Unveiled yesterday in London, the Riversimple car seats only two and runs on an open source fuel cell. Available by 2013, the car has a 240 mile range on its 1 kg hydrogen tank (equivalent to about 300mpg) and can zoom up to 50mph. The company that made the cell, Horizon Fuel Cell Technologies, says that it would be possible to lease it for about $315.00 a month. Compare that to the higher priced Honda FCX Clarity for $600.00 and the MINI E for $850.00 a month and it would appear that the company may have a hit on their hands.
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We are always so concerned with keeping our families intact that we sometimes forget about our pets. The SpotLight GPS Pet Locator has 27/7/365 recovery service through the AKC CAR (American Kennel Club Companion Animal Recovery.) If Spot or Puff wanders too far, you will receive an email or cell phone message. A rescue button is on the collar to help you find your furry friend. We were thinking that they should have put one on the little girl in the picture as well. Look for the SpotLight later this month.
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It can really be a pain to recharge devices when the outlet is in the middle of your dashboard. Belkin’s Micro Auto USB Charger actually fits flush in your car’s lighter socket and is a single 1000mAh charger for iPhones and iPods. Out next month, it will set you back $15.00. A somewhat larger and bulkier Dual Auto Charger can handle 1A and 500mA and will take care of your portable GPS system or other electronics at a $30.00 price.
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Since you are already buying Blu-ray discs for your home, maybe it is time to upgrade to Panasonic’s car entertainment system. Install the CN-HX900D dash-mountable device with its CD/DVD player, 40GB Windows hard drive, GPS, and Bluetooth and iPod/iPhone compatibility. Add to that a 7-inch 1280x720 display. Then you need a CYBB1000D for the kidlets in the back. Look for it to come out in the fall. No price has been released as yet, but we figure this one is going to cost a bit.
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Today is the day that Tata Motors debuts its Nano in Mumbai, India. The starting price of $1999.00 means that it is pretty basic. The car is 10.2 ft. long, has a 623cc rear engine, a very small trunk and only one windshield wiper. Power steering, a radio and air conditioner are optional. The fact that it doesn’t have airbags or antilock brakes tells us that it will undoubtedly not reach the States without some upgrading. Tata Motors has been having financial problems of late so we hope the mini-car can get them out of their difficulties.
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A 6 year-old boy in Virginia missed his school bus so he decided to take his parents’ car to school. During his time behind the wheel, he passed some cars, made a couple of 90º turns and ran off the road a few times. He eventually crashed after driving almost 6 miles, but suffered only minor injuries. His parents were then charged with child endangerment when it was found that his mom was asleep during the incident. The funny part of the story was that he told police he learned to drive while playing Grand Theft Auto and Monster Truck Jam. What we want to know is why the a kid that old would want to get to school so badly, although he claims it was for breakfast and PE class.
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The Canadian company Aegis Mobility has teamed with Nationwide Insurance to create technology that will add to transportation safety. The DriveAssist System automatically intercepts call and text messages when the vehicle is moving. With satellite navigation technology, it will tell the callers where the driver is located and presents them with auto-call back request and priority notification. Other features include allowing 911 calls and an override feature for passengers. Aegis’ service is available by subscription through mobile service providers. We figure that the DriveAssist is like MyKey, more for parents than adults who continue to drive and speak.
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Kleiner Perkins and RockPort Capital have invested in the TH!NK City, an electric environmental vehicle, emission free and 95% recyclable. It reaches a top speed of 100 km (65 miles) per hour and can drive up to 180 km (110 miles) on a single charge. Made in Norway, the TH!NK City meets all European and U.S. Federal motor vehicle safety requirements. The car will start off in Scandinavia, Switzerland, and France, then expect to see the TH!NK here next year. Knowing that the Chevy Volt will not arrive at least until 2010, we applaud the efforts of the two companies to invest and help us save the planet.
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DIY mechanics can now build a Hybrid to save some bucks and help the planet. The XR3 holds two passengers and can get 125 mpg on diesel and 225 mpg when combined with electricity. Weighing a mere 1,480 lbs., designer Robert Q. Riley promises fast acceleration and a maximum speed of 80 mph. With a clam shell canopy and three-wheel platform, use battery power alone for up to 40 miles distance. You can build the XR3 in a diesel only model for less than $10,000.00 while a Li-ion version can cost up to $25,000.00. Plans will set you back $170.00 to $200.00.
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Get your kids thinking about alternate energy sources with the Tamiya Loopwing Wind Power Generator Set. The windmill has a loop-wing design with low-friction connectors that needs very little breeze to run. A rechargeable vehicle is included that, after a 5 to 10 minute charge, can run for 1 to 2 minutes. The set has a double gear for light wind and triple for strong, and the base can also be used as a handle. Pre-order for $67.00, which sounds expensive until you realize no fuel costs are involved.
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