Hybrid Bikes and Fast Cadillacs

Posted: October 15, 2009
Hybrid Bikes and Fast Cadillacs

The whips of the future are not only energy efficient, they are stylish and fast, including a car-motorcycle hybrid from BMW, a Cadillac that travels at over 300 MPH, and Audi's 'E-TRON' electronic sports car.

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  • Digran

    I think it was GE that announced last year that they had solved the heat issue that plagues Lithium ion batteries. (If you have a laptop, you know what I mean). The technology is not yet ready for mass production, but I can't help but wonder if the Audi is using that technology or the new slim Lithium that is suppose to be coming out soon as well.

    Posted: October 16, 2009 6:48 AM
  • Zaxous

    I know I've said a lot about electric vehicles and whatnot, but I think that battery technology isn't cutting it at the moment. I think that the best direction to go is capacitors, which replace batteries in many electrical circuits, should be much lighter, and charges much faster.

    Posted: October 15, 2009 7:13 PM
  • aletta

    you might find this vehicle of interest also, one version is a helicopter as well.

    The PAL-V One is a hybrid of a car, a motorbike and a gyroplane: a personal air and land vehicle. A solution to increasing congestion in our cities, highways and skyways. On the ground, the slim line, aerodynamic 3-wheel vehicle has the comfort of a car, but the agility of a motorbike, thanks to its patented cutting-edge ‘tilting’ system. The single rotor and propeller are folded away until the PAL-V One is ready to fly. Airborne, the PAL-V One flies usually below 4,000 feet (1,200 m) MSL. This airspace is in most countries available for uncontrolled VFR (Visual Flight Rules) flights, so there will be no interference with commercial traffic. The PAL-V One is highly fuel-efficient and powered by a state of the art aircraft certified engine. It runs on petrol like a conventional car and can reach speeds of up to 185 km/h (125 mph) both on land and in the air.

    Posted: October 15, 2009 5:01 PM