kg, and most of the weight is near the road because the fuel tank isn’t needed. The price is from USD11,995 to USD14,995 depending on when you want to get.

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Plasma Dunny

February 7, 2009

Artist Dustin Cantrell took Kidrobot’s classic Dunny toy and fused it together with a novelty favorite: the Tesla-inspired Plasma Globe.
The Plasma Globe was originally conceived by Nikola Tesla in 1894 and worked by using an Tesla coil to excite the element inside an incandescent lap. Then in the 1970s, MIT researcher Bill Parker came up with the more modern design used today, which has a glass dome full of inert gases, and running a high frequency current through the dome, prompting the visual effects.
Wow… imagine the potential if this plasma globe can be shrank and inplanted into little figurines and toys powered with button batteries…

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Mini E

October 30, 2008

The Mini E will be powered by a 150 kW (204 hp) electric motor and fed by a high-performance rechargeable lithium-ion battery, the vehicle will be nearly silent and emissions free. BMW Group says that they will be putting 500 cars on the road under real daily traffic conditions which will make it possible to gain widely applicable hand-on experience.

Based on the current Mini model, the car will initially be available as a two-seater. (The space in the back seat will initially be taken up by the lithium-ion battery.) The battery can be plugged into all standard power outlets.

The Mini E’s styling is a bit different. A specially designed logo in Yellow, depicting a power plug in the shape of an “E” is set against a silver backdrop. It will be applied to the roof, the front and back, and the charger port lid.

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Audi O Concept

October 28, 2008

The idea behind Audi O concept was to design “a large music player”, fusing audio equipment with transport.
The design of the front and rear lights represents the shape of sound waves. The doors feature glass windows running along the bottom edge. Black rims give a contrast to the white body of the concept and visible circle spokes represent vinyl.

The shape of the rear pull-out door echoes the characteristic front Audi mask which is sitting between front LED lamps. The rear door is fitted with a DJ set with mixing decks. The decks can be removed and used anywhere outside the car.

To increase sound quality, the central tunnel carries two subwoofers. Also, there are speakers placed in the door panels as well as under each seat, inside of pillars and the in the dash-board.
The concept is powered by a diesel/electric hybrid.

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