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    Los Angeles to receive the biggest electric fleet in the US

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    Electric cars had their moment some years ago and suddenly plummeted in numbers. Luckily we have them making a comeback, and how. Los Angeles will be leading the welcoming party for electric cars by announcing the lease of 160 electric vehicles as part of a Sustainable City Plan. The move, announced by Mayor Eric Garcetti, makes Los Angeles host to the biggest fleet of city-operated electric cars in the States. The fire, police and general services departments will be graced with the presence of fully-electric as well as hybrid cars. The LAPD is landing some rather cool cars, thanks to this decision. They will be loaned a Tesla Model S P85D and a BMW i3. How cool is that?

    Posted in Transport on September 16, 2015
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    The Toyota Prius just put on a lot of swag

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    The Prius by Toyota has oftentimes been the butt of many jokes. The forerunner in the world of hybrids has seen a generation of hybrid cars come in, and how. Toyota were well-braced for better looking and better performing competition along the way, which is why they went on to give the Prius an overhaul it deserves. Their renewed zeal is towards delivering greater fuel economy, lesser emissions and enhanced efficiency. From the looks of it, this fourth generation Prius sure wins in the hybrid pageant category. Under the hood, the car has efficiently managed to achieve more than 40 percent thermal efficiency. The size of the components have also been worked upon to create a clutter free environment and reduce the weight. The battery seems to be a better performer.

    Posted in Transport on September 11, 2015
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    GinzVelo human-electric hybrid can reach 100 miles on a single charge

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    Hybrids are arriving in drones and we’re happy that they’re getting more efficient and stylish. The pinnacle of this inflow is the GinzVelo human-electric hybrid vehicle. Built to accommodate one person, the vehicle is powered by a 500 W electric engine that is capable of supercharging your pedal power to an impressive 30 miles per hour! And that’s not all. A single charge can take the GinzVelo to a distance of 100 miles. With performance comes great style. The outer shell is a protective one that shields the occupants from weather conditions. The three-wheeled vehicle comes with headlights, turn signals and brake lights.

    Posted in Transport on September 1, 2015
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    Aston Martin to take on the Tesla Model S with 800 ponies

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    The Tesla Model S has by itself created a category of highly efficient electric vehicles. Among those who have stacked up their offerings to rival Tesla’s claim are the good folk from Aston Martin. The Rapide sedan will soon see an electric version of itself with an impressive 800 horsepower engine, which seemingly overtakes the Model S’ 763 horsepower counterpart. What’s more is that the electric Rapide will offer a drive range of 200 miles, making it a practical and competitive offering in the electric car market. What we project is a car that will be more powerful than the Tesla S and also one that scores better on the luxury scoreboard.

    Posted in Transport on August 21, 2015
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    India’s Cochin International Airport becomes world’s first solar-powered airstrip

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    Cochin International Airport in southern India has just become the world’s first airport to be completely powered by solar energy. The airport was inaugurated by the Chief Minister of the state and houses a 12 MWp solar plant. The government has invested 45 acres of land near the cargo complex to install 46,150 solar panels, which will empower the airport with 50,000 to 60,000 units of electricity per day. As per our source, ‘a total of 400 polycrystalline modules of 250Wp with five numbers of 20kW capacity ‘Refu-sol make string inverters’ were used in this plant. It is a grid connected system without any battery storage’. The plants are equipped with a SCADA remote monitoring system.

    Posted in Transport on August 21, 2015
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    The Corvette GXE could be the 200mph electric car we were waiting for

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    Genovation is promising something we’ve been wishing for, for a while. The Corvette GXE should be arriving soon. The pictures of the car are not made public yet, but there’s about what we could expect inside it. Genovation’s CEO, Andrew Saul said, “We are using state of the art inverters, batteries and electric motors that will produce in excess of 700-hp and 600 lb-ft of torque. We expect the car to achieve 0-60 mph in around three seconds and have a top speed of over 200 mph.” Now that’s saying something, especially with a range of 150 miles.

    Posted in Transport on July 24, 2015
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    ATX 8080 electric scooter can pull of a cool 80 kmph

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    Austin Electric Powersports in partnership with KLD Energy Technologies have constructed an emission-free bike that’s quite a good-looker and a cool performer as well. The ATX 8080 enters the ring with the credentials of an 80 km range and an 80 kmph top speed. A weather electric motor powers up the bike by combining propulsion and a generating system. There are no gears, filters or belts, thus the hassles of maintaining your typical rugged bike is minimized to a ‘nil’. Another aspect is the safety that the bike offers with wide tires and a low center of gravity that ensures riders are on their bikes and not on the asphalt, after a sharp turn. The battery that powers this beast is Samsung’s latest and directly plugs into a wall socket. It is fully charged in a maximum of five hours.

    Posted in Transport on July 21, 2015
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    British designer creates world’s most portable electric bike

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    Sustainable livelihoods depend on eco-friendly travel. While this seems to come at a cost, inconvenience and ugly design in more cases than few, this refreshingly good design by British inventor Clive Sinclair comes as hope. He has designed the most portable electric bike we have ever seen till date, with wheels that are just 13 centimeters in diameter. That’s little larger than a suitcase. Just two into the crowdfunding effort, the bike surpassed its target, which comes as no surprise. The design of the electric bike is inspired by the original A-Bike product designer Alex Kalogroulis. The motor in the front wheel kicks to life when the user starts pedaling. A sensor then detects the moving pedals and gently whirs the motor into life. If you need more assistance, which is detected when you slow down, the motor automatically delivers more power to make pedalling feel a lot more comfortable.

    Posted in Transport on July 20, 2015
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    BMW Group and SCHERM Group rolls out 100 percent electric, silent truck

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    One wouldn’t imagine seeing a 40-ton 100% electric truck. The BMW and SCHERM Groups have come together to roll out this marvel. Launched at the BMW Group Plant in Munich by Bavaria’s Minister of Economic Affairs, Ilse Aigner, the truck has successfully completed its test drives. The truck will make eight rounds between the SCHERM Group logistics center and BMW Group plant in Munich, loaded with numerous vehicle components and parts. The truck will be charged with electricity drawn from renewable sources of energy, thus leaving little or no carbon footprint as it travels along the road on a daily basis. A calculation proves that the truck will save 11.8 tons of CO2 in a single year.

    Posted in Transport on July 7, 2015
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    London’s Double Decker bus services to run with zero emissions soon

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    The legendary Double Decker buses from London have made their way along the path of global environmental awareness. This comes with the announcement of a pure electric double decker bus from this October. This announcement was made atop the first electric double decker bus, at the inaugural Clean Bus Summit, by the Mayor of London. Over 40,000 ultra-low emission buses are on their way to 24 other cities across the globe by 2020. London already features electric double decker buses plying since 2013. The buses were made by BYD who will also be developing the new ones.

    Posted in Transport on July 3, 2015
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