Ride of the Week: Filson Edition AEV Wrangler

Following last year’s collaboration on the AEV Filson Brute Double Cab, Seattle-based outfitter Filson and off-road manufacturer AEV (American Expedition Vehicles) present the AEV Filson Edition Wrangler. Geared towards rough terrain and focused on premium engineering and design, the AEV Filson Wrangler is built with 3-1/2” DualSport SC suspension, 35” BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain KM2 tires, and a heat reduction hood. Additional features include the ProCal module, jack base and optional 5.7L or 6.4L HEMI V8 engine. The Wrangler is also outfitted with a customized Medium Duffle, Original Briefcase and snap-closure seat back pockets, providing extra storage. The limited edition Wrangler will retail from $70,400 USD to $100,300 USD and is available for purchase from Filson.

Mercedes-Benz Unveils Solar-Powered Vision G-Code Concept

Mercedes-Benz looks toward the future with the unveiling of the solar-powered Vision G-Code concept. The vehicle was presented at the opening of the German automobile manufacturer’s new Research and Development center in Beijing. The concept takes the form of a Sports Utility Coupe that comes in at 161 inches shorter than the GLA. Despite the small size, however, the Vision G-Code sports a handful of impressive features, including multi-voltaic silver paint that turns the entire body into one continuous solar panel. The paint fuels the electric portion of the unspecified hybrid powertrain that offers through-the-road all-wheel drive and the option of pure electric drive. A holographic grille in front indicates what mode the vehicle is in, while LED headlights appear alongside. Another strip of LEDs wrap around the back and tiny cameras pop out of the hidden A-pillars to act as rear-view mirrors in classic concept fashion. Additional features include 21-inch wheels (constructed of aluminum rims with carbon spokes), short overhangs, aluminum skid plates and an F-1-like steering wheel.

Of course, we can’t realistically expect to the Vision G-Code to hit production any time soon, but it does give an indication of where Mercedes-Benz is headed in terms of technology and design.

Quadrofoil is the First Electric Personal Watercraft

Employing a team of engineers and nautical enthusiasts, tech development company Quadrofoil has designed and manufactured the world’s first fully electric and completely environmentally friendly personal watercraft. The watercraft is operated by battery, while being propelled by curved blades underneath the surface, allowing for enhanced buoyancy that lifts the vessel above the surface and allows it to travel with minimum water resistance at up to 20 knots. The vehicle also clocks in at an expense of 1€ per hour, with hardly any maintenance costs to consider. The steering wheel incorporates a simple touchscreen display, informing the driver about battery, range, speed and consumption statistics; the wheel itself doubles as the key, so when you’re finished jetting along, take the wheel with you and no one but you can start the engine. What’s more, owners will enjoy the ability to ride on lakes, rivers, seas & eco-zones where some motorized vessels are not allowed, due to the silent motor and zero emissions. Visit the Quadrofoil website for additional details.

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