Tata’s Electric Micro Bullet-Proof Vehicle vs. Gas-Powered Weapon Of Mass Instruction

Tata MBPV or Raul Lemesoff's Weapon of Mass InstructionThis is a Jubbling conundrum. On the left, is Tata’s recently released MBPV electric urban assault vehicle and on the right, we have Raul Lemesoff’s gas powered “Arma De Instruccion Masiva” that was built out of a vehicle normally used for war but now drives around Argentina handing out donated books. Jubbling loves the electric vehicles but free books are hard to beat. I think I have to give it to the “Weapon of Mass Instruction.” It’s the name that puts it over the top. [Inhabitat]


Tata’s Micro Bullet-Proof Vehicle Is The Electric Powered Vehicle In All Terrorist’s Nightmares

Tata Motors Micro Bullet-Proof Vehicle
There was a time in the 1980’s when tatas was preceded by “bodacious” and referred to something totally different than cars. Now they’re known for cars and Tata Motors of India is also the proud owners of the Jaguar and Range Rover brands. In addition to passenger vehicles, Tata Motors produces armored transport and military support vehicles. Their latest on the defense side is the Tata Micro Bullet-Proof Vehicle (MBPV) or Anti-Terrorist Vehicle. This fully electric bad mother can hit speeds of 12 mph and is designed with angles to deflect bullets and the effects of hand grenades.

Not sure any terrorist or urban commando would want to face down the Tata MBPV. But wait, it sure is cute and just might be foiled by a non-lethal force. [Treehugger]

Tata Motors MBPV Pushed Over (artist rendering)


Fisker Releases Sketch Of New Plug-In Hybrid Model – The Fisker Nina

Fisker Nina Plugin Hybrid Sketch The above sketch of the upcoming Fisker Automotive Nina plug-in hybrid was just released and according to an article on Inhabitat, the sketch was meant to tease attendees of next month’s New York Auto Show. The plug-in hybrid Fisker Nina is expected to go into production in middle of 2013.

Below, is a sketch of my reaction to the Fisker Nina sketch:
Fisker Nina reaction


DIY Chevy Volt Commercial Kind Of Sucks Too

[youtube width=”425″ height=”239″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LD648-4ImmA[/youtube]The plugging in part was good but this pro-electric vehicle commercial by Chevy Volt owner Jeff U’Ren could probably do without the guys in the Arab headdress. Mr. U’Ren was motivated to make the video after purchasing the Volt and realizing how fun it was to drive; a message that he felt wasn’t conveyed in the GM/Chevy commercial. The fun sort of comes through in his version but so does the unnecessary xenophobic message that buying gasoline benefits Middle Easterners. It’s a little softer but reminiscent of the video from the EthicalOil.org wingnuts. [GreentechMedia]

[youtube width=”360″ height=”203″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1SjZlqbDudI[/youtube]


PG Elektrus EV – Inspired By The Lotus Elise Or Was It Toothless From “How To Train Your Dragon”?

How To Train Your Dragon's Toothless and PG Elektrus

Kid Appeal: Did Toothless from How To Train Your Dragon inspire PG's Elektrus EV?

Another electric vehicle, another cartoon character lookalike.
Lotus Elise

Or Lotus Elise?

Berlin based electric vehicle maker PG has just launched their $367,000 Elektrus that has a max speed of 155 mph and an expected range of 215 miles on one charge. Toothless, aka Night Fury, from “How To Train Your Dragon” has a max speed of “very very fast” and an unknown range. So what’s the inspiration: Lotus or Toothless? [Inhabitat]

Related article: Michelin Challenge Design: The Look Of Electric Vehicles In The Future Will Be Inspired By Comic Book And Pokemon Characters


New Rolls-Royce 102EX Electric Vehicle Debuts At Geneva Motor Show

Rolls-Royce 102EX Phantom at Geneva Motor Show 2011With a price tag of around $1.6 million, the Rolls-Royce 102EX concept car is close to $1.6 million more than I can afford. The Telegraph has a complete run down of the features of this mega EV. A few of the specs to highlight include its range of 125 miles on a single charge and the fact that it’ll be powered by 1400 lbs of lithium ion cells. The Rolls-Royce 102EX will also have the ability to “induction charge.” Basically, you can park it over two pads to re-charge the batteries wirelessly.

All of these features are very cool but is the Rolls-Royce 102EX Jubbling? No, but it’s definitely Jubfurky.