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Lexus has revealed the ROV Concept » a ‘luxury’ off-road buggy powered by a hydrogen-burning combustion engine

Lexus ROV Concept

Toyota continues to promote hydrogen-powered vehicles over BEV, pointing out the internal combustion engine produce instant throttle response and a ‘pleasing engine note’.

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Lexus has revealed the ROV Concept, the company’s first hydrogen-powered vehicle.

Choosing to build an ROV (recreational off-highway vehicle) may seem a strange move for a luxury car brand. However, Lexus says it wants to bring a premium experience to the off-road domain.

More significantly, the ROV Concept demonstrates an all-new hydrogen-burning combustion engine.

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Porsche has provided another peek at its electric future, in the form of the Porsche Vision Gran Turismo concept

Porsche Vision Gran Turismo Concept for the Gran Turismo video game

While the Porsche Vision Gran Turismo is a concept and not real, it provides a peak of future EVs Porsche envisions. And it’s exciting. Inspiring. Not boring.

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t would be easy to dismiss Porsche’s new virtual concept as a plaything with no real implications for the future of some of our favourite sports cars, but it took the company a total of two and a half years to complete – not much quicker than many series-production cars – and manufacturers simply don’t spend that amount of time and cash on flights of fancy.

Ignore the canopy opening, transparent gauges and trick movable flaps at the rear and, save for the conspicuous absence of certain comfort and safety features, the Vision Gran Turismo is so remarkably complete that it feels, contrary to what its designers say, more like a production-previewing concept.

Scott Collie / Car Expert »

Porsche has revealed its first virtual concept car.

The Porsche Vision Gran Turismo is the latest in a long line of digital concepts for the Gran Turismo racing game, and points to where Porsche plans to take its design language in the electric era.

Although it’s not real, the Vision GT is rooted in Porsche’s current design reality. The low-set headlights have the same four-point LED running light signature, and the lack of grilles or superfluous add-ons is in keeping with the rest of the current range.

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Toyota shows off a hydrogen-powered GR Yaris H2 concept

Toyota Hydrogen-Powered GR Yaris Concept

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Toyota’s latest concept vehicle comes in the form of a GR Yaris that runs on hydrogen instead of gasoline. The hot hatch has received the hydrogen fuel tanks from the Mirai, but it still operates the inline-three-cylinder motor that received adaptations to allow it to run on hydrogen.

According to Toyota, thanks to hydrogen combustion technology, this concept vehicle delivers “near-zero emissions,” while also keeping the acoustic and sensory characteristics that are typical for internal combustion engines. In other words, this is not a new concept but shows that someone is still working on getting an ICE vehicle to work on hydrogen.

Toyota claims that it started experimenting with hydrogen combustion technology back in 2017 and underlines the fact that this technology is not yet ready for commercialization. However, the Japanese marque has pledged to continue the development of this unit under the hood of the Corolla Sport in the Super Taikyu race series in Japan.

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Electric conversions are this year’s hot trend at SEMA

The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show is held annually during the first week of November at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Attendance not open to the general public and is limited to media, manufacturers, buyers, and exhibitor.

Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica »

Keeping with the snake theme, how does an electric Cobra with 1,500 lb-ft (2,034 Nm) sound—other than potentially terrifying? Superformance has been Cobras for quite some time now, but this might be the first time the company has made one without a V8 heart.

In much the same way as Carroll Shelby transplanted a Ford V8 into an AC Ace roadster in 1962, Superformance has now transplanted a Tesla drive unit to power the rear wheels. If that sounds like not enough torque for you, take heart in the knowledge that Superformance is also evaluating an all-wheel drive variant with two Tesla drive units, one for each axle.

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Mercedes-Benz shows off the Sustaineer, their technology demonstrator of what an urban delivery van could be

Mercedes-Benz Sustaineer

Mercedes-Benz Sustaineer

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  • Technology demonstrator with innovative solutions to enhance quality of life and road safety in cities, protect the climate, conserve resources, and improve driver health and safety
  • Fine particle filters on the front module and underbody reduce emissions by more than 50 percent
  • Energy from the solar roof enables range to be extended by several thousand kilometres per year
  • Innovative use of recycled materials demonstrates the potential of a circular economy
  • Increased thermal efficiency through heating close to the body increases comfort and extends vehicle range
  • As of the second half of 2022 Mercedes‑Benz Vans will be successively rolling out a sustainable repair concept for high-voltage batteries in all van segments

Last-mile vans that are climate neutral, produce their own green electricity and can actively improve the air quality in cities: with its technology demonstrator, the Sustaineer (SustainABILITY PIONeer), Mercedes‑Benz Vans is providing us with a tangible impression of just how sustainability in urban delivery operations may look in the future. The fully electric van based on the Mercedes-Benz eSprinter combines a variety of innovative solutions designed to improve the quality of life in cities, to conserve resources and protect the climate, and to better the health and safety of the driver and other road users. These include a fine particle filter on the front module and underbody, a solar panel on the roof, component parts made of recycled materials as well as a heating system which is close to the body. The innovations and technical solutions that the Sustaineer is fitted with have been designed with the possibility of series production in mind, so that their use in future Mercedes-Benz Vans vehicle generations is feasible.

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Japanese flying motorcycles to hit the skies next year

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On a nearly empty racetrack in the foothills of Mt. Fuji, a Tokyo-based drone startup unveiled its vision for the future of transport: a flying motorcycle able to hit speeds of up to 100kph.

In a scene straight out of a sci-fi film, the driver fired up the Xturismo, which rose several meters off the ground and cruised along the track for about a minute and a half. Reporters and guests — all wearing earplugs against the deafening noise — looked on.

Developed by A.L.I. Technologies, the “hoverbike,” as the company describes it, weighs 300 kg and is capable of carrying a single rider. According to the company, it can travel at its top speed for up to 40 minutes.

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