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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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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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