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    GE to soon showcase the Evolution Hybrid locomotive

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    When highways are clogged and fuel reserves are strained, a machine that moves goods by dozens of thousands of tons represents a miracle technology that arrives not a moment too soon. Trains are the cleanest way to move massive amounts of freight long distances. In 2005 General Electric, cut fuel consumption by 5% and emissions by 40% compared to locomotives built just a year earlier with its Evolution diesel engines locomotives. GE will soon display its Evolution Hybrid locomotive prototype at the RSI Railway Technology Exhibition. Following the success of the Evolution Series locomotive, GE Transportation began development of the Evolution Hybrid prototype. The Hybrid features an innovative power-storing device that captures the energy that is dissipated in braking a 207-ton locomotive. The device then uses the energy to generate a 2,000 horsepower boost, which provides a fuel savings of 15 percent and an emissions reduction of 50 percent compared to pre- Evolution Series locomotives.

    Posted in Transport on September 16, 2008
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    Hummer H2 Black Chrome Limited Edition readies for 2009

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    The other day it took me two hours by car to commute a distance that usually takes 30 minutes. With the way traffic snarls and crazy drivers are possessing the streets, do we really need more cars on the road? Especially fuel guzzling ones? The Hummer H2 SUV and SUT line-up called Black Chrome are gearing up for a 2009 release. Other than concentrating on upping the looks, I doubt Hummer has done anything to reduce fuel inefficiency in the series. Looks wise the new lineups feature black chrome detailing that includes the 22-inch chrome-clad wheels, grille, hood latches and handles, fuel filler door, door handles, mirror caps, badges, side air vents, spare tire cover emblem, rocker moldings and hood louver

    Posted in Transport on August 14, 2008
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    Algae reactor steals center stage in international air show

    algae-jet-fuel.jpg The search for a cheaper fuel has left most of the automobile industry in a tizzy; well it’s not just the automobiles that are looking for the holy grail of alternate fuel. Airline fares may be low but unless they find an alternative jet fuel it will be hard not to raise the airfares if they want to stay in the aviation game. The Farnborough International Air Show exhibit was part of a collaboration and ongoing relationship between the researchers and aviation giant Boeing. The show featured the latest in turbine technology for Jet fighters and commercial aircrafts.

    Posted in Transport on August 14, 2008
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    Thermal energy could power your cars air conditioning

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    We already saw the cool jacket and the Dell XPS 710 H2C PC using thermal power to cool itself or power your mobile phone, well how about powering your car’s DVD player and GPS simply by using your car exhausts as the power source while you cruise the mean roads. An average SUV produces 15 kilowatts of energy in normal city driving, when cruising between 50 and 60 mph, the generator can produce about 800 watts of power, more than enough to provide power to most on board electronics and in some cases even the water pumps. Major auto companies are working on integrating the thermo electric system into new vehicles.

    Posted in Transport on August 13, 2008
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    Stricter EU regulations threaten European sports car manufacturers

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    News is that the EU has proposed a 120-grams-per-km emissions standard by 2012. This new regulation could adversely affect the European carmakers, edging them towards closure. Big Daddies of the business like Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati, Aston Martin and Porsche, would find it very difficult to comply with this ruling. LeftLane cites this example: the feather-light and relatively fuel efficient Lotus Elise S emits 196 g/km, whereas the segment average is in the 200 to 500 g/km range. According to Reuters, since exotic sports car are driven very rarely, and their limited production numbers means they only account for 0.3 percent of EU total car emissions. Whatever the case looks like the sports car industry just got a heavy-duty jolt!
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    Posted in Transport on August 7, 2008
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    Cash for ditching polluting cars in Britain

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    Do you think Archie would trade his trusty old jalopy for new shiny wheels even if the government gave him £1,000 ($2,000)? Incentives and cash is what the British Government plans on offering its citizens to dump old fuel inefficient cars. Apparently a similar scheme is up in France and the Brits want experiment it on their public. Due to the increase vehicle excise duty for people owning cars bought between 2001 and 2006, the citizens have been criticizing the government. More than one million people will see their road tax double and offering people money to switch vehicles may be the right option.

    Posted in Transport on August 5, 2008
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    Tata Motors sets 12 month deadline for EV option

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    Even thought it is busy in meeting its deadlines to get the world’s cheapest car into production, Tata is currently working on five prototypes of electric vehicles. The vehicle is supposed to be initially assembled in Norway. India’s only other electric car maker Reva has sold 2,500 units, including 1,000 in the UK, and is hiking capacity to 30,000 units by December from 6,000. Tata will use its Indica platform for the development of its electric car instead of the $2500 Nano.

    Posted in Transport on July 29, 2008
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    Emirates stops publishing in-flight magazines to save fuel

    emirates_airlines.jpgWhen you walk into any airline cabin today you are greeted by a pleasant hostess/host showing you your seat. Once that mystery is solved the next thing on your agenda is to find something to pass your time before the in-flight movie begins. That’s when we find the airline magazine filled with boring PR and insanely expensive perfume/gift catalogue, along with the in-flight entertainment guide. These magazines are usually thick and printed in high gloss sometimes scented paper. Well, step into the new Emirates Airbus 380 and you will be surprised to not find a magazine in the front shelf of your seat. The decision to ban all onboard paper will lighten the aircraft by a tone thereby reducing fuel expenses and saving the environment. The printed matter will be replaced by content shown on the aircraft’s seat-back TVs.

    Posted in Transport on July 29, 2008
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    Daimler EV Smart coming in 2010

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    Daimler was not so forthcoming about their EV Smart till it didn’t pass around a hundred tests or so, and apparently since the car has done sufficiently well in those tests, the car will be on the roads by 2010. This tit-bit was announced by none other than the company CEO Dieter Zetsche. Hopefully this announcement has nothing to do with the fact that the Chevy Volt is scheduled to come out in 2010 as well. Little else is known, except that the company is undecided whether it wants to sell or lease the batteries. Leasing does lower the up-front cost, but continued cost of ownership may be an issue. Neither pricing nor US release has been indicated.
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    Posted in Transport on July 25, 2008
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    Electric MINI Expected In US By Summer 2009

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    At a recent presentation, MINI USA VP Jim McDowell clarified that there is no concrete news on the car’s US debut, except that will be in “regular customers hands” by the summer of 2009. Although he could not specify what type of battery that will be in the cars, he did say that MINI would make a further announcement later this year, probably at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Furthermore, it has not yet been finalized whether the cars will be leased or sold, or how many will be built.

    Posted in Transport on July 23, 2008
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