Inhabitat's Week in Inexperienced: new EV idea automobiles and Napmobiles
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.
Up till now, Tesla has blazed a path within the electrical car market — however the main automakers are lastly beginning to catch up. This previous week Porsche unveiled its new Mission E electrical automotive, which packs over 600 horsepower and recharges in quarter-hour flat. In the meantime, Audi showcased a glossy all-electrical SUV to rival the Tesla Mannequin X, and Mercedes-Benz debuted a automotive that may truly rework at excessive speeds. Even LA is leaping on the inexperienced-automotive bandwagon — the town simply introduced plans to launch the largest electrical car fleet within the US. For those who choose pedal-powered transportation, do not miss out on an opportunity to win a Public V7 bike in our again-to-faculty giveaway — it solely takes a second to enter!
Carnegie Mellon professor Jay Whitacre has created a non-poisonous battery that is clear sufficient to eat — and this week it gained him the $500,000 Lemelson-MIT Prize. In different power information, Ethiopia is popping to large photo voltaic power-producing tulips in its quest to turn out to be carbon impartial by 2025. And researchers just lately developed a brand new hybrid photo voltaic cell that produces 5 occasions extra power by harnessing daylight and warmth on the similar time.
What is going to the buildings of the longer term appear to be? Final week a group of architects unveiled plans for an underground bubble home that might be 3D-printed on Mars. Right here on Earth, the world’s largest delta 3D printer can produce whole homes out of mud for virtually zero value. World-famend agency Foster + Companions introduced plans to assemble a Droneport in Africa that may use unmanned aerial automobiles to distribute emergency medical provides. And we showcased a number of examples of cellular structure — an unimaginable tiny residence on wheels, and a Napmobile that allows you to check-drive a comfortable mattress on the street.