From Quiet Achiever To The World Solar Challenge

From Quiet Achiever To The World Solar Challenge

What’s more fun that racing around a solar powered vehicle? How about a race that involves 47 teams of them from 26 countries in a world solar and electric car competition that is the largest of its kind in the world? The World Solar Challenge is a global event that was initially the idea of Hans Tholstrup, who built a solar vehicle called the Quiet Achiever. In 1982 he took his handcrafted vessel on a drive from the west through the east of Australia. Not wanting to contain the fun and challenge of building a solar car, he enticed others… read more

First Solar-Powered Family Car

First Solar-Powered Family Car

Imagine how wond­erful it would be if your car could continue running without you spending money on fuel. Much like solar-powered homes, solar cars harness energy from the sun converting it into energy for fuelling the car’s motor, but instead of using a battery, some solar cars direct the power straight to an electric motor. We just found out that a team of students from the solar team at Eindhoven University TU/e were working on that matter and have recently unveiled a vehicle called “Stella”, which is said to be the world’s first solar-powered family car. The team of 22 students… read more

World’s First Solar-Powered Family Car

World’s First Solar-Powered Family Car

What’s being hailed as the first “energy-positive car”, and the first solar-powered family car, has been designed by a team of students at Eindhoven University of Technology and will be trialed in the 2013 World Solar Challenge in October of this year. The car, dubbed “Stella”, has room for four people, trunk space, a touchscreen interface and intuitive steering, and is said to have a range of 600 km. Stella has an aerodynamic design and lightweight body and frame, which yields a very efficient car, and will be entered in the Cruiser class for the upcoming solar road race. According… read more

Mia Electric is Pioneering Urban Electric Cars

Mia Electric is Pioneering Urban Electric Cars

In the electric vehicle market, there’s a lot being done in the luxury and sports car niches (think Tesla), and there are some electric entries in the traditional sedan or city-car models (Ford Focus and Fusion, Nissan Leaf, etc.), but for something completely different, there’s a new contender for the urban car market. Mia Electric is building an electric vehicle that’s been designed from the bottom up to be a great urban transport, starting from a blank slate. According to Mia, they tried to answer the question of what people really needed for urban mobility, and looking at their resulting… read more

Collapsible Bike Helmets Can Shrink by 50%

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One of the problems with wearing a standard helmet for bicycle commuting is the question of what you’re going to do with it when you’re not on your bike. Once you get safely to your destination, it’s served its purpose and can be stashed somewhere until you need it again, but until now, there really hasn’t been a good solution for that, unless you count strapping it onto the side of your backpack or stuffing it under your desk. But thanks to a new bike helmet design from Closca, urban riders can take off their helmet and collapse it down… read more

Mobile Lightweight Takes Load off Automobiles

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The technology entrapped in the slender pane through which millions view their Smartphone screen display will soon be utilized to make automobiles lighter and thus, improve fuel economy. Corning’s Gorilla Glass is a strong yet pliable glass that is currently used on 1.5 billion electronic devices worldwide. With Gorilla Glass, Corning developed a new atomic composition for glass that has contributes less damage to the environment than competitor materials like Sapphire Glass, which is not actually glass but a crystalline material. First launched in 2007, the company has introduced three versions of the material. All of them greatly improve the… read more

Cycling, Flying…or Both

Paravelo: the world’s first flying bike

For those of you who love extreme sports and ride bikes in the city, but want to avoid traffic jams, there is a new two-wheeled that you will absolutely adore. Created by a pair of British enthusiasts who have a passion for both cycling and flying, John Foden (37) and Yannick Read (42), the XploreAir Paravelo is a bike that transforms into an aircraft. The inventors say it is the world’s first fully functional flying bicycle. “If you have a thirst for adventure, but are without the storage space or bank balance large enough for a helicopter, then the Paravelo is… read more

Formula Sun Grand Prix Challenges Student Solar Cars

The next wave of innovation in solar power and electric vehicles is powered, in part, by the work that students put into designing and building their entries to events such as this upcoming one, the Formula Sun Grand Prix. Solar car competitions have been happening since 1990, with the GM Sunrayce USA, and thanks to the Innovators Educational Foundation (IEF), has continued build with their milestone events, the American Solar Challenge and the Formula Sun Grand Prix. IEF, which is the non-profit organization behind North America’s collegiate-level solar racing in North America, states that these races are meant to inspire… read more

Tesla Swaps Batteries in Just 90 Seconds

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For those prospective electric car owners who exhibit range anxiety or have charge time angst, Tesla just blew away those worries with their recent battery swap event, where they demonstrated an extremely quick battery swap for their Model S. In less than the half the time it takes to fill up a gas tank, Tesla Model S owners could drive away from a Supercharger station with a full battery pack, thanks to the new quick-swap setup. According to Forbes, the fast-swapping service will be offered at about the same price that 15 gallons of gasoline is selling for locally, which… read more

Take the Pledge to Stop Idling Your Car

Take the Pledge to Stop Idling Your Car

To help make your car trips more fuel-efficient and less polluting, you don’t necessarily need to buy a hybrid or electric car, because your car already has that capability, wired right into the ignition switch. What’s that, you say? It’s already wired into the ignition switch? Yup. It’s called the “off” position, and if we can start turning our vehicles off instead of leaving them to idle at drive-thrus and traffic jams or school drop-offs, we can start to make a difference in fuel consumption, air pollution, and CO2 emissions. According to I Turn It Off, we waste some 3.8… read more