Inhabitat Week in Inexperienced: An EV that would final one million miles, and extra!
This is one thing we by no means thought we might hear: Wind farms in Texas are producing an excessive amount of power — and a few utilities are literally giving it away without spending a dime. In different information, the world’s largest nuclear fusion reactor is about to modify on-line this month, and it might unlock the important thing to limitless low cost electrical energy. Clear power is on the rise around the globe: A brand new research exhibits that renewables account for half of all energy crops inbuilt 2014, Taiwan is constructing the world’s largest twin axis photo voltaic tracker station and a Swiss firm constructed an enormous machine that sucks up CO2 and transforms it into electrical energy.
Tesla makes the world’s greatest electrical automobiles — they usually’re about to get even higher. This week Elon Musk introduced that the automaker is engaged on a subsequent-gen electrical motor that lasts one million miles. In the meantime Native Motors has developed the world’s first 3D printed manufacturing automotive, which they’re planning to launch subsequent yr. Because the Volkswagen emissions scandal deepens, the corporate is working to make amends with its clients: This week it introduced that it’ll supply each TDI proprietor a $500 Visa present card and $500 in dealership credit score. And Audi is on the brink of enter the plug-in hybrid market subsequent yr with the 2016 A3 e-tron — take a look at our check drive for a primary look.
Have you ever ever been caught behind a sluggish walker on the road? It is an infuriating expertise, which is why Liverpool simply created the world’s first quick strolling lanes. Los Angeles additionally upgraded its city infrastructure with excessive-tech LED road lamps that may hold cell service operating after an earthquake. Leeds, England is engaged on a community of futuristic flying drones that swoop right down to restore potholes in metropolis streets. And the Croatian metropolis of Zadar has constructed an unimaginable Sea Organ that makes use of waves to make lovely music. Lastly, from the realm of wearable tech, MIT is creating self-ventilating activewear from dwelling micro organism and the Kiband is a Bluetooth sensible bracelet that retains tabs in your youngsters.