Folding cars (as seen in The Jetsons) might still be a long way off but the folding bicycle has arrived. To wit: the Strida LT Folding Bike. Don’t let it’s unusual design throw you—this bike rides as well as a non-folding one once you get use to the weight distribution, which is more oriented to the rear wheel.
The folding Strida LT weighs only 19 pounds so it’s easy to carry up stairs or unto public transportation. It’s easy to fold up in a few seconds too (see the video after the jump). What’s not so easy is going up steep hills—the Strida LT has only one gear. $600 with free 2-day Amazon Prime shipping
It’s like a cross between Wonder Woman’s invisible jet and Inspector Gadget’s foldable car. The Transparent Kayak is made of a clear military grade urethane that makes the entire hull see-through—very cool for both navigating shallow waters and spotting fish. The Transparent Kayak also weighs a mere 26 pounds (12kg) and folds up to a size small enough to fit into a large hiking backpack, allowing you to carry your cool watercraft to rivers and lakes that aren’t directly accessible by car.
The same company also makes a transparent canoe.
Electric cars are no longer glorified golf cars. Today’s battery-powered vehicles are larger, better looking—and faster. Like the 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG E-cell.
With a top speed of 160 mph (260 km/h) the E-cell will be the world’s fastest production electronic vehicle once it hits the market. (The current record-holder, the Tesla Roadster, tops out at 191 mph). Four electric motors rocket the AMG E-cell from 0 to 60 mph in under 4 seconds. Thanks to the 526 hp that are available virtually across the speed spectrum, adding another 60 mph to that takes about 4 seconds too. As with all electric cars, the major shortcoming of the AMG E-cell is its range: 125 miles when driving optimally and only 25 miles when using a lead foot.
Is it the start of an automotive revolution? The Nissan Leaf, slated to be the world’s first affordable, five-seat electric vehicle for the everyman† is coming to showrooms starting in late 2010. In the United States you can sign up to lease one for a fully refundable $99 deposit. But would you want to?
Here’s why you might:
The Leaf is a spacious, fun-to-drive vehicle. With maximum torque available at all speeds, the Leaf zips off the line and will send you from 0 to 60 mph in a more-than-respectable 6 seconds. The car has lots of vondrous, high tech features such as remote cell phone controls—on a hot day you can call your Leaf and ask it to pre-cool the car to a particular temperature; the Leaf will send you a text message when it is finished. The economics of Leaf ownership is appealing too. Powering a car through electricity costs a fraction of gasoline. And, of course, the Nissan Leaf is more environmentally-friendly than internal-combustion cars
Here’s why you might want to hold off on your Leaf purchase:
Panda Bicycles can not be ridden by a cute black-and-white spotted bear. But they could be eaten by one. Panda Bicycles, manufactured by a Colorado company of the same name, are the world’s only that are made from steel lugged bamboo. Bamboo being an environmentally-friendly material that’s also strong, shock-absorbing and cool-looking.
The price for these bikes? That isn’t so cool. The one-geared “The One” model lists for US$2,100. “The Legacy” touring bike will set you back even more green, $3,250, or more than it would cost you to fly to China and see a real panda.