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World’s Longest Tunnel to Open in Switzerland

  Traveling around Europe by train is about to get a whole lot faster, thanks to the opening of Switzerland’s Gotthard Base Tunnel. It is the product of 17 years of work, including cutting through solid rock at depths of up to 7,500 feet. It cost $12 billion — as well as the lives of eight workers. The project also marks the removal of one of the continent’s most stubborn natural barriers to trade and tourism: the lack of a high-speed route through a mountain range that lies at the crossroads…

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Elevated Bus in China

    Now engineers in China, the world’s most populated country, have come up with a way to overcome the problem of getting around in traffic. Designs for a new elevated bus has been unveiled at a tech expo in China, which will apparently be able to carry 1,200 passengers over the top of cars and let traffic to pass underneath it. “With a carrying capacity of 1,200 people at a time, the TEB has the same functions as the subway while its cost of construction is less than one…

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St. Helena is Expected to have it s 1st Airport February 2016

  The isolated island, with just 4,500 residents, is about to enter the aviation age. Despite a fascinating history and unique wildlife, tourists are few and far between. The residents’ reaction to the news. Currently, the only way to reach St. Helena is by taking a five and a half days boat ride from South Africa. With the opening of the airport, there will be weekly flights to the island every Saturday via Comair. The airport is due to open for commercial and private featuring a 6,400-foot runway, a small terminal,…

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Transportation 

Tesla’s Model X First SUV 

  Electric vehicle maker Tesla Motors has mastered the sporty two-seater and the elegant sedan. Now, it wants to conquer the family hauler. Its target market is a female as there is a strong for SUVs. The Tesla X only has a 90 kilowatt-hour battery and only comes with all-wheel drive. However the price tag for a full performance SUV is $142,000. Most notably, the software will give the SUV self-driving features such as automatic lane-changing and self-parallel-parking capabilities. There also will be remote independent door control as well as five…

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Transportation 

Walkonomics App: Best Walking Route

  Walkonomics was seen in The Guardian ‘Best iPhone Apps of the Week’. It is an app that will help you find the most walkable routes to your destination. So far the app works in the following 7 cities: Central London Paris New York San Francisco Toronto Buenos Aires Glasgow How it works: Walkonomics analyses over 1.7 million street trees and thousands of urban parks to find beautiful routes through tree-filled streets and parks. Features / Benefits: Research has shown that walking through streets with plenty of trees and parks…

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Transportation 

Uber Prices At London Tube Strike

  A few days ago, a massive strike by London Underground workers caused Uber prices to go up as much as 3 times. For some emergencies such as Hurricane Sandy, Uber did not increase rates, however not in this situation. According to Quartz “London made extra buses, bicycles, and riverboats available in an attempt to compensate for the outage, but additional demand for taxis and Uber rides was inevitable. The ride-sharing service has a standard and fairly straightforward policy on surge pricing: when demand for rides increases, so do fares….

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Transportation 

Transform Your Bike Into a SmartBike

  Helios Ride launched a Kickstarter fund last year for the release of the world’s first integrated headlight & blinker system for bicycles which also utilizes Bluetooth 4.0 & GPS to add smart features to any bike. Helios has both Andiod and iOs Apps. Here’s all the great new stuff we packed into Helios Bars V2 for you: Brighter Headlight – TheHelios Bars headlight which is capable of running at upwards of 1,200 lumens! This will keep you very visible on the road. Improved Turn-by-Turn Navigation – The software engineers…

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Transportation 

Cargo Bikes Everywhere

  Cargo bikes were once used to deliver goods and services. Today, they are on the verge of revolutionizing transport in London. London-Consignment.com is raising awaress of independent cargo retailers that sell and service cargos. Four retailers to check out are London Green Cycles, Carry Me Bikes, Bikefix, and Richmond Cycle Centre. For example, London Green Cycles has advertised “Hybrid, folder, road bike, dutch bike, hub gears, hydraulic brakes, flat tyre, you name it we fix it. Fully equipped workshop with 2 experienced and helpful mechanics. Visit us and get a free quote. Within 10 minutes ride…

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Copenhagen’s Bike Increase Jumped 5% to 41%

  Copenhagen is known to have more bikes than people. Last year, bike usage increased by 5% due to 17 large Metro construction sites in the city that make driving unpleasant. Increased bike usage was not deliberate, it became the preferred option when driving due to construction became inconvenient. Lesson learned is that there is a more effective way to get people to ride bikes other than advertising “Go Green Bike” signs around a city. The 17 additional metro stations come with a price tag of 3 Billion Euros. Some…

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Transportation 

Bankrupt Bixi Montreal Bike Sharing Program

  Bixi owes $50M, files for bankruptcy protectionPopular bike-sharing service gets taken over by City of Montreal. The company that owns Bixi — the Public Bike System Company, known in French as the Société de vélos en libre-service (SVLS) — owes $50 million to various creditors, including the City of Montreal. Coderre said rather that sinking more money into the SVLS, a private company, the city would take over Bixi’s Montreal assets. He said they are worth approximately $11 million. The mayor said he believes Bixi was, and continues to…

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Transportation 

Amazon Prime Air Delivery Uses Electric Drones

  On Sunday’s 60 Minutes, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos dragged Charlie Rose out of his black-backgrounded studio and to Amazon HQ to show off “Amazon Prime Air”, an electric drone aircraft that could someday deliver packages directly to customers’ homes and offices. He said, “We can do half-hour delivery, and we can carry objects — we think — up to five pounds, which covers 86% of the items that we deliver.” The current drones have a 10 miles radius from fulfillment center and operates by themselves using GPS coordinates. The project…

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Transportation 

OLEV Buses Charge While Driving

  We’ve heard of electric vehicles having to wait and park in order to recharge. Although innovative, this is not convenient. To tackle this problem, the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) has developed a solution. The system, called OLEV (online electric vehicle), lets vehicles charge themselves while on the road or even when stationary. Last month, two self-charging buses outfitted with OLEV took to the road in Gumi, a city in central South Korea, carrying commuters along a 15-mile roundtrip route. These buses are equipped with lithium-ion…

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Transportation 

Elon Musk Hyperloop Solar Powered Train

      Elon Musk, the co-founder of PayPal and chief executive of Tesla Motors (TSLA) , the highest-performing, highest-rated all-electric car in North America, has just released his plans for the solar powered Hyperloop train. He released the 57 page PDF file of the Hyperloop without patents, under an open source license. Solar arrays will cover the top of tubes in order to provide power. The train will link LA to San Francisco in 30 minutes with speeds up to 700 mph, shortening the commute by car which takes 6…

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Transportation 

Smartphone Transit Ticketing Expected Increase

  As technology is evolving, the smartphone is poised to replace the ticket as the preferred method of paying for public transit. Airlines adapted to the 2-D barcode for boarding pass, and not light rail and bus systems will do the same. For example, Boston’s MBTA system has already adapted by allowed users to download the “MBTA” app where users can buy monthly, package, or single rides. Also, for people who park at the commuter rail station, the “Parkmobile” allows commuters to pay by their smartphone for some of the…

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Transportation 

BMW Launches i3 Electric Car

  German luxury automaker BMW unveiled its first mass-produced electric vehicle to the world on July 29. BMW on Monday took the bold strategic step of revealing its first all-electric car and said it plans to clinch a significant share of a market still in its infancy. What the mobile phone did for communication, electric mobility will do for individual mobility,” Chief Executive Norbert Reithofer said as the car debuted in London, Beijing and New York. “The BMW i3 is more than an evolutionary step — it is a great leap forward.” The BMW i3 has…

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Transportation 

Tesla Pays Back $465m Loan 9 Years Early

  Tesla Motors, Inc. is a Silicon Valley-based company that designs, manufactures and sells electric cars and electric vehicle powertrain components. Tesla Motors is a public company that trades on the NASDAQ stock exchange under the symbol TSLA. After 10 years, Tesla posted profits, approximately $11 million,  for the first time during the first quarter of 2013. The company paid off its $465 million loan 9 years ahead of schedule, saving the company interest payments. For the first seven years since its founding in 2003, Tesla was funded entirely with…

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Transportation 

Walmart’s New Sustainable Supercube Trucks

  Walmart realized that having fewer cargo trips while using bigger trucks helped improve their profits. Therefore Walmart Canada came up with the idea of making bigger trucks to  drop their shipping costs and reduce traffic. Working with an Ontario-based company called Innovative Trailer Design, they commissioned what they’re calling the Walmart Supercube, which holds 30% more cargo in the same footprint. Most freight trucks lug a standard 53-foot long trailer. The Supercube’s is 60 feet long, yet the overal vehicle length is the same because they use a squashed cab that…

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Transportation 

Geneva Electric Buses Charge in 15 Seconds

  A new charging system for electric buses known as “flash-charging” can charge buses in 15 seconds. This means that buses can transport people without producing any local emissions, requiring overheard power lines, and avoiding lengthy stops to recharge. The flash charger uses a laser-controlled arm to connect the receptacle on the bus with the charger, which could be integrated into the bus stop itself. This type of system could allow for electric buses to replace trolleys and subway systems in urban areas, and in the process, get rid of…

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Transportation 

Ford 2013 C-Max Drives 47 Miles Per Gallon?

  Ford has been in the green marketplace for quite a while, but the C-Max CUV represents a giant leap forward in its effort to topple the vaunted Toyota Prius.  The SEL model has an MSRP sticker price of $31,605. It looks like a typical four-door hatchback but is 4 inches higher than most small hatchbacks, feeling like a mini SUV. There’s even MyFordMobile, a free iPhone app that lets you check on the car’s charging status from afar, find a charging station or the vehicle itself, start and warm…

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Transportation 

London Cycling Debuts Bike Friendly Trucks

  Approximately 50 percent of all cycling fatalities in Greater London involve large scale lorries (trucks), and  about three-quarters of those vehicles are from the construction industry. In  the interest of protecting bike commuters, the London Cycling Campaign recently released  its Safer Urban Lorry design: a new type of  truck that makes it easier for drivers to spot and avoid cyclists. The most common response from lorry drivers after a fatal crash is to say they  didn’t see the victim in the moments leading up to the crash. In London,…

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Transportation 

E-Commerce Grows Bike Delivery

    The next time you’re stuck in traffic, blame all that stuff you buy online. E-commerce sales jumped 15% last year, to $186 billion in the U.S., and the daily volume of shipments for FedEx and UPS has grown every year since 2009. Although bikes can’t fix the traffic problem, they can help it. Using bikes to alleviate congestion has already started in cities within Portland and Bruseels. For example, B-Line, based in Portland, Ore., works with companies like Office Depot to transport parcels via electric tricycles, which can…

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Transportation 

Cooking Oil Powers KLM Transatlantic Flights

  KLM has been offering biofuel-powered flights for  years,  While the Dutch airline started regularly using recycled cooking oil on some commercial flights between Amsterdam and Paris in June 2011, this latest  usage represents the first time biofuels will be used on a regular weekly  schedule on transatlantic flights. Dutch airline KLM has begun powering some commercial flights on an eco-friendly fuel mix that includes 25% recycled cooking oil and 75% jet fuel. The cooking oil-fuelled Boeing 777 flights will be tested on 25 roundtrip transatlantic flights between New York’s JFK…

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Prius was California’s Best Selling Car in 2012

  California has often been at the avant-garde of various trends in the U.S., and they appear to be leading the way when it comes to hybrids. “It’s extremely reliable and roomy, rides well, has secure handling and is super-cheap to operate,” the magazine writes in its February issue. How cheap? 49 cents a mile when everything is factored in. According to the latest numbers by the California New Cars Dealers Association, the Toyota Prius was the best-selling car in the state in 2012, with 60,688 units registered. This compares to…

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Amsterdam’s New Electric Taxi Scooter Program

  The Hopper program is meant to be very flexible public transportation. It is a network of electric taxis, except that the taxis are all scooters instead of cars, a good call for Amsterdam’s narrow, twisty roads. Hopper contributes to the reduction of the traffic load, noise pollution and CO₂ emissions. After five years of preparation, Amsterdam is the first European capital to offer this innovative and chauffeur-driven service. It is Hopper’s ambition to roll out to the G-4 within six months. This means that after its launch in Amsterdam, the cities…

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Google Creates Voice Navigation for Cyclists

  In total, Google Maps now covers about 330,000 miles of “green biking lines” in Google Maps. These include dedicated bike trails (shown as dark green lines), streets with bike lanes (light green lines) and other streets recommended for cycling (dashed green lines). And now, in a major upgrade, it’s going to start providing turn-by-turn directions and navigation to Android phones. You’ll be able to mount your phone to your handlebars and receive voice-guided directions to your destination. This improvement is following shortly after the recent expansion of Google’s cycling…

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Smith Electric Trucks halts IPO

  Based in Kansas City, MO, Smith Electric Vehicles (SMTH) scheduled a $77 million IPO with a market capitalization of $359 million at a price range mid-point of $17, for Friday, September 21, 2012. Unlike companies that have introduced electric passenger vehicles, Smith makes all-electric trucks for commercial use, from food and equipment delivery to shuttle buses, and customers include Coca-Cola, Fed-Ex, Staples, and Sainsburys, as well as the military. Smith believes it is the only vehicle manufacturer selling to major commercial fleets in the United States and Europe that exclusively produces electric…

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Solar Impulse Plane to fly Internationally

  The project began in 2003 and is estimated to cost about $100 million over 10 years. In 2010, the Swiss flew non-stop for 26-hour to demonstrate that the 12,000 solar cells attached to the aircraft can soak up enough sunlight to keep the plane airborne through the night. A year later, Pilot Andre Borschberg e took Solar Impulse on its first international flight to Belgium and France. An experimental solar-powered airplane took off from Switzerland on its first transcontinental flight Thursday, aiming to reach North Africa next week. Pilot Andre Borschberg…

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Turanor: 1st Solar Boat Travels the World

  Tûranor PlanetSolar, also known under the project name PlanetSolar, is the largest solar-powered boat in the world. The vessel was designed by LOMOcean Design, built by Knierim Yachtbau in Kiel, Germany.  The world’s largest solar-powered boat set off on September 27, 2010 and made its way across the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian oceans, through the Panama and Suez canals and docked at Miami, Cancun, Brisbane, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore, Abu Dhabi, and other ports along the way. In May 2012 it became the the first ever solar electric vehicle…

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Arcimoto’s Electric 3 Wheel Vehicle

  Priced under $20,000. the three-wheeled Pulse is Arcimoto’s car that charge 50 miles in 6 hours and does not release emissions because it charges from a standard household outlet. Ultra-Efficient Arcimoto’s goal is to build the most efficient vehicle possible that still meets the needs of everyday driving. Cars today are inefficient by design: they are over capacity for the typical driver’s needs. We no longer live in a world where oil is dirt cheap and the environmental consequences of just torching all that energy can be ignored. The…

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