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

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

Renault Zoe ZE Electric Vehicle vs Bulbasaur Pokemon

Renault Zoe ZE Electric Vehicle vs Bulbasaur Pokemon

I also believe that children are our future, teach them well and design future cars to look like their favorite Pokemons? In my search for Jubbling stories, I came across this article on Inhabitat about this years’ Michelin Challenge Design at the 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The winners of Michelin’s future electric vehicle challenge (and their corresponding character) were Honda’s P-NUT (The Spawn), Renault’s Zoe ZE (Bulbasaur Pokemon) and Tata’s eMo (Nidorina Pokemon).
Honda P-NUT vs The Spawn

Honda P-NUT vs The Spawn

In our Jubbling opinion, this is great and we hope automakers borrow from whatever Pokemon, comic book or cartoon characters they want in their effort to sway future auto buyers to electric vehicles.

Tata eMO vs Nidorina Pokemon

Tata eMO vs Nidorina Pokemon

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The US Is Getting Fatter And So Are Our Cars

SUV or Smart Car - Who'd You Rather?Since 1980, the innovations implemented in cars should’ve increased our fuel efficiency by 60%. So why did it actually only go up 15%? A study by MIT economist Christopher Knittel pinpointed the problem and it’s simple – we countered the gains in fuel efficiency by increasing the size and horsepower of our vehicles at an even higher rate. Mr. Knittel’s research paper, “Automobiles on Steroids” (PDF), outlines the results of his study.

According to the study, adjusted for inflation, gas prices fell by 30% between 1980 and 2004. During this period, sales of light trucks/SUV’s increased from 20% of all vehicles purchased to 51%. Manufacturers were building larger cars to meet the demand.

Mr. Knittel’s conclusion is that the best way to increase fuel efficiency is through the creation of a national gas tax. President Obama’s new CAFE standard that requires automakers to reach a fleet average of 54.5 mpg by 2025 will get us there but Mr. Knittel fears a “rebound effect” of the law where people would buy more fuel efficient cars and would then drive more. A gas tax would not only lead consumers to purchase more efficient vehicles but it would also encourage people to drive less.

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The Dumbest Smart Guy In Germany Is Piloting e-volo’s Battery Powered Multicopter.

[youtube width=”425″ height=”239″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L75ESD9PBOw[/youtube]German company e-volo demonstrated their battery powered Multicopter by having one of its creators, Thomas Senkel, pilot it. The Multicopter is very Macgyverish and e-volo’s hopes it will become a battery/hybrid powered device anyone can purchase and that piloting it would be “as simple as a car.” Besides the music, the craziest part in the video is when Mr. Senkel puts on a helmet as his sole protection from the 16 spinning propellers. Obviously, having an open casket funeral is important to him. [Gizmag]

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National Plug In Day

This year’s National “Plug in Day” occurred over the past weekend in 25 cities across the US and was sponsored by Plug In America, the Sierra Club, and the Electric Auto Association.Toyota Prius - Pious 1 License Activities planned for the day included “plug-in parades, tailpipe-free tailgate parties, test-drives and other grassroots activities.” In related news, scientist monitoring climate conditions in all of the cities hosting a National Plug in Day noticed a unexpected upsurge in the amount of pretentious in the air above the event and nearby sewage treatment facilities experienced a measured reduction in the smell emanating from its waste.

Jubbling recommendation: Buy an electric vehicle but don’t rub it in.

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