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Nov 18, 2017

Alternative Transportation

Revolutionary Tesla Semi Truck arrives with a whopping 500-mile driving range

Nov 17, 2017: Semi trucks transport goods all over the country and without them we'd never get our stuff as fast as we do now, but they come with one big disadvantage - emissions. Today's semi trucks are powered by large diesel engines that emit so many pollutants into the air, easil Tesla forever changed the auto industry when it debuted the Model S and now it's set to do it again with the semi truck segment. Tesla's semi truck…

This solar-powered floating farm combines agriculture and dining under one roof

Nov 17, 2017: As urban farming becomes increasingly popular, people are finding new, unexpected ways of incorporating it into urban environments. From rooftops and community gardens, urban farming has descended onto waterways and lakes, like in the case of this solar-powered floating structure, called Lotus, which will function as a restaurant and farm. Lotus utilizes a vertical design to house its various hydroponic and greenhouse stations, along with indoor and outdoor dining areas where visitors can enjoy...

Tesla surprises the world with a new $250k Roadster

Nov 17, 2017: Tesla surprised the crowd tonight at the debut of the Tesla Semi with the reveal of a new Roadster, which will arrive by 2020. Although lately Tesla has been focused on more mass market electric cars, it hasn't forgotten where it started and is finally releasing a new Roadster. While the Tesla Model 3 focuses on the entry-level electric segment, the new Roadster will focus on the high end of the segment with a $250,000 price tag. What does that get you? For starters the Tesla Roadster will feature...

Son builds modern dream cabin from recycled materials for his aging father

Nov 17, 2017: Retiring to a cozy cabin in the woods is a dream of many, and one that Josh Wynne helped his father fulfill when he built and designed Mike’s Hammock, a compact dwelling located on his property in Nokomis, Florida. Designed for handicap accessibility, the modern one-room was crafted for aging in place and prioritizes sustainability in its use of recycled materials and low-energy footprint. Stylish and sustainable, the 604-square-meter cabin was constructed with mostly local and...

The perfect pedestrian: How to make the world safe for Motocracy

Nov 17, 2017: It's funny, no it's sad that nothing has changed in 90 years- it is still the pedestrian's fault.

Volkswagen Blitzing China with $12 Billion Dedicated To Electric Vehicle Production

Nov 17, 2017: Volkswagen is substantially investing in Chinese electric vehicle production having announced $12 billion dollars earmarked for development and building electric vehicles in that burgeoning market. The increase in VW’s commitment comes in response to upcoming regulations, including a 2019 requirement for automakers in China to adhere to EV production quotas. Its action plan includes the […] The post Volkswagen Blitzing China with $12 Billion Dedicated To Electric Vehicle Production appeared first on HybridCars.com.

3-wheeled electric Velocipedo vehicle offers 93-mile range & 4 hour charge time

Nov 17, 2017: The light electric vehicle sector is about to see a new entry, which the company claims "combines the comfort and protection of a car with the agility of a motorcycle."…

This Living Light is powered by a houseplant

Nov 17, 2017:   The lamp works using photosynthesis. As organic compounds are released in the soil, bacteria generates electrons and protons. Those in turn are used as a battery to power the light. The healthier your plant is, the more photosynthesis takes place and the more energy you generate, which is a pretty cool way to gauge how happy your plant lamp is. Related: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WJogC46yNkQ Living Light produces up to 0.1mW of energy, which isn't enough to light an entire...

INTERVIEW: Inhabitat's own Greg Beach on telling global stories through the lens of a small town

Nov 17, 2017: How much do you know about your hometown? Author and Inhabitat writer Greg Beach, who moved to Watertown, Massachusetts at age nine, was inspired to dig more into his town's history after the Boston Marathon Bombing. You may only be familiar with the name Watertown because of the attack, but Beach shows there's a lot more to this place in his new book The World and Watertown: Tales of an American Hometown. Not only was Watertown once the Massachusetts Bay Colony's largest town - and the seat of the...

Ford Files Autonomous-Drive Patent to Help Off-road Vehicles Navigate that Odd Rock Formation

Nov 17, 2017: This week Ford secured a patent from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for a new off-road autonomous driving system. The patent focuses on off-road obstacle detection and response, with Ford describing a semi-autonomous/autonomous system using a combination of sensors, radar, LiDar, topographical map data, and cameras to digest and interpret data regarding off-road obstacle passage, […] The post Ford Files Autonomous-Drive Patent to Help Off-road Vehicles Navigate that Odd Rock Formation appeared first on HybridCars.com.

Toronto transit users love the new pilot project that puts people before cars

Nov 17, 2017: 65,000 daily riders deserved something better. They got it.

Tesla Also Showed a Pickup During its Semi Presentation

Nov 17, 2017: Tesla made waves last night with the debut of its first-ever semi truck and its second-generation Roadster sports car, but those weren’t the only new Tesla products shown. The automaker also debuted a rough design for a pickup truck during the presentation. As you may be able to tell from the sketch above, Tesla’s idea […] The post Tesla Also Showed a Pickup During its Semi Presentation appeared first on HybridCars.com.

UC Santa Barbara team develops catalytic molten metals for direct conversion of methane to hydrogen without forming CO2

Nov 17, 2017: Researchers at the University of California Santa Barbara have developed catalytic molten metals to pyrolize methane to release hydrogen and to form solid carbon. The insoluble carbon floats to the surface of the melt, where it can be removed and...

500-Mile Range Tesla Electric Semi Has Several Advantages Over Diesel

Nov 17, 2017: Last night Tesla introduced an electric Semi it hopes will begin the process of upending the diesel standard of the trucking industry as much as electric cars are in process of upsetting the automotive world. Shown by CEO Elon Musk, the Semi projected for 2019 production beats diesels in most performance metrics – vital to […] The post 500-Mile Range Tesla Electric Semi Has Several Advantages Over Diesel appeared first on HybridCars.com.

Toyota and Suzuki partnering on EVs in India

Nov 17, 2017: Toyota Motor and Suzuki Motor have concluded a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on moving forward in considering a cooperative structure for introducing electric vehicles (EVs) in the Indian market in around 2020. Specifically, Suzuki will produce EVs for the Indian...

New NASA tool shows exactly how melting glaciers will affect coastal cities

Nov 17, 2017: NASA has developed a new tool that individuals and communities can use to determine the precise impacts that sea level rise will have on individual coastal cities. This newly accessible information will enable scientists and policymakers to have a more complete understanding of the consequences of climate change in specific areas. "This study allows one person to understand which icy areas of the world will contribute most significantly to sea level change (rise or decrease) in their specific city,"...

Volkswagen Group to spend >$40B over next 5 years to develop electric mobility, autonomous driving, new mobility services and digitalization

Nov 17, 2017: The Volkswagen Group will spend more than €34 billion (US$40 billion) by the end of 2022 on the development of electric mobility, autonomous driving, new mobility services and digitalization. Most of this investment will go into the electrification and hybridization...

We don't need electric transport trucks, we need to get rid of trucks

Nov 17, 2017: As with his electric cars, Elon Musk avoids dealing with the fundamental problems of transportation.

Keystone 1 oil pipeline leaks 210,000 gallons days ahead of Keystone XL permit decision

Nov 17, 2017: 210,000 gallons of crude oil seeped out of the TransCanada-owned Keystone 1 pipeline this week - mere days before Nebraska's Public Service Commission is set to make a decision on whether or not to grant a permit for the Keystone XL pipeline. The first Keystone pipeline, running from Canada through the Great Plains, leaked oil southeast of Amherst, South Dakota. According to The Washington Post, this spill is just the latest in a series of leaks. Related: Via The Washington Post Images...

New periodic table sorts 3,700 known exoplanets into 18 categories

Nov 17, 2017: The Periodic Table of Exoplanets was designed by astronomer Abel Méndez‏ of the Planetary Habitability Laboratory at the University of Puerto Rico to guide scientists and science fans alike through over 3,700 known exoplanets, including those that may host life. To organize the thousands of worlds identified since the first exoplanet was discovered in 1992, Méndez created a chart that sorts the exoplanets into 18 distinct categories. “We know of over 3,700 planets around other stars. They...

Tesla unveils electric, 500 mile-range semi truck

Nov 17, 2017: If this thing does what Elon says it does, oil companies should be very nervous.

Durable canvas cloth with embedded solar cells generates 120 watts per square meter

Nov 17, 2017: Tents, sun shades, and canopies could generate renewable energy with Norway-based company Tarpon Solar's solar canvas. They created flexible tarpaulins, with bendy solar cells from Swedish company Midsummer integrated. Instead of simply finding shade from the sun, with Tarpon Solar's product people could obtain clean power from the sunlight striking a canopy or tent. Related:…

Univ of Washington team working to make poplar coppice viable cheap, high-volume biofuel feedstock

Nov 17, 2017: A University of Washington team is trying to make poplar an economically viable biofuel feedstock by testing the production of younger poplar trees that could be harvested more frequently—after only two or three years—instead of the usual 10- to 20-year...

Recycled materials make up this quirky solar-powered hotel in West Africa

Nov 17, 2017: A beautiful sun-soaked retreat on Cape Verde’s island of Sao Vicente prides itself on sustainability. Ramos Castellano Arquitectos designed the Terra Lodge Hotel using recycled and found materials, water recycling systems, and a rooftop solar array. The hotel draws the eye with its gridded timber frame, constructed from unfinished African wood, that partially encloses private verandas. Built predominately from lime-plastered concrete, the Terra Lodge Hotel’s five structures are...

2020 Tesla Roadster Promises Staggering Acceleration, Big Price Tag

Nov 17, 2017: At an event where Tesla unveiled something big in a new all-electric big rig, the brand also took the chance to reinvent its smallest car, the Tesla Roadster. Tesla is promising that the new sleek looking Roadster is set to hit the road by 2020, and it will do so with staggering performance, able to […] The post 2020 Tesla Roadster Promises Staggering Acceleration, Big Price Tag appeared first on HybridCars.com.

Sumitomo Electric, Univ of Toyama develop magnesium alloy for die casting with superior heat resistance

Nov 17, 2017: Sumitomo Electric Industries and the University of Toyama have developed a high heat-resistant magnesium alloy for die casting applications. In die casting, a molten metal is injected into a die under high pressure and quickly cooled and solidified into the...

New Nissan LEAF makes its China debut

Nov 17, 2017: The new Nissan LEAF makes its China debut at the 15th China (Guangzhou) International Automobile Exhibition. Nissan is also exhibiting the Vmotion 2.0 concept car, providing a glimpse of the future of sedans. Venucia, the local brand of Dongfeng Venucia...

Transloc partners with California transit agencies to begin deploying next-generation microtransit services

Nov 17, 2017: TransLoc, a technology provider of flexible agency-owned microtransit solutions, is partnering with three California transit agencies readying to deploy microtransit in their respective communities: Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA), Central Contra Costa Transit Authority (CCCTA) and the San Joaquin Regional...

Toyota introducing new EV in China in 2020, expanding scope of fuel cell feasibility study

Nov 17, 2017: At Auto Guangzhou 2017, Toyota Motor announced it will introduce an electric vehicle under the Toyota brand in the Chinese market in 2020, and that the scope of a fuel-cell vehicle feasibility study will be expanded to cover commercial vehicles...

Musk unveils Tesla Semi; 500-mile range at highway speed with 80,000 lbs GVW; next-gen Roadster appears

Nov 17, 2017: Emphasizing “BAMF” performance, Tesla CEO Elon Musk introduced the Tesla Semi in an evening event. The sleek electric truck, with a 0.36 coefficient of drag (supported by intelligent flaps that support a range of trailers), will accelerate from 0-60 mph...

The world's first space nation is now officially in orbit

Nov 16, 2017: Space is now officially home to the known universe's first "space nation". Asgardia launched its very first satellite, Asgardia-1, into orbit on November 12, 2017. Only about the size of a soccer ball, the satellite traveled aboard a NASA commercial cargo vehicle to make its two-day journey from NASA's…

Fisker patents EV battery with a range of 500 miles that can be charged in 1 minute

Nov 16, 2017: A battery for electric vehicles (EVs) able to charge up in just one minute may sound too good to be true. But that's exactly what electric car company Fisker is claiming. They've reportedly made a breakthrough in solid-state batteries - and say their technology could allow an EV to travel 500 miles after one charge of the battery. Related: Fisker is back…

Harrison Ford: The greatest threat is that people in charge don't believe in science

Nov 16, 2017: Take it from Indiana Jones (or Han Solo, or Rick Deckard) — doubting climate change is a poor decision. The actor who played all of these characters, Harrison Ford, made this known when he recently gave a speech at the 30th anniversary gala for Conservation International (CI). After receiving the Founders’ Award at the ceremony in Culver City, the outspoken advocate for ecological and environmental protection expressed his frustration at Trump — albeit indirectly. The vice-chair...

Pyramidal lakeside home is topped with a glass nature observatory

Nov 16, 2017: VOID Architecture has designed a striking, pyramid-shaped home in Finland that immerses the owners in nature while preserving contemporary comforts. Built to embrace the outdoors, the Pyramid House features timber-frame construction and abundant glazing that includes, as its crowning jewel, a fully glazed nature observatory at the top of the building. Ground-source heating, superior insulation made of naturally produced wood fibers, and automated electrical systems minimize the home’s energy footprint....

Rolling the R’s with the Riversimple Rasa, a New Fuel Cell Powered Dynamo from Wales

Nov 16, 2017: Riversimple, a small Welsh sustainable mobility company, is preparing to launch a beta trial of its new hydrogen vehicle, the Rasa, in 2018. The Rasa is a peculiarly shaped two-seater compact, with an overall low, rounded profile, kidney-shaped back window, a thin rear lighting strip nearly connecting both rear wheel arches, comma-shaped side windows and […] The post Rolling the R’s with the Riversimple Rasa, a New Fuel Cell Powered Dynamo from Wales appeared first on HybridCars.com.

Someone Just Compared Tesla’s Factory Floor to the ‘Pre-Civil Rights Era’

Nov 16, 2017: Tesla’s long-game reshaping its public perception has just taken a hit, with new allegations that racial discrimination runs rampant at its Fremont, Calif. factory. According to a new legal complaint filed in California’s Alameda County Superior Court by an African-American employee, Tesla’s factory floor is a racist, harassment-laden environment. The employee, Marcus Vaughn, who joined […] The post Someone Just Compared Tesla’s Factory Floor to the ‘Pre-Civil Rights Era’ appeared first on HybridCars.com.

Dyson Throwing a Legal Punch at ex-CEO Max Conze for Allegedly Leaking Company Secrets

Nov 16, 2017: Dyson has launched an all-out warfare in protecting its intellectual property rights, with the latest shot directed at its former chief executive, Max Conze, for leaking company secrets. On Wednesday, Dyson filed a legal claim to the High Court in London, outlining three allegations toward Conze. The first allegation was an unauthorized disclosure of confidential […] The post Dyson Throwing a Legal Punch at ex-CEO Max Conze for Allegedly Leaking Company Secrets appeared first on HybridCars.com.

Long Story Short hostel is a modern escape tucked into a historical building in Moravia

Nov 16, 2017: A 17th century brick building in the historical capital city of Moravia, Czech Republic, now houses a gorgeous hostel that preserves the story of the place. Named Long Story Short, the hostel infuses the original building with a contemporary feel and combines raw materials with vintage furniture. Prague-based Denisa Strmiskova Studio renovated the building by highlighting the historical genius loci, while enriching it with contemporary design. The horseshoe-shaped building sits in the historical...

Is This GM’s 2020 Chevy Bolt-Based Electric Crossover?

Nov 16, 2017: General Motors may have let the cat out of the bag with a picture showing what to expect in a few years from a Chevy-Bolt-based crossover. Or at least so goes conjecture on a document CEO Mary Barra released yesterday discussing greenification of the company’s fleet. Without badging to indicate Chevrolet or Buick or Cadillac, […] The post Is This GM’s 2020 Chevy Bolt-Based Electric Crossover? appeared first on HybridCars.com.

10 Healthy, energizing, clean-eating Thanksgiving recipes

Nov 16, 2017: Colder weather is upon us and with holidays around the corner, we’ve called upon our favorite clean, healthy, and energizing alternative Thanksgiving recipes to make this year’s feast both delicious and nutritious. Not only are these dishes healthy and easy to make, they’re also guaranteed to fuel you through this busy season and set you off on the right foot for the New Year. So say goodbye to guilt driven New Year’s resolutions, here’s to making the end of the year superkaleifragelisticexpialdelicious! Roasted...

PPG partners with SiNode Systems to commercialize high-energy silicon-graphene anodes

Nov 16, 2017: PPG has entered into a partnership with SiNode Systems to accelerate the commercialization of high-energy silicon-graphene anode materials for advanced battery applications in electric vehicles. The 30-month project will enable the partners to rapidly develop and demonstrate anode materials that...

Federal-Mogul Powertrain acquires Controlled Power Technologies; adds electrification capability; 48V

Nov 16, 2017: Federal-Mogul Powertrain has completed the acquisition of UK-based Controlled Power Technologies Ltd (CPT). The purchase provides a timely route for Federal-Mogul Powertrain to expand into the development and manufacture of powertrain technologies for electrification and hybridization that complement the company's...

Tesla launches 40-chargepoint superchargers, with lounge, amenities and kids play wall too

Nov 16, 2017: This isn't your usual "hang out in a dark parking lot" EV charging experience.

Swytch is revolutionizing the e-bike conversion system

Nov 16, 2017: Wheels like the Geoorbital and the Copenhagen Wheel will turn your standard bike into an electric one, but they have their problems, primarily that their weight can make it impossible to pedal far in non-electric mode. That's why we're so into the new Swytch eBike conversion kit. Swytch puts the electronics and battery on your handlebar, leaving your wheel light and easy to pedal, even when you aren't in e-bike mode.

Akasol opens €10M, 600 MWh production facility for commercial electric vehicle batteries

Nov 16, 2017: Akasol announced the opening of a new semi-automated production facility for high-performance lithium-ion battery systems for commercial vehicles. The company has invested €10 million (US$11.8 million) into the new commercial plant at Langen, and may double that investment as demand...

Suspicious radioactive cloud over Europe may have originated in Russia

Nov 16, 2017: A radioactive cloud of pollution sounds like a plot point out of the worst B movie - but that's exactly what multiple European networks recently detected. Official monitors in Germany and France detected ruthenium 106, a nuclide, in late September, and posited it originated in Kazakhstan or southern Russia. The incident raised alarms, not least because world leaders have accused Russia of activities like hacking elections, weaponizing information, and human rights abuses in Crimea. Rela...

Elephants should be recognized as legal persons, argues Connecticut lawsuit

Nov 16, 2017: Should elephants be viewed as legal persons in the eyes of the court? A new lawsuit filed by the Nonhuman Rights Project argues yes. They say three elephants, owned by a Connecticut zoo, should have "the fundamental right to bodily liberty" and be placed in an animal sanctuary instead. Related:…