Hyundai’s first fully-electric SUV boasts 292-mile range

March 1, 2018 by  
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Hyundai just unveiled their electric SUV , the Kona Electric , and it can travel around 292 miles on a single charge. The company says this vehicle will be the “first fully-electric subcompact SUV on the European market,” and features progressive design , including a closed grille on the front of the car that enhances aerodynamics. Hyundai will be releasing short- and long-range models of the Kona Electric, boasting ranges of 186 and 292 miles respectively, according to The Verge . The short-range model includes a 99 kilowatt (kW) electric motor and 39.2 kilowatt-hour (kWh) battery, and reaches 60 miles per hour (mph) from zero in around nine seconds. There’s a 150 kW motor and 64 kWh battery in the long-range model, which can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 7.6 seconds. Related: Hyundai unveils new Nexo fuel cell SUV with an impressive 370-mile range Both models charge up to 80 percent in 54 minutes at a 100 kW DC fast charger. Via a standard AC outlet, the short-range model will charge up fully in around six hours and 10 minutes, and the long-range model will charge up in around nine hours and 40 minutes due to the larger battery. Smart technology can be found throughout the vehicle. Both models will be equipped with semi-autonomous driving and safety technology like adaptive cruise control, blind spot warning, and lane keeping assist. A heads-up display provides speed and navigation information. There’s a wireless charging pad for Qi-enabled smartphones in the center console. The car also includes a button type shift-by-wire system so drivers can shift to park, neutral, forward or reverse with the press of a button. The car even boasts 21 exterior color combinations — with a two-tone roof and seven distinctive exterior colors, there’s plenty of room for customization. The Kona Electric is set to hit Europe and South Korea later in 2018. Hyundai has not yet said how much the car will cost. + Hyundai Kona Electric + Hyundai Kona Electric Highlights Via The Verge Images via Hyundai

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10 European Cities with the Best Eco-Hotels

September 28, 2017 by  
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Vacation planning is difficult enough, but when you want to … The post 10 European Cities with the Best Eco-Hotels appeared first on Earth911.com.

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Flexible Garden Modules make it easy to build your own green wall

April 27, 2017 by  
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Architects and twin sisters Luisa + Lilian Parrado are on a mission to make it easy to add a stylish splash of green to your walls. The designers created Garden Module, a customizable modular wall system with a minimalist appearance. Made of steel tubes strung together with polypropylene string, these simple and three-dimensional wall modules can support up to two potted plants at a time and can be expanded to create a sprawling wall of green. The Garden Module was recently recognized at the 2017 European Product Design Award , where it received bronze. The modules are built of either white or black carbon steel tubes that are easily assembled into triangle formations. Each module comes with two triangular concrete bases that fit inside the steel tube frame and are strong enough to support potted plants without the need of screws. Related: Flower Tower: 380 Potted Plants Line Parisian Apartment Facade “This project was born from the necessity of creating a green wall without the complexity of the traditional one,” write the designers. “From a single module you can create a three-dimensional panel with most varied combinations. Its irregular shape allows flexible compositions according to taste, purpose and destination: aligned, mixed, spread or contained.” + Luisa + Lilian Parrado Images by Bruna Hosti

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Unexpected living room with Soviet-era furniture pops up in a Lithuanian lagoon

September 9, 2016 by  
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The Living Boom offers an unexpected and quiet respite in Nida, the bustling popular resort town in Lithuania. A team of 18 international architecture students completed the project within a span of two weeks. The public space is partially hidden behind a five-meter-tall wooden wall so that visitors must physically walk onto the pier to see the entirety of The Living Boom. The wall, fixed to a concrete floor with metal bolts, serves as the symbolic threshold between the “interior” living room and “outdoor” nature. “A pier is a dead end. How can one change the ‘end of this long path’ and celebrate its end as a new space?” Write the designers. “Being already set into boundaries on three sides by the element of water, the start of the project was to construct a fourth wall that creates a new space. As one walks along the pier, approaching the wall in the middle of the plain landscapes of lagoon and sand dunes , one yet has to find out what the space behind the wall offers. Only after physically walking through, one can see and grasp the new space, with furniture shining in red, generating an unseen space in the middle of water, sky, sand dunes and forest.” Related: This timber installation challenges students to think about new ways to design homes The Living Boom is outfitted with local Soviet-era furniture modified with modern elements by the students and includes a three-meter-long table, multiple benches, a traditional wind vane, a giant wooden chair, and even a fireplace. All parts of the installation were painted the same shade of red. + The Living Boom Images by Alexandra Kononchenko and Miguel Angel Maure Blesa

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Is Europe superior on sustainable business?

June 27, 2016 by  
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With the future of the European Union at the top of the headlines these days, I’ve been thinking about the differences between European and American companies on sustainability.My own experiences make me think Europe is way ahead of the United States when it comes to sustainable business. Working for McDonald’s, I quite often dipped into Europe from my Chicago base. I heard even crusty cab drivers pontificate about climate change and bemoaned, even publicly, that the sustainability IQ of Americans was 1 on a scale of 1 to 10, compared with Europeans at 10.

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INFOGRAPHIC: How the European Union is tackling energy consumption

July 15, 2015 by  
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Energy efficiency is a top priority for the European Union . To that end, the EU set several ambitious targets, including cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 40% as compared with 1990 and increasing energy efficiency by at least 27%. If you’ve ever wondered how the EU plans to achieve those goals, this infographic by Cast Iron Radiators 4u is a good place to start. The infographic explores the very basics of where energy is consumed the greatest, how the EU is aiding member nations in achieving the energy targets, major influences, and the progress to date. Keep reading to learn more! Read the rest of INFOGRAPHIC: How the European Union is tackling energy consumption

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EU vote clears the way for GM crops in Europe

January 15, 2015 by  
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The European Union just opened the door for genetically modified crops in Europe after the Member Elected Parliament voted to allow countries to decide whether or not to grow them . If the crop has already been approved by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), then member states can decide to grow them or not. Read the rest of EU vote clears the way for GM crops in Europe Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: EU ban on GMO’s , european union gmo , gmo crops European Union , gmo crops UK , gmo fight , gmo’s in UK , greenpeace and gmo’s , UK gmo’s

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Antarctica’s Ice Loss is Significant Enough to Affect Earth’s Gravity

October 3, 2014 by  
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Scientists from the European Space Agency recently discovered that the loss of ice in Antarctica is so significant that it’s affecting the Earth’s gravity. The researchers paired data from the ESA’s GOCE satellite with data from the GRACE system of satellites and found that the Earth’s gravity dipped in the area because the ice lost so much mass. Read the rest of Antarctica’s Ice Loss is Significant Enough to Affect Earth’s Gravity Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Antarctic , antarctica , cryosat , european space agency , glacial melt , GOCE , grace , gravity , ice melt , Melting ice in Antarctica affecting Earth’s gravity , nasa , polar ice melt , west antarctic ice sheet

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RhOME for denCity’s Solar Decathlon Home Boasts Adjustable Photovoltaic Shading Screens

July 1, 2014 by  
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Zaha Hadid’s Heydar Aliyev Center in Baku Wins Design of the Year

July 1, 2014 by  
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