Ford Simulates 10 Years of Battery Use in Just 10 Months with the Key Life Test

December 13, 2012 by  
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As more electric and hybrid vehicles enter the market, there is a growing concern from consumers about the reliability of the batteries that power them. Ford has unveiled a new lab test, the Key Life Test, which allows the automaker to simulate the equivalent of 10 years and 150,000 miles of wear and tear on hybrid vehicle batteries in about 10 months. Ford developed the new test specifically for its new lithium-ion batteries that power models like the 2013 Ford C-MAX and Ford Fusion hybrid . The test allows engineers to simulate in a lab setting many factors, including location of a battery within a vehicle, the temperatures they might have to endure, and various kinds of acceleration and stopping that different drivers would apply. Battery reliability ranks as the single most important purchase consideration by potential hybrid customers. The Key Life Test aims at delivering higher-quality and even more reliable batteries, said Kevin Layden, director of Ford Electrification Programs. “Recent studies show consumers are keeping their vehicles longer, and regulations in some regions now require batteries to carry warranties for greater distances,” said Layden. “Fortunately, our tests take into account distances and conditions that go way beyond those normal requirements.” Ford is investing $135 million in the design, engineering and production of key components – including doubling its battery testing capabilities – for the five electrified vehicles the automaker will have in its portfolio by the end of the year: Fusion Hybrid , Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid, C-MAX Hybrid , C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid and Focus Electric . + Ford

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Oil Could Still Be Leaking from The BP Deepwater Horizon Site

December 13, 2012 by  
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On the heels of a massive criminal indictment for BP, it looks like the trouble for the oil giant is far from over. The company is set to head out on the fifth day of a mission under the supervision the US Coast Guard this Thursday to determine whether or not there is still petroleum leaking from the Deepwater Horizon rig. This past September, an new oil sheen was spotted 50 miles off of the coast of Louisiana, and tests confirmed that it was from the infamous Macondo well. A BP underwater vehicle observed that oil was seeping from the containment dome, but declared the leaks fixed after a remote operation in October. However, oil has still been surfacing and has been documented by satellite and aerial photos near the site. It is thought that there still could be an unknown amount of oil remaining in the containment dome and wreckage from the 2010 blast. In light of the new leaks, BP has repeated its characteristic difficult and obstructive behavior. For several moths, Rep. Henry Waxman of California and  Rep. Ed Markey, of Massachusetts have been asking the company for underwater video and information about the new complications. BP refused to release any data citing pending legal investigations. “Back in 2010, I said BP was either lying or incompetent. Well, it turns out they were both,” said Rep. Markey. “This is the same crime scene, and the American public today is entitled to the same information that BP was lying about in 2010 so that we can understand the full dimension of the additional environmental damage.” As of now, BP says that it will work closely with the Coast Guard to take “any further steps, as needed, to address the results” of the latest reconnaissance mission and reasserts that the Macondo well and associated relief wells are all secure. Via CBS News Images via NASA ,  Matanya and the US Coast Guard from Wikimedia Commons

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The Looping Festine Lente Bridge Opens in Sarajevo

December 13, 2012 by  
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The loop-de-loop bridge stretches at a picturesque point on the Mijacka River, connecting the historic stone walls on the right bank to the lush grounds of the domed former church on the left. Stretching 125 feet across the river, the steel and aluminum bridge’s loop creates a sheltered sitting area for students to meet in. Fitted with a rounded wooden bench on each end of the enclosure, the covered space also gives an isolated and tranquil resting spot directly above the waters of the Mijacka. Students may use the bridge for a place to eat lunch, study, or as a meeting point for friends. At night, the looping bridge is illuminated with white LED lights , creating a new urban landmark while providing a safe passage for pedestrians into the church hall. The church itself was originally built in the early 1900s during the Viennese Secession, and the curvature of the bridge was also meant to mimic the lines popular in Secession architecture. Conceived for a contest in 2007, the students, who are now graduating, finally saw their design come to life when the Festina Lente looping bridge was built five years later. + Academy of Fine Arts of Sarajevo Via Dezeen

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Leafy Green “Vine Line” Could Beautify NYC Highway with Vertical Gardens and Waterfalls

December 13, 2012 by  
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Architect and New Yorker Laurence Tamaccio has come up with an interesting solution to beautify the unsightly stretch of the West Side Highway that spans his neighborhood – blanketing it in a leafy green “Vine Line” . His proposed solution would entail covering one side of the highway with a trellis system that could then be planted with air-cleaning ivy interspersed with sections of dramatic waterfalls . Tamaccio has already created a presentation and petition for the plan, which he thinks could transform an eyesore into a beautiful focal point for the whole community. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “green wall” , eco design , green design , green nyc , green west side highway , high line , Laurence Tamaccio , riverside boulevard , sustainable design , the vine line , vertical garden , vertical garden nyc , vine line , vineline , west side highway

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118 MPGe 2013 Honda Fit EV Awarded Highest EPA Fuel-Efficiency Rating

June 6, 2012 by  
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The 2013 Honda Fit EV has just been given the EPA’s highest fuel-efficiency rating ever – 118 MPGe ! The Honda Fit EV’s 20-kWh lithium-ion battery gives the electric Fit a range of 82 miles, which means that the Fit EV surpasses the EPA efficiency and range ratings of the Ford Focus Electric (105 MPGe, 76-mile range) and the Nissan Leaf (99 MPGe, 73-mile range). Steve Center, vice president of the American Honda Environmental Business Development Office said that “the 2013 Fit EV will be an absolute kick to drive” – which is “just as important as the industry-leading fuel-efficiency and fast recharging time.” Read the rest of 118 MPGe 2013 Honda Fit EV Awarded Highest EPA Fuel-Efficiency Rating Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: electric vehicle , energy efficient transportation , ford focus electric , green transportation , Honda , Honda electric vehicle , honda fit , honda fit ev , Nissan Leaf

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First Ford Focus Electric Vehicles Roll Off Production Lines in Michigan

December 14, 2011 by  
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Ford Motor Company just officially started production on its new Ford Focus Electric 2012 model in its Wayne, Michigan assembly plant. The Ford Focus Electric is the first EV of its kind to receive a 100 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe) fuel efficiency rating, and it charges two times faster than the Nissan Leaf – the only other electric vehicle in its class. One third of Ford’s 2012 vehicle lineup consists of cars that get 40 mpg or better fuel ratings. The company has completely revamped its Wayne factory to create a flexible assembly line, and it has installed one of the largest solar power generation systems in the state. We can’t wait to see the zero-emission Ford Focus Electric start arriving at dealerships soon! Read the rest of First Ford Focus Electric Vehicles Roll Off Production Lines in Michigan Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: american made cars , cars made in america , electric automobile , electric car , electric vehicle , electric vehicle charging time , focus electric , Ford Assembly Plant , ford automotive , ford car , ford electric car , Ford electric vehicle , ford focus , ford focus electric , ford vehicle , green car , green transportation , green vehicle , longest range electric vehicle , michigan assembly plant , new electric vehicle , no emissions vehicle , quick charge electric vehicle , range anxiety

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US Solar Industry Grows More in Third Quarter of 2011 Than in All of 2009

December 14, 2011 by  
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A report released today by the Solar Energy Industries Association and GTM Research shows that solar power installations in the United States grew more in the third quarter of 2011 than in all of 2009. The growth in the third quarter of 2011 totaled more than 240% of the growth in the third quarter of 2010, and by year’s end the United States will have installed 1.7 gigawatts of solar energy – the same amount of energy as two nuclear power plants. Read the rest of US Solar Industry Grows More in Third Quarter of 2011 Than in All of 2009 Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “solar energy” , green energy , green power , renewable energy growth , solar development , solar energy growth , solar energy installation , solar installation , solar panel installation , Solar Power , solar power growth , solar power installation , Solar Roof , solar technology , sustainable energy growth , us solar industry

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Spatially Just Environments Beirut Proposes Covering War Rubble With a Blanket of Green

December 14, 2011 by  
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The 2006 Israeli-Lebanon war resulted in over two hundred buildings being destroyed or razed to the ground in Haret Hreik, a suburb of Beirut. Approximately 80,000 square meters of debris was then loaded into trucks and taken to the coastline of the Ouzai and today, the rubble sits in two large mounds. Wild greens already are growing on the mini mountains but Spatially Just Environments Beirut was hoping they could take that small amount of nature even further and top them with a full blanket of grass, trees and other plants. The new space could be used as a park and would be a welcome change from the current eyesore that sits there. It would also be a fitting memorial for the victims of the 2006 war, and a way to celebrate new life atop a mountain representing death and destruction. + Spatially Just Environments Beirut Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: beirut , eco design , green design , green landscape , Haret Hreik , lebanon , ouzai , rebuilding war torn areas , sandra rishani , Spatially Just Environments Beirut , sustainable design , urban planning , waad , waad rebuild

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Ford to Offer SunPower Solar Arrays with Their New Focus Electric

August 11, 2011 by  
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Ford has teamed up with SunPower to offer Ford Focus Electric buyers a solar array that will generate enough energy to power their vehicle for 1,000 miles a month. The two companies announced the partnership yesterday and it seems that with each purchase of the new all-electric Focus, the option to buy the solar charging system will come as an upgrade option. The upgrade will cost you though. The two companies noted the system will have a price tag of $10,000 — that’s after a 30% federal tax credit — but it will provide the vehicle with a clean energy boost that will extend its battery life. Read the rest of Ford to Offer SunPower Solar Arrays with Their New Focus Electric Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 2012 ford focus , ford focus , ford focus electric , green transportation , new ford focus , renewable energy , solar power car , solar powered car , solar powered focus , solar powered ford focus , solar powered vehicle , sunpower ford focus

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Top 6 Eco-Friendly Bookbags to Carry Back to Class

August 11, 2011 by  
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