Consider these factors before buying an electric vehicle

January 4, 2022 by  
Filed under Eco, Green, Recycle

Comments Off on Consider these factors before buying an electric vehicle

If you’re thinking about buying an electric vehicle, how do you tell which one is right for you? With the auto industry embracing an all-electric future, 2022 is going to be a banner year for electric vehicles , from last-mile delivery scooters to full-sized trucks. EVs function just similar to combustion-engine cars, but there are some key differences. Here is what to consider when making your EV purchase. What type of electric vehicle is right for you? You may want an EV to help the planet or save money on gas. Both are great reasons. Keep in mind when shopping for an EV that car shopping isn’t that different than it ever was except for what’s powering the car . You still need to keep in mind things like: • How many people need to fit in the vehicle • How much storage space you need • Whether the suspension or tires can handle your roads • If you need a car or truck If you live in the city, your EV might not need four doors, or even two. Write out a wish list of what you would like in a vehicle. Could an electric bike serve you in the summer ? With modern options, you might be surprised. Related: Best states in America for owning an electric vehicle With an electric vehicle, it’s especially important to ask these additional questions when you’re researching: • What is the range? • What type and speed of charging is available for the vehicle? • How much power gets to the wheels? Hint: Look at torque when you want to know how much power you can actually use. Torque is a predictor of how much the vehicle can pull, rather than simple horsepower. Also, if the vehicle is heavy, power doesn’t go as far, so keep an eye on excessively heavy cars. They’re not as fast as they look on paper. That said, electric cars these days are plenty fast, and the range is usually up to the needs of your average driver. You will have tons more options than you expect in 2022! Which EVs are best for the environment? Now that emissions have been taken care of by an electric motor, what makes one EV more environmentally friendly than another? That comes down to factors such as the manufacturing carbon footprint and what the cars are made of. Look for EVs that use recycled bottle fabrics for seats or environmentally friendly materials in the interior. Automakers are increasingly eager to prove to you that the entire car, not just the motor, is eco-friendly so look at the marketing materials. Electric vehicles for every budget Electric vehicles now come at every price point. From electric motorcycles to luxury SUVs, here are a few of our picks of electric vehicles to consider. Zero Electric Motorcycles  offer an economical alternative to an electric car and have a great range (90-160 miles). Zero makes the S, DS, and DSR bikes with Bosch brakes, BlueTooth and a color display screen. They start at just $11,000.  Volkswagen ID.4  was introduced in 2021 as a new model and will run you from $39-48k. Volkswagen says the ID.4 was designed fresh from the ground up, which means it has maximized efficiency , range and technology instead of retrofitting an electric motor into an existing model. It has a range of 250 miles. Ford F-150 Lightning  is one of the best pickup trucks on the road, now all-electric and with a starting price of just $40k. Ford redesigned the chassis to hold the battery pack. The extended-range version with a higher price tag has 563 horsepower and 775 lb-ft of torque. Range: 300 miles. Tesla’s Model Y Long Range  is a $60k EV with an impressive list of technology onboard. It can go from 0-60 mph in 4.8 seconds, comes with heated front and rear seats and a panoramic glass roof. It’s available with self-driving mode, a tow hitch and a third row of seats. Range: 326 miles. Rivian R1S SUV  from $70k is a sleek Landrover-esque five- or seven-passenger vehicle. Optional trim levels and an extended-range battery pack can take you farther for more cash. Range: 400 miles. Bollinger B2 SUV  may be the move if you need 614 horsepower and 668 lb-ft of torque and have a spare $125,000. It has a pickup bed and operates by 75-minute fast charge. Range: 200 miles. When to buy an EV We hope this gives you a place to start when shopping for an electric vehicle! When should you consider buying an EV? Um, how about right now? If you’re thinking about an electric vehicle , chances are you don’t have to wait anymore to find one that meets your needs. We are at a hinge point in the history of EVs, and this is the year to take the plunge. Happy driving. Images via Pexels and Pixabay

Excerpt from:
Consider these factors before buying an electric vehicle

Call for climate action issued by Christian leaders

September 13, 2021 by  
Filed under Eco, Green

Comments Off on Call for climate action issued by Christian leaders

Christian leaders have petitioned officials worldwide to take action to address the climate crisis. In an unprecedented move, heads of several Christian denominations released a joint statement to encourage climate action ahead of key environmental conferences. The heads of the Roman Catholic Church, Anglican Communion, and Eastern Orthodox Church issued a  joint statement  last week, calling on global leaders to address two key issues: social inequality and climate change. The statement, seemingly directed toward the upcoming COP26 U.N. climate summit, sums up the current climate crisis . The statement urges leaders to take action to avoid a much worse scenario in the future. Related: Leaked report details what must be done to stop climate change “Today, we are paying the price,” the statement said. “All of us—whoever and wherever we are—can play a part in changing our collective response to the unprecedented threat of climate change and environmental degradation …. Our children’s future and the future of our common home depend on it.”  The statement points out that those most affected by the climate crisis are the poor, saying, “the people bearing the most catastrophic consequences of these abuses are the poorest on the planet and have been the least responsible for causing them.” In contrast, the people most responsible for environmental damage are the wealthy. In November, Pope Francis will attend the COP26 U.N. Summit in Scotland. He has appealed to Christians to pray for world leaders to make courageous choices at the meeting. Church support could play a key role in climate negotiations. There are also plans to host major world religious leaders and scientists at the Vatican to forge a “common stand” on climate issues. Still, the community has its skeletons in the closet. Archbishop Justin Welby of the Anglican Commission, a co-signer of the statement, has been criticized for his contribution to carbon emissions . Welby, a former oil executive, hasn’t divested his Church of England from fossil fuel companies. He claims the church may hold more sway in changing the industry as an investor. Via EcoWatch Lead image via Pixabay

See the original post:
Call for climate action issued by Christian leaders

A green remodel gave this 1950s home major treehouse vibes

September 13, 2021 by  
Filed under Green

Comments Off on A green remodel gave this 1950s home major treehouse vibes

Your home might be cozy, but nothing compares to the fun of a childhood treehouse . Hazel Road Residence combines modern home design with treehouse vibes to showcase the best of both worlds. Completed by Oakland -based firm Buttrick Projects Architecture+Design, this project transformed a 1950s residence into a gorgeous family home with sustainable features. Located in Berkeley, California , this house began its life in 1952 as a 1,714-square-foot structure. Bringing the home’s “good bones” into the modern era took thoughtful planning. Buttrick Projects Architecture+Design started the transformation with a kitchen remodel in 2012. Warm wood cabinets echo the trees outdoors, while steel appliances keep the kitchen looking modern and fresh. This remodel also laid the groundwork for an upstairs addition, completed with the help of IDA Structural Engineers and Jetton Construction, Inc. The project was completed in 2018. Related: Residential building from the ’60s gets an energy-efficient remodel Now a 2,392-square-foot home, Hazel Road can comfortably house a family with kids. But more space isn’t the only welcoming element to the updated house. As stated in a project description, a “unifying concept to the project was to use the yard to greater effect.” This is where Hazel Road’s “tree-house feel” comes into play. The green yard features inviting wood and concrete stairs leading up to a deck shaded by a gorgeous Magnolia tree. Flush sliders added to the family room/kitchen blur the barrier between indoor and outdoor spaces . Continuing to bring the outdoors in, windows throughout the home frame views of the tree. This includes the upstairs master bedroom’s full-wall sliding windows with an ‘invisible’ glass safety rail. Sustainability features reinforce the home’s green perspective. For example, spray foam insulation and energy-efficient LED lighting were used throughout the structure. Exterior shades and deep overhangs control both glare and western light to minimize solar gain. The residence also includes a “state of the art rainscreen wall” with cementitious panel siding. + Buttrick Projects Architecture+Design Photography by Cesar Rubio, Matthew Millman and Buttrick Projects A+D

Read the original post: 
A green remodel gave this 1950s home major treehouse vibes

What do wildfires mean for insurers and utilities?

September 7, 2021 by  
Filed under Business, Green

Comments Off on What do wildfires mean for insurers and utilities?

As wildfires get costlier and deadlier, insurers and utilities pay the price.

More:
What do wildfires mean for insurers and utilities?

The 14-year battle to ban the chlorpyrifos pesticide

September 7, 2021 by  
Filed under Business, Green

Comments Off on The 14-year battle to ban the chlorpyrifos pesticide

Environmental and labor groups have been pushing the EPA to ban the pesticide for over a decade.

See original here:
The 14-year battle to ban the chlorpyrifos pesticide

Taste-testing the latest versions of Beyond and Impossible burgers

June 29, 2021 by  
Filed under Business, Eco, Green

Comments Off on Taste-testing the latest versions of Beyond and Impossible burgers

Consumers are no longer willing to make do with a sad, desiccated bean burger at the family barbecue. With the plant-based meat sector up 45% last year to $1.4 billion (according to Good Food Institute ), the meatless burger wars are serious business. Companies have honed their offerings, making them ever more meat-like. Last month, Beyond Meat released its latest burger upgrade to 28,000 U.S. retail locations and 80 countries. In the name of hands-on journalism, I tried the new burger and compared it with the latest burger iteration from another industry leader, Impossible Foods . Here’s what I found. Plant-based burger shopping When I went to my local Fred Meyer store, which is owned by Kroger, I quickly learned that this new era of plant-based burgers is not aimed at vegans like me. Scanning the plant-based refrigerated case and coming up empty, I asked a worker where to find the elusive burgers. “Meat aisle,” she said. “Gross!” I blurted unprofessionally before pulling myself together and venturing into the land of carcasses. The placement of the faux burgers beside the real thing is designed to pull in carnivores, who might feel they should cut down on meat for health, ethical or environmental reasons. Related: We tried the new Impossible Burger at CES — here’s what we thought Fred Meyer was selling both brands at lower-than-average costs. The Beyond two-pack cost $4.49 — I later discovered my local store still had the older product for sale, so I had to do this twice — although Google tells me many stores sell it for $5.99. Beyond’s new patties are also available in a four-pack. The Impossible Burgers were on sale $3.99 for a two-pack, with the usual price also listed as $5.99. Cooking the vegan burgers Initially, the most striking difference between the two burgers is that Impossible is pink and Beyond is brown with white flecks. Both are packaged in the types of trays butchers usually put meat in, and both types of patty are very moist and squishy to the touch. Impossible cooks faster than Beyond, with the instructions calling for two minutes on each side, while Beyond says four. Impossible browns on the sides while remaining pink inside. It turns out that when you slice into Beyond, it’s reddish on the inside, too. So both will get realism points with carnivores. Unlike vegan burgers I’ve cooked in the past, these required no oil. Beyond, especially, sizzled away in its own little fatty pool. I topped one burger with faux cheese for me and one with regular cheese for my vegetarian husband. Taste and texture I’ve been vegetarian since childhood and mostly vegan for many years, so I am easy to fool with faux burgers. I’ve had both Beyond and Impossible before in restaurants, where I got anxious and asked the servers at least three times if they were sure my burger was veg. My husband has only been vegetarian for about six years, so his meat memory is sharper. He said Beyond was more convincing as far as the taste and texture of a real burger. We both preferred Impossible, which had a texture a bit more like grain and slightly less like meat. But that may well be because we don’t want total realism. For those who love eating meat but want to cut back for health, environmental, ethical or other reasons, I highly recommend Beyond. I suspect omnivores could easily mistake it for real meat. I fixed both burgers in a traditional way, on buns with lettuce, tomato and mustard. Both provided the satisfaction you get from a meal with plenty of protein and other high-quality nutrients. Nutritional analysis of Beyond and Impossible burgers The two burgers are similar in calorie content — Beyond contains 230 calories per patty (30 calories down from its former version), while Impossible has 240. They also have a similar protein content, with 20 grams in Beyond and 19 in Impossible. But the protein source differs. Beyond mainly uses pea protein, supplemented with mung bean protein. Impossible is soy -based. Both patties contain a significant amount of saturated fat, thanks to coconut oil. Beyond contains 5 grams of saturated fat, or 25% of the average daily value. Impossible contains a whopping 40%. Beyond gives you 20% of your daily iron and 8% of calcium. Impossible has built more nutrients into its burgers, including 15% of the daily value for calcium, 30% of riboflavin, 130% of B12, 25% of B6, 50% of zinc, 30% of folate and, for some reason, an incredible 2350% of thiamin. According to a study by Consumer Lab , “Overall, the Impossible Burger provides as much or more of nearly every vitamin and mineral found in appreciable amounts in a beef burger, aside from choline and selenium.” The nutritional differences between the burgers suggest that Impossible may be going more for the vegan crowd, with members who are notoriously low on B vitamins, while Beyond is more focused on attracting the carnivorous market share. The future of plant-based burgers Based on past performance, environmental crises and the heightened awareness of consumers, the plant-based meat sector will likely keep increasing. In 2018, plant-based meat reaped $811 million in sales, then $962 million in 2019 before rocketing to $1.4 billion last year. According to the Good Food Institute, plant-based buyers skew younger, well-educated and from higher income brackets. Parents and people of color are especially apt to buy plant-based foods. “While all people of color over-indexed for plant-based purchasing, Asian consumers in particular had high interaction,” the institute concluded. “A younger consumer base is a positive sign for the continued success of the plant-based food industry.” Many faux products are still more expensive than the real thing. But as demand increases and production of plant-based meats scale up, the price should drop, and all income brackets should have better access to plant-based products. The more mainstream plant-based products become, the better for the planet. As Impossible points out on its label, every time a consumer eats an Impossible Burger, they’re using 87% less water, 89% less emissions and 96% less land than it would take to produce a cow burger. And 100% less slaughter. Images via Teresa Bergen / Inhabitat

View original post here:
Taste-testing the latest versions of Beyond and Impossible burgers

Japanese mutant chickens are laying eggs with cancer-fighting drugs

October 9, 2017 by  
Filed under Green

Comments Off on Japanese mutant chickens are laying eggs with cancer-fighting drugs

Most people eat chicken eggs for their high protein content and healthy fats – but in the future eggs could ward off diseases, such as cancer and hepatitis. That’s because researchers at Japan’s National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) have genetically engineered chickens to lay eggs that contain drugs capable of boosting the immune system. The controversial technique was developed to make pharmaceutical drugs more affordable and, as a result, more accessible. The researchers used gene editing technology to make chickens produce “interferon beta.” This protein is a “powerful tool” for treating skin cancer and hepatitis, reports Phys.org . The team produced cells that were used to fertilize eggs and breed hens that inherited the genes. A few rounds of cross-breeding yielded chickens capable of laying eggs containing the disease-fighting drugs. As soon as next year, a joint research company will sell the drug to pharmaceutical companies so they can perform research on it at a reduced cost. “This is a result that we hope leads to the development of cheap drugs,” said Professor Hironobu Hojo, from Osaka . “In the future, it will be necessary to closely examine the characteristics of the agents contained in the eggs and determine their safety as pharmaceutical products.” If the scientists are able to safely produce interferon beta, the price of the price of the drug (currently up to $888 for a few micrograms) is expected to fall significantly. According to The Japan News , the eventual goal is to lower the cost of the drug to 10 percent of its current price. Related: Scientists develop tiny robots that drill into cancer cells to kill them At present, three females are presently laying eggs every one or two days. It will be a while before the eggs are on the market, as Japan has strict regulation concerning the “introduction of new and foreign pharmaceutical products,” reports Phys.org . Sometimes, screening processes take years to complete. Considering the long-term effects of consuming genetically-modified foods are relatively unknown, extensive testing will be needed. Via Phys , The Japan News Images via Pixabay , Cosmo Bio Co.

See the original post:
Japanese mutant chickens are laying eggs with cancer-fighting drugs

Airbus’ flying electric taxi is on track to soar next year

October 9, 2017 by  
Filed under Green

Comments Off on Airbus’ flying electric taxi is on track to soar next year

Vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) vehicles are really taking off, and Airbus is set to launch a VTOL taxi by next year. The multi-passenger CityAirbus is powered by electric motors – and it’s designed to one day operate autonomously . The CityAirbus could allow commuters to escape traffic by turning to an affordable, environmentally friendly new mode of travel . Airbus announced they just finished their first full-scale testing for the CityAirbus’ propulsion system, describing the testing phase as successful. This means they’re on track for their first flight, scheduled for the end of next year. Related: Airbus and Italdesign unveil modular urban land and air transport system CityAirbus chief engineer Marius Bebesel said in a statement, “We now have a better understanding of the performance of CityAirbus’ innovative electric propulsion system, which we will continue to mature through rigorous testing while beginning the assembly of the full-scale CityAirbus flight demonstrator.” The CityAirbus boasts what Airbus describes as a four-ducted propeller configuration, which boosts safety and helps yield a low acoustic footprint. 100 kilowatt electric Siemens motors and four batteries help the CityAirbus get from point A to point B. As many as four people will be able to ride in a CityAirbus, which will cruise at a speed of 120 kilometers per hour, or around 75 miles per hour, along fixed routes. In the beginning a pilot will fly the VTOL, but Airbus plans for the vehicle to one day pilot itself. Airbus said there are benefits to adding a third dimension of travel to urban transportation , such as opening up accessibility for underserved or remote areas of a city . Self-piloted vehicles in particular can operate around three times faster than a typical road vehicle, and are energy efficient , running off electricity. Airbus said their VTOL method of travel will be quick and affordable. Via Airbus Images via Airbus ( 1 , 2 )

Here is the original post:
Airbus’ flying electric taxi is on track to soar next year

Ole Scheeren’s modular office building looks like a giant Jenga tower

October 6, 2017 by  
Filed under Green

Comments Off on Ole Scheeren’s modular office building looks like a giant Jenga tower

Architect Ole Scheeren unveiled images of his first project in Europe- a residential tower that will offer panoramic views of Frankfurt’s skyline. The designer will overhaul an entire 1970s office block to create 200 living units on the banks of the River Main. The modular apartments will be inserted into the framework of the building, with some recessed and others cantilevering out into space. The Riverpark Tower will be developed in cooperation with GEG, one of Germany ’s most prestigious real estate investment platforms. It will house 220 units on 23 floors, ranging in size from small apartment to four-room suites. Related: Thailand’s tallest building opens with new green spaces for Bangkok “This project is about the positive reinterpretation of an existing structure,” said the architect. “It’s quite a serious intervention, prompted by necessity not ambition,” he added. Modular , glass-fronted units will be inserted into the existing, free-spanning structural framework. They will cantilever out at some points, introducing an element of irregularity to the silhouette. New loft apartments will occupy the space at the four corners of the building which will be cut away at the top. + Buro Ole Scheeren Via Dezeen

See the original post here:
Ole Scheeren’s modular office building looks like a giant Jenga tower

Dubai to expand massive solar park to include world’s tallest solar tower

September 19, 2017 by  
Filed under Business, Eco, Green

Comments Off on Dubai to expand massive solar park to include world’s tallest solar tower

There are 2.3 million photovoltaic panels at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park near Dubai . And now the massive solar farm is about to get a 700 megawatt (MW) extension, which will include the addition of an 853-foot solar tower , the world’s tallest. The first phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park became operational in 2013 with 13 MW. It now has a capacity of 200 MW, after the second phase was launched in March this year. But the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has big plans for the solar park : by 2020, they plan to increase capacity to 1,000 MW, with the aim to increase that number to 5,000 MW by 2030. The solar park is the world’s biggest single-site concentrated solar power (CSP) project. Related: Phase 3 of world’s largest solar park slated to begin this month DEWA recently awarded the 14.2 billion AED fourth phase of the solar park to a consortium including ACWA Power in Saudi Arabia and Shanghai Electric in China. They won the contract with a bid of 7.3 US cents per kilowatt-hour. DEWA CEO HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer said in a statement, “Our focus on renewable energy generation has led to a drop in prices worldwide and has lowered the price of solar power bids in Europe and the Middle East. This was evident today when we received the lowest CSP project cost in the world.” CSP has been more expensive than traditional solar power in the past, which is one of its downsides. But CSP projects also have the ability to store some of the power as heat for later use. In 2030, the solar park could cover 83 square miles, and slash carbon emissions by 6.5 million metric tons a year. Via New Atlas and Business Wire Images via AETOS Wire and Dubai Electricity and Water Authority – DEWA Facebook

More:
Dubai to expand massive solar park to include world’s tallest solar tower

Next Page »

Bad Behavior has blocked 8389 access attempts in the last 7 days.