Affordable Enclosed Three-Wheeler gets 84 MPG

Affordable Enclosed Three-Wheeler gets 84 MPG

If you’re looking for a fun and fuel-efficient transportation option this year, this three-wheeled car from Elio Motors might be just what you’re looking for. This fully-enclosed vehicle seats two people (plus a small trunk), is front-wheel drive, and has a top speed of over 100 mph, which is plenty fast for most driving situation. The gas tank holds 8 gallons, making for a total range of about 670 miles per fill-up (getting 84 mpg at highway speeds), which can save you a ton of money in fuel costs over the course of a year. Even with its city mileage… read more

Underground Access Please

Unused subways

Since the invention of automobiles, public transport has declined, even though the need for it remains. Accompanied by ever-accessible highways and interstates, cars have lead to empty subways. Many abandoned subways lie beneath cities today, unbeknownst to some residents. Obviously this is not a problem to those who drive cars but there are still people who either can’t drive or choose not to. And not everyone wants to commute by bus or transit. This is why pedestrians and cyclists would benefit from the creation of lanes separate from major roads, allowing them access to important areas within their city without… read more

Windshield Wipers May Get A Future Upgrade

Windshield Wipers May Get A Future Upgrade

Invented in 1903 by Mary Anderson, the windshield wiper is certainly an important invention in the world of transportation. The automotive company McLaren, known for their select and high-tech sports cars, are said to be reworking the way standard windshield wipers will operate. The design will use sound wave technology from high frequency ultrasound waves. The sound waves would make small vibrations on the windshield that would deflect rain, repel dirt and even bugs. This would improve visibility and keep the windshield clear and cleaner over time. Using this type of system would mean that there would be no need… read more

Leonardo DiCaprio Co-Founds Electric Car Racing Team

Leonardo DiCaprio Co-Founds Electric Car Racing Team

Some of the biggest advances in technology come from competition and specialized industries, and car tech is no exception. The techniques and materials once only used for race cars are now found in production models, making them lighter, safer, and more efficient for the rest of us. And with the trend toward electric vehicles as a greener transportation method, the more electric cars and racing teams that hit the track, the better the technology for consumer cars gets. One big event in electric car racing is the FIA Formula E Championship, an all-electric racing series that begins next year with… read more

As Light As A Bicycle

Blackbraid bike

Before you start scouring Amazon and eBay for the Blackbraid Bicycle, know that it will cost a hefty $20,000 when it finally comes to market. That being said, this example of modern engineering is a wonderful example of the way of the future. Weighing less than 11 pounds, the Blackbraid Bicycle by the Germany-based bicycle company Munich Composites was built with braided carbon fiber encased in resin. The bike is strong(er) than steel, and weighs like it was made from aluminum. Carbon fiber has typically been an expensive building material, depending on its usage. In cars, trucks, and planes, it… read more

Futuristic High-Performance Electric Motorcycle: Agility Saietta

Futuristic High-Performance Electric Motorcycle: Agility Saietta

Combining Formula 1 and aerospace design with advanced engineering and electric technology, Agility Motor’s Saietta aims to deliver on its claim to being “the world’s first high-performance, clean tech motorcycle”. Billed as a premium electric urban sports bike, the Saietta R is Agility’s flagship electric motorcycle, capable of hitting a top speed of 80 mph, with a 0 to 60 mph time of just 3.9 seconds. The bike is said to be the world’s first production composite monocoque chassis (as seen in F1 Cars), which minimizes the bike’s weight and increases its strength, delivering “superior handling.” This futuristic looking bike… read more

Robotic Vehicles Are Future Of Supply Chain

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When you think about it, the notion that human drivers will be replaced by computers makes perfect sense. In the evolution of technology, it’s simply the next logical step. Computers are efficient, cost-effective, don’t require any vacation time or sick leave, and are less prone to human error. By the year 2050, the trucker occupation will be filled with self-driving automatons, save for the few hardliners who’ve watched Terminator one too many times. Taking the human element out of the equation frees up lots of space and allows for more experimentation with alternative fuels, i.e. solar power and electric. In… read more

A drone for you, and a drone for me

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By the year 2015, drones will be allowed to take to the skies above standard U.S. airspace. The FAA estimates that approximately 7,500 drones will flood the skies when the law goes into effect. Already, colleges that offer courses in drone piloting have filled up with applicants hoping to become part of the 1st generation of private drone pilots, with salaries expected to stretch into the six-figure range. So what are drones good for, and should you be worried? To answer your first question, drones are particularly great at a wide range of dangerous flying, such as surveillance over areas… read more

Flat-Folding Bike Helmet Protects Skull, Saves Space

Flat-Folding Bike Helmet Protects Skull, Saves Space

Many of us grew up riding our bikes without wearing helmets, and most of us survived it just fine. That didn’t mean that riding without a helmet is safe, it just means that helmets (and their usage) wasn’t really on the radar for recreational cyclists back then. However, wearing a bicycle helmet can protect the brain of a rider in the event of an accident, and because accidents, by their very nature, are unpredictable, it’s probably best for both the recreational rider and the daily bike commuter to wear one all of the time. One drawback to wearing a helmet,… read more

Recycling Car Parts

Recycling Automobile Parts

When it comes time to dispose of items we may not recycle often, like automobile parts, it may take some research to find out where to take them. Vehicle parts and maintenance items need to be properly castoff in order to keep toxins out of surroundings and to reuse existing sources. According to Earth911 around 75% of old cars are recycled for iron and steel, and along with recovering remaining parts, this produces enough savings to create the equivalent of 85 million barrels of oil per year. Brake pads and brake shoes are made of around 15-30% recyclable copper. Oil filters, which… read more