Wireless Electric Car Charging Closer to Reality

May 26, 2011 by  
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Photo: Volvo 20 kW Induction System Flanders’ Drive, Volvo, Van Hool, Bombardier and others are partnering to work on creating an induction charging system that could allow electric vehicles to be charge quickly and conveniently. Just park over a buried plate and log in the system (unlike in the image above, it’ll probably be done by wireless identification), and voilà! Charging a battery pack of the size fitted to the Volvo C30 Electric(24 kWh), which Volvo will use for testing, is expected to take about an hour and twenty minutes, if the battery is entirely discharged….

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You Be The Judge In The Great Prefab Debate

May 26, 2011 by  
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UPDATE: The results are in, at our biggest audience ever for TreeHuggerLive. Our two invited judges, Allison Arieff and Preston Koerner, both went for Michelle Kaufmann and the Affirmative; our Audience went solidly for the Chad Ludeman and the negative

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Recycled Road Sign Furniture by Boris Bally (Photos)

May 26, 2011 by  
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Photos: courtesy of Boris Bally The orphaned road sign is a common trophy in college dorm rooms, pubs and the like, but Rhode Island-based artist Boris Bally takes it a step further design-wise by converting them into graphically striking furniture pieces. Bally calls his furniture “humanufactured” — meaning that it’s all done by hand — hand-fabricated, pierced, brake-formed and finished. Here’s more of his outstanding furniture and home accessories, all visually surprising and all handcrafted from “the dissected remains of street signs”…

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