TAG: Transportation

Airfoil Ship Could Cut Emissions by 80%

Airfoil Ship Could Cut Emissions by 80%

The design of a merchant ship with a hull shaped like an airfoil, which can “pull” itself through the ocean using just the power of the wind, is said to be capable of reducing fuel consumption by 60% and reducing emissions by 80%, and could herald a coming age of sustainable sea transport. The Vindskip concept, from Lade AS, is a break from traditional large vessel design, and hinges on the effect of relative wind on the ship, which is usually a factor in designing airplanes and sailboats, not merchant vessels. But the designers behind the Vindskip, who recently patented… read more

Get a Weatherproof Lockable Trunk for Your Bike

Get a Weatherproof Lockable Trunk for Your Bike

One of the most common excuses for not riding a bike more often is the need for secure storage of our stuff while we’re riding, because let’s face it, cycling with a big backpack on can be a bit of a drag, and not everyone wants to pull a bike trailer everywhere they go. Sure, there are racks and baskets that can be put on the back or the front of a bike, but they aren’t secure by any means, and they sure aren’t weatherproof, so that means that you not only need to put your stuff in another bag… read more

Compare Cars to See which is Greener

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By knowing more about the environmental impact of the next car you buy, you can get the greenest car for your money, and a new car comparison site aims to make that as easy as possible. RideNerd makes comparing two vehicles simple and quick, because users can either enter the two cars they want to compare, or they can pick from a series of rankings, such as “Plug-in cars with the best range” or “Hybrids with the best MPG” and get the info they need with a single click. “We have collected massive amounts of data, like environmental stats from… read more

The Bicycle that becomes a Motorcycle

The Bicycle that becomes a Motorcycle

When you need to get around in the city, sometimes one option isn’t enough. A bike is great way to travel in some areas, while a motorcycle will let you travel greater distances without a whole lot of energy input from the rider. But now you can have the best of both worlds, with the Greyp, a transportation option that lets you pedal it like a standard bike when you want to, but ride it like an electric motorcycle when that’s called for. The Greyp G-12 can either be pedaled manually, with electric assist, or hit up to 65 km/h… read more

Japanese MagLev Train Hits 310 MPH

Japanese MagLev Train Hits 310 MPH

The future of rail transportation, at least in Japan, is a levitating train capable of reaching speeds in excess of 300 miles per hour. The most recent trial of the fastest maglev train in the world, the L-Zero, on a 26-mile test track in Japan, demonstrated its ability to double the speed that current “bullet trains” can achieve. The L-Zero, which uses magnetic levitation technology to float just above the tracks, thereby reducing friction and increasing potential speeds, is the latest in a series of designs aimed to be put into use between Tokyo and Nagoya by 2027. The 286… read more

Scrooser: Modern Lifestyle Electric City Scooter

Scrooser: The Modern Lifestyle Electric City Scooter

Finally, there’s an electric scooter that adults won’t feel embarrassed to ride. Looking like something taken straight from the playground and put through an enlarger, the Scrooser is a big-wheeled electric assist scooter that has been dubbed a “modern lifestyle city scooter”. The Scrooser has the configuration of an old-school kick scooter, except scaled up to an adult size and featuring big fat tires that are said to enable a ride akin to surfing or snowboarding. The scooter isn’t a “step aboard and hit the throttle” type of transportation option, but instead it assists the rider’s efforts with an impulse… read more

Tiny Electric Car Folds In Half to Park

Tiny Electric Car Folds In Half to Park

What’s better than an electric car for city driving? An electric car that can fold itself in half and park just about anywhere. Inspired by the design of the armadillo, which can roll itself up into a ball when threatened, a team of researchers at Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) has developed a small foldable electric car for urban transportation. The Armadillo-T can shrink from its original length of 2.8 meters to just 1.65 meters when it’s folded up, allowing it to fit into just one-third of a normal parking spot. The two-seater vehicle is powered by… read more

Singapore to get Driverless Electric Shuttle

Singapore to get Driverless Electric Shuttle

The future of public transportation, at least on a smaller scale, may be not only electric vehicles, but driverless electric vehicles that can autonomously navigate along pre-determined routes and drop passengers at their choice of stops. In Singapore, an autonomous electric shuttle will soon be put into service on a two kilometer route between Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and JTC Corporation’s (JTC) CleanTech Park, allowing for a real-world test of the system. During the initial two-year partnership between NTU, JTC and Induct Technologies, the shuttles will be tested, improved, and optimized, with the aim of providing a safe and reliable… read more

Masdar City Development Promises Eco-Metropolis

Masdar City Development Promises Eco-Metropolis

Many examples of sustainable communities can be found across the globe, however there is one currently in the construction and development phase that is breaking the blueprint mold. Called Masdar City, the sprawling multifaceted area is located in the United Arab Emirates in Abu Dhabi. Masdar literally means ‘the source’, and it is planned to be an efficient, environmentally designed metropolitan expanse. The project actually began many years ago and had hoped for a finalization date sometime soon, but now developers are looking at a completion date of 2015 for Phase 1 of the design. It assures an upgraded lifestyle… read more

Terrafugia Flying Car Gets Public Demo

Terrafugia Flying Car Gets Public Demo

The Terrafugia Transition flying car got its first big public demonstration at the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh show, where a crowd of people witnessed a 20 minute presentation that included the conversion from airplane to car, driving on the ground, and then aerial maneuvers above the show. The Transition is a two-seater street-legal airplane that can drive on the the highway, fly through the skies, and then fit inside of a single car garage (once the wings are folded). “The Transition® brings a new level of freedom, flexibility, and fun to personal aviation by combining driving and flying in one state-of-the-art… read more