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  • Solarve: Sanyo Shows World's First Solar Cell-Equipped Bus

    Solarve: Sanyo Shows World's First Solar Cell-Equipped Bus

    Sanyo in Japan today announced [JP] what it says is the world's first solar-cell-equipped public bus, the Solarve (which stands for Solar Vehicle). The bus was unveiled to commemorate the 100th anniversary of a Japanese transportation and logistics company called Ryobi [JP]. The Solarve is essentially a city bus with solar cells on top that generate power for its interior LED lights. Read More

  • Porsche’s Hybrid GT3 R On Display In Monterey

    Porsche’s Hybrid GT3 R On Display In Monterey

    We’ve known about Porsche’s GTR 3 hybrid for a while now, but it’s nice to know that it’s not just lurking in a lab somewhere. No, it’s enjoying the Monterey sun and doing its damnedest to not appear ecologically sound. Of course, hybrids aren’t just about fuel efficency, so even if CAFE requirements are forcing badges like Porsche and Corvette to appear on… Read More

  • Holstee's Recycled Wallet: Green & Great

    Holstee's Recycled Wallet: Green & Great

    I’ve written about plenty of green things in the past, but never a green wallet. That ends today! It’s called the Holstee wallet, and it’s made entirely out of recycled material from Delhi, India. Pretty neat, I think you’ll agree. Read More

  • Tesla Reports Q2 Financials (updated)

    Tesla Reports Q2 Financials (updated)

    Tesla has released the details of their 2010 Q2 financial performance, and it looks like things are coming up roses for the nascent auto maker. Sales are up, with nearly $27m in sales coming in — translating to a total of around 250 Roadsters shipped. Their gross margins are up, though; their business is growing, and hopefully cash on hand will suffice to pay for R&D and manufacturing… Read More

  • Test Drive: Nissan Leaf

    Test Drive: Nissan Leaf

    I just had the opportunity to test-drive the new Nissan Leaf here in sunny Seattle, and had enough time with the car to garner some first impressions, take some pictures, and shoot a little video. The Leaf, as you are probably aware, is Nissan’s new plug-in electric vehicle, and the first of the new generation of consumer EVs to be released here in the States. Sure, you’ve got the… Read More

  • Save Packaging By Getting Your Amazon Deliveries Via Reusable Tote

    Save Packaging By Getting Your Amazon Deliveries Via Reusable Tote

    If your inner tree-hugger cringes every time you get a single book or knick-knack wrapped up in enough packing materials for ten, then this is for you. Oh, and you have to live in Seattle. Amazon has started a program in which you can get your packages delivered to the Seattle area in these cute reusable tote bags, which they seal with tape (and a kiss) and pick up the next time they come by. The… Read More

  • Microsoft releases power counter for Green consumers

    Microsoft releases power counter for Green consumers

    Always on the cutting edge of “stuff that goes onto your power meter in the basement and you forget about” technology, Microsoft and Blue Line Innovations have teamed up to release the Hohm PowerCost Monitor and WiFi Gateway. The device sticks to your power meter and reads the actual usag (N.B. it may not work on some older meters) and then transmits it to your Windows PC. The kit… Read More

  • The Zephyr: The UK-built green military aircraft just flew for 2 weeks straight

    The Zephyr: The UK-built green military aircraft just flew for 2 weeks straight

    Some more aviation news for your edification. The British-built Zephyr is a solar-powered, unmanned aircraft that just flew for two weeks over the Arizona desert. That’s two straight weeks, mind you. It’s a triumph of engineering! Read More

  • China now the world's top energy consumer (but the U.S. has become more energy efficient)

    China now the world's top energy consumer (but the U.S. has become more energy efficient)

    Is there a green movement in China? Maybe there ought to be, considering the numbers that have just come out. China is now the planet’s number one consumer of energy, overtaking the U.S. in the process. But at the same time, the U.S. has improved its energy efficient more so than China, meaning that the U.S. can get the same amount of work done while consuming less, say, coal or oil. Read More

  • QinetiQ's solar-powered Zephyr aircraft attempting to stay aloft for 14 days

    QinetiQ's solar-powered Zephyr aircraft attempting to stay aloft for 14 days

    It’s summer here in the Northern hemisphere, and that means the solar-based industry in the US is in top experimental gear (to clarify: the company in question is British but the test flight is in the Arizona Desert). A few more months and they’ll hibernating or relocating to their Australian headquarters, but in the meantime, we’re getting a lot of solar-related news. It… Read More