TAG: Transportation

Biofuel to Power 1/3 of Cars in Sweden by 2030

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As part of an investigation into how the country of Sweden can wean their fuel needs for transportation away from fossil fuels, a study found that it would be possible to power one out of every three cars by biofuel made within the country. Researchers submitted a study, The Production of Today’s and Future Sustainable Biofuels, to the government investigation outlining their discovery that the country could increase its biofuel production to as much as 25-35 terawatt hours (TWh) annually, using mainly the residue left from forestry projects or agricultural waste. The current biofuel production level in Sweden has been… read more

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

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

Compare Driving Costs for Gasoline vs. Electric Cars

Compare Driving Costs for Gasoline vs. Electric Cars

When considering the operating costs for a gas powered vehicle, it’s fairly simple to understand and apply the miles-per-gallon ratings on the window stickers, because we’re used to thinking in those terms, and are reminded of the costs for a gallon of gas every time we fuel up. But what if you’re interested in an electric car? How do you measure and compare the energy costs of something that plugs into your house with all of the rest of your electrical appliances, and gets paid for monthly, on a bill where you usually only see the totals for usage, not… read more

New Giant Airship Could Transform Cargo Transportation

New Giant Airship Could Transform Cargo Transportation

Cargo transportation may soon get quite a bit greener, due to a new type of airship technology that can take off and land vertically and transport enormous amounts of cargo. The Aeroscraft could transform all areas of cargo logistics, from humanitarian and disaster relief to military operations and food and consumer goods delivery. The new rigid, variable-buoyancy craft can transport and offload massive amounts of materials just about anywhere, even on uneven ground or in remote areas and without a ground crew. The airship could deliver goods and cargo directly from its point of origin to its point of use,… read more

Moving Forward in the Teleportation Industry

Teleportation industry

While current technology is years behind future realities presented by TV shows like Star Trek and Stargate, researchers are making serious headway in bringing teleportation mechanics to the 21st century. A relatively new method called Quantum Teleportation has taken the scientific field by storm. The technique has been described as particles existing in one place, and then existing somewhere else instead. On the outside, it doesn’t get much simpler than that. But the specifics are quite complex, and much is still beyond modern science’s understanding. The current teleportation record is 89 miles, set by The Institute for Quantum Optics and… read more

To Infinity And Beyond

To Infinity And Beyond

In the near future, private space companies will ferry thousands of people to and from the edge of space. Leading the charge is Virgin Galactic, with over 500 people signed up at $200,000 per person for flights beyond Earth’s atmosphere. Founded by Richard Branson in 1999, Virgin Galactic was the first private space company to successfully launch a human being into space. This officially began the space industry boom, with several new companies and corporations joining the expanding market. Spaceport America, located 30 miles east of Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, began construction in 2006. It was conceived of during… read more

New Electric Transport Device is Hands-Free

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In the latest development in personal transportation, one company is betting on an auto-balancing hands-free electric scooter that responds to movement in the users feet. The Hovertrax project is a wheeled platform with an auto-gyro for balancing and two electric motors for powering it, and is said to have a 5 mile range and a one hour charge time. The prototype of the Hovertrax weighs just 9 pounds, which is light enough to carry with you in a bag, but is also said to be ruggedly built to stand up to the demands of personal transportation. The two halves of… read more

Becoming The Jetsons

Becoming The Jetsons

Flying automobiles have been dreamt of since Leonardo Da Vinci started painting, and were first popularized in the mid-1900’s by shows like ‘The Jetsons’. The production of these vehicles is the next logical step in transportation, yet reaching that point is harder than you may think. There are specific explanations for this delay in futuristic automobile production, and here are the reasons why we don’t have flying Deloreans in our garages. Flying Cars don’t exist because Self-Driving cars don’t exist Until reliable self-driving cars can be mass-produced, we will never see a legitimate flying car. Of course, there are prototypes… read more