Green Transportation News (In the last 3 months)


 
  • • This Bacteria Can Make Jet Biofuel
    Powerful Enough to Launch
    Rockets into Space

    ZME Science

    June 30, 2022 -Fossil fuels are a huge problem for the environment. I know, newsflash. But although we talk a lot about solar energy, electric cars, and whatnot, for some industries there aren’t a lot of viable alternatives. This is particularly true for aerospace where every bit of weight comes at a premium, and the high energy density of kerosene and other jet fuel fuels makes them ideal for this work, but also challenging to replace.

    Looking to fill this gap, researchers at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the Joint Bioenergy Institute, Sandia National Laboratory, the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and the University of California Berkeley, tinkered with a bacterium and coaxed it to produce a high-energy-density molecule that can be used to produce renewable jet fuel, quite similar to how some biodiesel powering vehicles is made today.

  • • Solid Oxide Fuel Cells are Having a Big Moment
    They are Ready to Do
    the Green Hydrogen Dance

    CT

    June 29, 2022 -It’s been a while since CleanTechnica took a look at solid oxide fuel cells, and there is a lot of catching up to do. To cite just a couple of new developments, Shell has just inked a deal with the firm Ceres to test their solid oxide technology to produce green hydrogen in India, and the iconic auto maker Ferrari has hooked up with the US company Bloom Energy to decarbonize its Maranello factory in Italy.

  • • University of Michigan Reveals “Aevum” Solar Racecar
    It’s the First Solar Car University of Michigan Students Have Ever Designed Remotely, Working From Home and Not Having Any Face-To-Face Interaction

    CT

    June 28, 2022 -If you’ve ever read about or followed solar car racing, you figure out pretty quick that it’s not like other races. The cars generally don’t go very fast, sometimes averaging only 15 MPH. The challenge is how fast the vehicles can go powered only by the sun on their backs, and with today’s solar technology, the answer is always “not very fast.”

    But, there are a couple of important reasons to follow these races. First off, they’re training the future of EV designers and engineers, as we explain more in this article.

  • • Icons of Italian Automotive Style Struggle to Go Electric
    Ferrari and Lamborghini are Trying to Design Battery-Powered Cars that Inspire the Same Devotion as Their Costly Internal Combustion Models

    NYT

    June 27, 2022 -Lamborghini, Ferrari and a handful of other companies that make so-called supercars — a loosely defined category of vehicles that cost hundreds of thousands of dollars and offer race-car-level performance — face an existential threat. The auto industry is moving inexorably toward battery power, a trend that these carmakers cannot escape. They are now wrestling with how to design electric sports cars that will inspire the same passion and command the same prices.

  • • The World’s First Production Solar-Powered Car
    It Can Drive For Months Without Charging

    ZME Science

    June 27, 2022 -Electric vehicle (EV) sales have ramped up tremendously in the last few years, but their overall market share is still very much tiny, negating their potential for decarbonizing the transportation sector. For instance, in the US, EV registrations have doubled over the past year, but they totaled only about 5% of all new cars.

    One of the reasons why many prospective buyers in the market for a new vehicle are reluctant to switch to electric is range anxiety. But this issue can finally be solved.

  • • Driving the World’s First Production-Ready Solar Car
    Makers of the €250,000 Lightyear 0 Hope to Convince Drivers it Can Be a Viable Climate-Friendly Alternative

    The Guardian

    June 25, 2022 -It is this streamlined design that the company credits for allowing it to muscle its way into a space long overlooked by most car manufacturers. As early as November, the company will start delivery of what it describes as the “world’s first production-ready solar car” – the Lightyear 0, a €250,000 (£215,000) sedan draped in 5 sq. meters of curved solar panels that top up the electric battery while the car is driving or parked outdoors.

    The price could be a deterrent.

  • • Electric Last-Mile Delivery for IKEA, Goodyear, BP, Others
    A More Sustainable Delivery Method

    CT

    June 24, 2022 -All Purpose Transport (APT) is primarily a last-mile delivery provider to blue-chip customers such as Rheem, Solahart, Goodyear, BP, IKEA, Fantastic Furniture, and Bunzl. Founded in 1975, APT’s business model engages close to 300 owner-drivers who select and purchase their vehicles to perform delivery services on behalf of APT.

    Project EV was conceived to investigate more sustainable delivery methods for last-mile deliveries, as the current fleet all use internal combustion engines. APT’s current fleet consumes around 60,000 liters of diesel each week, putting 160 tons of CO2 in the atmosphere.

  • • The Electric Truck of the Future
    It Does Kinetic Energy Storage, Too

    CT

    June 17, 2022 -A Florida-based startup called Ecolution Power Company is on a mission to gild the electric truck lily with kinetic energy storage, and the city of Amarillo, Texas, is one of two US locations in which it is putting the idea to the test.

    If all goes according to plan, waste energy from trucks, buses, subways, and railways cars could be stored and transported to locations where it’s needed, instead of being lost to the winds.

  • • Aviation Electrification is Focus of New Partnership
    Ampaire, Black & Veatch to Collaborate on Expanding Electrified Aviation Infrastructure

    PGI

    June 14, 2022 - They plan to collaborate on developing airport electrification that supports emerging electric aviation needs.

    Ampaire, Black & Veatch said that against the backdrop of a reimagined aviation sector – and the evolution of air mobility in a world increasingly looking to decarbonize – they plan to work to identify and evaluate opportunities to plan, engineer and construct infrastructure for electric air mobility at airports, working with early adopters in the Americas, Europe and Asia.

  • • Solar-Powered Refrigerated Trailers are on the Move
    Integrating Solar Panels Into a Wide Range of Cargo Vehicles to Reduce Carbon Emissions

    CT

    June 13, 2022 - CleanTechnica readers are familiar with Sono Motors, the German company behind the Sion, an electric car powered by solar panels embedded in its roof, hood, and sides. Laurin Hahn founded the company in 2016 together with Jona Christians and Navina Pernsteiner in a garage where they developed their first prototype by hand. They wanted to see whether their vision of a Solar Electric Vehicle could come true.

  • • Cold-Resistant Batteries Could Extend
    Electric Vehicle Range During Harsh Winters
    The New Anode Design Could Prove to Be a Game Changer in the EV Space

    ZME Science

    June 9, 2022 - Lithium-ion batteries are a crucial invention for today’s society. Their energy density and longevity enabled the mobile technology revolution that we’ve all come to rely on — but the magic only works at room temperature. When it’s literally freezing, cellphones that are exposed to the cold too long need to be recharged more frequently and, worst of all, the range of electric cars is seriously disrupted.

  • • Solid-State Batteries for EVs
    Make a Leap Toward Mass Production
    Colorado-Based Solid Power Rolls Out Batteries that Will Enable Electric Cars to Run Much Longer on a Charge

    ICN

    June 9, 2022 -At some point, the development of solid-state batteries—in which electrons flow through a solid material instead of a liquid or gel—is going to lead to electric vehicles that can go much farther on a charge and battery-storage systems that can hold more energy while taking up less space. We just don’t know when that is going to be.

    But in the last 10 days, two announcements offer reasons to think the answer is “sooner rather than later.”

  • • EU Parliament Backs 2035
    End Date for Combustion Engine Cars
    Environment Ministers Should Support
    Phase-Out Deadline For Polluting
    Vehicles — With No Exceptions

    CT

    June 8, 2022 -The European Parliament has voted to set a 2035 deadline for zero-emissions cars and vans — a significant step forward for climate action, air quality and the affordability of electric vehicles. Green group Transport & Environment called on EU environment ministers to confirm the effective end date for sales of new combustion engines when they meet on June 28.

  • • A Battery Metals Squeeze Puts EV Future at Risk
    What Are Those Shortages?

    BCL Logo

    June 7, 2022 -The world’s epic shift into electric vehicles needs to overcome a major obstacle: how to meet rocketing demand for batteries, the vital component, while cutting the cost to help the cars go mainstream. Factory lines churning out power packs to fuel a clean energy future are being built faster than strained supply chains can keep up.

    A global rush to lock in stocks of lithium, nickel, cobalt and other key ingredients from a handful of nations has sent prices hurtling higher.

  • • Easy, Cheap, & Safe EV Fast Charging at Home
    SplitVolt Has the Answer

    CT

    June 6, 2022, by Zachary Shahan - Home EV charging is something we’ve written about countless times, but we continue to learn more about the topic. I recently interviewed the CEO & founder of Splitvolt, Dan Liddle, and although I went into it thinking I’d seen this kind of story before, I learned that I had not and that there were technicalities I was not even previously aware of.

  • • Buick Planning to Go All-Electric by 2030
    GM is Following the
    Same Timeline for Cadillac

    HT

    June 6, 2022 - Buick is also getting a new emblem as it overhauls the brand with fresh designs for its existing gasoline-powered vehicles and for its new products due over the next 18 months.

    Buick, GM’s midluxury brand, announced that news Wednesday when it unveiled the Wildcat EV concept vehicle. The concept will influence the design of all upcoming Buick vehicles over the next several years, whether they be internal combustion engine or electric.

  • • Top 20 Electric Cars In The World
    See the List

    CT

    June 5, 2022 -Global plugin vehicle registrations were up 38% in April 2022 compared to April 2021. Despite several disturbing factors happening all at once (the invasion of Ukraine, Covid-19 lockdowns in China, chip and battery shortages, supply chain disruptions …), the truth is that there were 542,000 registrations last month, representing 10.2% share of the overall auto market (7% BEV share).

  • • Bristol Carbon Emissions: Electric Bus Fleet to be Introduced
    It's the UK City's Partial
    Tackling of Climate Change

    BBC Logo

    June 3, 2022 -A city transport network is to be 'decarbonized', partly by introducing 250 electric buses and 1,000 cycle racks,

    Bristol City Council is aiming to get the city to net zero carbon emissions by 2030 to tackle climate change.

  • • A 2000-Kilometer High-Speed Rail System In Egypt
    Siemens Mobility Finalizes the Contract

    CT

    June 2, 2022 -The 2,000-kilometer state-of-the-art high-speed rail network will connect 60 cities throughout the country, with trains that can operate at up to 230 km/h. This means that approximately 90 percent of Egyptians will have access to this modern, safe, and integrated rail system. With a modal shift to train transport, the fully electrified network will cut carbon emissions by 70 percent compared to current car or bus transport, further supporting Egypt’s efforts in transforming its mobility to a more sustainable one.

  • •  The Best E-Scooters for a Zero-Emissions Commute
    The Segway Ninebot ES2
    is Treehugger's Top Choice

    TH

    May 31, 2022 -Like e-bikes, the market for e-scooters has been surging and is projected to grow 7.6% from 2021 to 2028.1 Unlike a car, this zero-emission, portable transit option doesn't require gasoline or a parking place. Unlike an electric bike, many electric scooters can be folded and carried inside, so theft is less likely. Unlike a skateboard, the e-scooter is comfortable and can get up hills easily.

  • • Electric Boat Maker Unveils Urban Water Taxi Aimed at Venice
    Candela’s Latest Hydrofoiling Craft Creates Almost No Waves, Making it a Good Fit for the ‘Floating City’

    BCL Logo

    May 30, 2022 -Sweden’s Candela Speed Boat AB, which makes electric boats that fly above water, has unveiled a new craft it hopes will replace gas-guzzling vessels used by commercial operators in the tourism industry.

  • • To Reduce Traffic, This Company Wants
    Cargo E-Bikes to Replace Delivery Vans
    Many City Trucks Can be
    Swapped with Less Energy-Intensive
    E-bikes that Can Haul 800 Pounds

    BCL Logo

    May 28, 2022 -On city streets, on most days, Amazon delivery vans , UPS trucks, Ubers and vehicles for instant delivery services all vie for space. A Los Angeles-based company is aiming to solve the problem of urban congestion and the emissions that come with it by swapping out the delivery trucks with cargo e-bikes.

  • • How the Ford F-150 Lightning Can Power Your Home
    Ford Says its Upcoming Pickup Can
    Feed Your Home for Three Days

    AW

    May 20, 2022 -The Ford F-150 Lightning might be one of the most important cars to roll out of Ford’s workshop since 1949. While this new pickup will likely normalize electric vehicles for a number of EV skeptics, the Lightning’s usefulness extends beyond its payload, towing, and capabilities to acting as a full-on generator—because the Lightning can also power your home in the event of a loss of power.

    Let’s look at how this is done.

  • • We All Rave on a Yellow Submarine!
    New Battery-Powered Sub
    has Room for 120 Revelers to Party
    for 24 Hours Under the Waves

    ZME Science

    May, 14, 2022 -The Dutch-built 'Under Water Entertainment Platform' (or UWEP for short) is a battery-powered 115 feet submarine that can dive to 650 feet and is singularly intended host the most 'prestigious and memorable events on the planet.'

  • • AI Traffic Light System Could Reduce
    Traffic Jams and Save Cities Lots of Money
    It Seems to Work in the Virtual World
    Can it Also Work in the Real World?

    ZME Science

    May, 21, 2022, Traffic jams are formidable enemies. They seem to plague every big city in every corner of the world, and despite ample measures aimed at tackling them, jams continue to persist and be a nuisance.

    But help could be on the way: not in the form of wider streets or bridges and tunnels, but rather in the form of algorithms.

  • • Travel Green with Amtrak
    From 2010 to 2019, Amtrak Reduced Its Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 20%,

    Amtrak

    May 17, 2022-Through several key initiatives like energy efficiency upgrades, improved train handling, and more efficient locomotives, Amtrak has reduced fuel and energy use year-over-year. Over the next decade we’re targeting a further reduction to 40%.

    In fact, rail travel produces up to 83% fewer greenhouse gas emissions than driving and up to 73% fewer emissions than flying, making Amtrak the best option to shrink your travel carbon footprint.

  • • Grants Help Wisconsin Nonprofits Purchase Electric Vehicles
    EVs Will Help The Organizations Save Money and Protect the Environment

    YCC

    May 13, -Many nonprofits operate on tight budgets. So if they need to buy a car or van, electric vehicles are attractive because EVs cost less to fuel and maintain.

    But the up-front price of EVs can be a barrier. And nonprofits cannot take advantage of tax credits that are available to individuals or companies.

  • • Will the Charging Infrastructure Be Ready For the EV Revolution?
    An Estimated 25 Million EVs Will Be on U.S. Roads by 2030, Requiring Much-Increased Grid Capacity

    PGI

    May 12, 2022 -The California Air Resources Board recently announced a new goal of tripling electric vehicle (EV) sales over the next four years, reaching 35 percent of all new vehicle sales in the state by 2026. An executive order is already in place dictating that zero-emission vehicles will be 100 percent of all new vehicle sales in California by 2035. Electric vehicles only represent about 1 percent of the 250 million vehicles on U.S. roads today, but that is quickly changing...

  • • You Want to Buy an Electric Car?
    Where Will You Go to Charge It?

    NYT

    May 7, 2022 -Electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids are still outliers on the road, but their popularity is growing fast, with about 600,000 sales in the United States in 2021. If you’re thinking of going electric, you might be wondering: How do you charge it at home?

    Read what the experts say about making your garage ready for your new ride.

  • • Move It, Move It - Electrically, That Is
    Two Men and an Electric Truck

    PGI

    May 4, 2022 -Transport company Two Men and a Truck and Clean Fuels Ohio unveiled an electric moving truck, a first for the franchised moving company that has 3,000 trucks operating in 46 U.S. states in addition to Canada, Ireland and the UK.

  • • Consumers Win With Net Metering Veto
    DeSantis’ Move Praised
    By Industry and Others

    HT

    May 4, 2022,-Solar advocates are celebrating a win for consumers and the industry, they say, after Gov. Ron DeSantis vetoed a bill that sought to phase out financial incentives for rooftop solar.

    “(The veto) protects thousands of jobs in the state and it protects consumers’ rights against the monopoly utilities that were trying to pull an end around,” said Joe Magro of Blue Ocean Solar Strategies in Tarpon Springs, who was among the dozens who traveled to Tallahassee during the legislative session to ask lawmakers to oppose the bill.

  • • Japanese Railway Powered Only by Renewable Energy
    It's Not Just the Trains

    HT

    Apr. 29, 2022 -Tokyo’s Shibuya is famed for its Scramble Crossing, where crowds of people crisscross the intersection in a scene symbolizing urban Japan’s congestion and anonymity. It may have added another boasting right.

    Tokyu Railways’ trains running through Shibuya and other stations were switched to power generated only by solar and other renewable sources starting April 1.

  • • States Sue the U.S.P.S Over Decision to Buy Gas-Powered Trucks
    Three Separate Lawsuits, Were Filed Thursday by the States and Environmental Groups in New York and California

    NPR

    Apr. 29, 2022 -California and 15 states that want the U.S. Postal Service to electrify its mail delivery vehicles are suing to halt purchases of thousands of gas-powered trucks as the agency modernizes its delivery fleet.

  • • New Batteries Could Charge EVs to 60% in 6 Minutes
    A Major Tweak to Ubiquitous
    Lithium-Ion Batteries Could
    Bring Charging Time Closer to
    Those at the Gas Pump

    ZME Science

    Apr. 28, 2022 -Researchers in China have shuffled lithium-ion particles to more evenly distributed them inside batteries and as a result electric cars could be charged to 60% capacity in just 6 minutes. Unlike previous fast-charging optimizations, this new configuration does not affect energy storage.

  • • Solar Sails Eliminate the Need for Space Fuel
    Solar Sailing Do Exist
    Here's the Proof

    ZME Science

    Apr. 18, 2022-Until very recently, space rockets have used a combination of liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen to fuel their rockets. But what if I told you that using something as simple as the Sun’s rays, you could move about in space at astonishing speeds of up to 67 million mph? Enter the world of solar sails.

  • • The Battery That Flies
    It Has No Need For Jet Fuel. It Can Take Off and Land Without a Runway

    NYT

    Apr. 16, 2022,-Kitty Hawk. The invention of the jet engine. And on a frozen Vermont morning, circling above Lake Champlain, the Alia.

    In the mind of Christopher Caputo, a pilot, each moment signals a paradigm shift in aviation.

  • • California Will Phase Out of Gas-Powered Cars By 2035
    This Would Make a Dent in the
    State’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions and
    Set the Bar for the Auto Industry

    NYT

    Apr. 13, 2022,-California on Wednesday made public an aggressive plan to mandate a steady increase in the sale of electric and zero-emissions vehicles, the first step in enacting a first-in-the-nation goal of banning new gasoline-powered cars by 2035.

    Under the proposed rule, issued by the California Air Resources Board, the state will require 35 percent of new passenger vehicles sold in the state by 2026 to be powered by batteries or hydrogen.

  • • New York State School Buses to be Electric by 2035
    They Currently Run on Diesel

    PGIntl

    Apr. 12, 2022,-New York has been a leader on climate change mitigation activities and, on April 8, took a step further when a budget agreement was reached between Gov. Kathy Hochul and state legislators that commits the state to achieving a fully electric statewide school bus fleet by 2035.

  • • Game-Changing Batteries
    Nissan and NASA - the New Partnership

    HT

    Apr. 9, 2022-Nissan is working with NASA on a new type of battery for electric vehicles that promises to charge more quickly and be lighter yet safe, the Japanese automaker said Friday.

    The all-solid-state battery will replace the lithium-ion battery now in use for a 2028 product launch and a pilot plant launch in 2024, according to Nissan.

  • • Chase Expands Solar Power and EV Charging at Bank Branches
    Chase Will Add EVgo Fast
    Chargers to 50 Branch Locations

    RE World

    Apr. 8, 2022,-Chase said it plans to install electric vehicle charging stations at 50 of the bank's retail branches in the U.S. beginning this summer. It also said it plans to add on-site solar power generation to roughly 400 additional branches by the end of the year.

  • • The USPS' Next Generation of Trucks is Heading in the Wrong Direction
    They Must Be Electric—And Union-Made

    Sierra

    Apr. 7, 2022 -Trump appointee Louis DeJoy (Who Remains in the Biden Administration-for who knows why) wants to continue to use gas-powered trucks instead, so that our neighborhoods remain full of vehicle pollution, and our atmosphere full of the carbon pollution that is rapidly heating the earth. He’s even prepared to let the truck manufacturer Oshkosh, which won the lucrative contract to create the USPS’s new fleet, to get away with highly questionable labor practices.

  • • Test-Driving the All-Electric Hummer
    Can it Win Over U.S. EV Skeptics?

    The Guardian

    Apr. 7, 2022,-It is the weight of an elephant, can move like a crab and in a previous life was reviled by environmentalists. The Hummer, that avatar of gas-guzzling machismo, has returned as an electric vehicle with an unlikely billing as an ally in the effort to avert the worsening climate crisis.

  • • The Greening of NYC's Yellow Cabs
    Electric Taxis Set Loose in New York

    By Winnie Hu, Apr. 6, 2022,-My ride was a customized Ford Mustang Mach-E. It cost about $52,000 and is one of two electric taxis dispatched by Gravity, an electric vehicle fleet and infrastructure company. The other is a Tesla Model Y.

    Click for a slideshow.

  • • For Many European Travelers, Rail Is the Way to Go
    Planes Win Over Trains

    Apr. 5, 2022,-Train travel in Europe is on the upswing, thanks to growing interest from travelers, a renaissance in sleeper trains, and new investments in high-speed rail lines across the continent.

    But to see major growth in passenger traffic — which is one of the goals of the European Green Deal — the continent’s railways will have to overcome a number of challenges, including booking difficulties and competition with short-haul flights, which remain the cheaper option on many multicountry routes.

  • • V Plane Could Be the Future of Sustainable Flight
    The Revolutionary Aircraft Design
    Could Cut Fuel Consumption By 20%.

    ZME

    Apr. 4, 2022,-A usual V-shaped airplane with a futuristic oval-shaped cabin could one day zip through the sky much more efficiently and environmentally friendly than typical passenger planes currently in operation.

    According to the Dutch researchers who came up with this design, the “Flying-V” could cut fuel costs by as much as 20% while it takes over 300 passengers to their destination. It could also be powered by fuel cells to make it carbon neutral.

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  • • Trucks With Solar Roofs - Welcome Aboard
    This is Becoming a Thing—a Good Thing

    Nov. 1, 2021, (CleanTechnica)- Now, vehicles like the “never charge” Aptera and the Sono Sion are proving that solar can power at least a good chunk of people’s driving — but can it work for larger vehicles?

    The answer isn’t a hard “No” like it once was. The amount of “Yes” is on the rise, even for people who don’t want to drive a “clown truck.”

  • • A New Commercial Hydrogen-Electric Plane in on the Scene
    It Will Boast a 500 Mile Range

    Oct. 27, 2021, (INTERESTING ENGINEERING), -A new aviation partnership could see commercial hydrogen-electric airliners take to the skies. The parent company of Alaska Airlines, Alaska Air Group, is partnering with zero-emission aviation firm ZeroAvia to develop a hydrogen-electric powertrain for a 76-seater passenger airliner, a press statement reveals.

    The two companies say that their ZA2000 hydrogen-electric powertrain will have a power output of 2,000-5,000 kW and a range of 500 miles (804 km). The powertrain will initially be fitted into a full-size De Havilland Q400 aircraft. Alaska Air also announced it has invested in ZeroAvia with a view to helping it meet its goal of net-zero emissions by 2040.

  • • Powering All Supercharges With Renewable Energy
    Tesla Plans to Do It ASAP

    April, 2021, (electric)-Tesla apparently made an Earth Day announcement that flew under the radar: The automaker intends to power all Supercharger stations with renewable energy this year.

    The electric vehicle revolution needs to be powered by renewable energy in order for its full positive effect on the environment to be felt.

  • • The Solar Motorhome is Here
    Now You Can Move In
    and Move at the Same Time

    Oct. 8, 2021, (REUTERS), -A solar-powered motorhome, shaped like a huge elongated teardrop, silently rolled into Madrid on Friday as part of a month-long journey from the Netherlands to southern Spain to highlight more sustainable modes of transport.

    Engineering students at the Technical University of Eindhoven in the Netherlands created the blue and white vehicle, named Stella Vita - Latin for "star" and "life" - to inspire car makers and politicians to accelerate the transition toward green energy.

    The adrticle includes a short video.

  • • Eviation's All-Electric Luxury Aircraft Is About to Take Flight
    And it Has an Impressive 500-Mile Rang

    Jun. 29, 2021, (INTERESTING ENGINEERING) -If you have to fly sustainably, then you might as well do it with class.

    This seems to be the apt strategy for a company currently prepping its all-electric nine-seat luxury plane for flights, which can fly 440 nautical miles (506 miles, 814 km) on one, singular charge of its colossal 820 kWh battery pack, after crucial flight test hardware was successfully delivered, according to a recent press release.

  • • How Green Can We Make Air Travel?
    And How Soon?

    Sep. 23, 2021, (National Geographic) -Talk with aviation experts about whether commercial flight can ever go green. The fact is this: Everything you can think of that’s spurring a green revolution on the ground will be of little help in the sky anytime soon. Solar panels, wind turbines, electric engines, high-storage batteries, hydrogen fuel cells, magnetic levitation—they are all, bluntly put, useless at present when it comes to the technological challenge of launching a few hundred people into the stratosphere and carrying them thousands of miles. Here’s the figure: More than 80 percent of humanity has never flown at all.

  • • Locomotives of the Future Will Run On Solar Power
    Solar Panels Could Help
    Spark a Solar Power Revolution
    in the Railroad Industry

    Aug. 24, 2021, (CleanTechnica)- The creators of the solar-powered locomotive of the future were aiming to set a Guinness record for speed last weekend, and that is more than just your ordinary attention-getting stunt. Demonstrating the functionality of PV panels on rail cars could help set the stage for solar power to knock diesel fuel out of the railroad business. No word yet on the official results, but solar is beginning to wiggle its way into a field dominated by fossil fuel.

    Bye-bye, diesel engines.

  • • British Airways Partners with Sustainable Jet Fuel Company
    The Fuel Used is Sustainable Ethanol

    Feb. 10, 2021, (Treehugger) -Earlier this week, British Airways announced that it is investing in LanzaJet, a technology and innovation company that’s aiming to create "sustainable aviation fuel" (SAF) at scale. Specifically, the initiative is geared toward building the first commercial-scale production facility in Georgia. The announcement comes in addition to the airline’s existing partnership with a separate SAF company called Velocys, which could see production at a UK-based facility starting in 2025.

  • • The Chinese City With Almost 40,000 E-Busses and E-Taxis
    Shenzhen, a City That
    Has Reached a Future That
    the U.S. Can Only Dream About.

    Feb. 14, 2021 (Forbes) -The city, home to about 12 million people, has made a wholesale conversion to electric transportation, with 16,000 Electric Buses and 22,000 Electric Taxis, as Fully Charged explains in the video at bottom (via Electrek and InsideEVs).

    Shenzhen is the home base of BYD, one of the largest electric vehicle makers in the world.

  • • How Compressed Air Can Fuel a Car
    How the Air Car Works

    July 28, 2021 (HowStuffWorks) - Compressing a gas into a small space is a way to store energy. When the gas expands again, that energy is released to do work. That's the basic principle behind what makes an air car go.­ ­

    The first air cars will have air compressors built into them. After a brisk drive, you'll be able to take the car home, put it into the garage and plug in the compressor. The compressor will use air from around the car to refill the compressed air tank. Unfortunately, this is a rather slow method of refueling and will probably take up to two hours for a complete refill.

    If the idea of an air car catches on, air refueling stations will become available at ordinary gas stations, where the tank can be refilled much more rapidly with air that's already been compressed. Filling your tank at the pump will probably take about three minutes [source: Cornell].

  • • The All-Electric Racing Plane Flight
    It's Sure to Make History!

    April 22, 2021 (AIRRACEE) -History will be made in Summer 2021 as an all-electric racing aircraft takes to the skies for the very first time – a landmark moment for Air Race E, its partners and the aviation industry as a whole. And what better time to have announced than Earth Day 2021.

    Air Race E – the world’s first all-electric air race series – will get underway in 2022 with many of the world’s top pilots going head-to-head at a number of high-profile events around the globe. The aircraft will race just ten metres above the ground at speeds of up to 450km/h (280mph), and this latest development represents a huge milestone for the pioneering series.

  • • United Airlines: No Choice But to Go Green
    If Aviation Were a country, it
    Would Be a Top CO2 Emitter

    Apr. 26, 2021 (Deutsche Welle)-Flying is one of the most carbon-intensive ways to get around. About 2-3% of global carbon emissions come from aviation, which means that, if the sector were a country, it would be the sixth-largest source of CO2 in the world.

    Besides these emissions from burning jet fuel, planes streaking across the sky also release gases and water vapor into the atmosphere that contribute further to global warming.

    The aviation industry has committed to halving its net CO2 emissions from 2005 levels by 2050. But the technology that could allow people to keep boarding planes without further damaging the planet doesn't exist yet. So making this green future a reality is going to require a huge transformation.

  • • How ‘Green’ Are Electric Cars?
    What Their "Greenness" Depends On

    Apr. 2, 2021 (Renewable Energy World) -The International Energy Agency predicts that by 2030, 125 million electric vehicles will be owned around the world and the UK government aims for almost every car and van on the road to be zero emission by 2050.

    But just how green are they?

    Electric cars are undoubtedly cleaner than fossil fuel run cars. Although more energy is required to make electric vehicles than petrol, you still save more energy in the long run. The deficit is paid off quickly and even, when with no alternative, the electricity used to charge the vehicles is driven by fossil fuels, they are still greener.

  • • Rolls-Royce's New, All-Electrical Airplane Engine
    Now, Recent Tests Have Been Successful

    (ZME SCIENCE), -Sept. 30, The company has announced in a blog post that it successfully completed the testing of the technology that will underpin its range of electric airplanes. The testing was part of Rolls-Royce’s ACCEL initiative, which aims to “build the fastest all-electric plane the world has ever seen”.

    The testing didn’t involve a proper aircraft, but rather a full-scale model of the front part of the ionBird — which is what Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Limited has christened their future plane.

    Still, the model included all the bits that needed testing. The electric engine developed around 500 horsepower, requiring 6,000 lithium-ion energy cells to do so. All in all, they store enough energy to fly the plane for around 320 km (~200 miles) at 480 km/h (~300 mph). To put things into perspective, the company explains that is roughly enough power to supply 250 houses, although they do not say for how long.

  • • How Would You Like That Car Printed?
    Your Next Car Could Be A 3D
    -Printed Electric Car

    Mar. 24, 2018 -With all the talk of hyper-performance electric vehicles (EV) and other ‘unobtainium’ cars, we’re happy to report a refreshing story that should appease those unhappy with electric vehicle (EV) affordability. How about a 3D-printed EV for $7,500? And the best part is that you won’t have to wait for it very long.

    Click to read more from Clean Technica.

  • • Eco Power (Rules the Waves)
    Changing the World
    One Wave at a Time

    July 24, 2019,(Scientific American) - EWPG Holding AB is a Swedish company, founded in Tel Aviv, Israel, in 2011, that has developed a patented, smart and cost-efficient technology for turning ocean and sea waves into green electricity. Eco Wave Power is the only wave energy company in the world, to own and operate a wave energy array, which is connected to the grid in accordance with a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA).

  • • Turn Almost Any Bike Into an Electric Bike
    Copenhagen Wheel Turns Any
    Bike Into an Electric Bike

    April, 2017 (Curbed.com)-From bike shares to newly redesigned electric bikes, there are more options than ever for biking in American cities. Bike companies are also working to change the industry, specifically through the use of “power-boosting technology.”

    Pedal-addicts might remember when the prototype of the bright red Copenhagen Wheel was released by a Massachusetts Institute of Technology Lab in 2009. The company Superpedestrian—which launched in 2013—just debuted a new version of the product to consumers after years of intense anticipation and improvements.

  • • SUVs Have the Carbon Footprint of a Major Industrial Nation
    The Market for These Cars Booms
    Despite Campaigns to Reduce Emissions

    Feb. 10, 2022, (The New Statesman)-Talk of sustainability is everywhere — whether in the installation of heat pumps in our homes, the expanding meat-free sections in our supermarkets, or in the cries of “climate hypocrisy” whenever a politician takes a private jet. One area seemingly unaffected by the green movement, however, is in the high-end sports utility vehicle (SUV) market.

  • • ZeroAvia Plans First Commercial Hydrogen Flight
    It's a 760-Seater

    Nov. 1, 2021, (NEW ATLAS)- Hydrogen aviation pioneer ZeroAvia has announced its biggest zero-emissions H2 aircraft yet: a 76-seat airliner it's building with Alaska Airlines and hoping to fly in 2023 – as well as its commercial H2 flight between London and Rotterdam in 2024.

    These groundbreaking commercial flights will cover the 200-mile (320 km) distance between London and Rotterdam The Hague airport carrying 19 people, and at this stage it looks like they'll be the first commercial, international hydrogen flights in the world. This will be a significant moment, as the airline sector needs hydrogen powertrains if it's to begin decarbonizing air travel.

  • • Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin for Hydrogen-oxygen Storage Tech Reward
    NASA Has Awarded Him $10m

    Sep. 27, 2019, (GeekWire) -Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin space venture is on the top of the funding list for a newly announced round of “Tipping Point” funding from NASA for technologies that could be applied to exploration and settlement of the moon and Mars.

    Headquartered in Kent, Wash., Blue Origin will be awarded $10 million to conduct a ground-based demonstration of hydrogen and oxygen liquefaction and storage.

  • • The Great Electric Airplane Race
    Will Electric Planes Replace Airliners
    and Lead to Flying Taxis in Our Cities?

    May 26, 2021, (NoVA) -Can new emission-free electric planes replace our polluting airliners and revolutionize personal transportation in our cities? NOVA takes you for a ride in some impressive prototypes that are already in the air, from speedy single-seat planes that can take off like a helicopter but are half as noisy to “self-flying” air taxis that are already taking passengers on test flights in Chinese cities.

    But if electric airplanes are ever to advance beyond small, short-haul craft, significant hurdles of battery weight, energy storage, and cooling remain to be overcome. How long will it be before the dream of super-quiet, super-efficient airliners becomes a reality? (Premiered May 26, 2021)

  • • The Future of Electric Vehicles
    Fuel Cells Could Be the Answer

    June 8, 2020,(Outsider Club) -The electric car revolution is in full swing. Countries all over the world are curbing emissions. Consumers are trying to stretch their miles per gallon and geopolitical concerns over oil never seem to go away.

    Gas guzzlers are on the way out...

    But while Tesla is getting the lion’s share of the media attention, there is another fuel that is a far better bet for investors.

    t’s a new kind of vehicle that could transform the way we travel. It doesn’t involve lithium or batteries or rare earths. It doesn’t involve solar, wind, water, biofuels, or any other form of renewable energy you’ve heard of.

    And best of all, it doesn’t involve oil, coal, or any other fossil fuel, and 100% emissions free...

    We're talking about hydrogen fuel cells.

    Click now for the story and a beautiful graph.

  • • Blue Hydrogen is Worse for Climate than Fossil Fuels
    Not All Hydrogen Fuel is the Same

    Aug. 14, 2021 (ZME Science), - Blue hydrogen, an energy source that involves obtaining hydrogen by using methane in natural gas, is usually described as a low-carbon option for generating electricity, powering vehicles, and even heating buildings. But researchers believe it may actually cause more harm to the climate than conventional fossil fuels.

    In a new study, a team from Stanford and Cornell universities found that the CO2 footprint of blue hydrogen is more than 20% greater than that generated by natural gas or coal and around 60% higher than burning diesel oil for heat. The finding comes at the time the Biden administration is funding a set of regional hydrogen hubs.

  • • Link E-scooters Might Transform Micromobility
    This Smarter, Stronger Scooter from
    Superpedestrian Plays Well with Cities

    June 30, 2021, (Treehugger) -There are many (including yours truly) who believe that micromobility is the future of urban transportation; that powerful little batteries, and smart electronics will make it possible for many people to get where they need to go without cars. In these pandemic days, a lot of people want to get around without being squished into public transit.

  • • The World’s 1st Zero-Emission Tanker
    Project Will Use
    Corvus Energy Storage System

    Feb. 13, 2021 (CleanTechnica) -Corvus Energy was selected to provide an energy storage system (ESS) to Kawasaki Heavy Industries for the zero-emissions electric e5 tanker it is building, the world’s first zero-emissions tanker. The electric tanker is under construction for Tokyo’s Asahi Tanker Co.

    The battery-powered vessel was designed by e5 Lab Inc., which is a consortium of leading Japanese shipping and maritime services companies.

  • • Tiny Sunlight Powered Aircraft Are About to Take Off
    Light is All that’s Needed
    to Levitate These Microfliers

    Feb. 12, 2021 (ScienceNews) -Flight isn’t easy at the edge of space. But tiny “microfliers” could soar high in Earth’s atmosphere fueled only by sunlight, experiments suggest.

    At heights between about 50 and 80 kilometers above Earth’s surface, in what’s known as the mesosphere, the atmosphere is so thin that airplanes and balloons can’t stay aloft. But mechanical engineer Mohsen Azadi and colleagues at the University of Pennsylvania saw promise in a technique that uses light to levitate objects.

  • • Battery Powered EVs - the Most Efficient So Far
    The Chart Shows Why

    June 10, 2020 (CleanTechnica) -The page features a chart explaining the reasons why battery electric wins the efficiency race.

  • • To Clear Santiago’s Smog, Chile Pushes Electric Taxis
    The Government Program Would
    Cover Up to $11,000 Toward a New
    EV Plus Home Charging Equipment,

    Mar. 4, 2021 (Bloomberg CityLab), -Nestled in a valley at the foot of the Andes, the Chilean capital of Santiago is often shrouded in smog, especially in winter, when seasonal air inversions can trap pollutants over the city of more than 5 million people. Other major cities in Chile, such as Temuco and Osorno, sometimes face some of the world’s worst air quality levels due to the extensive use of wood for heating.

    The Chilean government says that about 10 million Chileans are exposed to air pollution levels above those recommended by the World Health Organization, contributing to about 4,000 deaths every year. Air quality improvements could lead to health savings of $8 billion per year, according to government data.

  • • Israel:A Driving Force Behind The Cars Of Tomorrow
    At The Wheel: Why Israel
    Is A Driving Force
    Behind The Cars Of Tomorrow

    Aug. 2, 2018 (nocamels)-Autonomous vehicles, electrification, connected cars and shared transport are the megatrends now remaking the auto industry. Offshoots of these four main forces include ways to detect sleepy drivers, infotainment solutions, digital cockpits, intelligent transport systems, vehicle cybersecurity, and satellite navigation technologies.

    The Israeli companies in the car arena address all these needs as well as future ones.

  • • UPS Orders 10,000 Electric Delivery Vans
    UPS Orders 10,000 Electric
    Delivery Vans From Arrival

    Jan. 29, 2020, CleanTechnica -When Hyundai and KIA announced last week that they were jointly investing $100 million in UK startup Arrival, they probably knew something we didn’t know — until now. UPS has signed a deal with Arrival to buy 10,000 of its electric delivery vans between now and 2024 and to possibly purchase another 10,000 after that.

    The vans will be placed in service in the UK, Europe, and North America. UPS has also invested an undisclosed amount in the company.

  • • E-Vehicles Did Not Begin in the Current Era
    Electric Transportation History

    PBS.org, Mar.15, 2019

    1832-39 Scottish inventor Robert Anderson invents the first crude electric carriage powered by non-rechargeable primary cells.

    1835: American Thomas Davenport is credited with building the first practical electric vehicle -- a small locomotive.

    1859: French physicist Gaston Planté invents the rechargeable lead-acid storage battery. In 1881, his countryman Camille Faure will improve the storage battery's ability to supply current and invent the basic lead-acid battery used in automobiles.

  • • Solar Bike Paths in Dutch
    Dutch Solar Bike Path Solar
    Road Successful & Expanding

    March 12, 2017 - The Netherlands is covered with bike paths, connecting more or less every destination a person might wish to go to and greatly increasing the convenience of cycling as a sustainable mode of transport.

    In the densely populated country, where space is scarce, a consortium of companies and research labs called SolaRoad is endeavoring to make those cycle lanes reduce carbon emissions in yet another way: by having them to generate solar electricity.

  • • Tesla Battery Day Big News
    Elon Musk Announces
    New EV Battery Design

    (Renewable Energy World), Sept. 23, 2020 -Elon Musk just presented a new battery design for electric vehicle (EV) giant, Tesla, during the company’s long-awaited event “Tesla Battery Day.”

    The presentation began with the introduction of a new 4680 cylindrical cell design, also known as “tabless” batteries. This design will allow for five times the energy, six times the power with a 16 percent range increase, and will replace the current cobalt in their batteries.

    Musk believes that the conditions in cobalt mining violates human rights, thus enforcing the replacement. Manufacturing has begun on these cells at the company’s pilot 10-gigawatt (GW) power production facility in California. The cell factory change alone enables a 14 percent cost per kilowatt hour (KWh) reduction, according to the company.

  • • The Highway or the Wattway!
    First Wattway Solar Road Pilot In
    U.S. Pops Up In Rural Georgia

    Feb. 7, 2017 - The first Wattway solar road pilot in America has popped up in rural west Georgia. The Ray C. Anderson Foundation, named for sustainable manufacturing pioneer Ray Anderson, is testing renewable technologies along an 18-mile stretch of road, and recently installed 538 square feet of Colas‘ Wattway solar road system near the border between Georgia and Alabama.

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Hydrogen-Powered Tram
(Developed in China)
Energy Source: Hydrogen
Hudrogen Tram

In an effort to reduce China’s harmful and plentiful greenhouse gas emissions, Chinese company Sifang (a subsidiary of China South Rail Corporation) has developed the world’s first hydrogen powered tram. The tram took two years of research and development to complete, and will be powered entirely by hydrogen fuel cells. Since this is a tram and not a train, the top speed will only be 70 kilometers per hour and it will be used in urban areas only. It is designed to carry 380 passengers.
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Hyperloop
Energy Source: Electro Magnetic Propulsion
HyperLoop
Hyperloop brings airplane speeds to ground level, safely. Passengers and cargo capsules will hover through a network of low-pressure tubes between cities and transforming travel time from hours to minutes.
HyperloopTT's technology breakthrough is a next generation passive magnetic levitation system. It's called Inductrack. Magnets arranged in a Halbach array configuration enable passive levitation over an unpowered but conductive track. And as capsules move through the low pressure environment, they use very little energy on route thanks to the reduced drag forces. To learn more about this futuristic mode of transportation, click on the image.

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Kia Niro PHEV

Energy Source: Plug-in Hybrid
Kia Niro PHEV
The Kia Niro plug-in hybrid will be available in US showrooms early in 2018. List price is $28,840 for the LX model, which comes with more features and standard equipment than the entry-level Kia Niro hybrid. That price includes a $940 destination fee. Kia says customers will be able to get a 12,000 mile per year lease for $259 per month for 36 months with $1,999 due at signing. The lease price takes into consideration the $4,543 federal tax credit.
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Chevy Bolt
Energy Source: Plug-in Electric
Chevy Volt
From your weekday commute to weekend trips and all the places in between, Bolt EV is ready to take you wherever you want to go. This ride is an affordable all-electric vehicle that offers an EPA-estimated 259 miles of range on a full charge.† Plus, it offers advanced safety technologies, plenty of space and good looks on top of that. With Bolt EV, there’s nothing holding you back
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Toyota Mirai
Energy Source: Hydrogen Fuel Cell
Toyota Mirai
Mirai means “future” in Japanese, and the exterior of the car reflects its aspirational nature. The futuristic aerodynamic lines of Mirai scream out that it is the rogue of the family, the non-conformist of the bunch. It looks and feels like a Prius that ran off 2 generations ago to do its own thing and has spent every spare minute since watching Back to the Future over and over. Or I may just be having flashbacks to Toyota’s Back to the Future themed Mirai for SEMA a few years back.
The exterior is normal enough to blend in, but at a closer look, it is polarizing. The sweeping bank of lights across the rear of the vehicle accentuate the sweeping line that arcs from the nose to the tail. During the day, the lighting arrays are muted, but at night, they pop out to cut bold lines into the exterior of the vehicle.
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H2 Fuel Cell
Energy Source: Hydrogen
Hydrogen Fuel Cell

Several manufacturers have announced plans to open the market for hydrogen powered cars and other vehicles (including planes!). Toyota will introduce a fuel-cell vehicle in 2015. Challenge: prodicing hydrogen that does not require fossil fuels. Currently, most hydrogen is made from natural gas.
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Volkwagen ID.3
Energy Source: Electricity Only
VW ID.3
Volkswagen issued a press release this week focusing on the upcoming launch of its ID.3 electric car. It confirms that deliveries of its ID.3 First Edition models will begin this summer and adds this interesting twist. The company says virtually all of those cars — 30,000 of them — will be delivered simultaneously. “The objective is to deliver the 30,000 pre-booked ID.3 vehicles in the 1st Edition to customers throughout Europe at almost the same time,” the company says.
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Hundai Kona
Energy Source: Electricity Only
VW ID.3
A big adventure is no small feat. And KONA packs plenty of style and versatility in its compact SUV body. Plus it gives you the confidence to experience more with intelligent safety features that look out for you. So be spontaneous and keep exploring this great, wonderful world. KONA is ready to go.
 

The Rayvolt Beachin’
Energy Source: Electricity

Rayvolt sent a Beachin’ in Laguna Blue across the pond for Clean Technica to run it around the beaches here in Southern California and boy, does it pull in the looks. From the cloud-like 26? x 4? natural rubber tires to the oversized aluminum beach cruiser frame to the removable luggage style battery, the Beachin’ is dressed to the nines.
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Air Race E
> Source: Electricity
The aircraft will race just ten metres above the ground at speeds of up to 450km/h (280mph), and this latest development represents a huge milestone for the pioneering series.
This inaugural flight is the culmination of months of planning, designing, concept developing, testing and manufacturing for the innovative all-electric air racing series.
Further trials over subsequent weeks and months will then focus on fine-tuning the high-performance aspects of the aircraft, ensuring it is ready to race in 2022.
The date, location and the crew members involved will be released over the coming weeks, in what is one of the most highly anticipated and significant events in the ongoing preparation and development for Air Race E.

Hypoint Helicopter
Source: Hydrogen
HyPoint and Piasecki Aircraft Corporation (PiAC) on Tuesday (August 24) shared the first glimpse of what their hydrogen-powered helicopter could look like – and the two firms say it could be in the skies by 2025. In what the two companies are calling the world’s first manned helicopter, the duo will utilise Hypoint’s existing technology to develop five 650kW hydrogen fuel cell systems that will boast twice the specific power of existing hydrogen fuel cell systems.
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Qinetiq Zephyr
Source: Solar
Airbus Defence and Space has successfully completed a new test flight campaign for its Zephyr High Altitude Platform Station (HAPS) in Arizona, U.S.A. The 2020 flight campaign succeeded despite global slowdowns due to the Covid19 pandemic. It focused on aircraft agility, control and operations to build upon previous campaigns, which have already proven the day and night stratospheric persistence of the unmanned aerial system (UAS) essential in military and commercial markets.
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Opener Blackfly
Source: Electricity
We spend too much time confined to a two-dimensional network of concrete and asphalt. The dream of futurists has always been a flying vehicle capable of efficiently moving passengers from A to B.
Opener is realizing this dream in a safe, easy-to-operate, electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) vehicle: BlackFly.
Opener's BlackFly heralds a new era of aviation. Time and money spent traveling and maintaining infrastructure will be reduced. People will go places they never thought possible.
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Syroco Sailboat
Source: Kite-Power

A French startup called Syroco is planning to beat the world sailing speed record next year with a concept that’s — well, sometimes “different” doesn’t quite cut it. They’re calling it the Moonshot 1 Speedcraft, and it is very likely the first one of … these, that you have ever seen.
Oh, and Syroco doesn’t want to just beat the sailing speed record. They want to smash it, aiming for 92 mph. That’s nearly 50% faster than the current record, held by Paul Larsen, who reached 55.32 knots (63.7 mph) on his Vestas Sailrocket 2 in November 24, 2012 in extremely windy (obviously) Walvis Bay in Namibia.
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Esmeralda Zero Emmission Cargo Sub
Source: Hydrogen & Battery Power

These submarines are superior to a cargo ship in almost every way: not only they are weather independent, can reach hard to reach areas and a lot cheaper to build & operate, but it’s also quieter, secure, more stable, and cleaner, with zero fumes or pollutants.
GOLDiOn H18 Bus
Energy Source: Hydrogen & Electricity
The H18 bus will run on both hydrogen and electricity, offering long range, extended warranty and competitive pricing.
Developed under the GOLDiON project, the bus is designed to use a charge depleting strategy for the battery, draining only electricity. The battery is discharged until it reaches a minimum state-of-charge.
When the state-of-charge level is reached, a charge sustaining strategy is then engaged and the state-of-charge is maintained. The fuel cell is used to help propulsion and to provide additional energy to maintain the battery state-of-charge.
With its advanced energy management system, the powertrain efficiency is fully optimised by considering both zero emission technologies which are taking part in propulsion.
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Meet CityQ -
$ Wheeled Car-eBike
Energy Source: Battery

 
the CityQ looks like a good fit for our micromobility coverage, as it’s a 4-wheeled enclosed electric “Car-eBike” with a range of up to 43-62 miles (70-100 kilometers) per charge, a 5-hour charge time, and it can carry 2 adults (or one adult and two kids) and/or cargo.
The CityQ is a Euro-compliant small electric vehicle e-bike, which means it only has a 250W electric motor and a top speed of just 25 kilometers per hour (15.5 mph), and is similar to a sit-down cargo bike in its application, minus the need for balancing necessary for riders of 2-wheelers.
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EXO ONE Single Person
Energy Source: Battery & Solar

Designer Piotr Czyzewski is well aware of traffic jams and parking issues, so he decided to try to tackle the problem by developing EXO ONE, a single-person electric vehicle, in the hopes that it will replace the multiple-person cars cramming the roadways.
The EXO ONE is futuristic, even by 2020 standards, and it addresses many environmental and societal issues that will continue in the years to come. The motor, brilliantly tucked inside the back wheel to save space inside the vehicle, propels the three-wheeled car at 0-60 km/h in just 3 seconds. That will help the vehicle seamlessly and safely merge into traffic. Although the electric battery can last up to 130 km on a single charge, it also contains 126 solar power cells for power assistance.
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Zoox Self-Driving Car
Energy Source: Battery

 
Zoox, a self-driving car company that Amazon bought in June, 2020 has finally revealed its robotaxi after six years of gnarly prototypes and secrecy. And while it broadly resembles other first-generation autonomous vehicles from automakers and Silicon Valley startups, Zoox’s robotaxi has a few standout features, as well as an overall polish to it that makes obvious why Amazon thinks it might be the cornerstone of a fledgling autonomous ride-hailing service. Click image to see a video and a slideshow.

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3-Wheel EV by Aptera

Energy Source: Solar
Aptera
Aptera Motors, an American startup company based in San Diego, California, recently announced a new three-wheeled electric car with a range of up to 1,000 miles. If you have at least one eyebrow raised in skepticism, you’re not alone. That’s because no other auto company, not even market leader Tesla, has come up with a vehicle close to this range. The catch? You can charge the car’s 100 kWh battery from an electrical outlet, but also while driving or parked thanks to its solar harvesting roof.

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Solar Light Passenger Train
Energy Source:The Sun
 
The Australian coastal town of Byron Bay is now easily accessible via a solar-powered train. It might not look cutting-edge, but it is.

Why all the fuss? It’s all about the roof. Following a refit, its passenger carriages are now equipped with specially designed, curved solar panels that are capable of generating 6.5kW. Additional panels on the storage shed roof can produce a further 30kW to top up the train’s lithium-ion batteries if necessary.
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Solectrac eUtility Tractors
Energy Source: Electricity
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All the power you expect from a diesel tractor - without the diesel.
The eUtility Electric Tractor is ready for your most demanding jobs on the farm. Engine noise and diesel fumes are things of the past, you will literally breathe easier. And, when your work is done for the day, recharge the tractor with renewable energy.
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Honeywell
Aircraft Propulsion

Source: Electricity& Hybrid Electricity

Powering the future of flight:

The future of flight is electric, and Honeywell is enabling that future with integrated propulsion systems that make aviation safe, quiet, efficient and clean.
We’ve teamed with DENSO, the global leader in electrification technology for the automotive industry, to create a new generation of light, dependable aircraft motors. Our turbogenerators for hybrid aircraft boast the highest power density in the industry, and we’re a pioneer in hydrogen fuel cells for UAVs. Our Micro Vapor Cycle System is the lightest and most efficient cooling system of its kind.

Candela C7 | Shallow Mode
Source: Electricity
Candela C-7 is the first all-electBack Arrowric speedboat created for long-range trips without polluting our seas.
By combining an advanced flight control system with fully submerged hydrofoils, the C-7 flies silently above the waves, creating a completely new boating experience.
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MDI AirPod One
Source: Compressed Air
Zero Pollution Motors (ZPM) was poised to produce the first compressed air-powered car for sale in the United States by mid-2019. Production in Europe was scheduled for the first quarter 2019, for US buyers estimate delivery, for those who paid their deposits is 2nd half 2019.
The AIRPod vehicle, developed by MDI is the solution to urban pollution and urban mobility. With its small size, a tiny price, zero pollution, and a fun and futuristic design, AIRPod marks a turning point in the range of urban vehicles. It is a real breath of fresh air in cities and the prelude to travel without pollution.
Zero Pollution Motors, LLC hoped to launch the urban car of the future, but stuff happens.
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Stella Vita Motor Home
Source: Solar Enrgy
A new electric solar car project with a living extension and expandable solar panels is giving us a glimpse into what the future might hold for RV/van life.
Solar Team Eindhoven, a group of engineering students from the Technical University of Eindhoven (Netherlands), is probably the most famous team that has competed in the World Solar Challenge, a competition to create super-efficient solar cars.
The people behind Lightyear came up from that team, and now they are trying to use the knowledge acquired through the creation of the original Stella and Stella Lux solar cars to bring to market a road-legal solar car.
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Unitsky String Transport
Source: Electricity

Traffic congestion is a significant issue in urban areas in the United States and around the world. Public health impacts of congestion and idling were identified as early as 2010 to be significant in magnitude. That’s because carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, and hydrocarbons are released when fuel burns in an internal combustion engine (ICE). Gasoline vapors escape into the atmosphere during refueling and when fuel vaporizes from engines and fuel systems caused by vehicle operation or hot weather.
This evidence points to a causal role for traffic-related air pollution on mortality, particularly from cardiovascular events.
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Mercedes Vision EQXX
Source: Electricity

The VISION EQXX went from paper to completed vehicle in just 18 months by a multidisciplinary team, including Stuttgart, Formula 1, Formula E and start-ups and partners from around the world. The designers focused on building a lightweight, sustainable and powerful electric vehicle that combines innovation, intelligence and luxury.
“The technology programme behind the VISION EQXX will define and enable future Mercedes-Benz models and features,” said Markus Schäfer, member of the board of management of Daimler AG and Mercedes-Benz AG, chief technology officer responsible for development and procurement. “They are proving that innovations from motorsport – where powertrains are already highly electrified – have immediate relevance for road car development. We are challenging current development processes with innovative spirit and outside-the-box thinking. This truly is the way forward.”

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Lagonda SUV by Aston Martin
Energy Source: Electric
Lagonda
When it comes to Aston Martin, the Lagonda holds a special place in the unobtainium world of collector cars aficionados. Reviving the brand name for a high-end electric SUV is a bold, smart, and darn risky step.
Lagonda has confirmed plans for its first vehicle in the new era – the first in the newly revived brand, which has spun off from Aston Martin. The all-electric Lagonda SUV will be unveiled in 2021 and will be based on the Vision Concept showcased at the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show.
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Tesla Semi Electric Truck
Energy Source: Much Electric Power
Kia Niro PHEV
The all-electric truck, which Musk unveiled on a mid-November night in a Hawthorne Municipal Airport Parking lot (adjacent to his SpaceX headquarters) just outside Los Angeles and has a remarkable 500-mile range, may be most notable for what it doesn't include. To learn more about this vehicle, click on the image.
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BMW Hurricane
Energy Source: Propane
BMW Propane Hurricane

The world's fastest propane vehicle. Cost: about $45k. Engine: 660HP, top speed: 207mph - 0-60 in 6.2 seconds.


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AC Cobra-Series 1
Energy Source: Electric

AC Cobra

Carroll Shelby didn’t design the AC Ace, which was a moderately successful little British roadster with a modest, four-cylinder powerplant under the long hood and a willing chassis. What Shelby did was take that tiny little convertible, stuff it chock-full of American V8 muscle, and give it the best car names ever. Thus the Cobra was born, and its legend has endured for decades, and now, thanks to some forward-thinking people at AC, it might get to live on just a little longer … as an EV.
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The Elf

Energy Source: Electricity & You
The Elf


Organic Transit™ brings you the Elf. It's a trike with a power assist.
It gets 1,800 MPG, weighs 150lbs, load capacity of 350lbs and has a top speed of 20mph.
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ACAL Hydrogen Fuel Cell Engine
Energy Source: Hydrogen
A 300,000 Mile Hydrogen Vehicle
ACAL Fuel Cell Engine


ACAL Energy Ltd, the British chemical engineering company, has announced today that its FlowCath® chemistry and engineering has enabled a PEM hydrogen fuel cell to reach 10,000 hours runtime on a third party automotive industry durability test without any significant signs of degradation. ACAL Energy’s breakthrough approach is also significantly cheaper than conventional fuel cell technology.

 

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Tesla Motors/S
Energy Source: Electricity Only

 

Tesla Roadster
Electric Only: Up to speed: 0-60 im 3.7 seconds. Tailpipe emissions: 0.
Miles per charge: 345. Charging? No problem. Watch the video.
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Sono Motors SION
Energy Source: Solar and Electric
Sion Solar Vehicle
The dream of being able to commute to work in a solar-powered car is finally becoming a reality. Sono Motors just unveiled the SION solar-powered electric car that can travel up to 18 miles using nothing but energy from the sun. The best part is that the SION isn’t just for the wealthy, since it only costs 16,000 Euros (around $18,600) plus the cost of the battery, and it is packed with incredible features like built-in moss filtration, bi-directional charging and integrated solar panels.
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VoltAero Cassio
Energy Source:Hybrid Electric
Sion Solar Vehicle
In the airborne electricity area is a newly unveiled family of low carbon aircraft called Cassio, from the startup VoltAero. The plan is to introduce Cassio (pictured above) in 4-, 6-, and 10-seat variations that meet EASA CS23 certification in the single-engine, general aviation category. However, there is a lot more going on under the hood than “single” would suggest.
The rundown from VoltAero:
“Cassio utilizes VoltAero’s hybrid-electric power module in an aft fuselage “pusher” configuration, integrating a cluster of electric motors with a high-performance internal combustion engine that serves as the range extender.”
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Airspeeder Flying Racing Car
> Source: Electricity
The brainchild of entrepreneur Matthew Pearson, Airspeeder is the motorsports series set up to fly the Alauda-manufactured flying cars. Airspeeder and Alauda are two separate companies set up by Pearson. Alauda is the production wing that designs and builds the vehicles, whereas Airspeeder is the company that will run the races and organize the series.

Joby Flying Taxi
> Source: Electricity
Joby is developing an all-electric, zero-emissions vertical aircraft which it is aiming to deploy as an air taxi service by 2023 at the earliest. The Santa Cruz, California-based company last month agreed to take over Uber Technologies Inc's (UBER.N) flying taxi unit Elevate. Uber took a stake in Joby as part of the deal.
 
LightYear One
> Source: Solar
Lightyear, a Dutch company that focuses its activities on the mobility of tomorrow, has just unveiled a surprising prototype. The Lightyear One is a 100% electric car that has a wide range of 710 kilometers while having a small battery of 60 kWh. How is it possible ? It’s very simple, the Lightyear One is covered with solar panels.
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ZeroAvia Fuel-Cell Airo
Source: Hydrogen

Hydrogen for fuel cell aircraft can be produced locally from renewable energy. That message is buried in today’s press release from ZeroAvia, a new company that emerged from stealth mode to demonstrate a fuel cell drive train for medium sized airplanes. Pictured here is ZeroAvia’s test mule, a Piper M-Class 6-passenger airplane. The drive train is slated to be made available in 2022 to airplane manufacturers.

 
Zeva Zero Personal UFO
Source: Electricity

Upstart company Zeva wants to put a personal flying machine in everyone's garage by the year 2040. It will have you flying solo, face down at 160 miles per hour. Any volunteers to be a test pilot?
Science fiction films have played around with the idea of flying vehicles for quite some time. Images of futuristic vehicles zooming across the busy sky of a large metropolis has been portrayed more than once on the big screen (and of course in cartoons like The Jetsons). We have already seen companies like Blue Origin creating spacecraft that will transport people into Earth's low orbit. But a company that was started in order to compete in the 2017 Boeing GoFly competition has a slightly different vision for personal flight vehicles.

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Eviation Alice
Source: Battery Power

If you have to fly sustainably, then you might as well do it with class.
This seems to be the apt strategy for a company currently prepping its all-electric nine-seat luxury plane for flights, which can fly 440 nautical miles (506 miles, 814 km) on one, singular charge of its colossal 820 kWh battery pack, after crucial flight test hardware was successfully delivered, according to a recent press release.
And, while the all-electric drive system will see such luxury airplanes priced out of most people's budget, new, cheaper means of sourcing lithium from ordinary seawater hint at a more fiscally feasible future.
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