Volkswagon L1 Concept Car – 235mpg in 2010

Volkswagon CEO Martin Winterkorn has confirmed that their L1 concept car will be turned into a production car that will be available for purchase in 2010. The L1 is designed to go 100 kilometers on 1 liter of gas (which equates to 235 miles per gallon) but are they sacrificing too much in search of…

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Belltronics RX35 radar detector reviewed

CNET has reviewed the $330 Belltronics RX35 radar detector. Here’s what they thought: “The good: The Beltronics Pro RX65 offers a nice set of programmable features and its tested performance ranks with the best. The bad: The LED warnings look rough, although they are informative. The volume button isn’t particularly convenient. The bottom line: The…

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21st Century Dump Truck

Munich-based truck maker F.X. Meiller GmbH & Co KG has seen the future of construction hauling, and it is a sleek all-wheel drive tipper capable of dumping on all four directions. Chinese transportation designer Haishan Deng created a series of concept drawings depicting what Meiller’s new “super tipper” truck in action that won him a…

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Tesla electric car showroom opening

Next week the Tesla Roadster electric car will move from development to market with the opening of their first showroom in Los Angeles. The Tesla is no souped-up gold cart, it is a $109,000 electric powered sports car that does 0-60mph in under 4 seconds, has a top speed of 125mph, and a range of…

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2 hypersonic test flights planned for 2009

DARPA has announced two test flights of it’s Hypersonic Technology Vehicles next year in May and October. Both will be launched by Minotaur solid-fuel rockets from Vandenberg Air Force Base and will impact near Kwajalein Atoll in the Pacific. If these flights are successful the next flight demonstrator may be the reusable Blackswift plane and…

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Solar panel roof for your Prius

Now this is a smart idea for those people who feel that their hybrid car lifestyle just isn’t good enough for the environment. The SEV solar module for 2004-2006 Toyota Prius cars generates 215 watts of power which the makers claim provides up to an extra 20 miles of gas-free travel a day and a…

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Have you lost weight TomTom?

TomTom has revamped their entry level one and XL products to make them lighter and more portable. Each also has an S version (for $50 more) that adds text-to-speech reading of directions. The new TomToms should ship in may and will cost $200/$250 for the TomTom One and $350/$300 for the TomTom XL (with larger…

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