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    Sanyo’s eneloop electric hybrid bicycle offers effortless green ride

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    Since gasoline prices are chewing into our salaries and hybrid cars are far from being affordable for a common person (like me), Sanyo is out to help us move about the town on eneloop bike. Just unveiled, this electric hybrid two-wheeler is fitted with a “Power-up Mode” that helps to reduce the burden on the biker’s legs as well his/her carbon footprints. An ideal blend of a standard bicycle and a moped, this hybrid version augments the rider’s capacity to speed up the roads with ease. This extra power is equivalent to double the rider’s pedal force for going uphill too. Also a new “loop charge function” generates electricity and charges the battery while moving. Though the electric motor fitted on the front wheel renders motion to it, the energy generated by pedaling goes is directed to the rear wheel. And if you are concerned about the safety, then be assured as the two-wheel drive system provides a much stable ride. Even while braking, the system harnesses energy.

    Posted in Transport on December 2, 2008
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    2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI is crowned as the 2009 Green Car of the Year

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    The countdown for the year 2009 has started and its time to bring your attention to the 2009 Green Car of the Year. Hunting for the most promising fuel efficient and eco-friendly vehicle for the next model year, Green Car Journal has crowned the 2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI with the green honor at the 2008 Los Angeles Auto Show. Beating strong contenders like BMW 335d, Ford Fusion Hybrid, Saturn Vue 2 Mode Hybrid, and Smart ForTwo, the Jetta TDI uses a 2-liter, turbocharged, diesel, four-cylinder engine to achieve an EPA-rated 41mpg highway fuel economy and 30mpg city.

    Posted in Transport on December 1, 2008
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    Solar-powered tractor to run over the green farms of 2010

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    The farmers of 2010 will have one more reason to bow down to sun and utilize solar energy to the fullest. Though Sun’s abundant energy is uber essential for farmers to grow healthy crop feeds, in the near future, this solar energy will also be used to power a tractor. The Austrian maker, Open Energy, is in the process of launching a solar-powered tractor soon. Fitted with a 26sq m solar panel, these farming vehicles will assist the vegetable and fruit producers for weeding, drilling and also ploughing. The panels are deigned to constantly adjust their position to harness the most of the sun during the whole day. This helps augment the efficiency by 40% and reduce the dependence on direct sunlight.
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    Posted in Transport on November 28, 2008
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    America’s First Full-Service Eco-Friendly Car Wash

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    Houston residents can give a green wash to their cars at the nation’s first eco-friendly full service car wash. Green Earth Auto Detail is all set to throw its doors open for this green car wash service in the first week of following month. Since water conservation is of prime importance, the task of flushing away 40 to 160 gallons of water per car wash needed to be addressed without delay. Green Earth promises to look into this matter and has come up with an almost water-free car wash. They have formulated a special solution that is safe, non-hazardous and water-based. When sprayed onto the vehicle it simply dissolves the dirt so it can be easily wiped off with a micro fiber cloth and then buffed with another, leaving the vehicle clean, shiny and super smooth to the touch. The only water used in the process is that which is used to mix the solution.

    Posted in Transport on November 26, 2008
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    Universal Studios Hollywood gets greener with solar powered electric carts

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    Solar powered golf carts have been zooming around over the lush green acres for eco-golfers since some time. But how can Hollywood be associated with such solar powered vehicles? Well, Universal Studios Hollywood has stirred a green move in their park by unveiling a new solar powered electric cart for their employees. Designed by Cruise Car Company, this kind of green drive will enable the staff to move about the premises in speed but without leaving any carbon footprints. Though there weren’t any Hollywood celebs to highlight the launch, along with Shrek and The Mummy, you can find the President and COO of the Universal Studios Hollywood, Larry Kurzweil, and Environmental Media Association President, Debbie Levin in the picture too.

    Posted in Transport on November 25, 2008
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    Goldfish could be the first Swiss solar powered submarine

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    Swiss company BKW FMB Energie is developing a solar powered submarine that will be powered by a floating solar array, saving power on continual trips to shore for recharging. The floating platform, reminiscent of a water-lily design, is made up of a central covered hub that can act as a conference/debriefing or supply center, surrounded by 5 pontoons that are fitted with solar panels. The solar array will cover an area of 300 square meters in total and generate 30 kilowatts of electricity. By going solar, the Project Goldfish sub can stay submerged for unlimited periods, while handling up to 30 people at a time. Passengers will be able to board and leave the sub via a solar powered shuttle.
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    Posted in Transport on November 24, 2008
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    Solar powered vehicle set a world record for distance traveled

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    Just a few days back we mentioned about the Solartaxi that is on its way around the world to set a record. Though Palmer is still driving towards his mission, Marcelo da Luz has realized his green dream by setting the world record for distance traveled in a sun-powered car. Breaking the current record of 15,070 kilometers (9364 miles), from Buffalo to Halifax to Inuvik to Victoria, on Canada’s Pacific coast, da Luz traveled for three months. It is also estimated that this is the first solar car to operate at below-freezing temperatures.

    Posted in Transport on November 24, 2008
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    Hyundai’s Sonata Hybrid is green at heart!

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    Vying for the title of ‘the most fuel-efficient automaker on the planet’, Hyundai flaunted its Blue Drive hybrid powertrain at the recent 2008 Los Angeles Auto Show. Unlike the other counterparts, this powertrain uses third generation battery technology to power up the engine. Teaming up with LG Chem, the automaker has developed lithium polymer batteries for its hybrid powertrain. Since it is estimated that Lithium battery technology has greater power density, Hyundai’s battery pack promises to deliver the same power while taking up half the space of a nickel metal hydride battery pack.

    Posted in Transport on November 21, 2008
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    Eco-flying – BioJet powered by Biofuel flew across U.S leaving a green trail

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    Aircraft emissions have been estimated as the prime source for the escalated CO2 levels in the air. But that cannot stop people from traveling across states and countries for business as well as pleasure. However we can look forward to reduce our carbon footprints in the air by flying on jets powered by green fuels. Recently, Green Flight International flew BioJet 1 across the U.S. by filling its tank with an eco-friendly, Biofuel. This green jet completed the flight from Reno, Nevada to Leesburg, Florida in just over 11 hours at altitudes ranging from 13,000 to 17,000 feet.

    Posted in Transport on November 13, 2008
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    Piaggio promises speedy green ride with the latest hybrid MP3 scooter

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    Times are changing and so are the trends. Moving over the two and four-wheelers, the future of the roads is going to be dominated by three-wheelers. Though we don’t see many of them in the present, companies like Piaggio promise a clean green three wheely ride in the near future with their latest plug-in hybrid three-wheeler. The Italian manufacture’s hybrid MP3 scooter will churn out up to 141 mpg (that is 60 kilometers on a liter of gas). Powered by a 125-cc gasoline engine along with an electric motor, it is powerful enough to zoom from 0-60 mph in about 5 seconds.

    Posted in Transport on November 12, 2008
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