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Mar 27, 2017

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Buick Launches Chevy Volt-Based Velite 5 in China

Mar 27, 2017: Buick is launching its first electric car in China, the Velite 5 plug-in hybrid, and it shares much with the Chevy Volt. Revealed at the Guangzhou auto show in China in November as the Velite Concept, the Velite 5 seems to be utilizing much of the Chevrolet Volt’s powertrain. Like the Volt, its gasoline engine […] The post Buick Launches Chevy Volt-Based Velite 5 in China appeared first on HybridCars.com.

Mass Transit is Rapidly Changing through New Materials

Mar 27, 2017: New materials and manufacturing processes are changing the future of mass transit The post Mass Transit is Rapidly Changing through New Materials appeared first on Gas 2.

Auto Analysts See Fuel Efficiency Moving Forward Regardless of White House Decision

Mar 27, 2017: Even if the Trump administration rolls back the Obama administration’s 2022-25 fuel economy targets, they may eventually fall in place through other market forces, auto analysts say. Consumer demand for fuel-efficient vehicles and aggressive emissions targets overseas may be more important than decisions by President Donald Trump. The president has directed the U.S. Environmental Protection […] The post Auto Analysts See Fuel Efficiency Moving Forward Regardless of White House Decision appeared first on HybridCars.com.

Volkswagen Storing Bought-Back Diesels In Old Football Stadium

Mar 27, 2017: All those cheating diesel vehicles have to go somewhere. As a result of its massive TDI diesel scandal, Volkswagen has been buying back numerous vehicles from owners and storing them at various locations. One of those locations is the now defunct Pontiac Silverdome, which was once the home of the Detroit Lions. The Silverdome first […] The post Volkswagen Storing Bought-Back Diesels In Old Football Stadium appeared first on HybridCars.com.

Tower made completely from fabric breaks new ground in "soft architecture"

Mar 27, 2017: This 30-foot lightweight tower proves that the strongest architectural structures don't have to be made from hard materials like concrete and steel. In fact, the Hybrid Tower is completely made from soft materials and textiles. A group of researchers, specialists and engineers at CITA - Centre for Information Technology and Architecture– an innovative research program at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts (KADK)– developed the project as a proof of concept and exhibited it at the Contextile...

UW Madison ERC 2017 Symposium focusing on impact of future regulations on engine technology

Mar 27, 2017: This year’s University of Wisconsin Engine Research Center Symposium will address the impact of future regulations on engine technology. The symposium will focus on technologies in four areas (sessions): Combustion Technology; Fuels Technology; Aftertreatment Technology; and Modeling Technology. These are...

Toyota and NTT agree to collaborate on ICT platform R&D for connected cars; 5G

Mar 27, 2017: Toyota Motor Corporation and Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation have agreed to collaborate on developing, verifying, and standardizing technology in the connected car field, combining the automotive vehicle-related technologies of Toyota with the information and communication technologies(ICT) of NTT Group...

Port of Rotterdam exploring use of bio LNG in the transport sector

Mar 27, 2017: The Port of Rotterdam Authority and the National LNG Platform will be starting a joint study that focuses on opportunities to develop LNG from renewable sources as a transport fuel in the port of Rotterdam—Europe’s largest sea port. LNG is...

Architect rebuilds his grandparents' mountain cabin by repurposing its original materials

Mar 27, 2017: Related:Norwegian cabin weathers a harsh climate for breathtaking views Via Yanko Design Photography by Knut Bry Ustaoset cabin, norwegian cabin, Hardangervidda cabin, cabin design, green cabin, green building, sustainable cabins, eco cabins, cabin living, mountain cabins in norway, pine cabin design, gapahuk shelters, mountain shelters, off grid shelters, wooden cabins, shelter design, minimalist cabins,…

Rennovia enters piloting stage of its bio-based 1,6-hexanediol process; accelerating commercialization of bio-based 1,6-HDO and HMD

Mar 27, 2017: Rennovia Inc., a privately held company that develops novel catalysts and processes for the cost-advantaged production of chemical products from renewable feedstocks, has entered the piloting stage of its bio-based 1,6-hexanediol (1,6-HDO) process. The company is accelerating the commercialization of...

Grafoid introduces ion-selective graphene polymer membrane for Li-ion battery electrode protection

Mar 27, 2017: Grafoid Inc., a Canadian graphene R&D, investment and technology licensing company (earlier post) introduced its GPURE Graphene Polymer nano-porous membrane intended for next generation Li-Ion battery applications. The GPURE graphene polymer membrane (GPM) technology is the seventh graphene-based companion to...

EIA: US energy-related CO2 dropped 2.7% in 2015; of end-use sectors, only transportation increased

Mar 27, 2017: According to a report from the US Energy Information Administration (EIA), US energy-related CO2 emissions decreased by 146 million metric tons (MMmt) in 2015 to 5,259 MMmt, down 2.7% from 5,405 MMmt in 2014. This decline occurred despite growth in...

Artist recycles leaf waste into biodegradable Beleaf chair

Mar 27, 2017: Šimon Kern found an unconventional use for leaf litter: green furniture. The Slovakian artist created Beleaf, a biodegradable chair made from recycled leaves, bio-resin, and steel. Developed during his studies at the Jan Evangelista Purkyně University in Ústí nad Labem, the Beleaf chair was constructed as an eco-friendly alternative to plastic furnishing. Kern crafted the seat from mixing leaf litter with bio-resin, made mostly from leftover cooking oil, and pressing the mixture into...

The Living Table is a verdant indoor garden hidden in your table

Mar 26, 2017: Related: Give your succulents their own spacesuits with this 3D-printed planter + The Living Table…

Elon Musk Tweets New Tunnel Boring Machine Coming Next Month

Mar 26, 2017: Elon Musk is not backing off from his plan to build an advanced tunnel boring machine to drill holes in the earth’s crust. It began late last year when he announced the first tunnel had already begun in the parking lot of SpaceX headquarters. He suggested he could create tunnels 30 levels deep if need be [&hellip The post Elon Musk Tweets New Tunnel Boring Machine Coming Next Month appeared first on Gas 2.

Philip Johnson's secret brick and glass home in Manhattan, NYC

Mar 26, 2017: From the outside of Philip Johnson's sole private residence in Manhattan, you'd never guess a modernist paradise lay within. An unassuming brick and glass facade sits snugly between two apartment buildings, but inside is a secret glass house that was the architect's only New York City residential commission. The Rockefeller Guest House was built near the beginning of Johnson's career, between 1949 and 1950. Related:…

Cloud House makes it rain on demand with creative water harvesting system

Mar 26, 2017: You won’t have to do a rain dance to make it rain at the Cloud House—sitting in one of its rocking chairs should do the trick. Artist Matthew Mazzotta created the Cloud House, a gabled pavilion with a cloud-like sculpture that releases collected rainwater whenever someone sits inside the building. Crafted from reclaimed materials, the art installation was commissioned in Springfield, Missouri to bring attention to our dependence on natural systems, like the water cycle, that grow the food we...

Ukraine's leafy green 'Tunnel of Love' is a passageway for trains and lovers

Mar 26, 2017: We love seeing natural architecture here at Inhabitat, and the leafy green Kleven train tunnel is a beautiful example of what happens when nature is allowed to grow freely around manmade infrastructure. The tunnel was made over many years as the passing train…

2-millionth Duramax Diesel engine rolls off the line in Ohio

Mar 26, 2017: The 2 millionth Duramax 6.6L V-8 turbo-diesel engine has rolled off the line at the DMAX plant in Moraine, Ohio. Groundbreaking for the DMAX, Ltd. plant began in 1998, with the first engine rolling off the line July 17, 2000....

Aalto University team develops promising new electrocatalyst for hydrogen evolution reaction; one-hundredth the amount of Pt

Mar 26, 2017: A group of Aalto University (Finland) researchers led by professors Tanja Kallio and Kari Laasonen has developed a manufacturing method for hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) electrocatalysts that use only one-hundredth of the amount of platinum generally used in commercial products....

Schlumberger & Weatherford to form JV targeting N America unconventional resource development

Mar 26, 2017: Schlumberger and Weatherford will create OneStim, a joint venture to deliver completions products and services for the development of unconventional resource plays in the United States and Canada land markets. The joint venture will offer one of the broadest multistage...

Neil deGrasse Tyson: Trump's anti-science budget will make America stupid again

Mar 26, 2017: President Donald Trump's proposed budget eviscerates government funding for basic scientific research and development, taking a sledge hammer to education, health and environmental protection. In a series of Tweets posted this Sunday, astrophysicist and TV host Neil deGrasse indirectly took on Trump's budget, writing that making America great won't happen until we make America smart again by increasing government funding, not by ignoring the scientific consensus on man-made global warming and slashing...

Parents can sleep while the kids play in this amazing multi-level master bedroom

Mar 25, 2017: The owners commissioned Ruetemple to design an unusual master bedroom inside their summer house in Russia. They came up with a design that keeps everyone happy. The room now has a large podium for the bed, with two upper levels and a staircase for the kids. Related: “My Space” by Liya Mairson is a Pop-Up Cardboard Playroom For Kids "The family comes to their summer house for the weekend and, like all working people, they dream of having a good sleep on Saturday and Sunday after a hard...

MAN To Test Electric Semi Truck Later This Year

Mar 25, 2017: MAN, the heavy truck division of Volkswagen will begin testing a fleet of medium and heavy duty electric semi trucks by the end of 2017. The post MAN To Test Electric Semi Truck Later This Year appeared first on Gas 2.

9 fun things you can do during Earth Hour!

Mar 25, 2017: Candlelight dinner via Shutterstock Have a candle-lit dinner using menus from celebrity chefs Celebrate the hour with your partner, friends or family and have a candlelit dinner with your own tasty dishes based on WWF’s Livewell principles, which has…

Elon Musk Tweets Up A Model 3 And Model Y Storm On Twitter

Mar 25, 2017: Elon Musk tweeted up a storm about the Tesla Model 3 recently. He talked about production schedules, battery size, and production schedules. Read the details here The post Elon Musk Tweets Up A Model 3 And Model Y Storm On Twitter appeared first on Gas 2.

Ferrari Brings The Heat To Start 2017 Formula One Season

Mar 25, 2017: Lewis Hamilton set the fastest lap ever recorded on the Melbourne street circuit during qualifying for the start of the 2017 Formula One season. But Sebastien Vettel and his Ferrari was only a quarter of a second behind. The post Ferrari Brings The Heat To Start 2017 Formula One Season appeared first on Gas 2.

Incredible edible landscape map shows you where to find free food

Mar 25, 2017: Fruit is abundant if you know where to look. Remnants of old orchards sprout through concrete jungles and along rural roadsides. Falling Fruit, a massive collaborative mapping project, provides fruity foragers with the tools they need to track down a nutritious snack. Beyond satisfying the hunger pangs of the present, Falling Fruit provides individuals and communities with a resource through which they can build resilience in the long term. Through the contributions of people all over the world,...

How to make an amazing grass daybed out of wood pallets

Mar 25, 2017: Related: Via Contemporist…

California ARB votes to move forward with light-duty vehicle GHG and ZEV programs through 2025; cranking it up post-2025

Mar 25, 2017: After considering the Advanced Clean Cars Midterm Review (earlier post), the California Air Resources Board voted unanimously on Friday to continue with the vehicle greenhouse gas emission standards and ZEV program for cars and light trucks sold in California through...

Gas2 Week in Review, March 25: Prices, Safety, and CAFE Standards

Mar 25, 2017: This Gas2 Week in Review looks at three prominent and intersecting topics--- carmaker costs, vehicle and worker safety, and CAFE standards The post Gas2 Week in Review, March 25: Prices, Safety, and CAFE Standards appeared first on Gas 2.

INTERVIEW: With Bridgette Meinhold, Author of 'Urgent Architecture'

Mar 24, 2017: When Inhabitat's Architecture Editor,  Bridgette Meinhold, heard about the earthquake in Haiti in 2010 and the massive devastation it caused, she wanted to help, and was drawn to start investigating different options for temporary shelters and disaster relief…

Daimler Chief Reflects On How Tesla Has Put a Shine On Electric Cars’ Image

Mar 24, 2017: Tesla has broken the “granola image” of electric cars and its limited audience, opening doors for competitors like the EQ subbrand, Daimler’s chief said. During an interview last week at the South by Southwest (SXSW 2017) conference in Austin with German magazine T3N, CEO Dieter Zetsche reflected on the German automaker’s 2009 investment in Tesla, […] The post Daimler Chief Reflects On How Tesla Has Put a Shine On Electric Cars’ Image appeared first on HybridCars.com.

This ready-made tiny home can be shipped to any destination

Mar 24, 2017: We talk a lot about tiny home renovations, but if you haven't time for all that, now you can order your own ready-made Mobile Home. The tiny structure, designed by Ruzanna Andressa Oganesya, is built on a moving platform and can be transported virtually anywhere. Those looking to go off grid can order it to be delivered to their desired location, coverting it into a forest retreat or an urban home addition. The home arrives ready to use The Mobile Home is a prefab modular construction that...

State Department Reverses Obama Decision and OKs Keystone XL Oil Pipeline

Mar 24, 2017: The controversial Keystone XL pipeline transporting Canadian tar sands oil from Alberta through the U.S. has been approved by the State Department. Canadian oil company TransCanada can now construct, connect, operate, and maintain pipeline facilities at the border in Montana for importing the crude oil. Previous Secretary of State John Kerry rejected the pipeline in […] The post State Department Reverses Obama Decision and OKs Keystone XL Oil Pipeline appeared first on HybridCars.com.

Riese & Müller Delite e-bike features dual batteries, belt drive, and full suspension

Mar 24, 2017: This electric bike is packed with features, including a mid-drive Bosch motor, a rear rack and dual fenders, an onboard lock, and front and rear lights.

BIGs looping station design in Paris turns bridge into public space

Mar 24, 2017: Danish firm Bjarke Ingels Group and French studio Silvio D'ascia Architecture unveiled new renderings of their competition-winning designs for a loop-shaped metro station in Paris. Created as part of Société du Grand París’ Grand Paris Express project, the Pont de Bondy station is one of 68 new stations planned for the redevelopment that will expand the existing metro system by 200 kilometers. The sculptural station will include a bridge and tunnel wrapped around a giant atrium next to the riverbank....

Circular logic: Round runways could save a lot of land, reduce fuel consumption and cut noise

Mar 24, 2017: This is not a joke. It is also a teaching moment about blogging.

Worlds tallest skyscraper design hangs off an orbiting asteroid

Mar 24, 2017: What if your daily commute involved parachuting down to earth rather than being stuck in vehicular traffic? That’s the vision in Clouds Architecture Office’s incredible proposal for a skyscraper suspended off an orbiting asteroid. The design, called Analemma, would be powered by space-based solar panels and capture water in a semi-closed loop system that draws from the moisture in clouds and rainwater. While some may write off Analemma as an early April Fools’ Day joke, we think...

INFOGRAPHIC: The e-waste problem and how to help

Mar 24, 2017: Think of all the electronics in your life: your phone, tv, computer, game systems, USB drives, printers, Blu ray players, even smart devices like switches and home assistants. Now try to picture what happens to all of those things when they die. Over 50 million tons of e-waste are generated every year, and e-waste is nasty stuff. This infographic shows where e-waste ends up, which devices are the biggest culprits and how you can fight the e-waste problem. + Digital Docs…

London May Bring In Tesla Police Cars

Mar 24, 2017: Tesla may see its break into the police car market through a contract with Scotland Yard. London’s police department has been in talks with Tesla CEO Elon Musk that could bring in up to 700 Tesla vehicles customized for the client. Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, chief of Metropolitan Police, has been in talks with Tesla on […] The post London May Bring In Tesla Police Cars appeared first on HybridCars.com.

Germany now has 7,407 public charging points; 14,531 filling stations

Mar 24, 2017: A survey by Germany’s BDEW (Bundesverband der Energie- und Wasserwirtschaft), an association of energy and water companies, found that the number of public charge points in the country has grown to 7,407 as of the end of 2016. 890 new...

Lexus debuts in India with hybrid-focused line-up

Mar 24, 2017: Lexus made its debut in India today. At the launch, Lexus unveiled three models chosen with the Indian driver in mind—the RX 450h, ES 300h , and LX450d vehicles. The all-new Lexus LS made a surprise appearance in a sneak...

Ancient green building technique helps ease West Africa housing crisis

Mar 24, 2017: People in semi-arid regions of Africa face unique obstacles to overcome housing crises. For years people built roofs and supports with bush timber, but thanks to climate change and deforestation those methods of building aren't feasible. Sheet metal is too expensive an alternative for most rural families, and only lasts at most 10 years. So the Nubian Vault Association, an organization founded by a Burkina Faso farmer and a Frenchman, revitalized an ages-old sustainable technique: mud bricks.

US State Department issues Presidential Permit to TransCanada for Keystone XL

Mar 24, 2017: The US Department of State has signed and issued a Presidential Permit to construct the Keystone XL Pipeline. The permit authorizes TransCanada to construct, to connect, to operate, and to maintain pipeline facilities at the US-Canadian border in Phillips County,...

New Buick, BMW PHEVs for China

Mar 24, 2017: Buick announced that it will shortly launch the Velite 5, its first extended range electric vehicle (EREV), in China. Leveraging GM’s proven EREV technology as shown in the Chevy Volt and the Cadillac CT6 Plug-In, the Velite 5 also offers...

China's coasts threatened by rapidly rising sea levels

Mar 24, 2017: Sea levels are creeping up as temperatures get hotter here on Earth, and China's State Oceanic Administration just revealed worrying information about sea levels along their country's coasts. NASA data shows levels are rising by 3.2 millimeters (mm) to 3.6 mm every year, but the statistics are worse in China according to their oceanic administration. There, compared against levels in 2015, 2016 sea levels were 38 mm higher.

Trump's cuts would have 'devastating impact' on NY, says NY Attorney General

Mar 24, 2017: President Donald Trump's proposed budget cuts to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Superfund program would have a "devastating impact" on New York State, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman declared at a rally at the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn on Tuesday. Joined by activists and lawmakers at what many consider the nation's most polluted waterway, Schneiderman blasted calls to slash the program's funding by more than 30 percent, noting that the move would stymie the progress of cleaning...

Elon Musk Tweets Tesla Software 8.1 Update Due Next Week

Mar 24, 2017: Elon Musk says Tesla software version 8.1 will be available next week, after being delayed several months. The post Elon Musk Tweets Tesla Software 8.1 Update Due Next Week appeared first on Gas 2.