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    Solar-powered ASV Roboat moves ahead in the green race

    What is green about the first world robotic sailing champion? Dubbed, the ASV Roboat, this autonomous sailboat is making waves in the world of travel and navigation technology. Fitted with sensors, it can easily sail around pre-set race courses or even simply reach any nautical destination without human support. We’ll talk about its techie features after the jump and focus on the eco-friendly element for now. The Solar panels on the Roboat lend a green trait and also make it independent of carbon emitting gasoline. Moreover there’s a direct methanol fuel cell to top up the batteries as a backup.

    Posted in Alternative Energy, Transport on December 5, 2008
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    2009 Honda Insight hybrid will soon hit North American rods

    North American eco-enthusiasts have one more reason to wait for the forthcoming 2009, as the latest green Honda baby is all set to show its true colors at the North American International Auto Show, Detroit. The 2009 Honda Insight hybrid is expected to debut in January but will hit the roads in spring. Touted as being the least expensive hybrid in the world, it will utilize a new interactive, driver-focused fuel economy enhancement technology named the Ecological Drive Assist System. The maker is targeting annual global sales of 200,000 units per year, with about100,000 in North America only. Tagged at about $19,000, it is certainly more affordable eco-car than the Honda Civic Hybrid and Toyota Prius.

    Posted in Transport on December 4, 2008
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    Sanyo’s eneloop electric hybrid bicycle offers effortless green ride

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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.

    Posted in Transport on November 24, 2008
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    Solar powered vehicle set a world record for distance traveled

    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!

    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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