Volkswagen’s ‘E-Up!’ Electric Car.

Volkswagen 'E-Up!' Electric CarVolkswagen has been showing the electric ‘E-Up!’ at auto shows since 2009 and it’s now slated to be released in the US in 2014. We could say “it’s about time” or instead, we could assume that Volkswagen has used this time to perfect their new ‘E-Up!’ electric car. Here are some of its specs:

  • Range of 93 miles per full charge.
  • 80% charge in 30 minutes with quick charge option.
  • 80 hp engine hits 0-60 in 14 seconds (1970 VW bus’ish?)

I sure hope it’s the former and Volkswagen has worked out the issues with their electric vehicle. As a proud owner of a Volkswagen vehicle, I know how idiosyncratic they can be. Holding one leg out of the driver’s side window in an futile attempt to get the passenger side window to roll down is a problem. And completely ripping out the floor mounted gear shifter to get my VW out of park is also a very big problem – especially when it happens twice.

Good luck Volkswagen and we’ll see if the ‘E-Up!’ is a big hit. I do hope that the extra time VW took to release the ‘E-Up!’ was necessary to get it running error-free because if it fails, the entire electric vehicle market gets a black eye. [Wired]

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Unfortunately Cyclists May Need The 7-Camera Helmet Of Justice From Chaotic Moon.

The Helmet of Justice - Chaotic MoonAt one point, every cyclist will have some sort of run in with a car and its road-entitled driver. And in a worst case scenario, some of those cyclists will be hit by a car. Being able to remember what color and type of car struck you is next to impossible when you’re in a daze trying to figure out what just happened. That’s where the Helmet of Justice from Chaotic Moon comes in. It’s kind of a black box for cyclists and here’s a description of the Helmet of Justice from Fast Co.Exist:

“The seven mini-cameras, secured in the helmet’s air vents with a layer of foam, record video at 30 frames per second with a resolution of 720×480 (that will be upgraded in the next version). They provide a 360-degree view of an accident as it happens. All of the core data is saved in a detachable USB drive integrated into the helmet.”

The Helmet of Justice may not change the way aggressive drivers interact with cyclists but it will help hold them accountable for their actions. [Fast Co.Exist]

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The New York Times vs Tesla Motors For Dummies.

Tesla Model S in snowHere’s our version of the New York Times vs Tesla Motors saga for dummies by a dummy.

  1. Feb 8: New York Times columnist John Broder wrote an article about his unfavorable experience driving the Tesla Model S EV along the Tesla Supercharger network: “Stalled Out on Tesla’s Electric Highway”

  2. Feb 11: Elon Musk tweets about Mr. Broder’s article and calls it a “fake”:

    Elon Musk then follows it up with this tweet:


  3. Feb 12: Mr. Broder writes a response to Mr. Musk’s tweets in The New York Times article “The Charges Are Flying Over a Test of Tesla’s Charging Network”

  4. Feb 13: Elon Musk posts “A Most Peculiar Test Drive” on Tesla’s blog and using the data extracted from John Broder’s review Model S, counter the claims he made in the original article. Among other issues, the data shows that Mr. Broder did not fully charge his Model S, drove in circles, cranked the heat and often exceeded the recommended cruising speed of 55 mph.

  5. Feb 14: John Broder responds to Elon Musk’s post by tweeting:

We’ll see what happens next between these two but one good thing that did come out of the NY Times/Tesla battle is that I finally figured out how to embed tweets into my posts. I’m now up to 2011!


Update: Feb 14 4:41 pm PST: John Broder has responded to Elon Musk and Tesla and it looks like this story is becoming a he said / she said matter. Counseling may be next. Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Bicycle Barometer: Bike Or Ride Train To Work?

Bicycle Barometer by Richard J. PopeThe Bicycle Barometer by Richard J. Pope is doing more than just tracking the weather to determine the best way to get to work each day – it’s also receiving information about his local rail station (open/close, delayed) and the amount and type of precipitation. Mr. Pope made the Bicycle Barometer from an old clock he found at a flea market and he’s posted information on his site so DIY’ers in the UK can build their own. [OFTCC via Neatorama]


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Orp: Loud Dual-Tone Bike Horn And LED Light.

ORP - LED Light and Dual-Mode Bicycle HornOrp might be the perfect bike accessory. It’s a USB rechargeable, waterproof LED beacon light and dual-tone bicycle horn that should find a home with cyclist. Orp’s 87 lumens LED light works in three modes – slow strobe, fast strobe and constant on – and its integrated horn can go from an “on your left” 76 db to a “you in the car, wake up” 96 db.

Orp’s creators, Tory Orzeck and his team in Portland, are now looking for funding on Kickstarter. A $45 donation will get you an Orp that will eventually retail for $49.95. [Core77]


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The Loud Bicycle Horn Is GENIUS!

The Loud Bicycle Horn from Loud Bicycle.The Loud Bicycle Horn is a great idea that will allow cyclists to share the same sound/warning footprint as a car. Currently, bike riders are only able to alert drivers of their presence by yelling at them or via hand gestures. Here are its features:

  • Sound: is like a typical car horn, both in volume and pitch.
  • Honk: for up to 30 seconds at a time.
  • Batteries: are rechargeable Li-ion batteries that will last 1-2 months.
  • Button: snaps on to either handlebar and honking does not interfere with braking.
  • Weather resistant: works in rain, sleet and snow.

The neutral car horn sound will make the road safer for cyclists by warning drivers without escalating the situation. The current warning system of calling a driver a “shithead” won’t be necessary and instead of offensively giving the finger, cyclist will choose to use that finger and activate their Loud Bicycle Horn. The Loud Bicycle Horn is currently fundraising on Kickstarter. [Laughing Squid]

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