Harley-Davidson LiveWire Electric Motorcycle Debuts At CES

January 28, 2019 by  
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It may have taken five years, but Harley-Davidson’s vision for the electric motorcycle market is here and ready for pre-order. First conceptualized with a prototype in 2014, the production-ready model made its European debut at the Milan press conference of the EICMA show last November and appeared again at the Consumer Electronics Show ( CES ) in Las Vegas in early January. The company reports that deliveries on the sleek, speedy ride will ship in the fall, 2019 and the price tag will be $29,799. However, there is still a lot we don’t know, specifically detailed information about weight, horsepower or battery longevity. Harley-Davidson did provide some general information implying that the new LiveWire will launch off the line with a capacity for zero to 60 in 3.5 seconds and a top speed of around 110 mph, along with fast charge times and a battery-capacity MIC combined range of more than 110 miles. Related: Large scale 3D Printer capable of printing a motorcycle Unlike traditional clutch-driven motorcycles , the rider simply twists the throttle to accelerate without the need to shift. The motorcycle was designed with a sporty feel, placing the engine low on the bike for excellent balance and control from jump-start through braking and sudden stops. True to the history of Harley-Davidson, the engine makes a statement that will draw attention to the overall sleek and aerodynamic design. This look is furthered by the anodized-metal-like paint finish that draws the eye from the nose to the contoured rear fender. Not to be defined only by classic styling, the LiveWire incorporates useful modern technology as well. Bluetooth capability and a liquid-crystal display provides the rider visual and audio interaction. Connect the Harley-Davidson app on your phone to the color touch screen above the handlebars to receive notifications if someone touches or tries to hijack your ride. The screen also displays battery life and other essential information, along with easy-to-see navigation and your musical playlist. In addition to the LiveWire, Harley-Davidson showed their dedication to the future of electric motorcycles with two more prototypes. Both the models appear to target the moped class of urban transportation with low-end power and top speeds of around 30mph. + Harley-Davidson Images via Harley-Davidson

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Prosecco production is destroying soil in some Italian vineyards

January 28, 2019 by  
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Many people enjoy a glass of prosecco with their dinner , because it pairs well with everything from seafood to spicy Asian dishes. But the demand for the Italian sparkling wine is starting to cause some problems. According to a new study released earlier this month, the wine is destroying the soil in northeastern Italy’s vineyards. The amount of soil erosion from Italy’s prosecco vineyards is not sustainable, according to Jesus Rodrigo Comino, a geographer at the Institute of Geomorphology and Soils in Malaga, Spain. Even though he wasn’t involved in the study, he said that the future of the vineyards could be in jeopardy. Italy’s prosecco vineyards produce about 90 million bottles of the sparkling wine each year. After growing concerns about the skyrocketing demand of prosecco and its effect on the local environment, researchers from the University of Padua in Italy decided to look into the “soil footprint” of high-quality prosecco. Related: The growing wine industry is threatening California’s Napa Valley After studying 10 years of data for rainfall, land use, soil  and topographic maps, they found that prosecco was responsible for three-quarters of total soil erosion in the region. Then, they compared the soil erosion numbers with annual prosecco sales and came up with an annual “soil footprint” of 4.4 kilograms per bottle. It is worth noting that soil erosion isn’t always negative. To keep an ecosystem healthy, the erosion can help generate new soils. But that doesn’t mean that this current trend with prosecco production should continue. Scientists said that vineyard owners can reduce soil loss by leaving grass between the rows. According to simulations, this one solution could reduce total erosion by half. Other ideas include planting hedges and other greenery around the vineyards and also by the rivers and streams. According to Comino, “Only the application of nature-based solutions will be able to reduce or solve the problem.” Via Science News Image via seogolic0

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The fate of global corporations in an anti-globalist world

June 13, 2017 by  
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Is the post-war ascendance of multinational corporations irreversible?The world’s roughly 80,000 multinational corporations (MNCs), long dominated by U.S., European and Japanese firms, have been joined by a growing number based in China, India, Brazil and other emerging economies. MNCs are the engine of a quarter of total world production and their global supply chains represent about half of world trade. MNCs have played a major role in driving a tenfold increase since 1979, now totaling $16 trillion, roughly the size of entire U.S. GDP.

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Electric Turbochargers to Improve Engine Efficiency

November 23, 2014 by  
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In the ongoing quest to improve, electrically powered turbochargers may be the next step in increasing engine efficiency for automobile engines.  The first such to be included in a production model is slated to come in 2016 from Audi on its SQ7 SUV. Turbo boost has been a popular way of increasing the power of an engine without increasing its size.   Ford’s EcoBoost is an example of this approach, using 3-, 4-, and 6-cylinder engines in vehicles which had previously used larger engines.  Turbocharging an engine increases the amount of air, and therefore fuel, being fed into the engine, providing better performance from a smaller-sized engine. Conventional turbos use exhaust gasses to spin the turbine that forces more air into the engine.  This is efficient, but it produces “turbo lag” as the engine needs to increase speed in order to develop the boost.  But an electric turbo can respond almost instantaneously, providing added power without any delay.  Furthermore, as Green Car Reports notes, “a more responsive turbo will help the engine produce more low-end power, meaning drivers won’t have to venture higher into the rev range–and increase fuel consumption–as much.” This becomes a more viable option with the increased computerization of engine control systems, which can read the driving conditions and trigger small amounts of boost as needed. Whichever kind of turbo is used, the benefits come from having a smaller engine, both in terms of the overall displacement of the cylinders, as well as the mass of the engine itself.  Smaller engines mean less weight the car has to move, which helps in efficiency.  And the smaller displacement means less fuel is routinely used, while the power that would have been available is still there, thanks to the boost of the turbo. via:  Gas 2.0 image credit: Wikipedia/NASA

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NASA Confirms “Impossible” Propellant-free Microwave Thruster for Spacecraft Works!

August 30, 2014 by  
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Designs for a device called a microwave thruster, which could power spacecraft without the need for propellant, have been proposed since 2006 . While the engine follows the principles of relativity theory in converting electrical energy into force to produce thrust , it has been dismissed as impossible in practice since it defies the law of conservation of momentum. But a team from NASA has just successfully trialled their own version of the engine, which changes everything. Read the rest of NASA Confirms “Impossible” Propellant-free Microwave Thruster for Spacecraft Works! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: alternative energy sources , EmDrive , Guido Fetta , microwave technology , microwave thruster , mission to mars , nasa , propulsion , relativity , Roger Shawyer , Solar Power , space race , spacecraft

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Auto Show – Less Green in 2014

January 15, 2014 by  
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As we’ve done for the past several years, EcoGeek went to this year’s North American International Auto Show (the Detroit Auto Show) to see what is new in clean and green transportation. However, this year’s displays continue to move away from a focus on environmental awareness as a major selling point. This has seemed to be the trend over the past few years . In retrospect, it seems that the peak of the green focus was probably the 2009 Detroit Show . Green isn’t gone entirely. MPG is still a factor that is touted at some brands, but it seems to matter no more than other numbers like horsepower or cargo volume that manufacturers use to compete with one another. Electric drive continues to work its way into more and more cars (with mild hybridization becoming more common). But cars are not green-focused the way they were a few years ago. The fact that Ford has five different hybrid and electric drive vehicles would have been a big story just a couple years ago, but now it is just part of a major automaker having a complete line. Where once they seemed like an outsider, Tesla seems to have developed into a mainstream member of the club. For this year’s display, Tesla had two of their Model S coupes and display panels about interior finish choices; the Roadster was not in sight. The only non-traditional manufacturer on the display floor this year was VIA trucks, which had vehicles in three different places. Michelin (who has always been a major sponsor of the Detroit Show) and a couple other parts suppliers also had space on the main floor, but not to the extent as during the depths of the economic decline. The common theme across much of the show this year was the engine-on-a-stick. It’s not that it hasn’t been done before, but it seemed to be much more prevalent. Lots of “here’s what the engine looks like,” and usually nothing, or very little, in the way of explanatory text to accompany it. Overall, the show did seem to be moving back toward a more car-centric focus on the basic stuff that the core car-people really love. With that in mind, it’s not at all surprising that the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray was named Car of the Year. The driving course on the lower level is gone this year, as well. When it was introduced a few years ago, there were literally dozens of different vehicles, primarily electrics and hybrids, that could be driven, to introduce the public to the experience of driving a vehicle with something other than a gasoline engine. Over the past few years, this became less and less of a feature, and is now completely omitted from the show. Although green cars have largely become a sideline, rather than the focus of the Auto Show, the fact that they have become a part of most manufacturers’ lines should be taken as a sign of progress. There certainly were some interesting new vehicles at this year’s show, and we will take a more detailed look at some of these.

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January 15, 2014 by  
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As we’ve done for the past several years, EcoGeek went to this year’s North American International Auto Show (the Detroit Auto Show) to see what is new in clean and green transportation. However, this year’s displays continue to move away from a focus on environmental awareness as a major selling point. This has seemed to be the trend over the past few years . In retrospect, it seems that the peak of the green focus was probably the 2009 Detroit Show . Green isn’t gone entirely. MPG is still a factor that is touted at some brands, but it seems to matter no more than other numbers like horsepower or cargo volume that manufacturers use to compete with one another. Electric drive continues to work its way into more and more cars (with mild hybridization becoming more common). But cars are not green-focused the way they were a few years ago. The fact that Ford has five different hybrid and electric drive vehicles would have been a big story just a couple years ago, but now it is just part of a major automaker having a complete line. Where once they seemed like an outsider, Tesla seems to have developed into a mainstream member of the club. For this year’s display, Tesla had two of their Model S coupes and display panels about interior finish choices; the Roadster was not in sight. The only non-traditional manufacturer on the display floor this year was VIA trucks, which had vehicles in three different places. Michelin (who has always been a major sponsor of the Detroit Show) and a couple other parts suppliers also had space on the main floor, but not to the extent as during the depths of the economic decline. The common theme across much of the show this year was the engine-on-a-stick. It’s not that it hasn’t been done before, but it seemed to be much more prevalent. Lots of “here’s what the engine looks like,” and usually nothing, or very little, in the way of explanatory text to accompany it. Overall, the show did seem to be moving back toward a more car-centric focus on the basic stuff that the core car-people really love. With that in mind, it’s not at all surprising that the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray was named Car of the Year. The driving course on the lower level is gone this year, as well. When it was introduced a few years ago, there were literally dozens of different vehicles, primarily electrics and hybrids, that could be driven, to introduce the public to the experience of driving a vehicle with something other than a gasoline engine. Over the past few years, this became less and less of a feature, and is now completely omitted from the show. Although green cars have largely become a sideline, rather than the focus of the Auto Show, the fact that they have become a part of most manufacturers’ lines should be taken as a sign of progress. There certainly were some interesting new vehicles at this year’s show, and we will take a more detailed look at some of these.

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Destino: Bob Lutz Unveils Fisker Karma with Gas-Chugging 698 Horsepower ZR1 Engine in Detroit

January 14, 2013 by  
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Read the rest of Destino: Bob Lutz Unveils Fisker Karma with Gas-Chugging 698 Horsepower ZR1 Engine in Detroit Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: chevrolet LS9 engine , Corvette ZR1 , Detroit Auto Show 2013 , eco design , electric car , fisker karma , green design , sustainable design , V8 engine , VL Automotive , VL Automotive Destino

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Killer Whale Swims Up to Boat, Imitates Motor’s Sound

October 6, 2011 by  
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Images via YouTube Video It’s technically not a good thing to anthropomorphize animals, but it’s really hard not to when you see this killer whale doing its darndest to sound like a boat’s motor. An orca whale approached a motor boat and precisely imitated the noise of the engine — to communicate? To mock? To say, “Keep it down”? To play? We aren’t sure why, but it’s amazing to watch. … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Why own a hybrid car

October 3, 2011 by  
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Saifudheen MS: Hybrid Car Own a hybrid car What is it? Hybrid car is a kind of vehicle which uses more than one energy source in order to run the engine. The most commonly used energy sources in hybrid cars are an internal combustion engine coupled with a bank of batteries. The alternative fuels used include hydrogen, liquid nitrogen, compressed air and even coal. Why should I own it? Eco-factors: Hybrid cars are brilliant inventions in the field of automobiles. Hybrid cars were first introduced in 19th century. The concept of hybrid cars is really simple. It is working with a conventional gas engine and a combination of some batteries. These two energy sources provide the power to engine by working in coordination. Hybrid cars produce less smoke and thereby cause less pollution, making them environment friendly. Many states give incentives to the owners of hybrid cars, like tax breaks and permission to use the carpool lane. The dependence on gas engines and bank of batteries in hybrid cars will vary with time. Overall benefits : The utilization of both a gas engine and batteries lead the performance of the car to higher level and provide maximum mileage. Also, it helps improve the engine efficiency. Another great advantage is that there is no need to charge the batteries by an external source. Moreover, it helps to reduce the dependence over conventional fuels and as a result, the fuel consumption comes down. Hybrid cars can make a big difference to the economy. The Myths : In hybrids cars, the energy that is lost when the car slows down or stops is transferred to the rechargeable batteries. The task of transferring energy is automatic and the driver does not need to bother about the process. Hybrid batteries will be provided with a standard warranty to a maximum of 100,000 miles and you don’t need to fear that the batteries will die within this distance; they are efficient. Hybrid cars are fuel efficient systems and it will help you to save money on gas. These cars can solve problems of transportation, energy utilization and pollution. Options Available 1. Infiniti M35h Hybrid Manufacturer: Infiniti Infiniti M35h Hybrid The M35h sips fuel at an EPA estimated rate of 27 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway. Infiniti M35h has all the latest features of a hybrid system and the auto-makers named the design ‘Infiniti Direct Response Hybrid’. The output power of its V6 engine is 301 horsepower and has it a torque 258 pounds-feet. The company guarantees that the electric motor can run at 60 miles per hour. The gasoline engine will deactivate when the speed reaches 80 miles per hour. The car can accelerate upto 60 miles per hour in a maximum of 6 seconds. The steering system uses electro-hydraulic power and is efficient. Another advantage is that Infiniti M35h uses Electric Driven Intelligent Brake system. 2. 2011 Toyota Prius Manufacturer: Toyota 2011 Toyota Prius Superior fuel economy, space-efficient interior, quiet and comfortable ride, available high-tech luxury goodies The functioning of Toyota Prius is based on gas-electric hybrid system thereby providing an environment friendly car. The hybrid system is designed efficiently to provide the power of 134 horsepower. Prius has distinct models based on 5 trim levels. Each of them has different facilities and product features. One of the advantages is that every important hybrid components have a warranty of 8 years or of 100,000 miles. Toyota Prius has standard safety system including anti-lock brakes, front side impact airbags and driver’s knee airbag, tyre pressure monitor etcetera. 3. Chevrolet Volt Manufacturer: Toyota Chevrolet Volt Classy interior, decent handling, 379-mile range and up to 93 mpg The functioning of Chevrolet Volt is based on one gas engine and two electric motors. One is used to power the wheel rotation and the other to generate electricity from the gas engine. It has an LCD instrument control panel. The Volt is working to improve as per users’ feedback. Volt has a variety of features for extending mileage. It includes anticipated wind-swept shape beside the front apron in order to improve aerodynamic efficiency. Volt is neither a hybrid nor an electric car. The developers call it as an extended range electric car. It has an electric motor that is used to power the vehicle when ranging between 25 to 50 miles on driving. Most Americans will drive all day at 50 miles per hour; so the Volt will function like an electric car for most buyers. The charging of battery will take a maximum of 12 hours.

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