Germany unveils plans for the world’s largest EV charging station

September 14, 2017 by  
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As more people purchase electric vehicles (EVs) – and countries move to ban sales of gas-guzzling cars – the world will need more charging stations . German company Sortimo plans to build what’s been described as the world’s biggest EV fast-charging station – with 144 charging ports. It is slated for construction near the A8 highway in Germany . 4,000 cars a day could be charged at Innovationspark Zusmarshausen, Germany’s upcoming charging station, according to the company. 24 of the 144 charging ports could be supra-superchargers with charging capacities of 350 kilowatts (kW), which beats out the Tesla Supercharger with its capacity of around 150 kW. According to Sortimo, Innovationspark Zusmarshausen could offer savings of 29.5 million liters, or around 7.8 million gallons, of fuel , and could save nearly 60,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide every year. Related: This electric car charging tower can power up a dozen EVs at the same time Innovationspark Zusmarshausen goes beyond the typical vision of a gas station. According to FAZ, the station could also feature offices, shopping, and eateries; Sortimo said people could order food before they arrive so they could eat while their car charges. Commuters might be able to park and charge their vehicles simultaneously in DC parking, perhaps even while working in the offices onsite. Images of the planned station suggest it could be topped with green roofs , and Sortimo mentions in their press release that Innovationspark Zusmarshausen “is very close to nature and architecturally aware of the environment,” so they envision people resting in a park at the charging station as well. As you may have guessed, renewable energy is part of the plan for the massive charging station. Sortimo said solar power can be stored at the station and used during peak times “in a network of surrounding companies and private households.” The charging stations are also integrated into Innovationspark Zusmarshausen’s thermal station management, according to Sortimo, so waste heat can help supply the buildings. FAZ said engineering firm Steinbacher Consult is also behind the design, technology, and operation. A translated version of the German press release suggests the charging station, which is receiving support from the Ministry of Transport, will be constructed in 2018. Via Sortimo , FAZ , and CleanTechnica Images via Sortimo

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Australias first carbon-positive and zero-waste home is built of non-toxic materials

September 14, 2017 by  
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Australia’s first carbon positive and zero waste home to achieve a “10 Star” energy rating has popped up in Cape Paterson, Victoria. Designed in collaboration with Clare Cousin Architects , this impressive dwelling is one of the latest projects produced by The Sociable Weaver , an innovative design and build company that creates affordable, beautiful, and sustainable architect-designed homes for the masses. The coastal home, called the ’10 Star Home’ after its energy rating, is naturally heated and cooled thanks to passive solar strategies and maintains comfortable indoor temperatures year-round, even in mid-winter. Built in the green coastal development The Cape, the 10 Star Home is permanently open to the public as a display home to educate architects, builders, and students on sustainable architecture . The Sociable Weaver and Clare Cousin Architects considered all aspects of the home, from the building materials to the bedsheets, to achieve their stringent requirements for sustainability, affordability, and social responsibility. The architects even worked with suppliers to reduce packaging delivered to the construction site, and recycled and reused material wherever possible, such as composting plasterboard off-cuts in the garden. A five-kilowatt rooftop solar panel powers the home, which experiences minimal energy loss thanks to superior under-slab insulation, industrial concrete floors that improve thermal mass, and double-glazed windows. The hardwood used is FSC-certified . Non-toxic materials line the interiors, from natural sealants and paints for the floors, walls, and ceilings, to organic and sustainable furnishings like the organic cotton bedding. The display home is fully furnished and decorated with hand-selected products that are stylish and beautiful, yet meet high environmental standards. Related: A Tiny Timber Box in a Tiny Urban Flat Makes Room for a Couple’s First Child In addition to environmentally conscious building practices, the 10 Star Home is designed to inspire a more sustainable lifestyle. The architects followed Building Biology principles to create an edible garden where occupants are encouraged to compost and grow their own food. To keep the home healthy and non-toxic, the 10 Star Home is also equipped with a “green switch” that turns off all power to the home, except for the fridge, so that occupants can reduce the impact of electromagnetic frequencies (EMFs) at night. “Through Life Cycle Analysis by eTool, modelling shows that over the lifetime of the home, the 10 Star Home will not only negate its carbon footprint but will positively exceed it,” said The Sociable Weaver, according to Dezeen . “This equates to 203 kilograms of carbon emissions saved per year per occupant, equivalent to planting 9.55 million trees or removing 48 million balloons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.” + The Sociable Weaver + Clare Cousin Architects Via Dezeen Images via The Sociable Weaver

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Montreal aiming for new electric vehicle sharing program with 1,000 cars by 2020

April 20, 2015 by  
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In Montreal, green transportation is a big deal, and the city is embarking on a plan to make it even bigger. Mayor Denis Coderre is pushing for an electric vehicle sharing program to be launched in the city of 1.6 million, with a goal of 250 cars in the following year and up to 1,000 by the year 2020. The mayor’s new plan is part of a larger effort to cut the city’s greenhouse gas emissions over the next five years. Read the rest of Montreal aiming for new electric vehicle sharing program with 1,000 cars by 2020 Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Car Sharing , car sharing programs , communauto , communauto car sharing , electric cars , electric vehicles , ev charging stations , ev sharing , green technology , Montreal , montreal green city

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Volvo plans to release hybrid versions of its entire lineup

April 20, 2015 by  
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This year the all-new 2016 Volvo XC90 SUV is slated to hit the road  with a plug-in hybrid powertrain for the first time. This  hybrid version has received so much interest that Volvo is now reportedly working on hybrid versions of its entire lineup—with the next model set to debut later this month at the Shanghai Motor Show . Read the rest of Volvo plans to release hybrid versions of its entire lineup Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 2015 Shanghai Auto Show , electric motor , green car , green transportation , hybrid car , plug-in hybrid , shanghai , Shanghai Motor Show , volvo , Volvo S60 , Volvo S60L , Volvo S60L Twin Engine , Volvo XC90 , Volvo XC90 T8

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William Shatner proposes $30 billion Kickstarter-funded pipeline to solve California’s water woes

April 20, 2015 by  
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William Shatner has been many things over the course of his career—actor, author, activist, horse-breeder, and car insurance spokesperson, to name just a few—but his latest area of concern is somewhat of a head-scratcher. In an interview with Yahoo Tech’s David Pogue , Shatner gave him quite the scoop, announcing that: “I’m starting a Kickstarter campaign. I want $30 billion… to build a pipeline… Say, from Seattle. A place where there’s a lot of water. There’s too much water,” down to California to address the drought . And judging by the video , Shatner looks entirely serious. Read the rest of William Shatner proposes $30 billion Kickstarter-funded pipeline to solve California’s water woes Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: alaska water pipeline , california drought , david pogue , desalination technology , drought pipeline , drought solutions , kickstarter shatner , water pipeline , william shatner

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KKA Unveils Solar-Powered EV Charging Stations Made From Locally Sourced Wood for Sweden

August 8, 2013 by  
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Ikea in Emeryville, California Installs Four Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

December 16, 2011 by  
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As a part of its partnership with ECOtality, Inc. the Ikea store in Emeryville, California has installed four Blink Level 2 electric vehicle charging stations . Ikea has made the green news quite a bit lately with the announcement that they’ll no longer be selling incandescent light bulbs, and they are pledging a 100% renewable energy future and building solar arrays on a number of stores. The EV charging station in Emeryville comes thanks to a partnership with ECOtality to install charging stations at 10 Ikea stores in the United States. Read the rest of Ikea in Emeryville, California Installs Four Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: California , charging , Department of Energy , ECOtality , ecotality charging stations , electric automobile , electric car , electric vehicle , electric vehicle charging stations , emeryville , ev charging network , ev charging stations , ikea , ikea emeryville , ikea emeryville store , ikea store , the ev project

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Finland Plans to Build World’s Greenest Highway

August 20, 2010 by  
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Finland recently unveiled plans to build the world’s first green highway — an 81-mile stretch of road that would feature charging stations for electric cars and pumps filled with local biofuels. Outfitted with energy-efficient lighting systems and geothermal heat pumps, the proposed carbon-neutral roadway handily out-greens Britain’s plans for a green service station . Read the rest of Finland Plans to Build World’s Greenest Highway http://www.inhabitat.com/wp-admin/ohttp://www.inhabitat.com/wp-admin/options-general.php?page=better_feedptions-general.php?page=better_feed Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: biofuels , carbon-neutral , european union , ev charging stations , EVs , Finland , green highway , loviisa , smart lighting , sustainable design

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5,000 EV Charging Stations Announced for SF Bay Area

August 11, 2010 by  
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Bay Area peeps, get ready for some electric vehicle charging stations! The region is about to receive $5 million from the Department of Energy to install 50 fast-charging EV stations along highways, 2,000 public stations in public parking lots and participating company parking lots, and 3,000 residential charging stations. Read the rest of 5,000 EV Charging Stations Announced for SF Bay Area http://www.inhabitat.com/wp-admin/ohttp://www.inhabitat.com/wp-admin/options-general.php?page=better_feedptions-general.php?page=better_feed Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bay area air quality management district , electric vehicles , ev charging stations , EVs , spare the air

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