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Apr 26, 2017

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Explosion of color takes over an abandoned Puerto Rican factory

Apr 26, 2017: An artist’s brilliance breathes new life into a desolate tobacco factory in Caguas, Puerto Rico. Bright sprays and colorful drips have seemingly exploded all over the factory’s formerly lifeless walls in local artist Sofia Maldonado’s eye-popping intervention, Kalaña. Created as part of Cromática: Caguas a Color, the community engagement piece transformed the building into a piece of art and new home to educational workshops, presentations, and other artistic events. Puerto Rican...

Continental Powertrain: dual focus on electrification and efficient ICE; boosting electric drive spending by €300M by 2021

Apr 26, 2017: Continental’s Powertrain division is strategically focused on two parallel efforts. The first is the full value creation from the growing demand for the most efficient combustion engine technologies that also deliver the lowest emissions. The second is to benefit from...

Mobileye to generate, share, and utilize vision data for crowdsourced mapping with Nissan

Apr 26, 2017: Mobileye has entered into an agreement with Nissan Motor to generate anonymized, crowd-sourced data to create next-generation precision maps utilizing Mobileye’s Road Experience Management (REM) data generation technology. The maps will be used as a source of localization, foresight, and...

Waymo Opens Rides To Public And Prepares For Ride-Hailing Clients

Apr 26, 2017: Waymo is opening up its self-driving test rides to the public for the first time in a step toward making the technology available to ride-hailing companies. Google parent company Alphabet’s Waymo self-driving vehicle unit opened up applications yesterday for those Phoenix-area residents interested in taking a ride in a self-driving Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid. This comes […] The post Waymo Opens Rides To Public And Prepares For Ride-Hailing Clients appeared first on

7 Compelling Electrified Vehicles At The Shanghai Auto Show

Apr 25, 2017: While European legislators are pushing for more electrified vehicles in their quest to cut CO2, and as Americans wonder whether President Trump will slow their progress, the newly crowned world’s largest market – China – is in it mostly for cleaner air. China is also the world’s largest emitter of greenhouse gasses, but its urban […] The post 7 Compelling Electrified Vehicles At The Shanghai Auto Show appeared first on

Waymo Bringing In 500 More Pacifica Hybrids For Self-Driving Test Rides

Apr 25, 2017: Waymo will be adding 500 more Chrysler Pacifica plug-in hybrid minivans to its self-driving test fleet. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is adding to its working relationship with Alphabet’s Waymo self-driving car unit after having provided 100 Pacifica Hybrids to the project late last year. Waymo has worked closely with FCA engineers at the automaker’s Michigan facility […] The post Waymo Bringing In 500 More Pacifica Hybrids For Self-Driving Test Rides appeared first on

The First Rule Of Business At Uber Is The Opposite Of Don’t Be Evil

Apr 25, 2017: Every organization reflects the values of its leader. In the case of Uber, that may not be such a good thing. The post The First Rule Of Business At Uber Is The Opposite Of Don’t Be Evil appeared first on Gas 2.

Cameron Sinclair joins Airbnb to provide housing for 100,000 displaced people

Apr 25, 2017: Airbnb wants to provide temporary housing for 100,000 people, and to help reach that goal, the home-sharing service has put together a team lead by designer and Architecture for Humanity co-founder Cameron Sinclair.

Retro revolution: Vintage Electric Bikes combine old-school style & cutting edge technology

Apr 25, 2017: These head-turning e-bikes feature vintage style coupled with high performance components.

Giant ski slope to top green-roofed civic center in Beijing

Apr 25, 2017: The next time you visit Beijing you may want to get your sled ready. China’s ever-evolving capital will soon be home to a stunning new civic center topped with an artificial snow-covered slope perfect for skiing and sledding. Designed by architect Andrew Bromberg of Aedas, the civic center, called the China World Trade Center Phase 3C, will merge energy efficient principles with mixed-use programming that accommodates the arts, outdoor recreation, and even organic farming. Set for completion...

Waymo adding 500 more Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Minivans to self-driving program; early rider program

Apr 25, 2017: Waymo (formerly the Google self-driving car project) will add an additional 500 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans (earlier post) to expand its self-driving program. FCA previously delivered 100 minivans, modified for self-driving, to Waymo during the second half of 2016. (Earlier...

Chevy Bolt EV Has Saved 175,000 Gallons of Gas in Only The First Few Months

Apr 25, 2017: The Chevrolet Bolt EV is only just rolling out to dealers across the country, but Chevrolet says it’s already managed to save 175,000 gallons of gasoline. That’s compared to an average 26 mpg car, and fuel savings for the gas-engine-free electric car come fast, in direct proportion to miles traveled. Through April 2, Chevrolet says […] The post Chevy Bolt EV Has Saved 175,000 Gallons of Gas in Only The First Few Months appeared first on

Mercedes takes on the Tesla Powerwall with a new battery for buildings

Apr 25, 2017: Tesla's Powerwall has reigned supreme in home energy storage, but now they've got some competition from Mercedes-Benz. Last year Daimler, parent company of Mercedes-Benz, started developing home energy storage units. Over the weekend they announced they are beginning to deliver the units to businesses and homes in Germany.

Artist builds incredible stained-glass cabin in the middle of the woods

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Disturbing photoshoot imagines our meals in a climate change-induced dystopia

Apr 25, 2017: If oodles of overwhelming studies doesn't prove that climate change is real, perhaps a stark look into our future food supply might just do the trick. Photographer Allie Wist has created a bleak photo series, Flooded, Related: Quebec food waste program to rescue 30.8 million pounds of food + Allie Wist Via Gizmodo Allie Wist, Flooded photography series, climate change effects, food shortage, global food shortage, climate change, dystopia, starvation, global climate effect...

MUJI to sell eagerly awaited $27k minimalist tiny homes this fall

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The sweet moment California got a record 50% of its electricity from solar

Apr 25, 2017: California is showing the awesome potential of scaled-up solar power to provide the United States and the world with clean, renewable electricity. For three hours on March 11 the state got 50 percent of its electricity from solar -- 40 percent from large-scale solar power pants and 10 percent from distributed solar installations on homes and businesses.

Continental showcases “Super Clean Electrified” connected, optimized 48V mild hybrid diesel; post-Eu6d

Apr 25, 2017: At the 38th International Vienna Motor Symposium this week, Continental is showcasing a 48-volt hybrid diesel vehicle which meets very stringent RDE (real driving emissions) limits on CO2 and NOx. The Continental Super-Clean Electrified Diesel combines electrification-based engine optimization and...

UK tests cheaper, longer-lasting roads made with recycled plastic

Apr 25, 2017: Around 24.8 million miles of roads crisscross the surface of Earth. But the polluting industry draws on oil to lay the roads. Engineer Toby McCartney came up with a solution to those roads and the growing problem of plastic pollution: plastic roads. His company, MacRebur, lays roads that are as much as 60 percent stronger than asphalt roads and last around 10 times longer.

Continental Invests More In Electric Car Propulsion, Less In Internal Combustion Engines

Apr 25, 2017: Continental, one of the world's largest automotive suppliers, is planning to lower its investment in internal combustion powertrains and boost investment in electric car components. The post Continental Invests More In Electric Car Propulsion, Less In Internal Combustion Engines appeared first on Gas 2.

World's first mobile recycling plant turns trash into tiles

Apr 25, 2017: What to do with all the trash we generate is a pressing problem all over the world, but it's harder for isolated communities to recycle their trash. Taiwan-based architecture studio Miniwiz designed an environmentally friendly solution: TRASHPRESSO, an mobile recycling plant that can travel around the planet to bring recycling to far-flung communities.

Plastic-eating caterpillar could revolutionize waste treatment

Apr 25, 2017: Spanish researchers have discovered that the wax worm, a caterpillar known for munching on the wax within beehives, is able to devour and biodegrade polyethylene plastic, converting it into a form of alcohol found in antifreeze. Federica Bertocchini, a scientist at the Institute of Biomedicine and Biotechnology of Cantabria, first uncovered the worm’s unique abilities by chance, when she attempted to clean up a wax worm infestation in one of her home beehives. She placed the worms...

Mercedes Croove Car Sharing Service Expanding To Other Cities

Apr 25, 2017: Croove, a private car sharing experiment from Mercedes, is expanding to several German cities including Berlin. Anyone with a car may rent it out to other drivers using the Croove peer to peer network. The post Mercedes Croove Car Sharing Service Expanding To Other Cities appeared first on Gas 2.

New high-power, fast-charging, safe and long-life Li-ion battery

Apr 25, 2017: Researchers from Sweden, Italy and Germany have proposed and demonstrated a novel full Li-ion cell that is able to cycle for thousands of cycles at 1000 mAg−1 with a capacity retention of 65% at cycle 2000. The cell uniquely combines a...

thyssenkrupp opens new development center for powertrain technology in China

Apr 25, 2017: Industrial and technology group thyssenkrupp has opened a new €10-million (US$10.9 million) development center for engine components in Dalian, China. The Group will concentrate its engine component development and prototyping activities at the 2,000 square meter development center in the...

Toyota, KDDI and Tokyo Hire-Taxi Association begin verification testing for connected taxis; big data for new services

Apr 25, 2017: In Japan, Toyota Motor Corporation and KDDI Corporation, together with the Tokyo Hire-Taxi Association (THTA), have begun verification testing on data collection for making connected taxis a reality. Such taxis, by communicating with data centers, are expected to make possible...

The funniest signs we spotted at the March for Science

Apr 25, 2017: Tens of thousands of people took to the streets for Saturday’s March for Science, a series of rallies and marches held on Earth Day. Held in over 500 places across the world, the “celebration of science” was organized and attended by individuals advocating the use of evidence-based policy making in all levels of government, with climate change a major issue of interest. President Donald Trump administration’s recent budget cuts to major environment-related programs and his perceived hostility...

Decrepit freight depot reborn as industrial-chic food lovers paradise in Malm

Apr 25, 2017: Swedish architects Wingårdh dramatically transformed a roofless freight depot into an industrial-chic market hall in Malmö, Sweden. The adaptive reuse and expansion project combines old bricks with Corten steel for a modern look that still pays homage to the 19th century building’s industrial roots. Located on Gibraltargatan, the 1,500-square-meter Malmö Market Hall caters to 20 stalls and cafes that celebrate the city’s melting-pot culture with its diversity of food. Clients Nina...

Neste to use May Day doughnut fat for renewable diesel feedstock

Apr 25, 2017: In the spirit of circular economics, Neste and Fazer Bakery in Finland are joining forces with the “Doughnut Trick” campaign. The oil used to fry Fazer Bakery’s May Day doughnuts will be recycled by refining it to produce Neste MY...

DRIVEN consortium to test Level 4 autonomous fleet in UK in 2019

Apr 25, 2017: The DRIVEN consortium—led by artificial intelligence company Oxbotica, which is developing next-gen autonomous vehicles—will test a fleet of fully autonomous vehicles in urban areas and on motorways, culminating in an end-to-end journey from London to Oxford. These vehicles will operate...

Mercedes-Benz extends Croove private-car-sharing service to Berlin

Apr 25, 2017: Four months after the launch of a successful pilot phase in Munich, Mercedes-Benz is gradually rolling out its Croove private car-sharing platform (earlier post) in other major German cities. The service began availability in Berlin in mid-April. The platform continues...

Continental testing eHorizon-based swarm weather service

Apr 25, 2017: Continental, in partnership with the French national weather service Météo-France, is testing a swarm weather service based on its eHorizon technology. eHorizon makes advanced use of navigation data for controlling vehicle systems to enable intelligent and safe vehicle navigation. The...

Ford Mustang was the top-selling sports car in the world in 2016; strong surge in exports

Apr 25, 2017: Ford Mustang, the top-selling sports car in the US over the last 50 years, became best-selling sports car in the world in 2016, according to Ford analysis of IHS Markit global automotive registration data in the sports car segment. More...

Toyota And Honda Key Players In Japan’s Move To Lead in Fuel Cells and Hydrogen

Apr 25, 2017: Japan is counting on hydrogen and fuel cells to cut carbon emissions and oil imports – and Toyota and Honda are going along for the ride. The Japanese government aims to see 800,000 fuel cell vehicles on its roads by 2030, being fueled by a national network of 900 hydrogen stations. That would shoot up […] The post Toyota And Honda Key Players In Japan’s Move To Lead in Fuel Cells and Hydrogen appeared first on

INTERVIEW: Architect David Benjamin on Building The World's First Mushroom Tower at PS1

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Hacienda San Jose Lavista is a fairytale retreat in San Miguel Allende

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It's like Uber for flying electric taxis: Lilium is a 5-seater electric VTOL airplane

Apr 24, 2017: This electric "jet" can take off and land vertically, has a 300 km range, and could be summoned by an app for on-demand low-carbon travel.

Zaha Hadid Architects turn an old fire station into a sparkling port headquarters for Antwerp

Apr 24, 2017: The new Port House in Antwerp was created as a “sustainable and future-proof workplace” replacement for the former 1990s offices scattered around the city that had housed the port’s 500 staff. The need for expansion and consolidation came as no surprise—Antwerp is Europe’s second largest shipping port, transporting more than 200 million tonnes of goods via the ocean-going vessels and providing direct employment for over 60,000 people. The City and Port authorities selected a historic disused...

Tesla Expanding Supercharger Network To Handle Model 3 Influx

Apr 24, 2017: Tesla has updated its plans to expand its Supercharger and related public charging infrastructure in anticipation of its Model 3. The Model 3 is due to start in production July on an expedited timeline to become its volume production car, and with the pending flood of new cars, the automaker wants to avoid crowding and […] The post Tesla Expanding Supercharger Network To Handle Model 3 Influx appeared first on

Aggressive Tesla Supercharger Expansion Planned Ahead Of Model 3 Launch

Apr 24, 2017: Tesla says it will double the size of its Supercharger network this year, including 1,000 new locations in California as the company gears up for the launch of the Model 3 midsize sedan. The post Aggressive Tesla Supercharger Expansion Planned Ahead Of Model 3 Launch appeared first on Gas 2.

DOE: US plug-in vehicle sales increased 40% in 2016 to ~160K units

Apr 24, 2017: The first full year of sales for mass-market plug-in vehicles in the US was 2011; nearly 18,000 plug-in vehicles were sold. Sales of plug-in electric vehicles have grown nearly each year since, increasing nine-fold to a record high of about...

Rural EV Owners Deal with Charger Disparity

Apr 24, 2017: It’s no surprise to anyone that gas stations are fewer and further in between in rural areas. So it shouldn’t be shocking that the same holds true for electric-vehicle charging stations. There’s one big difference, however – most EVs have shorter ranges than vehicles fueled by gasoline or diesel. The Denver Post chronicles the struggles […] The post Rural EV Owners Deal with Charger Disparity appeared first on

Tesla Taking High Risks To Speed Up Model 3 Production

Apr 24, 2017: The stakes are high for Tesla as CEO Elon Musk pushes to start producing the high volume Model 3 in September by skipping traditional auto industry manufacturing practices. Musk told investors on a call last month that the electric carmaker would skip the traditional “beta” production testing that other automakers use, to speed up assembly […] The post Tesla Taking High Risks To Speed Up Model 3 Production appeared first on

Tesla is doubling its Supercharger network by the end of the year to 10,000 chargers

Apr 24, 2017: With the Model 3 release mere months away, Tesla is vowing to double its charging network. Right now, there are over 5,000 Superchargers globally, and by the end of the year, Tesla will have more than 10,000 chargers - plenty of juice for the growing Tesla fleet.

Ford confirms five fleets in London for Transit Custom Plug-in Hybrid Van pilot program

Apr 24, 2017: Ford announced five fleets that will participate in the Ford Transit Custom plug-in hybrid van pilot program in London, starting this fall. (Earlier post.) The pilot program is designed to explore how lower-emission plug-in hybrid electric vans could support cleaner...

A3 by Airbus and AUVSI call for cooperation in developing industry standards for urban air mobility

Apr 24, 2017: A3 by Airbus, the advanced projects and partnerships outpost of Airbus in Silicon Valley, in cooperation with AUVSI, the world’s largest nonprofit organization devoted exclusively to advancing the unmanned systems and robotics community, called on aviation and aerospace industry leaders,...

Lithium-ion batteries made from recycled glass bottles store almost 4x more energy

Apr 24, 2017: A team of researchers at UC Riverside developed a low-cost way of turning disgarded glass bottles into lithium-ion batteries that store almost four times more energy and can last much longer than conventional batteries. This could mean significantly fewer charges for laptops, cell phones and electric cars. The team, led by Cengiz Ozkan, professor of mechanical engineering, and Mihri Ozkan, professor of electrical engineering at UC Riverside, asked themselves whether silicon dioxide found in waste...

Nio ES8 Electric SUV Isn’t Weird And That’s A Good Thing

Apr 24, 2017: The Nio ES8 is a conventional looking 7 passenger all wheel drive SUV. The only unconventional thing about it is the fact that it runs on battery power only and will feature battery swapping technology. The post Nio ES8 Electric SUV Isn’t Weird And That’s A Good Thing appeared first on Gas 2.

Britain sees first coal-free day since the Industrial Revolution

Apr 24, 2017: For the first time since Thomas Edison opened the first power station in London in 1882, Great Britain functioned without any coal-fired power plants last Friday. The milestone marks the first continuous 24-hour period without coal since the Industrial Revolution. This isn’t the first time Britain has gone without coal for a significant chunk of the day, but before this, 19 hours was the longest continuous time that coal power was able to go offline. Instead of coal, National Grid...