Rome is banning all oil-burning cars by 2024

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Rome is jumping on the diesel-banning bandwagon after announcing plans to eliminate oil-burning cars within the city by 2024. That’s huge news, because about two-thirds of new cars sold last year in Italy were diesel, and Rome has struggled with poor air quality. The move comes on the heels of the court case in Germany that allows cities to ban diesel vehicles.

Rome is one of the most congested cities in Europe thanks to a constant stream of tourists on decidedly un-modern streets. Rome also… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



America’s first private high-speed train could take 3 million cars off the roads

America isn’t exactly known for high-speed train travel. But a new express train project taking off in Florida could change that – and will be the first private, high-speed rail service in the country. Brightline, owned by Florida East Coast Industries, will allow people to travel from Fort Lauderdale to Miami in half an hour, on trains propelled by diesel electric engines.

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World’s first electric dump truck stores as much energy as 8 Tesla Model S cars

Even the construction industry can “go green.” A collection of Swiss companies is proving this to be true by developing the world’s largest electric vehicle and in record time. The E-Dumper weighs in at a whopping 45 tons and has 700 kWh of storage capacity. That’s as much as eight Tesla Model S vehicles! To ensure it is as environmentally-friendly as possible, the E-Dumper’s base is a used Komatsu HD 605-7 dumper truck. The original has had its diesel engine removed, however; in its… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Scotland to phase out new gas and diesel cars by 2032

We’ve recently seen a movement of governments banning new petrol and diesel cars – within the past year the Netherlands, France, and Britain have all proposed such moves – and now it appears Scotland is jumping on the emissions-free bandwagon. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon recently laid out the new Programme for Government, which includes a target of phasing out the need for the polluting vehicles by 2032. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Volvo will only sell electric cars starting in 2019

In a short two years, every Volvo rolling off the production line will be electric. Volvo has announced that starting in 2019 every model it sells will have some sort of electrification, either in the form of a mild-hybrid system, a plug-in hybrid or a fully-electric powertrain.

The news marks a significant change for a major automaker and follows Volvo’s announcement last month that its Polestar brand will become a standalone high-performance EV brand. Volvo will introduce a full lineup… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Electric cars could reach cost parity with conventional cars by next year

Are you eager to get your hands on a new electric vehicle (EV)? You’re not alone. Fortunately, you won’t have to wait long, as a new report from investment firm UBS says electric cars will soon reach cost parity with vehicles that have internal combustion engines (ICE). Perhaps the most exciting news is that the shift is expected to take place as early as 2018.

The report makes it clear that while electric vehicles will still cost more than ICE cars, owning a new EV will be comparable… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

New autopilot software update improves performance and feel of Tesla cars

Tesla isn’t content to be the most valuable car company in the United States. The company has been working to improve their software, and their new Autopilot comes with relaxed speed restrictions that make driving on undivided roads and off highways even better. Vice president of Autopilot software Chris Lattner said on Twitter the performance of the car is “much improved.” View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Stanford study says fossil-fueled cars will vanish in 8 years as big oil collapses

It might seem as if the world is resisting “going green,” but a new study published by Stanford University suggests that within eight years, citizens will have no choice but to invest in electric vehicles or similar technologies. This is because the cost of electric vehicles – including cars, buses, and trucks – will ultimately decrease, resulting in the collapse of the petroleum industry.

 

Led by Stanford University economist Tony Seba, the report has caused in spasms of anxiety… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

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New super batteries could charge phones in seconds and electric cars in minutes

A scientific breakthrough at the University of Surrey could completely change how we charge our devices. Researchers developed a new material that could be used to create supercapacitors 1,000 to 10,000 times more powerful than conventional batteries. The new super batteries would also be safer, greener, faster charging and more efficient.

The breakthrough is made possible by a special type of polymer that is, surprisingly enough, adapted from the principles used to make soft contact lenses…. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building