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Dec 09, 2016

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Lexus unveils mind-blowing car covered with 41,999 LEDs

Dec 9, 2016: Here's something you've probably never seen before in the world of cars: a vehicle covered with 41,999 LED lights. Lexus created the 2017 LIT IS car by painstakingly applying those thousands of lights, creating a trippy vehicle that responds to humans and music with a mini light show. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A8jSdgT3Drc&feature=youtu.be Related: Lexus shows off the world's first car with a human heartbeat Via The Verge Images via Lexus…

SEC Filing: Elio Motors Millions in Debt With No Way Out?

Dec 9, 2016: According to their most recent SEC Filing, Elio Motors is over $100 Million in the Red and May No longer have a Way to save itself, thanks to Donald Trump The post SEC Filing: Elio Motors Millions in Debt With No Way Out? appeared first on Gas 2.

Honeywell Transportation Systems Forecast: turbocharged vehicles to account for 48% of annual global sales by 2021; electric boosting emerges

Dec 9, 2016: Honeywell’s Transportation Systems Forecast projects that turbocharged vehicles will acount for 48% of annual global sales by 2021, up 9 percentage points from 2016. This annual sales estimate, combining both passenger and commercial vehicles, would add more than 232 million...

Dongfeng Honda to invest US$436M and build 3rd plant in China; accommodation for electrified vehicles

Dec 9, 2016: Dongfeng Honda Automobile Co., Ltd., a Honda automobile production and sales joint venture in China, plans to build a third automobile production plant to meet increasing demand from the continuously growing automobile market in China. Dongfeng Honda plans to build...

Cummins Westport ISB6.7 G midrange natural gas engine now in full production

Dec 9, 2016: Cummins Westport’s ISB6.7 G, a 6.7 liter midrange, factory-built natural gas engine is now fully available as a production engine for shuttle bus, medium duty truck, and vocational applications in North America. (Earlier post.) As previously announced, the engine has...

Casa Quebrada is a tiny treehouse-like haven immersed in the Chilean forest

Dec 9, 2016: Casa Quebrada is a tiny home due to site restrictions that limited the build to no more than 40 square meters. The tiny cabin successfully fits all the living needs into one compact space but avoids the feeling of claustrophobia due to a fully glazed wall that visually extends the living room to the outdoors. The house is clad in pine wood painted black to help the home blend into the forest, topped with a tin roof, and raised on stilts so as not to interrupt the flow of water in winter. In contrast...

JISEA: nuclear-renewable hybrid energy systems can reduce GHG from industry, produce fuels and support the power system

Dec 9, 2016: Nuclear-renewable hybrid energy systems (N-R HESs) can enable low-carbon, on-demand electricity while providing reduced-emission thermal energy for industrial processes. N-R HES systems are managed by a single entity that link a nuclear reactor that generates heat, a thermal power cycle...

Charming off-grid Scandinavian-inspired tiny home is passive and energy efficient

Dec 9, 2016: Bright colors and light beckon people to NestHouse, designed by Jonathan Avery of Tiny House Scotland. Avery's goal was to create a super sustainable, super efficient tiny home, and he succeeded with the gorgeous NestHouse. With both a retro and Scandinavian flair, the tiny home boasts an off-grid option, creative storage, and even a little bathtub.

Daimler Considers Building EVs in China

Dec 9, 2016: To keep the Mercedes-Benz sales momemtum growing in China, parent Daimler could manufacture electric cars and batteries locally, according to the company’s marketing head Hubertus Troska. Since the beginning of 2016, Mercedes cars have carved a 28-percent sales increase in China after refreshing designs that gave a sportier appearance along with an upmarket feel that […] The post Daimler Considers Building EVs in China appeared first on HybridCars.com.

Farm Bureau Offering $500 Rebate on Chevy Bolt EV

Dec 9, 2016: If you work on a farm and want a zero-emission vehicle to haul a few bales of hay, tote some produce, implements, or even small livestock (properly secured, of course), the Chevy Bolt EV may be for you. Or, if you are not up for that, you might still want to investigate joining your state […] The post Farm Bureau Offering $500 Rebate on Chevy Bolt EV appeared first on HybridCars.com.

This distinctive electric motorbike is a ground-up reinvention of the motorcycle

Dec 8, 2016: The Johammer J1 electric motorcycle is a head-turning e-mobility solution that can double as a home battery storage device.

Trump Chooses Sworn Enemy Of EPA To Head EPA

Dec 8, 2016: Donald Trump has nominated Scott Pruitt to head the EPA. Pruitt is an ardent critic of the agency and will seek to rescind many if not all of its most important regulations designed to ensure Americans have a clean, safe environment. You got a problem with that? The post Trump Chooses Sworn Enemy Of EPA To Head EPA appeared first on Gas 2.

Electric Jeep Tackles the Tough Trails Like a Boss (w/ Video)

Dec 8, 2016: A team of engineers from Korea have built an all Electric Jeep Wrangler that Tackles the Tough Trails Like a Boss! (w/ Video) The post Electric Jeep Tackles the Tough Trails Like a Boss (w/ Video) appeared first on Gas 2.

AAA Study Finds Drowsy Drivers As Dangerous As Drunk Drivers

Dec 8, 2016: The AAA Foundation For Traffic Safety says not getting enough sleep can increase the risk of getting into a fatal accident almost as much as driving while drunk. It recommends drivers get adequate rest and take brakes more often. The post AAA Study Finds Drowsy Drivers As Dangerous As Drunk Drivers appeared first on Gas 2.

Uber Promulgates Rules For Passengers In US

Dec 8, 2016: Uber already has rules for its drivers. Most of them are common sense restrictions, culminating in a prohibition against any sort of sexual activity between drivers and passengers. But now for the first time it has published what is calls Community Guidelines that set forth what passengers are not allowed to do in the back [&hellip The post Uber Promulgates Rules For Passengers In US appeared first on Gas 2.

Plug-in Cars Projected To Comprise One-Third of Global Sales By 2040

Dec 8, 2016: Plug-in electrified vehicle sales will skyrocket in the next quarter century, according to a new study by IHS Markit. The global consulting and analytics firm predicts PEVs will make up 15-to-35 percent of global new vehicle sales by 2040. While these vehicles only make for one percent of global auto sales, sales in 2016 are […] The post Plug-in Cars Projected To Comprise One-Third of Global Sales By 2040 appeared first on HybridCars.com.

This $10k tiny house can be built with a hex key in less than a day

Dec 8, 2016: Cheap Chinese goods are a bit of a joke in America, but when one of those products is an entire house with the affordable price of just $10,000, the laughing stops. China's People's Architecture Office (PAO) recently built one of these new prefabricated homes for a first-time buyer known only as “Mrs. Fan.” The so-called Plugin House features a system of prefab panels that were assembled onsite by a small team in just a few hours. https://vimeo.com/194316406 The $10,000 home is...

15 great green gifts for guys

Dec 8, 2016: Some people say guys are hard to shop for, but that doesn't have to be the case - just look for classic, timeless gifts that last and you can't go wrong. We've rounded up 14 great green gifts that are sure to please the husbands, brothers, fathers, sons, and…

Lucid Partners With Samsung SDI for Battery Cells in the Upcoming Electric Sedan

Dec 8, 2016: Lucid Motors has chosen Samsung SDI as a major supplier of lithium-ion battery cells for its soon-to-be-launched electric car. The two companies will work together jointly on the battery cells that will “exceed current performance benchmarks in areas such as energy density, power, calendar life and safety,” Lucid and Samsung said. The Menlo Park, Calif.-based […] The post Lucid Partners With Samsung SDI for Battery Cells in the Upcoming Electric Sedan appeared first on HybridCars.com.

Germany's massive nuclear fusion reactor is actually working

Dec 8, 2016: A little over a year ago, Germany turned on the world’s largest nuclear fusion reactor and faced sharp speculation over whether the machine could function as intended. Now, tests conducted by US and German researchers confirm that the experimental Wendelstein 7-X (W7-X) stellarator is indeed producing magnetic fields that make controlled nuclear reactions possible, and with a high degree of accuracy and incredibly low error rate. With these test results, new confidence and hope are spreading through...

17 fun and educational gifts for tots

Dec 8, 2016: This holiday season, delight the tots in your life with playful eco-gifts that educate and inspire creativity. From a transforming cardboard pet 'dog' to Montessori and Waldorf-inspired games, all of the gifts in our guide will be sure to bring joy to…

Leonardo DiCaprio schools Donald Trump on the benefits of renewable energy

Dec 8, 2016: Leonardo DiCaprio met with President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday, just hours after climate denier and fossil fuels champion Scott Pruitt was named to head the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) following Trump’s inauguration. The actor/activist and the head of his nonprofit foundation met with the future US leader in New York at Trump Tower, where they discussed the economic benefits of renewable energy investments, including the fact that it would add millions of jobs—one of Trump’s...

McLaren Cars Get 12 Year Warranty – Hybrids Excluded

Dec 8, 2016: McLaren Car buyers can Get up to 12 Years of Warranty on their super cars - but the P1 Hybrids? They don't get that coverage The post McLaren Cars Get 12 Year Warranty – Hybrids Excluded appeared first on Gas 2.

This plant-covered Singapore skyscraper is the tropical building of the future

Dec 8, 2016: Steel and glass skyscrapers may work in the climates of New York City or San Francisco, but in tropical Singapore they heat up fast. WOHA Architects designed a more sustainable skyscraper, Oasia Hotel Downtown, that's cooled by the greenery creeping across it. Plants and several sky gardens cool the structure naturally. Related: Tel Aviv's Gran Mediterraneo Tower will feature a lush vertical garden + WOHA Architects Via Curbed Images via…

Trump Appoints EPA Chief Experienced in Battling the Agency Over Emissions Rules

Dec 8, 2016: President-elect Donald Trump just appointed an EPA chief who has experience taking on legal battles with the agency over Obama’s climate change policies. Announced yesterday, Trump’s appointee as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency is Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt. While environmental groups and members of Congress vehemently oppose the move, it was in line […] The post Trump Appoints EPA Chief Experienced in Battling the Agency Over Emissions Rules appeared first on HybridCars.com.

Electrified Trucks Replacing Diesel For Several Global Fleets in Next Decade

Dec 8, 2016: Electrified commercial trucks will see 10-fold growth through the next decade, according to a new study. Navigant Research says that growing awareness of better air quality and stricter emissions targets will drive fleets to transition over to electrified trucks and away from diesel through 2026. While diesel trucks have gotten cleaner through incremental technology improvements, […] The post Electrified Trucks Replacing Diesel For Several Global Fleets in Next Decade appeared first on HybridCars.com.

Auto Trade Group Failed To Block EPA From Finalizing MPG Rules

Dec 8, 2016: The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers’ proposal to stymie the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s move to finalize stringent gas mileage rules before President Obama leaves office on Jan. 20 didn’t pan out. The auto trade group, which lobbies in Washington for automakers, requested Monday that lawmakers add language in a short-term budget bill that would have […] The post Auto Trade Group Failed To Block EPA From Finalizing MPG Rules appeared first on HybridCars.com.

An old factory building in Paris hides a transformable multipurpose space

Dec 8, 2016: The Director's house is located alongside Seine in Paris' 13th arrondissement. DATA architects kept the exterior of the existing building in original condition, and focused on redesigning the interior by providing a complete makeover. The team gutted the building to create three floors of exhibition spaces. The main room has been separated from the staircase, bathrooms, storage and technical rooms by a wall. A large cylindrical structure dominates the main space. It combines glass and steel and allows...

New Lexus LC 500h with Multi Stage Hybrid System

Dec 8, 2016: Following the world premiere of the V8-powered LC 500 at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in January 2016, Lexus introduced its hybrid variant, the new LC 500h. (Earlier post.) The LC is a new flagship 2+2 performance coupe...

How to choose a living tree to replant after Christmas

Dec 8, 2016: Purchase a Tree from a Nursery     Nurseries in most parts of the country sell young pines and fir trees, and the best way to find a tree is to call around to local nurseries and ask what's in stock. Living trees are much heavier than cut…

UPS rolls out first e-bike delivery in the United States

Dec 8, 2016: Leave it to Portland, Oregon to enjoy packages delivered by eBikes. The United Parcel Service (UPS) rolled out eBike delivery in the green city at the end of November. It's their first eBike delivery service in the United States.

Rotterdam's new Parkstad development puts urban parks on every block

Dec 8, 2016: The new Parkstad residential development will introduce a new city block typology to the city of Rotterdam. The project, designed by DELVA Landscape Architects and Powerhouse Company will consolidate three large city blocks and form parks in the heart of each one. Real estate companies Stevast Baas & Groen and Syntrus Achmea commissioned DELVA Landscape Architects and Powerhouse Company to design a new layout for a large residential area on Rotterdam's Laan op Zuid avenue, part of...

Giraffes are on the verge of going extinct

Dec 8, 2016: Between 1985 and 2015, giraffe populations plummeted. Around 151,702 to 163,452 of the magnificent creatures graced the earth in 1985, but in 2015 populations were measured at just 97,562, a 36 to 40 percent decline, according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). They called on governments assembling in Cancun, Mexico at the United Nations Biodiversity Conference to take action now.

New Continental AdBlue dosing system helps diesels meet new RDE values

Dec 8, 2016: Continental has developed a new AdBlue dosing system for selective catalytic reduction aftertreatment that the company says will help diesels meet real driving emissions (RDE) testing. The main components of the AdBlue system are the injector, a tank flange module,...

Audi TT 2.0 TDI diesel now also available with quattro all-wheel-drive

Dec 8, 2016: Audi is introducing a quattro all-wheel-drive version of its diesel Audi TT 2.0. (Earlier post.) The new model is now on sale in Europe, and will be available for delivery from the beginning of 2007. Coupled to the S tronic...

Twin live and work cubes demonstrate superior material and spatial economy

Dec 8, 2016: If you've ever dreamed of shortening your commute to mere steps, but don't have a huge budget, take note of this brilliant project in the Czech Republic. Petr Stolin was commissioned to design two identical buildings using structural insulated panels (SIPs) - one for living, and one for working, and he responded with a flair for spatial and material economy. Located in a rural landscape outside Liberec, the double-story cubes are clad in transparent acrylic sheets that reveal simple timber framing...

Gorgeous net-zero energy home offers luxury living in Washington, D.C.

Dec 8, 2016: Located just a stone’s throw away from the Smithsonian National Zoo and the high-end shops of Connecticut Avenue, the three-story Brandywine House enjoys the conveniences and benefits of city living, while still preserving privacy and a tranquil environment. The architects retained the majority of mature trees on site and installed a lush planting plan that separates the home from the street. The building’s boxy exterior is composed of traditional and natural materials, like stone, wood, and...

US veterans who protested DAPL are fighting a new fight

Dec 8, 2016: Last week, thousands of American veterans descended on Standing Rock to defend the anti-pipeline protesters from police brutality. Now that the news has been handed down that the US Army is blocking the pipeline (at least for the time being), the veteran’s group is on the move once again. Their next stop? Flint, Michigan, where residents are still struggling with a lack of access to clean water. In early 2014, the city of Flint switched its water source from Detroit’s utility system...

California ARB awards $9.5M to Porterville to deploy 10 GreenPower electric buses and charging infrastructure

Dec 8, 2016: GreenPower Motor Company Inc. announced that the California Air Resources Board (CARB) has awarded $9.5 million to the City of Porterville to deploy 10 GreenPower EV350 40-foot zero-emission all-electric transit buses on all nine Porterville Transit routes, and to install...

2 Dutch cities convert entire bus fleet to electric

Dec 8, 2016: Dirty diesel may soon be a thing of the past in many cities.

Global Automakers calls on EPA to withdraw proposed determination on MY 2022-2025 GHG standards, get back in alignment with NHTSA, provide more time

Dec 8, 2016: Global Automakers, the trade association representing the US divisions of 12 international automakers (Aston Martin, Ferrari, Honda, Hyundai, Isuzu, Kia, Maserati, McLaren, Nissan, Subaru, Suzuki and Toyota), has called on the EPA either to withdraw its proposed determination on MY...

Elektrobit announces EB Assist ADTF 3 for developing highly automated driving

Dec 8, 2016: Elektrobit (EB), a leading developer of embedded and connected technology solutions for the automotive industry, announced EB Assist ADTF 3 to accelerate the software development of highly automated driving (HAD) systems. Supported by a customer consortium of premium German carmakers...

Donald Trump taps fossil fuel-funded climate denier to head EPA

Dec 8, 2016: If there were any illusions that President-elect Donald Trump might be persuaded on climate change and clean energy after appearing to soften his positions in an interview with New York Times reporters and meeting with Al Gore at Trump Tower, those hopes have been officially been quashed with the selection of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to run the Environmental Protection Agency. Pruit has been a vocal critic of the EPA and President Obama's climate change policies. As AG he led the legal...

Toyota piloting all-hybrid car-sharing scheme in Europe: YUKÕ

Dec 8, 2016: Toyota Europe is piloting a new full hybrid car sharing program—named YUKÕ – Japanese for ‘Let’s go’—in two European cities: Dublin, Ireland and Forlì, Italy. Vehicles in the program range from the B-segment Toyota Yaris Hybrid to its iconic Prius...

Canada invests $1.9M to support Nano One advanced battery production technology

Dec 8, 2016: The Government of Canada is investing up to $1.9 million from Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) in Vancouver-based Nano One to support the development of advanced battery technology for electric vehicles. Nano One produces low-cost high-performance energy storage...

San Diego MTS deploys 77 propane buses; Ford F-550 and E-450 chassis with ROUSH fuel systems

Dec 8, 2016: The San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) rolled out its new fleet of 77 buses fueled by propane autogas. The alternatively fueled buses will help the agency reduce its operating costs, and will reduce emissions by 2 million pounds per...

Rammed earth Palenque Cultural Tambillo is designed to celebrate Afro-ecuadorean arts

Dec 8, 2016: The Afroecuadorean town of Tambillo is located in the “region of the marimba,” a type of percussionist folk music that UNESCO has described as an intangible heritage of humanity. Unfortunately, those celebrated traditions are at risk due to intra-generational learning gaps and insufficient rehearsal and performance facilities. Palenque Cultural Tambillo was created to help continue those artistic traditions and was designed through a series of participatory research and design workshops with...

South Korea Files Criminal Complaints and Hefty Fine on VW Over Diesel Car Advertising

Dec 8, 2016: South Korea is continuing its crackdown on Volkswagen over the diesel emissions cheating scandal, and yesterday filed criminal complaints and a record high fine for false advertising. The government said it will also be filing criminal complaints against five former and current executives at the German automaker’s South Korea division for their part in the […] The post South Korea Files Criminal Complaints and Hefty Fine on VW Over Diesel Car Advertising appeared first on HybridCars.com.

Tesla Recalling Charger Adapters For Overheating and Melting Plastic

Dec 8, 2016: Tesla Motors launched a voluntary recall of about 7,000 charger adapters after customers reported overheating and melted plastic on the plugs. Two customers reported the adapter being overheated in November, according to an email Tesla sent to customers Tuesday. They were minor incidents with no further damage being reported beyond the melted plastic. Automotive News […] The post Tesla Recalling Charger Adapters For Overheating and Melting Plastic appeared first on HybridCars.com.

S. Korea Seeks Criminal Prosecution Against VW Execs

Dec 8, 2016: The South Korea government is Seeking to press Criminal Prosecution Against VW Executives who knowingly participated in the emissions scandal! The post S. Korea Seeks Criminal Prosecution Against VW Execs appeared first on Gas 2.