Anheuser-Busch orders 800 hydrogen-electric semi trucks from Tesla competitor Nikola

May 4, 2018 by  
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Tesla’s made headlines with its electric Semi truck — but Anheuser-Busch is betting big on their competitor, the Nikola Motor Company . The beer company placed an order for as many as 800 hydrogen-electric semi trucks just days after Nikola sued Tesla for patent infringement. Nikola says their zero emissions trucks boast a 500- to 1,200-mile range – plenty to haul Anheuser-Busch’s beer around the country. Anheuser-Busch’s goal is to convert its dedicated long-haul fleet over to renewably-powered vehicles by 2025. 800 hydrogen-electric semi trucks could help them reach that goal. Nikola said their trucks could be integrated into the brewing company’s fleet in 2020. Features of the truck include the ability to refuel in around 20 minutes, and a surround viewing system for improved safety. Nikola could charge around $400,000 on average for their trucks, which are as yet in the prototype phase, according to Reuters . Related: Self-driving semi-truck makes the first ever autonomous beer run The trucks could help the beer company attain sustainability goals; Nikola said, “Once fully implemented, the carbon reductions gained from these 800 trucks will reduce the brewer’s carbon emissions from logistics by more than 18 percent — equivalent to taking more than 13,000 passenger vehicles off the road annually.” Nikola says on their website they plan to create the world’s largest hydrogen network, and CEO Trevor Milton said they’re excited to partner with Anheuser-Busch to bring this network to the United States. He said in the statement, “By 2028, we anticipate having over 700 hydrogen stations across the USA and Canada. With nearly nine billion dollars in pre-order reservations, we are building to order, not speculation, and are very excited for what’s to come.” Reuters described that last statement as a not-so-veiled jab at Tesla — people have questioned the Tesla Semi’s cost, range, and payload. The expected base prices for Tesla’s Semi are $150,000 for a 300-mile-range truck or $180,000 for a 500-mile-range truck. Anheuser-Busch did place 40 reservations for the Tesla Semi. Although Nikola and Tesla are both named after inventor Nikola Tesla, the companies aren’t exactly on good terms — Nikola recently sued Tesla over design patent infringements. Elon Musk referred to the allegation as a “laughable lawsuit.” + Nikola Motor Company Via Reuters and Mashable Images via Nikola Motor Company

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This breathtaking Tulum art gallery was created by Peggy Guggenheim’s great-grandson

May 4, 2018 by  
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Much like the Guggenheim Museums around the world, a new art gallery founded by the great-grandson of Peggy Guggenheim is a true architectural showstopper. Santiago Rumney Guggenheim commissioned designer Jorge Eduardo Neira Sterkel to create IK LAB , a stunning arts gallery that opened late last month in Tulum, Mexico. Topped with a curved timber canopy, the nature-inspired space is located within the eco-friendly Azulik resort. Upon entering, visitors are asked to slip off their shoes and “to interact with the floor as a living organism,” made from woven jungle vines that seamlessly flow into walls and ceilings made with smooth curved concrete and locally sourced wood. No trees were cut in the process of building and the organic structure is lifted off the ground to minimize site impact. Natural light filters into the building through spaced-out timber elements and large openings in the walls reinforced by transparent fiberglass . In addition to framed views of the jungle outside, plants grow inside the art gallery as well. Related: World’s first porcelain courtyard opens at London’s V&A Museum “This majestic space redefines the traditional white-cube, gallery-visiting experience, instead fortifying the organic relationship between art and its physical surroundings,” IK LAB said in a statement. The inaugural exhibition, curated by Santiago R. Guggenheim, is titled “Alignments.” It features works by Tatiana Trouvé, Artur Lescher and Margo Trushina. + IK LAB Via Dezeen Images by Fernando Artigas

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The world’s first all-electric sport utility truck is finally here – and it looks incredible

July 27, 2017 by  
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Electric vehicle buyers are spoiled for choice these days – there’s electric sports cars , sedans , SUVs , minivans , and motorcycles . So where’s the electric truck? New York-based Bollinger Motors just answered that question with the B1 – the world’s first all-electric, all-wheel drive sport utility truck. It’s remarkably refined with a strong, stealthy profile – and it’s rough and rugged enough to haul heavy loads and tackle challenging terrain. The B1 has better horsepower, torque, and ground clearance than any gas-powered truck in its class – plus a few features you simply won’t find in internal combustion engine vehicles. Read on for a first look – straight from Bollinger’s unveil tonight in New York City. Electric trucks make a lot of sense on paper, as EVs produce plenty of torque – which trucks need to cart heavy loads. However this power comes at a price – lithium ion cells are heavy, and automakers must carefully balance battery weight vs performance and cost when creating a new EV. Bollinger Motors found a winning formula by nesting the B1’s batteries in a remarkably strong aluminum chassis that weighs just 295 pounds. Two battery setups are available – a 60 kWh system with 120 miles of range, and a 100 kWh system with 200 miles of range. The longer range beats most electric cars on the road today – which is even more impressive given the B1’s powertrain specs. The Bollinger B1’s full-time, all-wheel drive powertrain features front and rear-mounted synchronous electric motors that produce 360 horsepower and 472 lb-ft of torque. That’s a lot of power – and it gives the B1 a 0-60 speed of 4.5 seconds and a top speed of 127 miles per hour. The vehicle’s curb weight is 3,900 pounds, which translates to a 10.8 power to weight ratio – and it has a payload capacity of 6,100 pounds. The sport utility truck measures 150 inches long, 76.5 inches wide, and 73.5 inches tall. It has a 105-inch wheelbase and 15.5 inches of ground clearance, which can be adjusted by the vehicle’s hydro-pneumatic suspension within 10 inches of wheel travel. Since the batteries are sunk into the chassis, the B1 has an exceptionally low center of gravity, and the engineering team dialed in a perfect 50/50 weight balance. This all adds up to an extremely capable off-road vehicle that gets an estimated 67.4 MPGe. The B1’s design is sleek and spartan inside and out. Aluminum interior panels help keep the truck’s weight down, and the dash features an old school mechanical speedometer and tachometer in addition to gauges for battery level, range updates, charging status, and FMVSS warning signals. The vehicle seats four within a steel passenger safety cage, and the interior can be fully hosed down thanks to polyurethane floor pans and rubber seals and gaskets that protect the instruments. The B1’s electric powertrain frees up cargo space for a “frunk” that is accessible through the center console. This is a clever design decision, as a stack of 12-foot boards will fit handily within the enclosed vehicle. It also has another trick up its sleeve: “Since the B1 is an all-electric truck, it’s really a portable energy source,” says Bollinger Motors’ founder and CEO, Robert Bollinger. “So we put 100 volt plugs throughout the truck so you can use it to power any equipment and tools you might need out in the field. USB and 12 volt plugs are also integrated into the dash to cover all power needs.” The inspiration for the B1 is easy to trace – it looks a bit like the iconic Land Rover Defender, stripped of its curves and fitted with a powerful all-electric powertrain. It’s not designed to be a mainstream truck, but as a boutique vehicle it’s stunning with performance to match. “We are so thrilled to be able to finally take the wraps off of our Bollinger B1 SUT,” said Robert Bollinger. “This is the culmination of what has been a 40-year-long boyhood dream of mine and I couldn’t be more pleased with the vehicle and the incredible team who worked so hard to create it.” The B1 prototype was designed, engineered and manufactured in Hobart, New York – and Bollinger is planning to keep all operations within the US as production begins. They’re currently talking to independent vehicle manufacturers with the goal of launching a production run of 10,000-15,000 vehicles later this year and delivering the first vehicles within 19 months. Bollinger has yet to announce pricing, however they’re targeting “ranchers, builders, do-it-yourselfers” with a direct to consumer model and a price point comparable to a “nicely equipped sport utility vehicle.” Interested buyers can reserve a spot on Bollinger Motors’ website, which will enable them to place an order in early 2018 with a $1000 down payment. + Bollinger Motors  

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Iceculture’s Incredible 15,000 Pound Ice Truck is Totally Roadworthy

July 19, 2015 by  
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Iceculture’s 15,000 Pound Ice Truck is a Rolling Mini Glacier

December 31, 2013 by  
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Waste Management Pilot Tests a Next-Gen Green Garbage Truck

January 28, 2012 by  
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With a rotating cylindrical body and a sleek profile, new trucks being test-driven by Waste Management look nothing like garbage haulers of bygone years.

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5 Eco friendly trucks designed to sell green cuisine on the move

September 16, 2011 by  
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Babina Laishram: Eco friendly trucks Eco-friendly trucks designed to sell green cuisine on the move In a world suffering from global warming issues and the impact of emission on the environment, where customers look for organic certification of foodstuffs before buying, everything has to have as minimal a carbon footprint as possible, and each food item has to be organic. For environment conscious people on the move, it had always been a challenge trying to find a breakfast, lunch, or a dessert that suited their green ethics. But not anymore, because mobile food trucks that cater to these consumers on the move are going green, running on green fuel and serving food that have little carbon footprint being locally sourced and are completely organic. Here are 5 eco friendly trucks designed to sell green cuisine on the move. 1. Green Truck Green Truck Green Truck Delivers Green Meals on Wheels Founded by Kam Micelli and Mitchell Collier, Green Truck is an innovative green diner on wheels. Serving at specific locations in and around Los Angeles at specific times, Green Truck offers hungry diners food cooked on solar powered commissary that are served on degradable and compostable disposables. With a motto of ‘healing the planet one meal at a time’, Green Truck runs on vegetable oil fuel too. Stocked with organic foods, Green Truck menu consists of certified organic vegetable salads, mercury-free line caught tuna tacos, free range chicken and tofu lavash wraps. With made-to-order organic food qualitatively notches ahead of fast foods like hot dogs or taco stands, and location updates on Twitter, Green Truck is set to go places. 2. Gmonkey GMonkey GMonkey: Sustainable Vegetarian Food Truck This diner is green, mobile, and completely vegetarian. Gmonkey serves hungry environment-conscious mouths in and around Hartford. With an aim to expose the street to the goodness of farm fresh food, Gmonkey sources all their vegetable and other ingredients from local farms and local producers. Not only is their food vegetarian and green, but even their truck runs on biodiesel. The organic vegetarian dishes are served on biodegradable and compostable containers. Brought into existence by Mark and Ami Shadle, Gmonkey uses Twitter and Facebook to announce its route and menu. With quality ingredients and a green footprint, the Gmonkey serves up farm fresh, organic, and mouth watering vegetarian food that are a delight with consumers. 3. On the Fly On The Fly Food Truck On The Fly Eco Friendly Food Truck If you live in and around Washington D.C. and have a hankering for great tasting, convenient, affordable, natural and healthy food, then On the Fly is the solution. Founded by three friends, Michael Heitstuman, Christopher Lynch and Gabe Kleir, who missed natural, delicious and healthy foods in the D.C. area, On the Fly serves at tourist locations in and around Washington D.C. like the National Zoo, National Arboretum and the National Mall. Heitstuman, one of the founder states with high costs associated with setting up a brick and mortar restaurant, food trucks offer an easy and attractive entry into the diner industry. And in this market food trucks that go green, offer organic fresh food and serve at convenient locations will come on top. It has the honor of serving the likes of Leonardo Di Caprio and with mouth watering menu ‘On the Fly’ is set to fly high. 4. Clover Food Lab Clover Food Lab The Clover Food Lab Is An All-Vegetarian, Eco-Friendly Mobile Eatery Ayn Muir, an MIT alumnus left his corporate job and started an ecofriendly vegetarian food truck enterprise at the MIT campus. Named the Clover Food Lab, the founder sees the ecofriendly food truck as his contribution to the environment to bring about a change. With completely vegetarian food items sourced locally, the Clover Food Lab creates very little carbon emission. On top of this the ecofriendly vehicle runs on biodiesel. With an exterior that reflects Muir’s MIT past, the truck is a destination for anyone looking for healthy, affordable, and tasty food. Located on Carleton Street and with a former Waldorf-Astoria chef at the helm, the Clover serves up unique tastes and flavors that are a hit with the breakfast as well as lunch crowds. 5. Mini Yums Mini Yums Mini Yums Puts Tiny Dessert and Crack Comparison Trends into Overdrive For those looking to satisfy their sweet tooth, here is Mini Yums. Officially launched recently, Mini Yums serve miniature cup cakes, peanut butter cookies and miniature cakes that are also a rage at chain restaurant boardrooms and industry trade events. These food trucks announced their roll out on Facebook and Twitter and is making runs around the city. Inviting all to come and try their ‘crack’ which they say everybody will love, these blue, and pink colored food trucks serve mini cup cakes and mini desserts.

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Coca-Cola Working On Solar AC System for Truck Fleet

November 15, 2010 by  
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Coca-Cola is the biggest drink brand in the world, and the company is trying to make the most of its position as market leader by showing other beverage firms the benefits of EV fleets . Electric vehicles and low-emission trucks have been integrated into the Coca-Cola fleet over the last few years, but they still use a lot of fuel to power the air-conditioning units in the cargo holds.

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Volvo Developing the World’s Fastest Hybrid Truck

November 3, 2010 by  
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This is one competition we never thought we’d see: Volvo Trucks is reportedly developing a diesel-electric hybrid truck dubbed the “Mean Green.” Going forward in a green way, the famed car manufacturer is hoping that the truck will claim the title of World’s Fastest Hybrid Truck.

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The Port of NY/NJ Will Replace Dirty Old Diesel Trucks to Slash Air Pollution

March 10, 2010 by  
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Photo: Public domain Other Truck Fleets, Pay Attention Did you know that replacing a pre-1994 diesel truck (or at least the engine) with a 2004-2006 model could cut soot pollution by about 2/3, and reduce smog-forming nitrogen oxides (NOx) emissions by more than half? Post 2007 diesel trucks are even better, with a reduction of soot particles by about 95% and NOx by at least 3/4.

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