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Aug 29, 2016

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Cadillac Lets CT6 PHEV Details Slip For Chinese Market

Aug 28, 2016: Cadillac may have let some details slip about the upcoming CT6 plug in hybrid it will build in China. If accurate, the CT6 PHEV will have the best fuel efficiency and range in its class. The post Cadillac Lets CT6 PHEV Details Slip For Chinese Market appeared first on Gas 2.

ChargePoint offering 10% off Home 32 Amp EV charging station

Aug 28, 2016: For National Drive Electric Week, ChargePoint is offering 10% off its 32 Amp ChargePoint Home EV charger. The 32 Amp station adds about 25 miles of range per hour to an EV. The charger comes in both plug-in and hard-wired...

Most Drivers Do Not Understand Automatic Braking Systems Says AAA

Aug 28, 2016: A study by AAA says that most drivers place too much trust in automatic braking systems and don't understand the limitations of such systems. The post Most Drivers Do Not Understand Automatic Braking Systems Says AAA appeared first on Gas 2.

A gigantic tree lives inside this gorgeous glass house in the mountains of Kazakhstan

Aug 28, 2016: A. Masow Design Studio just unveiled plans to build a gorgeous glass house that wraps around an entire tree in the woods of Almaty, Kazakhstan. The home's circular glass façade envelops the entire trunk along with the branches, reinventing the concept the…

5 deadly diseases caused by global warming

Aug 28, 2016: Modern science has prevented deadly diseases ranging from tetanus to polio, but man-made global warming could unravel the significant progress made in the fight against life-threatening ailments as new deadly diseases emerge from the melting permafrost and make their way north from the tropics as temperatures continue to rise. Of course, the spread of new deadly diseases could poentially be prevented if the world would listen to the warnings from atmospheric scientists and do everything humanly...

Enter the Biodesign Competition to get your ideas in front of the X-Prize

Aug 28, 2016: Construction has come a long way since the Neolithic days of our earliest dwellings but many of today’s building practices still require unnecessary amounts of resources and energy. To make matters worse, conventional construction too frequently compromises our health and the health of natural environment, but with the wealth of recent scientific and technological advances, we know that this need not be the case. To address this issue, the X-Prize for BioDesigned futures is seeking applicants with...

UK’s OLEV and Innovate UK announce £24M low-emission freight and logistics trial competition

Aug 28, 2016: A new £24-million (US$31.5-million) funding competition has been launched by the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) with support from Innovate UK to enable industry-led research trials and development of innovative vehicles or on-vehicle technology. The competition’s aim is to...

Solar-powered Pipe desalinizes 1.5 billion gallons of drinking water for California

Aug 28, 2016: The infrastructure California needs to generate energy for electricity and clean water will change the state for years to come, but this need not blight the landscape. The Pipe is one example of how producing energy can be knitted into every day life in a healthy, aesthetically-pleasing way. One of the finalists of the 2016 Land Art Generator Initiative design competition for Santa Monica Pier, the design deploys electromagnetic desalination to provide clean drinking water for the city, and filters...

Biodegradable algae water bottles provide a green alternative to plastic

Aug 28, 2016: Plastic bottles come with a higher price tag than most realize: they can take up to 1,000 years to decompose in a landfill. The fact that at least half of all water bottles are used only once makes the waste that much more egregious. Icelandic product designer Ari Jónsson decided he needed to take action, and fashioned a biodegradable water bottle from algae. “I feel there is an urgent need to find ways to replace some of the unreal amount of plastic we make, use, and throw away every day....

6 foods you can easily grow from kitchen scraps

Aug 28, 2016: So you’re a proud locavore or maybe you’re interested in reducing your monthly grocery expenditure. If you’ve already watched our video on how to regrow scallions, or followed our tutorial on how to grow an avocado tree from an avocado pit, you’ll love learning about these eight veggies and herbs that can sprout almost overnight from the very scraps that normally end up in the compost. In addition to being incredibly easy and cheap, growing from kitchen scraps will help you reduce you food...

Win a $500 shopping spree from IKEA to make over your dorm room

Aug 28, 2016: What student wouldn't love IKEA? Cool, multi-purpose furniture and decor at a fraction of the price. There's no better way to kick off the school year than with a brand new place to call your own. And thanks to our friends at IKEA, we're giving away a $500 shopping spree at the Scandinavian mega store for one lucky winner to deck our their dorm room. Fancy a wireless charging table? How about a standing desk? Or even a new bike? Enter below to score everything you could possibly need.

Stop The Presses! New Device Boosts Power And Increases Gas Mileage

Aug 28, 2016: An young Australian inventor says he has invented a digital device he calls the Berry that can increase engine power 28%, increase gas mileage by 10%, and increase torque by 33%. All that for just $259? Where do I sign up? The post Stop The Presses! New Device Boosts Power And Increases Gas Mileage appeared first on Gas 2.

Teenager turns a $200 run-down camper into a beautiful cozy escape

Aug 28, 2016: When summer rolled around, 14-year-old Ellie Yeater chose to spend her school break a bit differently than her peers. The ambitious teenager purchased a run-down 1974 Wilderness camper for $200 and transformed it into a cozy and beautiful backyard retreat. Crafted with upcycled finds and homemade fittings, the highly personalized renovation boasts a distinct vintage-reuse theme. READ MORE>…

Select truck fleets boosted fuel economy 3% in 2015 compared to national Class 8 average

Aug 28, 2016: Seventeen trucking fleets operating more than 62,000 tractors and 217,000 trailers recorded a 3% increase in fuel economy in 2015, saving an accumulative $501 million on fuel when compared to the 2015 national average fuel spend of 1.7 million over-the-road...

The most environmentally-friendly choice you can make could be to not have kids

Aug 27, 2016: We are all about finding new and effective ways to lessen your impact on the planet, but a new movement suggests that perhaps the smartest thing you can do for the planet is to not have kids. Known as the "small-family ethic," the movement suggests that having one kid fewer is the most Earth-friendly move you can make. READ MORE >…

Formula One Grid Penalties Make Mockery Of Title Fight

Aug 27, 2016: Championship leader Lewis Hamilton was slammed with a 55 spot grid penalty at Spa after his team changed most of the powertrain components in his car. The penalty will make it difficult for him to maintain his points lead The post Formula One Grid Penalties Make Mockery Of Title Fight appeared first on Gas 2.

This massive wind-powered skyscraper would cool the entire planet

Aug 27, 2016: Italian architects Paolo Venturella and Cosimo Scotucci of Paolo Venturella Architecture designed a fantastical Global Cooling Skyscraper that’s designed to attack global warming by cooling the entire planet. The architects cited the challenges of climate change as an inspiration; they said the strategies we have to combat global warming are not enough, and only a “global strategy” could halt the nature disasters resulting from climate change. So they designed an imaginative...

Newly-discovered world's oldest sewing needle wasn't made by Homo sapiens

Aug 27, 2016: Russian archaeologists just found what might be the world’s oldest intact sewing needle. The needle was crafted from a large bird bone and is at least 50,000 years old. But the incredible discovery might not have been crafted by homo sapiens. READ MORE >…

Mercedes Proceeding With EQ Branding For Electric Cars

Aug 27, 2016: Mercedes has recently filed for trademark protection in the UK for several versions of its new EQ division. It is expected that electric cars from Mercedes will carry the EQ brand. The first prototype is expected in Paris next month. The post Mercedes Proceeding With EQ Branding For Electric Cars appeared first on Gas 2.

Let’s Eliminate All Left Lane Bandits!

Aug 27, 2016: Hogging the left lane is dangerous. It leads to congestion on the highways and is a major cause of road rage. It is childish and boorish behavior. We should all be adults and stay out of the left lane except to pass other traffic. The post Let’s Eliminate All Left Lane Bandits! appeared first on Gas 2.

Why The Tesla 100 kWh Battery Is A Super Big Deal

Aug 27, 2016: The big thing about Tesla's new 100 kWh battery is not that it makes the Model S fly to 60 mph in 2.5 seconds. The big thing is it shows once again how far ahead of the competition Tesla is. The post Why The Tesla 100 kWh Battery Is A Super Big Deal appeared first on Gas 2.

You can play this building like a gigantic xylophone

Aug 27, 2016: The LCCCP's previous house in Muswell Hill, built in the 1950s, became unable to accommodate the growing number of disabled children who, due to neo-natal brain injuries, suffer from one of the forms of cerebral palsy. The new extension will provide a wide range of new services and facilities that will transform the way charity works with children and the wider public. Related: Perkins+Will’s Kenya Women and Children’s Wellness Center Takes National Healthcare Award for 2012 The extension...

UTA study indicates air contamination near fracking sites result of operational inefficiencies, not inherent to the extraction process

Aug 27, 2016: A study led by chemists at the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) indicates that highly variable contamination events registered in and around unconventional oil and gas developments are the result of operational inefficiencies and not inherent to the extraction...

PHOTOS: Cacheuta Thermal Water Park is a summer escape wedged in Argentina's Andes Mountains

Aug 27, 2016: Cacheuta Hot Springs is only a short bus ride away from Mendoza's capital, and the entry cost is only  $7(US) for adults. It is the perfect place to spend a day out with friends or family swimming, or just relaxing in one of the thermal pools or streams…

GM recycles 2M Flint water bottles into fleece for homeless, car parts and air filters

Aug 27, 2016: General Motors is adding 2 million water bottles from Flint, Michigan residents into its Do Your Part water bottle recycling initiative. The company partnered with Schupan Recycling to collect the bottles. The plastic is washed, flaked and turned into fleece...

2017 Chevrolet Colorado updated with all-new V-6 and class-exclusive 8-speed automatic; cylinder deactivation

Aug 27, 2016: For 2017, the Chevrolet Colorado mid-size pickup offers an all-new V-6 engine and class-exclusive eight-speed automatic. It is the latest major update for Colorado, which entered the market in model year 2015. Chevrolet is on track to sell more than...

Self-Driving Race Car Prototype Revealed

Aug 26, 2016: The Robocar autonomous EV race car is coming, but first the DevBot prototype is paving the way. Roborace will be a racing series made up entirely of autonomous, self-driving electric cars. It will use the Robocar, which is slated to be unveiled later this year. For now, behold the DevBot, which is a prototype previewing […] The post Self-Driving Race Car Prototype Revealed appeared first on HybridCars.com.

USDOT proposes speed limiters for large commercial vehicles; potential savings up to ~$1B in fuel each year depending on limit

Aug 26, 2016: The US Department of Transportation’s (DOT’s) National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) are proposing equipping heavy-duty vehicles with devices that limit their speeds on US roadways, and requiring those devices be set to...

This BMW i3 REx Has Driven 56,000 Miles On 50 Gallons Of Gas.

Aug 26, 2016: Tom Moloughney is a big fan of the BMW i3. He says his has driven more than 56,000 miles on less than 50 gallons of gas, thanks to its onboard range extender engine. The post This BMW i3 REx Has Driven 56,000 Miles On 50 Gallons Of Gas. appeared first on Gas 2.

Giant gleaming Orb deploys solar and wave energy to make clean water for California

Aug 26, 2016: "The sustainable architectural culture that aspires the coexistence of human, nature and the architecture itself" is a core value of Heerim Architects and Planners in South Korea, the team behind a sparkling orb designed for Santa Monica Pier. A finalist in the biennial site-specific 2016 Land Art Generator Initiative design competition, which promotes the uptake of energy-generating public art that informs, delights, and uplifts communities and visitors, The Clear Orb reveals a playful approach...

Dyson is releasing a combination air purifier, bladeless fan, and space heater for $599

Aug 26, 2016: Thanks to Dyson’s newest innovation, you will only need one outlet to run an air purifier, cooling fan, and space heater. The Pure Hot + Cool Link combines all three devices into one, saving space and money. Dyson integrated its Cool bladeless fan, Hot heater, and Pure Cool Link air purifier into one multipurpose, climate-controlling product. The Pure Hot + Cool Link uses the same revered HEPA filter used in other products, which is said to remove 99.97 percent of bothersome air...

This proposed flying off-grid hotel lets you travel anywhere in the world

Aug 26, 2016: Imagine flying over the Grand Canyon or hovering through the plains of the Serengeti from the comfort and safety of your hotel room. That off-grid fantasy is at the heart of HOK’s Driftscape, a mobile, self-sustaining hotel conceived to give guests the power to travel almost anywhere they desire. Created by the firm’s Toronto office, the futuristic drone-integrated concept was recently selected as a finalist in the Radical Innovation Awards, a competition that seeks innovative ideas in hospitality....

Blackened timber home draws energy from a large wood-burning stove

Aug 26, 2016: The House Bäumle 2 was built on a slender strip of land next to a steep incline that falls away to a small stream. Its arresting blackened timber facade is a nod to the traditional vernacular of sunburned agriculture houses that the architects say have largely disappeared in Vorarlberg's Rhine Valley. Large square windows of varying sizes with unpainted timber frames punctuate the dark facade. A large reinforced concrete mass sits at the heart of the home to help absorb and retain heat during...

The worlds tallest timber building was just topped off ahead of schedule

Aug 26, 2016: In Vancouver, the towering timber Brock Commons just had its final panel installed, making the dream of the world’s tallest timber building a reality. In just 66 days - ahead of the original scheduled timeframe - the exterior of the Acton Ostry Architects' record-breaking design has come to fruition, which could possibly bump up the projected fall 2017 completion date to next year’s spring semester. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rYwI6wHcRVc The final panel of the University...

Uber Loses $1.27 Billion As Driver Subsidies and Competition Take Their Toll

Aug 26, 2016: Uber lost $1.27 billion in the first half of 2016, with much of that coming from incentivizing drivers, unidentified sources told Bloomberg. On Friday of last week, Uber’s head of finance, Guatam Gupta, gave a financial report during a conference call. While not a public company, ride-hailing and ridesharing giant Uber has been holding financial […] The post Uber Loses $1.27 Billion As Driver Subsidies and Competition Take Their Toll appeared first on HybridCars.com.

Chevy Bolt EV Nearly As Quick As 300HP Dodge Charger From 50-75 MPH

Aug 26, 2016: GM is touting linear higher speed power for the Chevrolet Bolt EV – and Opel Ampera-e sibling – and they could prove quite satisfying for drivers wanting more on the highway. While not quite in “Ludicrous” league, in a recent press announcement, Opel of Europe said the Ampera-e will accelerate from 50-75 mph (80-120 km/h) […] The post Chevy Bolt EV Nearly As Quick As 300HP Dodge Charger From 50-75 MPH appeared first on HybridCars.com.

Silicon-iron composite material for high capacity Li-ion anodes

Aug 26, 2016: Researchers at Japan’s National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS) and Georgia Tech have jointly developed unique Si-iron (Fe) based nanomaterials connected by Ge nanostructures for use as a high-capacity anode material for Li-ion batteries. As described in a paper in...

NSC: US motor vehicle fatalities up 9% in 1H 2016; trending toward deadliest driving year since 2007

Aug 26, 2016: Preliminary estimates from the National Safety Council (NSC) indicate motor vehicle deaths were 9% higher through the first six months of 2016 than in 2015, and 18% higher than two years ago at the six month mark. An estimated 19,100...

Newly discovered 'ghost galaxy' full of dark matter is as big as the Milky Way

Aug 26, 2016: Astronomers have discovered, with the aid of some powerful telescopes, a galaxy made up mostly of dark matter. Dragonfly 44, as it has been named, is roughly the same size as our Milky Way but with far fewer stars. Rather, the galaxy appears to be composed largely of dark matter, which does not emit light or interact with electromagnetic radiation. Although there is much more to learn about the mysterious dark galaxy, scientists’ initial findings have surprised astronomy experts more than once. Studies...

US EPA Reports Rise In Electric Car Ranges and Number of Models Available

Aug 26, 2016: The first major manufacturer built battery electric cars in this present era started slow in 2011, but progress is happening. In a recent fact sheet, the U.S. EPA documented as much for electric cars – not including the discontinued GM EV1 of the 1990s – saying median range has risen while there are four-times as […] The post US EPA Reports Rise In Electric Car Ranges and Number of Models Available appeared first on HybridCars.com.

California Gov. Jerry Brown Expected to Sign Nation’s Toughest Carbon Emissions Rules

Aug 26, 2016: California is preparing to extend the nation’s toughest carbon emissions rule another 10 years through 2030. The state Senate passed the bill 25-13 on Wednesday, a day after a 42-29 vote passed it through the state Assembly. Gov. Jerry Brown has said he intends to sign the bill into law, which aims to reduce greenhouse-gas […] The post California Gov. Jerry Brown Expected to Sign Nation’s Toughest Carbon Emissions Rules appeared first on HybridCars.com.

nuTonomy Rolls Out Self-Driving Taxis Onto the Streets of Singapore Beating Uber

Aug 26, 2016: Giant tech firms and global car companies are in an intense race to launch autonomous vehicles, but this week a three-year old startup beat all of them to the finish line. nuTonomy, a spin out of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), introduced the world’s first self-driving taxis to the streets of Singapore, beating the […] The post nuTonomy Rolls Out Self-Driving Taxis Onto the Streets of Singapore Beating Uber appeared first on HybridCars.com.

Porsche launches Digital Lab in Berlin

Aug 26, 2016: Porsche has opened the Porsche Digital Lab in Berlin, which will be used to identify and test innovative information technology solutions. The Lab provides a platform for collaboration with technology companies, start-ups and the scientific community. Porsche is partnering with...

Volkswagen Will Debut New Electric Car In Paris

Aug 26, 2016: Autocar says Volkswagen will unveil a nearly production ready new electric car at the Paris auto show in September. It will have 225 miles of range, recharge in 15 minutes, and sell for less than a conventional car with an internal combustion engine. Does that sound too good to be true? The post Volkswagen Will Debut New Electric Car In Paris appeared first on Gas 2.

Plug In America Opposing California Bill Limiting HOV Stickers on All-Electric Vehicles

Aug 26, 2016: Plug In America has been opposing a California legislative bill that values plug-in hybrids but limits incentives on purchasing all-electric vehicles. The electric car advocacy group has been encouraging its members and the public to oppose Assembly Bill 1964, which is expected to be voted on before the legislative session ends on August 31. Plug […] The post Plug In America Opposing California Bill Limiting HOV Stickers on All-Electric Vehicles appeared first on HybridCars.com.

Toyota donates $1m to build an ultra-green youth campus for Yellowstone National Park

Aug 26, 2016: Toyota clearly has soft spot in its heart for Yellowstone National Park. Late last year, Toyota announced plans to use used Camry Hybrid battery packs to help provide sustainable electricity at the national park and now the automaker has given a $1 million donation to the Yellowstone Park Foundation to support development of a new Yellowstone Youth Campus. As its name suggests, the new Yellowstone Youth Campus will provide a place of learning for future generations of conservationists....

Report: Hyundai to introduce new fuel-cell vehicle in 2018 at half the price of Tucson Fuel Cell

Aug 26, 2016: The Korea Herald reported that Hyundai Motor plans to unveil a new fuel-cell electric vehicle with a price tag of 60 million won (~US$53,900)—around half the price of the current Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell. With Korean government subsidies of 27.5...

Obama expands Hawaii marine reserve to double the size of Texas

Aug 26, 2016: President Barack Obama will issue a proclamation to expand the existing Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, off the coast of Hawaii, to four times its current size. At 582,578 square miles (1.5m sq km), the new borders will make the protected area twice the size of Texas and the largest protected marine area in the world. The move is intended to protect animal and plant life as well as the world's deepest and northernmost coral reefs. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5nlpDHSJ06o Hawaii’s...

Energica Sells Every Electric Motorcycle It Can Build (w/Video)

Aug 26, 2016: Energica makes premium "no excuses" electric motorcycles for people who like sport bikes. It has sold out its current production inventory and is racing to catch up with demand. The post Energica Sells Every Electric Motorcycle It Can Build (w/Video) appeared first on Gas 2.

Science confirms traffic jams are bad for your health

Aug 26, 2016: Not only are traffic jams a total rage-inducing drag, but new scientific studies have confirmed they are also bad for our health. Sitting in a bumper-to-bumper gridlock multiplies the toxicity of air pollution, especially when windows are rolled down or fans are circulating outdoor air inside the vehicle. Luckily, taking a few simple steps will reduce your risk of exposure. Researchers from the University of Surrey have published studies over the last two years highlighting the risks...