Hyundai foldable electric Ioniq scooter will make your commute awesome

January 6, 2017 by  
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Hyundai is taking an inventive approach to mobility with a foldable electric Ioniq scooter . The cool “first and last mile mobility” Ioniq vehicle that makes your 2000 Razor scooter jealous can be stored in the Ioniq Electric car’s front door. Unveiled at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the shiny scooter is targeted for transportation after parking or en route to a public transit station. Hyundai’s tackling hybrid and electric travel through Project Ioniq , and the new scooter is one of their latest concepts. There’s scant information on the scooter as of now, but Hyundai used the terms ‘lightweight’ and ‘portable’ prominently in their announcement. We don’t know how fast or far it will travel, or how much it will cost. Related: Hyundai’s new hybrid Ioniq is the first car to take on the Toyota Prius Hyundai did dangle a few tantalizing details, such as the digital dashboard on the scooter’s handle. Users can check their battery life, speed, and range on the digital dashboard. Scrolling up or down on a thumb switch lets a rider accelerate or brake, or they can brake via a rear wheel pad. Riders can unfold and fold up the scooter with one hand. Front and rear lights keep a rider safe, and there are even sensors incorporated so the scooter only switches to riding mode when a person is safely on the device. The scooter can be charged while in the electric car’s front door. In a statement, Head of Hyundai Motor Central Advanced Research and Engineering Institute Tae Won Lim said, “As we look ahead, our vision is to be a world leader in hyper-connected living and to offer our customers seamless, end-to-end transport solutions.” We don’t yet know when – or if – Hyundai will release the Ioniq scooter. Via The Verge and Hyundai Images via Hyundai

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Massive chunk of Antarctic ice shelf likely to break away soon

January 6, 2017 by  
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The 70-mile-long rift in Antarctica’s Larsen C ice shelf that had scientists fretting last year is close to breaking away. Nothing but about 12 miles of ice is keeping the iceberg from calving—an event scientists say is “inevitable.” If or when the massive chunk does float away, it will be one of the 10 largest icebergs ever recorded. Scientists of United Kingdom-based Project Midas called attention to the Larsen C rift last year, but in December the rift’s growth drastically sped up. Larsen C is around 1,148 feet thick, and is one of the most major ice shelves in the north of Antarctica. The whole shelf might break up in the future should the iceberg break off soon, which at this point seems highly likely. Project Midas project leader Adrian Luckman told the BBC, “If it doesn’t go in the next few months, I’ll be amazed…it’s so close to calving that I think it’s inevitable.” Related: 70-mile crack in Antarctic ice shelf could create Delaware-sized iceberg The iceberg would be about 5,000 square kilometers, or around 2,000 square miles, large. The probable event follows the 1995 collapse of the Larsen A ice shelf, and the 2002 break-up of the Larsen B shelf. The rift in Larsen C has been around for decades, according to scientists, and is not a climate but a geographical event. But climate change could have hastened the Larsen C rift’s downfall, although the scientists told the BBC they don’t possess direct evidence for that hunch. The iceberg itself probably won’t increase sea levels , but if the remaining ice shelf breaks up in the future, pushing glaciers into the ocean, there’s a high probability sea levels will rise. Project Midas said in an article : “When it calves, the Larsen C Ice Shelf will lose more than 10 percent of its area to leave the ice front at its most retreated position ever recorded; this event will fundamentally change the landscape of the Antarctic Peninsula.” + Project Midas Via the BBC Images via NASA/John Sonntag and © MIDAS Project, A. Luckman, Swansea University

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Seismically-safe cave home in Spain replaces informal shelter for shepherds

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Living in caves is becoming increasingly trendy. The 104-meter-square Cuevas del Pino estate designed by UMMO Estudio was carefully built into calcarenite stone caves near Córdoba, Spain. The hollow geological formations found in the area were traditionally used as small shelters by wandering shepherds, but this one has been converted into a stunning modern home . Located in the Sierra Morena foothills just outside of Córdoba, some of the unique rock formations that have stood for centuries are now being converted into rural housing or for public activities. For the Cuevas del Pino estate, the architects began by “sculpting” the layout in harmony with the existing rock wall formation. The spacious square footage then allowed the designers to create a warm and fluid living space. Related: 6 Awesome Caves to Call Home Respecting the tectonic nature of the project from the beginning was a main focus of the design, according to the architects. Although some may have been tempted to use contrasting, ultra-modern materials, the designers relied on more natural elements to enhance the existing environment. Stone materials (concrete or marble) were used for the flooring, while timber furniture warms up the interior aesthetic. Glass windows and large doors open to the south to provide optimal natural light . + UMMO Estudio Via Archdaily Images via Ignacio Amián and David Vico

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KKA Unveils Solar-Powered EV Charging Stations Made From Locally Sourced Wood for Sweden

August 8, 2013 by  
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Read the rest of KKA Unveils Solar-Powered EV Charging Stations Made From Locally Sourced Wood for Sweden Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “solar energy” , charging stations , electric bikes , electric cars , electric scooters , ev charging stations , Gothenburg , Kjellgren Kaminsky Architecture (KKA) , locally sourced wood , Solar Power , solar-powered charging stations , Sweden green architecture , Sweden green design , Sweden green transportation        

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Andro Launches Crowdfunding Campaign to Bring the MOVEO Foldable Electric Scooter to the Streets

July 12, 2013 by  
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If you think foldable bikes are great for commuting, you will love the idea of cruising the city on a foldable electric scooter. The MOVEO collapsible vehicle weighs only 25kg and can be wheeled as a suitcase onto public transport or tucked away for easy storage. The scooter was developed by Andro , a Hungarian non-profit focused on green transportation, and is planned to hit the market in 2014. The team is currently looking for investing partners through their crowdfunding campaign on JumpStartCity . Read the rest of Andro Launches Crowdfunding Campaign to Bring the MOVEO Foldable Electric Scooter to the Streets Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: crowdfunding campaign , electric bikes , electric scooters , foldable scooter , green design , green transportation , green vehicles , JumpStartCity campaign , LED lights , lightweight scooter , MOVEO collapsible vehicle , MOVEO foldable scooter        

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US State Department Admits that It Doesn’t Know the Actual Route of the Keystone XL Pipeline

July 12, 2013 by  
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The State Department has reassured the world that the Keystone Pipeline will probably have very little environmental impact, which is all well and good, except for one tiny detail: the State Department doesn’t know the pipeline’s actual route. Without knowing the exact forests that will be chopped down, the rivers that will be crossed and the farms that will be trampled on, it is unlikely that the government can really understand any environmental consequences resulting from the pipeline—which is what makes the State Department’s recent admission so startling. Read the rest of US State Department Admits that It Doesn’t Know the Actual Route of the Keystone XL Pipeline Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Canada pipeline , Department of State , Keystone Pipeline Route , Keystone Pipeline routes , Keystone Pipeline XL , Keystone Pipeline XL map , Keystone Route Mystery , KPXL , state department , State Department Keystone Pipeline , State Department pipeline , tar sands pipeline , Thomas Bachand , TransCanada Keystone Pipeline , transcanada pipeline        

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Scoot Launches Electric Scooter-Sharing Program in San Francisco!

September 26, 2012 by  
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Bike sharing programs are great, but pedaling up San Francisco ‘s steep hills can be a pain. And car sharing is cool, but finding a parking space in the city can be tough. Enter  Scoot Networks , an electric scooter-sharing service that will let you power up those hills and park virtually anywhere without using a drop of gas. The service, which is modeled after car-sharing businesses, launched today in San Francisco with a fleet of 60 vehicles. To use the scooters, users simply plug a smartphone into the dashboard, and a Scoot app on the phone activates the bike. Read the rest of Scoot Launches Electric Scooter-Sharing Program in San Francisco! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bike sharing , Car Sharing , electric scooters , green transportation , Michael Keating , plug-in scooter , San Francisco , Scoot , Scoot Networks , scooter-sharing service , smartphones

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Automaker Smart Announces Plan to Launch Electric Scooter in 2014

May 14, 2012 by  
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Daimler’s Smart division, best known for small cars like the Smart ForTwo , has announced that it will bring an electric scooter to the market in 2014. Smart originally unveiled the escooter in 2010, alongside plans for a Smart ebike and electric versions of the ForTwo. The electric powered ForTwo will launch this summer and delivery of the first Smart ebikes is just beginning. Read the rest of Automaker Smart Announces Plan to Launch Electric Scooter in 2014 Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: daimler , daimler electric , electric bicycle , electric bicycles , electric car , electric scooters , green transportation , Smart , smart car , Smart ebike , Smart escooter , Smart ForTwo

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Suzuki debuts concept electric scooter for short distance commutes

September 25, 2010 by  
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Eco Factor: Zero-emission scooter powered by electric batteries. Suzuki Motor Company has announced the completion of a new electric scooter, the e-Let’s, which is based on Suzuki’s Let’s4 Basket scooter

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