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    Audi develops in-car system that communicates with traffic lights to reduce idling

    Driving and electric car isn’t something to suit everyone’s taste buds, until we finally run out of fossil fuels and human kind has no other alternative means to get around that is. So, to keep the gas-guzzling folk happy, Audi has come up with a smart way to keep fuel consumption and carbon emissions low. The system, installed in a test Audi A6, literally hooks up with traffic lights in the vicinity and can help predict when a light is expected to turn green, keeping idling time to a minimum.

    Posted in Transport on March 13, 2014
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    Bhutan continues forward on its plans to go green by roping in Nissan

    A while ago, we came across news of Bhutan’s plans to go green. The beautiful Himalayan country seems to have kept up with its plans to give nature a hug and has recently teamed up with Nissan to achieve its ambitious goal. Nissan will help Bhutan build an electric-vehicle fleet and put its expertise in building green cars to the best use! “There is a lot of courage, a lot of will, a lot of vision behind the Prime Minister of Bhutan’s positioning on the electric car and I feel good about supporting this,” said Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn.

    Posted in Transport on March 7, 2014
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    Volkswagen Group shells out big bucks on developing greener rides

    One of the world’s biggest automobile manufacturers, the Volkswagen Group, doesn’t mind spending a few bucks occasionally in going green. And by a few bucks, we mean roughly about €10.2 billion! The company is investing more in energy-efficient and eco-friendly vehicles, to help lighten its own carbon footprint and give mankind cleaner ways to travel. Currently, the Volkswagen Group has 54 model variants to offer, each of which emit less than 100 grams CO2/km!

    Posted in Transport on March 7, 2014
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    An environment-lover’s nightmare, we present the world’s thirstiest cars!

    While the rest of us prefer to jump aboard the green bandwagon and drive energy efficient and sparkly green Chevrolet Volts and the lovable Toyota Prius, a few car owners still prefer to stick to the more environment-chocking side of affairs. While looking at the statistics of some of the greenest cars around us recently, we decided to also draw up a list of the world’s most inefficient cars. Here it is!

    Posted in Featured, Transport on February 22, 2014
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    Audi confirms the future release of the electric e-Tron R8

    Audi successfully managed to drop jaws around the world when it first unleashed its V8 supercar, the R8. The German luxury car manufacturer has now confirmed its intent to build an energy-efficient version of its brainchild and plans to push the e-Tron R8 to production lines. Audi’s new head, Ulrich Hackenberg stated at the Detroit Motor Show, “I think electric drive has a big future. With battery tech now it is vital to have plug-in hybrids, but as batteries improve we will move more towards all-electric.”

    Posted in Transport on January 20, 2014
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    University of Michigan report states that planes are more efficient than cars

    Cars may be luxurious and a privacy-friendly way of getting around. However, these personal modes of transport are the most inefficient mode of commute, as pointed out by a report by the University of Michigan. As opposed to this, airplanes are the most efficient way of travelling and to match up, the automobiles of today need to improve efficiency levels by a whopping 57%!

    Posted in Transport on January 20, 2014
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    Toyota demonstrates fuel-cell car safety by shooting at hydrogen tank

    The safety and practicality of using hydrogen powered cars has long been questioned, given the fact that carrying hydrogen in the boot of a car isn’t particularly the safest means to power up journeys. As a reassurance to the automotive industry and to potential buyers, automobile manufacturing colossus Toyota recently shot bullets at the fuel tanks of a fuel-cell prototype. While small caliber gun bullets simply bounced off the carbon-fiber tanks, .50 caliber bullets barely caused dents!

    Posted in Transport on January 20, 2014
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    Volkswagen’s new Passat BlueMotion concept is the most efficient mid-sized sedan!

    Volkswagen managed to turn quite a few heads at the ongoing Detroit Auto Show with the unveiling of one of its greenest sedans, the new Passat BlueMotion concept. Based on the production Passat, this one packs an extremely efficient powertrain beneath its hood, giving it the highest highway fuel economy rating of any non-hybrid mid-size sedan! The BlueMotion concept comes with Volkswagen’s 1.4-liter engine with direct injection and turbocharging with 150 horsepower and 184 lb-ft. of torque. That apart, the high efficiency engine also sports Active Cylinder Management (ACT) technology that intelligently deactivates the valvetrain on cylinders two and three when a driver applies a lighter throttle pressure.

    Posted in Transport on January 15, 2014
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    Navia, the world’s first commercial driverless electric car, ready to hit the roads

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    Sitting back and relaxing or probably taking a nap while your car drives itself around has always been a long-cherished dream, particularly when you find yourself surrounded by honking impatient drivers in a traffic jam on a Monday evening, right? As an answer to this extremely long and unpunctuated question, here’s presenting to you the first self-driving vehicle that’s ready to take to urban streets, without leaving behind a trail of collateral damage. Called the Navia, this is the world’s first commercial driverless car, developed by a French company called Induct.

    Posted in Transport on January 14, 2014
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    London’s first all-electric mass-transit bus hits city streets

    Here’s yet another reason to love London, the city gets its first all-electric mass-transit bus! Mass transit in the city is now sure to hit the highest green note as the authorities have begin putting out electric buses to do the rounds, with bellies full of batteries carrying clean juice. These buses will join the ranks of the hybrid and fuel cell buses that have been introduced in London a while ago and will help the city lighten its carbon footprint substantially. Chinese manufacturer BYD Auto predicts that the zero-emission buses will reduce running costs by about three quarters as compared to diesel-run vehicles.

    Posted in Transport on December 27, 2013
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