Archive for Sustainable Transportation

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7 February 2014

Electric Cars Go Cross-Country

Range anxiety is a common concern among potential electric car drivers. The infrastructure for re-charging an electric car is not fully developed, which can make longer road trips with electric cars unpleasant. Tesla Motors set out to defy range anxiety with their recent cross-country driving rally from Los Angeles to New York City.

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3 February 2014

EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES FOR THE FUTURE AUTOMOBILE

Three new technologies have surfaced that may revolutionize the car of the future into a lighter, faster, and more sustainable model: natural gas, fuel cells, and carbon fiber.

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20 January 2014

Ford’s Solar C-MAX Car

At last week’s BERC-E meeting, some of BERC’s engineering students discussed the solar powered car concept introduced by Ford’s C-Max Solar Energi model. The idea proposed by Ford showcases interesting engineering novelties, but it is very uncertain whether the system has significant commercial potential.

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9 December 2013

Fuel Cell Cars – Fighting Fire With Water

While most of us have been speculating about when electric vehicles would finally become competitive, fuel cell cars have appeared out of nowhere to challenge the claim of electric cars as the vehicle of the future. Fuel cell cars have gathered strong support from renowned car companies, including Toyota, Honda and Hyundai.

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18 November 2013

Fuel Economy Driving The Future of Flight

Fuel costs are the primary cost driver of the airline industry. The critical nature of enhanced fuel economy has prompted many kinds of innovative technologies in the aviation industry that may define the future.

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4 November 2013

Hands-free EV charging

New hands-free charging systems for Electric Vehicles will leave plugs behind.

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14 October 2013

Carbon Fiber Cars – Invasion Of The Lightweights

Beauty may only be skin deep, but in the case of automobiles, the skin adds a lot of weight. Replacing the steel in the auto body with carbon fiber can slim down the weight of future cars, leading to drastic increases in fuel efficiency for both gasoline cars and electric cars.

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23 September 2013

Is The Electric Car Really Helping The Environment?

Electric vehicles are often advertised as environmentally friendly, but they may be damaging depending on many internal and external factors. The most important external factor is local electricity sources, which determine the greenhouse gas emission over the lifetime of an EV.