This Person Spent 9 Months Driving A Chevy Volt

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Nine months of ownership, a meager 14 gallons of gas, and 9,000 miles later, this Chevy Volt owner provides his review of the car. The Volt, as most of you may remember, suffered a tragic amount of setbacks, bad press, and a slow roll-out when GMC debuted it in 2012. Volt’s have since been overshadowed by the success of the award-winning Tesla Model S, the Nissan Leaf, and others. Does this mean it’s a bad car? Not even slightly. Take a look at this informative video from a Volt owner, and then decide for yourself whether or not the press… read more

Why All Big Cities Need A Green Push

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Smog. What is it good for? Well, absolutely nothing. It is the bane of city drivers worldwide, and it’s not going away without a fight. Change is always hard to swallow, as are hard truths. Without a push from city-dwellers to compel lawmakers to restrict pollution levels in factories, cars, and boats, that haze you find yourself driving through on July mornings is here to stay. Los Angeles, New York City, Cleveland, and San Francisco are some of the United States’ worst offenders (notice that sunny California is listed twice. This shouldn’t surprise you). Los Angeles specifically has a terrible metro system…. read more

Solar Hybrid Bicycle Concept Could be Ultimate E-Bike

Solar Hybrid Bicycle Concept Could be Ultimate E-Bike

What’s a greener transportation option than an electric bicycle? An electric bicycle outfitted with solar panels, that’s what. This solar hybrid e-bike concept, from designer Mojtaba Raeisi, eschews spokes in the wheels in favor of circular solar panels that can be tilted to catch the sun when parked, providing power from solar energy to energize the bike. According to Yanko Design, the bike is designed to be either pedaled manually, with electric assist, or fully electric, which would give riders the option that best suits the situation. The small size of the solar panels seems like it might severely limit… read more

Hyperloop Concept May Become Reality — Soon

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Next June, Hyperloop Transportation Technologies Inc. might become a household name, that is, if Patricia Galloway can pull off one amazing development–namely, the creation of Elon Musk’s “Hyperloop”. If you’ve read the articles about it, you know just how awesome it has the potential to become, provided a great many developmental hurdles are solved. Still, Galloway, the head of HTT Inc., is optimistic and determined to see the project through. After all, she has a great track record of making things happen. The Hyperloop is a tube very much like the ET3 tubes we wrote about last year, albeit with… read more

Gardens in Motion

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Joe Baldwin has conceived of a project that would see nature installed within train cars, allowing passengers to enjoy their own personal gardens whilst they travel. It comes as part of his Open-Air Public Transportation project. Baldwin, a graduate of UIC Art & Design, considers himself an artist of new media. The ‘new’ here referring not always to the materials used but new in concept. The plants are themselves from a sophisticated lineage, however, they are continually growing in new blooms, and thus, display a fresh perception of materials stemming from a primitive age. The Open-Air Public Transport project was… read more

Is Air An Alternative?

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Rising fuel costs, pollution and inefficiency are just a few problems with conventional vehicles. Green transportation is becoming progressively more important as older ways of getting around are no longer the best option. Though not mainstream, air powered transport is a captivating way to travel. Tata, a car company in India has constructed a curious air powered vehicle called the AirPod in collaboration with technology developers, Motor Development International (MDI). Running completely on compressed air, it has acceleration capabilities of about 43 miles per hour. It has been designed as an affordable option for commuters in crowded cities and as… read more

Manhole Covers Will Soon Charge Your Car

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New York, the city where literally everything cool, fascinating, and/or groundbreaking happens (Hollywood told me, so it must be true), has gone ahead and stepped up their reputation as innovators by installing new eco-friendly technology for electric vehicles. The innovation in question is high-tech manhole covers that wirelessly charge your car while it sits parked above them. The pilot program for this technology is slated to begin in New York next year. Depending on its success and dependability, it could see a major rollout, possibly even nationwide. HEVO, a New York city startup company, came up with the idea and is… read more

Two-Wheel Drive Folding Electric Bike

Two-Wheel Drive Folding Electric Bike

The electric bicycle market is booming, as more and more people are beginning to recognize how convenient (and cheap to run) they are, especially in urban areas. There are all sorts of different types of configurations, from electric add-ons for conventional bikes to fully electric versions, but this electric bike prototype goes it one further, by folding up for ease of storage. This e-bike concept from Nikos Manafis has a frame made from folded sheet metal, and includes not one, but two in-wheel electric motors (250W each) that can either be driven separately or together (for either a longer range… read more

Personalized Urban Transit Lets You Choose Your Route

Personalized Urban Transit Lets You Choose Your Route

In a cross between a city bus and a private taxi, a new bus service in Helsinki, Finland, allows riders to set their own routes and pay for them, right from their smartphone. Kutsuplus is the name of the service, which prices its trips somewhere between the cost of a taxi and that of a public bus, and ten of their minibuses are currently in service from 7:30am to 6:30pm in the city. “The ordering and control system of the Kutsuplus service is fully automated. It allows you to order trips even only a few minutes before you want to… read more

This Electric Scooter Uses Your Smartphone as the Dashboard

This Electric Scooter Uses Your Smartphone as the Dashboard

No, it’s not a Tesla (not even close), but its touchscreen dashboard takes a cue from the iconic electric car, by replacing physical knobs and buttons with the user’s smartphone. Terra Motors A4000i is being billed as “the world’s first wireless, smartphone-connected e-scooter”, as it uses the rider’s iPhone to display and transmit data from the vehicle. The company’s app will connect using Bluetooth and show the user data about the state of the battery charge, trip information, and soon, navigation information. With a 65 kilometer range, and a top speed of about 65 km/h, the A4000i promises to be… read more