Student inspires Miami-Dade County Public Schools to shift to electric buses

January 21, 2021 by  
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Holly Thorpe, a middle school student at Miami-Dade County Public Schools, has pushed the school district to shift from diesel-fueled buses to electric buses . The district arrived at the decision to convert after Thorpe made insightful points on electric vehicles through her science fair presentation. Thorpe’s research revealed that carbon dioxide fumes inside the buses were 10 times more than the levels recommended by the EPA. The school plans to bring in the electric buses in 2021, a year after Thorpe shared her findings. According to the school district, it will be applying for a federal grant from the $2.8 billion settlement fund as a result of the Volkswagen emissions scandal . The district will then use the fund to acquire new buses. Related: Jakarta’s massive bus system pilots electric vehicles “Students know they will be faced with the dire consequences of climate change and they are the ones motivating the district to feel a sense of urgency and care about becoming the greenest, cleanest, most innovative, and most equitable school system it can be,” Michele Drucker, environmental chair of the Miami-Dade County PTSA Council and sustainability chair of the MAST Academy PTSA, told Miami Herald . “There is money available to cover initial capital costs. District administrators just need to change their mindset and accept the technology.” According to 11th-grader Thomas Brulay, students have to hold their breaths on diesel buses. “On a normal school bus you have to hold your breath, it’s dirty, loud, uncomfortable — nobody wants to ride the bus,” Brulay said.  The school district now hopes to bring in the new buses and improve the overall experience and health of the students and bus drivers. According to Richard Lee, director of U.S. bus sales for bus manufacturer Lion Electric , electric buses have many benefits. “For the driver, it’s an improved experience not only in operating the bus but in monitoring the passengers because you can hear them, it’s less chaotic,” Lee said. “ Climate change is here and we’ve got to fix it. Will I see the day when everything is 100 percent electric? No, but my grandchildren’s future depends on it.” Via Clean Technica Image via Lion Electric

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EXO ONE is a futuristic electric vehicle designed to solve traffic jams

December 23, 2020 by  
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Designer Piotr Czy?ewski 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.  Related: Niagara Falls welcomes zero-emission electric boats for sustainable tours The compact design is intended for one person on a road filled with multi-passenger cars that only have one person in them anyway. Not only does the EXO ONE produce zero emissions , but the small dimensions allow for more valuable space in parking garages, lots and streets. Plus, a road full of these trikes will alleviate congestion and rush-hour misery. It may be small, but the EXO ONE has safety features equal to most big rigs with front and back cameras that continuously record and even tell you whether you have a green light at an intersection. The traction and suspension systems allow the entire vehicle to tilt around corners at any speed. In addition, there are dusk and rain sensors, an electrically adjustable steering column and advanced navigation and blind-spot assistance. The cockpit offers a main display center for all vehicle functions plus a map. It tracks the battery condition, range and amount of energy flowing from solar panels to the batteries. The design also includes myriad technological and personal conveniences such as multiple charging ports for phones and computers, heated seats and rear window, automatic air conditioning, leather interiors and front and rear storage compartments. Plus, it’s easily maneuverable and a cinch to park. + CZY?EWSKI Design Via Yanko Design Images via CZY?EWSKI Design

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Green-roofed yna hotel blends into a spectacular Nordic landscape

December 23, 2020 by  
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Earlier this year, Norwegian architects Green Advisers AS completed the Øyna hotel — Norway’s “first cultural landscape hotel” with stunning views of the Trondheim fjord. To give deference to the breathtaking landscape, the architects inserted the hotel’s 18 rooms partly into an existing slope and then covered them with green roofs for a seamless connection with the verdant surroundings. The hotel suites follow a radial layout to allow for panoramic views from every room. Located in Øynaparken near Straumen in central Norway , the Øyna cultural landscape hotel is set above the old Sakshaug Church on a natural hill that affords panoramic views over the Trondheim Fjord, the Fosen Alps and “The Golden Road.” Owned and operated by the Sakshaug family, the Øynaparken facility originally served as a restaurant and events venue; however, increasing demand for overnight accommodation prompted expansion into a hotel. The new hotel includes 16 double rooms and two suites that are primarily crafted from timber in a nod to the landscape and the regional raw materials used in the restaurant at the top of the hill. Related: Snøhetta completes stunning Norwegian cabins for glacier hikers To preserve panoramic landscape views from the restaurant, reception and conference area at the top of the site, the hotel rooms were placed on a lower level of the slope and are accessed via an elevator and underground corridor that conforms to the shape of the hill. The hotel rooms are topped with green roofs that join seamlessly with the existing lawn in front of the restaurant and conference center. Dark exterior wood cladding also helps blend the new hotel rooms into the landscape. Inside, dark and light timber paneling wraps the contemporary interiors for a cozy and welcoming feel. The architects noted, “Although the extension of the facility was carefully adapted to the topography, it creates new landscape accents through its formal language and fits in well with the owner’s overall concept.” + Green Advisers AS Images via Interiørfoto AS by Håvard Nyeggen Løberg and Green Advisers AS

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Mercedes-Benz releases lightweight yet powerful eScooter

November 3, 2020 by  
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Mercedes-Benz has long been a top name when it comes to innovation. Most recently, this is evidenced by the newly released eScooter, a zero-emissions scooter that is light, foldable and portable to help cover the miles between the parking garage or bus stop and the final destination without contributing to air pollution . With an electric motor providing 500W power, the eScooter is powerful enough to climb grades, yet convenient enough to keep in the trunk of a car. It can get you where you need to go with a quick acceleration of up to 20km/h, which is the top limit allowed in Germany, where the eScooter was born. It may not go as fast as a car, but the 7.8 Ah battery offers an impressive range of up to 25 kilometers without a recharge. Related: Mercedes Benz presents a luxury electric car Both front and rear suspension and wide rubber tires allow the electric scooter greater traction and stability over uneven cobblestones or on smooth pavement. For added comfort and security, the kickboard is wide enough for both feet and comes with a non-slip coating. The handlebars are also road-ready with an easily adjustable height, right-handed acceleration and left-handed breaking. In addition, there is a foot break, front and rear lighting and side reflectors for safety. There’s even a classic bell to warn of your arrival around a corner or intersection. Plus, because you wouldn’t expect any less from Mercedes-Benz, there is a centrally mounted display, which makes it easy to monitor speed, battery level and riding mode at a glance. With the quick release of a foot lever, the eScooter folds in half for garage or trunk storage. You can also easily take it on public transportation for a convenient way to move between the station and the office. The Mercedes-Benz eScooter is part of a growing line of vehicles the company is scheduled to release over the next two years in an effort to provide Mercedes-Benz quality with more sustainable designs and less emissions. + Mercedes-Benz Images via Mercedes-Benz

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Lunaz converts the classic Rolls-Royce to a fully electric car

September 15, 2020 by  
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The Rolls-Royce image has always been synonymous with luxury and innovation. These standards now take on a new meaning as British engineering company Lunaz restores a 60-year-old car design, the Rolls-Royce Phantom, into a breathtaking electric car for the 21st century. For owners of the elegant Rolls-Royce Phantom touring car — traditionally driven by chauffeur — a daily work commute or leisurely summer drive will now be friendlier to the earth. Lunaz, dedicated to keeping classic cars on the road, has restored this 1961 beauty from the ground up. It features a host of upgrades, along with Lunaz’s proprietary electric powertrain for a fully electric, eight-passenger eye-catcher that allows for customization throughout the build. To match the interior size, the Rolls-Royce Phantom V employs a 120 kWh battery, the largest electric battery in the world, which will travel up to 300 miles on a single charge. Few will be honored with the experience, however, since production is strictly limited to 30 units. Related: New electric car can be rented for just $22 a month “The time is right for an electric Rolls-Royce,” said David Lorenz, founder of Lunaz. “We are answering the need to marry beautiful classic design with the usability, reliability and sustainability of an electric powertrain. More than ever we are meeting demand for clean-air expressions of the most beautiful and luxurious cars in history. We are proud to make a classic Rolls-Royce relevant to a new generation.” Additionally, Lunaz is also electrifying the Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud, a vehicle intended for a driving experience rather than a chauffeured one. The restoration involves stripping the car down to the bones and restoring each system with acute attention to overall weight and weight distribution, chassis, suspension and technical precision. Production for the Silver Cloud series is also extremely limited to customers around the world who have already secured build slots. “My approach to design is defined by Sir Henry Royce’s philosophy that ‘small things make perfection and perfection is no small thing,’” said Jen Holloway, design director for Lunaz. “Together with our clients, we work to create relevant expressions of the most significant cars in history. I am proud to give new purpose to some of the most beautiful objects ever created.” + Lunaz Images via Lunaz

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This tech breakthrough could revolutionize lithium extraction

April 14, 2020 by  
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One huge potential benefit: reduced production costs for electric vehicle batteries.

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How to Charge an Electric Vehicle on the Road

January 27, 2020 by  
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Earth911 Quiz #80: Electric Vehicle Efficiency and Challenges

January 23, 2020 by  
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Charge Your Electric Vehicle at Home — and on the Go

December 31, 2019 by  
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Cambridge students create the UKs most efficient solar-powered electric car

November 12, 2019 by  
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Undergraduate students at Cambridge University have teamed up with Formula 1 engineering experts and Bridgestone to design and build Helia — a solar-powered electric car that is so energy efficient, it can travel more than 500 miles at 50 miles per hour on the same amount of power it takes to boil a kettle. The student team, known as Cambridge University Eco Racing (CUER), equipped the aerodynamic and lightweight vehicle with an extremely high-energy density battery pack to achieve more than double the range of a Tesla Model 3, while being just a quarter of the size. To show off its features, Helia recently competed in the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge 2019, a renowned solar car race where 40 to 50 teams race 1,864 miles from Darwin to Adelaide. Related: Meet ‘Blade’, the world’s first 3D-printed hypercar In designing Helia, CUER pushed the boundaries of automotive battery technology and aerodynamics. Portsmouth-based Formaplex, a manufacturer of lightweight components for high-powered supercars and Formula 1 teams, created Helia’s ultra-lightweight, carbon-fiber chassis and body panels, making it possible for the four-seat family car to weigh just 1,200 pounds without compromising structural integrity. The aerodynamic build is coupled with low rolling-resistant tires — developed in collaboration with Bridgestone — to significantly enhance the electric car’s overall energy efficiency. The solar-powered Helia is equipped with high-performance lithium-ion battery packs produced in collaboration with Silverstone-based vehicle electrification company Danecca. Although electrical issues prevented the team from progressing past the first stage of the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge 2019, they are optimistic about taking Helia to other solar races in Europe and beyond. “Helia was designed to demonstrate the technology behind electric vehicles and renewable energy and will visit schools next summer with the aim of inspiring the next generation of engineers,” said Xiaofan Zhang, CUER’s program director. “We have plenty of positives to take forward and are already in search of our next challenge.” + Cambridge University Eco Racing Images via CUER

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