Google Street View cars will map air pollution in cities worldwide

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Air quality sensors are coming to a Google Street View car near you. The tech giant just announced plans to introduce sensors from a San Francisco company called Aclima that test air quality in cities and towns all across the globe.

The Google Street View cars take photographs and incorporate them into Google Maps. Aclima is installing the air quality sensors in vehicles based in Mexico City, Houston, and Sydney. The sensors will detect amounts of carbon dioxide, nitric oxide, carbon monoxide,… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



Europe officially has more than one million electric cars

More than a million electric cars can now be seen on the streets of Europe as sales surged in the first half of 2018. The benchmark has been reached in Europe faster than in the United States, where the it is set to be realized later this year, especially since it has been fueled by growing attraction for Tesla’s latest model. Europe and the U.S. trail China by nearly a year as it reached one million electric vehicle sales in 2017, however due to the size of the Chinese marketplace, the achievement… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Rome is banning all oil-burning cars by 2024

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