Volkswagen to produce 170 MPG car

At the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show this week Volkswagen is displaying their new L1 diesel – electric hybrid that in testing has gotten 170 miles per gallon. This astounding achievement is made possible by the use of lightweight composite parts and extreme care with the aerodynamics.

The car seats two people in a one-behind-the-other configuration. It weighs only 800 lbs and sits 45 inches high. It uses a two-cylinder rail-injected TDI motor and a 7-speed Direct Shift Gearbox along with a 10 kW / 14 PS electric motor. The combination not only delivers an incredibly low fuel consumption but it only emits 36 g/km of C02.

Volkswagen expects to have the L1 on the streets by 2013. More detailed information is available here.

I know this is only a concept car (and we’ve seen a lot of those in the past that never made it onto the streets). In my mind though this is a complete killer for the Chevy Volt. What do you think?

January 19, 2017

15 Street Artists Who Use the World as Their Playground

Street artists like Banksy and Space Invader have been playing with city dwellers for years, placing their work strategically for maximum impact. In fact, artists around the globe are constantly integrating their artwork into the landscape in unexpected ways. Working in large and small scale, the techniques and scope of work differ, but one thing they all have in common is their clever use of space.

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January 19, 2017

25+ Playful Kitchenware for People Who Love Animals

Whether you’re a master chef or can barely boil pasta, it doesn’t matter—cooking should be fun. Making the task enjoyable is easier than you think. Simply changing your kitchen utensils can bring some welcome whimsy to your stove and oven. Animals—both real and fictitious—are a fantastic way to do this. From quacky colanders to mythical ladles to pensive cheese graters, it’s a cinch to accessorize your space with animal themed kitchen tools.

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