The world’s most compact electric bike folds to fit into your backpack

May 25, 2017 by  
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Forget traditional bikes or skateboards – the future of green transportation is the Smacircle S1 , an incredibly compact and lightweight electric bike that can be folded up and carried in your backpack. Introduced to the world via an IndieGoGo campaign , the invention has surpassed its startup goal by 281% – and it’s not difficult to comprehend why. The carbon fiber S1 eBike can be folded in five simple steps and can travel up to 12.4 mph. Additionally, though it only weighs 15.4 lbs, the eBike can hold 220 lbs. According to the founders of the Smacircle S1, the road-legal ergonomic design folds to 19-inches and, with a 240W motor, can propel commuters in quick fashion without the need to pedal. On a single charge, the eBike can deliver a distance of 12 miles. After being plugged into any domestic power socket for 2.5 hours, it is ready to go again. The invention is road-legal and provides both front and side lights to make it highly visible to vehicles, pedestrians and other cyclists on the road. Electric brakes allow the bike to quickly stop to prevent accidents. The S1 automatically syncs to your smartphone when you approach, and an app unlocks the eBike. This feature prevents the invention from being stolen, as the accelerator deactivates until the original owner unlocks the S1. Other features of the app include the ability to adjust the lights’ intensity, track routes traveled and monitor speed and battery life. Once they’re rolling, commuters can attach their phones to the handlebars to keep the device fully charged, thanks to a built-in USB charger. Related: Make Your Own Electric Bicycle With the Ultimate DIY Ebike Guide The initial crowdfunding goal was set at $30,000 – but the project surpassed its goal by 281% in just five days. According to the founders, the next crowdfunding campaign will attempt to reach $300,000 to “put the next generation eBike into mass production.” The starting price for an S1 eBike is $1,499. + Smacircle S1 Images via Smacircle S1 IndieGoGo campaign

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Kering and Silicon Valley find a good fit in sustainable fashion

April 27, 2017 by  
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The acclaimed fashion company behind Gucci and Saint Laurent teams with a startup accelerator to find the next big thing in circular, durable and decarbonized fashion.

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Business doesn’t need permission to act on climate

April 27, 2017 by  
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While the Trump administration vacillates on managing climate change, a new roadmap offers a path for business action to move forward.

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Global tourism stakeholders to convene at sustainability summit

April 27, 2017 by  
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VERGE Hawaii Sustainable Tourism Summit aims to reap economic, social and environmental benefits.

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Energy storage markets are charging up

March 10, 2017 by  
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In this Q&A, McKinsey analyst Matt Rogers shares new insights about economically-attractive applications poised to drive a fivefold market increase over the next two decades.

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Why transportation tech is on a collision course for 2017

January 4, 2017 by  
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From self-driving Ubers to the battle brewing over the next Tesla, the mobility revolution is poised to come to a head this year.

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How does workplace safety and health align with sustainability?

January 4, 2017 by  
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OSHA Assistant Secretary David Michaels reveals surprising connections, as well as where employee engagement comes into play.

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Trump ushers in the next phase of sustainable business

December 19, 2016 by  
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Even if the next administration moves in one direction on climate change, that won’t deter corporate America.

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Understand pollution, environmental impacts from food in 6 charts

November 17, 2016 by  
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The EPA is helping food companies take the next steps in environmental sustainability.

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BMW’s futuristic self-balancing motorcycle is like a real-life Batman’s Batpod

October 18, 2016 by  
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BMW is celebrating their 100-year anniversary in style, with futuristic vehicle concepts designed to wow and inspire. They just unveiled their BMW Motorrad VISION NEXT 100 , a zero emissions motorcycle offering a host of fancy connectivity features. As BMW unveiled the design in movie mecca Los Angeles, their Motorrad VISION NEXT 100 reminds many of the sleek superhero motorcycles that have zoomed across the big screen. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oW0ShDRggts The Motorrad is made of carbon fiber and polished aluminium. A triangular frame hearkens back to BMW motorcycles of the past, such as the company’s first motorcycle, the R32, made in 1923. The futuristic motorcycle is equipped with a self-balancing function, to boost safety and stability. Related: BMW’s crazy shape-shifting future car is straight out of a science fiction movie The motorcycle was designed with an emphasis on balancing safety and freedom. The designers wanted riders to feel the wind without helmets or bulky protective clothing so they put a ” digital companion ” into the motorcycle to minimize crashes and enhance safety. The digital companion can intervene if necessary. Sensor technology built into the motorcycle provides information to ensure safety. Instead of a helmet, Motorrad motorcyclists wear a visor that provides information from the motorcycle triggered by eye movements. If a rider looks up, they’ll see what they would see in a rearview mirror. If they look slightly down, they’ll be able to access a menu. Looking down further opens a map. If they look straight ahead, the visor clears so it doesn’t inhibit a rider’s view. Wearables also augment the freeing experience. BMW designed light clothing that includes A/C and neck support provided via air. Vibrating elements on the arms of the superhero-like outfit offer navigational signals. According to BMW, the Motorrad VISION NEXT 100 ” catapults you into the 40s of the 21st century .” It is only display along with the other three futuristic vehicles in Los Angeles from October 13 through October 19. Via The Verge Images via BMW ( 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 )

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