What New York’s Uber decision portends for ride-hailing services

August 14, 2018 by  
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Other U.S. cities aren’t quite ready to put the brakes on expansion by ride-sharing services, but they’re demanding more data on their impact on traffic congestion and public transit ridership.

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Steep utility fees are killing electric-car charging stations

January 12, 2018 by  
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Sales of EVs are on a roll, but high rates are putting the brakes on fast-charging infrastructure.

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8 guiding principles for building ethical global supply chains

January 12, 2018 by  
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A peek into the sourcing framework used by essential oils company doTERRA.

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This reversible glue puts a screw in manufacturing

January 12, 2018 by  
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It works like a screw and “unclicks” when exposed to a signal after use.

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Why the new Nissan Leaf won’t need a brake pedal

July 20, 2017 by  
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Your next car may not have a brake pedal. But don’t worry – you’ll still be able to drive safely. Nissan’s new Leaf will feature what they call an e-Pedal, which allows users to speed up, slow down, and stop using just one pedal. This seemingly small change could alter car design of the future in a large way. The e-Pedal could forever change the way we drive. Drivers simply push down on the pedal to accelerate, as normal, but when they ease up on the pedal the car slows down, and when they take their foot off completely the car stops. The technology works even on hills, allowing a car to stay in place without a person needing the hold the brake pedal down. Nissan describes the e-Pedal as the world’s first one-pedal operation. Related: The 2018 Nissan Leaf will feature semi-autonomous driving technology According to Nissan, “drivers can cover 90 percent of their driving needs with the e-Pedal.” They think users in heavy traffic or on city commutes could benefit from the new design, since they wouldn’t have to constantly move their foot back and forth to decelerate and accelerate. They say the e-Pedal will simplify driving and make the journey more engaging. The idea may not be quite as crazy as it seems. HuffPost explains when you ease your foot off the accelerator in a gasoline -fueled car today, the engine in the car prompts it to slow down. This feature is lacking in electric vehicles , though, so manufacturers typically put a regenerative braking feature in the design so the car will brake when you release the pedal. In electric cars this motion also generates electricity from the wheels’ movement. Will other car manufacturers follow suit? And will drivers love or loathe the new feature? The e-Pedal will premier on September 6, so we may get more answers then. Via Nissan and HuffPost United Kingdom Images via Nissan ( 1 , 2 )

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10 things General Motors learned about going landfill-free

November 16, 2012 by  
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How the automaker put the brakes on waste in more than 100 manufacturing facilities.

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Movement to Ban Copper in Automotive Brake Pads Gains Traction

April 19, 2012 by  
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Automotive brake pads contain harmful copper shavings that are released whenever a driver hits the brakes, which is harmful to the environment as the copper ends up washing into streams and rivers. Luckily, the movement to ban copper in brake pads is now gaining traction thanks to new legislation in California and Washington. According to the  Ecology Department in Washington State , “With millions of drivers using their brakes each day, these small amounts significantly impact our waterways, including Puget Sound.” Washington State has also stated that the brake pads account for up to half of the copper entering the state’s  water supply . In Washington any brake pads containing more than 5 percent copper will be banned by 2021. California has a similar ban that states that all brake pads must be composed of less then 0.5 percent copper by 2025. Read the rest of Movement to Ban Copper in Automotive Brake Pads Gains Traction Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: automotive , brake pads , California , copper , Earthgarage.com , green cars , green transportation , washington

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Obama Sides with Businesses, Pulls Back Proposed Smog Standards

September 2, 2011 by  
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Bowing to pressure from business groups, President Barack Obama put the brakes on plans to toughen smog standards and ordered the EPA to withdraw its draft of updated rules.

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