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May 29, 2017

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Mercedes-Benz Rastatt plant to produce compact electric EQ vehicles; 3rd center of competence for EQ models in Germany

May 29, 2017: Mercedes-Benz announced that its Rastatt plant—the company’s lead plant in global production of compact cars—will produce compact-class electric EQ models in the future. The decision is based on a declaration of intent, which the company has set up with the...

Lexus Says Farewell to CT 200h

May 29, 2017: After seven years, and a sharp drop-off in sales, it looks like it’s the end of the line for the entry-level Lexus CT 200h hybrid. The report comes from Car and Driver, which said that Lexus said the hybrid hatchback won’t be returning to the U.S. market for 2018. SEE ALSO: 2015 Lexus CT 200h Review – […] The post Lexus Says Farewell to CT 200h appeared first on

Electric cars will reach cost parity with conventional cars as early as next year

May 29, 2017: Cost parity between gas & diesel cars and electric vehicles could be reached in 2018, most likely in Europe first.

Alabama Graphite reports high-performance Si-enhanced coated spherical purified graphite (Si-CSPG) for LIBs

May 29, 2017: Alabama Graphite Corp. (AGC) reported positive electrochemical results from downstream lithium-ion battery tests recently performed on its silicon-oxide-enhanced coated spherical purified graphite ("Si-CSPG") produced from the AGC’s ultra-high-purity 99.999 wt% C natural flake graphite. Based on the addition of a...

Desert Twins produce water through condensation in driest place on Earth

May 29, 2017: Safe water isn't easily accessible for one in 10 people on Earth. For nearly 10 years, artist Ap Verheggen has been working to address water scarcity, and his SunGlacier team recently had the opportunity to test their idea of making water from thin air in what they described as the driest, hottest place on the planet: the Sahara Desert.

G7 leaders openly say climate change consensus does not include US

May 29, 2017: The rest of the world is beginning to count the United States out of the climate change battle, if a recent statement after the G7 statement is any indication. The G7 leaders met late last week at a summit in Taormina, Italy, and naturally climate change was on the agenda. But in a rather blunt statement, they said America "is not in a position to join the consensus" on the Paris Agreement and one of the biggest issues humanity faces today.

Casa Pjaro de Plata offers stunning views of the Costa Rican jungle

May 29, 2017: This gorgeous house nestled amidst the Costa Rican jungle is a private retreat that offers panoramic views of its lush natural surroundings. Architect John Osborne of OS Arquitectura designed Casa Pájaro de Plata, which translates to 'Silver Bird House' in Spanish, to resemble a bird in flight. The house has a simple shape and sits on a promontory surrounded by a lush jungle. It combines natural stone with white marble and wood to create a variety of warm spaces that allow the owners...

Score an organic mattress worth 2199 from PlushBeds

May 29, 2017: Getting a good night's sleep depends on a lot of factors, but a well-made mattress makes all the difference. Unfortunately, a lot of mattresses on the market (especially the cheap ones) are made with materials that contain harmful chemicals, which in turn contribute to an unfriendly list of maladies. Think allergies, asthma, endocrine problems and, in some cases, even cancer. They also come with an environmental footprint that would give any green-minded person nightmares. But PlushBeds is raising...

Code red aviation alert after Bogoslaf volcano erupts in Alaska

May 29, 2017: The highest aviation alert was issued on Saturday after a volcano on Alaska’s Bogoslof Island erupted. As a result of the code “red” alert being raised, pilots were instructed to fly at least 35,000 ft., and possibly as high as 45,000 ft, above the volcano to prevent its fiery ash from melting parts of the plane which would result in engine failure. According to the Alaska Volcano Observatory (AVO), the volcano that erupted is part of the Aleutian Island chain. Not long after...

Indy 500: Honda Ruins The Fernando Alonso Party

May 29, 2017: Takuma Sato won the Indy 500, but the story of the race was Formula One driver Fernando Racer leading much of the way. He says, he will be back. The post Indy 500: Honda Ruins The Fernando Alonso Party appeared first on Gas 2.

Portable SolSource Sport solar stove heats up 5X faster than a charcoal grill

May 29, 2017: Imagine voyaging to your favorite local national park for a hot meal cooked outdoors with a portable stove that weighs 10 pounds and pops up in five minutes. And requires no fuel but the sun. And cooks food five times faster than a charcoal grill, but without the pollution. That's the SolSource Sport. One Earth Designs is crowdfunding for their latest small solar cooker just in time for summer. Related:…

Ecosistema Urbano envisions bioclimatic domes for Florida's West Palm waterfront

May 29, 2017: This green masterplan for the West Palm Beach in Florida will include the first public bioclimatic domes in the U.S. adorned with hanging gardens. Architecture film Ecosistema Urbano designed the project as a proposal for the Shore to Core competition which invited international designers, planners and architects to envision the future of the West Palm Beach waterfront. Van Alen Institute and the West Palm Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (WPB CRA) awarded Ecosistema Urbano's proposal, named...

German community bands together to convert old WWII bunker into a 'green mountain'

May 29, 2017: Related: Century-old WWI bunker is reborn as a contemporary alpine shelter “We are rebuilding what we inherit.” The project’s initiative states, “Adding something to history while dealing with it and thereby reshaping history itself.” Via Archdaily…

Enviable cabin with coastal views dramatically cuts into bedrock

May 29, 2017: If you want a tasteful home with a sense of drama, you’ll love this spruce-clad cabin. Helsinki-based studio Mer Arkkitehdit set this white minimalist home into a rocky cliff that overlooks sublime coastal views in multiple directions. In addition to stunning landscape vistas, the compact Stormvillan home features a beautiful contemporary interior carefully furnished for a clean, modern, and cozy character. Located in Hanko, Finland, the 210-square-meter Stormvillan is set at the heart...

Fujitsu develops new Li iron pyrophosphate cathode material with abnormally high voltage for LIBs

May 29, 2017: Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd. has successfully developed a high-voltage cathode material for lithium iron phosphate rechargeable batteries. Using a proprietary materials design technology as well as a technology that precisely controls the composition of raw materials and the formation process of...

Light-filled library doubles as a home-like environment in Shanghai

May 29, 2017: There’s nothing quite like curling up with a good book. Brooklyn-based nARCHITECTS imbues those feelings of comfort into their design of “Library As Home,” the winning entry in the 110,000-square-meter Shanghai Library East Hall competition held by the city government. The cylindrical library draws inspiration from Chinese traditional architecture and culture while maintaining a contemporary design. In addition to winning first prize in the Shanghai government’s 2016 International...

VW Gets Greenlight In China For Building EVs With JAC Motors

May 29, 2017: Volkswagen and Jianghuai Automobile Group (JAC Motors) were granted approval Monday to jointly build plug-in vehicles in China. The joint venture’s approval is to locally manufacture 100,000 battery electric vehicles and it has a market valuation of 5.1 billion yuan ($740 million), according to a JAC Motors stock exchange filing. The regulatory filing started in […] The post VW Gets Greenlight In China For Building EVs With JAC Motors appeared first on

What Is The Cheapest Electric Car You Can Buy In The US?

May 28, 2017: What is the cheapest electric car you can buy in the US? That depends on your needs and how you define the word "car." The post What Is The Cheapest Electric Car You Can Buy In The US? appeared first on Gas 2.

Ferrari Team Orders Taint the Monaco Formula 1 Race 2017

May 28, 2017: The Monaco FIA Formula 1 Grand Prix is always exciting right from the recognizance lap. The cars meander through the Casino de Monte-Carlo with million dollar yachts in the harbor and the buildings and mountains of the principality looming overhead. This year, two Ferraris were at the head of the field. They climbed up the [&hellip The post Ferrari Team Orders Taint the Monaco Formula 1 Race 2017 appeared first on Gas 2.

Argonne researchers make vanadium into a useful low-cost catalyst for hydrogenation

May 28, 2017: Researchers at the US Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory have developed an unusually active form of vanadium for hydrogenation reactions. Vanadium is an inexpensive common metal that could replace some of the precious metals currently found in catalysts used...

Gas2 Week in Review: German Carmakers on the Hot Seat and More

May 28, 2017: German carmakers made the top news this week on Gas2, with two separate issues catching the interest of our readers. Many were amazed to hear that the U.S. President threatened to halt German carmakers’ products in the U.S., and Trump’s understanding of basic international trade principles came under fire. An investigation into Daimler’s possible corruption of [&hellip The post Gas2 Week in Review: German Carmakers on the Hot Seat and More appeared first on Gas 2.

Lyft Unveils New Features Suggested By Drivers

May 28, 2017: Lyft has unveiled a package of new features designed to make drivers happier and help them earn more money The post Lyft Unveils New Features Suggested By Drivers appeared first on Gas 2.

New Methods Could Cut Autonomous Car Testing Costs By 99%

May 28, 2017: Researchers at the University of Michigan claim they have devised new tools that could slash the time and expense of designing autonomous car technology by more than 99%. The post New Methods Could Cut Autonomous Car Testing Costs By 99% appeared first on Gas 2.

Gasoline Engines Emit More Particulates Than Diesels

May 28, 2017: A study in Switzerland finds that gasoline engines equipped with direct injection systems emit up to 100 times more particulates than diesels engines. Surprise! The post Gasoline Engines Emit More Particulates Than Diesels appeared first on Gas 2.

Public Trust In Autonomous Car Technology Is Eroding

May 27, 2017: In 2016, the MIT AgeLab, in cooperation with the New England Motoring Press Association, conducted a study to determine public attitudes about autonomous car technology. It found that younger drivers were more accepting of the idea that cars could drive themselves without human input than were older drivers. The more mature people who took the [&hellip The post Public Trust In Autonomous Car Technology Is Eroding appeared first on Gas 2.

Bochum chemists develop method to produce self-healing catalyst films for hydrogen production

May 27, 2017: Chemically aggressive conditions prevail during the electrochemical splitting of water to produce hydrogen, wearing out the catalysts used. Further, engineering stable electrodes using highly active catalyst nanopowders for electrochemical water splitting remains a notorious challenge. Now, chemists at the Centre...

Surprise! FIA Formula 1 Monaco Qualifying Results 2017

May 27, 2017: Kimi Raikkonen got the pole at the 2017 FIA Formula 1 Monaco qualifying session The post Surprise! FIA Formula 1 Monaco Qualifying Results 2017 appeared first on Gas 2.

On Again, Off Again BMW i5 Off The Table — Again

May 27, 2017: The long rumored BMW i5 is now officially cancelled. The company will focus instead on building electric and plug-in hybrid versions of its current models and on its iNEXT concept car. The post On Again, Off Again BMW i5 Off The Table — Again appeared first on Gas 2.

Study Predicts EV Prices Will Break Even With Gasoline-Powered Cars In 2025

May 26, 2017: Electric cars will become more cost effective next to conventional models – but not until 2025, says a new study. The study by London-based Bloomberg New Energy Finance predicts a break-even point that year, and that electric cars will beat conventional gasoline engine cars in years following. “On an upfront basis, these things will start […] The post Study Predicts EV Prices Will Break Even With Gasoline-Powered Cars In 2025 appeared first on

Class-Action Suit Alleges Emissions Cheating By GM Duramax Diesel Trucks

May 26, 2017: General Motors has been hit with a class-action lawsuit claiming defeat devices had been placed in hundreds of thousands of its diesel trucks. The class action suit was filed Thursday in the Detroit federal district court on behalf of owners and lessees of more than 705,000 Duramax-engined GMC and Chevy trucks. It asserts GM cheated […] The post Class-Action Suit Alleges Emissions Cheating By GM Duramax Diesel Trucks appeared first on

BMW just unveiled the sleek electric motorcycle of the future

May 26, 2017: Ready to commute in style? A futuristic, zero-emission motorbike was recently unveiled by BMW at the Concorso D’eleganza Villa D’este, an event presently taking place in Italy. Modeled after the BMW Motoradd Vision Next 100, the design is both sleek and functional and is perfect for those who need to transit in urban settings. The BMW Motorrad Concept Link may look like a scooter, but it is anything but. The motorbike has a low-slung, stretched body with a flat seat and, according to the...

Forward Labs' new solar roof is 33% cheaper than Tesla's - and it can be installed in half the time

May 26, 2017: Tesla gets all the attention when it comes to solar roofs, but meanwhile, start-up Forward Labs has been hammering away at their own solar roof technology that not only blends right in with traditional roofs, but it is 33% cheaper that Tesla's offering - and it can be installed in half of the time. Forward Labs' roof is different from Tesla's in that, instead of using individual solar shingles, it uses a standing-seam metal roof that is made up of one large, layered piece. It has a tempered...

Eric Reguly on how self-driving cars will kill cities, not save them

May 26, 2017: And he is not alone in thinking this.

Government of Canada to develop a national Zero-Emissions Vehicle strategy by 2018

May 26, 2017: The Government of Canada is moving forward with provincial and territorial partners, industry and stakeholders, to develop a national strategy to increase the number of zero-emission vehicles (ZEVS)—battery electric, plug-in hybrid, and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles—on Canadian roads by 2018....

China subverts pollution with contained vertical farms - and boosts yield

May 26, 2017: Around one fifth of arable land in China is contaminated with levels of toxins greater than government standards, according to 2014 data. That's around half the size of California, and it's a growing problem for a country that faces such levels of pollution they had to import $31.2 billion of soybeans in 2015 - a 43 percent increase since 2008. Scientists and entrepreneurs are working to come up with answers to growing edible food in a polluted environment, and shipping containers or vertical gardening...

New autopilot software update improves performance and feel of Tesla cars

May 26, 2017: Tesla isn't content to be the most valuable car company in the United States. The company has been working to improve their software, and their new Autopilot comes with relaxed speed restrictions that make driving on undivided roads and off highways even better. Vice president of Autopilot software Chris Lattner said on Twitter the performance of the car is "much improved."…

Tiny house startup Getaway to launch off-grid tiny homes in NYC this weekend

May 26, 2017: Getaway at Gateway Related: MUJI to sell eagerly awaited $27k minimalist tiny homes this fall + Gateway at Getaway Getaway, Getaway at Gateway, tiny house startups, tiny house design, Gateway National Recreation Area, nyc gateway park, national parks, tiny home exhibition nyc, nyc tiny homes,…

Now Trump wants to condemn wild horses to slaughter

May 26, 2017: There's a new group on the chopping block under President Donald Trump's latest budget proposal: wild horses. His administration thinks they could save $10 million by allowing the sale of wild horses snared in the American West. But they'd toss out a requirement in place right now - buyers must guarantee the horses won't be resold to be killed. Under the Trump budget these iconic animals could be disposed of to foreign slaughterhouses to be processed as food. Wild horses are so integral...

Wärtsilä to install hybrid system on LNG-powered offshore supply vessel

May 26, 2017: The technology group Wärtsilä has signed an agreement with Eidesvik Offshore to install a hybrid system with batteries on board of its vessel Viking Princess. The ship will become the first offshore supply vessel in which batteries reduce the number...

Fresno County unveils countywide solar-powered EV charging program using Envision Solar’s EV ARC

May 26, 2017: The Fresno County Rural Transit Agency (FCRTA), San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District (SJVAPCD), the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), the California Energy Commission (CEC) and CALSTART unveiled a program providing the Envision Solar EV ARC solar-powered electric vehicle...

India cancels plans for coal power stations as solar prices hit record low

May 26, 2017:   Plans to construct nearly 14 gigawatts of coal-fired power stations in India (nearly the same as the total amount in the UK) have fallen through, now that the price for solar electricity is “free falling” to levels once considered impossible. Because solar tariffs have dropped by 25% in some regions, the shift from “dirty” energy sources to solar and wind is expected to have “profound” implications for global energy markets. Tim Buckley, the director of energy finance studies...

Mitsubishi Motors delivers 635 Outlander PHEVs to Ukranian police; largest PHEV fleet order yet for MMC

May 26, 2017: Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) delivered 635 Outlander PHEV vehicles to the National Police of Ukraine on 25 May through its local importer and distributor MMC Ukraine. The vehicle order stems from an emissions trading agreement signed by a number of...

LA Metro awards multi-year contract for Clean Energy’s renewable natural gas to fuel CNG fleet

May 26, 2017: The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) has awarded Clean Energy a renewable natural gas (RNG) contract to fuel the Metro fleet of transit buses. The deal calls for Clean Energy to provide Metro its Redeem brand of RNG,...

Study links PM2.5 pollution to heart damage

May 26, 2017: Research presented at the annual CMR (cardiovascular magnetic resonance) imaging conference of the European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging (EACVI) links PM2.5 pollution to heart damage. Among the sources of urban PM2.5 are diesel and gasoline direct injection (GDI) engines (earlier...

Atelier Space turn a 1925 nursery into a daylit solar-powered residence in the Netherlands

May 26, 2017: Smart adaptive reuse can do wonders with old, abandoned and disused buildings. Dutch firm Atelier Space breathed new life into this 1925 nursery in Leiden, the Netherlands, and converted it into a beautiful, daylit residence with all the amenities, technology and polish worthy of a modern urban home. The architects preserved much of the original 1925 nursery, turned the former gym into an airy, open-plan living, dining, and kitchen area. They divided a large classroom into three separate...

Student-designed car could cross almost the entire U.S. on one gallon of gas

May 26, 2017: Every year engineering students contend for the prize to design a super efficient vehicle in the Shell Eco-marathon Americas contest. This year a team from Université Laval snagged the award with a car that gets 2,713.1 miles per gallon of gasoline. That means a driver could travel further than the distance between Atlanta, Georgia and Seattle, Washington in the efficient little vehicle.

Formerly undiscovered tectonic plates may explain mysterious Vityaz earthquakes

May 26, 2017: A previously undetected layer of tectonic plates may offer answers to the mysterious Vityaz earthquakes in the Pacific Ocean. Researchers recently presented their preliminary findings on the extra layer of tectonic plates in Earth's mantle at a joint meeting of the American Geophysical Union and the Japan Geoscience Union in Tokyo. These plates might have moved into the mantle millions of years ago.

Envirohaven's super green geodesic homes can be built in just a few days

May 26, 2017: Related: Zendome: Gorgeous Geodesic Domes Create Flexible Green Spaces + Environhaven Environhaven, sustainable tiny homes, tiny pods, tiny home design, eco tiny homes, green tiny homes, sustainable home design, pre-fabbed geodesic homes,…

LEED Silver-seeking Perry World House marries new and old at Penn

May 26, 2017: The newest building at the University of Pennsylvania also happens to be the oldest. This curious marriage of new and old is the Perry World House, the university’s new hub for international affairs. Designed by 1100 Architect, the academic building merges a historic 19th century structure with a modern new-build into a LEED Silver-seeking research center with open and flexible spaces. Completed in 2016, the Perry World House is a 17,400-square-foot academic center that combines a historic...

Researchers find that high pressure is key to high-entropy alloys

May 26, 2017: Researchers from Stanford University and the University of Tennessee report that high pressure could be the key to making advanced high-entropy alloys (HEAs, near-equiatomic solid solutions of multi-principal-elements that are promising for high-temperature applications, earlier post) that are lighter, stronger...