Tesla surprises the crowd with a new $250k Roadster

November 17, 2017 by  
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Tesla surprised the crowd last night at the debut of the Tesla Semi by unveiling a new Roadster, which is expected to arrive by 2020. Although lately Tesla has been focused on more mass market electric cars, it hasn’t forgotten where it started. While the Tesla Model 3 focuses on the entry-level electric segment, the new Roadster will focus on the high end of the segment with a $250,000 price tag. What does that get you? For starters, the Tesla Roadster will feature a 200 kWh battery pack that will give it a driving range of 620 miles. Three electric motors, one in the front and two in the rear, power the new Roadster. Even more exciting, Tesla says the new Roadster will be the “fastest production car ever made” with a 0-60 mph time of 1.9 seconds. It will also reach the quarter mile in only 8.9 seconds. Related: Revolutionary Tesla Semi Truck arrives with a whopping 500 mile driving range The Tesla Roadster isn’t a convertible like the original, but features a removable targa top. There’s also room for up to four passengers. Tesla hopes to have the new Roadster ready by 2020, but you can already place your reservation for only $50,000. + Tesla All images ©Tesla

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Worlds first solar panel mural unveiled in San Antonio

November 17, 2017 by  
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In a world where solar farms are shaped like giant pandas, there’s certainly room for some solar butterflies. Determined to beautify our cities by converting solar panels into creative works of public art , the Seattle-based Land Art Generator Initiative just unveiled the world’s first solar mural installation, called La Monarca, by San Antonio artist Cruz Ortiz. La Mariposa solar mural – recently unveiled at the San Antonio Arts Festival, Luminaria – was created through advanced PV Film technology that lets light easily pass through the printed film that adheres to the panels. The beautiful mural is just the first step in the Land Art Generator’s plan to combine sustainable energy infrastructures with public art. Working with local artists, architects, landscape architects, engineers and scientists, the organization hopes to provide more collaborative platforms that enable cities to put a new artsy spin on their clean energy generation . Related: World’s cutest solar farm in China is shaped like a panda According to the artist, La Monarca was inspired by San Antonio’s status as the National Wildlife Federation’s first Monarch Butterfly Champion City . A fitting symbol to be put on a clean energy installation , the monarch butterfly represents the threat that wildlife faces due to global warming and climate change. After the festival, the solar art mural will be moved to its permanent home inside a pollinator garden on the EPICenter campus in San Antonio where it will be used to generate solar energy directly into the building. + Land Art Generator Initiative Images by Land Art Generator Initiative

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Durable canvas cloth with embedded solar cells generates 120 watts per square meter

November 17, 2017 by  
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Tents , sun shades, and canopies could generate renewable energy with Norway-based company Tarpon Solar’s solar canvas . They created flexible tarpaulins, integrated with bendy solar cells from Swedish company Midsummer . Instead of simply finding shade from the sun, with Tarpon Solar’s product people could obtain clean power from the sunlight striking a canopy or tent. Tarpon Solar laminated solar cells onto a flexible canvas to create a product with numerous potential applications – shade for a restaurant patio, a swimming pool covering, or canopies in refugee camps are just a few of the possibilities. The company says the canvas can also be included in a passive home design. The product could even open up the possibility of solar power generation in places where traditional solar panels couldn’t easily be deployed, according to Tarpon Solar’s website. Related: New solar canopy provides both shade and clean energy Tarpon Solar utilized Midsummer’s solar cells in a product that recently won first place in the MTI Technology Award competition. The CIGS cells, or copper-indium-gallium-selenium, are made without cadmium, a toxic material Midsummer says is often used in CIGS or thin film solar cells. They listed the benefits of CIGS cells as having high efficiency, low weight, durability, and flexibility. The solar cells generate around 120 watts per square meter. Tarpon Solar technical manager Marius Borg-Heggedal said in a statement each canvas is custom made, so the type of fiber and amount of fabric varies among products. The company’s website says the laminated cloth is that utilized in the sailing industry. Borg-Heggedal said solar cells are integrated during production and “become part of the material.” Midsummer described the canvases as very light, saying in a statement with the solar cells integrated “the weight becomes almost the same as with conventional PVC material and the canvas is also stronger and more durable.” + Tarpon Solar + Midsummer Images courtesy of Tarpon Solar and Midsummer

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Tesla’s upcoming Model 3 will be a family of electric vehicles

June 16, 2015 by  
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The world is eagerly awaiting Tesla’s mass-market Model 3 and although we’ve yet to see the $35,000 electric car, Tesla has just revealed that it will be offered in more than one body style. During a recent conference in Washington, Tesla Motors Chief Technical Officer JB Straubel said Tesla wants the Model 3 to actually be a family of vehicles, which will be available in both sedan and crossover versions. Read the rest of Tesla’s upcoming Model 3 will be a family of electric vehicles Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 2017 Tesla , 2017 Tesla Model 3 , electric crossover , electric SUV , elon musk , green car , green transportation , tesla , Tesla Crossover , Tesla electric car , Tesla Model 3 , Tesla Model X , tesla model-s , Tesla SUV

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Source reveals Apple’s new car will be autonomous—and powered by Siri

April 1, 2015 by  
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Last month, rumors began swirling about a new Apple car after it was revealed that the company had hired a group of engineers from electric car battery manufacturer A123 . In typical Apple fashion, the company hasn’t confirmed or denied the rumors, but some new details have surfaced after someone close to the project talked to reporters last week. While there are still few details, we do know two things: first, the new Apple car will be autonomous and second, it will be controlled by that voice that everyone loves to hate: Siri. Read the rest of Source reveals Apple’s new car will be autonomous—and powered by Siri Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “april fools” , Apple autonomous car , apple car , Apple car siri , apple driverless car , apple electric car , Apple eV , Apple siri , electric cars , google autonomous car , Google driverless car , Tesla electric car , Tesla EV

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Ford May Build a Tesla-Rivaling Long-Range Electric Car

October 27, 2014 by  
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It’s no secret that Tesla has revolutionized the electric car market with the Model S. Automakers like General Motors have taken notice of public interest and now Ford has revealed that it is considering building a similar long-range electric car that would rival the Model S’s 265-mile range. Read the rest of Ford May Build a Tesla-Rivaling Long-Range Electric Car Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: electric car , ford , ford electric car , ford focus , ford focus electric , green car , green transportation , tesla , Tesla electric car , tesla model-s

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Pico Housing is a Community-Oriented Affordable Housing Development in Santa Monica

October 27, 2014 by  
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Read the rest of Pico Housing is a Community-Oriented Affordable Housing Development in Santa Monica Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “sustainable architecture” , affordable housing , affordable housing project , Daylighting , eco design , green architecture , Green Building , green design , green housing , la , Los Angeles , low income housing , Moore Ruble Yudell , moore ruble yudell architects , natural ventilation , pico housing , Santa Monica , Sustainable Building , sustainable design , sustainable housing

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Giant Ogre Sculpture Rips Out of Lawn in Budapest

October 27, 2014 by  
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Hungarian artist Ervin Loránth Hervé ’s new sculpture for Art Market Budapest literally rips out of the lawn at Széchenyi Square. The gigantic man, called “Popped Up,” seems to burst out from under the cover of the square’s lawn , shouting at passersby. The temporary sculpture combines art with nature, surprising visitors while welcoming them to the Eastern capital. Read the rest of Giant Ogre Sculpture Rips Out of Lawn in Budapest Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Art Market Budapest , eco design , Ervin Loranth Herve , Giant angry man sculpture , grass sculpture , green design , oversized sculpture , public sculpture , sustainable design

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Tesla Announces Plans to ‘Unveil the D and Something Else’ On Oct 9

October 2, 2014 by  
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Tesla CEO Elon Musk just sent out a mysterious tweet announcing that the EV maker plans to unveil something new on October 9. His tweet, “ about time to unveil the D and something else ” has set off waves of speculation – could Tesla be unveiling a brand new model, or is it something less dramatic like new technology for its existing vehicles? Read the rest of Tesla Announces Plans to ‘Unveil the D and Something Else’ On Oct 9 Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: driver assistance , electric car , electric motor , elon musk , green car , green transportation , tesla , Tesla D , Tesla electric car , Tesla Model D , Tesla Model X , tesla model-s

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INTERVIEW: Tesla Climate Riders Drive 1,100 Miles to People’s Climate March

September 29, 2014 by  
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A team of sustainability leaders from Orlando, Florida, drove a   Tesla  Model S Sedan 1,100 miles to the People’s Climate March in New York City to demonstrate that zero emission electric vehicles can be a part of the climate solution. The trip took 27 hours with stops at nine Tesla Supercharger stations along the East Coast. Their destination was the newest Tesla showroom at the Time Warner Center at Columbus Circle, where the biggest climate march in history started with an estimated 400,000 people taking to the streets of Manhattan to demand climate action ahead of the UN Climate Summit. Read the rest of INTERVIEW: Tesla Climate Riders Drive 1,100 Miles to People’s Climate March Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Climate Change , climate change march , electric car , electric cars , electric vehicle , electric vehicles , EVs , Flood Wall Street , IDEAS for Us , Keep Seminole Beautiful , Model S electric car , NYC climate change march , People’s Climate March , tesla , Tesla Climate Ride , Tesla electric car , tesla electric cars , Tesla electric vehicles , Tesla Model S sedan , tesla model-s , US Green Chamber of Commerce

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