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    The Tesla Model 3 may be the biggest one-week product launch ever 325k pre-orders

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    The Tesla Model 3 may cost $35,000 but it has sent a wave of anticipation and love for eco-driving across. The car has received 325,000 pre-orders for the car amassing an assured future earning of $14 bilion. This has led to good things for brand Tesla as well, with the company confidently going ahead and upgrading its factory in Fremont, California. Each buyer has pledged $1,000 to reserve their cars. It could be the yearning for a car that is less polluting or maybe the low pledging fee that made the one-week launch of the Model 3 the biggest for any brand. This means that this could well be a top-seller over the iPhones and PlayStations of our times.

    Posted in Transport on April 18, 2016
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    Hybrids and electrics dominated Norway’s car sales in March 2016

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    Scandinavia continues to be the ruling sustainability belts from across the world, this time with Norway. Last month (March) over sixty percent of all cars sold in Norway were either hybrids or electric hybrids. The report presented by Dinside Motor surprised the world of sustainability advocates. The numbers may not really seem high when you compare it with car sales of most nations but Norway isn’t known to be too populous either. The country sold 3,400 hybrids, 2,600 electric drives, and 2,000 plug-in hybrids in March. The US is far behind the 60 percent mark at a measly 2.6 percent in the light-vehicle segment.

    Posted in Transport on April 18, 2016
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    Germany launches first ever fuel cell car sharing program

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    Sustainable transport couldn’t have a greater superlative than this. While fuel cell cars are what eco-driving will be in the future, the idea of creating a platform to share these wonderfully non-polluting machines makes perfect sense. Germany’s industrial gases giant, Linde, has launched BeeZero, a car-sharing service that will create a pooling service with Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell cars. The idea of this is no coincidence in a land where hydrogen research and technology is always in focus. Users can reserve their rides by pre-booking it via a smartphone app. Linde go a step forward and ensure that the hydrogen gas used to power the cars is created from sustainable sources making the experience a truly eco-conscious effort for all.

    Posted in Transport on April 12, 2016
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    India could become the first country with 100 pc electric vehicles by 2030

    India could become the first country with 100 pc electric vehicles
    India’s Minister for Power, Coal and Renewable Energy, Piyush Goyal has just announced something that could make world headlines in the greener circles. With the proposition of India becoming the world’s first country to ply 100 percent electric vehicles by 2030 we see a brighter future for a country that is already seeing the adverse effects of air pollution especially in pockets such as New Delhi. A special plan will enable vehicle owners to acquire their electrically-powered vehicles without an upfront payment. Instead, the savings made on fuel will overtime pay for their vehicles. A similar model has already been executed in India on a smaller scale with LED bulbs. Costs of these bulbs has dropped by 80 percent across the country in just a year and a half. “We have created a working group under the leadership of road transport and highways minister Nitin Gadkari, who is good at coming up with large-scale programmes. Environment minister Prakash Javadekar, petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan and I are members of this group. We will meet in the first week of April to see if India can 100% be on electric vehicles by 2030,” said Goyal.

    Posted in Transport on March 28, 2016
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    Electric double-decker bus to ply on London streets from next month

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    When the old meets the new in an attempt to make the world a better place, there is always celebration and joy. The same goes with the announcement of the London double-decker bus that will arrive in its all-new electric avatar from next month. The buses were announced last July. Five models will touch the streets with an incredible range of about 180 miles on a single charge. Charging the buses takes a four-hour stretch, which should ideally get done overnight till the bus is ready to set off on-course the next day. The double-decker buses measure 10.2 meters in length and are capable of seating 54 passenger and an additional 27 more, standing.

    Posted in Transport on March 21, 2016
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    This modded Corvette Z06 displaces Tesla’s car as fastest EV on earth

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    Genovation are known to breathe new life into the cars they touch. When they got hold of this 2006 Corvette Z06, they created the world’s fastest electric vehicle out of it. While the Tesla Model S P90D may have been an efficient 0-60 in 2.8 seconds machine, its top speed wasn’t a benchmark that was unbeatable as the batteries run dry over distances. That’s where Genovation checked in and created their very own Genovation eXtreme Electric or GXE. Believe it or not, this electric powered 10-year old car managed to reach a speed of 186.8 mph during tests! This takes the game to the rest of the EV market and even challenges the regular variants of the car.

    Posted in Transport on March 11, 2016
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    The 100kWh, more powerful Tesla Model S may be headed our way

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    If we are to believe those who let some exciting tidings slip into the rumor mills, there’s delight on the e-driving front. A very cryptic tweet could have opened up the possibilities of an even more efficient and faster Tesla S arriving soon. A tweet from a renowned and respected Tesla hacker arrived and was broken down by those with the curiosity to do so. Jason Hughes is famous from the early Model S days and decoded what looked like P100D in the rather curious looking text. Hughes found out about Tesla working on a 100 kWh, which is leagues beyond the 60 kWh model.

    Posted in Transport on March 8, 2016
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    Milan joins cities that pay citizen who cycle to work

    Milan joins cities that pay citizen who cycle to work
    Imagine a world without polluting cars and you would immediately fantasize clean air blowing across city streets. But this dream is distant and one that begs a lot more action than words. Following in the footsteps of a few select cities that strongly promote cycling as an alternative to driving to work, Milan is working towards cleaning its smog-ridden air. Pierfrancesco Maran, the city’s councilor for mobility told The Guardian that he is willing to reimburse citizens who cycle their way to work rather than use a car. Something similar has transpired in France. Milan and Rome are the financial backbones of Italy, also making them the cities with maximum car usage.

    Posted in Transport on March 3, 2016
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    French town of Nice to receive trams that are powered without overhead cables

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    Trams are adorable. Truly. They move around crowded streets with all the solemnity one could expect from a 19th century mode of transport. French designer Ora ïto has revisited the classic tram and given it a complete facelift. This includes eliminating the need for overhead wiring to power the bogeys, instead, the coach is powered from the ground. In partnership with French railway company, Alstom, the trams will ply between the 7-mile east-west line that goes through Nice. This futuristic experience was voted up by denizens of the land, in January. To blend in with the 17th-century buildings such as the Place Massena and Villa Matisse, the trams will be colored a reddish ochre. The trains that will be used in this endeavor will be 44-meter Alstom Citadis X05 models with a capacity to accommodate 300 travelers in each.

    Posted in Transport on February 26, 2016
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    Startup Faraday Future joins Aston Martin to take on Tesla in E-car market

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    Faraday Future is a startup that is gradually turning heads with its promise of a future filled with some rather rad electric cars. Based out of California, the company has taken its next big leap by partnering with Aston Martin to collaborate on electric vehicles. These two in partnership with Chinese technology company, LeEco is in the works to create the Aston Martin RapidE concept. The deal goes on to ensure that the startup will be pairing up with the car-giants for a range of connected electric vehicles in the future. Faraday Future shot into the limelight with the announcement of their first concept car, the FFZerol at CES last month. The car was characterized by the Variable Platform Architecture (VPA) employed in the design of the car, which could be described as a modular platform. This gives designers the freedom to adjust the length of the rails and other structures to alter the design and of the car.

    Posted in Transport on February 18, 2016
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