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The “last mile” problem could be a real annoyance to many a commuter. To overcome this MIT has come up with this innovative and green solution. Known as the City Car, it is an electric vehicle powered by lithium-ion batteries. Some of the salient features of the vehicle are:

1) Electric-powered

2) A sharing service. It will not be used as a personal vehicle. It could be shared by two passengers.

3) Doesn’t use single engine motor; is equipped with four in-wheel electric motors.

4) The car is small, easily maneuverable, 360 degrees of steering capability and stackable.

It has been proposed that stacks of vehicles would be placed throughout the city, and be networked, which would ultimately be linked to the city transportation system. The story at inhabitat states,

“When a person comes gets off a bus or train, they can just hop into one of these vehicles and go about their business. They can either drop it off at the vehicle stack at their destination, if there happens to be one, or returned to their original stack, where the vehicle will be recharged and wait for the next person to take it.”

Read the full story here.


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The prototype for a solar-powered aircraft has been unveiled by two Swiss adventurers and they hope it would fly around the globe in 2011. The project has been aptly christened Solar Impulse. The solar cells have been integrated into the wings, which will collect sunlight and it will be converted into energy. This energy will be used to power the electric motors of the plane. This plane would definitely be a green marvel, and the technology would be one great step towards reducing our reliance on aviation fuel .

via: Inhabitat


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If you are planning Costa Rica to be your next tourist destination during your holidays, then make sure you visit this resort. The Lapa Rios Ecolodge in Costa Rica is an environmentally friendly resort that utilizes, supports and accomplishes many green causes like green construction, local wildlife protection, solar power for generating electricity, the recycling of waste generated at the resort, etc. But the most interesting one is that it uses pig feces to power its kitchen! A portion of the hotel waste forms the diet of pigs at the hotel farm. The pig feces is then used to make bio-gas, which is used for heating and cooking in the kitchen. How the excreta could be turned into something useful. This is true recycling. Read the full story here.

via: Inhabitat


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This will perhaps be redefining the alphabet of modern English. Present&Correct are creators of paper based goods and they have come out with a chart that has names and graphics of endangered species of British Isles arranged in alphabetical order. Some of these species are adder, broom moth, kingfisher, fen orchid, etc.

via: Inhabitat


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The Toyota RIN was unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show with the motto of providing the healthy driving. The car is truly an amazing piece of engineering with ergonomic seats, oxygen-level conditioner, a humidifier, color-changing steering wheel controls, and as the full story here says “it’s compact and green! Literally and figuratively…”.

via: Inhabitat


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I know that this blog is not about the environment and related issues. But occasionally I come across some piece of information about green issues that grabs the attention and I could not suppress the urge to share it. This is one such  example. Mumbai will be getting its, supposed to be greenest, skyscraper soon. Read the whole story here.

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This is truly amazing. Kiteship, a Guinness world record holder company, uses wind power to haul ships and yachts. The company has put forward the concept of using massive kites to steer large ships and commercial freighters. The company is now planning “to build a $2 million, 13,000-square-foot kite to help haul ships as large as 400 feet long” in partnership with four shipping companies. Through this venture it is estimated that fuel costs of a commercial ship could be cut by 10% to 20%. This is a wonderful step towards alternative green technologies. Read the full story here.

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