Lightyear unveils solar-powered car with a 500-mile driving range

June 29, 2017 by  
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A little-known Dutch startup called Lightyear just unveiled plans for a solar-powered electric car with a 500-mile driving range. The Lightyear One features a four-wheel drive powertrain that can handle rough terrain – and thanks to its solar panels, it can drive for months without having to be charged. “You can think of the Lightyear One as being as an electric car redesigned from the ground up to combine the best of solar cars and electric cars.”, says Lex Hoefsloot, CEO of Lightyear. “It’s a revolutionary step forward in electric mobility because we are able to combine a great look with extreme efficiency. This first model makes science fiction become reality: cars powered using just the sun”. Related: The world’s most efficient 5-seater car is powered entirely by the sun The solar-powered Lightyear One can travel up to 500 miles on a single charge. Other automakers have unveiled electric cars with solar panels on the roof, but none of them have been able to propel a car as far as Lightyear’s new vehicle. The integrated solar cells on the roof of the Lightyear One will generate enough energy to recharge the battery during the day, rendering charging virtually unnecessary. In sunny climates, the car can drive for months without charging, but if you need to travel further, you can also charge it using a standard power socket. Since the Lightyear One doesn’t need to rely heavily on charging infrastructure , the solar-powered car is a new option for drivers that don’t have access to a charger. “The Lightyear One is a statement to show that electric cars are ready for every corner of the planet”, Hoefsloot says. “It is the first step in our mission to make electric cars available for everyone”. The Lightyear One will be unveiled in early 2018, with the first deliveries in the United States and Europe expected to arrive in 2019. Pricing starts at 119,000 Euros, and reservations are already being taken on Lightyear’s website . Images @Lightyear + Lightyear

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VIDEO: Self-flying electric car successfully takes its maiden voyage

April 21, 2017 by  
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Forget the flying cars you’ve seen in sci-fi movies because the air transportation of the future is going to be way better than we imagined – at least, if Lilium Aviation has anything to do with it. The aviation company recently unveiled their all-electric, self-flying car. And while there are quite a few flying car prototypes driving, er, flying around right now, Lilium sets itself apart with its electric engine and vertical takeoff, which the company successfully tested for the first time this week. The vehicle is powered by 36 electric jet engines. Electric powered-flight is just developing, but Lilium has figured out how to make it work in its prototype. “It’s the same battery that you can find in any Tesla,” co-founder Patrick Nathen told The Verge . The battery consumes 90 percent less than current drone aircraft. The craft has a flight speed of 186 mph with a range of 186 miles per charge. Related: AeroMobil is launching a flying car that you can actually buy this year Lilium’s prototype is a two-seater, but the company plans to eventually make a 5-seat vehicle that can be used as an air taxi. For the maiden voyage, the craft was remotely piloted from the ground, but the company is shooting for manned flight night. The final version will be piloted autonomously and you will be able to book a flight using your smartphone, just like a Lyft in the sky. Via The Verge

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20 bizarre examples of Icelandic design using surprising materials like seaweed, fish skin and cow bladder

March 21, 2016 by  
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The 2016 Toyota Prius injects new life into the world’s most popular hybrid car

November 18, 2015 by  
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The Toyota Prius is an icon – but it isn’t known for being flashy or fun to drive. Enter the 2016 Prius , which has been redesigned from the ground up to offer better performance, head-turning looks, and landmark efficiency. We put the new Prius through its paces last week and found that it eclipses its predecessor in practically every way – read on for our first look. Read the rest of The 2016 Toyota Prius injects new life into the world’s most popular hybrid car

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377-square foot home built into the Turin hillside hides a full kitchen under the stairs

November 18, 2015 by  
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Mercedes-Benz teases its new self-driving concept car ahead of CES debut

January 2, 2015 by  
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It looks like Google isn’t the only company developing an autonomous car from the ground up, since  Mercedes-Benz has just released a teaser of its new self-driving car. Mercendes-Benz hasn’t yet released the name of its new concept, but it has confirmed that the sleek, autonomous driving concept car will debut next week at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. Read the rest of Mercedes-Benz teases its new self-driving concept car ahead of CES debut Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 2015 CES , autonomous car , Google , google self-driving car , green car , green transportation , Mercedes-Benz , Mercedes-Benz autonomous car , Mercedes-Benz autonomous vehicle , self-driving car

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Scenes from the Ground in Durban

December 1, 2011 by  
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Three days into COP17, there’s a growing awareness that yes, this summit is a big deal — and so far, it’s off to a good start.

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Schneider Electric and Telvent Team Up for Smart Cities

November 30, 2011 by  
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Seen as strategic market opportunity, Schneider Electric with Telvent offer smart city applications for critical infrastructure management and efficiency improvements.

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Sky-scraping Tower Will Power 100,000 Homes with Hot Air

October 5, 2011 by  
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A 2,600-foot tower planned for the Arizona desert will be the world’s second tallest structure and will be able to power 100,000 homes through hot air alone. The solar updraft tower , designed by EnviroMission, will work by collecting hot air as it rises from the heated ground surrounding it.  The very tall, narrow tower increases the strength of the hot air flowing upward, where it will turn 32 turbines along the way. The tower will be able to produce 200 MW of electricity each day and, unlike solar power technologies, will be able to produce electricity at night too since heat from the ground will still be flowing upward and it will operate without the use of water. This technology comes at a pretty steep price — $750 million to build — but since hot air is free, the operating costs going forward will be very minimal and the tower should last at least 80 years. The tower will be made of concrete, which is a very carbon-heavy material, but the clean energy produced by the tower should cancel out the carbon emissions of making it within 2.5 years. via CNN

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University of Maryland Wins 2011 Solar Decathlon

October 5, 2011 by  
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The WaterShed, designed and built by a team from the University of Maryland, is the winner of the 2011 Solar Decathlon . In addition to winning the overall competition, the Maryland entry also took first place in the Architecture category and second place in the Market Appeal category, and was in the top 5 in almost every category, including two other categories where they tied with several other teams for first place. The winning house is just 876 square feet (81.4 square meters) in area. It not only utilizes solar photovoltaic (PV) and solar thermal, but also incorporates water collection, greywater filtration, and an edible garden wall among its numerous features. Second-place in the Decathlon was won by Purdue University, and the team from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand received the third-place award. link: Maryland Solar Decathlon Page

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