Electric cars could reach cost parity with conventional cars by next year

June 5, 2017 by  
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Are you eager to get your hands on a new electric vehicle,  but the price is too steep? You’re in luck – electric cars will likely reach cost parity with vehicles that have internal combustion engines by next year, and electric vehicles could be cheaper that gas by as soon as 2025, according to a new report by USB . The report makes it clear that while electric vehicles will still cost more than ICE cars, owning a new EV will be comparable to owning a gas or diesel car in the long-term. Analysts took into consideration the fuel costs, maintenance costs and other related expenditures related to owning all vehicles and used the information to determine that over time, the cost of owning a green vehicle is comparable to owning a conventional one. As Green Car Reports  reports , it is becoming more affordable to own an EV due to breakthroughs in battery capacity, charge times and a growing demand for environmentally-friendly technology. Part of the analysis required UBS to break down a $37,000 Chevrolet Bolt in order to estimate how much the vehicle cost to build. It was discovered that “the EV powertrain is $4,600 cheaper to produce than we thought and there is more cost reduction potential left.” Analysts continued that the 238-mile range Bolt costs around $28,700 to build and that GM is only expected to produce 30,000 Bolts in 2018. Therefore, there won’t be a huge incentive for it to be profitable. Related: UK solar smashes record, supplying 25% of electricity demand On the other hand, the Tesla Model 3 is expected to be produced in numbers as high as 500,000 by 2018. When extras are added on to the base price of the Model 3 at $35,000, the company is expected to break even. UBS declared that electric vehicles are the “most disruptive car category since the Model T Ford” and that though total sales for electric cars is still relatively small, global EV sales will reach 14% by 2025 (4.2 million vehicles). Europe is expected to take the lead in this department, selling 30% of the world’s electric cars within eight years. Now that EVs will soon cost the same to own as a car or truck with an ICE, a massive shift is expected to take place within the auto industry . + UBS Via  Green Car Reports

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Promising Alabama Pilot Project Turns Algae to Biofuel – Using Sewage!

August 21, 2014 by  
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Let’s face it. Algae aren’t very exciting. But the prospect of creating a viable source of biofuel from these microscopic organisms is, and a Nevada company is finally starting to make a go of it with their pilot plant off the coast of Alabama that uses sewage as fertilizer. Making biofuels out of algae is nothing new, but thus far creating a large-scale operation to extract lipids and create fuel from them has been nonviable because the process is complicated and expensive. But according to the New York Times , Nevada-based Algae Systems has a pilot plant in Alabama it says can turn a profit making diesel fuel from algae, along with several other functions including: generating clean water from municipal sewage used to fertilize the algae, using carbon-heavy residue for fertilizer, and generating credits for advanced biofuels. Read the rest of Promising Alabama Pilot Project Turns Algae to Biofuel – Using Sewage! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: algae , biofuel , diesel , hydrothermal , lab , liquefaction , northwest , Pacific , sewage , systems

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Madrid Launching Smart Parking Meters That Charge Based on Vehicle Pollution

May 5, 2014 by  
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Madrid is one of the most polluted cities in the European Union , however city officials are fighting back against air pollution by launching the first smart parking meter system to charge based on vehicle emissions. Starting on July 1st, diesel and other higher emission vehicles will pay more to park. A diesel car made in 2001 will pay 20 percent more to park in the city, while hybrids will be charged 20 percent less and electric vehicles will park for free. Read the rest of Madrid Launching Smart Parking Meters That Charge Based on Vehicle Pollution Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: cars , diesel , emissions , european union , madrid , nitrogen dioxide , Pollution , smart parking meter , smog , Spain , vehicles

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Clean Diesel Technology: More Than Just a Name

March 14, 2014 by  
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I will be the first to admit that at first glance putting “clean” and “Diesel” in the same product name, made about as much sense to me as trying to make hot ice. Surely there is nothing clean about diesel, …

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Just When We Thought Industry Wouldn’t Self Regulate…

March 13, 2014 by  
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Over the years the demand for better and more reliable rechargeable batteries has skyrocketed along with our need for portable power to charge the plethora of digital lifelines now attached to our hip. While many advancements have been made in …

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Old Computer Turned Arcade Machine Delights at SXSW

March 12, 2014 by  
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At South by Southwest, the Dell Reconnect program displayed a 14-year-old computer that was transformed into an old-school arcade-style machine.

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Scientists Develop New Material That Could Cut Diesel’s Pollution By 45%

August 21, 2012 by  
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A team of engineers has managed to identify a material that could reduce the amount of pollution produced by diesel fuel -powered vehicles by 45%. The new material comes from a family of minerals called oxides , and could serve as a cheaper and cleaner alternative to the rare and expensive platinum that is currently used in diesel engines. Read the rest of Scientists Develop New Material That Could Cut Diesel’s Pollution By 45% Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Diesel Fuel , diesel pollution , nanostellar , oxide mullite , platinum , University of Texas dallas , world health organisation

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The Nido: A Nomadic Structure You Can Construct in a Snap!

August 21, 2012 by  
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Alessandro Zorzetto’s Nido is a portable  nomadic shelter  that can be popped up in a snap! Made with scrap materials and felt , Zorzetto’s design transforms from a stack of ho-hum materials into a seated area, a gazebo, a place for play and relaxation, or even a temporary home. Check out  the designer’s site to see a time lapse video of the structure being built! + Alessandro Zorzetto The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing!   Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: NIDO , pop up architecture , pop up playgrounds , portable playgrounds , portable structures , rural boxx , temporary architecture

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Stanford University’s Self-Driving Audi TTS Hits 120 MPH on the Racetrack

August 21, 2012 by  
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Google and Volvo ‘s self-driving cars have been making headlines with the number of miles they’ve driven without a traditional driver at the wheel. Now Stanford’s Dynamic Design Lab has teamed up with Volkswagen’s Electronics Research Lab to create a self-driving Audi TTS named Shelly – and it just hit 120 mph on a racetrack! Unlike Google’s Toyota Prius or the long-distance self-driving cars from Volvo , Stanford’s Audi TTS focuses its attention on all-out-speed. Read the rest of Stanford University’s Self-Driving Audi TTS Hits 120 MPH on the Racetrack Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: AUDI , Audi TT , car safety , google prius , self-driving car , stanford university , toyota prius , volkswagen , volvo

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Harvard Stores 70 Billion Books in Record Breaking DNA Bio-Library the Size of a Thumbnail

August 21, 2012 by  
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DNA photo from Shutterstock A team from Harvard University’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering has discovered a way to store 70 billion books in a space the size of your thumbnail! Using next-generation sequencing technology, the team managed to encode the library in DNA, shattering the record for DNA data by a factor of 1,000. Harvard geneticist George Church picked his own forthcoming book, Regenesis , as a test subject and stored it 70 billion times. Read the rest of Harvard Stores 70 Billion Books in Record Breaking DNA Bio-Library the Size of a Thumbnail Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bio-library , DNA , DNA storage , genetics , George Church , Harvard University’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering , Regenesis , storage medium , storage space

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