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Formula One design vet creating eco-smart city car

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  1. chimpanzee

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    #1 chimpanzee, Jul 9, 2008
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    Another entry that is along the lines of "Smart" car:

    Formula One design vet creating eco-smart city car | Green Tech - CNET News.com

    I personally have abandoned any idea of using fossil fuel car. I declared my 4x4 Dodge van non-operational for the next year (starting July 1), cancelled my car insurance. I bought a trailer for my road-bike, & am going car-less. Public transportation (bus or electric train to downtown Los Angeles) allows me to bring a bike on board. I just recently tried this hybrid mode of transportation, & was surprised at the beauty of this solution.

    Heck, I don't even need a car PERIOD (gas guzzler, or electric for that matter)!! I haven't used my van for city travel in OVER A YEAR, I only used my 4x4 van for offroad jaunts to Baja offroad races or Nevada/Arizona offroad races.

    In a pinch, I can always rent a car.
     
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    The little old ladies will be seeing this.
     

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    Smaller than a Mini but seats four and goes like a bomb: Is the T25 the car of the future? | Mail Online

    via Gordon Murray talks about his 80 mpg T25 - AutoblogGreen

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    err...?

     
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    I worry about visibility through all that aluminum foil...
     
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    That is before you pop it...
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    Ah! The entire car as an SRS! sounds very safe!
     
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    Looks like a thermal blanket.

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    The fans camp outside waiting for the grand unveiling
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    Tata Nano?


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    Something with a similar design philosophy to what he talked about in the Daily Mail article, and cheaper.
     
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    Of course there is the A-class & Smart comparison...
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    Murray's city car takes shape | Auto Express News | News | Auto Express

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    A Swatch car could be revisited.
     
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    Yes. Reinvigorating old jokes about a car that really sucks. Still, skeptics should be told that Mr. Dyson is, by trade, an inventor who's done work for the British military as well. The whole home appliance thing (they make washing machines, too) came from his frustration with vacuuming. To save people from rehashing the old thread, the advances they've made in electric motors for the "ball vacuum" can easily be scaled up to EV capability.

    Maybe some of our friends from the left side of the pond can attest to Dyson's status over there.
     
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    That would be the Smart car.
     
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