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    BMW and Nissan deploy super-fast charging stations across the US

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    We earlier heard about Nissan and Renault partnering to create eco-charging zones across Paris. Now, Nissan has tied hands with BMW to deploy 120 dual-port 50 kW DC fast-charging stations across 19 states in the US. This is in promotion of green and clean driving as well as the Nissan Leaf and the BMW i3. The charging stations are equipped with CHAdeMO and CCS Cambo connectors that are compatible with all DC fast-charging capable electric vehicles. Speaking on the initiative, Cliff Fietzek, Manager Connected eMobility, BMW of North America, said, “BMW continues to pursue new ways to support the development of a robust public charging infrastructure that will benefit current and future BMW i3 owners across the country. This BMW-Nissan project builds on BMW’s ongoing commitment to participate in joint partnerships designed to expand DC Fast charging options nationwide for all EV drivers. Together with Nissan, we are focused on facilitating longer distance travel so that even more drivers will choose to experience the convenience of e-mobility for themselves.”

    Posted in Transport on December 23, 2015
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    Eva electric motorbike can reach 200 kmph sans a gearbox

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    While great design is a prerequisite in motorcycle purchase decisions, it is also absolutely necessary to ensure that performance doesn’t take a back seat. The Eva electric motorbike manages to marry both worlds and to make it all better, it does so sustainably. The 100 percent electric motorbike is made in Italy. It comes without a gear box in lieu of which, it packs a permanent magnet oil cooled motor that can take it to a range of 200 km and reach speeds of up to 200 kmph. The primary highlight of the motorcycle is the vehicle control unit that continuously manages the battery, electric motor, charger and even the anti-lock braking system. Thanks to the powerful electric motor that produces 70 kW of power and 170 Nm of torque, riding an electric bike has never been less cumbersome.

    Posted in Transport on December 15, 2015
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    Volkswagen to keynote CES 2016, roll out new electric car

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    What better way to leverage on the inherent hatred people have towards your diesel cars than selling them electric ones. The diesel-gate scandal has surely scarred Volkswagen’s reputation for good. However, their PR will surely make a recommendation that they work on a clean-up model where they dish out electric vehicles, thus curing the ‘pollutant’ stigma that is pretty deep-etched in the minds of consumers. In fact, Dr. Herbert Diess from the company’s Passenger Cars segment will keynote CES 2016 on January 5. “We welcome Herbert Diess to CES to share Volkswagen’s vision for the future, including the company’s commitment to sustainability,” said Gary Shapiro who represents CES. “We are pleased Volkswagen will use the CES stage to unveil a concept car displaying its latest developments in safe and energy-efficient electric vehicles consistent with VW’s long history of innovation in the driving experience.”

    Posted in Transport on December 11, 2015
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    Singapore to convert defunct railway corridor lines to 15-mile park

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    What do we do with all those idle patches of land on the planet that do not serve any particular purpose? Other than turning into storage yards and makeshift markets, they hardly do anything other than take up usable space. Singapore’s Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) went on to finalize a proposal that will convert a 15-mile non-functioning railway line between Tanjong Pagar Railway Station and the Malaysian border into a multipurpose linear park. This could pretty much travel across the nation in one scenic strip. Japan’s Nikken Sekkei won the bid along with Tierra Design and Arup Singapore. The park expanse will accommodate 122 access points, 21 modular platforms and a paved cycling path.

    Posted in Transport on December 3, 2015
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    Vintage Electric 2016 Tracker e-bike is the past, present and future

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    A Vintage Electric e-bike is just what the planet needed. The 2016 Vintage Electric Tracker is a marvel of design and engineering that exemplifies simplicity and convergence of the new and old. For the last couple of years, Vintage Electric has been steadily impressing us with 20th century-based board track racing bike designs fitted around modern electric engines. The 2016 Tracker enters the ring with 15 percent efficiency over last year’s model even with 20 percent more torque produced and a larger 70 watt-hour battery in tow. It can easily cover 35 miles on a single charge and ensure that you have everyone’s eyeballs and double-takes focused in your general direction.

    Posted in Transport on December 3, 2015
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    Renault and Nissan to install 90 new EV chargers in Paris

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    The 21st annual Conference of Parties (COP21) global summit on climate change will be inspiring a truly exemplary action across Paris. Thanks to the Renaul-Nissan alliance, we will be seeing an installation of up to 90 new EV chargers in Paris. French energy providers EDF, Schneider Electric, Aéroports de Paris, Paris City Council and national railway company SNCF will all be joining hands to make this a possibility. The stations will serve in charging VIP shuttles for dignitaries and media personalities attending the event. The summit will host 20,000 UN participants from across 195 countries between November 30th and December 11th.

    Posted in Transport on November 25, 2015
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    AutoPortal.com with details of Audi A4 Price in India

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    In the Indian automobile market there is good demand for the entry level and mid-range luxury cars. The A4 is a mid-range premium sedan from the Audi AG. The Audi India has launched this car in India in 2012 in a segment where there is a tough competition between the German auto giants. The recent emissions controversies at the Volkswagen have affected the Audi A4 also which have been sorted out consequently.

    Posted in Transport on November 24, 2015
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    Classic London Taxi gets TX5 electric avatar

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    The London Taxi Company is a legacy in itself with the hallmark black cabs that have effortlessly topped the world’s most popular public transport charts for decades. However, with the world moving towards an eco-friendlier legion of cars, the cab will be seeing a transition into its all new electric avatar. The four-cylinder taxis will run on emission-free electric power and will also manage to do so for longer durations. The new cabs will match up to the performance requirements for London Cabs. The best part is that the electric renditions do not shed away the classic distinguishing characteristics that mark them in everyone’s memory.

    Posted in Transport on October 27, 2015
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    This methane car modeled around cow’s digestive system

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    When designers take their briefs too literally you can expect nothing short of a shocking concoction. While you may imagine this to be something strewn with bovine macabre but hey, when you look at the result it isn’t so bad after all. Yi-Wen Tseng, a graduate from the Royal College of Art has imagine a car that is powered by bio-printed organs! He has been inspired by a cow’s digestive process to fuel a car and set it in motion. Cows are known to expel large amounts of methane gas and this was the model used by Tseng in his model. He paired a cow’s digestive process with a 3D bio-printing process, which is normally used to develop artificial organs for transplants, he managed to create an alternative fuel system. The four synthetic stomachs of a cow are housed at the rear of the car and facilitates filtration, methane production and digestion.

    Posted in Transport on October 8, 2015
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    London Underground powers up station with braking energy

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    Energy is spent in a number of forms but not recycled. As a result, we rely heavily on energy generation methods that often result in pollution or consumption of resources. While renewable energy is taking strong roots, London’s underground system has a new approach to harvest enough energy to power up to 104 homes! The braking energy is drawn from Victoria line trains. The energy captured can effectively power up the entire Holborn station for more than two days a week. Currently, the London Underground is testing an inverter system on a trial basis. This alone promises savings of up to 6 million pounds each year. An additional advantage of harvesting braking energy is the reduction of heat produced from the brakes, which means the stations are cooler. In fact, this leads to a saving of up to 1 MWh of cooling power per day.

    Posted in Transport on October 1, 2015
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