Inhabitat’s Week in Inexperienced: Keystone XL, pod skyscrapers and glowing EVs

Every week our associates at Inhabitat recap the week’s most fascinating inexperienced developments and clear tech information for us — it is the Week in Inexperienced.

Inhabitat's Week in Green: Keystone XL, pod skyscrapers and glowing EVs

By now you’ve got in all probability heard of electrical automobiles, hybrids and hydrogen automobiles — however what a few automotive powered by saltwater? Enter the 1,075-horsepower Quant F supercar, whose 4 electrical motors are powered by an electrochemical response from the mixture of two liquids with metallic salts that act as an electrolyte. In different transportation information, Nissan simply unveiled the world’s first glow-in-the-darkish electrical automotive! The tricked-out Leaf includes a particular paint job that absorbs UV mild and glows vibrant blue for eight to 10 hours after the solar goes down. The UK has already permitted testing autonomous automobiles on public roads, and the nation’s first self-driving automotive is able to hit the streets. The Lutz Pathfinder pod automotive seats two, goes 15 miles per hour and it is extremely cute. PG&E signaled a vibrant future for EVs in California by saying plans to construct 25,000 charging stations. However France is providing one thing much more engaging: an $eleven,000 examine in the event you improve to an electrical automotive.

What is going to the cities of tomorrow appear to be? They could possibly be full of futuristic buildings like these glimmering pod skyscrapers proposed for Paris. Or how a few home that produces sufficient power to energy its neighbor? It seems the know-how is on the market at this time — this lively home developed by Werner Sobek generates twice as a lot power because it wants with out fossil fuels. (If you would like a better take a look at a few of the inexperienced constructing methods that make this feat attainable, take a look at this useful infographic.) Inhabitat additionally featured an progressive camper residence that expands to 3 occasions its measurement with adjustable awnings, and a beautiful ribbon chapel with a twisting staircase that spirals towards the sky.

It was an enormous week for power information as Congress permitted the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, which might carry tens of millions of gallons of tar sands throughout the US. The approval despatched the invoice to the White Home for an anticipated veto from President Barack Obama. In the meantime, Apple is on a roll within the renewable power division. Only a week after saying plans for a photo voltaic-powered command middle, the corporate has invested $850 million into a brand new California photo voltaic plant that may energy all of its operations. We have seen loads of buildings and devices that harness the solar’s power — however what a few photo voltaic-powered creature? Scientists simply found a sea slug that steals genes from algae in order that it might photosynthesize like a plant.

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