The specs on the production-ready Grunner X are somewhat different to the MA1 prototype. There’s now a 3 kW DC hub motor but the top speed is slightly down, at 45 km/h (28 mph). The e-bike’s 30 Ah Li-ion battery is made up of Panasonic cells and, thanks to some tweaking, now offers up to 350 km (nearly 220 miles) of range for every 45 minutes on charge, with Mobile Vehicle Technology (MVT) also promising up to 2,500 charge and discharge cycles from the battery pack.
Evoke has announced that it will unveil a new electric motorcycle at the upcoming EICMA show in Italy. After the naked Urban S, which has been in the market since 2014, the Chinese company’s second model will be called Urban Classic and is expected to share the same tech with a café racer styling.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––Based in Beijing, China, Evoke Motorcycles has been around for several years and, apparently, is about to break out to the global markets. Currently it has a naked electric motorcycle on offer called Urban S, with the second model expected to be a café racer variant built around the same base
Toyota is ready to expand work on its self-driving platform. Next up: The automaker will run its cars through the ringer on a private AV test course known for tough conditions. The Japanese company’s autonomous R&D wing, Toyota Research Institute (TRI), just signed an agreement to conduct research testing at GoMentum Station. The 5,000-acre “autonomous vehicle proving ground” in California will give Toyota a track to experiment with its new Platform 2.1 autonomous system, which the automaker first showed off last month.
ow, Nissan wants to make their driverless cars and electric vehicles even safer through a new feature: the singing electric car, a function designed to alert nearby pedestrians.Launched at the Tokyo Motor Show this past week, Nissan calls this new feature “Canto”—which means “I sing” in Italian. It doesn’t literally make EVs sing, of course. Instead, it emits noise that sound “like a demonic string quartet tuning its instruments,” according to WIRED.
orking toward a 5-seater VTOL air taxi. The Formula Project concept from Hoversurf uses fold-away wings and 52 tiny turbine Venturi propulsion units for a combination of VTOL convenience, winged efficiency and a compact form factor.
Michigan boasts three core strengths when it comes to its ambitions to market itself as a rigorous autonomous-vehicle proving ground. First, a grimy, gray malaise blankets the state for two-thirds of the year and remains capable of producing frost and snow any time between October and early June, giving developers a true chance to test in all-weather conditions. Second, roads in the state have been torn asunder by both weather and lack of government interest in infrastructure improvements, creating potholes the size of moon craters that challenge any vehicle, autonomous or not. And third, the state has some of the most permissive laws in the country when it comes to testing.
The EZ Fly is powered by seven airplane jets, so it’s a gas-guzzler. It can fly faster than the legal speed limit on US freeways, but the tradeoff is its fuel consumption of about a gallon of gas per minute. The hoverboard can reach heights rated at 9000 feet, which is way higher than the 400 feet height limit for consumer drones. For reference, a commercial airplane usually flies 30,000 feet, so the EZ Fly can fly about 1/3 that height. The flying machine was created to be easy to operate, and it keeps the pilot safe with its built-in stability algorithm. It also has some redundancy features. The test pilot in the video experienced a motor failure while flying in the air, but the EZ Fly proceeded like normal, even after a trail of smoke appeared.