Volkswagen revamps classic 1960s microbus into a cool electric ride

March 25, 2020 by  
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Volkswagen campers have been the choice of many road warriors since the 1950s. Now, the iconic car manufacturer has just unveiled an electric option of the classic T1 Samba Bus. Although the new-and-improved microbus still boasts its original hippie-era coolness, the revamped e-BULLI is now powered by a 61kW electric motor. Since the 1960s, the T1 Samba Bus has been a symbol of road adventures across the globe. With enough seating to fit a large family or group of friends, the iconic microbus has been a top VW model for decades. Related: These campers made from 1970’s VW Bugs are the cutest things ever Now, the German car manufacturer has decided to bring the Samba into the 21st century by electrifying the beloved van. While keeping the recognizable shape of the 21-window body, VW added a 61kW electric motor. And lest you think that the new electric system will slow the van down, not to worry. The state-of-the-art electric motor actually provides twice as much power as the original engine. The new version of the VW classic was made possible by a collaboration with eClassics , a firm specializing in electric car conversions. Working closely with VW, the company replaced the engines in the Samba Bus models Type 1, 2 and 3 to run on 82-horsepower electric motors instead of the Sambas’ original 43-horsepower four-cylinder motors. The motors work with a 45-kilowatt-hour battery pack, which can charge from empty to 80% in less than an hour. The e-BULLI comes with an estimated range of 124 miles. As far as speed, it can reach a top speed of 81 miles per hour. The new electric system provides drivers with an extra-smooth ride. According to the company, “Compared to the T1, riding in the e-BULLI feels completely different. This is further enhanced by the chassis, which has also been redesigned: multi-link front and rear axles with adjustable shock absorbers and coilover struts, plus a new rack-and-pinion steering system and four internally ventilated disc brakes contribute to the new dynamic handling being transferred to the road with serene poise.” With its eight seats and convertible fold-back top, the van still retains its classic style with a few twists. The exterior is painted in a mix of “Energetic Orange Metallic” and “Golden Sand Metallic Matte”. Inside, the seating and the central driver console area have been restored with modern materials, and the interior lighting systems were updated with LED lighting . If you’d like to get one of these electric VW vans to hit the open road, it will cost $69,500. Unfortunately, they are only available in Germany at this time. + VW Via Dezeen Images via VW

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Green-roofed Honey Bee Research Centre targets LEED Gold

March 25, 2020 by  
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Toronto-based architecture firm Moriyama & Teshima Architects has unveiled renderings for the new Honey Bee Research Centre, a state-of-the-art research and education facility for promoting honeybee health and awareness that’s slated for completion next month. Developed for the University of Guelph, Ontario College of Architecture, the new center will not only host scholars and researchers, but also welcome visitors of all ages from around the world to its multifunctional Discovery and Learning Space. The project’s mass-timber architecture is reflective of its sustainable mission and will target LEED Gold certification. The Honey Bee Research Centre (HBRC) spans 19,200 square feet to include research and events programming both inside and out. The building will seamlessly blend into its natural landscape with an accessible green roof featuring a trail that leads to an Interpretative Tower, a public space that doubles as a solar chimney. Inside, the adaptable building will emphasize flexibility to adjust to the needs of the center for years to come.  Related: Urban Beehive Project creates a buzz around honeybee education “Designed to high energy performance and LEED Gold standards, the mass timber HBRC will be a demonstration of sustainability, reinforcing the importance of climate change and its relationship to the vital role of honey bee health and well-being,” the architects explained. “The facility will utilize passive design techniques and features such as natural ventilation, a high performance envelope and mechanical systems, and landscape features such as rain gardens and a green roof system.” As a research center and home for honeybees , HBRC will host working hives and agricultural plots. To further the notion of a “productive and social landscape,” both the rooftop and surrounding grounds will be planted with pollinator-friendly flora and edible gardens to sustain “Pollinator Pathways” for local species such as bees, butterflies, birds and more, while providing attractive gathering spaces for employees and visitors alike. + Moriyama & Teshima Architects Images via Moriyama & Teshima Architects

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INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Talks Resilient Design with J Mays, VP of Global Design and Chief Creative Officer at Ford Motors

September 30, 2013 by  
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Few designers get the opportunity to define a brand as prominent as Ford, but for the last 16 years, J Mays has been the driving design force behind the vehicles coming off the car company’s production line. With more than 30 years of experience, and a considerable number of car designs credited to his name — including the VW “New Beetle” , Aston Martin DB9 , and the  Ford GT ,  Focus , and the  Fusion  — J has led a quite a career. While we’ve spoken to Mays in depth about his journey as a designer and his life as Ford’s VP of Global Design , we thought now would be a fantastic time to catch up with the auto design pioneer. This Thursday, October 3rd, Mays will be taking part of our ‘ Design With a Purpose’  panel being held at the AIA Center for Architecture in New York City  (something we’ll also be webcasting live right here on Inhabitat). In anticipation of this event, we chatted with J about some of the topics he plans delve into this week, including resilient design, new vehicle safety technology, what’s in store for Ford in the coming years, and of course, New York City architecture . Keep reading for the scoop! Read the rest of INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Talks Resilient Design with J Mays, VP of Global Design and Chief Creative Officer at Ford Motors Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: auto design , auto designer , Automotive Designer , electric cars , electric vehicles , energy efficient cars , ev , ford , Ford Chief Creative Officer , ford design , ford electric , ford EV , Ford Head of Design , ford hybrid , ford motors , ford trucks , fuel efficiency , fuel efficient cars , green auto design , green automotive , green cars , inhabitat interview , J Mays , VP of Global Design and Chief Creative Officer at Ford Motor Company        

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Wind-Powered Car Travels 3,000 Miles Across Australia for $15 Worth of Electricity

February 11, 2013 by  
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A lightweight carbon-fiber car that runs on lithium-ion batteries and a portable wind turbine has just traveled 3,000 miles across Australia—and it used only $15 worth of electricity. The car, dubbed Wind Explorer, was designed by New Jersey-based Evonik Industries to demonstrate the potential of the company’s developments in battery power and lightweight materials . Read the rest of Wind-Powered Car Travels 3,000 Miles Across Australia for $15 Worth of Electricity Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: carbon fiber car , clean energy transportation , energy efficient cars , Evonik Industries New Jersey , fuel efficient vehicles , green technology , green transportation , hybrid cars , lightweight electric vehicles , lightweight materials , lithium ion battery cars , wind energy , Wind Explorer car , wind powered car

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PureMadi Uses Ceramics and Nanoparticle Technology to Purify Water in Developing Nations

February 11, 2013 by  
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In developing nations, access to clean water is a major humanitarian issue, so much so that numerous non-profits and foundations are dedicated specifically to the mission to provide access to basic sanitation. PureMadi , an organization of the University of Virginia, has invented two simple ceramic technologies that repeatedly disinfect water and are currently being developed for use in South Africa. The PureMadi filter and MadiDrop use ceramics treated with silver and copper nanoparticles to cheaply and efficiently eliminate a majority of pathogens. Read the rest of PureMadi Uses Ceramics and Nanoparticle Technology to Purify Water in Developing Nations Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: ceramic , copper , factory , filter , limpopo , madidrop , nanoparticle , pathogen , puremadi , silver , South Africa , tablet , university of virginia , water issues

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Honda X-Track dual-purpose vehicle is powered by a hybrid engine

December 13, 2010 by  
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Eco Factor: Energy-efficient concept vehicle powered by a hybrid engine. Auto designer Nikita Kalinin has conceptualized a next-gen Sports Compact 2 Seater Sports Coupe that has been designed to be powered by a hybrid engine. Christened the Honda X-Track, the concept vehicle can be used in two modes – Street Mode and Track Mode

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Stellar Solar powers Christmas trees with solar energy in San Diego

December 13, 2010 by  
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Eco Factor: Solar power to light up Purdy Farm Christmas trees. Stellar Solar has been contracted to power Christmas tree lots in Del Mar, Carlsbad and San Diego with renewable solar energy. The company has used its Mobile Solar Station to power the Christmas tree lots, which are believed to be the first in the world to be powered by renewable energy.

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