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Jun 01, 2016

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Can Volkswagen Reinvent Itself With Many More Electrified Cars?

Jun 1, 2016: There have been quite a few reports suggesting the Volkswagen Group has ambitious broad-reaching plans to electrify its global model lines but questions remain. These include whether the world’s second-largest automaker – as it seeks to fix its damaged image from its diesel emissions cheating scandal – will threaten Tesla, not to mention General Motors, […] The post Can Volkswagen Reinvent Itself With Many More Electrified Cars? appeared first on HybridCars.com.

Tesla's Gigafactory to host grand opening on July 29

May 31, 2016: Ain’t no party like a Tesla party! The California-based luxury car company (turned battery company) is gearing up for the grand opening of its enormous Gigafactory, located outside Reno, Nevada. Tesla announced late last week that the battery factory will open in just two months, with a celebration scheduled for July 29. Oddly, this grand opening will be a lot different than most others, in that the factory is nowhere near fully operational and construction will continue long after party goers...

Model X Training Video For First Responders

May 31, 2016: A new video shows emergency workers how to gain access to the interior of a Tesla Model X in the event of a crash. It also shows how to cut the car open safely with the Jaws of Life. The post Model X Training Video For First Responders appeared first on Gas 2.

Gorgeous wooden horn speakers are made from reclaimed liquor barrels

May 31, 2016: https://vimeo.com/165917138 Fiddle + Hammer was founded by Jordan Waraksa, who brought his background in sculpture and music into the making of the Bellaphone. The design was developed over a decade. “The horn is a testament to harnessing the resonant and warm qualities of the wood which they are carved from,” said Waraksa. Each custom-built speaker can be built to a variety of sizes, from two feet in height to a towering six feet. Related: Gigantic wooden megaphones amplify the sounds...

New US government study links cell phones to cancer

May 31, 2016: A new study backed by the U.S. government reportedly found a new link between cell phone use and cancer, a concern that has been gathering more evidence over the decades. The National Toxicology Program’s study is still incomplete at this time, yet partial findings reveal a relationship between specific radio frequencies and tumor growth in male laboratory rats. The way some publications are reporting the news, you would expect to have a grapefruit-sized tumor growing in your skull...

Modular Wikkelhouse wrapped in 24 layers of cardboard snaps together in a day

May 31, 2016: "Wikkelhouse is what you get when an everyday material finds a groundbreaking purpose," Fiction Factory told Dezeen. "Using cardboard as its main building material, Wikkelhouse is a cutting-edge sustainable house with a beautiful design and exceptional constructive strength." Related: Affordable pop-up house snaps together like LEGOs While your cardboard boxes at home may wither in the presence of water, Wikkelhouse's layers are covered in a protective, waterproof film and then finished...

Tired of riding wet in the rain? This bike canopy and fairing might be the answer

May 31, 2016: They call it a bike umbrella, but it's more like a removable windshield. Either way, it looks like a great cycling accessory.

Tesla Gives Free Destination Charger To Preferred Destinations

May 31, 2016: Tesla is giving away a free destination charger to businesses, restaurants, hotels and B&B's that qualify. It's a great way to attract new business and a great way to eliminate range anxiety for Tesla drivers. The post Tesla Gives Free Destination Charger To Preferred Destinations appeared first on Gas 2.

Smart birdhouses called TreeWiFi give free WiFi when the air quality improves

May 31, 2016: Trees give free WiFi when the air quality improves with a smart birdhouse from TreeWiFi. An Amsterdam based start-up called TreeWiFi builds birdhouses that measure air pollution and that make the levels of pollution visible through an LED status light and a high tech roof that illuminates the entire tree at night. Air quality data is sent to a server where it is analyzed and made public for everyone to see. When the server detects an improvement in air quality it allows the birdhouse to share...

High-end upcycling shops with beautiful metal tab designs pop up in London

May 31, 2016: Two up-cycled pop-up shops in London Gudjon Thor Erlendsson of AUDB (au-db.com) and Andreas Krause of Krause Architects (krausearchitects.com) have just completed a design for two new pop-up stores in London. One on the busy Regents Street in the west-end, and another on Redchurch Street in Shoreditch. The projects, were carried out for the fashion label Bottletop a social enterprise making high-end fashion accessories. The Bottletop Foundation empowers young people to protect themselves. The...

This zany two-person tent looks like a Star Trek shuttlecraft

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T.Bar: enormous living green walls of lichen and moss line refreshing Panama Fusion restaurant

May 31, 2016: http://www.contemporist.com/2016/05/21/this-fast-food-restaurant-feels-like-youre-dining-in-a-park/ http://propixelpanama.com/contact-us/ http://www.tbarpanama.com/menu.html http://www.dosgarquitectos.com/#a=0&at=0&mi=2&pt=1&pi=10000&s=0&p=0…

New patent drawings show more ways of protecting pedestrians from self-driving cars, and vice versa

May 31, 2016: The technology exists to make pedestrians even more miserable than they already are. Why not use it?

ORNL, Cincinnati Incorporated sign additive manufacturing patent license agreement

May 31, 2016: The Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and Cincinnati Incorporated have signed a nonexclusive licensing agreement on ORNL patents related to large-scale additive manufacturing. ORNL is a research leader in the production of large-scale 3-D printed materials, refining...

Tesla China Educating Kindergartners on Environmental Gains of EVs

May 31, 2016: Tesla Motors is getting an early start educating Chinese consumers about electric cars through its “Tesla experience centers.” Tesla China has been inviting kindergarten-age students to visit its local service centers. They’re called “Tesla experience centers” where students are brought the facilities during field trips. Classes are being held at the centers, with the primary […] The post Tesla China Educating Kindergartners on Environmental Gains of EVs appeared first on HybridCars.com.

Michigan May Be First State Allowing Self-Driving Cars for Sale and Operation

May 31, 2016: Michigan wants to be the first state to move beyond testing self-driving cars to allowing them to be sold and operated on its roads. Although driverless cars are perhaps years away, a package of bipartisan bills includes one that would update 2013 laws allowing for the operation of autonomous cars on public roads without anyone […] The post Michigan May Be First State Allowing Self-Driving Cars for Sale and Operation appeared first on HybridCars.com.

SAE International publishes TIR J2954 for PH/EV wireless charging

May 31, 2016: SAE International has published “SAE TIR J2954 Wireless Power Transfer for Light-Duty Plug-In/ Electric Vehicles and Alignment Methodology,” a milestone industry guideline to establish wireless power transfer between infrastructure, vehicle suppliers and OEMs for plug-in electric and electric vehicles (PH/EV)....

Donald Trump believes California farmers who say "there is no drought"

May 31, 2016: Climate denier Donald Trump makes no bones about the fact that he doesn’t believe humans are contributing to climate change, calling it a ‘hoax’ proctored by the Chinese. Now he’s adding another scientific fact to the list of things he doesn’t believe in: the severe drought that has plagued California for the past five years. In a speech in Fresno on Friday, Trump claimed that a group of “50 or 60 farmers” told him, right before he took the stage, that “there is no drought.” And...

Toshiba to start field testing medium-sized EV bus with wireless recharging, SCiB Li-ion battery

May 31, 2016: Toshiba Corporation has developed a fast, cable-free contactless charger for electric vehicles (EVs), and will field test it on a medium-sized EV bus designed to handle the power demands of regular high-speed journeys on expressways. Field tests will start from...

China added half of new global wind power capacity in 2015

May 31, 2016: China is making massive investments in clean energy as the government works on meeting climate targets and cleaning up polluted cities. Wind is an example of the Asian nation's dominance in the renewable energy sector. According to a new report from research and consulting firm GlobalData, China accounted for nearly half of all new global wind energy installations in 2015, installing 30.5 gigawatts. The most populous country in the world beat second place United States by a wide margin -- the U.S....

Volkswagen’s Skoda Nameplate Could Come To North America

May 31, 2016: Volkswagen could be planning to introduce the Skoda brand to North America. In a recent move, Skoda filed for a number of trademarks with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), protecting the names Skoda Superb, Superb, Octavia and Yeti for the very first time in North America. Patents are often filed simply to […] The post Volkswagen’s Skoda Nameplate Could Come To North America appeared first on HybridCars.com.

A2OFFICE transforms Porto townhouse into a modern daylit residence

May 31, 2016: The building, comprising a basement, two floors, attic and small patio, is located in the central part of Porto. A single staircase connects all the levels. In order to facilitate a spatial flow and openness, the architects introduced an interconnected social area on the lower levels. Related: The Outerio House is a 3 Meter Wide Modernist Renovation Two bedroom suites were placed on the top floor. In order to preserve the memory of a lantern that lit the first floor, the team formed three...

Volkswagen Mulls Modular EV Platform

May 31, 2016: In a bid to make more relevant electric cars, Volkswagen is contemplating a new modular chassis architecture that could save cost and time in developing purpose-built EVs. Called “MEB,” the battery in-flat-floor architecture could serve as the underpinnings of a new all-electric Phaeton by 2020, but VW engineers say more is possible. The BUDD-e concept […] The post Volkswagen Mulls Modular EV Platform appeared first on HybridCars.com.

Modular Amuneal shelves create flexible wall storage for tight spaces

May 31, 2016: When it comes to small interiors, walkable floor space is prime real estate. That's why vertical storage is now the name of the game. Specially made in the city of brotherly love, Amuneal is one company that takes wall storage very seriously; their Collector's Shelving System is a fully adjustable, luxurious, vertical framework that can be customized for any sized space. The state-of-the-art system is built in Philadelphia with oxidized oak shelves and a solid brass framework that attaches...

World's largest commercial rooftop solar array is on a shopping mall in the Philippines

May 31, 2016: A shopping mall in the Philippines now boasts the world’s largest commercial rooftop solar array, which generates 2.9 MW of clean energy to help run the mall’s operations. The project is also the biggest private solar power system designed for self-consumption in the country. The Philippines-based property developer behind the venture, Robinsons Land, has plans to add rooftop solar panels to its other retail centers, for a total of 12.5 MW by the end of this year. The 2.9 MW solar...

Audi equipping new models in Europe with Audi connect SIM

May 31, 2016: Audi is now equipping its new models that use the second-generation modular infotainment platform with Audi connect SIM. With the factory-installed SIM card, customers can immediately use the wide range of Audi connect services with the accompanying data flat rate...

Bangkok's Siam Discovery retail center gets a major redesign from Japanese firm nendo

May 31, 2016: The previous design of the retail center, with its deep layout and narrow entry, created problems for the traffic flow of pedestrians, which is one thing a shopping center does not want. The architecture and design firm was called in to help, and the new design addresses the previous issues by extending the circular atriums throughout the building and creating a canyon-like path stretching nearly 200 feet to the back of the building. Related: Along one side of the atrium, a series of 220...

Volvo Trucks’ new concept truck cuts fuel consumption by more than 30%

May 31, 2016: With support from the Swedish Energy Agency, Volvo Trucks has developed a new concept vehicle, the Volvo Concept Truck. The result of a five-year long research project aimed at creating more energy-efficient vehicles, the new concept truck cuts fuel consumption...

Apple-inspired timber sauna is hidden within a grassy green slope

May 31, 2016: The sauna takes on a circular shape in reference to the shape of an apple and the cycle of nature. The curved concrete entrance envelopes visitors within a welcoming shaded nook with outdoor furnishings. Inside, the small sauna is lined with timber and features rows of wooden seating that evoke the classic apple crate. Contemporary spherical lamps are suspended from the ceiling, however, are unnecessary in the daytime when ample amounts of natural light stream through a full-height glazed rear window...

Demand For SUVs And Trucks Increases, Fuel Economy Falls

May 31, 2016: As sales of light trucks and SUVS surge, average fuel economy is falling. Does anyone car? The post Demand For SUVs And Trucks Increases, Fuel Economy Falls appeared first on Gas 2.

Google Patents ‘Sticky’ Hood For Pedestrian Accidents

May 31, 2016: Google has patented a novel way to prevent pedestrian injuries, and time will tell whether this idea will stick. Ever trying new things, the Internet giant and autonomous car pioneer has received a patent for a design that adheres an impacted pedestrian to the hood of self-driving cars, preventing the person from being thrown back […] The post Google Patents ‘Sticky’ Hood For Pedestrian Accidents appeared first on HybridCars.com.

Academics and Motorsport Teams Challenge Pikes Peak’s ‘Race to the Clouds’

May 31, 2016: An international collaboration will take on the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on June 26 with an electric motorcycle. The high-tech two-wheeler is the result of an alliance between the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Electric Vehicle Team, Zero Motorcycles, race companies Komatti (Isle of Man) and Mirai (Japan). Engineering support comes also from Sweden’s Royal […] The post Academics and Motorsport Teams Challenge Pikes Peak’s ‘Race to the Clouds’ appeared first on HybridCars.com.

How long should Ghost Bikes stay up on public property?

May 31, 2016: I think until the problem that caused it in the first place is fixed.

Berkeley Lab researchers shed light on how lithium-rich cathodes work, opening the door to higher capacity batteries

May 31, 2016: Researchers at the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) report a major advance in understanding how oxygen oxidation creates extra capacity in lithium-rich cathodes, opening the door to batteries with far higher energy density. The nature...

New research shows plants respond to touch

May 31, 2016: Plants are mysterious. They surround us but we can't really communicate with them, leaving researchers to speculate on how they might interact with us and each other. University of Western Australia (UWA) scientists discovered a new intriguing aspect of plants: they appear to respond to touch. There's no visible sign, according to the scientists, who recently released their research in the journal Plant Physiology. Instead they noticed that plant genes expressed themselves differently...

JAC sells 300,000 S3s in 600 days, breaks compact SUV sales record

May 31, 2016: China-based JAC has sold 300,000 units of its S3 compact SUV during the last 20 months. The S3 has set several records since its launch, from achieving a breakthrough of 10,000 units in its first month, to overtaking sales of...

MAN Truck & Bus invests $8.5M in logistics startup FR8 Revolution

May 31, 2016: MAN Truck & Bus AG, part of Volkswagen Truck & Bus, is investing up to $8.5 million in the US start-up FR8 Revolution Inc. (“Fr-eight”). Silicon-Valley-based FR8 has developed a comprehensive “operating system” for a connected transportation industry that will...

Mazda3 global production reaches 5M units

May 31, 2016: Mazda Motor Corporation announced that the total production volume of the Mazda3 (known as Mazda Axela in Japan) reached five million units at the end of April 2016. It is the second Mazda to reach five million units of production,...

Researchers report cost-effective synthesis of NiFe-layered double hydroxides nanosheets as efficient OER catalyst

May 31, 2016: A team from Brown University and Lakehead University (Canada) have developed a method for the facile and cost-effective synthesis of NiFe-layered double hydroxides (LDH) nanosheets to serve as efficient catalyst for the oxygen evolution reaction in an alkaline environment. Compared...

Copenhagen's South Harbor School rises from the sidewalk to promote community

May 31, 2016: The building is located in a densely populated area that required additional educational facilities. As the new public school, the building merges its institutional and maritime qualities. With various seating and walking areas rising from the sidewalk onto the roof of the building, the school aims to become an active part of the community. Related: World’s First LEGO School to Open in Denmark this August The interior features spaces of different heights and natural lighting, ensuring...

How to make edible LEGO jello shot minifigs for your next summer soiree

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Swedish students design one of the worlds most energy-efficient rail-bound vehicles

May 30, 2016: New World Record! In far away Sweden a new important world record was set on the 28:th of May. University of Dalarna tested and competed with what probably is the most energy-efficient rail bound people-transporter that the world has yet seen. When the on-site measuring team checked the energy efficiency figures with those of Shell Eco Marathon, it actually seems as though the Eximus 1 probably could be the most energy efficient people transporter in the world – rail bound or otherwise!...

True Zero Bringing 19 Hydrogen Stations to California

May 30, 2016: The company that’s building True Zero hydrogen fueling stations says that it can hit its original target by early next year. Headed by former GM and Hyundai marketing guru Joel Ewanick, FirstElement Fuel, a startup that operates the True Zero stations, says that the company wants provide the needed fueling infrastructure to support increased sales […] The post True Zero Bringing 19 Hydrogen Stations to California appeared first on HybridCars.com.

Volkswagen Needs to Ramp Up EV Production and Sales to Hit Tough Global Targets

May 30, 2016: Volkswagen Group says it will have to sell about one million battery electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles per year by 2025 to meet tough carbon dioxide emissions standards in major markets around the world. That one million vehicle figure comes from a forecast VW has made on regions of the world enacting more requirements, […] The post Volkswagen Needs to Ramp Up EV Production and Sales to Hit Tough Global Targets appeared first on HybridCars.com.

Flat green roof helps Casa Guaruj integrate with the forest in Brazil

May 30, 2016: Casa Guaruja features orthogonal forms dominated by large overhangs, and plenty of outdoor spaces overlooking a thick pine forest. The main living space and outdoor deck of the three-story residence are raised to the level of the tree canopies with bedrooms located on the level below. Related: The Breezy, Beautiful Brazilian Leaf House The main living space opens onto the deck and swimming pool area and is sheltered underneath a green roof that helps cool down the interior during the hottest...

Marine scientists in Hawaii unearth an ancient minivan-sized sea sponge

May 30, 2016: We’ve all heard stories about enormous deep sea worms and sharks the size of a city bus. It turns out, those aren’t the only incredibly huge creatures hiding beneath the waves. A team of researchers in Hawaii have discovered the largest sea sponge known to science, and it’s as big as a minivan. Located near the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, the sea sponge is thought to be several centuries old, if not more. The expedition took place in the summer of 2015. Researchers...

G7 leaders agree to stop subsidizing fossil fuels by 2025

May 30, 2016: The G7 hammered one more nail in the fossil fuel industry's coffin. As many countries pursue clean energy technology and progress towards renewable energy, the G7 wrote in a declaration of their determination to "accelerate our work towards the transition to an energy system that enables a decarbonization of the global economy." They agreed to stop subsidies for fossil fuels by 2025. At a Japan summit, the world leaders discussed issues such as global economic growth, refugees,...

EMT Madrid orders 82 Mercedes-Benz natural-gas buses

May 30, 2016: Transport operator EMT in Madrid, Spain, has ordered 82 Mercedes-Benz Citaro NGT (Natural Gas Technology) buses. The order includes 40 Mercedes-Benz Citaro natural-gas-powered 18m articulated busesand 42 Mercedes-Benz natural-gas-powered rigids with a length of 12 meters. The new Citaro NGT...

Slovenia built a habitable structure with latticed wooden bookshelves

May 30, 2016: The project responds to the Biennale's theme "Reporting from the Front" by functioning like an abstract home doubling as a curated library that allows visitors to explore the concept of dwelling. It is also a nod to the seminal 1956 Patio & Pavilion project Alison and Peter Smithson. Curators Aljoša Dekleva and Tina Gregorič of Dekleva Gregorič Architects conceived an inhabitable wooden structure made of a lattice system of bookshelves that marries public and private space. It creates a temporary...

Oak Ridge Uses Lasers To Bond Aluminum And Carbon Fiber

May 30, 2016: Scientists at Oak Ridge National Lab have found a way to make better bonds between aluminum and carbon fiber using lasers. The post Oak Ridge Uses Lasers To Bond Aluminum And Carbon Fiber appeared first on Gas 2.