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  • • V2G to Surpass Stationary Storage as Virtual Power Plant Asset
    The Virtual Power Plan (VPP) Integrated Capacity of Vehicle to Grid (V2G) is Forecast to Surpass That of Energy Storage Assets Ahead of 2040

    PGI

    May 3, 2024 The virtual power plant (VPP) integrated capacity of vehicle to grid (V2G) is forecast to surpass that of energy storage assets ahead of 2040.

    This is according to US-based consultancy Rethink Energy who in a report hail VPP technology as the core of future power grids.

  • • Sodium-ion Hybrid Batteries Could Recharge EVs in Seconds
    By Combining Traditional Battery and Supercapacitor Tech, Researchers Have Developed a Super 'Frankenstein' Battery

    ZME

    May 3, 2024 -Lithium-ion batteries have been paramount for mobile devices and renewable energy since the early 2000s. However, Li-ion technology has its limits and drawbacks, such as logistical bottlenecks due to a dependence on rare metals like cobalt and nickel. On the other hand, sodium-ion batteries — a rising star in energy storage tech — don’t rely on rare elements. Sodium itself is 500 times more abundant than lithium. It’s one part of table salt, after all.

    Now, researchers have unveiled a new type of hybrid sodium-ion battery that uses cathodes from supercapacitors — electrochemical energy storage systems with great power density and extremely fast charge-discharge time.

  • • Drone With Solar Cells Flies on Sunshine
    Meet Solar Hopper, an Autonomous Drone that Uses 24 Perovskite Solar Cells to Recharge

    ZME

    May 3, 2024 -Researchers from Austria’s Johannes Kepler University(JKU) Linz have developed ultra-thin, ultralight solar cells that can recharge a drone. When adequate sunlight is available, this solar module can generate 250 mW of power or 44 watts per gram. It’s not a lot of power, but the proof-of-concept is remarkable, allowing drones to operate more autonomously. The researchers developed and flew an autonomous hybrid-solar-powered drone, which they call the Solar Hopper, to test the performance of their solar cells.

    During the flight tests, the drone was able to operate and complete multiple charge-flight-charge cycles just by using sunlight to charge its batteries.

  • • Corn to Power Airplanes?
    Biden Administration Sets a High Bar

    NYT

    Apr. 30, 2024 -In a move aimed at lowering the greenhouse gas emissions of air travel, the Biden administration on Tuesday issued new guidelines for how fuel producers — and in particular, makers of ethanol from corn — could qualify for tax credits under a plan to increase the supply of so-called sustainable aviation fuel.

    It’s especially difficult to transition airplanes away from traditional jet fuel because there are so few affordable alternatives capable of getting a plane off the ground...

  • • Cheaper EVs Are Out There
    Used, They're a Bargain

    WAPO

    Apr. 30, 2024 -Until recently, a cheap electric car was a contradiction in terms. The average price of an EV in 2022 reached $66,000, about $18,000 more than a comparable gasoline vehicle. The cheapest ones couldn’t compete with budget gasoline cars. Used ones, if you could find them, sometimes sold for close to the original price.

    But the gap is shrinking fast. In some cases, it no longer exists. New EVs are expected to reach price parity with gas cars around 2027. Used EVs, in some cases, are already there or sell for less thanks to generous government incentives, rising supply and fierce competition.

  • • Volvo Landed a Cheap Chinese EV on U.S. Shores
    How They Did It During a Trade War

    REUTERS

    Apr. 24, 2024 -A made-in-China electric vehicle will hit U.S. dealers this summer offering power and efficiency similar to the Tesla Model Y, the world's best-selling EV, but for about $8,000 less.

    The EX30 from Volvo Cars (VOLCARb.ST), opens new tab, the Swedish luxury brand owned by China's Geely (GEELY.UL) , foreshadows the fierce competitive threat U.S. automakers could face from Chinese EV manufacturers that have surged far ahead of global rivals, especially on affordability

  • • Scientists Forge an ‘Impossible Material’:
    The New Alloy Shows Promise for Future High-Efficiency Aerospace Engines

    ZME

    Apr. 23, 2024 -Good, fast, cheap: you can only pick two. We often have to make compromises in our day-to-day lives, but for materials scientists, trade-offs are the bread and butter of their work. Sometimes, however, a rare unicorn material is discovered that lets scientists have and eat their cake.

    Researchers in the U.S. have developed a new metal alloy that is super strong and tough, and which can retain these properties at both extremely low and high temperatures. This unusual combination of properties is thought to be nearly impossible to attain.

    While there are a number of reasons for the subsidence, the researchers have pointed to the rapid rate of urban development as among the culprits.

  • • Powering Stealth Submarines With Lasers
    Chinese Scientists Think
    They've Figured Out How

    ZME

    Apr. 22, 2024 -Chinese scientists at Harbin Engineering University have developed a laser propulsion system that promises a new era of submarine technology. Rather than using a propulsion shaft and propellers, the proposed system involves advanced laser pulses and fiber optics to generate thrust comparable to a commercial jet engine.

    The entire system uses just 2 Mw of laser power, which is within the power limits of a nuclear submarine. This breakthrough in efficiency was previously deemed unattainable.

    Now, a groundbreaking study published in Applied Physics Letters introduces a promising and sustainable alternative using an unlikely hero: cork.

    While there are a number of reasons for the subsidence, the researchers have pointed to the rapid rate of urban development as among the culprits.

  • • Solving Shipping's Climate Problem
    These 150-Foot
    Sails Could Do the Trick

    WAPO

    Apr.22, 2024 - To cut costs and carbon emissions, cargo ships are putting a new spin on an ancient technology: the sail.

    These aren’t the sailboats of yore. Modern sails look more like airplane wings, smokestacks or balloons, and they use artificial intelligence to catch the wind with little help from mariners who long ago forgot the art of hoisting a mainsail.

  • • Tesla to Lay Off More than 10% of its Workers
    Slow Down in Sales is the Cause

    AT Logo

    Apr. 15, 2024 -Times are starting to get tough for Tesla. The electric vehicle automaker had been riding high, with quarter after quarter of successive growth and plenty of profits in the process. But lately, that success has mostly been due to a series of price cuts meant to tempt customers to buy into an aging lineup. This March, the company reported its first quarterly decline since 2020.

    Now, it plans to lay off more than 10 percent of its workforce, according to an internal memo seen by Reuters.

  • • Are Trains Environmentally Cleaner than Planes?
    The Surprising Carbon Footprint of an Amtrak Trip Across America

    NYT

    Apr. 11, 2024 - A nonstop flight from New York to San Francisco emits, on average, about 840 pounds of CO2 per economy class passenger, according to Google Flights, whose data is independently reviewed. That’s equivalent to burning 420 pounds of coal, or more than the annual emissions of someone living in Cameroon. Air travel is wildly polluting.

    But what about trains? The author tracked down several estimates of carbon emissions per passenger-mile, including Amtrak’s official estimate. What we got back: The cross-country train journey had emitted somewhere from 950 to 1,133 pounds of carbon dioxide per passenger.

  • • EVs Could Get 200 Miles Per Gallon
    The Right Moves
    Could Make It Happen

    WAPO

    Apr. 10, 2024 -The average electric car in the United States today gets the equivalent of 106 miles per gallon. And, according to a new report, that number could more than double in the next decades, to the equivalent of more than 200 miles per gallon.

    That growth in efficiency — possible with technologies that exist today — could help ease the strain that electric vehicles are expected to place on the grid, extend battery range and even limit the need for public car charging.

  • • A German Car Company Went All Electric
    What Were the Results?

    NYT

    Apr. 9, 2024 -Zwickau, a city in Germany’s east, may not be as famous as Detroit, but its economy has revolved around internal combustion engines since August Horch established here at the beginning of the 20th century.

    So when Volkswagen announced in 2018 that it would convert its Zwickau factory, the largest private employer in the area, to manufacture nothing but electric vehicles, it was a big deal.

  • • China's EV Export Boom
    It Fuels the Surge in
    Demand for New Car-Carrying Ships

    REUTERS

    Apr. 9, 2024 -Chinese automakers and shippers are ordering a record number of car-carrying vessels to support a boom in EV exports, data showed, putting China on course to amass the world's fourth-largest fleet by 2028.

    China currently has the world's eighth-largest fleet with 33 car-carrying ships, showed data from shipping consultancy Veson Nautical. Japan has the world's largest with 283 ships, followed by Norway's 102, South Korea's 72 and Isle of Man's 61.

  • • A Texas Bullet Train Project
    Biden Discusses it With
    the Japanese Prime Minister

    REUTERS

    Apr. 9, 2024 -President Joe Biden is seeking to revive interest in a plan to build the first high-speed rail in the U. S. using Japanese bullet trains, with sources saying he is likely to discuss the project with Japan's prime minister in Washington this week.

    The leaders may publicly voice support for the multi-billion-dollar Texas project after Wednesday's talks, which have been partly overshadowed by U.S. opposition to another Japanese investment, Nippon Steel's planned purchase of U.S. Steel.

  • • A Cargo Ship’s ‘Windwing’ Sails
    It Saved Up to
    12 Tons of Fuel Per Day

    (POPULAR SCIENCE), Apr. 7, 2024, -A greenhouse gas 24,000 times more powerful than carbon dioxide is being driven up by China’s growing electricity needs, according to a new study.

    CO2 is the number one greenhouse gas on our radar for good reason. A gas naturally present in the atmosphere but turbocharged by humans’ fossil fuel combustion, it is the single biggest contributor to the climate crisis.

  • •  Why Aren’t There Solar-Powered Cars?
    We're Glad You Asked

    The Conversation

    Apr. 2, 2024 -Solar cars exist. The best place to see them is the World Solar Challenge, a race that’s held every two years in Australia. Competitors have to drive about 1,870 miles (3,000 kilometers), from Darwin on the country’s north coast to Adelaide on its south coast, using only energy from the Sun.

    Many cars that compete in this race look more like amusement park rides or science fiction vehicles than the cars you see on the road. That tells you something about why solar cars aren’t an option for everyday travel, at least not yet.

  • •  What's Powering America's Green Manufacturing Boom?
    It's Not Renewable Energy - Yet

    The Conversation

    Apr. 2, 2024 -Panasonic’s new US$4 billion battery factory in De Soto, Kansas, is designed to be a model of sustainability – it’s an all-electric factory with no need for a smokestack. When finished, it will cover the size of 48 football fields, employ 4,000 people and produce enough advanced batteries to supply half a million electric cars per year.

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  • • Solar-Powered Battery Swap Stations
    Could Speed Rwanda’s Shift to Electric “Motos”

    CT

    Apr. 1, 2024 -Like many parts of Africa, motorcycles are the most popular form of transportation among Rwanda’s 13.3 million people. Whether they’re commuting to work or school, transporting jugs of water from the local taps, or just running everyday errands, people on “motos” can be found zipping up and down most busy streets in the East African nation. Many locals also rely on these motos for their livelihoods as taxi drivers.

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  • • Electric Trucks Get a Biden Boost
    The Industry is Not Pleased

    WAPO

    Mar. 29, 2024 -Rayan Makarem worries about the air that his 2-year-old daughter breathes. More than 100 diesel-powered trucks rumble through their neighborhood every half an hour, spewing harmful pollutants linked to asthma and other health conditions.

    The pollution in their community — and others like it nationwide — will be curbed under a climate change rule the Environmental Protection Agency finalized Friday.

  • • Has Biden’s $7.5 Billion Investment
    in EV Charging Been Successful?
    Only Seven Stations Have
    Been Produced in Two Years

    WAPO

    Mar. 29, 2024 -President Biden has long vowed to build 500,000 electric vehicle charging stations in the United States by 2030. Those stations, the White House said, would help Americans feel confident purchasing and driving electric cars, and help the country cut carbon pollution.

    But now, more than two years after Congress allocated $7.5 billion to help build out those stations, only 7 EV charging stations are operational across four states.

  • • Hopes For South Korean Speed Train Links
    Increasing the Birth Rate is One

    REUTERS

    Mar. 29, 2024 -South Korea is launching a high-speed train service that will reduce the travel time between central Seoul and its outskirts, a project officials hope will encourage more youth to consider homes outside the city, and start having babies.

    South Korea has the world's lowest fertility rate, and its youth have often cited long commutes and cramped, expensive housing in greater Seoul, home to about half the population, as the main reasons for not getting married and starting a family.

  • • Yellen Warns China Against
    Flood of Cheap Green Energy Exports
    Arguing that US’s Excess Industrial Production Warped Supply Chains

    NYT

    Mar. 27, 2024 -The Biden administration is growing increasingly concerned that a glut of heavily subsidized green technology exports from China is distorting global markets and plans to confront Chinese officials about the problem during an upcoming round of economic talks in Beijing.

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  • • Volvo Wishes Diesel a Goodbye
    It's Putting Its Last
    Desiel Car Into a Museum

    (electrek), Mar. 27, 2024, Swedish automaker Volvo has rolled out its last diesel-powered passenger vehicle, after a 45-year relationship with the powertrain and cranking out millions of oil-burning cars. Between 2012 and 2016, diesel accounted for half of the company’s global sales. But those days are over now as the company moves toward an all-electric future.

    Since 1991, Volvo made more than 9 million vehicles with diesel engines. But the records don’t go any further back, leaving 12 years unaccounted for, so that total number is a lot higher in reality, reports Automotive News Europe.

  • • Texas Energy Companies Are Betting on Hydrogen
    A Much Cleaner
    Fuel For Transportation

    (THE TEXAS TRIBUNE), Mar. 25, 2024, -Hydrogen promoters see the gas as a crucial part of addressing climate change. If it’s produced in a way that creates few or no greenhouse gas emissions, it could provide an eco-friendly fuel for cars, planes, 18-wheelers and ships, and could power energy-intensive industries such as steel manufacturing. Hydrogen emits only water when used as fuel in fuel cells; burning it directly can create nitrogen oxides, which can create haze and acid rain.

    If companies can produce clean hydrogen at a price that’s competitive with gasoline or diesel, supporters say it would revolutionize the fuel industry.

  • • What's Happening at the Bangkok Motor Show?
    Chinese EV Makers Take Centre Stage

    REUTERS

    Mar. 25, 2024 - Boosted by strong electric vehicle sales, Chinese car makers will be in the spotlight at the Bangkok International Motor Show this week, underscoring the growing challenge to Japanese auto giants that have long dominated Thailand's vehicle market.

    Chinese automakers such as Geely's (GEELY.UL) Zeekr and Xpeng Motors are slated to unveil their latest EVs to Thai customers as they debut at the Bangkok motor show, a week-long expo that opens to public on Wednesday.

  • • The Aviation Industry is Tackling a Carbon Emissions Problem
    Where Electric Choppers
    Can Play a Role

    WAPO

    Mar. 25, 2024 -Last November, a small, white, oblong helicopter with four passenger seats and six whirring electric engines took off from the Downtown Manhattan Heliport.

    Several people, including Mayor Eric Adams, watched as the air taxi known as an eVTOL — an electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft — flew silently, undetected by nearby pedestrians along the East River.

  • • A Better Way to Exract Underground Lithium
    But Skepticism Remains

    ICN

    Mar. 24, 2024 -Direct lithium extraction has been touted as a more environmentally friendly way to mine the resource needed for EV batteries. But the technology is largely untested and could impact already limited water supplies in the Southwest.

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  • • Largest Public Electric Vehicle Charging
    Station in New York City Near JFK Airport
    WILDFLOWER Will Develop It

    (WILDFLOWER), Mar. 20, 2024, Proposal to Include 65 Initial Electric Vehicle Charging Stations and Public Parking Spaces; Site can Scale Up Over Time for Electric Trucks Over Time

    Electric Vehicle Charging Station Advances a key Commitment New York City’s Green Economy Action Plan and Delivers on Mayor Adams’ “PlaNYC: Getting Sustainability Done”

  • • Biden Plan to Expand Electric Vehicles
    Phasing Out Gas-Driven
    Vehicles by 2032

    WAPO

    Mar. 18, 2024 -The Biden administration on Wednesday issued one of the most significant climate regulations in the nation’s history, a rule designed to ensure that the majority of new passenger cars and light trucks sold in the United States are all-electric or hybrids by 2032.

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  • • Tesla’s Troubles Raise Questions About Its Invincibility
    Can the Company
    Stand Intensifying Competition?

    NYT

    Mar. 18, 2024 -Elon Musk appeared to be in a defiant mood Wednesday when he stood before employees at Tesla’s factory near Berlin a week after an arsonist set fire to a high-voltage power pylon and brought production to a standstill.

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  • • China’s Hyperloop Train Surpasses Speeds of 387 MPH
    The Train Has Gone Even Faster in a Low-Vacuum Tube

    NYT

    Mar. 7, 2024 -You might have heard Elon Musk talking about a hyperloop – a superfast maglev train – and thought it sounded like a pretty good idea.And it does – except in China, it’s already a reality.China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation (CASIC) is running the project. It’s a state-owned company that makes pretty much anything aerospace you can think of.

  • • EV Charging Stations in the Desert
    Optima Leads the Charge!

    AT Logo

    Mar. 6, 2024 -Electric vehicles are few and far between in the desert at King of the Hammers, a weeks-long off-roading event that often looks more like Burning Man than motorsport. Almost all EVs can be found at the Optima Oasis, a not-so-literal oasis of solar and hydrogen-powered chargers that the battery company erected smack-dab in the middle of nowhere for the past two years.

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  • • China's BYD Prices New Version of Best-Selling EV
    Lower Than Its Predecessor

    REUTERS

    Mar. 4, 2024 -China's leading electric vehicle (EV) maker BYD (002594.SZ), opens new tab on Monday launched a new version of its best-selling car at a price lower than the final price of its discontinued predecessor, as a price war rages in the world's largest automobile market.

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  • • Should Your Next Car Be Hydrogen-Driven?
    Here Are the Reasons

    (MSM.COM), Mar. 1, 2024, he automotive industry is at a crossroads, with a heightened focus on sustainable and environmentally responsible transportation solutions. While electric vehicles have been the poster children of the green revolution, hydrogen fuel cell vehicles have quietly emerged as a formidable alternative, offering unique benefits and innovative technologies.

    Hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles represent a promising departure from conventional gasoline-powered automobiles. These vehicles employ fuel cells to transform hydrogen into electrical energy, which then propels an electric motor.

  • • Biden Calls Chinese Electric Vehicles a Security Threat
    He's Ordered an
    Investigation Into Auto Technology
    That Could Track U.S. Drivers

    NYT

    Feb. 29, 2024 -President Biden took steps on Thursday toward blocking internet-connected Chinese cars and trucks from entry to the American auto market, including electric vehicles, saying they posed risks to national security because their operating systems could send sensitive information to Beijing.

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  • • E-Bike Battery Caused Fire That Killed Young Journalist
    What Lithium-ion Batteries Could Have in Store for Us

    NYT

    Feb. 28, 2024 -The apartment building fire that killed a young man in Harlem on Friday was caused by the lithium-ion batteries that power e-bikes, the Fire Department said. His was the first death in New York City this year to be linked to the batteries, which were blamed for over 250 fires and 18 deaths last year.

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  • • China’s Electric Vehicles Affect on U.S. Auto Markets
    They Could Hit Detroit
    Like a Wrecking Ball

    NYT

    Feb. 27, 2024 -It happened very quickly, so fast that you might not have noticed it. Over the past few months, America’s Big Three automakers — Ford, General Motors and Stellantis, the oddly named company that owns and Jeep — landed in big trouble.

    recently, the Big Three found themselves outmaneuvered and missing their goals for electric vehicle sales at the same time that a crop of new affordable, electrified foreign cars appeared, ready to flood the global market.

  • • S. Carolina Welcomes Multibillion
    Dollar Electric Vehicle Projects, But...
    Even Though Many Echo Trump’s Harsh EV Critiques

    ICN

    Feb. 24, 2024 -Volkswagen (VW) has made a $2 billion bet that rural Americans will fall in love with electric drive. Its formula: Resurrect a rugged, iconic U.S. brand, Scout, and court Republican state leaders, who provided a generous incentives package.

    VW has wagered $2 billion on the belief that by melding the automotive past and future on this 1,100-acre plot of former timberland, it can build an electric vehicle that will change the way Middle America thinks about EVs.

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  • • Not the Trail of Tears, But the Trail of Tires
    One of the Longest Rubber-Bearing Trails in the U.S. Has Opened at T.O. Fuller State Park.

    AP Logo

    June 6, 2023 -According to a news release, Tennessee State Parks, the Department of Transportation and local leader cut the ribbon on the on the new 2.5 miles hard-surface walking biking trail.

    Volunteers and local contractors gathered more than 24,000 tires that had been illegally dumped in the park to make the trail

  • • Hydrogen Helicopters Are Here
    Developed by Piasecki

    [AVIATION WEEK], Mar. 17, 2023 -Piasecki Aircraft is on track to fly the first piloted hydrogen-powered helicopter by year’s end after partner ZeroAvia demonstrated the performance potential of its fuel cell in initial tests of a prototype power module. U.S. rotorcraft developer Piasecki plans to convert an ultralight helicopter...

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  • • ZeroAvia - Truly Clean Flight
    The World’s First Zero-Emission Engines for Commercial Aviation

    Their mission: a Hydrogen-Electric Engine in Every Aircraft

    A passionate team of over 250 employees and growing. Focused on hydrogen-electric propulsion and fueling solutions to address a variety of markets, initially targeting a 300-mile range in 9–19 seat aircraft by the end of 2025, and up to 700-mile range in 40–80 seat aircraft by 2027.

  • • What to Know About Electric Cars
    Here Are Five Things

    GI

    Aug. 3, 2023 -Electric cars are more popular today, but there’s still a lot that people don’t know about them. In this blog post, we will share five things you may not have known about electric cars.

    For example, did you know that the first electric car was invented in 1832? That’s right, electric cars have been around for over 100 years! They were actually more popular than gasoline cars in the early 1900s, but they were eventually replaced by gasoline cars due to their shorter range and longer charging times.

  • • Clean Maritime Technologies
    Accelerating Clean Maritime Innovation and Growth

    {University of Plymouth}June, 2023, Accelerating Clean Maritime Innovation and Growth

    Clean Maritime refers to the activities undertaken to achieve this, such as decarbonizing vessel propulsion systems or investigating methods of antifouling with lower environmental impact.

  • • Nickel Mining: the Hidden
    Environmental Cost of Electric Cars
    The Extraction of Nickel Comes with Environmental and Health Costs

    Guardian

    Aug 24, 2023 - As countries the world over legislate to phase out petrol and diesel cars, attention is turning to the environmental impact of mining the materials needed for electric vehicle batteries.

    This additional scrutiny has largely focused on ethical concerns with cobalt and lithium supply chains, despite Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s observation last year that the lithium ion batteries his vehicles use are mostly made of nickel and graphite, with lithium itself merely “the salt on the salad”.

  • • The First 3D-Printed Battery Cell
    The Potential For EVs is Great

    Green Car Reports

    Feb. 21, 2023 -As the mobility and EV industry converges around a seemingly limited array of battery sizes and just three form factors, California-based Sakuu is suggesting a very different, seemingly endless range of possibilities—like future cells sized and shaped for products.

    The manufacturing hook behind this proposition is 3D printing. While there have been a few attempts at 3D batteries before, Sakuu claims that as of December 2022 it’s the first “company of record to 3D-print fully functional batteries in custom shapes and sizes with patterned openings for thermal management in a completely dry process.”

  • • A 1,300-Mile All-Electric Road Trip
    With e-RV Electric Concept Motorhome
    =Winnebago Industries
    Completes the Task

    Jun. 16, 2022, WINNEBAGO INDUSTRIES -The leading outdoor lifestyle product manufacturer, just completed a more than 1,300-mile All Electric RV Road Trip with the e-RV, the first all-electric zero emission motorhome concept from a major RV manufacturer.

    The e-RV was introduced in January at the Florida RV Super Show by the company’s Advanced Technology Group as a fully functional, all-electric concept vehicle that redefines efficiency, comfort and functionality. The latest road trip further affirms the growing feasibility of electric powered RV travel—the primary objective of the road trip.

  • • Prince Charles' Car Runs On Cheese and Wine Byproducts
    His Aston Martin Has Been Converted to Run On a Blend Made of 85% Bioethanol and 15% Unleaded Petrol, Known as E85

    The Guardian, Oct 11, 2021 -Burnishing his green credentials before the Cop26 summit, it was with pride that Prince Charles revealed that he runs his Aston Martin on “surplus English white wine and whey from the cheese process”.

  • • Are EV Batteries Recyclable?
    Something to Think About

    UCS

    July, 2022 -As electric vehicle (EV) sales continue to increase, questions about how these cars and their batteries will be disposed of have been top of mind for current owners, future buyers, policymakers, and many experts in the automotive industry.

  • • The Upcycled Car
    Innovations in Automaking Are Already Incorporating Carbon Dioxide Into New Vehicles You Can Buy Today

    Anthrop Logo

    Jan. 1, 2022 -A year from now, a truck wends its way through scenic Swiss villages, delivering milk from the country’s famous Alpine cows. Like almost all light vehicles today, it is powered by gasoline formed underground over millions of years and pulled from the earth thousands of miles away. But there is a crucial difference.

    The CO2 released by the internal combustion of gasoline in this milk run does not all escape into the atmosphere, for this truck has two gas tanks: one for its fossil fuel, but also a second one to store about 90 percent of the greenhouse gas it generates as it putters about the countryside.

  • • The World's First Hydrogen-Powered Passenger Trains
    The First Ever Rail Line to Be Entirely Run on Hydrogen-Power

    CNN travel, Aug. 24, 2022 - Fourteen hydrogen trains powered by fuel cell propulsion will exclusively run on the route in Bremervörde, Lower Saxony. The 93 million euro ($92.3 million) deal has been struck by state subsidiary Landesnahverkehrsgesellschaft Niedersachsen (LVNG), the owners of the railway, and Alstom, builders of the Coradia iLint trains. The Elbe-Weser Railways and Transport Company (EVB), which will operate the trains, and gas and engineering company Linde, are also part of the project.

  • • 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
    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 Upon

    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 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)

  • • 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.

  • • 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.
Nicola FCEV
Source: Hydrogen
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Green up pointing triangle has started work on hydrogen plants, part of a fueling network the company intends to underpin its push to compete in the nascent zero-emissions truck market.
The seven-year-old manufacturer has also signed up a handful of hydrogen producers that have agreed to supply hydrogen for Nikola vehicles in parts of the U.S. and Canada, as the company seeks to have enough fuel for about 7,500 heavy-duty trucks by 2026.
The planned supply network is critical for Nikola’s strategy to begin assembling hydrogen fuel-cell electric trucks for the market later this year. Unlike battery-electric vehicles that can be recharged with electricity in many existing places, Nikola’s trucks need hydrogen to keep them on the road. “The infrastructure for hydrogen doesn’t really exist for heavy transport,” said Carey Mendes, president of Nikola’s energy business. “If we’re going to sell hydrogen fuel-cell trucks, we have to have that infrastructure.”

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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.

More about Aptera.

 
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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
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Candela C7 | Shallow Mode
Source: Electricity
Candela C-7 is the first all-electric 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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Climate-Friendly Air Travel
Source: Solar
Flying is the most climate-unfriendly mode of transportation, yet demand for air travel is projected to continue to increase in the coming decades. Researchers are working on replacing jet fuel with sustainable fuels, hydrogen, or battery-powered airplanes, but such technologies aren’t ready for wide-scale use.
Relaunching a century-old technology could be a faster approach to climate-friendly air travel, according to a new study. Airships powered by a skin of thin, flexible solar cells and highly efficient, lightweight batteries have the potential to move people and freight across oceans at much lower cost and climate impact than conventional aviation.
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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