Mercedes-Benz new VISION EQXX is a classy electric vehicle

January 6, 2022 by  
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Mercedes-Benz has just unveiled its new VISION EQXX, claiming it to be the most efficient car Mercedes has ever built. With a range of more than 1,000 kilometers on a single charge, they drove out to lead the electric vehicle market.  The VISION EQXX went from paper to completed vehicle in just 18 months by a multidisciplinary team, including Stuttgart, Formula 1, Formula E and start-ups and partners from around the world. The designers focused on building a lightweight, sustainable and powerful electric vehicle that combines innovation, intelligence and luxury.  “The technology programme behind the VISION EQXX will define and enable future Mercedes-Benz models and features,” said Markus Schäfer, member of the board of management of Daimler AG and Mercedes-Benz AG, chief technology officer responsible for development and procurement. “They are proving that innovations from motorsport – where powertrains are already highly electrified – have immediate relevance for road car development. We are challenging current development processes with innovative spirit and outside-the-box thinking. This truly is the way forward.” Related: 20 new electric vehicles driving onto the scene in 2022 Ultra-efficient battery power  The VISION EQXX will be capable of exceeding 1,000 kilometers on a single charge with an energy consumption of less than 10 kilowatt-hours per 100 kilometers. That means there is an efficiency of more than six miles per kilowatt-hour.  To put that into perspective: A single charge would take you from Berlin to Paris, from New York to Cincinnati, Ohio. Based on the team’s research, they believe that a driver in the U.S. would only have to fully recharge the VISION EQXX twice per month.  Rather than increasing the size of the battery, Mercedes developed a completely new battery pack. It achieves an energy density close to 400 Wh/I, making it possible to fit the battery pack into the compact dimensions. The battery weighs around 495 kilograms (around 1091.29 pounds) and also has active cell balancing, meaning it draws energy evenly while the car is driving. That means up to 95% of the energy from the battery ends up at the wheels.  Recycled, vegan and plant-based materials throughout Adding to the lightweight design of the VISION EQXX, the car also has sustainable materials and organic-inspired design detailing – absolutely no animal-derived products. Mercedes wants to replace petroleum and animal-based products used in their cars, keeping a luxurious design in balance with nature.  Throughout the VISION EQXX is animal-free leather alternatives such as Deserttex, a sustainable cactus-based biomaterial. It also has recycled PET bottles in a shimmering fabric to enhance the floor area and door trim. DINAMICA, a material made from 38% PET was used to create a wrap-around effect linking the screen with the door and headliner.  The lid is made from a sugar-cane waste material reinforced with carbon fiber. On the interior, the door pulls are made from a high-strength vegan silk fabric called AMSilk’s Biosteel fiber. The seat cushion details have vegan leather made from the roots of mushroom called mycelium, a certified bio-based renewable ingredient, while the carpets are made from 100% bamboo fiber. Additionally, the interior has sustainable plastic substitutes made from household and landfill waste.   Solar power roof enhances range The VISION EQXX draws additional energy from the 117 solar cells built on its roof. The solar energy is stored in lightweight batteries, which supply a climate blower, the lights and other functions throughout the vehicle. The results are lower energy drain on the system and an increase in range. On a typical day, this can add 25 kilometers of range on long-distance drives. Innovative engineering meets 3D printing  At the rear floor of the VISION EQXX is BIONEQXX, the largest aluminum structural casting at Mercedes. It was developed in-house using digital techniques resulting in optimum functionality within the compact space.  Openings in the BIONEQXX rear-floor were closed with patches produced on a 3D printer by external partner UBQ Materials, an Israel-based start-up. It is a sustainable plastic substitute made from waste that ends up in landfills, including mixed plastics, cardboard and baby nappies.  There are 42 UBQ patches throughout the vehicle, allowing for high stiffness and good surround sound qualities. The result of this innovative engineering marked a milestone to Mercedes’ lightweight design. The approach reduces 15% to 20% of the weight.  Intelligent user interface and experience  To top it all off, the VISION EQXX features a stunning, completely seamless 47.5-inch display monitor that works in tune with the human mind. The design demonstrates graphics that enable digital worlds, such as music and navigation, to instantly respond to the driver’s needs. It has 8K resolution, a thin and lightweight mini-LED display to bring the world outside into the car. The software-led development is revolutionizing the way electric cars are designed.  “The Mercedes-Benz VISION EQXX is how we imagine the future of electric cars,” said Ola Källenius, chairman of the board of management of Daimler AG and Mercedes-Benz AG. “[It] is an advanced car in so many dimensions – and it even looks stunning and futuristic . With that, it underlines where our entire company is headed: We will build the world’s most desirable electric cars.” + Mercedes-Benz Images via Mercedes-Benz

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New Electric Pickup Trucks for 2022

December 1, 2021 by  
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2022 is shaping up to be an exciting year for truck lovers as more truck… The post New Electric Pickup Trucks for 2022 appeared first on Earth911.

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Maven Moment: Holiday Decorations

December 1, 2021 by  
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Like most families when I was a child, mine didn’t really decorate for Thanksgiving. We… The post Maven Moment: Holiday Decorations appeared first on Earth911.

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Electric Fleets: Improving Efficiency, Sustainability

October 22, 2021 by  
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As more of us order products to be delivered to our homes, we should be… The post Electric Fleets: Improving Efficiency, Sustainability appeared first on Earth911.

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Earth911 Podcast: Getting Indigenous Kids Outside With Activist Jody Potts

October 22, 2021 by  
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Earth911’s Mitch Ratcliffe talks with Jody Potts, an Alaskan native Han Gwich’in environmental and indigenous… The post Earth911 Podcast: Getting Indigenous Kids Outside With Activist Jody Potts appeared first on Earth911.

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Growing a zero-emissions transportation network in Cincinnati

September 21, 2021 by  
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Servall Electric, a local residential, commercial and industrial contractor that is an early adopter of electric trucks from Workhorse, is helping the city install electric vehicle charging stations.

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PG&E is first utility client for Mainspring’s novel ‘linear generator’

August 31, 2021 by  
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Backed with $228 million and with early customers such as Kroger, Mainspring is reengineering the nearly 200-year-old design of the electric generator.

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Electric Composters: Sustainability Win or Another Unnecessary Appliance?

August 26, 2021 by  
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Tiny Montana company signs $300M contract to help restore power in Puerto Rico

October 24, 2017 by  
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The majority of Puerto Rico ‘s 3.4 million residents still lack electricity in the wake of Hurricane Maria . Now, the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) is looking to a two-year-old Montana -based company, Whitefish Energy , to help them switch the power back on. But some people are wondering why PREPA would sign the $300 million contract, the largest issued yet, with a company that only had two full-time employees when Hurricane Maria hit the island. Whitefish Energy has been tasked with repairing and reconstructing electrical infrastructure in Puerto Rico. The company said this week they have 280 workers laboring now, and that they’re close to finishing work that will provide power to key industrial facilities that will help get the local economy going again. Related: Germany company steps in to help Puerto Rico with microgrid installations PREPA signed the contract with Whitefish instead of activating mutual aid agreements – which have aided United States utilities in recovering after natural disasters – with other utilities. As Puerto Rico is bankrupt, many people are wondering why they’d hire a company instead of turning to the mutual aid network. Former Energy Department senior official Susan Tierney told The Washington Post, “The fact that there are so many utilities with experience in this and a huge track record of helping each other out, it is at least odd why [the utility] would go to Whitefish. I’m scratching my head wondering how it all adds up.” PREPA executive director Ricardo Ramos told reporters Whitefish was the first firm “available to arrive and they were the ones that first accepted terms and conditions for PREPA.” Whitefish is based in Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s hometown, but Zinke’s office said he didn’t play a role in the Puerto Rico contract. Whitefish had landed a $1.3 million federal contract just before Hurricane Maria to replace and upgrade parts of an Arizona transmission line 4.8 miles long in 11 months. There are 2,400 miles of transmission lines in Puerto Rico, where an estimated 80 percent of the grid has been harmed. Puerto Rico governor Ricardo Rosselló recently said 95 percent of power would be on by Christmas. Whitefish CEO Andy Techmanski seems to disagree, saying, “I don’t know where he got that and what information he was using. Without doing a full assessment countrywide, I couldn’t fathom how many months, if it’s going to be two months, three months, five months.” Via The Washington Post Images via Whitefish Energy on Twitter ( 1 , 2 )

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Magnetic particles may be the future of data storage

October 24, 2017 by  
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Recently discovered magnetic behavior may have enormous potential to power the next generation of data storage technology , according to new research reported this week in the journal  Nature Nanotechnology.  The promise of data storage based on “skyrmions,” minuscule disturbances in magnetic orientation, offers a potential path to overcome fundamental limitations in computing technology that otherwise may have heralded the end of Moore’s Law, which holds that computing power doubles in strength roughly every two years. Skyrmions, the phenomenon on which this new data technology would be based, were only discovered in 2016 by a team led by MIT associate professor of materials science and engineering Geoffrey Beach. These magnetic particles occur between two thin metallic films from two different kinds of metal and can be wielded using electric fields, allowing long-term data storage without the need of additional energy. While the locations of these skyrmions were originally random, Beach and collaborators at MIT and in Germany  have since demonstrated an ability to purposefully create and harness these magnetic particles, opening the door to new technological possibilities. Related: Scientists turn eggshells into eco-friendly data-storage devices Because skyrmions are very stable in contrast to traditional magnetic storage devices , data could potentially be stored on a magnetic surface perhaps only a few atoms across. This feature is what allows the theoretical skyrmions-based storage devices overcome the physical limitations of traditional magnetic storage devices and continue the computing power expansion under Moore’s Law. The next step is to figure out an efficient way to read the data that has been written into the skyrmions. One solution is to add an additional layer of a different metal to the skyrmion sandwich and then use differences in the layer’s electrical resistance based on the presence of skyrmions to determine the encoded data. “There’s no question it would work,” said MIT postdoc and study co-author Felix Buettner, but further research and development is needed to determine how best to implement the idea. Via Futurism/MIT News Images via Moritz Eisebitt/MIT News and Depositphotos

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