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Hybrid Compressed Air Car

Written by , on September 16, 2014

Peugeot is turning to hybrid compressed air technology to address the biggest barrier to customers buying electric cars and plug-in hybrids – the cost. The company believes that this simple but effective technology could be added to a wide variety of engines for a small price premium and boost economy significantly. The Peugeot 2008 Hybrid Air prototype […]  Read more »

Ship Design Uses Hull as Sail

Written by , on September 12, 2013

The Norwegian speed sailor and inventor, Terje Lade, has developed a new concept for a ship in which the hull acts as a giant sail. He estimated that the “Vindskip” would have fuel savings of 60% and emissions reductions of 80% compared to current cargo ships. The Vindskip would have natural-gas fired engines and a […]  Read more »

Dutch to Trial Futuristic Highways

Written by , on January 21, 2013

A futuristic highway that can save energy and improve road safety is to be installed in the Dutch province of Brabant from mid-2013. The highway will include glow-in-the-dark road markings painted with photo-luminescent paint which are charged during the day and light up during the night; temperature-responsive paint which indicates slippery roads when temperatures fall […]  Read more »

Is a Roller Coaster the Ultimate Energy-saving Transport System?

Written by , on December 9, 2012

The Tokyo University's Institute of Industrial Science, with the help of amusement ride firm Senyo Kogyo, is testing a prototype roller coaster train for commuter transportation. The train, which has no engine, coasts along a tubular track at a test facility in Chiba, about 40 kilometres from the centre of Tokyo. The train's speed is […]  Read more »

Electrifying the Highway

Written by , on May 16, 2012

A system of powering hybrid trucks through overhead wires is being tested at Long Beach, Califormia. The basis of the "eHighway", developed by Siemens, is a series of overhead wires that would be installed over at least one lane of a highway, similar to the electrical wires of tram lines. Specially equipped hybrid trucks would […]  Read more »

Solar Airconditioning for Trucks

Written by , on April 3, 2011

ICL, Mitsubishi Chemical and Nippon Fruehauf have co-developed an idling/stopped air conditioning system for trucks that uses photovoltaic cells and batteries. The air conditioning system uses a Nippon Fruehauf mount to install Mitsubishi Chemical’s PV cell modules on the container of the truck. It stores electricity in an ICL storage battery while the truck is […]  Read more »

US Commits $53 billion for High Speed Rail

Written by , on February 9, 2011

US Vice President Joe Biden has announced a “comprehensive plan” that dedicates $US53 billion over the next six years to achieving the goal of providing 80% of Americans with access to high speed rail within a generation. The plan, ehich aims to put rail “on equal footing with other surface transportation programs”, envisages three kinds […]  Read more »

Plane Designed to Use 70% Less Fuel

Written by , on May 18, 2010

An MIT-led team has designed a plane that is estimated to use 70 percent less fuel than current planes while also reducing noise and emission of nitrogen oxides. MIT was contracted ny NASA to evaluate the potential of quieter subsonic commercial planes that would burn 70 percent less fuel, emit 75 percent less nitrogen oxides […]  Read more »

Chinese Government Kills Off the Hummer

Written by , on February 28, 2010

The Chinese Government has blocked General Motors attempt to sell Hummer to Sichuan Tengzhong Heavy Industrial Machinery, a private Chinese company that manufactures heavy vehicles and road-building equipment. As a result, General Motors will now dismantle the brand. John Smith, General Motors’ Vice President of Corporate Planning and Alliances, said that “GM will now work […]  Read more »

Sweden’s Plan to Elimate Fossil Fuel Cars

Written by , on March 12, 2009

As the first step in its plan to eliminate all fossil fuel burning cars by 2030, Sweden has announced new taxes on car emissions and on diesel fuel. From January 2011, vehicle (registration) taxes will be increased by 5 krona (about 90 Australian cents) for every gram of carbon dioxide that the car emits per […]  Read more »