Obama Wants $2 Billion Invested in Green Vehicle Research
US president Barack Obamahas announced that he wants to ask Congress to approve a $2 billion funds injection for green vehicle technology research.
The money will come from the US’ own gas and oil operations currently online in federal waters – using oil cash to fund green tech seems a bit contrived, but at least the industry is encouraged. The money would be slowly set aside over the next decade, and it will go towards the development of full electric vehicles and battery tech, CNG and biofuels.
According to an official White House statement, the trust “is designed to invest in breakthrough research that will make the technologies of the future cheaper and better — technologies that will protect American families from spikes in gas prices and allow us to run our cars and trucks on electricity or homegrown fuels.”
Tony Stark Says Sayonara to NSX, Returns to Audi and its R8 e-tron for Iron Man 3
The man in the iron suite, played by Robert Downey Jr., will sit behind the wheel of the battery-powered R8 e-tron in the third installment of the Iron Man, which is due to hit theater screens on May 3.
DIY: COBRA Naval Base Playset (made with upcycled plastic waste)
Christmas. When you are a kid, toys beneath the tree are the best thing in life! But when you are a parent, you have to suffer how much “Evil Toys Megacorp” makes you expend a lot of money for only for a big piece of “Made in China” plastic with a famous logo.
Don’t get me wrong. I like toys, I love action figures and some of their vehicles and playsets are pretty cool. But, when we talk about the heroes/villains average headquarters playsets, a lot of those are overpriced things for children who will destroy them in the worst case scenario or stop playing with them in the best. Depending of the size, an playset for action figures costs between $45 and $200 in US, and if you live in South America, the price triplicates.
(And don’t start with the classic G.I.Joe playsets, from $500 to thousands of dollars).
Do you want to know something? You can build your very own and personalized playset for much less, using upcycled plastic things and a lot of imagination. No limits for what you want to build for your favorite heroes/villains. A new mass destruction weapon for Cobra Commander? You got it! A great garage for your Cobra HISS Tank? Checked. Destro and the Baroness want a hot tub? Why not?
As example, I made a Cobra naval base playset for G.I.Joe action figures and the Cobra MANTIS vehicle. I used a big discarded tape recorder, some printer pieces and other found plastic stuff. The maritime base has a dock, Cobra Commander’s last Annihilation Ray and a defense droid I called CRAB (COBRA Rapid Attack Bot).
So… LET’S PLAY!
(G.I.JOE, COBRA and all characters, vehicles and names related, are trademarks and propierty of HASBRO)
The LFLC comes fully loaded with safety and comfort specification and is powered by a new version of the Lexus Hybrid Drive system developed especially for the occasion. The standard EV mode allows Santa to land quietly on rooftops, while the 800 reindeer-power allows for quick transportation, while its emissions are less than a single reindeer.
Ford C-Max vs Toyota Prius V! [Head 2 Head Episode 20]
On this episode of Head 2 Head, it’s the battle of the hybrids as Jonny Lieberman pits the 2012 Toyota Prius V against Ford’s 2013 C-MAX Hybrid SEL.
There is a lot going on with these cars so to help break down the technical information, so Jonny also talks with Motor Trend’s hybrid guru Kim Reynolds about the Ford / Toyota rivalry & the controversy surrounding their hybrid technologies.
The sleek looking sports coupe makes use of carbon fibre and aluminium alloy materials to achieve a light body mass.
The front-engined, rear-wheel drive model features the automaker’s Advanced Lexus Hybrid Drive system, which is said to mate a powerful yet efficient Atkinson cycle combustion engine to an advanced high-energy battery pack.
Combined, the LF-LC Blue concept’s gasoline-electric hybrid powertrain develops 499hp (372kW or 506PS).