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Feb 28, 2017

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Honda forming new R&D operation for “new value” areas: robotics, mobility systems and energy management

Feb 28, 2017: Honda R&D Co., Ltd., the R&D subsidiary of Honda Motor Co., Ltd., plans to create “R&D Center X,” a new research and development operation within the company, which will assume responsibility for “new value” areas that include robotics technology, mobility...

Female Engineer Has Sued Tesla Over Job Discrimination

Feb 28, 2017: A female engineer has sued Tesla claiming unequal pay, sexual harassment, and discrimination in promotions. The company basically says she is a malcontent and such scurrilous claims are expected in any large organization. Time to step up and lead, Elon. The post Female Engineer Has Sued Tesla Over Job Discrimination appeared first on Gas 2.

What kind of bike rider are you? Conformist, Momentumist or Recklist?

Feb 28, 2017: Mikael Colville-Anderson explains the difference between those who follow the rules, those who flagrantly flout them, and those who adapt to circumstance.

NEVS secures battery supply for 9-3 EVs from CATL

Feb 28, 2017: NEVS has signed a strategic framework agreement with Contemporary Amperex Technology Co., Limited (CATL) to secure the battery supply for NEVS 9-3 EV in the Chinese market. CATL is headquartered in Ningde, Fujian, and is focused on the research and...

Volvo Trucks testing long-haul hybrid powertrain in Concept Truck

Feb 28, 2017: With the Volvo Concept Truck, Volvo Trucks has developed its first hybrid vehicle designed for long-haul applications. In combination with the vehicle’s other improvements, the total reduction in fuel consumption and CO2 is around 30%. (Earlier post.) Volvo Trucks estimates...

Prefab timber chapel pays homage to Chernobyl disaster victims

Feb 28, 2017: A chapel made almost entirely of timber has been completed in Finchley, north London in memory of the victims of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster. Designed by Spheron Architects, the Belarusian Memorial Chapel will serve the estimated 5,000 people in the UK’s Belarusian diaspora community. The chapel was prefabricated offsite from timber to follow Belarus’ wooden church tradition and to reference the mostly rural areas affected by Chernobyl radiation. The 75-square-meter Belarusian...

Mid-century modernism and sustainable design meet in two desert homes

Feb 28, 2017: Two new residences in Palm Springs by o2 Architecture combine the best of mid-century modernism with 21st-century sustainable design. The team brought to life an unbuilt project by Arizona modernist architect Al Beadle designed in 1970s, while combining mid-century modernism and sustainable design in the o2 House, located just a few steps from the Beadle House. The two structures, each in its own way, fit into the rocky desert landscape of Arizona. Originally named Palisades Dos, the Beadle...

This looks like the world's funnest house in South Korea

Feb 28, 2017: This beautiful home for a young pilot and his family looks like an aircraft that has landed in a town near an airport in South Korea. The Flying House, designed by IROJE KHM Architects, draws inspiration from traditional Korean architecture and creates a delicate balance between the sky and the land. The architects combined the elements of yard, garden and rumaru, a traditional courtyard with a canopy, and created a space which connects the ground to the roof surface. The resulting sloped...

Philip Johnson's Wiley House hits the market for $12 million

Feb 28, 2017: The iconic designs by Philip Johnson are a national treasure. Now one lucky homeowner may be able to live in one of his many homes in New Canaan, Connecticut. The Wiley House may not be as well known as the architect's famed Glass House, but it still has the architect's signature sophisticated style. Related: Prefab Glass House lets you bring home the spirit of Philip Johnson’s masterpiece Johnson built the Wiley House at a time when the midcentury movement was booming, especially...

Prince Charles is waging war on Britain's grey squirrels - with Nutella

Feb 28, 2017: Prince Charles reportedly backs a plan to sterilize Britain's grey-squirrel population, and it involves Nutella. The monarch-in-waiting is said to have met with members of the U.K. Squirrel Accord, a coalition he helped establish three years ago, to discuss ways of reducing the animal's numbers without culling. First introduced from North America, the Eastern grey squirrel, Sciurus carolinensis, has been the bane of the region's native red squirrels since the late 19th century. Not only do grey squirrels...

6 impressive structures built around living trees

Feb 28, 2017: There's something magical about a treehouse, whether it's a chance to rise above the business of life, feel more connected to nature, or just showcase an opportunity to build a man-made structure that fits in with the surrounding environment. Around the world, the idea of the treehouse has captivated architects and designers, and many have created structures wrapped around living trees that allow occupants to dwell in harmony with nature. Inhabitat rounded up four homes, one office, and one tearoom...

New material made from fiber-reinforced hydrogels is 5 times tougher than steel

Feb 28, 2017: Researchers at Hokkaido University in Japan have managed to create a flexible, eco-friendly material that’s five-times stronger than cabon steel. Known as “fiber-reinforced soft composites,” the material is made by combining polyampholyte hydrogels with woven glass fiber fabric, which creates a bendable material that’s extremely durable. The uses for such a material are manifold, but perhaps one of the most exciting is for bearing the load of artificial ligaments and tendons. Hydrogels...

Volvo Cars’ new XC60 SUV to feature automatic steering assistance for collision avoidance

Feb 28, 2017: Volvo Cars announced that the new XC60 SUV—to be revealed at the Geneva Motor Show next week—will feature new advanced driver assistance features that will provide the driver with automatic steering assistance or support—when required—to help avoid potential collisions. Volvo...

Trump will give architects just five days to submit proposals for a Mexican border wall

Feb 28, 2017:   Donald Trump is pushing ahead with his campaign promise to build a massive border wall between the US and Mexico, disregarding criticisms about the cost and physical feasibility of the project. Despite the fact that the construction will be a massive infrastructure project, the administration seems to be in a rush to begin work as soon as possible – last week, the Department of Homeland Security issued a notice announcing an open call for proposals on the design and construction of the...

POET-DSM plans on-site enzyme manufacturing facility at Project Liberty cellulosic ethanol plant

Feb 28, 2017: POET-DSM Advanced Biofuels will build an on-site enzyme manufacturing (OSM) facility in Emmetsburg, Iowa, pending state and local approvals. The facility will be integrated into the Project Liberty (earlier post) technology package, replicable in future facilities. For Project Liberty, the...

New KOSi method for ultra-deep desulfurization of fuels to ~ 2ppm S

Feb 28, 2017: Scientists led by a team at Caltech and BP, and in collaboration with researchers at UCLA, ETH Zürich, and China’s Nanjing University, have developed a new method for potentially removing nearly all sulfur compounds (down to ~2 ppm) from gas...

Volkswagen Group has 37 competence centers and IT labs working on future mobility solutions

Feb 28, 2017: The Volkswagen Group has 37 competence centers and IT labs worldwide currently developing self-driving cars, new mobility services and customized software solutions. The number of such “think tanks” will continue to increase, the company said. Our industry is undergoing a...

EVgo and ABB install first 150 kW fast charger in US, with potential upgrade to 350 kW

Feb 28, 2017: EVgo, the US’ largest network of public electric vehicle (EV) fast charging stations, and ABB have deployed the US’ first ABB High-Power fast charging station in Fremont, California. The High-Power fast charging system features a maximum charging rate of 150kW—providing...

SCPPA signs letter of intent for 500 Workhorse W-15 4WD range-extended electric pickup trucks

Feb 28, 2017: Workhorse Group Inc. (WKHS), an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) of battery-electric vehicles, received a Letter of Intent from Southern California Public Power Authority (SCPPA) for 500 W-15 Plug-In Electric Pickup trucks. (Earlier post.) The Workhorse W-15 light duty platform design...

Lyft Spreads Across US With Openings in 50 More Cities

Feb 28, 2017: Ride-hailing firm Lyft will be spreading its presence across the U.S. by adding 50 more cities. The announcement from Thursday follows one from the previous month about another 40 U.S. cities being added to the service network. Lyft says it’s all part of this year’s “massive expansion,” with the goal of providing millions more people […] The post Lyft Spreads Across US With Openings in 50 More Cities appeared first on HybridCars.com.

Shapeshifting Tent House blurs the line between indoor and outdoor spaces

Feb 27, 2017: Spark Architect’s Tent House is a seasonal shapeshifter. While situated close to Australia’s famed Sunshine Coast, its location in a rainforest clearing called for a unique design that blurs the line between indoor and outdoor spaces. Limited by the natural size of the clearing, the tent home was carefully planned to make maximum use of all available space. A large, open area houses a kitchen, a dining area complete with an accommodating table, and living “room”, with a welcoming flow...

Beijing Cab Operators Converting to Electric Taxis

Feb 27, 2017: Converting the city’s taxi fleet over to electric cars is part of Beijing’s goal of cleaning up its polluted air and supporting the government’s electrification campaign. China’s capitol city has announced a plan to see that all of the approximately 67,000 taxi cabs operating in Beijing be replaced with electric taxis. The process will take […] The post Beijing Cab Operators Converting to Electric Taxis appeared first on HybridCars.com.

Workhorse Bringing 500 Plug-in Hybrid Pickups to California Utilities

Feb 27, 2017: Workhorse Group, Inc., is moving forward in taking fleet orders for its W-15 Plug-In Electric Pickup, through an agreement made with utilities in southern California. The original equipment manufacturer will be bringing 500 of its pickups with a plug to Southern California Public Power Authority (SCPPA), a joint power authority made up of 11 municipal […] The post Workhorse Bringing 500 Plug-in Hybrid Pickups to California Utilities appeared first on HybridCars.com.

Honda Clarity Will Have Surprisingly Short 80-Mile Range

Feb 27, 2017: Honda has put itself in a challenging situation: selling a battery electric car that gets limited range as the market prepares for long-range electric cars. Honda’s all-electric Clarity, which debuts this spring in the U.S., will go about 80 miles on a single charge, as reported by Automotive News. This takes place about two months […] The post Honda Clarity Will Have Surprisingly Short 80-Mile Range appeared first on HybridCars.com.

Get MOAR from this 85-mile range fat tire folding e-bike

Feb 27, 2017: The revolution in electric bikes is bringing cyclists & would-be two-wheelers a whole lotta choices for e-mobility, and the MOAR e-bike adds a folding feature to a monster fat tire bicycle.

ARPA-E projects receive more than $1.8B in private follow-on funding for transformational energy technologies

Feb 27, 2017: The Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) announced that a group of 74 project teams has attracted more than $1.8 billion in private sector follow-on funding since the agency’s founding in 2009. The announcement was made at the eighth annual ARPA-E...

Tesla is so confident in their vehicles they're offering lifetime insurance

Feb 27, 2017: Once again Tesla is shaking up the automotive industry, this time through insurance for life. The company has started offering a lifetime maintenance and insurance package for some customers, meaning monthly car insurance bills could soon be an expense of the past. Related:…

Renault-Nissan Alliance and Transdev to develop driverless vehicle fleet system for future public and on-demand transportation

Feb 27, 2017: The Renault-Nissan Alliance and Transdev have agreed to explore the joint development of mobility services with fleets of electric driverless vehicles for public and on-demand transportation. The companies will collaborate to develop a comprehensive, modular transportation system to enable clients...

Tesla and Faraday Future Race to the Clouds in June

Feb 27, 2017: Charging up the hill will take on an added meaning in this year’s Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Last Monday, the sponsors of the 95th Running of the Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb announced that there will be a special “Exhibition Class” featuring two EVs: a modified 2017 Tesla Model S P100D from Unplugged […] The post Tesla and Faraday Future Race to the Clouds in June appeared first on HybridCars.com.

Chilean Folding House allows owners to control the temperature to adapt to the season

Feb 27, 2017: Related: Eco friendly origami house unfolds on Brazilian beach + B+V Architects Via FlipBoard Photography by Rodolfo Lagos Berardi B+V Architects, Folding House, Folding House Chile, climate-controlled homes, home design, passive cooling techniques, passive cooling technology, passive cooling, passive homes,…

Leaked Elon Musk Letter Asks Tesla Workers To Resist Unionization

Feb 27, 2017: Tesla has been the target of unionizing activities by the United Auto Workers Union, and in a leaked email, company chief Elon Musk has made an appeal to his workers. Much like he has in defending Tesla’s factory direct business model, Musk said that in order for Tesla to survive incredible odds against its survival, […] The post Leaked Elon Musk Letter Asks Tesla Workers To Resist Unionization appeared first on HybridCars.com.

2017 Volkswagen e-Golf Given Official US EPA Range Rating Of 125 Miles

Feb 27, 2017: Following the beginning of orders in Germany, the new 2017 Volkswagen e-Golf has been granted its official US EPA range rating — 125 miles per full charge. That figure represents a roughly 50% increase on the range of previous model years The post 2017 Volkswagen e-Golf Given Official US EPA Range Rating Of 125 Miles appeared first on Gas 2.

Wind energy supplied all of Denmark's power needs one day last week

Feb 27, 2017: Renewable energy can generate enough power for entire countries, and Denmark is here to confirm that dream. Last week the country met all of its power needs via wind energy on Wednesday, according to information from wind power trade organization WindEurope. The organization said Denmark produced as much energy from onshore and offshore wind as could power 10 million households.

2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Delivers 626 Pound-Feet Of Torque & 680 Horsepower

Feb 27, 2017: The 2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid, which will reportedly be getting its official debut at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show, will possess 626 pound-feet of torque and 680 horsepower The post 2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Delivers 626 Pound-Feet Of Torque & 680 Horsepower appeared first on Gas 2.

Price Of Renault Zoe Slashed In Portugal — ZE 40 Intens Flex Down To €17,560

Feb 27, 2017: Pricing for the Renault Zoe has apparently been slashed in Portugal as part of a new promotional push. The pricing is pretty low, quite attractive. The Renault Zoe ZE 40 Intens Flex (battery leasing option) is advertised at €17, The post Price Of Renault Zoe Slashed In Portugal — ZE 40 Intens Flex Down To €17,560 appeared first on Gas 2.

50% of Earth's species face extinction by 2100

Feb 27, 2017: Earth's species are in trouble, and now biologists, economists, and ecologists have gathered at the Vatican for the Biological Extinction conference to discuss what actions humanity can take to preserve Earth's biosphere. These researchers say one in five species are currently threatened with extinction, but that statistic could skyrocket to 50 percent of all species on Earth by 2100 if we do nothing. Related:…

Qualcomm and TomTom partner on crowdsourcing high-definition mapping data for autonomous driving

Feb 27, 2017: Qualcomm Technologies is working with TomTom on using the Qualcomm Drive Data Platform for high-definition (HD) map crowdsourcing, to accelerate the future of autonomous driving. Qualcomm Drive Data Platform intelligently collects and analyzes data from different vehicle sensors, supporting smarter...

Nissan showcases on-road autonomous vehicle testing in Europe

Feb 27, 2017: Nissan showed to the media its real-world testing of next generation autonomous drive prototype vehicles taking place in the east of London. This is the first time that Nissan has demonstrated its latest autonomous drive technology on public roads in...

Tesla Model 3 May Be The Most American Made Car

Feb 27, 2017: When production begins, the Tesla Model 3 may prove to be the car with the highest US made content in America. That is largely due to making its battery in Nevada from locally sourced materials. The post Tesla Model 3 May Be The Most American Made Car appeared first on Gas 2.

EIA: US produced more petroleum than any other country in 2015

Feb 27, 2017: According to data from the US Department of Energy (DOE), gathered by the US Energy Information Administration (EIA), world petroleum production was 96 million barrels per day (mmbd) in 2015 and the United States produced more than any other country—16%...

FDK and Fujitsu Labs develop high-energy-density lithium cobalt pyrophosphate cathode material for solid-state batteries

Feb 27, 2017: FDK Corporation and Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd. have jointly developed lithium cobalt pyrophosphate (Li2CoP2O7) as a high-energy-density cathode material for all-solid lithium-ion batteries. The new material can operate at charge/discharge voltages of more than 5V, which is beyond the limits of...

Oregon Ducks hit a home run with ber-green Jane Sanders Stadium

Feb 27, 2017: The Oregon Ducks hit a home run recently with the addition of the Jane Sanders Stadium, a sleek new home for the university’s softball team that’s designed to achieve LEED Gold certification. As a beautiful example of sustainable stadium design, the sports venue features materials with high recycled content, prefabricated construction, and an energy reduction of 35 percent over the Oregon Energy Code. SRG Partnership designed the sustainably minded stadium that perfectly captures the Oregon Ducks...

India could have its own Hyperloop system within 38 months

Feb 27, 2017: Past and present modes of transportation simply do not compare to the impressive abilities of hyperloop technology. This efficient and low-cost vision of the future could be making its way to India in the next few years, according to Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT) co-founder Bibop Gresta. He argues that the nation’s congested population density and lacking infrastructure could be resolved by installing a system of high speed tubes to transport people and cargo. Embed from...

China Plans To Replace All 70,000 Beijing Taxis With Electric Cars

Feb 27, 2017: Chinese authorities have embarked on a plan to remove all 67,000 fossil fueled taxis from the streets of Beijing to fight chronic air pollution. The post China Plans To Replace All 70,000 Beijing Taxis With Electric Cars appeared first on Gas 2.

Honda Clarity Electric Will Have Only 80 Miles Of Range

Feb 27, 2017: Honda says its battery electric Clarity will have only 80 miles of range. Really? How embarrassing. The post Honda Clarity Electric Will Have Only 80 Miles Of Range appeared first on Gas 2.

The Venus Project envisions a sustainable redesign of our cities and civilization

Feb 27, 2017: Countries worldwide may have advanced significantly, but still haven't solved issues like poverty, crime, or homelessness. 100-year-old futurist Jacque Fresco and architectural illustrator Roxanne Meadows founded The Venus Project to not only address these problems, but redesign our culture sustainably drawing on science and technology.

New renderings of Studio Gang's Solar Carve building reveal a faceted jewel that hugs the High Line

Feb 27, 2017: The curtain is preparing to rise on Solar Carve, a glistening jewel of a building set to soar above New York City's 10th Avenue between 13th and 14th Streets. Jeanne Gang’s Studio Gang architecture gave the tower a chiseled, gem-like exterior that almost appears to be sculpted by the rays of the sun. Caught between the High Line and the Hudson River, the 139,000-square-foot structure will have light, fresh air, and spectacular views in abundance. “All of our floors have unparalleled views of...

New Exxon CEO supports Paris climate deal, carbon tax

Feb 27, 2017: The world's largest publicly traded oil company appears to be more concerned about climate change than the president of the United States. While Donald Trump works on rolling back Obama-era environmental regulations and wants to withdraw from the Paris climate accord, new ExxonMobil Chairman and CEO Darren Woods recently said in a blog post that the Dallas-based energy company supports the Paris climate deal and a carbon tax. Those positions are in line with his successor Rex Tillerson, who is currently...

Peugeot unveils autonomous plug-in hybrid INSTINCT Concept; Samsung ARTIK Cloud for IoT; Sentiance for data analysis

Feb 27, 2017: In Spain, in conjunction with the annual Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Peugeot unveiled its INSTINCT plug-in hybrid concept, a Shooting Brake which offers the option of fully autonomous driving. However, the driver remains fully in control at all times...

Uber Female Employees Confront CEO Kalanick over “Systemic Problem with Sexism”

Feb 27, 2017: Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has reacted to a series of female employee complaints by opening up an investigation into human resources practices at the company The post Uber Female Employees Confront CEO Kalanick over “Systemic Problem with Sexism” appeared first on Gas 2.