Volvo creates the living seawall in Sydney to help with plastic pollution

January 25, 2019 by  
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With ocean habitats being degraded by plastic pollution and replaced with seawalls, more than half of the shoreline in Sydney, Australia , is now artificial. Scientists say that the amount of plastic waste in the ocean is so massive, removing it all simply isn’t possible. So, instead of hosting more beach clean-ups or tearing down seawalls, Volvo is taking a more modern, creative approach to the problem — a Living Seawall. Volvo has teamed up with the Sydney Institute of Marine Science and Reef Design Lab to create the Living Seawall. The Living Seawall is designed to recreate the structure of native mangrove trees and provide a habitat for marine life , according to the company’s website. The automaker also claims that Living Seawall will aid biodiversity and keep the water clean by attracting filter-feeding organisms that can absorb and filter out pollutants such as heavy metals. Related: Nestle ditching plastic straws, water bottles to reduce plastic waste Volvo’s commitment to sustainability goes far beyond the Living Seawall and Volvo Ocean Race, a beach clean-up initiative, as the company is also in the process of removing all single-use plastics from offices, cafeterias and events and replacing them with sustainable, eco-friendly options by the end of the year. It also has the goal of “putting 1 million electric cars on the road by 2025” and wants its manufacturing operations to be carbon neutral.  Volvo says that when it designs its cars, reduction of environmental impact is a top priority. The sales revenue from the Volvo V90 Cross Country is what funds the Volvo Ocean Race and Science Program, which measures ocean microplastics levels with sensors on boats. Volvo said it will continue to support research and thrive with its “radical and divergent style of thinking” that isn’t just what the company focuses on, but rather what defines it. + Volvo Images via Volvo

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Designing the Tesla building

November 1, 2017 by  
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As DHL, IKEA, Volvo and General Motors go, the building industry follows?

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Tesla is mapping the future of mobility

July 26, 2017 by  
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From influencing Volvo to GM, how one car company launched a thousand rides to a sustainable future.

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Miami makes solar mandatory for new houses

July 26, 2017 by  
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The South Miami City Commission in a 4-1 vote approved a law requiring solar panels to be installed on all new homes built in the city.

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Volvo’s plan to kill gas engines tops off EV’s big makeover

July 6, 2017 by  
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With sleeker electric vehicles now tempting consumers over to the green side, expect more automakers to follow Volvo’s example.

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Volvo SuperTruck improves big rig fuel efficiency by a whopping 70%

September 20, 2016 by  
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The race toward eco-friendly transportation has mostly involved innovating more and more compact commuter cars, but big trucks need to get green as well . Volvo has been working on its SuperTruck concept for the past five years, which initially aimed to increase fuel efficiency by 50 percent over existing cargo trucking technology. Now, Volvo says the SuperTruck is 70 percent more fuel efficient than a comparable base model and has achieved over 12 miles per gallon in tests which, for a semi truck, is really stellar. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KndAcoPLZQY In 2011, the U.S. Department of Energy issued a challenge to car companies to create a cargo truck with 50 percent higher freight efficiency over existing trucks. Five years later, the Volvo SuperTruck has exceeded that goal. The truck’s lightweight design is a key element of its efficiency, and Volvo managed to create a concept semi truck that weighs over 3,200 lbs less than its cousins on the road. Most of the weight was saved by the aluminum chassis, which is half the weight of traditional steel (only the bolts on the SuperTruck are steel). Because of the vast difference in weight, the SuperTruck uses a slightly smaller engine, which increases fuel efficiency even further. Related: This next-gen SuperTruck is twice as efficient as today’s semis The SuperTruck’s entire roof, hood and side fairings are made from lightweight but super strong carbon fiber, which increases performance while saving weight. To reduce production costs, Volvo is working to develop alternative materials, such as a recycled version of carbon fiber. Volvo created a new integrated powertrain with refined mechanics to chase peak efficiency as well. There was no existing technology to achieve the program’s goals, so the company and its partners designed a new turbo compounding system to recover the energy normally wasted, boosting fuel efficiency by up to 6.5 percent. In tests, the SuperTruck rates more than 12 miles per gallon, compared to the 4 to 8mpg by current semi trucks on the road. Via Green Car Congress Images via Volvo

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Volvo will introduce an electric car by 2019 and it could have a 325 mile driving range

October 19, 2015 by  
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Volvo may soon be one of the first automakers to offer an electric version of every model in its lineup, but the automaker isn’t stopping there on its quest to electrify its vehicles. Volvo has just announced that it is working on an all-new fully electric car that will arrive by 2019, and it could have an impressive 325-mile range. Volvo’s goal is for its electrified models to account for at least 10 percent of its total sales. Read the rest of Volvo will introduce an electric car by 2019 and it could have a 325 mile driving range

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Self-parking Volvo crashes into people because owner forgot to buy feature that brakes for humans

May 29, 2015 by  
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Click here to view the embedded video. There are many plausible reasons to believe that self-driving cars are safer than those operated exclusively by humans. One is Google’s recent announcement that the 11 incidents its autonomous autos have been involved in can all be attributed solely to human interaction. But the technology is still nascent, and the potential for pitfalls is alarming. A newly released video shows a group of besuited journalists testing out Volvo’s fancy new self-parking feature: the car gently reverses itself, waits, and then accelerates rapidly into two soon-to-be-bruised men. The cause of this horrific event? The XC60 in question apparently wasn’t equipped with the “Pedestrian Detection” feature—that option requires an extra fee. Read the rest of Self-parking Volvo crashes into people because owner forgot to buy feature that brakes for humans Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: autonomous car , autonomous car crash , self-driving safety , self-driving volvo , self-parking volvo , volvo accident , volvo city safe , volvo safety , Volvo XC60

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Did Curiosity detect methane on Mars, or just its own exhaust?

May 29, 2015 by  
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There is a methane situation on Mars. Maybe. NASA’s Curiosity rover has detected methane on the planet, which excites researchers to no end, but some believe that the methane samples the rover is picking up are actually coming from the rover itself. The question of methane on Mars has been a mystery for decades, and it seems researchers may not really be any closer to solving it. Read the rest of Did Curiosity detect methane on Mars, or just its own exhaust? Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: life on mars , mars curiosity rover , mars methane , Mars research , mars rover , methane evidence of life , methane on mars , methane proof of life , nasa , red planet

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Google’s self-driving car will have exterior airbags to protect pedestrians

March 27, 2015 by  
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Google is hard at work on its upcoming self-driving car and now it’s been revealed that the car could have a new technology to protect pedestrians: external airbags. It’s being reported that Google has secured a patent for airbags that would go on the outside of the self-driving car to protect pedestrians that the car may come in contact with. Read the rest of Google’s self-driving car will have exterior airbags to protect pedestrians Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: airbags , autonomous car , external airbags , Google , google autonomous car , Google car airbags , google self-driving car , green car , green transportation , memory foam , pedestrian airbags , pedestrian safety , self-driving car , self-driving car airbags , self-driving car external airbags , visco-elastic foam airbag , volvo , Volvo V40

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