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]


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!


Students From Hiroshima University And Humanix Build iSAVE-SC1. An Electric Car That’s Soft On Humans And The Environment.

iSAVE-SC1 electric car.It’s an older story that we missed but it’s worth bringing back.

The iSAVE-SC1 is a three-wheeled electric vehicle that has padded protection both inside and out. Here are some selling points for the iSAVE-SC1 EV:

  1. Travels 18 miles on a single charge.
  2. Can reach speeds of up to 31 mph.
  3. Electric so it’s environmentally friendly.
  4. Expected price is $9300
  5. Has a mattress strapped to its hood.

Basically, it has everything you’d ever want on your next new “electric” car. (Check out the mattress-free ELF from Organic Transport) [RocketNews 24]


Can You Drive A 2012 Tesla Model S From Los Angeles To Las Vegas On A Single Charge?

On a recent episode of Wide Open Throttle (WOT), host Jessi Lang and Motor Trend’s Technical Director Frank Markus attempted to drive Elon Musk’s 2012 Tesla Model S from Los Angeles to Las Vegas on a single charge. In order to accomplish this 220+ mile trip on one charge, Lang and Markus had to drive with the air conditioner turned off and they drove up hills below the speed limit. Watch the video to see how if they were successful.

Of course Jessi Lang and Frank Marcus aren’t the first to push a car to it’s range limits. Cosmo Kramer, of Kramerica Corporation, attempted a similar feat on an episode of Seinfeld. Yes, Kramer was driving a gas powered car but the sentiment is the same. Giddy up! [Treehugger]


Toyota Camatte EV Concept Car Is A Teaching Tool For Kids. Doesn’t Look Like Pokemon Character.

Toyota Camatte Daichi EVWe might’ve been onto something when we wrote about how electric vehicles in the Michelin Challenge Design looked like cartoon characters, specifically Pokemon, in an effort to attract future EV customers. Toyota is going a different route with their non-Pokemon-looking 3-seater Camatte Sora & Daichi EV concept cars that are designed for families and adjusts so that even the kids can drive it. For most DRIVERS, the main reservation against EV’s is that they have a limited range. However, our non-driving kids don’t know any differently and the opportunity to adjust, drive and recharge a Camatte EV could become part of their future driving expectation.

Toyota Camatte Sora EV

No word on the estimated release date or price of the Toyota Camatte EV’s but I’m now inspired to rent a golf cart in an effort to educate my kids on effective electric vehicle management. I’ll even sneak in 36 holes of golf in order to stretch and hopefully drain the batteries.

The Toyota Camatte EV’s will be on display at the 2012 International Tokyo Toy Show. At the show, the Camatte may come face to face with cartoon characters that inspire future electric vehicles. [Crave]


NQJW 10th Edition: hyMod Car Is Gas Or Electric, Turn Off Any TV And Pink Slime Is Jubbling

Stories that are not quite Jub-Worthy There are stories out there that merit the cycle of agonizing over our thoughts and limited writing abilities for four hours, and others that might be interesting but are just as well represented by a link. Here are those links.

  • ‘hyMOD’ lets driver swap out either electric or gas engine
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    Romanian company SCI is working on the hyMod car that can switch between being fully electric or a hybrid vehicle by having its engine swapped out at a designated changing station.

    This seems like another green idea where a company is so focused on figuring out how to do something when they really should be wondering why. [SmartPlanet]

  • How to Make an Energy Efficient Remote to Turn Off Any TV

    “If you don’t like the fact that you can’t sit in a restaurant or bar without being surrounded by televisions, the TV-B-Gone will appeal to you. [TV-B-Gone] lets you turn off any TV you see, without having to ask the bartender and look like the guy or gal who’s spoiling everyone’s fun. The ubiquity of large televisions drives up energy consumption, it promotes materialism and pushes back the day when we all might decide that we own enough stuff.”Alex Davies, Treehugger

    TV-B-GoneHoly nuts… if you follow Mr. Davies advice, the TV-B-Gone would be better known as the Deathwish or Total-Dong device. The DIY remote was developed by Jinseok Jeon and will turn off any TV anywhere.

    Stealthily turning off the TV in a bar for green reasons will never work because it’ll just be turned right back on and you might get your ass handed to you to boot. To see what happens to people when they’re caught turning off the TV among friends, not strangers, watch the video below. [Treehugger][youtube width=”425″ height=”239″][/youtube]

  • Pink slime in the context of history
    Pink slime?  No!  It's soft-serve beefgurt.Jamie Oliver wants us to hate it and Maggie Koerth-Baker of BoingBoing wants us to appreciate it. Pink Slime, the concoction made of ammoniated animal parts normally discarded, has been taking a beating in the press. Maybe because it has been added to our ground meat without our knowledge for so long or maybe it’s the parts of the animal (rectal tissue?) used that make us want to gag.

    Either way, Jubbling’s with Maggie Koerth-Baker on this. If you’re going to process an animal, might as well use it all but definitely label it. [BoingBoing]

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