Can “green” and “off-road vehicle” come anywhere near commingling, sentence-wise? I bet if you asked The Wilderness Society, the Sierra Club or any other environmental org, they would say no. (Actually, it would probably sound more like “NO!!!”) The argument being that ORVs add unnecessary air & noise pollution, erosion and contribute to species loss, habitat loss and land damage (come on — anything that features an activity called “dune bashing” can’t be good for the environment.)
But if we’re looking at a lesser-of-two-evils factor (or if by chance you’re one of those earth-conscious off-roadies), you might want to check out what Zero Motorcycles is calling the fastest, lightest and cleanest dirt bike around.
Compared with the European seize-the-day, throw-caution-to-wind, let’s-go-skinny-dipping mentality, Americans seem so safe and sensible. Maybe it’s a sign I’ve lived here too long (or that American cops scare the crap out of me), but when I stumbled across the Monaco debut of the MINI Chateau, based on a version of MINI Club S, except for the fact that it has an onboard wine cellar, it occurred to me that this new concept might just be a teeny tiny bit DANGEROUS? Alcohol + driving? Hello? I mean, Bonjour? Anyone with me?
I know the concept is utterly romantic — throw down the picnic blanket, open the trunk, and choose a bottle of Chateau lafite from the “completely caulked and shock absorbent wine-cellar” and proceed to make out with your girlfriend (having left the wife at home obviously). But there’s something about the combination of alcohol and driving that leaves me queasy and uneasy. Luckily there are only twelve Aznom designed limited edition Mini Chateaus living la lida loca.
Volvo’s latest-greatest environmentally safest green machine is the C30 Efficiency Diesel hatchback. And guess what? It’s aptly named. To the tune of 52.26 miles per gallon kind of efficient. We’re talking hybrid-efficient. Like the opposite of the DMV kind of efficient.
What makes the Efficient so efficient is that they’re really not doing anything new. Volvo is merely squeezing every bit of energy out of what they’ve got, with a few modifications. They tweaked the engine by using low-friction transmission oil and better engine management software, used higher gearing on the 3rd, 4th and 5th gears, switched to low rolling resistance tires with aero-optimized rims, shaved some inches here and added some smoother ones there. And voila! 52.26 miles per gallon with a regular old diesel engine. And you still get that safe feeling only a Volvo or a blankie can give.
You can add Edward Norton’s name to the reasonably short list of celebrities getting their hands on the BMW Hydrogen 7. Joining the ranks of Jay Leno, Will Ferrell and other, Norton will be part of a “test-lease” program that BMW will use to gain valuable feedback on the car in the hopes of improving its performance before unleashing it Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos
It seems fitting that the state of America’s most notorious UFO sighting and crash-landing will be the home of the earth’s first spaceport. Just outside of Las Cruces, New Mexico, the Spaceport America building is set for construction and will house both a terminal for space private space flights and the New Mexico Spaceport Authority.
New Mexico governor Bill Richardson partnered with Sir Richard Branson and Virgin Galactic to “capture the drama and mystery of space flight itself, articulating the thrill of space travel for the first space tourists.” The unique building, its location, and its mission will make it a must-see destination for the space-curious and will provide hangar space for spacecraft and astronauts.
Electric Super Motor Batman Concept racing down your street, soon? Just like Boise (host of The Real G!), the rest of the monkies at G Living are looking for new types of vehicles to fulfill all of our transportation needs here in L.A. Now that isn’t as easy as it sounds. The current batch of greener type vehicles are not really that cutting edge, good looking or practical. There are a few that are coming close but nothing that just jumps out at us. So, whenever a new concept car comes out that might just become reality, we become very interested. Unfortunately, this Nissan concept Batman all electric car doesn’t sound like it will make it to the production line. We hope we’re wrong and Nissan takes going all electric serious and wows us with cool cars, which use super “G” electric coming straight from our studio’s roof. But as with many concept cars, this concept hints at future. The car is powered by two electric motors, front and rear, and uses lithium-ion batteries.
Ford seems to be going down kicking and screaming and have only just begun to see the the green future growing before their eyes. Everyone knows in business, one simple principle has always rings true — build products the public is demanding and your business will thrive. Or use mass marketing, hot women, celebrities, and reality shows product placement to create an artificial demand for the toxic, low cost, self disintegrating, and bad gas mileage products you already make.
You know Ford is feeling the pressure to actually make better vehicles, when they make crazy announcements proclaiming they will cut greenhouse gases emissions by 30 percent on all vehicles by 2020. That is really crazy serious talk, how can they possibly cut 30 percent in 12 years. Hmm, I have an idea, why don’t they really go for it and just stop all production on gas engines. Think of the money they will save on production. Or better yet, build pure electric or electric and biodiesel hybrids and cut emissions by a whopping 80%, in lets say 4 years. If companies small boot strap companies like Aptera can design vehicles getting 300 miles per gallon, surely Ford spending billions on research can do it quicker, better and cheaper.
Those of you who dismissed the Aptera Typ-1 as a ridiculous-looking circus freak of a concept vehicle can now shut the hell up. This car of the future that got an astonishing 231 mpg on its first ever test drive and more resembled an airplane than a car with its odd shape, gulf-wing doors and three wheels is soon to become a reality.
The folks at Aptera are givers in the truest sense of the word. In order to push the Typ-1 out of the R&D (that’s research & design) phase and into the manufacturing phase, they’ve been (according to their newsletter) working late into the night, abusing caffeine and doing intensive fine-tuning in order to bring you a vehicle that’s not only funky looking, but as “safe, efficient and comfortable as possible.” Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos
“Mono” means “one” or “single”, while a “tracer” is — easily enough — a person who traces. That said, I don’t quite understand the name of Peraves’ new MonoTracer. I suppose the first part could be a reference to the “dry reinforced monodisc clutch” that’s mentioned on the manufacturer’s specs page, but I honestly can’t say I know what that means either.
But the mysterious moniker hardly detracts from the coolness of this futuristic-looking motorcyle-ish vehicle with a twist. The twist provides for car-like comfort and amenities with the traffic flexibility of a motorcycle. The 2-wheels and tandem seating design provides a slim body that allows for escape options in the event of a traffic jam, while the passenger area is enclosed like a car, providing a music-filled, climate controlled ride. According to Wired, it’s “a lot safer than an open bike, with stability control, seat belts, and stabilizer wheels that deploy like landing gear to keep the thing upright at stoplights.”
I’m not one of those people who likes to complain just for the sake of complaining. I’m much more solution oriented than that. So, after railing on the crazy three-wheeled Sidam Xnovo, I feel compelled to follow it up with my opinion of a better choice. And I choose the Vectrix ZEV.
In fact, if all goes according to plan, it will be my next vehicle. Why waste time going to the gas station when you can just plug in this baby and go? Called “the world’s first high-performance electric motorcycle with performance and style” and boasting a clean, efficient, electric motor, this speedy city machine has no noise or pollution and you’ll never need to change the oil.
You probably heard about Tom Hanks and his Scion eBox, the electric car he uses to help friends move. But he might want to check this out: Fiat has introduced an electric delivery truck that beats the eBox’s charge time.
AltairNano, Aerovironment, Go Green Holding, and Micro-Vett have come together with Fiat to create the Dovolo, a station wagon sized delivery vehicle with a 5-person capacity. Recently tested in Norway and currently available only in Europe, the Dovolo can run a delivery route of up to 200 miles, only requiring three stops for an approximately 10 minute re-charge each time. Other electric cars on the market have a re-charge time of around 6 hours, but they’re not equipped with AltairNano’s fancy lithium ion packs.