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    MIT launches fuel friendly GenShocks shock absorber

    GenShock.jpgMIT has introduced something that is going to be loved by economical, speed loving people. The GenShocks is a shock absorber for vehicles that can help increase fuel efficiency up to 10 per cent. It uses an active hydraulic system which forces some fluid through electricity generating turbines as the vehicle goes up and down. This means that the more the bumps you cover, the more fuel efficiency you get. That doesn’t really mean you can go ahead killing your suspension, be aware.

    Posted in Transport on February 12, 2009
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    BugEV – The DIY electric vehicle kit shapes up into an eco-friendly three wheeler

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    As the rage of electric vehicles flare on, the tormenting cost factor is the prime deterrent for folks to switch over from their gas-guzzling vehicles. And not everyone is fit enough to cycle their way through the town for work or shopping. For $3,500 you can make your self an eco-friendly electric vehicle BugEV. Created by Blue Sky Designs, it ships as a DIY 75 piece kit. Once put together, this three wheeled bike can zoom up to 50mph with a maximum range of 30 miles at 30mph average speeds. Though its like a moped or a scooter, but with an extra wheel, the BugEV scores points as its has a cover facility for the single rider. Fitted with headlights, taillights and horn, navigating it through dark lanes will also not be difficult. For a little more money, totaling up to $5,300, you can get a upgraded kit that includes the motor too. Cool green vehicle for short distance commuting…..ideal for college students.

    Posted in Transport on February 10, 2009
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    Edison Classic Carrier electric boat goes retro

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    It looks antique and classy but it is brand new and very thoughtful. Oregon-based Edison Marine has introduced the Classic Carrier, a range of hand built 40’s style electric power boat with the exteriors accentuated with South African Mahogany wood. This river queen will take your breath away, I bet, especially with the welcome feature of a quiet engine and no emissions! The boat can go up to a speed of 30 miles per hour with two 85hp electric motors. The batteries of this beauty can be charged using a AC/DC 110/220 V outlet in up to 4 hours which can give you between 8 and 10 hours of plain cruising.

    Posted in Transport on February 10, 2009
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    Mission One electric sportbike races up to 150mph without leaving any carbon footprint

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    Electric and speed don’t gel well on wheels and that’s one reason why bikers are knot keen to settle for an eco-friendly alternative to their gas-guzzling beasts. But Mission Motors is on a mission to change this concept with its all-electric Mission One sportbike. Not compromising on appearance along with the performance, this green speeding beast can zoom up to 150 mph. All set to walk the red carpet at the TED 2009 “The Great Unveiling,” it also boasts of a 150 mile range and can power up within two hours via a 240v outlet. Designed by Yves Béhar, the Mission One runs on a special high energy lithium ion battery pack.

    Posted in Transport on February 5, 2009
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    Loon – The solar powered boat crafted out of recycled, eco-materials

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    Three cheers for the solar powered boat that is crafted out of recycled plastic along with other eco-materials like bamboo and natural fibers. Dubbed, the Loon, this green conceptual boat is the brain work of Jason Hill of Eleven and Nathan Armstrong of Motive Industries. Yeah they are the same team that designed the much-discussed eco-friendly car Aptera. Sporting a solar powered SunRise roof, this water baby can generate of 1000W of clean green energy.

    Posted in Transport on February 3, 2009
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    Subhuman project – Pedal powered submarine intends to cross 3,700km of water in 50 days

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    Since today was the day for eco-friendly vehicles that zoom on the roads as well as soar high in the air, its time to end the day with another green vehicle that is set to hit the depths in a green style. Fueling his passion for speeding up the underwater exploration, Ted Ciamillo intends to pedal across the Atlantic in a one-man submarine. The eco-friendly pedal powered sub is a larger version of the Lunocet. And what is Lunocet? Well, teaming up with marine biologist Frank Fish (is that a nickname?) of West Chester University, Ted had designed a carbon-fibre “tail” for divers, called the Lunocet. Akin to dolphins, Lunocet enables the diver to swim as efficiently as possible. Coming back to the new pedal powered mini-sub, it is going to be crafted out of light weight yet sturdy materials. To be precise, a stainless steel frame, a polycarbonate shell and a propulsion system made from aluminum and titanium.

    Posted in Transport on January 30, 2009
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    SkySpark -100% eco-friendly electric aircraft aims to set world record

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    After covering posts about terra-vehicles that aim to cut down on emissions and race to keep the environment clean, its time to look up to the green air-vehicles too. Just yesterday, the SkySpark project took off in Turin. In an attempt to shape up as a 100% ecological aircraft, this electrically powered flier also aims to set a world speed record for the same. The whole system is powered by a hydrogen fuel-cell, about 65kW. Powered by an electrical motor, it has already surpassed internal combustion engines both for efficiency and dimensions. Electronic control systems allow today to modulate RPM and torque with dynamics which are far beyond what it is attainable in reciprocating engines.

    Posted in Transport on January 30, 2009
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    Goblin Motors roll out human powered goblin vehicles for in-town driving

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    Come February and you can find green wheeled goblins on the roads on America! No I am not narrating any fairy tale and the goblins I am referring to are the human powered vehicles from Goblin Motors. All set to come alive in the coming month, these single seater, human powered vehicles are known as velomobiles. American can now commute to work using their own power or use the power assist and arrive without even breaking a sweat! The GoblinAero and the GoblinRAMPAGE are based on the bicycle technology and high tech aerodynamics engineering to serve as the most eco-friendly personal vehicle of the time. Users can simply cruise through town using the engine or use the pedals to take advantage of their powerful muscular legs. Sporting an ergonomic seating position, the upholstered seat also comes with an adjustable seat back for uber comfort.

    Posted in Transport on January 30, 2009
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    BMW’s ZD 10 ED drives in as an efficient, eco-friendly supercar

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    BMW is out to lure all the eco-friendly racers with its latest green supercar dubbed ZD 10 ED. The ED stands for Efficient Dynamics and the Z 10 stands for the platform it is built on. Under the hood, it packs in fuel saving technologies that include stop-start system, an integrated starter/generator and a new brake energy regeneration system modified to store energy in a lithium-ion battery. Powered by a new generation, direct-injection turbocharged straight-six efficient engine, it can produce 400 horsepower with ease. This power will be channeled to the rear wheels via BMW’s new seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox. Along with this, the light weight body helps to boost the efficiency by nearly 15%. However no word on pricing or availability yet.
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    Posted in Transport on January 30, 2009
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    “Link” electric car concept bags the first prize at a design competion

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    Just recently a French magazine L’argus de l’automobile has announced the winners of its seventh Student Competition Awards, themed ‘Automobile Design for Social Utility’. A team of three students from Institut Supérieur de Design in Valenciennes, France bagged the honor of first prize for their ‘Link’ concept. Winners Damien Grossemy, Thibaut Dereymacker and Maxime Dimarco received $4,000 (€3000) and also and opportunity of working with the Design department of Renault. Here is the description about the winning automobile design – The ‘Link’ concept proposes a multi-user, on-demand system based on car sharing principles in inner cities. Special stations are located at strategic points within the city limits (no more than 400m apart), at which a user can order a vehicle according to their needs. The electrically-powered cars vary in size and shape, and when not in operation can be used as interactive information points by passersby. Special ‘green’ lanes – similar in concept to California’s High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes – also allow cars carrying four or more passengers to bypass congested roads.
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    Posted in Transport on January 29, 2009
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