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Apr 03, 2020

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DIY yurt could be the answer for true social distancing

Apr 2, 2020: In these trying days when social distancing seems to be so hard for so many, perhaps a change of living space is the key to finding some alone time. Designed by the team from Wooden Widget, the Plurt is a lightweight yurt that can be assembled quickly with just a few simple tools.

Where to order vegetable seeds online

Apr 2, 2020: There's no better time than now to start a garden. Here are some tips for buying seeds and getting started.

Story book of timber designed for University of Arkansas

Apr 2, 2020: Dublin-based Grafton Architects and Fayetteville-based Modus Studio have won an international design competition for the Anthony Timberlands Center for Design and Materials Innovation at the University of Arkansas’ Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design. Developed to bolster the university’s role as a leader in mass timber advocacy, the $16 million applied research center will be a “story book of timber” promoting timber and wood design initiatives.

These adorable fish lamps raise awareness of plastic pollution

Apr 2, 2020: Heliograf found design inspiration from tiny, fish-shaped soy sauce packets.

Fully circular office can be sustainably demounted and rebuilt in weeks

Apr 2, 2020: In its latest example of circular construction, Dutch architecture firm cepezed has completed Building D(emountable), a modern structure that can be fully dismounted in the heart of Delft.

BMW Group uses Blockchain to drive supply chain transparency: “PartChain”

Apr 2, 2020: The BMW Group is using Blockchain technology in purchasing to ensure the traceability of components and raw materials in multi-stage international supply chains. In 2019, we conducted a successful pilot project for purchasing front lights. This year, we want to expand the project to a large number of other suppliers....

Mitsubishi Fuso to begin series production of fuel-cell trucks by late 2020s; concept eCanter F-CELL

Apr 2, 2020: Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC), part of the Daimler Trucks family, plans to start the series production of fuel-cell trucks by the late 2020s. At the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show in October, MFTBC unveiled the Vision F-CELL, a light-duty fuel-cell concept truck. The Vision F-CELL delivers 135 kW...

German transport company SWEG and Daimler sign LOI for first Mercedes-Benz eCitaro REX with fuel cell range-extender

Apr 2, 2020: The Südwestdeutsche Verkehrs-Aktiengesellschaft (SWEG) (Southwest German Transport Company), and Daimler Buses signed a letter of intent to bring the first Mercedes-Benz eCitaro REX with a fuel-cell range extender out of series production onto the road. SWEG is a transport company in southwest Germany that operates railway lines and bus services....

Two Fuso eCanter electric trucks delivering mail in Dublin; 150 delivered globally

Apr 2, 2020: Two FUSO eCanter electric trucks are now operating in the Irish capital Dublin for the country’s post service An Post. With the handover in Dublin, the FUSO eCanter is now running in ten European cities in Germany, the UK, France, Portugal, the Netherlands, Denmark and Ireland. Since launching the eCanter...

Audi provides overview of its 4 distinct EV platforms

Apr 2, 2020: Globally, by 2025, Audi is aiming to have 30 electrified models on sale, with 20 of those vehicles fully electric. In the US, Audi has already introduced five production models: the Audi Q5 TFSI e, A7 TFSI e and A8 TFSI e plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) as well as...

MECA: industry could exceed relaxed US efficiency standards as it has to meet tighter standards elsewhere

Apr 2, 2020: On 31 March, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released the final rule for The Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient (SAFE) Vehicles for Model Years 2021-2026. The final rule requires a 1.5% year-over-year increase in fuel efficiency and reduction in GHG emissions standards, which...

EPA eases several gasoline-related regulations in response to COVID-19 pandemic

Apr 2, 2020: The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is easing several gasoline-related regulations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. First, EPA intends to provide additional flexibility to the marketplace to transition from winter-grade, high volatility gasoline to summer-grade low vapor pressure gasoline. Due to the steep fall-off in gasoline demand as a...

PowerCell signs €6.9M contract with leading European shipyard for fuel cell system

Apr 2, 2020: PowerCell Sweden AB has signed a contract with a leading European shipyard regarding the development and delivery of a megawatt marine fuel cell system. The system will be developed and delivered over three years; the total value of the contract for the period amounts to SEK 77 million (€6.9 million)....

ODonnellBrown designs affordable, modular outdoor classroom

Apr 1, 2020: In a bid to support creative and independent learning in the outdoors, Glasgow-based architectural practice O’DonnellBrown has designed and built a prototype for a Community Classroom that can be assembled, adapted and dismounted in a cinch. Completed for just £10,000 (roughly $11,278), the entirely self-initiated project is based on a kit of parts that was developed using standard structural timber section sizes that make up the skeletal frame.

Sustainability for York National Railway Museum Central Hall

Apr 1, 2020: London-based architecture practice Feilden Fowles has won an international design competition to create the new Central Hall for the National Railway Museum in York, England. Slated for completion in time for the museum’s 50th anniversary in 2025, the new centerpiece building will vastly improve the visitor experience while introducing an ambitious energy strategy to dramatically cut the site-wide operational carbon footprint by 80%.

Trump administration rolls back fuel efficiency standards

Apr 1, 2020: The move will increase oil consumption by about 2 billion barrels of oil.

Contemporary Camp O communes with nature in the Catskills

Apr 1, 2020: Humble natural materials and modern sensibilities combine in Camp O, a light-filled house-studio nestled in the middle of the Catskills’ preserve. Designed by New York City-based designer Maria Milans del Bosch as a private getaway for herself and her husband, the holiday home pays homage to the local vernacular with a distinctly contemporary twist.

A cluster of serene bungalows is tucked into Vietnamese rice fields

Apr 1, 2020: Enjoy peace and quiet in these bungalows overlooking rice fields in Vietnam.

Microwave plasma company 6K launches division to produce advanced battery materials; demos of high-performance NMC-622 cathodes

Apr 1, 2020: 6K, a leading developer of microwave plasma technology for the production of advanced materials, has entered the energy storage market with a new division called 6K ENERGY dedicated to energy storage materials. The move follows three years of internal development supported by commercial customers and the US Department of Energy...

CRU: Chinese EV sales hit hard by COVID-19 outbreak, but only for short-term

Apr 1, 2020: The COVID-19 has hit the Chinese EV sector hard; CRU, a provider of business intelligence on the global metals, mining and fertilizer industries, believes that weak sales will last at least until early Q2 2020. Nonetheless, it continues to forecast Chinese EV sales growth in 2020 over 2019’s total. EV...

Air Liquide, Groupe PSA, Schneider Electric, Valeo to produce respirators in response to the French government request

Apr 1, 2020: Faced with the compelling need for more respirators, the French government asked a group of French industrial companies led by Air Liquide to study the possibility of increasing the production of respirators so as to provide 10,000 respirators in 50 days, between the beginning of April and mid-May. In response,...

GM making face masks for frontline workers; 1.5M masks/month at full capacity

Apr 1, 2020: As the COVID-19 pandemic spread across the country, it created a critical shortage of face masks. To help protect workers in essential services across the country, GM launched a rapid-response project to produce masks at scale on 20 March. Seven days later, the team had produced its first sample on...

IHS Markit: 10 MMb/d of oil production cuts coming

Apr 1, 2020: IHS Markit Crude Oil Markets service expects up to 10 MMb/d of world oil production will be cut or shut-in from April to June 2020 as oil storage fills up and output from financially strapped companies begins to fall. If oil cannot be sold or stored, it cannot be produced....

DOT and EPA release revised fuel economy and GHG emission standards for MY 2021-2026 light-duty vehicles

Apr 1, 2020: The US Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the final Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient (SAFE) Vehicles Rule setting corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) and CO2 emissions standards for model years 2021-2026 passenger cars and light trucks. These final rules follow...

Karma Automotive introduces E-Flex platform solution for EVs

Apr 1, 2020: Karma Automotive introduced the Karma E-Flex Platform a highly versatile chassis that will offer new electric vehicle mobility solutions ranging from autonomously-driven utility vans, to daily-driver vehicles, to high-performance supercars. Karma, the Southern California-based creator of luxury electric vehicles and high-tech incubator, said the first showcase of the highly-flexible platform...

Pop-up prefab hospitals proposed as healthcare centers during pandemics

Mar 31, 2020: Moved by the stories of COVID-19 patients and medical professionals, Studio Protoype designed a pop-up hospital made for quick assembly.

Whimsical timber home in England is inspired by oast houses

Mar 31, 2020: The architects found inspiration in traditional oast houses used for drying hops.

Nearly 20 living trees support this lush garden arbor in Japan

Mar 31, 2020: The architects created the new White Flower Arbor, a stunning open-air pavilion, supported by 17 living oak and cedar trees, that blurs the boundaries between nature and architecture.

Project Blu turns plastic bottles into sustainable pet products

Mar 31, 2020: Project Blu is transforming waste into comfy pet beds, stylish collars and fun toys for Fido and Fluffy.

Olli Ella releases capsule wardrobe made with organic cotton

Mar 31, 2020: Olli Ella is creating long-lasting, organic cotton clothing designed for capsule wardrobes.

Ford to produce 50,000 Airon ventilators in Michigan in next 100 days; partnering with GE Healthcare

Mar 31, 2020: Ford Motor Company, in collaboration with GE Healthcare, will begin producing in Michigan the Airon pNeuton model A ventilator with the goal to produce 50,000 of the needed units within 100 days and up to 30,000 a month thereafter as needed. Established in 1997, Airon Corporation is a privately held...

BNEF report finds hydrogen promising decarbonization pathway, but carbon prices and emissions policies required

Mar 31, 2020: The falling cost of making hydrogen from wind and solar power offers a promising route to cutting emissions in some of the most fossil-fuel-dependent sectors of the economy, such as steel, heavy-duty vehicles, shipping and cement, according to a new report from BloombergNEF (BNEF). Hydrogen Economy Outlook, a new and...

Mobility services infrastructure company Via closes Series E round; valued at $2.25B

Mar 31, 2020: Via, a company that provides digital infrastructure to power public mobility in cities around the world (earlier post), has raised a Series E financing led by EXOR. The financing values the company at $2.25 billion and will enable Via to advance its vision of efficient, accessible, and equitable public mobility....

Volkswagen reports growing demand for e-up! and Passat GTE in Germany

Mar 31, 2020: Volkswagen reports that, even before the launch of the new ID.3 EV this summer, demand for electrified Volkswagen products has increased in Germany. Every second order for the up! model series is for the fully electric version, with around 20,000 orders received over the first three months of this year....

SEAT manufacturing automated ventilators with adapted windshield wiper motors

Mar 31, 2020: The SEAT Leon line at the Martorell, Spain, plant is producing automated ventilators to collaborate with the healthcare system in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis. Going from producing cars to ventilators in record time is the result of the intense work of many SEAT employees. The motivation of everyone...

Cree introduces SiC 650V MOSFETs targeting EVs, data centers and solar

Mar 31, 2020: Cree has introduced the Wolfspeed 650V silicon carbide MOSFETs, delivering a wider range of industrial applications and enabling the next generation of Electric Vehicle (EV) onboard charging, data centers, and other renewable systems with industry-leading power efficiency. The new 15 mΩ and 60 mΩ 650V devices, which use Cree’s third-generation...

BMW provides glimpse of powertrain for BMW i Hydrogen NEXT, reaffirms longer-term commitment to fuel cell technology

Mar 31, 2020: The BMW Group provided some technical insights into the powertrain system for the planned BMW i Hydrogen NEXT and also reaffirmed its commitment to following a carefully considered and systematic route to emission-free mobility. The BMW Group has been working with Toyota on fuel cell technology since 2013. The two...

DOE to provide $22M for research on capturing carbon dioxide from air

Mar 31, 2020: The US Department of Energy (DOE) will provide up to $22 million for research aimed at achieving breakthroughs in the effort to capture carbon dioxide directly from ambient air (DAC). The initiative encompasses two concurrent funding announcements—one by DOE’s Office of Science (SC) (LAB 20-2303) and another by DOE’s Office...

Hyundai Motor to establish Hyundai Mobility Global Innovation Center in Singapore

Mar 31, 2020: Hyundai Motor Company will establish a Hyundai Mobility Global Innovation Center in Singapore (HMGICs) to accelerate its innovation efforts, with support from the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB). The new innovative lab will be located in Singapore’s Jurong Innovation District. HMGICs will occupy a footprint of 44,000 m2 with the...

EPA suspends environmental law enforcement

Mar 30, 2020: Businesses will not face any repercussions for polluting American air, land or water, as long as they can claim their practices are related to COVID-19.

Weathered-steel home near Palm Springs is the epitome of desert chic

Mar 30, 2020: Los Angeles-based EYRC Architects has tucked an undeniably chic home into a remote corner of the Californian desert.

Nonprofit plants 80,000 trees in Kenya and Rwanda

Mar 30, 2020: The name of global environmental charity One Tree Planted seems excessively modest now, as they’ve just finished planting 80,000 trees in Africa. Rwanda got 60,000 new trees, and Kenya got 20,000.

Three prefab modules make up this contemporary rural home

Mar 30, 2020: This stunning, prefab home features outstanding landscape views.

Study links air pollution to dementia and cardiovascular disease

Mar 30, 2020: People continuously exposed to air pollution are at increased risk of dementia, especially if they also suffer from cardiovascular diseases, according to a study at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden published in the journal JAMA Neurology. Patients with cardiovascular diseases who live in polluted environments may require additional support from care...

Is almond milk bad for the environment?

Mar 30, 2020: Almonds are a nutritious and satisfying food source, and almond milk is a top dairy alternative. But is our obsession with almond milk hurting our planet?

First DAF CF Electric refuse collection truck delivered to ROVA

Mar 30, 2020: As part of a field test comprising four comparable vehicles, the first DAF CF Electric 6x2 refuse collection truck has entered operations with Dutch public waste disposal firm ROVA. The vehicle features a zero-emission VDL electric powertrain alongside a fully electric VDL refuse collection superstructure. The vehicle will be operated...

New SEAT Leon first model of the brand to offer five different powertrain technologies: gasoline, diesel, MHEV, PHEV and CNG

Mar 30, 2020: The all-new SEAT Leon offers five different powertrain technologies: gasoline (TSI); diesel (TDI); mild-hybrid (eTSI); plug-in hybrid (eHybrid); and compressed natural gas (TGI). SEAT is a member of the Volkswagen Group. In total, there are eleven different mechanical variants, with power outputs ranging from 90 PS with the 1.0 TSI...

BYD launches Blade Battery to address battery safety in EVs

Mar 30, 2020: BYD launched the Blade Battery, a development intended to mitigate concerns about battery safety in electric vehicles. The Blade Battery has been developed by BYD over the past several years. The individual cells are arranged together in an array and then inserted into a battery pack. Due to its optimized...

2021 BMW 330e and 330e xDrive PHEV sedans priced in US starting at $44,550 and $46,550

Mar 30, 2020: BMW is introducing the BMW 330e and 330e xDrive PHEV sedans (earlier post) in the US with an MSRP of $44,550 for 330e and $46,550 for 330e xDrive sedan plus $995 Dest. The new BMW 330e and 330e xDrive Sedans utilize an intelligently controlled powertrain consisting of an electric motor,...

Electric VTOL company Lilium completes $240M funding round

Mar 30, 2020: Lilium, the Munich-based aviation company developing an all-electric, vertical take-off and landing aircraft for regional air mobility (earlier post), completed an internal funding round worth more than $240 million. The round was led by Tencent, with participation from other existing investors including Atomico, Freigeist and LGT. The all-electric Lilium Jet...