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Until a few weeks ago, no one knew very much at all about Faraday Future. The startup is backed by Chinese billionaire Jia Yueting, the founder of “China’s Netflix,” LeTV. It has plans to build a 900-acre, $1 billion factory in Nevada, starting this month.

But the automaker was conspicuously secretive about its intentions. Rumors varied: Some thought it was creating an electric car to rival Tesla in style and luxury. Others figured Faraday would go for a vehicle dedicated to the shared mobility movement. Whatever it would be, it was supposed to change the auto industry.

So when the company pulled the white satin cover off its concept car at CES, it surprised the audience in two ways—one good, one not.

Full story via WIRED

Tripl

Denmark’s Tripl electric motorbike has more cargo space than a Mercedes E-Class estate.

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Danish company Trefor Drive has an elegant solution, and it’s about as beautiful as a delivery vehicle can be. The Tripl is a two-in-front electric trike with a perfectly reasonable top speed of 28mph. It’s about eight feet long and four feet wide, and it weighs 664lbs empty. A hub-mounted electric motor drives the rear wheel, and the narrow front wheels are set up to allow a London Taxi-like 25ft turning radius. And unlike its pedal-powered cargo-carrying rivals, the Tripl has a reverse switch. After an eight-hour charge (4.5 hours with the optional quick charger) it has range of 60 miles, enough for a full day’s delivery in an urban core.

Ultra Heavy-lift Amphibious Connector

The contraption moves over land with two tank-like tracks that enable it to climb over rugged terrain but also provide buoyancy at sea. Its movement is kind of a cross between a caterpillar worm and a belly of a snake.

The Marine Corps Warfighting Lab, which is overseeing its development, demonstrated a half-size prototype Friday on beach adjoining the Air Force station on the east side of Oahu — although this junior version still weighs in at 38 tons.

The test was part of the Advanced Warfighting Experiment being conducted during the Navy’s month-long Rim of the Pacific exercise in Hawaii, in which more than 20 partner nations are participating.

 

1976 Mercedes-Benz Unimog 406 Doppelkabine

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The vehicle offered here is an example of the 406 series, which was introduced in 1963 together with the long-wheelbase 416 and produced until 1988. All variants were powered by diesel engines of varying outputs, this six-cylinder Unimog having the 84bhp unit installed. Originally a Bundeswehr (German Army) aircraft tug used on military airports, the vehicle was always garaged in aeroplane hangars, hence the rust-free body. Noteworthy features include a converter clutch; power take-off shaft at the front for additional gear; ‘Schmidt’ plate to attach further tools (snowplough, front loader, etc); ball-hitch tow-bar; rear luggage platform; Webasto vehicle heater (retrofitted in 1995); front and rear safety belts; and the original speedometer (detached but with vehicle).

1976 Mercedes-Benz Unimog 406 Doppelkabine 4×4 Utility
Fahrgestell-Nr. 406.145-10-027969

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JOHN LEO machine

 

We´re supporting Daisylen on Kiva to bring her legendary JOHN LEO Machine back on the road again