Mercedes-Benz’s new A-Class E-Cell may be a limited production vehicle, but it is a production vehicle, which likely means that some folks will be interested in how it actually drives. Thankfully, the folks from PluginCars have now managed to take one for a quick spin, and have delivered a few first impressions. The short of it is that while it’s a “nice ride,” it’s apparently not a very powerful one — in fact, the site says that the car felt “significantly slower” than the Nissan Leaf, which also of course has the advantage of being cheaper and more widely available. The Mercedes does apparently handle much better, though, and while the floor is a bit higher than a normal car, the interior otherwise seems to be top notch. Unfortunately, the test drive wasn’t exactly long enough to truly test the car’s Tesla-provided batteries, but the site was at least pleased to see the current state of charge conveniently placed right in the middle of the dashboard.
Mercedes’ A-Class E-Cell gets taken for a test drive originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 31 Mar 2011 19:41:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
We haven’t always gotten along with Monster or enjoyed the MSRP of its products, but this latest one shows a bit of promise — and a bit of price gouging too. It’s the Monster iMotion, a car adapter for your iPod or iPhone that not only will charge it via the cigarette lighter but lets you get your motion control on, too. A wave of the mitten can be used to change tracks and the universally familiar “talk to the hand” gesture can pause. It doesn’t look quite as comprehensive as EyeSight‘s tech, but it does have the advantage of being available now — for $120. Hey, check out that gold-plated connector!
Monster iMotion adds gesture control to your iPod, cigarette lighter originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 28 Jan 2011 03:24:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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Sony has decided to go one up against iTunes by introducing the Music Unlimited streaming service, where this cloud computing-based, digital music service will offer something different from Apple’s service. This subscription method offers users to access around 6 million songs, where they can be streamed to Sony’s Internet-connected devices including the PlayStation 3, range of PCs and Bravia TVs. Apart from that, the service has the advantage of being able to be synchronized with a user’s existing music files, such as iTunes. Debuting in UK and Ireland today, it will also soon make its way to Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and New Zealand and the US in 2011. Will this be able to topple the juggernaut that is iTunes, or will it just peter out and die off quietly?
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Winter time isn’t exactly kind on those suffering from arthritis as well as painful joints, and some people resort to hot or cold compresses to get rid of that pain around the body when the mercury drops. Well, why not let technology step in and help you out? We’re talking about the Instant Cold Or Hot Rechargeable Compress, where this device is capable of instantly emitting cold or heat to treat muscle aches and joint pain. Boasting an aluminum head that heats to 110º F or cools to 40º F, these are ideal temperatures for thermo- and cryo-therapies. The cooling and heating process takes all of just 45 seconds, where it can then go ahead to relieve swelling or facilitate blood flow to help heal injuries. It also has another advantage since you need not be tethered to a heating pad or refreezing a cold pack. Tinier than a TV remote, it has a head that swivels 90º, letting you to easily position it against your body. There is a built-in toggle switch which changes it from heat to cold application instantly. You can use it with a quartet of AA batteries powering it, or choose to take the AC adapter route instead. The Instant Cold Or Hot Rechargeable Compress can be yours this Christmas for $129.95.
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The Ford Ranger’s ready to slip this mortal coil and it’s because automakers think you don’t want compact trucks. Really? Seriously? Come on. If you could buy a 35+ MPG two-seater small pickup for $15,000, would you buy one?
We just can’t believe there’s not a market for compact trucks in the United States. What with today’s desires for fuel economy, style and utility we’ve got to believe there’s an opportunity here in the United States for both an El Camino “Ute” type of vehicle and something even smaller — like GM’s awesome, but sadly discarded, GMC Granite CPU concept.
Think of the possibilities of a real compact pickup — and not a three-inches-smaller-than-an-F-150 — a two-door vehicle with high fuel economy and an expandable bed for carrying things back from Best Buy, Home Depot or IKEA. Hell, you could sell them to ZipCar or other car-sharing services to replace the ever-larger Toyota Tacoma that won’t even fit in parking spots at IKEA in Brooklyn anymore. Think something like the Datsun 520 — or even the 720 pictured above.
Because, as Jalopnik commenter B-sel said about the GMC concept we saw this week out in LA:
“I’d like to see the expected fuel economy for this thing, because if it’s any less than 30 in the city it’s only other advantage over an actual compact pickup is that this might be a little easier to park.”
So that means the key for a compact pickup truck is it’s got to get 10+ MPG more than the smallest mid-size pickup truck and cost at least $5,000 less. Thus, why we’re asking — would you buy something like that — a real compact truck? Even better question — tell us why.
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