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Inspired by a Frightened Armadillo: A Folding Electric Car

Friday 08.30.2013 , Posted by

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Small cars are a good idea for a lot of good reasons. Not only are they easier to drive, more maneuverable, and much more economical to drive; in congested cities like New York they are also a LOT more easy to park. Just try wedging your beastly SUV into a tiny parallel parking spot at rush hour. It’s not a matter of parking skills, it’s a simple case of “will it fit in that teeny tiny spot?” The Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) recently unveiled a new electric concept car aimed at solving that problem by folding the vehicle at its center point… and it’s inspired by a threatened armadillo. [Read more...]

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Supercharger: Drive for Free, Forever, On Sunlight

Wednesday 09.26.2012 , Posted by

“Drive for Free. Forever. On Sunlight.” Don’t worry, you read that right. If you haven’t heard of Tesla Motors, your ears will be ringing with the name soon. The revolutionary California based company has been changing the face of the automotive industry one step at a time, and they’re doing it with electric cars. Now, in perhaps the most stunning move yet, they have introduced Supercharger, an electric car charging system which promises to eliminate all the major concerns about owning an electric car. [Read more...]

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Amsterdam’s Witkar: The First Car Sharing?

Tuesday 03.08.2011 , Posted by

If you thought the concept of car-sharing was only a recent notion, think again. Looking like little Pope-mobiles, these classic electric autos from Amsterdam where not the car for those who suffer from scopophobia (the fear of being seen), but they did pioneer the idea of a technology based car sharing system. All the components of a modern system are there: a very clever docking and recharging system, card and computer control of vehicle access with the member entering their PIN number on a rotary phone. Rates were reasonable: about 3.5¢ US per minute.

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