Tag: alternative vehicles

21 Posts

Jun 16, 2015

Student Teams Build Green Camaros for Fun--and Good Jobs

Jim Motavalli

It's long nights of hard work, but the pot of gold at the end of the three-year EcoCAR competition is a lucrative career.

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Dymaxion car at the Lane Motor Museum
Apr 27, 2015

Test Drives: The Dymaxion Car

Jamie Lincoln Kitman

Jamie Kitman test drives a replica of Buckminster Fuller's Dymaxion car. "Having now driven this stunning recreation, I am stunned. At how bad it is."

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Mar 14, 2017

Vintage Snowmobiles Designed to Kill You

Craig Fitzgerald

Modern snowmobiles are designed to transport nuts and Canadians across frozen lakes at triple digit speeds. These vintage snowmobiles were designed to maim, spindle, fold and mutiliate their riders.

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Oct 27, 2014

City Cars on a Human Scale: Elio, ELF and Schweeb

Jim Motavalli

Urban solutions include bike/car hybrids, a three-wheeler with a two-cylinder engine, and pedaled pods.

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Oct 21, 2013

The Flying Car Tries Crowdfunding

Jim Motavalli

Terrafugia has signed on with equity crowdfunder Wefunder. The offering is hugely popular, but so far it's making peanuts. Regular investors like you and me can't get into the game yet, but it's coming.

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Dec 19, 2012

The Open-Source Car: An Audacious Bid to Transform the Auto Industry

Jim Motavalli

Jay Rogers' Local Motors has produced 60 off-road rally cars. The really interesting part is how they were built--with a crowdsourced design and many suggestions from the Internet, which changed everything from the engine (goodbye BMW, hello Corvette) to the door fit.

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Oct 18, 2012

Cars That Swim: The Cool Story of Amphibious Vehicles in the Marketplace

Jim Motavalli

Michigan's Quadski is the latest attempt to get people to buy water-going cars. Many companies have failed when marketing plans went out to sea, but the Quadski is aimed at off-roaders and it might actually make a splash for a certain type of buyer.

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Jul 03, 2012

Is That an Egg Timer or an EV?

Staff Blog

Would you drive this egg-shaped car?

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May 16, 2012

Flying vs. Driving: It's Complicated

Jim Motavalli

Actually, we know that flying is much safer than driving, though our minds refuse to process that information. When a plane crashes, we know about it. But what does it mean that last year's highway crashes were way down? With so many distracted drivers, it's not because we're obeying the rules of the road. Think safer cars and fewer miles traveled.

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Jul 27, 2011

Flying Cars: They're Closer Than You Think

Jim Motavalli

The flying car has been around as long as the automobile--did Leonardo Da Vinci sketch one? Nobody's ever been able to make a business out of it, but Terrafugia is making great strides. And leaping tall buildings in a single bound.

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