The Dodge Osis, created by artist Thomas Belhacene, is an open top, two seater roadster that offers a fun driving experience and is easy to modify.
By Wes Siler
Solutions to modern problems sometimes can be found in a distinctly classical place. The Magnolia Special was built to recapture the grace and romance of 1930s European roadsters — internal combustion and all — yet it emits 40 percent less CO2 than an equally powerful gas-burning automobile. And it does this using technology as old as internal combustion itself.
The Magnolia Special is the first bespoke, hand-built car built specifically to run on compressed natural gas. If nothing else, it proves eco-friendly need not mean boring.
Read the rest of the article >> Magnolia Roadster’s Vintage Styling Goes Green | Autopia | Wired.com.
Remember the unmodified Nissan Leaf that dared to take on the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb? No, it didn’t win the electric vehicle class, but it did have the honor of playing second fiddle to a new paladin. By pairing the motor they used to set last year’s EV record with a new high-performance cooling system, Team Yokohama managed to shave nearly a minute off of their previous record-setting time, completing the course in 12 minutes and 20 seconds. The Leaf? It leisurely drifted through the finish line at 14 minutes, 33 seconds. Not the quickest way to the top, but let’s be fair — if it’s a choice between being comfortable or being king of the hill, we’ll stretch our legs, thanks.
For some people, the best way to handle rough terrain is with a bobble hat, knee-high socks, and thighs slathered in liniment. Others, however, see it as a good chance to throw some magnificent tech into the mix and see what comes out. The machine-heads behind the DTV Shredder fall into this second category thankfully.
A snarling hybrid of skateboard, motocross bike and panzer tank, the DTV Shredder is the next generation of all-terrain vehicle. Already garnering attention from the US military, this rugged one-person vehicle pushes the competition into the long grass when it comes to handling tough terrain. The rider stands sideways on the Shredder, planted on a modified skateboard deck for improved balance and a narrower wheelbase. Although “wheelbase” is perhaps the wrong word. Because the DTV Shredder is propelled by two enormous caterpillar tracks.
This Electric Superbike Packs Enough Juice for 185 Miles of Cruising
Sam Biddle — When you think electric vehicle, you might think of some piddling, golf cart-like geezer, humming its way along gently. Not a futuristic, 125 mph super-cycle. The Lito Sora motorcycle hardly looks like what it is—100% electric and fierce.
The Canadian-made Sora not only looks like it drove out of Blade Runner, but has some real world specs to lust after: 12 kilowatt-hours of lithium polymer battery life, a touch dashboard with GPS, and a 185 mile range off one charge. And that GPS? It’ll adjust power consumption on the fly, depending on how distant your destination is.
That one charge, however, will take some time—eight hours to juice ‘er up again. The Sora also only exists at the prototype right now, and you can bet on Tesla’s sizzling grave that the thing will probably cost extravagantly more than anything you’ll ever dream of affording. But you can drool! That’s always free. [Lito via GizMag]
- The Lito Sora – the biggest, baddest electric motorcycle in Montreal (gizmag.com)
- Badass Electric Motorcycle Gets 185 Miles on a Charge (treehugger.com)
- Eco-Friendly Easy Riders – Lito Green Motion Shows Off its Electric-Powered Sora Motorcycle (TrendHunter.com) (trendhunter.com)
- Electric Superbike To Attack Pikes Peak (wired.com)
Electric motorcycles are taking a big step forward.
Brammo announced this morning that it is rolling out a new line of electric dirt bikes featuring six-speed transmissions, an unprecedented development that promises to boost performance and increase range. Until now, electric motorcycles have used direct drive, providing optimal acceleration or top speed but rarely both.
By introducing multiple gears, the Oregon company’s line of Engage and Encite motorcycles can offer wheelie-inducing acceleration and grin-inducing top speed. Company boss Craig Bramscher claims its top-tier motocrosser rivals the performance of a 250cc four-stroke gasoline motorcycle and hopes to prove it this weekend at the big MiniMotoSX race in Las Vegas.
“The acceleration of these bikes is just amazing,” he says. “We’ve had some professional riders on it and they’ve been blown away.”
- 6-Speed Electric Dirt Bike Cuts the Emissions, Not the Fun (wired.com)
- Brammo To Make Electric Motorcycles That Feel More Like Gas-Powered (techcrunch.com)
- Brammo announces Engage and Encite electric motorcycles, taking it to the dirt with six speeds (engadget.com)
- Brammo Engage and Encite: six-speed gearboxes go electric (hellforleathermagazine.com)
- Video: Brammo Enertia and Icon Motorsports visit Rose City Rollers (autoblog.com)
- New Electric Motorcycle Goes 100 MPH And Has 100 Mile Range (brainz.org)