Bentley has had a legacy of offering a host of unbelievably luxurious and well-powered vehicles to the world. The British luxury automaker has recently been crowned as the first automotive manufacturer to be awarded the triple Carbon Trust Standard for carbon, water and waste reduction! Certified by the Carbon Trust, the certification recognizes Bentley’s environmental achievements between 2011 and 2013. These include 16 per cent reduction in CO2 relative to the number of cars manufactured, a 35.7 per cent reduction in water use and an absolute reduction in the amount of waste being produced!
Long-range electric cars aren’t particularly known for higher speeds. However, the Australian team Sunswift has managed to beat the world record for the world’s fastest long-range electric vehicle with its solar-powered contraption, travelling at speeds of up to 62 mph for a distance of 310 miles! To do so, the Sunswift team used its Sunswift eVe vehicle.
Tesla Motors managed to leave the world jaw-dropped when it first showed off the Model S. What surprised us more however, was the fact that the company managed to keep up with its promise of delivering a world-class car that’s environment friendly, and continuous to do so, even today. Following in the Tesla Model S’s footsteps is the Nanoflowcell Quant e-Sportlimousine, a car that grabbed second looks at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show.
Mercedes Benz has finally brought its first electric contraption to the U.S. shores! Christened the Mercedes Benz B-Class ED, this mean machine promises to keep the air clean while enabling owners to ride in luxury and comfort. The car has been brought to the country by the Daimler division which also sells battery-electric Smart ForTwo vehicles. The car will be made available first in 10 coastal states, including California, Oregon, New York, New Jersey, Maryland and Maine.
What better way is there to teach the younger generation about the wonders of renewable energy than to hold classes at a solar power plant, right? The Facility for Ecology Education built in Japan thinks similarly and is educating the young at a massive power plant! The education center is made from a lighter timber material which aides in creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere.
Elon Musk’s brainchild, Tesla Motors, has been making headlines since years now, given the fact that this is one of the world’s few companies that has played a huge role in encouraging electric vehicle usage. Now, the company plans to unleash a new electric model to the automobile market, christened the Model III. To go in sale by 2017, the car is smaller and cheaper than the current Model S and will come with a price tag of approximately $35,000.
Travelling in Helsinki will soon turn a lot easier, particularly if you decide to leave your car at home and opt for a public transport mode. The Finnish city is currently drawing up plans to lay out a transportation mesh that will help people find directions and pay for the modes of transport they use, at one go! The trial will be run in the Vallila neighborhood around the end of the year with the assistance of a few participating companies.
There are times when you simply can’t help but stop, take a second look and bow your head in shame. California-based photographer Gregg Segal’s ‘7 Days of Garbage’ perfectly executes this effect on everyone who has a peek at his work. The series simply shows pictures of everyday folk lying in piles of garbage dumped away by them through the course of a week.
Pharrell Williams made the world happy with Happy. Now, he’s making environment-soldiers happy with his latest move! The singer recently teamed up with Amsterdam-based G-Star Raw to launch a new clothing line called ‘Raw for the Oceans’. The line includes shirts, jeans, sweaters and, pretty much obviously, hats, all made from Return Textiles’ eco-friendly Bionic Yarn. This multi-layered fiber is made from recycled plastic harvested from ocean garbage, making Williams’ release eco-friendly!
Art does not necessarily need to stay static and never-changing. Instead, with a little bit of innovation and a whole lot of creativity, art can be mixed with modern-day technology to churn out installations that are eye-catching and pretty useful too! Jiavu Liu, a student at the Royal College of Art (RCA), designed one such installation called the Within Invisibility, which is essentially an LED installation that reacts to wind pattern data collected from 40 Chinese cities in real time!