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Chubby Electric Motorbike Claims “World’s Most Powerful” Title

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The Voxan Wattman electric motorcycle was unveiled last Monday at the Paris Motor Show, with all the fanfare that a bike claiming to be the world’s most powerful should have. And on paper at least, they’re right: the bike boasts 200bhp at 10,500RPM and 150 ft lb instantaneously. This is enough to propel the two-wheeled machine from 0-60 in 3.4s and to 100mph in 5.9s, on the way to a top speed of 106 mph (170km/hh). That’s not too bad, but is far from the fastest. The Lightning Electric Superbike takes that title, doing the 0-60 in 3s flat, on the way to a top speed of 166mph (265km/h).

Despite boasting more power, the Wattman suffers from being too heavy. The 12.8kWh battery, while being able to recharge to 80% in 30 minutes, doesn’t appear to provide much real world range. As tested by the NEDC (New European Driving Cycle) standards, the company can claim a range of 180 km (112 miles). But this means “an average speed of 33.6 km/h (21 mph), which suggests that the batteries will last 5.35 hours at an average power of 2.4 kW (3.2 hp).” That’s not a typical usage scenario for a bike. At full power, the batteries last… 5 minutes. Granted that too isn’t a typical usage scenario, but it’s important to keep in mind that while they’re making huge strides, electric vehicles still have some way to go. And to pursue the title of “world’s most powerful”, while sacrificing performance and range in the process is an easy way to lose the interest of potential customers.

There’s no word on price, but given they’re hand-assembled, we’re going to guess it’s pretty high.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Gizmag ]

This Is Why You Want To Take A Bus

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We’re not trying to be sanctimonious. Drive your gas guzzler all you want; it’s un-American of you not to. It’s un-American not to exercise your right to be inefficient, if that’s what you’re into. Really. But if you’ve been feeling lately like you’ve been kicked square in the environment, take a look at the above GIF. It does a pretty good job of illustrating just why it is that public transport is great. Specifically, busses are great.

On that note, here’s our tiny rant on taxis. We don’t understand reserved lanes for taxis. They exist presumably because taxis are a form of “public transport”, contributing to a cleaner environment. Right? At least that’s why we think they exist. But we’d like to propose that they do not save the environment at all. Not any more than using your own car anyway, if you’re alone in that taxi. Because while your car is parked at home not polluting, you’re sitting in a car that only exists to transport you. In other words, the pollution from your car is replaced by the pollution from the taxi. So what’s the point?

Or are we missing something?

In any case, neat GIF!

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L’Uritonnoir is an Outdoor Urinal That Uses Pee to Turn Straw Into Compost

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Today I learned one use for human pee and debunked a myth about it while I did my research. Respectively, they are as follows:

  • Human pee can be used to help transform a bale of straw into compost that can be used as fertilizer.
  • Human pee doesn’t really alleviate jellyfish stings and in some cases, might even make the sting even worse.

I don’t think I need to cover the second point, since it’s pretty straightforward. The first point, on the other hand, is a different story.

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Eco-Bride of the Year Makes Wedding Gown from 10,000 Recycled Bread Bag Clips

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Movies often depict how little girls look forward to their wedding day, even though it’s probably still decades away. That’s not always true because some women couldn’t care less how their weddings went, just as long as they ended up with the man (or even woman) of their dreams.

Then there’s women like Stephanie Watson. She planned and looked forward to her wedding for almost ten years, but with good reason: she was still collecting the ‘material’ for her wedding dress. It’s extravagant, it’s custom-made, and it’s truly one-of-a-kind. That’s because she made it herself using over 10,000 recycled bread bag clips. Now, not everyone here is up to making a dress such as this one, but with all the effort Stephanie has put into making this dress, it has made her wedding day even more special.

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Donky Bike Is Made For Ferrying Cargo

When you saunter over to the field of human-powered two-wheeled locomotion, you realize that the options are plentiful. From the efficient speed machines of the road bike, to the spongy spring masters of the mountain bike, and everything in between. The Donky bike falls somewhere along this spectrum, becoming the urban dweller’s best friends. If you’ve eschewed the pleasures of an automobile for the more environmentally friendly bicycle, you’ll still need to ferry some loads form time to time. The Donky bike features a strong beam that bisects the frame and distributes weight evenly. None of that weight is carried on the handlebars like regular baskets, which means you’re free to transport relatively heavy loads without impairing ride dynamics too much. This, along with a tight turning radius, make it an obvious option for anyone wishing to live a greener, more efficient city life. It comes at a price however, as the Donky will set you back a hefty $800.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Gizmodo ]

Oh, You Hipster You And Your Wooden Handlebar

We feel that riding the hipster hate train is getting a little old. Not because we like them any more, but just because we get it already. So it’s with a little bit of nonchalance that we bring you news of what we would normally consider outrageous: £245 oak handlebars. Yeah, that’s about $387 for a wooden stick. Granted, it’s a very pretty stick, shaped properly and made to fit an over-sized (31.8mm) stem. Made by London-based Deer Runner, it is “crafted from 4mm plied oak oil treated for weather protection.” And the brakes? Hipsters don’t need no brakes, guys. They ride fixies, remember? That’s those bikes with just one gear and where deceleration is accomplished by pushing your feet in the opposite direction, in case you’re not familiar.

So yeah, $400 wooden handlebars. Hit the jump for more pictures and links.

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Eco Amp Is A Very Green iPhone “Amplifier”

By David Ponce

We’re putting the word amplifier between quotation marks because what you see above isn’t technically an amplifier but more like a horn. Although we do suppose it amplifies the sounds coming from the phone, so we’re just being a little pedantic. Whichever way you feel about the use of the word, one thing is certain: the Eco Amp is green. It’s completely made from FSC Certified 100% Post Consumer paper. You simply fold along some creases and in no time you have a little horn that fits right over the mouth of your phone and boosts sounds levels up by about 30dB. Unlike other iPhone amplifiers we’ve written about before, this one is very portable, very eco conscious and maybe even more importantly, very cheap: $8.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Gizmag ]

Grove Skatebacks Repurpose Skateboard Material With Style

By David Ponce

Recycling is usually a pretty boring business, one where newspapers will be turned into “70% post-consumer recycled toilet paper rolls.” Fun. But sometimes it can be pretty in an unexpected manner. The above iPhone back cover is made from leftover material from industrial skateboard manufacturing. Allegedly, the waste material from just one such factory can fill up to one city bus each week. Grove, a Portland, OR company takes some of that waste and carves and hand-finishes each back cover, ensuring that no two are exactly alike. It sticks to your iPhone 4/4S with 3M double-sided tape and will give your phone an eco-friendly technicolor vibe while protecting it from damage. It’s $50 a pop and ships in 2 to 4 weeks.

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Porsche 918 Spyder Does A Hybrid Race Car Right, Hurts A Lot In The Wallet

By David Ponce

Gas electric hybrids don’t mean “pedestrian underpowered gas sippers” in the world of luxury race cars. The Porsche 918 Spyder is a prime example of this. While word of its existence is not new, early prototypes are now hitting the track and getting ready for production. The car now officially gets from 0 to 62mph in less than three seconds, and sets its top speed at a blistering 200mph. The combined power of the 4.6 litre V8 and the electric motors work out to a staggering 770 bhp, which propels the car through the Nurgburgring in 7 minutes and 22 seconds. This is a full 10 seconds faster than the Carrera GT. The body is light and rigid thanks to its carbon reinforced plastic monocoque and of course braking regenerates the battery while the ceramic brake system takes care of the bulk of the stoppage. And while these kinds of numbers would normally be associated with some serious gas guzzling… the 918 Spyder sips 3 litres per 100kms. This works out to 94mpg! Yeah, you’re not going to get that figure if you drive with your pedal to the metal, but no mileage figure ever refers to that driving style.

Now for the fun bit. Porsche is only making 918 of these, and chances are, you won’t be able to afford one. It’s expensive highway robbery: $845,000. Yeah, that’s almost a cool million.

[ Porsche's Website ] VIA [ Engadget ]