Taiga launches Orca, a 100% electric jet ski with a two-hour battery

September 30, 2019 by  
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Canadian company Taiga Motors, the creators of the world’s first electric snowmobiles, makes yet another splash in the luxury electric vehicle world with Orca , their first electric personal watercraft. Featuring full carbon fiber hull construction, the luxury jet ski forgoes gasoline in favor of a 23kWh battery that provides energy for up to two hours and can be charged by a regular outlet, standard automotive chargers and DC fast charging. The high-performance electric jet ski will also be fitted with a color integrated digital display for intelligent connectivity via built-in GPS mapping, LTE, wifi and bluetooth. Unveiled on Toronto’s waterfront earlier this month, Taiga Motors’ Orca measures 9.5 feet in length, 3.9 feet in width and 3 feet in height. The personal watercraft clocks in at just under 600 pounds ready to drive and up to 180 horsepower available with instant torque — one of the highest power to weight ratios in the industry, says the firm. Orca also boasts impressive acceleration with a top speed of up to 65 miles per hour and a sub-five millisecond response time. The approximately 125-kilogram lithium-ion battery runs on an automotive standard system voltage of 400 volts and is sealed and vibration isolated to ensure safety even under high shock loads, high humidity environments and temporary submersion. Related: Electric-powered X Shore boats combine sustainability with luxury Scandinavian design In addition to its quiet yet powerful electric engine, the craft heightens the ride experience with a new suspended “floating” seat design made possible by the absence of a combustion engine. According to Taiga Motors, the seat offers the lowest center of gravity of any personal watercraft for improved stability and precision carving on the water. The Orca’s streamlined form is matched with a sleek digital display that can be controlled from the dashboard or the connected app.  Taiga Motors plans to only produce a total of 500 Orca units, with the first one hundred badged as Foundation Edition models with “exclusive design elements and high-performance packages.” The first one hundred models will begin at $28,000 and be delivered to North American customers in summer 2020. Four hundred Orcas will be priced at $24,000 and available to customers shortly after summer 2020. Taiga also has plans to create more electric personal watercraft — priced below $14,000 — in the future. + Taiga Motors Orca

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Energy Experts Say Coal Will Overtake Oil in 2020

October 15, 2013 by  
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World coal usage is skyrocketing because of rising demand in China and India. At the World Energy Congress yesterday, energy consulting firm Wood Mackenzie stated that coal would surpass oil as the key fuel for the global economy by 2020 despite global government policies to reduce carbon emissions . With the rising demand for energy in China and India, experts predict there’s no stopping the world from being pushed further down the hydrocarbon hole as we move towards the next decade. Read the rest of Energy Experts Say Coal Will Overtake Oil in 2020 Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “sustainable energy” , carbon emissions , china , china energy , CO2 , crude oil , gasoline , green energy , Hydrocarbon world , hydrocarbons , India , natural gas , renewable energy , united states , Wood Mackenzie , Wood Mackenzie rising coal usage in china and india , World Energy Congress , World Energy Use        

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Plant-Invading Fungi Could Be the Key to Creating the Next Sustainable Biofuel

January 10, 2013 by  
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Image via Wikimedia Commons/ Jensbn Fungus might ruin your bread but its invasive nature could also lead to a new source of renewable energy. Scientists at Montana State University made a surprising discovery while conducting a recent study that tracks the unique products of endophytes — fungi or bacteria — that can live inside a plant for at least part of its life without causing disease. It’s believed that endophytes produce bioactive products that are potentially beneficial for medicine, industry and energy uses, replacing less attractive biofuels like ethanol. Read the rest of Plant-Invading Fungi Could Be the Key to Creating the Next Sustainable Biofuel Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Alternative Fuel , biofuels , ETHANOL , fungi , fungus , hydrocarbons , mold , Montana State University , plants , VOCs , volatile organic compounds

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Spiky Blue Wendy Pavilion Travels Abroad to Clean the Air During Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week

January 10, 2013 by  
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With Rise of Biofuels, Price of Tortillas Doubles in Guatemala

January 10, 2013 by  
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As the  crop-based biofuels industry continues to grow, pressures on agricultural land are increasing all over the world. In some developing countries, diverting the use of valuable farmland for biofuel production is proving to be detrimental to the food supply. The latest example is in Guatemala, where soaring food prices, driven partly by biofuel demand, have doubled the cost of tortillas . Read the rest of With Rise of Biofuels, Price of Tortillas Doubles in Guatemala Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: African palm biofuel , agricultural land , bioethanol , biofuel production , biofuels industry , car industry , corn crops Guatemala , food or biofuels , food prices Guatemala , sugar cane biofuel , world economy

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Nice Architects Win First Prize for Lush Parkhill Development in Bratislava

January 10, 2013 by  
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Flower Power: A Bluetooth-Enabled Smart Sensor That Monitors the Needs of Your Plants

January 10, 2013 by  
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Now and again, even the best green thumb could use a little help taking care of their plants. French electronics company Parrot just unveiled a new gizmo at CES 2013 called the Flower Power that makes it easy to monitor the health of your leafy friends. The small branch-shaped device can be inserted into the soil of your houseplants or lawn and used to monitor moisture, sunlight, humidity, temperature, and fertilizer conditions via your smartphone. Their corresponding application holds a database of up to 6,000 species, helping you care for your specific plant. It is a busy world, and there are times when even the most diligent gardener could use a reminder on when to water their house plants. Parrot’s Flower Power sends you notifications and updates on your plants’ health via their Bluetooth-enabled sensor. A library of over 6,000 plants developed by botanists allows users to tailor their own care regiments. The AAA battery remains charged for six months, and the models come in both Emerald and Wood finishes. Parrot has yet to provide pricing and release information, but the Flower Power should be available soon. + Parrot Via Engadget

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