Porsche reveals electric Mission E Cross Turismo rivaling Tesla Model X

March 13, 2018 by  
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Porsche doesn’t plan to let Tesla have all the fun. At the Geneva Motor Show , they just unveiled their Mission E Cross Turismo , an electric vehicle that could rival the Model X . All-wheel drive, off-road design, and a connected drone in the trunk target this Cross Utility Vehicle at explorers. Porsche describes the flashy car as a concept study; they said in their statement the road-ready vehicle “builds on the Mission E study Porsche demonstrated at the 2015 International Motor Show and uses elements that are close to series production.” The four-seater Mission E Cross Turismo “presents a picture as to what a Turismo model with features of a crossover utility vehicle could look like in series production,” according to Porsche. Mostly, it’s speedy: the vehicle accelerates to around 62 miles per hour in under 3.5 seconds, or to 125 miles per hour in less than 12 seconds. The car’s range is around 310 miles, according to Porsche. Two electric motors boast a system output of greater than 600 horsepower or 440 kilowatts, and the “800-volt architecture of the vehicle ensures that the lithium-ion battery can be charged for a range of around 250 miles in just over 15 minutes.” Drivers would have options for charging the vehicle: fast chargers , a home energy storage system, or via induction. Related: Porsche’s new EV chargers top up Mission E batteries by 80% in 15 minutes The car is completely decked out with smart features. An app would enable users to choose lighting, music, air conditioning settings, and navigation even when they’re not inside. The driver display includes eye-tracking control, and a rear view mirror camera detects the instrument a driver is viewing so that display can be brought to the foreground as others appear smaller. The passenger display also includes eye-tracking and touchscreen technology, allowing them to control features like navigation, media, and air conditioning. Don’t forget the trunk drone. The video shows the driver pressing a screen to release the drone to capture images of the drive. Will the car ever be manufactured for purchase? That remains to be seen. Will the #MissonECrossTurismo become a series-production model? #Porsche Chief Designer Michael Mauer: "I would like to see that happen!" What do you think? #PorscheGIMS — Porsche Newsroom (@PorscheNewsroom) March 6, 2018 + Porsche + Porsche Mission E Cross Turismo Via The Verge Images via Porsche

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New 3D-printed house can be built in less than a day for just $4,000

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One billion people on Earth lack access to adequate housing — but that could change if ICON and New Story are successful. They’ve found a way to 3D-print 600 to 800-square-foot houses for $4,000 in under one day — and they recently unveiled “the first permitted, 3D-printed home in America.” Austin , Texas can now claim the United States’ first permitted 3D-printed house. To build the house, ICON developed a mobile 3D printer called the Vulcan, which is designed to operate in conditions where power isn’t reliable and potable water isn’t readily available – like rural El Salvador or Haiti. Related: The world’s largest Delta 3D printer creates nearly zero-cost homes out of mud 3D-printing offers several advantages over traditional building methods, ICON co-founder Jason Ballard said in a statement: “With 3D-printing, you not only have a continuous thermal envelope, high thermal mass, and near zero-waste , but you also have speed, a much broader design palette, next-level resiliency, and the possibility of a quantum leap in affordability . This isn’t 10 percent better, it’s 10 times better.” New Story utilizes locally sourced materials for dwellings today, and they plan to do the same with 3D-printed houses, which will be comprised of a mortar. The charity works with local workers, and they say that traditional building methods provide around four jobs for each house. They did say the printer will probably lower that number “but local labor will still be required for aspects of communities.” How long will the homes last? New Story said “as long or longer than standard Concrete Masonry Unit built homes.” They plan to keep homes simple to minimize maintenance costs. New Story said that they’ll print the first community in El Salvador , with other locations to follow after. They’re currently raising money to fund 100 homes and the next phase of research and development – you can donate to the initiative on their website . The first family could move into their 3D-printed house in the second or third quarter of 2019. + New Story + ICON Images via New Story

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1967 Volkswagen Camper transformed into ‘Back to the Future’ time machine

November 6, 2017 by  
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As Marty would say, “that’s heavy”. Velocity Motors gave this 1967 VW camper a Back to the Future -inspired renovation that would make Doc Brown proud. Complete with Delorean-esque gull-wing doors and even a Flux Capacitor, the vintage van is currently on sale for $89,995. The exterior of the renovated camper is painted a sleek, muted grey. However, once the gull-wing doors swing upwards, there’s no denying the personality behind the custom makeover. In the front seat, drivers will enjoy a nice wide windshield as they program the working Flux Capacitor to go back to the future on a moment’s notice. No word if the Capacitor needs a boost from a lighting bolt to jolt the car into action. Related: Iconic VW Camper van to be revived as a battery-electric vehicle The revamped VW camper ‘s interior goes full throttle on its cinematic homage. A bright yellow and orange retro scheme was used throughout. The side doors open up into the passenger area, complete with comfy sofas and retro chairs – perfect for watching the Back to the Future movies on the large flat screen. The vintage van has just over 50,000 miles and is currently on sale by Nashville-based Velocity Motors for $89,995. + Velocity Motorcars Via My Modern Met Images via Velocity Motorcars

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BMW’s crazy shape-shifting future car is straight out of a science fiction movie

March 7, 2016 by  
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Ford Showcases Sun-Powered C-Max Solar Energi Car at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show

January 13, 2014 by  
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LIVE WEBCAST: Join Us for ‘Design With a Purpose: Built Tough’ Panel Discussion and Talk to Leading Architects & Automotive Designers

September 23, 2013 by  
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In celebration of Archtober happening next month in NYC, the Ford Motor Company and the American Institute of Architects New York (AIANY) chapter are teaming up to bring us a brand new live panel discussion focused on design that stands the test of time. ’ Design With a Purpose: Built Tough ‘ is the third in Ford’s illuminating webcast series  which has hosted talks between several of today’s leading architects and automotive designers. This month’s webcast will feature high-profile architects and builders from across New York, including Erik Churchill, project manager at SHoP Construction ; Frank J. Sciame Jr., Hon. AIANY Chapter and CEO/chairman of Sciame Construction Company ; Ford’s group vice president of design and chief creative officer  J Mays ; and moderator Rick Bell, FAIA, the executive director of the AIANY . This distinguished panel will discuss how designers can create strong, functional buildings that blend into their environment, yet are resilient enough to endure the passage of time, much like New York City ‘s famous skyscrapers. We’ll be  live streaming  this discussion on  Inhabitat.com  on October 3rd , so mark your calendars! You can also join in on this discussion by submitting your questions in advance for the speakers below in the comments, or during the live panel by tweeting questions to @Ford and @Inhabitat with the hashtag #FordArchitecture ! We’ll be sending  Inhabitat t-shirts  to selected question submitters! WHEN: Thursday, October 3, 2013, 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. EST Read the rest of LIVE WEBCAST: Join Us for ‘Design With a Purpose: Built Tough’ Panel Discussion and Talk to Leading Architects & Automotive Designers Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: AIANY , American Institute of Architects New York , architecture and automotive , architecture panels , architecture webcast , automotive design , Car Design , design events , design panels , design with a purpose , Design With a Purpose: Built Tough , Erik Churchill , ford , ford f series , ford live , ford motor company , ford motors , ford webcast , Frank J. Sciame Jr. , J Mays , new york architecture , ny architects , ny architecture , nyc architecture , Rick Bell FAIA , Sciame Construction Company , shop architects , shop construction        

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In celebration of Archtober happening next month in NYC, the Ford Motor Company and the American Institute of Architects New York (AIANY) chapter are teaming up to bring us a brand new live panel discussion focused on design that stands the test of time. ’ Design With a Purpose: Built Tough ‘ is the third in Ford’s illuminating webcast series  which has hosted talks between several of today’s leading architects and automotive designers. This month’s webcast will feature high-profile architects and builders from across New York, including Erik Churchill, project manager at SHoP Construction ; Frank J. Sciame Jr., Hon. AIANY Chapter and CEO/chairman of Sciame Construction Company ; Ford’s group vice president of design and chief creative officer  J Mays ; and moderator Rick Bell, FAIA, the executive director of the AIANY . This distinguished panel will discuss how designers can create strong, functional buildings that blend into their environment, yet are resilient enough to endure the passage of time, much like New York City ‘s famous skyscrapers. We’ll be  live streaming  this discussion on  Inhabitat.com  on October 3rd , so mark your calendars! You can also join in on this discussion by submitting your questions in advance for the speakers below in the comments, or during the live panel by tweeting questions to @Ford and @Inhabitat with the hashtag #FordArchitecture ! We’ll be sending  Inhabitat t-shirts  to selected question submitters! WHEN: Thursday, October 3, 2013, 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. EST Read the rest of LIVE WEBCAST: Join Us for ‘Design With a Purpose: Built Tough’ Panel Discussion and Talk to Leading Architects & Automotive Designers Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: AIANY , American Institute of Architects New York , architecture and automotive , architecture panels , architecture webcast , automotive design , Car Design , design events , design panels , design with a purpose , Design With a Purpose: Built Tough , Erik Churchill , ford , ford f series , ford live , ford motor company , ford motors , ford webcast , Frank J. Sciame Jr. , J Mays , new york architecture , ny architects , ny architecture , nyc architecture , Rick Bell FAIA , Sciame Construction Company , shop architects , shop construction        

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WATCH LIVE: Join Us for the ‘Big Ideas in Small Spaces’ Webcast and Hear from Leading Auto Designers and Architects!

May 31, 2013 by  
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We’ll be live streaming ‘Big Ideas in Small Spaces: Proportion in Design’ right here! Attention, Inhabitat readers! We’re less than one week away from the live webcast of ‘Big Ideas in Small Spaces: Proportion in Design’—an incredible design panel discussion hosted by Ford Motor Company and The Chicago Architecture Foundation . Following up on the successful ‘ Design with a Conscience ‘ webcast in April, our newest design panel discussion will focus in on how creatives can maximize aesthetics and functionality in small spaces to produce innovative designs that are comfortable, efficient, and beautiful. The Big Ideas in Small Spaces panelists will include: Diane Atwood of the Atwood Foundation, John Gately of  Jahn ,  Gensler ‘s Carlos Martinez, and legendary car designer and Ford’s group vice president of design and chief creative officer  J Mays . All leaders in their respective industries, these four designers will bring light to how similarities in their creative processes have led to some of country’s most famous buildings and the design of cutting-edge, eco-friendly Ford vehicles like the Fiesta  and the elegant  Fusion Energi . Don’t miss out on this webcast which will be streaming  RIGHT HERE  (bookmark this page!) on  Thursday, June 6th at 11:45am CDT!  THE WEBCAST STARTS THURSDAY, JUNE 6TH AT 11:45AM CDT (12:45PM EST) Read the rest of WATCH LIVE: Join Us for the ‘Big Ideas in Small Spaces’ Webcast and Hear from Leading Auto Designers and Architects! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: architecture and automotive , architecture panels , architecture webcast , atwood foundation , automotive design , big ideas in small spaces , big ideas in small spaces: proportion in design , Car Design , carlos martinex , chicago architecture events , Chicago Architecture Foundation , design events , design panels , diane atwood , ford , ford fiesta , ford fusion , ford live , ford motor company , ford motors , ford webcast , genselr , J Mays , jahn , jonathan gately        

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LIVE WEBCAST: Join Inhabitat for the ‘Big Ideas in Small Spaces’ Webcast and Talk to Leading Architects & Automotive Designers

May 28, 2013 by  
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Ford Motor Company and the Chicago Architecture Foundation have joined forces to bring you yet another amazing live webcast, following up on their successful  Design with a Conscience  discussion seen here just last month. We’re extending a special e-vitation to Inhabitat readers to join us for ‘ Big Ideas in Small Spaces: Proportion in Design ‘, a panel discussion where leading Chicago architects Diane Atwood of the Atwood Foundation, John Gately of Jahn , and Gensler ‘s Carlos Martinez, and legendary car designer and Ford’s group vice president of design, and chief creative officer  J Mays will be discussing how architects and automotive designers can maximize aesthetics and functionality in small spaces to create innovative designs that are comfortable, efficient, and beautiful. We’ll be live streaming this discussion on Inhabitat.com , and our esteemed panel will be discussing similarities between their creative processes that have led to some of Chicago’s most famous buildings and the design of super comfortable compact cars like the new Ford Fiesta and the elegant  Ford Fusion . Join us live on June 6th to participate in this design discussion. We also encourage you to take part in the conversation by submitting your questions for the speakers below in the comments! We’ll be sending Inhabi-Tees to selected question submitters, so join in! JOIN US THURSDAY, JUNE 6TH FROM 11:45AM—1:30PM CDT Read the rest of LIVE WEBCAST: Join Inhabitat for the ‘Big Ideas in Small Spaces’ Webcast and Talk to Leading Architects & Automotive Designers Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: architecture and automotive , architecture panels , architecture webcast , atwood foundation , automotive design , big ideas in small spaces , big ideas in small spaces: proportion in design , Car Design , carlos martinex , chicago architecture events , Chicago Architecture Foundation , design events , design panels , diane atwood , ford , ford fiesta , ford fusion , ford live , ford motor company , ford motors , ford webcast , genselr , J Mays , jahn , jonathan gately        

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Apple Unveils Plans to Produce Line of Macs in Texas

May 28, 2013 by  
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Photo Via Shutterstock Apple has just announced that, as promised, the next line of Macs will be made stateside. Announced in a Senate hearing last week, Chief Exec Tim Cook said that Apple has invested $100 million to build a new Mac factory deep in the heart of Texas. The announcement comes as a fulfillment of Apple’s promise to the US government to build at least one line of Macs on American shores by the end of this year. Read the rest of Apple Unveils Plans to Produce Line of Macs in Texas Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: apple , Apple tax fraud , eco design , foxconn , green design , Made in the USA Mac , sustainable design        

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