Check Out This Dragon Ball Z-Inspired Electric Scooter

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So, there’s this design studio in Spain called Bel&Bel. Ever heard of them? Neither had I until recently. Founded in Barcelona, Spain, back in the mid-aughts by Carles and Jesus Bel—no relation—the company made its name “upcycling” old, busted stuff and making it beautiful and useful again by turning it into furniture. Back in December, we covered Bel&Bel’s supremely rad Vespa-inspired Monowheel Z-One.

We all thought that was pretty awesome so we’ve been keeping an eye on them to see what else they come up with. Well, it turns out that someone at Bel&Bel is a tremendous weeb. So much so that the latest project to come out of the shop is a cool little electric monowheel scooter inspired by Dragon Ball Z.

Dragon Ball Z shots

So, since I’m the Senior Nerd Stuff Correspondent around here, I’m going to have to explain a little about Dragon Ball Z to give you some background on this build. DBZ, as the kids call it, is a long-running anime series based on an even longer-running manga created by Akira Tomiyama. It follows the adventures of Goku who, along with his squad of various kung-fu killers and magic children, defends the world against a constant onslaught of alien invaders, monsters, androids, and a dude named Vegeta.

Dragon Ball Z shots

Somewhere in the roughly three million DBZ episodes, a character called Launch was introduced. I don’t know much about her (or, honestly, much about DBZ for that matter) but apparently, she has this thing where when she sneezes she turns from Good Launch to Bad Launch and back again. Sounds exhausting. When Launch is bad she does stuff like rob banks, and when she does that she uses a super cool monowheel scooter called the S-Cargo (’cause it looks like a snail! Get it?).

Dragon Ball Z shots

Anyway, the team at B&B decided to make themselves a real-life version of Launch’s S-Cargo getaway monowheel. As a base, they picked up a nameless, Chinese-made, self-balancing electric monowheel scooter from Alibaba. Then, using a little statue of Launch and her S-Cargo as a model, B&B set about building their anime scooter. First, an aluminum shell was hammered out of aluminum and mounted to the scooter. Details were added with fiberglass and body filler and a whole bunch of model-correct parts were added—handlebars, digital instrument panel, big saddlebag, seat, and even Launch’s sawed-off.

BelyBel DBZ Scooter Build
BelyBel DBZ Scooter Build

I’ll be honest here, I think it looks amazing. It’s one-hundred percent on model right down to the white piping on the seat and the font on the digital readout. Best thing about it, though? It’s rideable! It’s a working, riding, cool-looking monowheel based on a nerdy weeb show and I love it. If Bel&Bel made these things and sold them here in the States I’d pick up a pair for my daughters right now (hint hint).

If you’d like to know more about Bel&Bel, the S-Cargo, the studio’s upcycled furniture, or any of its other wild projects (and why wouldn’t you?), check out the B&B website here.

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Lightning’s new $12,998 Strike electric motorcycle shows liquid-cooled motor and Ohlins suspension

Lightning Motorcycles, the California-based electric superbike manufacturer, has a highly anticipated electric motorcycle debuting next month. So far they’ve shown us a few teasers revealing little more than the headlights. Today though they got generous and are lifting the veil slightly on their upcoming sportbike designed more for the street than the track.

The company shared the first ever photo of the Lightning Strike’s new motor and it revealed even more details than anticipated.


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GM’s new EV only costs $3400 but there’s a small catch

The catch is it’s an electric bicycle.

GM has now joined a number of other automotive companies that have jumped into the rapidly growing electric bicycle industry.


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Tesla tests new innovative way to avoid gas cars ‘ICEing’ Superchargers

After several issues at Supercharger stations where gas-powered vehicles were blocking access, Tesla started implementing an innovative way to avoid ‘Icing’ Superchargers and make sure the spots are always ready for Tesla owners.

They are now expanding the deployment of those interesting devices and looking at new ways of making it more convenient for owners. more…

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Green Deals: Honeywell Wi-Fi 7-day Smart Thermostat $59, more

Amazon offers the Honeywell Wi-Fi 7-day Smart Thermostat for $59 shipped. Also at Home Depot. For comparison, it’s currently $100 at some retailers but we usually see it for around $75. Upgrade to a smart thermostat that offers Alexa control, 7-day programming and more. As one of the more affordable thermostats out there, this is a great solution for managing temperatures at home or on-the-go. Rated 4/5 stars.

Head below for deals from AeroGarden, Philips Hue and more…


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Electrify America tops 100 sites, Petro-Canada intros trans-Canada charging network

Electrify America, the electric vehicle charging network born out of the VW Dieselgate settlement, announced it has topped 100 charging sites with 465 chargers.


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VW auto shows, EV shoppers will pay more, Chrysler fines: Today's Car News

1965 Fiat 500 at New York Museum of Modern ArtAs Volkswagen and other automakers dial back from auto shows, in the U.S. it sees them as a way to explain electric cars to shoppers. A new survey reveals that most car shoppers are willing to pay extra for alternative fuel. A new bill in Washington could add the state to the roster of those that require EV sales, along with California. And Fiat…
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Meritor hopes to put 130 heavy-duty electric trucks on the road by 2020

Auto parts manufacturer Meritor has announced it has 22 electrification programs with OEMs, and expects to put at least 130 fully electric medium- and heavy-duty commercial trucks on the road by the end of 2020.

Among the 130 commercial vehicles, 60 received funding from the California Air Resources Board as part of a broader effort to reduce emissions in freight facilities.

In the first half of 2019, a fleet customer of Meritor plans to begin operating the first of six medium-duty pick-up and delivery trucks equipped with Meritor’s 14Xe electric drive system. The trucks integrate subsystems from TransPower, a manufacturer of electrification technologies for large commercial vehicles. In 2017, Meritor announced an investment in TransPower.

Meritor’s eCarrier platform integrates an electric motor into the axle, freeing up space for batteries and other components. This design is the foundation for various drivetrain configurations, including fully electric, hybrid and single or tandem axles with options for vehicle Classes 5 through 8.

“These emission-free solutions offered under Meritor’s Blue Horizon technology brand have the potential to transform the industry by meeting the rising global demand for clean, electric-powered drivetrains that we believe will deliver a high-efficiency solution that greatly reduces the total cost of ownership for our customers,” said Meritor CTO John Bennett.

In addition to the truck applications, a prototype school bus outfitted with Meritor and TransPower electrification systems has been in testing in Escondido, California, since late May. Testing includes climbing steep grades, stop-and-go at low speeds, off-road and freeway driving, as well as heavy-load hauling on rural roads.


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Consumer Reports Owner Respondents Rank Tesla Model 3 “Most Satisfying Car”

Consumer Reports routinely ranks the new cars available to American buyers on a number of criteria. Some of them are technical, such as emergency braking performance, acceleration, fuel economy, frequency…

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Formula E announces new off-road electric racing series: Extreme E

Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag and motorsport veteran Gil de Ferran have launched a new all-electric off-road racing series. Extreme E, which will kick off in January 2021, will see electric SUVs racing off-road in five extreme environments around the globe.

The Extreme E races will take place at off-road stages in the Arctic, the Himalayas, the Sahara desert, the Amazon rainforest, and islands in the Indian Ocean. The stages will be from 6 to 10 km long, and will consist of virtual gates through which drivers must navigate.

“I’ve always been passionate about progressing electric vehicle technology and the impact that clean mobility solutions can have on the efforts to halt global climate change,” said Agag. “I strongly believe that Extreme E can help make the world more sustainable faster, and we have a dream team to make this ambition a reality.”

“This is a hugely exciting project,” said de Ferran. “Extreme E offers a unique sport, adventure and entertainment concept that has never been seen or done before. Viewers can expect a completely new way of consuming sport, with each episode telling not just the story of a race, but the wider race of awareness and the need to protect these remote and challenging environments being explored by Extreme E.”


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