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Boston airport enlists bomb-sniffing EV

Posted by Clifford Atiyeh  January 12, 2010 04:45 PM

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As conventional electric cars made their debut this week at the Detroit Auto Show, the Massachusetts State Police revealed the Black-I LandShark Series D, a fully-loaded bomb-sniffing EV equipped with minesweepers and sniper-detection sonar. The six-wheeled LandShark will join the bomb squad at Logan International Airport, and hopefully it will stay a rare sight among the electric courtesy carts whirring through the terminals.

Landshark-bomb-sniffing-robot.jpg“Most of our robots are used by the military, in war situations,’’ said John Hart, co-founder of Black-I Robotics, in Tuesday's Globe. “We’ll be working with Logan’s bomb squad to continue increasing this robot’s effectiveness against domestic terrorism.’’

The LandShark is made in Tyngsborough, Mass., and is powered by three car batteries and two electric motors. Base models start at $60,000 — about 50 percent more than the unfinished Chevrolet Volt — and top out at $100,000. Some of Black-I's models can even be had with a blinding "dazzler" light, and others are even skilled at mudding.

Acceleration and top speed figures haven't been released, and they're bound to be unimpressive for the price. But can your Tesla Roadster dismantle dynamite?

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