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12:00 AM, November 14, 2018 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, November 14, 2018


Transport that helps save the planet and makes you look cool

Going green might sound tedious for most automotive enthusiasts. Keeping track of charge, remembering to plug in, planning routes so your EV doesn't leave you stranded in the middle of nowhere—the list of worries go on. However, going green has its benefits—you'll be on the cutting edge of automotive tech and most green vehicles have the cool factor that sets you apart from the crowd. So here's a list of the greenest, coolest stuff available globally. 

For being the ultimate urban hipster - Lime S1 electric scooter

The Lime S1 is not just an electric scooter you can accelerate with the help of regenerated electric charge—it's part of a whole startup system that lets you share scooters via an app. Pull up the app on your smartphone, find your nearest Lime, unlock it using your phone, step on and ride away. When you're done, prop it up on its stand and leave it anywhere—if you remember to end your ride via the app, the scooter locks itself so it can't be driven away by free-riders. It's a good idea for students commuting to and from their hipster coffee shops—till you realise it can just be carried away and stolen. 

For ripping up the desert…in an environmentally friendly way – Nikola NZT 440

590 HP, 722 lb-ft of torque available at an instant through an electronic torque vectoring AWD system. Grippy off-road tyres and soft rally suspension underneath a non-existent body. Sport seats, roll-cage, rally lights. 200 miles of range from a plug-in electric powertrain. The Nikola NZT is off-road ready, and wants to tear up the desert as much as it wants to save polar bears. It's conflicted, but cool since it'll put a smile on your face. 

For carving canyons but not literally - Lito SORA motorbike

It claims to be the world's first luxury electric superbike and it has a price to match—$77,000 is a pretty steep price to pay for a bike, but look at it. Prices can reach six figures pretty easily, but this aircraft grade aluminium chassis bike features regenerative braking, adjustable seating, key card ignition, touch screen GPS and a top speed of 118 MPH. Recharge time might be a bit high at 9 hours for a full charge, but the SORA isn't something you'd ride to the grocery store, although it is perfect for a weekend run for the hills. Ah, the thrills and spills of the rich and famous. 

Saving the earth while burning the fat – RadRover Electric Fat Bike

One might argue that electrified bicycles are just a lazy man's ride, but it makes sense—traditional pedals allow you to burn the fat and ride away when you're out of charge, regenerative braking supplies charging power to the electric motor for long distance rides. An electric motor effectively doubles the range of a bicycle, allowing you to go further distances than your body will allow. 

For tight parking in crowded cities - Microlino

A pair of Swiss brothers have brought back the iconic Isetta bubble/microcar from the 1950s, with an electrified powertrain, brand new retro-styled bodywork and a cool but basic interior. It's the perfect EV for the city—pull up the curb, park facing the sidewalk, open the front hinged refrigerator door and walk out. It's tiny, it's zippy and it's cute as a button, and loud colours make you stand out like nothing else can. Time to play out your summer in Italy fantasies? We love the Microlino and it's actually cheap(ish) enough for us to want one in Dhaka. Just make sure you stay clear of murderous buses.

No emissions…enthusiastically - Voitures Extravert Porsche 911

Porsche fans might call this heresy, but Ferdinand Porsche created the world's first hybrid, so we think he might approve of the multitude of conversion kits that'll turn your burbly, engaging classic 911 into a noiseless electric cruiser. You still have all of the style and it looks beautiful parked in the driveway, minus the harmful hydrocarbon emissions. You'll lose some of the drama, but sacrifices are needed to save the planet. Right?

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