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Marine

Savannah, the world's first hybrid superyacht

If F1 racers can be hybrids, then why not superyachts? That seems to be the thinking of Feadship De Voogt Naval Architects as it launched "the world’s first hybrid superyacht," Savannah, last Saturday. The centerpiece of a James Bond-themed launch ceremony for the new owner and the people involved in the yacht's construction over the last three years, the Savannah not only boasts a novel power plant, but is also the first superyacht to be entirely metallic painted save for the mast domes.Read More

Urban Transport

Terra Motors targets Indian market with R6 electric rickshaw

Rickshaws are a part of life across much of Asia for tourists and locals alike. However, the gasoline-powered versions of these three-wheeled vehicles are rarely environmentally friendly, creating smog and noise-pollution. Japanese company Terra Motors has developed a new, electric rickshaw it hopes will improve environmental degradation and also save on fuel costs for drivers. Read More

Automotive

Pilot production begins for electric- and gas-powered honeycomb-composite Spira4u

We first drove the Spira4u in its first prototype form six years ago and we were mightily impressed. Conceived as a low cost (both to manufacture and run), hyper-economical vehicle to mitigate the world's 1.25 million road deaths each year, the Spira4u went on to become a finalist in the Automotive XPrize. It was never intended to run against the world's biggest universities and brightest minds – it was always intended for production. Now it's there and seeking to license its design across the globe.Read More

Urban Transport

Electric Ion SmartScooter claimed to go the distance

The Ion SmartScooter is a stand-up electric scooter prototype that is lightweight, foldable and compact, with its creators claiming it can carry an average adult for distances of up to 17 miles (27 km) on a single charge. Sporting a 250 W brushless electric hub motor, the SmartScooter is also claimed to be able to travel at speeds of up to 15 mph (24 km/h), yet fold up small enough to carry on a bus or train.Read More

Aircraft

VV-Plane concept designed to do some heavy lifting and revolutionize cargo transport

As a proposed alternative to heavy vehicle road transport, UK-based 4x4 Aviation has conceived a hybrid VTOL cargo plane fitted with electric, tiltable, ducted fans that it claims will be able to carry truck-sized loads at nearly 200 mph (320 km/h). Dubbed the VV (Versatile Vehicle)-Plane, the aircraft is aimed at reducing the transport costs in developed countries by claiming a better cost-weight ratio than current motor vehicle transport while also helping in developing nations where impassable or non-existent roads hamper the movement of large loads over land.Read More

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