The Chevy Volt
plug-in electric goes 40 miles on battery alone, yet can go up to 350 miles. Top speed 100mph. How can you top that?
How about an 80 miles on battery, 500 miles total, and a top speed of 150mph and 0-60 in 3.9 seconds? The gasoline engine is a turbine (also used in jet engines). The Capstone CMT380
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posted by eye of newt
on Jan 6, 2011 -
The French government today said it was the victim of an "economic war" after Renault, the partially state-owned car maker, suspended three top executives over suspected leaks of secret electric car technology.
The French industry minister, Eric Besson, told French radio: "The expression 'economic war', while often outrageous, is for once appropriate here." He said the case illustrated "the risks our companies face in terms of industrial espionage, and economic intelligence".
posted by infini
on Jan 6, 2011 -
Danny Gatton, 'the greatest unknown guitarist in the world' has been eulogised here previously
, but that was before someone had digitised and uploaded his instructional video and put it on You Tube. Here it is: 1
posted by mhjb
on Aug 29, 2010 -
Healthy competition can advance technology, and motorsports is a good example of this. The Isle of Man TT
has been a motorcycle proving ground since 1907, with a bike earning its mettle by doing ton-up
on the 38 mile course. Enter Michael Czysz and his MotoCzysz E1pc
. After disastrous failure at the Isle of Man TT the previous year, his company redesigned their electric sport bike from the ground up. The results could have wider implications for electric vehicles as a whole. Previously
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posted by The Power Nap
on Jun 10, 2010 -
I've always thought you were safe in a house from lightning storms as long as you were off the land-line or computer. A Mississippi man's Gibson Les Paul got positively roasted while sitting in his home, in its case, leaning against a wall. That's a powerful bolt
. Lots of gory photos here
and in the auction linked above including a nice shot of some of the parts
that exploded off of the guitar, some shooting like bullets
through the case.
Awesome! And it still held quite a bit of its value.
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posted by JBennett
on Jul 10, 2009 -
He was called "the Telemaster", "the Humbler", and " the greatest unknown guitarist in the world". Danny Gatton
, revered by guitarists great and small, never achieved popular acclaim. His refusal to stick to any particular genre of music, and his reluctance to travel had much to do with that. But to those of us lucky enough to enjoy the Washington, DC music scene of the eighties and nineties got to see arguably the most talented electric guitar player
this country has produced.
posted by Benny Andajetz
on Nov 27, 2007 -
is everything the Segway is, but cheaper. Electric engine, 16-25 kilometers (10-15 miles) on a charge. Looks like fun [8mb qt]
for only less than EU1000 ($1300 US). (Currently not available in the US.)
posted by Dave Faris
on Jun 14, 2007 -
is a solar, wind, and plug-in electric-powered "vehicle" making it [theoretically] energy autonomous. While solar vehicles
are not new, this pioneering consumer production model may find a niche market. June 2007, priced starting at 24,000€. Summary.
posted by stbalbach
on Jan 16, 2007 -
Who killed the electric car? [flash]
A documentary film (and flash website) about the mysterious demise of the electric car. The website contains a lot of information about the electric car and other alternative fuel cars in development. The film is coming to a theater near you, if you live in NY or LA. (Ok, actually a few other places.) Watch the trailer
. [embedded qt]
posted by jlub
on Jun 10, 2006 -
Cool Keys Radio.
A true labor of electric piano love that will undoubtedly sate the taste of even the most ardent lover of the instrument.
posted by melissa may
on May 29, 2005 -
I never would have imagined we'd see silent, full-powered, electric motocross bikes, but they actually exist
. Looks like they went for gas motor-like performance over range, but they'd probably be a blast if you had a small track near your house.
posted by mathowie
on Aug 2, 2004 -
PG & E declaring bankruptcy.
So if every website in the bay area goes down, it may not be due to the dotcom fallout. And remember kids, when the lights go off, you'll want to loot your local Fry's
before anything else.
posted by mathowie
on Apr 6, 2001 -