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    Leaos electric bicycle charges itself with the sun

    e-bike-3There are countless benefits of riding a bicycle instead of driving around in a gas-guzzling four-wheeler. More importantly, these green contraptions are a great way to get around without polluting your immediate environment, while helping you stay fit. To top it all, electric bicycles like the Leaos, make sure you can travel farther, on foot-power! These handmade bicycles from Italy are the brainchild of Armin Oberhollenzer, and are built in collaboration with Italian industrial designer Francesco Sommacal.

    Posted in Transport on March 26, 2015
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    NASA’s LEAPTech electric airplane propulsion system could change the aviation industry forever!

    leaptech-wing-conceptWell, it seems like the aviation industry is in for a green overhaul after all! Currently, NASA is busy spending its time at the drawing boards, working on a concept that could very well bring electric propulsion to the world of airplanes. The agency is testing an electric plane concept that uses Leading Edge Asynchronous Propeller Technology (LEAPTech). The technology is designed in partnership with Empirical Systems Aerospace (ESAero) and Joby Aviation. What sets this one apart from the rest of the electric concept planes we’ve come across before is the 18 independently-operated electric motors that power the LEAPTech wings.

    Posted in Transport on March 26, 2015
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    How to turn your Toyota Prius into an eco-friendly home for just $150!

    homemade-motorhome-priusLiving in a car is a great idea, particularly if you’ve been calling your RV a ‘car’ all along. However, living in a Toyota Prius isn’t something you’d want to indulge in for more than an afternoon, right? James Lawler thinks differently, and greener too. A landscaper from Torquay, Australia, Lawler has converted the back of his eco-friendly Prius into a home. While this might seem to be an expensive affair that requires the expertise of an automobile expert, Lawler decided to take things into his own hands, building his home-on-wheels for less than $150!

    Posted in Transport on March 23, 2015
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    nanoFlowcell AG unveils the saltwater-powered Quantino concept at the Geneva Auto Show

    saltwater-powered-sports-car-2Only a couple of decades ago, mankind would never have thought it possible to power up a car with nothing but salt water. Times are changing now and saltwater-powered cars could soon be parked in our driveways! nanoFlowcell AG unveiled the Quantino concept at the 2015 Geneva International Auto Show, a car that’s capable of drinking up saltwater and travelling 621 miles on electricity alone. Measuring just 12-feet long, this coupe draws power from a low-voltage drive system, two ionic liquid storage tanks and four electric motors. Together, all of these churn out 136hp.

    Posted in Transport on March 16, 2015
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    Tesla Model S is the Best Car of 2014 according to Consumer Review

    teslaTesla Model S has done it again; it has been named for the “Best overall car of 2015”. It was given the first position in the top 10 auto list by the highly coveted Consumer Reports. Tesla Model S won the award second time in a row, in 2014 also it was on the top. The top honours were given to Tesla because of its breakneck acceleration, smooth handling, confortable ride, and versatile cabin. The Consumer Review in their in-depth analysis gave Tesla 99 out of 100 and said that Tesla Model S was the best car they have ever tested.

    Posted in Transport on February 27, 2015
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    Helix takes the wraps off its world’s smallest and lightest folding bike

    helix-folding-bikeThe concept of foldable bikes is a great one, but the ones available in the market are not so good. Most of them are heavy, uncomfortable to ride because of their small wheels. The worst thing about them can be that they don’t fold so small. But, Helix is one foldable bike different than the rest. It is world’s smallest folding bike, it can be folded down to the size of its wheels. The wheels of helix pivot on helical hinges which makes it possible for the front and the rear wheel to be folded besides the frame and between the cranks. The wheels are 24 inches and once the cycle is folded completely, Helix measures 23 × 25 × 9 inches. Helix is also very light weighing just 9.5 kg. The body is made up of titanium which makes it very durable and corrosion resistant.

    Posted in Transport on February 25, 2015
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    Tesla to install free EV chargers in Chinese customers’ homes

    teslaIn an effort to make EVs more attractive to the masses in China, Tesla will soon offer to install free electric chargers in the homes of its Chinese customers. The auto maker’s China president Zhu Xiaotong revealed these plans shortly after Elon Musk, the founder of Tesla Motors, stated that the company’s sales in China dipped considerably during the last few months of 2014. Facts and figures haven’t pointed out just why Tesla isn’t doing as well as it expected in China, however, an add-on advantage like a home-based EV charger is bound to draw bigger crowds.

    Posted in Transport on February 19, 2015
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    Nissan’s new UV-absorbing Starpath paintjob makes the Leaf EV glow in the dark

    nissan-leaf-1If you’ve been under the impression that the Nissan Leaf is a serious head-turner, get a hold of this. The Japanese automaker has decided to give one of its electric vehicles a cool skin to grab attention after-hours. Nissan has painted one special Leaf with UV-absorbing automotive paint, which makes the car glow in the dark! The paintjob, called the Starpath, gives out a subtle glow when driven outdoors in the darkness.

    Posted in Transport on February 19, 2015
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    London’s new black electric taxis with zero emission ready to hit the roads

    metrocab-2After approving the superhighway for cyclists, London is taking a step further in being an eco-friendly city. A new electric black taxi could well replace the common diesel fuelled taxi on London streets very soon. The black taxis will be zero emission and they will emit 75% less carbon dioxide than the ordinary London Taxi. The electric cab called as the Metrocab was being test driven for a year, and now it has finally got license to run on London streets. The Metrocab looks gorgeous from outside because of its long chassis and panoramic glass roof. It has a seating capacity for seven people, the insides have a USB charging socket, and colour TV displays. The car is also fitted with a digital infotainment system, hands free phone, air con, and air suspension.

    Posted in Transport on February 18, 2015
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    Say hello to UK’s first driverless car, Lutz Pathfinder pod

    lutz-pod-2If you are in UK, returning home after a night out drinking with friends will not be a problem anymore. No hassles fading a taxi, Lutz pathfinder, UK’s first driverless car will drop you home safely. Lutz Pathfinder commonly called as Lutz Pod is being tested on UK roads currently so that the Government can make any required changes to the Highway Code to allow them to be used by public. Little autonomous Lutz Pod will be gallivanting the streets of Milton Keynes and Coventry for a few days. The self-driving car has been primarily designed for working on pavements and pedestrian friendly zones. Lutz Pod looks small but it has enough space for two people and a small luggage. Talking about power, it can travel up to 40 miles and attain a top speed of 15 mph. It can run for eight hours when fully charged.

    Posted in Transport on February 13, 2015
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