Electric cars could reach cost parity with conventional cars by next year

June 5, 2017 by  
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Are you eager to get your hands on a new electric vehicle,  but the price is too steep? You’re in luck – electric cars will likely reach cost parity with vehicles that have internal combustion engines by next year, and electric vehicles could be cheaper that gas by as soon as 2025, according to a new report by USB . The report makes it clear that while electric vehicles will still cost more than ICE cars, owning a new EV will be comparable to owning a gas or diesel car in the long-term. Analysts took into consideration the fuel costs, maintenance costs and other related expenditures related to owning all vehicles and used the information to determine that over time, the cost of owning a green vehicle is comparable to owning a conventional one. As Green Car Reports  reports , it is becoming more affordable to own an EV due to breakthroughs in battery capacity, charge times and a growing demand for environmentally-friendly technology. Part of the analysis required UBS to break down a $37,000 Chevrolet Bolt in order to estimate how much the vehicle cost to build. It was discovered that “the EV powertrain is $4,600 cheaper to produce than we thought and there is more cost reduction potential left.” Analysts continued that the 238-mile range Bolt costs around $28,700 to build and that GM is only expected to produce 30,000 Bolts in 2018. Therefore, there won’t be a huge incentive for it to be profitable. Related: UK solar smashes record, supplying 25% of electricity demand On the other hand, the Tesla Model 3 is expected to be produced in numbers as high as 500,000 by 2018. When extras are added on to the base price of the Model 3 at $35,000, the company is expected to break even. UBS declared that electric vehicles are the “most disruptive car category since the Model T Ford” and that though total sales for electric cars is still relatively small, global EV sales will reach 14% by 2025 (4.2 million vehicles). Europe is expected to take the lead in this department, selling 30% of the world’s electric cars within eight years. Now that EVs will soon cost the same to own as a car or truck with an ICE, a massive shift is expected to take place within the auto industry . + UBS Via  Green Car Reports

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Terrapotta Army art installation gives reclaimed pots a new life

June 14, 2016 by  
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In Terrapotta Army, a population of long-lost terracotta pots invades an unsuspecting garden in the city center of Ghent, Belgium . With the help of Cultural Houses Ghent, Belgian designer Boomin Sep created this social installation amidst the beautiful greenery of the medieval Sint-Pieters abbey. The artwork announces a new cultural season in Ghent with reclaimed material that reference China’s Terracotta Army. Related: The Bali Ecological Center Creates a Modular Terracotta Green Wall with Local Craftsmen The army consists of dozens of old and forgotten terracotta pots from around the country, which come alive with the help of handcrafted and branded plywood decks. The reclaimed pots of varying heights and dimensions create an unusual effect, scattered amongst orchards, ruins, and vineyards. Boomin Sep says, “It’s really interesting to observe the interaction with the public, every morning you see the remains of circled pots, a remembrance of where the people came together.” + Boomin Sep Images via Wouter Maeckelberghe The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing!

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World’s highest glass bridge in China to include three crazy swings

May 25, 2016 by  
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http://inhabitat.com/worlds-longest-and-highest-glass-bottom-bridge-expected-in-china-next-spring/ http://inhabitat.com/haim-dotan-unveil-design-for-the-extreme-zhangjiajie-grand-canyon-glass-bottom-bridge/ http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3598945/Is-world-s-terrifying-attraction-China-s-2-6-million-glass-bottomed-bridge-built-980ft-valley-bungee-platform-SWING.html Related: World’s longest and highest glass bridge to open next spring in China Via…

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INFOGRAPHIC: How to prepare for any extreme weather scenario

January 21, 2016 by  
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Nowadays, it seems that there’s always some sort of weather related emergency happening around the the world. Whether it’s a snow storm, wild fire, flood, hurricane, or tornado, extreme weather can find us when we least expect it. Since we never know when disaster can strike, it’s vital to be prepared for anything. Check out this infographic and learn how to plan ahead with smart emergency essentials. Read the rest of INFOGRAPHIC: How to prepare for any extreme weather scenario

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7 stunning eco destinations to see before it’s too late

January 21, 2016 by  
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Our Cars Will Soon be Running on Four Loko

January 7, 2011 by  
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Image: Health Related Info I never did have the bad fortune to drink any Four Loko during the brief period of around four and a half minutes when it was legal to do so. Alas, the controversial alcoholic energy drink has been banned and huge shipments of the stuff kept from coming to market. But what’s surely a loss for college kids and aspiring rappers everywhere is the

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What one thing would you like to see everyone reduce, reuse or recycle in 2011?

January 4, 2011 by  
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Happy New Year everyone! Last year, at the start of 2010, I asked everyone what they were going to reduce, reuse and recycle in 2010 .

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How can I reuse or recycle wooly winter scarves?

September 15, 2010 by  
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Brr! For few days last week, it felt like we were getting a last minute reprieve from summer’s sayonara but now it feels very autumnal indeed. I guess it’s time to shift into winter mode – I’ve got a list of insulating chores to complete , the garden needs more tidying, I need to make soup, lots of soup, and I also need to go through the woolies in my wardrobe to see what’s in there & what’s still wearable etc. Now is the perfect time to do the latter because charity shops, shelters and other related charities need clothing in good time before winter properly kicks in – they need to time to sort and distribute them etc.

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