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Easy Quick Jumper jump starts your car

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on July 7th, 2009

Easy Quick Jumper jump starts your carMany of us have been there. You leave your lights on and next thing you know your battery is dead. Not a problem as long as you have jumper cables and another vehicle. Or if you are on a hill you can pop the clutch. But it stinks having to open the hood and go through all of that.

The Easy Quick Jumper will help you out. Just plug between the cigarette adapters of two cars, the car with the good battery is turned on and 5-10 minutes later, your dead battery has a charge. That’s far easier than messing with jumper cables.

McDonalds to offer electric vehicle recharging at restaurants

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on July 6th, 2009

McDonalds to offer electric vehicle recharging at restaurantsFirst they offered their customers WiFi, now McDonalds is installing electric vehicle charging stations for the handful of you with electric cars. They are starting in Cary North Carolina, where McDonalds will be the first to offer car recharging via the ChargePoint Networked Charging Stations.

One of the barriers to electric vehicle is the lack of charging infrastructure. So this is bigger news than it might seem like at first. and I suppose this is one way to improve things. Mickey D may not be the most ideal place to charge your car, but this will lead to better options for sure.

Space Invaders and Pac-Man art cars

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on July 1st, 2009

Space Invaders and Pac-Man art carsPimping your ride with new shocks, struts, and a more powerful engine is all well and good, but if it can’t get by on looks alone what’s the point? These art cars are real lookers. These mini Coopers put the geek on the street my brotha.

Who wouldn’t love a Pac-man and Space Invaders themed car? These beauties were designed by Matt W. Moore, who clearly has a love of retro arcade games. This Pac-Man version is the best. Click through to see the Space Invaders car, which also rocks my geek socks.

Motorcycle has the largest sidecar ever

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on June 28th, 2009

Motorcycle has the largest sidecar everYou’ve seen motorcycle sidecars, but you’ve probably never seen anything like this. It’s called the “Snaefell” and it’s the work of Francois Knorreck. This beautiful monstrosity took him 10 years and over $20,000 to complete.

And it is totally unique. The motorcycle is a Laverda, and the car is cannibalized from several different vehicles. This is a sidecar that’s all about style and comfort. If you have to ride in a sidecar this is what you want to use.

In-car pizza oven

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on June 25th, 2009

In-car pizza ovenWhen the urge for pizza hits, you don’t want to go through the trouble of stopping your car to order one. Not when you can have a Porta-Pizza oven in your passenger seat and cook a pizza while you drive. Let me ask you this? Do your other passengers smell that delicious? Hell no.

This 12-volt pizza oven plugs right into your cigarette lighter adapter and makes fresh pies. Dangerous? Sure is. But damn tasty. And if you get pulled over by some fat cop, all is sure to be forgiven as the two of you chow down and laugh like best buddies.

Pyramid shaped Dream Car 123 on eBay

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on June 17th, 2009

Dream Car 123: Pyramid power is backYou might remember the Dream car 123 from a while back. Well, it looks like the father and sons project has hit eBay. You might remember that they were trying to raise money because they needed like $40,000 to build a Mark 2 prototype. So they put the pyramid shaped car on ebay.

Currently it’s at $100, it’s reserve not yet met. What, nobody wants a pyramid car? What’s wrong with you people. Bid. Keep the dream alive. I personally would like to be driving a pyramid by no later than 2015.

Zero MX Electric Motorcross Bike

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on June 11th, 2009

Zero MX Electric Motorcross BikeZero Motorcycles has just introduced its latest zero-emissions bike. The Zero MX packs an electric motor into a lightweight motorcross bike frame and even manages to throw in some quality components. Having been tweaked for performance, Zero claims that the MX will keep up with its gas-powered counterparts.

The MX will supposedly allow riders to jump higher and land softer, with a beefed up front-end and a “custom rear shock that gives riders a fully adjustable spring preload and easily tuned damping.”

XR3 plug-in hybrid trike heads for production

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on June 9th, 2009

XR3 plug-in hybrid trike heads for production Are you ready for a futuristic ride that actually looks futuristic? The XR3 plug-in 3-wheeled hybrid was specially constructed to be as light as possible. It’s just a bonus that it also ended up looking as cool as possible.

It’s ready to enter production phase, and we can’t wait for it to hit the streets. The XR3′s “through-the-road hybrid system” allows for 200mpg. When it reverts to its 23 hp diesel engine it will achieve 125 mpg, which is pretty good too. If you run out of fuel, the li-ion battery pack will provide 40 miles.

GM announces Automatic Crash Response technology

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on May 27th, 2009

GM announces Automatic Crash Response technologyHere’s some technology that we hope you never have a personal use for. GM has announced its OnStar Automatic Crash Response technology that can transmit “basic telemetry from a crash, including GPS location, the crash’s severity, and whether the car’s airbags deployed.”

The new tool is called Injury Severity Prediction, because it will analyze the collected data and attempt to predict whether the crash has caused severe injury to passengers. Each crash will be given an Injury Severity Prediction of ‘normal’ or ‘high,’ which helps first responders better determine what level of care is required and what medical facility they need to transport you too.

3-D Gauge Cluster concept

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on May 20th, 2009

3-D Gauge Cluster conceptNVIDIA and icar have teamed up and are working on a 3D gauge cluster for cars. The pic above is a concept, but if the final product is that awesome, they will really be onto something. The proof of concept shows how adaptable a 3D gauge cluster could be and it is capable of displaying a whole lot of info.

The images show the standard speedometer and fuel gauge, along with radio and navigation information. Relocating this information to the gauge cluster could reduce the need for a second screen in a car’s center stack.

Elektromotive unveils billing system chargepoint for EVs

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on May 19th, 2009

Elektromotive unveils billing system chargepoint for EVsElectric vehicles aren’t exactly everywhere, but that’s not stopping Elektromotive from positioning themselves for future profits. The firm has just unveiled the first-ever billable charge station for EVs. It’s a three phase chargepoint that can supply up to 32 amps at 240V.

The station is called the Elektrobay and is equipped with a 2-way GSM service called EBConnect, which lets users with specialized key fobs and the like just wave their key, get a charge and be invoiced later. The new billing system will be installed in all 160 Elektrobay units in the UK.

Indian students design an air-powered motorcycle

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on May 11th, 2009

The air-powered bike you see in the video above was designed by a team of engineering students from India. To help combat the ever-increasing pollution levels in the atmosphere, they designed themselves a working model that runs on air rather than gasoline.

Sure, it will only cover 18km/h. But at least this bike isn’t dirtying the air. It only emits Oxygen. This bike runs on air and emits air. That’s an eco-win all around. Now if they can just figure out how to get more out of it…

Pioneer AVIC-F310BT In-car Entertainment System with GPS

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on May 5th, 2009

Pioneer AVIC-F310BT In-car Entertainment System with GPSMeet Pioneer’s AVIC-F310BT in-car entertainment system which also features GPS capability. It’s currently priced at €799 and features a removable touchscreen display, an FM radio, a CD player, USB connectivity, and Bluetooth support.

With the Pioneer AVIC-F310BT, you’ll be able to travel through 44 European countries without any worries of getting lost. The device will also give you free TMC traffic updates and comes with an SD memory card slot so you can update the POIs in the system whenever there is a new update available.

Researchers develop standard smart charger for plug-in vehicles

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on May 4th, 2009

Researchers develop standard smart charger for plug-in vehiclesChargers for plug-in electric vehicles are nothing new, but the folks at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have some smart plans for their new Smart Charger Controller. They hope that it might one day serve as a standard charger for all manner of electric vehicles.

Apparently each controller would be wirelessly linked to the local electric company, which would feed the controller power prices and other pertinent information so that it can charge during non-peak hours. That right there will save owners roughly $150 a year. It might even be able to sense “stress conditions” and shut down before the grid overloads.

100 MPG Hummer H3

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on April 28th, 2009

100 MPG Hummer H3This article is bound to confuse you. I mean, we are used to hating on Hummers because they are mega gas hogs. They basically roll around on four wheels and destroy the Earth right? Well, yeah. But this one gets an amazing 100 MPG.

It’s a modified electric Hummer H3 that manages to outdo even a Prius. My one question is this. Is it still okay to make fun of Hummers, or does this change everything? I know you get sick just seeing the familiar SUV form, but 100 MPG!