Blip: Future Classic At The Watering Hole

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Here we see the rare American hybrid-electric vanimal absorbing sustenance trickling from a natural charging station. The vehicle is on high-alert while at the Chargepoint J1772 plug, because its truck and SUV predators lurk nearby waiting to test its IIHS top safety pick ratings.

The Greater Grey Pacifica Vanimal can survive for up to 33 miles from this small digestion of juice, travelling an entire average American day of driving without so much as opening its fuel sac. When the Pacifica’s battery does run out, however, it becomes quite thirsty, consuming a gallon of wet fluids for every 18 miles travelled in the city.  

The Vanimal prefers to nestle down into its burrow each evening to re-fill its batteries with electric juice while it hibernates. In that way it preserves the contents of its fuel sac for longer migrations.


It truly is a magnificent creature. 

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Half-track El Camino

Is it weird that I, a man with no kids nor plans for any, want one of these? My plan would be to just remove the back seats and use it as a utility vehicle and adventure base, as well as my daily commuter. They actually seem really nice to drive in a comfortable cruiser kind of way, and they’re not at all bad-looking if you get any color other than the silver pictured here.

Seriously, I could haul full sheets of plywood (or whatever) on the weekend, sleep out of the back of it on vacations, and go to work and back (at least as far as the shop, anyway—jobsites would be further) all week using almost no fuel. All with a cockpit that looks like it came out of some kind of futuristic luxury space shuttle. The prices on used ones of these are still a tad higher than I want to pay, but I’m keeping an eye on them for sure.