Another Hybrid motorcycle type of vehicle, which just might appeal to the masses. This one comes from Peugeot. A fairly big automaker in Europe, has come up with the HYmotion3. This machine provides some protection from the weather with a glass canopy and also allows the drive to have some fun, with its ability to really lean in to the curves. The HYmotion3 is also extremely fuel efficient, recording 118 miles per gallon.
Here is the official press release:
Occupying a half-way house between the world of the scooter and the car, the HYmotion3 compressor is a highly original proposal designed to facilitate urban mobility. Attractive thanks to its dynamic, streamlined and futuristic style; it is an interesting concept combining numerous benefits (size, safety and comfort) with “HYmotion” hybrid/petrol technology. This new generation technology creates a three wheel drive vehicle, benefiting safety and driveability and combining economy with an environmentally-friendly specification (CO2 emissions of only 47 g/km in the combined cycle, zero in electric only mode).
The HYmotion3 compressor concept is a means of transport with no affiliation to a particular type of vehicle. With its three wheels and its streamlined body, it is something of a missing link between two worlds which to date are quite distinct: that of the scooter and that of the car. With an electric motor in each of its two front wheels, coupled at the rear with a petrol engine, it brings into play very innovative hybrid technologies allowing each of its wheels to provide motive power.
In a world of intensifying urban traffic where everyone is trying to save time, where oil prices are skyrocketing and the environment is more than ever a priority, design departments are vying in ingenuity to develop solutions for the future.
Giving full rein to their creativity and expertise, two separate Peugeot teams converged on a similar idea and finally worked in tandem to develop a particularly original project: the HYmotion3 compressor.
This new CAF-E Motorcycle Hybrid design by Tim Cameron, is just a concept design, may soon go into production. The engine is mated with an electric motor via electronically controlled continuously variable transmission. This sends power to the rear wheels through the shaft drive.
The entire system is similar to a Hybrid Synergy you would find in your average Toyota Prius. But in this case, it’s pumping the bike with that extra power to drive it faster.
We will keep a look out for the real thing when it rolls out some day. But our guess is that, this thing is going to cost you dearly. Think high $80 to $90k. Which completely destroys and “G” bragging rights it might be after.
Were you the coolest kid in school? It was because you had a cool bike right? Pumped up with style and attitude, you popped wheelies around the playground knowing you were all that plus a bag-o-chips. Well, your chance to be a cool cruiser has come around once again.
Check out the hot rod flames on this bad boy ‘Hellbilly’ by Electra Bikes, for example. This sweet little attention magnet would make even a hell-on-wheels actor like Dennis Hopper drool. AND…this ride isn’t just for eye-popping style. Jump on, and you’ll maneuver over potholes, bumps, manholes, and curbs with grace and style. One smooth ride like this and you’ll want to “sexy-city-wheel-it” everywhere.
Not since the Tron debuted have I spent this much time thinking about cars that don’t exist that I want to drive. With the increasing synergy between design and practical engineering, and given the attention to global warming and peak oil, major and minor automakers are stepping up and taking notice. And they’re doing it in style.
A handful of sexy alternative vehicles have already appeared or will soon make it to market – see our top 5 near-term sexy “G” production vehicles here – but that leaves out a vast swath of dreamers imagining a better, sexier way.
So here they are, with less ado then they deserve – the top 5 sexy concept cars.
5. Audi R-Zero
Admittedly this puppy looks like an ethereal fantasy, and will likely remain just that. In other words, what better way to start the list!
What is a new green mom to do? Before the new g/baby popped out, she could jump on her bike and head on down to the farmers market carefree. But now that the bundle of joy has arrive, she has to think of safety first. That is what the Angelino Assista electric bike is all about. In Japan, this bike is taking off because of the integrated child child seat and safety systems. It’s like the Volvo of electric bikes.
Here are a few of the cool features on this very affordable (only $1312.00) electric bike:
Updated on Volvos push to become an electric car company. The company says they have a 5 year $1.2 Billion investment and plan to bring the Recharge concept to market. The project started back in 2006 and they showed off the Prototype C30 in 2007. Since then the company seems be in hiding and may even be on the chopping block and sold off by the parent company Ford. They are looking for buyers, but no takers as of yet.
Ford vice president of sales and marketing Ken Czubay said in a statement.: “We continue to operate in a very challenging economic and competitive environment,”
What does that mean, for all the very promising technology designed into the C30? Will we ever see it in a Volvo or any of the other Ford brands? Isn’t this exactly the thing Ford needs to save their company? The prototype test vehicle uses the same type of technology GM says they are rolling out in the Volt. An electric motor system assisted by a small gas engine generator, which would only produce electricity for the electric motors to us. The Volvo concept takes that a step further by placing the motors in the wheels.
The Prototype C30 Technology test and concept vehicle that works: an electric car with a combustion engine as backup. It’s called the Volvo ReCharge, and it reminds us a lot of the Chevy Volt. Except that it looks likes a Volvo C30 hatchback and has funky green wheels.
The Fiat all of the Monkies here on staff like so much, just went topless. Yes, the Fiat 500 with its retro details now comes in a convertible soft top. Taking a cue from the Cinquecento of yore, the canvas top slides back to open up a view of the sky yet leaves the outer portion of the roof intact, helping maintain body rigidity. Although the design does appear to limit rearward visibility somewhat, the boot gets to maintain its top-up storage capacity.
Here is what we had to say about the original hard top version:
You know how they say the Golden Globes are usually an indicator of what you can expect at the Academy Awards? Well, if they awarded Oscars for automobiles, I think it would be safe to say the Fiat 500 would be a shoo-in for Best Picture. The Italian car (that’s actually manufactured in Poland) has already won the 2008 European Car of the Year award, the 2008 Auto Europa, the 2007 EuroCarBody, the Auto Trophy and Top Gear magazine’s favorite City Car for 2007.
Everyone knows composites materials are the are the lightest strongest high tech material on the planet, right? Well, maybe not always. Arndt Menke thinks nature is pretty good at making super light super strong materials as well, which we call wood. In fact nature produces of 60,000 different woody plants and a vast majority of them could be used. This diploma thesis for Menke’s master’s degree demonstrates how careful attention to wood’s natural retention, expansion and anisotropic properties can be advantageous in design. The end result is an incredibly light weight bike, strong and pretty darn good looking too. I really want one.
The bike Holzweg bike’s frame is completely made of wood and only weighs in at 5 pounds.
As we continue our quest for the perfect urban lifestyle bike, we take a look at a folder. Yes, a folder. One of those bikes, which in an instant break down and can be tossed in the back of a car or under your desk at work. The advantage of this type of bike are many. You don’t have to leave them outside tempting bike thieves, and you don’t have to have one of those ugly bike racks on the back of your car.
Todays folder is called the IF- Mode. It’s a cross between a storm trooper and a swiss army knife. The look is very modern and definitely unique, with it’s three simple spoked wheels. The cool thing is how this thing folds up so quickly. You should checkout the video after the jump. The down sides would have to be the price and the weight. Coming in at 32 pounds, it’s just half the weight of my A2B fully electric bike. Plus at $2,250 it is just as expensive. If the price doesn’t bother you, we found the bike for sale at Areaware.com
Other major cool factors are, the design won the 2008 Eurobike Award, and the 2009 iF Gold Award (along with the Apple iPhone, the Macbook Air and the VW Golf Mk6), the IF-Mode is a rolling, folding work of art and a bike collector’s dream machine.
The new upcoming VW Golf Vl is strangely proud to be very trashy. No, it’s not roaming the streets looking for Johns to Pick Up. The trashy part comes from all that recycle material it used to actually build it. A whopping 40% or more of steel, aluminum and other materials all come from pre-used sources.
Here is some of the official press release.
Volkswagen commissioned an audit into the use of secondary raw materials known as recyclates in the new Golf. The investigation showed that 527 kg of secondary raw materials, or over 40 percent of the vehicle weight, are used in the new Golf, thus conserving resources. As a result, the new Golf not only excels with its efficient TSI and common rail engines, but also through the use of environmentally-friendly materials. This is the first time that an audit into the use of recyclates in a complete vehicle has been conducted and certified by the TÜV technical inspection authority.
Before we get into the details, I would like to just say I think the ELMOTO H2 looks pretty cool. It has the fat tires, front and rear shocks all geared toward giving you a smooth safe ride. But the short distance between the seat and handle bars, seems like it wouldn’t put you in a comfortable position. But that is a minor issue. My real concern is the price vs power the bike delivers. Electric bikes which have pedals, don’t require the rider to have a license, but the governments tops their speed at 20 miles per hour. You can use the pedals to get over that cap. But bikes with no pedals, like this ELMOTO, does require a motorcycle license and can go at any speed it wants. So, when I saw the top speed was 30 miles an hour and the bike cost around $5k, I just didn’t see that value.
If you are going to make it a scooter or motorcycle, it needs to go much faster to make it worth the hassle and cost of getting a license and insurance.
I think I will stick with my A2B Ultra Motor Electric bike which cost only $2700 and goes 20 miles an hours. Plus no license or insurance required.
Imagine traveling from San Francisco to Los Angeles in about two-and-a-half hours, without getting on a plane. Soon, you wont have to imagine. With California voters and President Obama both pushing the project forward, we may soon see the work actually starting on the new tracks and other infrastructure.
Here is what Obama said in May 2009.“My high-speed rail proposal will lead to innovations that change the way we travel in America. We must start developing clean, energy-efficient transportation that will define our regions for centuries to come,” said President Obama. “A major new high-speed rail line will generate many thousands of construction jobs over several years, as well as permanent jobs for rail employees and increased economic activity in the destinations these trains serve. High-speed rail is long-overdue, and this plan lets American travelers know that they are not doomed to a future of long lines at the airports or jammed cars on the highways.”
In this QUEST Web exclusive, we update a story we did last year on a plan to bring high-speed rail to California as voters head to the ballot boxes to decide the fate of Proposition 1A. Hop aboard to learn about the science behind high-speed rail travel and the obstacles that lie in its path.