It is rare when a extended family has a reunion, bringing members of a clan from around the world to one spot to talk of common traits and share in family lore. Toyota did this recently though, bringing together for the first time all of its environmentally focused vehicles, mostly consisting of hybrids, to one place.
We’ve gotten pretty good at turning solar power into electricity, but electricity can be hard to store, making it a challenge for use right when you need it and in the transportation sector.
Sixteen million dollars is a pittance in the larger energy scheme, but for wave and new tidal technologies in their infancy, every little bit of help is surely appreciated.
It may be an electric car out of the range of most price wise, and it isn’t likely to turn up on American shores anyhow, but the forthcoming Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive is notable for what a high performance electric vehicle of its ilk can do.
University of Alberta researchers have found that abundant materials in the Earth's crust can be used to make inexpensive and easily manufactured nanoparticle-based solar cells.
Electra Bicycles is one of the largest brands in leisure cycling. The company now offers among its models a new pedal-assist electric bike called Townie Go! that’s said to be very simple to operate and capable of helping you go good distances so you can better bridge the gap between where you get off of mass transit and your office a few miles away.
Remember when building your own house was a difficult and complicated process, involving architects, contractors, and possibly years of agonizing construction? Well, those days are officially history. Modular, pre-fabricated buildings are all the rage, and with drastically lower costs and wait times, probably here to stay.
Lots of people talk about “becoming one” with nature, but few actually make that abstract concept a concrete reality. The architect and sculpture duo Smith|Allenrecently completed a structure that serves as a literal reminder of our small place in the universal ecosystem.
Are we as Americans so addicted to our gas guzzling vehicles that we are unwilling to consider the benefits of more environmentally friendly forms of transportation, such as electric cars, unless it can be proven to us in a dollars and sense kind of way? That’s one take away to be considered from a recent global survey of electric vehicle opinions by research firm GfK.
A new Energy Department study conducted by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) indicates that by 2025 wind and solar power electricity generation could become cost-competitive without federal subsidies, if new renewable energy development occurs in the most productive locations.
Choosing public transportation over a personal vehicle is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint, but the transition can be challenging. First, you’ll have to adhere to someone else’s schedule, and then there’s the task of keeping track of your fare, ticket, or commuter pass card.
Wave devices have been slow to emerge as grid-connected energy sources, but there might be a future for the gizmos in the spy business. Or, at least, offshore patrol.
BMW has mostly been preparing its i brand of sustainable vehicles for market, but it doesn’t mean the German auto brand isn’t looking to still tinker with concept designs in the same arena. The latest of these is geared towards its X5 luxury SUV, and takes the form of a plug-in hybrid concept that will debut at the Frankfurt Auto Show in September.
More and more automakers are gearing up to showcase green automotive technology for the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show next month. Among the latest isOpel, showcasing the Monza Concept, which is based upon range-extending technology similar to the found in the Chevy Volt.
Does the idea of a supercharged Yaris hybrid concept excite you? Toyota seems to think it should, recently teasing out an image that many speculated was something based upon the “existing Yaris Hybrid sold in Europe.” Now the truth has come out – it is indeed Toyota’s little sub-compact in a zippy package, known as the Yaris Hybrid-R concept.
As the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show inches closer, the number of green vehicle previews which will be showcased at this event goes up. The latest comes fromMercedes-Benz, which has announced plans to unveil next month the new S 500 Plug-In Hybrid, which is the third hybrid model of the S-Class.
The Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) has been impressing us with the electric vehicle research it has been doing of late, such as the development and trial of technology that allows electric buses to be charged wirelessly via special plates in the ground as they go about on their routes.
The world of autonomous electric vehicles as a form of mass transportation is something we’ve mostly seen in science fiction movies to date. There are those around the world though who are testing out these people movers of tomorrow in today’s settings, and one such project is taking root in Singapore between Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and JTC Corporation’s CleanTech Park.
Honda is starting to ratchet up public appearances of its forthcoming Acura NSX hybrid supercar, currently set for a limited release in 2015 with a rumored price of over $150,000.
In a high-profile critique of utility-scale renewable energy, Robert Bryce wrote in the New York Times in 2011 that energy sources like sunlight and wind “(require) vast amounts of natural resources – most notably, land.”