Author Archives: Jo Borrás

Up Close: Volvo XC60 Plug-in Hybrid Concept

March 14th, 2013 | by Jo Borrás

This XC60 plug-in hybrid combines a new 280 HP turbocharged 4-cylinder engine based on Volvo’s modular “VEA” platform with a 70 HP electric motor mounted at the rear of the car. With 350 combined HP and 100% of the electric motor’s torque applied to the rear wheels at launch, the XC60 plug-in can scoot to 60 mph in just 5.8 seconds!

Physalia Super-Yacht Cleans Up as it Steams Up (River)

September 11th, 2011 | by Jo Borrás

There are some pretty exciting technological advancements taking shape on the world's waterways these days, from "carbon neutral" megayachts to solar-sail cargo ships, it seems like the oceans are filled with people who are embracing their environmental responsibility

Vintage Jeep Converted to Classic EV is a DIY Dream Machine

September 10th, 2011 | by Jo Borrás

Mike Picard wanted to restore a vintage, WWII-era Willys Jeep - but he didn't want to deal with high gas prices and an uncertain energy future. What did Mike do? He built a fully-electric, go-anywhere Jeep that out-performs (and under-pollutes!) the original by a mile. Check it out!

New Electric eSpire Offers More Go for Less Green (still a lot)

September 10th, 2011 | by Jo Borrás

The new eSpire electric bicycle from Third Element was one of the hits of the past week's Eurobike 2011 show, offering more power, more speed, and more range than its predecessors, at a substantially reduced price ... but it's still decidedly "up" the upscale. Click through to check it out!

Solar, Wind, and Human Powered Trike Goes Around the World

September 3rd, 2011 | by Jo Borrás

Imagine a post-apocalyptic future, but not the kind of BS “everyone wears eyeliner and leather” post-apocalyptic future of so many (so many) Hollywood movies. Just imagine that the oil dried up, some big war was fought, and all the people who worry about stock algorithms were taken out as collateral damage. Imagine, in other words, that the s*** went down, and only the nice guys were left. Real “the meek shall inherit the Earth” stuff. Source: Gas 2.0 (

Which is Smarter? Smart Car … or Smart Bike?

August 20th, 2011 | by Jo Borrás

Mercedes' boutique Smart brand recently added a high-end electric bicycle to the company's growing lineup of trendy, urban commuter vehicles - begging the question, if a Smart car is smart, is a Smart bike smarter? One look at the pic and you'll know my answer! Click through for more

DIY Flywheel Hybrid Bike Boosts Without Batteries (video)

August 18th, 2011 | by Jo Borrás

Hybrid flywheel energy storage got off to a bit of a shaky start in Formula 1 back in 2009, but the technology is gaining ground outside the motorsports arena in production cars, utility companies, and – now – it’s found its way into bicycles!

Ford Hybrid Pickup Gets Put to the Test by PG&E

August 14th, 2011 | by Jo Borrás

Drivetrain specialists ALTe are field-testing an extended-range electric Ford pickup in concert with utility company PG&E. The new drivetrain means the full-size truck will more than double its mileage - but will commercial truck buyers accept it? Check it out

New BMW i Concepts Debut (w/ gallery)

July 30th, 2011 | by Jo Borrás

In one fell swoop, BMW has released its new “i” sub-brand on the world, and made every other car on the road look like a relic from the horseless carriage days. The future, as they say, is now - and this is what it looks like

Intelliwheels Gears up for Faster Wheelchairs

July 26th, 2011 | by Jo Borrás

Electric powered vehicles are better than fossil fuel powered vehicles, but fossil fuels have a way of creeping into conversations about electric vehicles. Perhaps that's rightly so. After all, what good does a broad adoption of EVs do for the world if we've just offset fossil fuel use from our cars to our power stations, right? Right. So, given that electric power is good, human-power (whenever possible) is probably better -- and any new technology that encourages us to power ourselves around town should probably be welcomed with open arms

KERS-equipped Pedal Car Brings F1 to the Bike Lane

July 8th, 2011 | by Jo Borrás

Think pedal-cars are just big toys? They are – but this one, from Argentinian designer Nico Jara, promises to bring some real “big boy” tech to the game with lightweight composite construction and its very own take on kinetic energy recovery systems (KERS). Click through for more

Korea to Abandon Printed Textbooks by 2015

July 8th, 2011 | by Jo Borrás

In a bold move, South Korea's ministry of education recently announced plans to remove printed textbooks from Korea's schools by the year 2015. Called “Smart Education”, the plan calls for the creation of a dedicated cloud network - which will host digital copies of the students' required reading and lessons – that can be accessed through “any” Internet-connected device, from low-power netbooks to tablets to (presumably) Android-powered washing machines, which will be provided to students' families if they are unable to afford them (the netbooks, not the appliances)

Electric Irish Water Taxi is the Future of Venice

July 7th, 2011 | by Jo Borrás

That futuristic little space pod up there is called the CAT (for City Aquatic Transport), and is the product of Irish industrial designers from the Curve Creative studio aimed at providing an alternative to automotive traffic on congested urban roads

EADS Announces VoltAir Electric Airline Concept

June 27th, 2011 | by Jo Borrás

The all-electric VoltAir "electrifies" show-goers at last weekend's Paris Air Show, with swappable battery packs, hyper-efficient propellers, and a bit of a fishy look, if we're being honest

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