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How One Fed-Up Dude Fixed an Awful Highway Sign Himself. Infographic: Efficient Air Travel Has Arrived. Floating Cycle Path Proposed For River Thames in London. DeepFlight Dragon set to usher in the era of the personal submarine. Top 7 Reasons To Go For An Electric Vehicle. Cars Published on April 9th, 2014 | by Guest Contributor Originally published on the website of the Union of Concerned Scientists.By Josh Goldman.

Top 7 Reasons To Go For An Electric Vehicle

A Broken Place: The Spectacular Failure Of The Startup That Was Going To Change The World. "So this is the car. " I'm standing outside a shopping mall somewhere in Tel Aviv, Israel, as Guy Pross shows me his ride. The silver Renault sedan has four doors, five seats, and a body design that makes it look a bit like a fat Honda Civic. Under the hood, though, the normal 1.6-liter internal-­combustion engine has been replaced with a compact 70-kilowatt electric motor, a conversion overseen by Renault and a ­local company named Better Place.

QUANT e-Sportlimousine with nanoFLOWCELL® drive. Traveling in a Boeing 747 in the 1970s was pretty damn awesome. How to Downsize a Transport Network: The Chinese Wheelbarrow. Transport options over land Before the arrival of the steam engine, people have always preferred to move cargo over water instead of over land, because it takes much less effort to do so. But whenever this was not possible, there remained essentially three options for transporting goods: carrying them (using aids like a yoke, or none at all), tying them to pack animals (donkeys, mules, horses, camels, goats), or loading them onto a wheeled cart or wagon (which could be pulled by humans or animals). Carrying stuff was the easiest way to go; there was no need to build roads or vehicles, nor to feed animals. Toyota fuel cell car set for 2015 global release. Toyota has announced its intention to begin selling fuel cell vehicles from 2015 Image Gallery (4 images) Amongst the incremental improvements seen at CES, Toyota has announced its notable and progressive intention to begin selling hydrogen powered cars starting next year.

Toyota fuel cell car set for 2015 global release

Roll-out will begin in California initially and will continue around the world, it has confirmed. The Toyota Fuel Cell Vehicle (FCV) runs on hydrogen that, combined with oxygen, creates a chemical reaction from which electricity can be harnessed. To understand the potential of Tesla, look to the forest, not the trees. The bulk of the attention on Tesla recently has been squarely centered on the trees: Tesla’s quarterly earnings, its stock dive and weekly volatility, the three accidents that have led to fires.

To understand the potential of Tesla, look to the forest, not the trees

But don’t forget the forest: Tesla’s Model S has been a big success, and it’s part of a long term evolution that will allow Tesla to eventually deliver its third-generation, mainstream electric car. For Tesla Motors, Success Is All About the Batteries. Most of the news coverage of the Tesla Motors earnings call last night focused on how the company’s stock fell, in spite of the fact that Tesla is on track to meet its sales and margins goals.

For Tesla Motors, Success Is All About the Batteries

But in terms of the long term success of the company, a more important part of the call was CEO Elon Musk’s comments about batteries. We’ve said before that batteries are the limiting factor in electric vehicles, but our point has mainly been that they’re too big and expensive (see “How Tesla is Driving Electric Car Innovation” and “Will Electric Vehicles Finally Succeed?”). Musk highlighted another challenge: sheer production capacity. A Look At The $20 Billion Dollar Floating Airport.

By: David Russell Schilling | July 11th, 2013 Floating Airport For London London, England and San Diego, USA are two examples of cities running out of space for large public projects like parks, airports and sewage treatment plants and the like.

A Look At The $20 Billion Dollar Floating Airport

Beijing Daxing Airport Master Plan. Floating Airport Proposed For London. Vyonyx for Gensler Gensler's rendering of its floating airport design.

Floating Airport Proposed For London

The debate over how to prepare London for rising air traffic has been going on for several years, and shows no signs of concluding. The Department for Transport estimates that demand for air travel in South East England will rise to 300 million passengers per year by 2030. Current demand is 127 million. There are two basic proposals: the addition of a third runway at London Heathrow Airport, and the construction of a new airport.

Battle of the airports: architects fly with rival visions. Sir Howard Davies will set out his plans for the commission into UK airport expansion today.

Battle of the airports: architects fly with rival visions

"Our preparatory work will help the next government to have 'a flying start' on the decision on airport capacity in south-east England," he told the Today programme this morning. 12 floating airports. I combined two types of concept plan in this list that are very different but share the fact that they show an alternate universe where airports weren’t giant fields on the edge of cities.

12 floating airports

12 Floating Airports That Turn City Skylines And Rivers Into Landing Strips. Global Automotive markets potential until 2025. Ricardo Strategic Consulting, has investigated the likely global automotive potential in the decade to 2025.

Global Automotive markets potential until 2025

From 2020 onwards the study predicts that the engine for profitable growth will be – political stability provided – the economies of Ricardo’s ‘Rising-15’ automotive markets: Argentina, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Nigeria, Peru, the Philippines, South Africa, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, and Vietnam. Taken together, Ricardo’s ‘Rising-15‘ – which has a combined population of 1.2 billion – is already the third largest vehicle market in the world, with annual sales exceeding 8.5 million vehicles in 2012. These sales are equivalent to the combined total of the four largest European vehicle markets – Germany, UK, France and Italy. Average annual growth across the ‘Rising-15’ has exceeded 9% for the past 10 years – and in most of these countries, Ricardo found, vehicle markets have grown faster than the economy as a whole.

Nissan Wants Self-Driving to Be a £650 Car Upgrade by 2020. Elon Musk Thinks He Can Get You From NY to LA in 45 Minutes. Elon Musk wants to revolutionize transportation.

Elon Musk Thinks He Can Get You From NY to LA in 45 Minutes

Again. The serial entrepreneur envisions a future where mag-lev trains in enormous pneumatic tubes whisk us from Los Angeles to New York in 45 minutes. Need to be in Beijing tomorrow? No problem. To build world’s largest nationwide network of EV fast-charging stations in the Netherlands. ABB wins contract for nationwide electric vehicle fast-charging infrastructure in the Netherlands bringing a charging station within 50 kilometers of all 16.7 million inhabitants Zurich, Switzerland, July 8, 2013 – ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, announced today that it has been selected by Fastned to supply chargers to more than 200 electric vehicle fast-charging stations in the Netherlands, bringing an EV fast charger within 50 kilometers of all of the country’s 16.7 million inhabitants.

Each of the more than 200 Fastned stations along Dutch highways will be equipped with several multi-standards fast chargers, such as the 50 kilowatt (kW) Terra 52 and Terra 53 models, capable of charging electric vehicles in 15-30 minutes. The Ox. Urbee. Winners of 3D Printer Challenge design vehicles for the year 2040. Some of the MakerBot and GrabCAD 3D Print Challenge winning vehicles Image Gallery (56 images) Last week, MakerBot and GrabCAD announced the winners of their recent 3D Printer Challenge in Brooklyn, New York. The challenge required designers to come up with futuristic vehicles for the year 2040, with the concept models optimized for printing in 3D on a MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer.

Out of 151 entries, six winners were selected, with the first prize receiving a MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer and the runner up a MakerBot Replicator 1 Desktop 3D Printer. View all. Harman Wants to Put an Augmented Reality Display on Your Car's Windscreen. Google's Not the Only One With a Driverless Car This Year. Volkswagen Levitating Car. The "People’s Car" project allowed Internet users in China to post ideas about cars of the future. Forget Segway: Honda introduces new UNI-CUB personal mobility device (w/ Video) Honda Motor today unveiled the new UNI-CUB personal mobility device. Featuring a compact design and comfortable saddle, UNI-CUB offers the same freedom of movement in all directions that a person enjoys while walking. Chery's Ant Concept portends an era of platooning - Images. Wireless power could revolutionize highway transportation, researchers say.

A Stanford University research team has designed a high-efficiency charging system that uses magnetic fields to wirelessly transmit large electric currents between metal coils placed several feet apart. Prepare for Autonomous Traffic Jams. Parties. Tek RMD – Videos. Understanding Electric Vehicles. Collaborative Fund.