Transportation

The Flintstones, Got Arrested in Brussels

May 28, 2008 / 3 Comments

Not sure what you will think but the pre-historic family we all know, The Flintstones, got arrested in Brussels, Belgium, while driving towards the European Parliament building. It wasn't Fred or Wilma to get the penalty, but six Greenpeace activists dressed as cavemen driving the "Flintstone car", that protested on the influence of the auto industry on proposals to curb carbon ...

Czeers MK1: World’s First Solar Speedboat That Does 30 Knots

May 27, 2008 / 1 Comment

If you're an environment friendly sailor and have a passion for speedboats check out Czeers MK1, a 10-meter boat that packs 14 square meters of solar panels and an 80kw electric motor. It was showed off at the Millionaire Fair last year and though it's just a prototype, this baby goes up to 30 knots on water. Made 100-percent of carbon ...

Official Vehicles in Madrid to Use Clean Fuels by 2011

May 14, 2008 / 1 Comment

photo by vr2006 With 1.8 million cars counting for 75-percent of the air pollution, Madrid is one of Spain's most polluted cities. Recently the City Hall announced that their official vehicles will "turn green" by 2011 using clean fuels like bio-diesel, ethanol, natural gas or even running on electricity. Madrid also joined the BEST (BioEthanol for Sustainable Transport) European project to ...

Earthrace, Biodiesel-Powered Trimaran Around the World

May 8, 2008 / 1 Comment

Designed as "a rally car but for oceans", Earthrace is a trimaran running on 100-percent pure biodiesel that wishes to set an around-the-world speed record with a net zero carbon footprint. They tried to break the record in 2007, but mechanical problems kept them from finishing the race. The boat is famous not only for being featured on lots of news ...

Aircraft manufacturing giants to test biofuels

March 19, 2008 / No Comments

by aslaugsvava If last month Virgin Atlantic tested a Boeing 747 running with 80 percent normal fuel mixed with 20 percent biofuel, but Continental Airlines wants their own piece of the pie.The company  partnered with Boeing and GE Aviation to demonstrate in the first half of the next year (2009)  an aircraft running on bio-fuels. From what I understand it's ...

Electric bus with a wireless charging system

March 11, 2008 / No Comments

Hybrid buses are nothing new but this one in particular is special. Toyota's Hino division is responsible of building this hybrid electric bus with a diesel engine and a set of batteries (here comes the nice part) that apparently won't use a plug to charge but will use a wireless charging system built on the road. The system is supposed to ...

Italy to pay for old scooter replaces

March 6, 2008 / 5 Comments

The first time I've been in Italy I was amazed by so many scooters. Old, new, it doesn't matter because you see them in different colors at every corner. I even heard people calling Rome as the scooter-capital of Europe. A classic Vespa scooter. Photo by the-spidernet But there seems to be a problem. The Italian government is keen on keeping a ...

Renfe’s AVE S103 Train to Take on Air Transportation in Spain

March 4, 2008 / 1 Comment

Aside the architecture in Barcelona, the next thing that impressed me was the railroad system they have in place. It gets on time, you don't have to check in or check out and it's fast. Renfe is the company that invested in the new high speed train network in order to take you from Barcelona to Madrid in just two hours ...