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Fisker Karma reborn, new hybrid Karma Revero

Fisker Karma reborn, new hybrid Karma Revero

Hybrid sports car Fisker Karma is back but it has changed its name and some other properties. Now, it is called Karma Revero. It has slightly larger battery, there are minor changes in design and it can reach 60 mph in 5.4 seconds only.
9/13/2016, Transportation, Milan Šurkala
Electric Mercedes-Benz Vision Van with delivery drones

Electric Mercedes-Benz Vision Van with delivery drones

The car maker Mercedes-Benz has just presented a concept of the future van transportation. The Vision Van has an electric engine, it is controlled with a joystick and there are two autonomous drones to deliver a cargo. 
9/9/2016, Transportation, Milan Šurkala
Autonomous farming is coming, Case IH's concept tractor

Autonomous farming is coming, Case IH's concept tractor

Autonomous transportation technology is not coming only for truck delivery, buses and taxis but the Case IH company also wants to change the farming vehicles. It has presented a new concept tractor.
9/2/2016, Transportation, Milan Šurkala
New 3D battery technologies for electric vehicles

New 3D battery technologies for electric vehicles

Researchers are trying to develop better batteries that can safely store higher amount of energy. Scientists at Penn State University developed special 3D nano-composites that are able to do that and to withstand higher temperatures.
8/31/2016, Nanotechnology, Milan Šurkala
Electric Tesla Model S P100D is the new world's fastest car

Electric Tesla Model S P100D is the new world's fastest car

The new Tesla Model S P100D is the fastest accelerating production car in the world that can be bought today. Acceleration 0-60 mph is the task that will take 2.5 seconds only in Ludicrous mode.
8/24/2016, Transportation, Milan Šurkala
Autonomous Uber Volvo taxis coming to Pittsburgh

Autonomous Uber Volvo taxis coming to Pittsburgh

Large fleet of autonomous cars is coming to Pittsburgh. By the end of this year, driverless taxis developed in cooperation of Uber and Volvo companies will start to drive passengers through the city.
8/23/2016, Transportation, Milan Šurkala
Inventor is building a flying car and testing it in a desert

Inventor is building a flying car and testing it in a desert

A flying car is a dream of humans for a long time. California engineer Dezso Molnar is trying this dream to come true. The first part of a new prototype with motorcycle engine was tested in Mojave desert.
8/1/2016, Transportation, Milan Šurkala
Ford and MIT test autonomous shuttles in MIT's campus

Ford and MIT test autonomous shuttles in MIT's campus

Ford Motor Company and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have created three autonomous electric shuttles which are going to be tested in MIT's campus. They will use LIDAR and cameras to navigate among pedestrians.
7/29/2016, Robotics, Milan Šurkala
Daimler released electric Mercedes-Benz Urban eTruck

Daimler released electric Mercedes-Benz Urban eTruck

Transportation of the near future will use electricity for propulsion systems. Therefore, Daimler has presented a new 26-tonne Mercedes-Bent Urban eTruck with modular battery concept and 250 kW of engine power.
7/28/2016, Transportation, Milan Šurkala
Lithium-air batteries improved, the future of electric cars?

Lithium-air batteries improved, the future of electric cars?

Lithium-oxygen batteries seem to be an interesting replacement of Li-Ion batteries but they have many drawbacks too. Now, a huge improvement was presented. We can expect much better stability and other properties.
7/26/2016, Nanotechnology, Milan Šurkala
Elon Musk revealed Master Plan II, Tesla trucks coming

Elon Musk revealed Master Plan II, Tesla trucks coming

10 years ago, Elon Musk revealed Master Plan that involved three electric cars and solar power. Now, the second plan was made public. Musk plans to create electric trucks, public transport system, car sharing but that is not all.
7/22/2016, Robotics, Milan Šurkala
Geneva will charge e-buses in 15 seconds

Geneva will charge e-buses in 15 seconds

Geneva public transportation is going to use flash charging electric buses. The ABB company will provide fleet of TOSA e-buses that are going to be charged in 15-20 seconds at special bus stops.
7/19/2016, Transportation, Milan Šurkala
Mercedes will 3D-print spare parts for its trucks

Mercedes will 3D-print spare parts for its trucks

Daimler company is going to use 3D print technology to produce plastic spare parts for Mercedes trucks. It would be very easy to create a new part anywhere in the world even for trucks that are not produced for a long time.
7/14/2016, 3D print, Milan Šurkala
Electric car broke 0-100 km/h world record

Electric car broke 0-100 km/h world record

The world acceleration record from 0 to 100 km/h was broken by Grimsel electric formula in less than 1.6 seconds. Its acceleration is even better than the acceleration of the cars with combustion engines.
6/24/2016, Transportation, Milan Šurkala
NASA to fly electrically, the new X-57 Maxwell

NASA to fly electrically, the new X-57 Maxwell

Electric engines are not spreading only in hybrid and electric cars, they are finding their way into aircrafts too. NASA has developed the X-57 Maxwell aircraft that uses 14 electric engines and batteries storing the power for them.
6/20/2016, Transportation, Milan Šurkala
Chinese retailer tests delivery drones in countryside

Chinese retailer tests delivery drones in countryside

Delivery drones are the future of e-shops. Chinese retailer JD.com is already testing them in rural areas of China where are huge problems to get packages into desired destinations through winding roads.
6/10/2016, Transportation, Milan Šurkala
Drone taxi to be tested in Nevada

Drone taxi to be tested in Nevada

Ehang 184 drone is a new type of drone that is able to carry passengers but it still flies without any human pilot. Such a vehicle can work as a drone taxi and the company is going to start the tests in Nevada.
6/9/2016, Transportation, Milan Šurkala
Fuel to be produced by artificial photosynthesis?

Fuel to be produced by artificial photosynthesis?

Harvard researchers have improved the artificial photosynthesis that is able to create oxygen and substances needed for production of liquid fuels. Are we going to create artificial gasoline using Bionic Leaf 2.0?
6/7/2016, Transportation, Milan Šurkala
New form of transport in China: straddling bus

New form of transport in China: straddling bus

China is fighting with smog and transportation issues with a project of the straddling bus. It will be raised to the height of 2.1 metres and the cars can drive under. The first straddling bus will be tested very soon in the real city world.
6/1/2016, Transportation, Milan Šurkala
AutoRally car autonomously learns how to race

AutoRally car autonomously learns how to race

Autonomous car are taught how to drive in real world conditions but some cars are also able to teach themselves and learn how to drive. Researchers at Georgia Tech have created the car that is autonomously learning how to race and drive extremely fast.
5/27/2016, Robotics, Milan Šurkala
Charge your EV wirelessly, new SAE standards approved

Charge your EV wirelessly, new SAE standards approved

Plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles are slowly gaining popularity and the problem of comfortable charging is getting more serious. SAE organization has just approved new WPT standards for wireless charging of these vehicles. No plugs will be necessary.
5/24/2016, Transportation, Milan Šurkala
APWorks created 3D printed electric motorbike Light Rider

APWorks created 3D printed electric motorbike Light Rider

3D printing can be used for creating various products. APWorks from Airbus Group created a 3D printed super light electric motorcycle that weighs only 77 pounds (35 kilograms). Metal powder and aircraft-grade aluminium were used to create the frame.
5/23/2016, 3D print, Milan Šurkala
Hypersonic travelling closer to reality, Mach 7 achieved

Hypersonic travelling closer to reality, Mach 7 achieved

Air transportation starts to be slow now. We need to travel even faster. Therefore, NASA, Australia and Air Force are developing hypersonic planes. They were able to successfully test the hypersonic rocket that achieved 7.5 times the speed of sound.
5/20/2016, Transportation, Milan Šurkala
Hyperloop One prototype hit 400 MPH in a desert test

Hyperloop One prototype hit 400 MPH in a desert test

Hyperloop One has been successfully tested in Nevada desert. This new type of transportation was able to hit 400 MPH on a testing track. For now, it was only open-air test focused on the propulsion system of the vehicle.
5/13/2016, Transportation, Milan Šurkala
Front-wheel drive Nürburgring lap record taken by VW Golf GTI Clubsport S

Front-wheel drive Nürburgring lap record taken by VW Golf GTI Clubsport S

In the last few years, there is a big fight on Nürburgring race track to build the fastest front-wheel drive hot hatch. Now, the new limited Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport S edition beats Honda Civic Type-R's record.
5/5/2016, Transportation, Milan Šurkala
Solar Impulse 2 plane managed to fly 8924 km in 3 days

Solar Impulse 2 plane managed to fly 8924 km in 3 days

Experimental solar plane Solar Impulse 2 continues its journey around the world. After almost 10-months break because of damaged batteries, everything is repaired and Bertrand Piccard managed to fly from Hawaii to Mountain View in California in 3 days.
5/3/2016, Transportation, Milan Šurkala
Shell Project M, the future of city transportation?

Shell Project M, the future of city transportation?

Shell company is well known for fuel and other liquid for cars, but it has also developed a concept of a small city car called Project M. This three seater vehicle may achieve 107mpg consumption at 45 mph.
5/2/2016, Transportation, Milan Šurkala
U.S. Air Force broke maglev speed record at 633 MPH

U.S. Air Force broke maglev speed record at 633 MPH

Maglev technology is the transportation of the future. U.S. Air Force tested its special maglev sled and has broken the speed record at 633 mph. That is about 120 mph faster than the previous one.
4/29/2016, Transportation, Milan Šurkala
Jaguar to build nine classic XKSS cars from 1950s

Jaguar to build nine classic XKSS cars from 1950s

Jaguar company is going to build 9 extraordinary XKSS supercars that will be manufactured according to the 1957 specifications. They will replace nine cars that were damaged by Browns Lane fire and were never finished.
4/20/2016, Transportation, Milan Šurkala
New plug-in hybrid Toyota Prius Prime: ultra-low 120 MPGe consumption

New plug-in hybrid Toyota Prius Prime: ultra-low 120 MPGe consumption

Toyota is well known for its popular hybrids. The new generation of plug-in hybrid version of Prius was revealed as Prius Prime. It promises 120 MPGe consumption and the electric range was doubled to 22 miles (35 km).
4/19/2016, Transportation, Milan Šurkala