The Johammer J1 Does 125 Miles on a Single Charge

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Until now the electric motorcycle market has been a bit of a snoozefest, hampered by boring designs and limited range but, the Johammer J1 not only looks different, it is different.

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This team of Austrian designers claim to have built the first electric motorcycle with a range of 125 miles. They haven’t quite cracked the 200+ mile range of their combustion cruiser counterparts but a 3+ hour ride at a leisurely country road speed is all my butt can handle anyway.

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Glow in the Dark Road Paint Makes Dutch Country Roads Safe, Sustainable and Colorful

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We’ve all been there, driving down those spooky, unlit country roads in the dead of night. Some people are brave stupid enough to cycle or even walk down them. Now, thanks to a new glow in the dark paint, Dutch country roads will be a whole lot safer (although possibly spookier).

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The “photo-luminising” paint is the brain child of Dutch interactive artist Daan Roosegaarde who, in a partnership with civil engineering company Heijmans, was able to make his vision of safer, greener roads a reality.

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The Panther is the World’s Fastest Amphibious Vehicle

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If you’ve been saving your pennies all winter for some much needed fun in the sun, but can’t seem to decide on whether to get a new convertible or a boat this summer, you can officially free up some brain power thanks to WaterCar.

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This half jeep, half jetboat, dubbed “Panther,” is not what you might expect from an amphibious vehicle. With its Honda V6 engine this beast is capable of 80mph on land and an even more impressive 45mph on the water.

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Timbersled Snow Bike Kit Dominates Snowpocalypse

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It’s winter and it’s snowing… again. Your beloved dirt bike is collecting dust in the garage worse than the top of the TV at Nana’s house but, it doesn’t need to be.

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With the Mountain Horse snow bike conversion kit from Timbersled you could head out for a relaxing ride through the deepest of powder or even venture into your snow covered frozen hell of a town to get the all-important gallon of milk.

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The Most Expensive “Little Tikes” Toy Car Has Some Serious Motor Power

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Don’t be fool by its bite-sized frame and cartoon-like paint job, this toy car replica can be as much of a joyride as any Lamborghini or Ferrari, well… sort of.

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You know those tiny, plastic Little Tikes Crazy Coups that kids enjoy so much? Well, apparently British mechanic John Bitmead has a similar fascination. But instead of peddling his way around the front lawn with his feet, he built his own adult-sized version that can reach speeds of up to 70 mph.

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The iBeetle: Is This Real Life?

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Finally, an iPhone you can drive around. Recently, at the Shanghai Auto Show in China, Volkswagen introduced their newest model called the iBeetle, which is the first model with a newly developed iPhone docking station and application interface. Essentially, it is the first automobile fully integrated with the smartphone.

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This marriage of Apple and Volkswagen is certainly not new. The Beetle, which was first designed in the early 30s by a famous German führer and then became a symbol of hippies and flower power in the 1970s, made a come back in the early 2000s after a long decline in popularity and immediately a kinship was recognized between the computer corporation that “thought differently” and “the people’s car.” If you think about it, it’s a match made in consumer heaven.

Yet, the new iBeetle is more a shiny gimmick than anything else – more of an attempt of two companies trying to piggy back on each other and make stock holders giddy.

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Smack Attack: The Dumbest New Invention That Turns Your Steering Wheel Into A Drum Kit

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There have been plenty of swings and misses in the history of gadgetry and this is definitely one of them. Do we really need something else to distract us while we drive?

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The Smack Attack, invented by a guy named Gregor “G-Man” Hanuschak, is a slip on cover that essentially turns your steering wheel into a drum machine. Hanuschak doesn’t know it yet, but he is about to inadvertently kill scores of teenagers who think it’s cool to beat on their steering wheels going 75 in the fast lane.

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Tear up the Track – No Gasoline Required

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A battery powered race ready dirtbike? This is Heresy!

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As a longtime rider of all things with knobby tires, the whole idea of not seeing a gas tank hurts my brain, but the guys at BRD Motorcycles have seemingly created a more than capable alternative to the sweet sound of a finely tuned gas burner.

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Breathe Easy With Peugeot Citroën’s New Car That Runs On Air

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Cars can run on a plethora of alternative fuels – corn, electricity, grease, garbage, and that stuff we breath called, air – its just that the petrol mafia and car companies have taken over forcing us to deplete the earth and conquer nations just for that black gold. As history has proven, we aren’t the most alternative species – we like war and we like money, a lot. But now that the ocean and our very own sky is trying to kill us after a good century of pumping emissions and waste into it, people are slowly starting to demand something new.

Introducing “Hybrid Air” by PSA Peugeot Citroën, a new technology they hope to implement in their vehicles by 2016, that combines the gasoline internal combustion engine with compressed air storage technology. Basically, you’ve got yourself a two engine setup, one regular engine that takes good old fashion gasoline and a hydraulic motor that’s powered by compressed air.

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Smartphones Killing OnStar: Delphi Introduces New Cloud Based Vehicle Diagnostics System

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In the future, everything will exist in “the cloud” – wherever that is. But lucky for owners of older car models, automotive electronics maker Delphi introduces a car-to-cloud/cloud-to-car connectivity service to do everything from to unlock the doors, to check on the oil and even record gas mileage for those pesky, cheap bosses. Yes, just like video killed the radio star, smartphones are killing OnStar.

The Vehicle Diagnostics by Delphi plugs right into the OBD-II port, which has been under the dashboards of U.S. vehicles since 1996. The system operates through a downloadable Delphi smartphone app so you can monitor your car from Android based smartphones and iPhones.

You can also check things out on the Delphi “Connected Car” website, which is useful for those especially strict parents, because you can supervise and restrict your children’s driving habits by designating up to six circular “fences” around locations where drivers are permitted to travel and will issue alerts when the vehicle enters or exits a fenced area.

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