Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Who Wooden Want This Eco Phone!

I have always had a special liking for modern furniture and accessories and mainly because they reduce the clutter in one’s house and give you enough breathing space and yet adding its signature style and elegance to the decor.

Perhaps that is why I was delighted to see the new PAPPA Eco Phone launched by HULGER recently and they say it is world’s first wooden VOIP Eco phone and is priced at a neat 300 dollars. Crafted by hand from a single piece of American walnut and Eco the phone is a beauty that is an aspect further accentuated by solid brass from ‘I like its design’ studio in Montreal.

The eco-friendly look is supported by an updated technology. Yes PAPPA Eco Phone is USB based and can work with Mac and PC computers. One can also find the plug-and-play feature in it that can be which makes it compatible with services like Skype, ICHAT and Yahoo.Via
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Friday, April 24, 2009

Eco News: India Gets Green Ideas for Cars

After basking in the glory of appreciation and excited apprehension touted as the World’s cheapest car that makes way for green Eco brand Oreva. This new e-car is a part of the rich Ajanta group legacy who has been giving India affordable electric scooters and bikes over the past so many years.

Plans are to roll out Eco product Oreva from the Ajanta plant in Gujarat just though the mother company is careful not to divulge too many details, the national rep of the car did say that this green wonder would be able to cover 200-250 kilometers in a single charge.

Claiming to have no competition with Nano in the makers of Eco product Oreva call their move to manufacture the car an obvious one. They call it their future product. The R&D is on and looks like Eco product Oreva will have a completely India made battery.

The non-AC demo e-car, manufactured at the company’s Samakhiyali unit in Kutch district and where the Eco product Oreva e-bike is also made, is likely to be priced between Rs 85,000 and Rs 1, 00,000. People are already excited’s about the great pricing which apparently is lesser than Nano’s rate. The economic benefits from Eco product Oreva are obvious but the car is also a sign of how energy preservation is becoming an agenda for more and more countries like India.

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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

OKOOKO Float: A Green Cradle Takes You on a Voyage through Dreams

I always wanted my bedroom (which happens to be my favorite place) to look like the one I saw in the fairytales. I always wondered if I would ever find a bed like the one on which Sleeping Beauty slumbered for years. Well, I’m happy I finally found one. Float, a cute green bed crafted from the sustainable, water-resistant TOTARA wood with base and canopy enclosed in acrylic fabric finished in Teflon fascinated me.

This Eco-friendly bed designed by a sailor-designer David TRUBRIDGE for a New Zealand based company OKOOKO, was voted ‘The Best Piece of Bedroom Furniture’ and costs $25,000. This gorgeous cradle brings forth a stunning fusion of style and comfort reflecting the sailor’s experiences on his voyages through the Caribbean and the Pacific.

Though highly priced, I would certainly want it to be mine and I’m sure many of you feel like I do. So, if you are looking for a bed that can give you a voyage through dreams don’t forget to check this one out. It’s beautiful, green and will give you what you want.

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Monday, April 20, 2009

Ovetto: The ECO Green Trash Bin

Optimum utilization of resources like never before!!! With Gianluca Solid’s Ovetto ECO green in you wouldn’t have to hide your trash bin in the corners but can flaunt it upfront. In an attempt to go green, the Ovetto ECO green is made out of recycled polypropylene and meets the needs of domestic waste separation. This helps educate the population to correctly dispose of waste in order to be able to consequently recycle it.

Available in white and black color with a capacity of 15 to 17 Liter, it requires 25/35 Liter bags and is an object of interior design that unites functionality, ECO green design and environmental education. Each of its compartments has ventilation to accommodate air circulation. Separation of waste plays an important role in the integrated management system of waste as it allows the reduction in the trash that ends up at landfills. To make certain that waste is correctly disposed off and recycled; waste must be kept separate according to the material class it belongs to.

So all you need to do is drop your waste in the small colored slot on the top, pull out the larger storage sections when you need to empty. Endowed with futuristic curves, this egg-shaped bin is fitted with separate compartments for your recycled items, like paper, plastic and glass etc is probably the hippest bin on the market, with the added bonus of being one of the ECO green. It could be all yours for £139.99. Via

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Sunday, April 19, 2009

Eco Design: Building Excitement

One of San Francisco’s most exciting green projects, the construction of the new California Academy of Sciences building, has finally come alive. Designed by renowned architect Renzo Piano in collaboration with engineer Rana Creek and the Eco building is topped by an undulating and functional and HUGE living green roof of 2.5 acre. Not only does this roof provide all the sustainable benefits that living roofs bring to a Eco structure, but it is also visible from within the exhibition spaces are connecting inside and out and engaging the context of San Francisco’s flora-filled backdrop.

All set to open to the visitors from 27th September in this new Academy Eco Building houses an aquarium, planetarium, and exhibition spaces. Aside from its green roof and the Eco building is a feat of institutional green building that can be using some of the most cutting-edge energy efficiency strategies, delighting and water reclamation.

The architectural Eco design of the new Academy responds to the Academy’s mission, history and setting. Inspired by the natural world are nature becomes part of the building itself. Its taken ten years and great vision to unify the Academy twelve Eco buildings into one notable structure are standing in the middle of the city Golden Gate Park.

With 60,000 photo-voltaic cells covering a glass canopy that frames it, the 410,000 sq ft compound involved a cost of US$500 million. See it ones and you would acknowledge and that it’s WORTH IT!!



Saturday, April 18, 2009

Earth Now Gets a Beer Hug

A beer that’s green!!! Sounds absurd? Well don’t be too surprised. After organic and biodynamic wine it is green beer that is making news these days.

Going by the name of Cascade Green, this organic beer company manufactures the fuzzy liquor in Tasmania Australia with a commitment towards a greener life. Their special product is called ‘Beer of the Earth’ as Cascade Green has been consistently working for over 6 years to reduce the energy and water consumption by 16% and 30% respectively in the manufacturing process.

The website is an extremely vibrant affair. But you have to be more than 18 years of age to access it. Here I read about the brewery’s green location that is surrounded by 250 hectares of pristine forest with Mount Wellington in the backdrop. The company is doing its best to maintain the beauty of the natural surroundings. And it is also taking special care to neutralize carbon emissions by purchasing carbon offsets. Via

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Friday, April 17, 2009

Quiet Revolution’s QR5 addresses wind turbine issues

With the benefits of Windmills come common concerns like the whooshing sound that regular turbines produce, as well as their divisive visual aesthetics. Keeping in mind the volatility of the speed of wind in the urban environment, the QR (Quiet Revolution) has been designed. A new type of wind turbine intended to address both of these issues, Quiet Revolution’s QR5 Vertical Axis Wind Turbine, or VAWT for shawt, is smaller, quieter, and way better looking than your typical windmill, plus it should produce the equivalent of its £25,000 price tag in clean energy within 15 years or less. The elegant helical (twisted) design of QR ensures a robust performance even in turbulent winds. It is also responsible for virtually eliminating noise and vibration.

At five meters high and three meters in diameter, it is compact and easy to integrate, and with just one moving part, maintenance can be limited to an annual inspection.

Though the energy output will vary according to the wind speed but is likely to be between 6,000 and 10,000 kWhrs on a typical site. And if that wasn’t all, according the usage of such windmills will also lead to reduction in CO2 emissions. Via

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Thursday, April 16, 2009

Flexibility and Transparency Take Silicon Solar Cells to a New Level

This could be a breakthrough in technology and researchers in the US of A have come up with a method that will give flexibility and transparency to efficient silicon-based solar cells. So much so that they can actually be wrapped around a pencil as well as used to tint windows on buildings and cars. The technique involves processing silicon by slicing its brittle wafers into ultra thin layers and then transferring them onto a flexible surface. We have seen how the popularity of solar cells has increased many folds with the energy crisis cornering America. More and more people are willing to utilize the sun’s energy over oil.

Companies like Sharp Corp are already manufacturing thin-film solar cells but they are a little less efficient because of their rigidity. With the new breakthrough flexibility, solar cells can be easily transported. License for the technology has been given to a new company called SEMPRIUS Inc in Durham, North Carolina.

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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Turtuga Blanku’s Solar Tunes Are Ready To Woo Us All

Believe it or not but even music can be Eco-friendly. I am not just talking about the green lyrics but the production bit as well. Caribbean musician Turtuga Blanku creates music that is powered by the sun.

The studio that he records his blend of rock, reggae and pop is called the Green Machine and is lined with strong photovoltaic cells. These cells absorb solar energy during the day in a battery such that the studio can utilize them at night. Plus Blanku keeps the recording process very simple to make it solar power friendly. He used recording hardware only for drums, bass, guitar, piano and voice keeping the rest for software, also instrument overload is avoided. And we thought Cloud Cult had given us the greenest music.

Hats off to Blanku for giving us a rare bare music in times when digital studio experimenting is a huge fad. And must we add Blanku’s music is good what with his strong focus on well-developed guitar hooks, rhythms and beautiful piano melodies.

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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

India Gets Ready To Build Green

The concept of ‘green buildings’ seems to be catching up in India. These structures are truly eco-friendly as they harvest their own water and not to forget the solar power systems. Not only this, they even have their own waste re-cycling system.

Plus the greenery in the otherwise concrete jungles that metros in India have become, is sure bliss. The construction has been done so that more than 50 per cent of the building is covered with glass like it is in Japan, which reflects the sun’s rays and keeps the indoor cool; thus, saving power.

When the fad was at a nascent stage, a 20,000 square feet green building was constructed in Hyderabad in 2004. But now, the green attitude is catching up. You will be surprised to know that the green buildings (please read 315) in India today cover over 235 million square feet. Via

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Monday, April 13, 2009

Google Champions The Green Cause

The big news is – Google decides to go green. In an attempt to rescue the USA from the energy crisis before 2030, the largest search engine in the world has decided to pursue a new energy plan. Experts believe that the company is being a little too modest calling their effort as too small, when now they are supporting and 's green technology like wind power, solar energy, geothermal energy etc like never before.

The idea here is to take pressure off the fossil fuel resources. Google has cut down on its servers and buildings, even their computers are more efficient now so as to decrease consumption.
A very simple approach by Google that is hoped to inspire many others to actually sit back and think about the amount of energy they consume. It has even partnered with General Electric Co to develop a power grid that will have real-time pricing to show people their energy consumption. Via

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Sunday, April 12, 2009

Starbucks In Utter Water Waste

Green activists have taken up cudgels against Starbucks now. The coffee-giant that boasted of Eco-friendly credentials came under the scanner when investigations by Sun revealed that everyday 23.4m liters of water goes down the drains of 10,000 outlets worldwide due to a company policy that tells the employees to keep the tap running non-stop. Facts show that this much water is enough for the 2 million population of the drough-ridden Namibia to survive for a day.

Actually every Starbucks outlet is equipped with a cold tap behind the counter that trails down into a sink which they like to call “dipper well”. It is here that the utensils are washed. And as per the company’s health and safety rules, staff is especially asked not to turn the water off as they believe that a constant flow of water prevents the breeding of germs in taps.

Water companies as well as the green experts regard the wasting of water for hygiene as nonsense. It is a crazy to do indeed, considering the problems the world is facing with the shortage of this vital natural resource. Australia is suffering the worst drought in a century for over seven years now.Via

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Saturday, April 11, 2009

Imagine Ice Cream Made From Human Breast Milk

PETA’s demand for replacing cow milk by human breast milk just went a step further. The animal loving organization sent a letter to the management of famous ice cream brand Ben & Jerry’s urging them to do a big favor to cows and customers by switching to breast milk.

The inspiration to bring breast milk to your plate came to PETA from the Swiss Storchen Restaurant. Apparently, the owner of the restaurant, Hans Lochen, has come up with a menu made from human breast milk. He has developed some recipes out of experimenting with his wife’s breast milk. Lochen was extremely excited about bringing a new milk revolution when the authorities intervened and disapproved his plan. The restaurateur had placed ads for human donors, I like this eco product because first a fall this product is not more expensive and related from environment I mean this milk production is based on climate, and this is an eco friendly product.

This is just the beginning of yet another PETA battle. Experts find the practice unethical because if breast milk is used instead of cow milk, mothers might start putting profit before the needs of their babies.

Hmmm….quite an interesting POV…will it be us, the humans over animals or the other way around? Via

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Friday, April 10, 2009

Wal-Mart Spells Green Out and Loud

Come October and Wal-Mart Stores Inc will be going the eco-friendly way. Yes, the largest retailer in the world has decided to reduce plastic bag wastage in its stores by 25 per cent in the US and 50 per cent in other countries. Keeping in tune with the new green promise, the store will be selling a new 50-cent reusable bag in the U.S. Also, its baggers will be trained to pack bags more efficiently, and I know this is a best eco friendly product because plastic bag is providing prolusion.

Actually, Wal-Mart is just becoming a part of the global attempt to curb the use of plastic bags. San Francisco has outlawed non-biodegradable plastic bags from supermarkets while California is encouraging their reuse. Even China has decided to put an end to the use of ultra-thin plastic bags. Countries like Rwanda and Bangladesh have also followed suit.

But looks like Wal-Mart’s little sacrifice is not aggressive enough! Environmentalists applaud their efforts but they do not think it will be able to make much difference in the large picture. The steps have to be more drastic, they say. Via

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Thursday, April 9, 2009

Kamen Says That You Can Drink Pee

You can turn pee into water with a special kind of machine. As insane as it sounds, the trick has been performed by inventor Dean Kamen. Already a big name in the world of water filtration, Kamen has again gathered a lot of attention thanks to the Slingshot machine he has created.

Running on cow poo, the Slingshot is a filtration system that can turn any water-containing liquid, yes please read pee, into drinking water. The ideation is simple. Vapor compression distillation enables this little wonder to convert all kinds of liquid, from sea water to puddles, into clean and distilled water. It does not need a filter and since it can run only on cow dung, it can easily be installed in developing countries and many rural areas.

Kamen also gives a free gift with the Slingshot, electricity. Yep, the machine also generates electricity as a by-product. Cool, two benefits from one fully Eco-friendly machine. Do check out Kamen’s video on the Colbert Report. And this product is very luxury and Eco friendly product and this latest advance based Eco design product is not more expensive, but whole part of body and working process is very cool and more advance, I love this product. Via

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Wednesday, April 8, 2009

How About Owning a Cute Little Toy-Green Car?

The cute toy-like Eco-friendly cars have been made a reality by Global Electric Motorcars (GEM), which is a DaimlerChrysler company. Almost 10 years ago, they came up with a 48-volt GEM vehicle that could easily accommodate two passengers and give a top speed of 20 mph. Call it a coincidence, but the same year the National Highway Traffic Safety Regulation acknowledged a new class of vehicle, the Neighborhood Electric Vehicle (NEV) low-speed vehicle. So these adorable toy-like cars actually found their way to the public roads.

That was then. Even now GEM vehicles are legal in many countries, but only on roads posted at 35 mph or less. The speed has increased in the latest model at 25 mph. Plus with an ability to cover around 30 miles on a single charge and modifications in the car body to suit your requirements, they have become very popular for traveling around neighborhoods.

Meeting the safety guidelines, these GEM vehicles come with safety belts, headlamps, windshield wipers and safety glass. And their strongest point is that they are easily rechargeable at any 110-volt outlet in just six to eight hours. I like this eco product because this is representing best conceptual future and high advance technology and designing for this product is very cool and luxury. Via

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Tuesday, April 7, 2009

A Ray of Light with Solar Powered Shade

Imitating nature, this may be called!! With Lianne van Genugte designing an automatic functioning device which lights up with the sun, technology seems to be going the nature way. Intertwined with flexible solar cells that receive power from the sun during the day this device provides shade to its owners or to portions of a house in need of protection from heat or bright light. This innovation has been selected as one of 64 finalists for the Golden Eye, the top award for which is to be given at Dutch Design Week in mid-October.

Though this is a step ahead towards optimum utilization of natural resources, it has its respective loop-holes. Automatic switching may lead in wastage of accumulated energy when not required. Besides this, it also requires a battery to store solar energy to reserve all the power for illuminating the nights followed by cloudy days. Also such a solar guzzling shade can be utilized to power up few household gadgets. Like a flower opens to the sun, this device opens at daylight and closes at dusk. This is eco product and showing best unique conceptual high advance future and this eco product is more expensive and generally utilize on home decoration, but that is representing more advance future for another related product, I like this looking good product.

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Monday, April 6, 2009

The World Gets Its First Hybrid Yatch

We keep hearing about Eco-friendly vehicles dominating the roads across the world. But Mochi Craft has thought about the remaining 71%, which is water. A branch of Ferrety Group, this organization sailed in world’s first Eco-vessel.

A hybrid yatch and this was launch at 48th Salone Nautico Internazaionale and this green tag come from hybrid force scheme that is wholly designed by Ferrety. And I think I want to say this is a twin MAN diesel inboards are friendly to a 15-inch, touch screen monitoring system; thus allowing the helmsman to be able to switch among three different propulsion modes with the swipe of a finger: diesel, diesel-electric, or just electric.

An amazing start indeed, because once such eco-friendly hybrid yatch sail across the blue water the ever-increasing pollution level will come down. Plus with its diesel-engine combination, the 75-feet water bus leave’s ten kilograms of carbon dioxide for each nautical mile. There is also a battery pack that too can power the boat. And in this diesel-electric mode, the vessel emits less than half a kilogram each nautical mile. The RINA Green Star certifies that the Long Range 23, priced at a huge three million euros comes with both enhanced hydrodynamic capability and static stability, really very cool product.

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Sunday, April 5, 2009

Enjoy Sushi With An Eco-Conscience

For those of you dying of guilt each time you pop up your fave sushi, fear no more. Time has come to eat your fish a little more responsibly. Montery Bay Aquarium and the Blue Ocean Institute along with Environmental Defense Fund have come up with a cool and helpful sushi card that you an carry in your wallet with your sustainable seafood card. This card will be available from 22nd October and will carry information on the shushi to be avoided.

Yep, there are three guides being released and that indeed will be some treat for all you sushi lovers out there. But hey there are a few common favourites that are mentioned in the to-be-avoided list like bluefin tuna and yellow fin tuna. By the way, farmed shrip, freshwater eel and farmed salmon are also to be kept away from. Good news is, wild salmon and shrimp have got the green signal.

The cards will be launched at the only sustainable sushi bar in the US, Tataki Sushi and Saki Bar in San Francisco. The idea behind is to have customers question sushi bar owners on the fish used to make the delicavyand then make an informed choice.

So, go splurge on those delectable sushi options, that have Pacific halibut, albacore tuna, striped bass, arctic char, bay scallops, imitation crab etc., with a clear Eco-conscience! Via



Saturday, April 4, 2009

Dubai Uncovers Jumeira Gardens: An Amazing Green City

Wondering where this stunning futuristic monument is situated? Well, this is just the design of one of the unalterable structures belonging to the triad of 1 Dubai, Park Gate and Park Avenue, of the Jumeira Gardens of Dubai. This picture shows the design of Park Gate, which encompasses three pairs of beautiful towers opposite each other connected by a covering of hanging gardens at the top which gives a cool atmosphere under it.

Designed by the Chicago-based architects Adrian Smith and Gordon Gill this sustainable green project is worth $95 billion. This project has been designed to accommodate offices, homes, business establishments, amusement parks any many more. These green buildings are environment conservative in more than one ways. 1 Park Avenue, an 1800 foot tower with its solar panels and wind turbines waiting to utilize the renewable power of the natural resources.� 1 Dubai stands as the third structure tower in UAE, with its 3 soaring towers measuring 3281 feet in height, connected by glass suspension sky bridges.

This beautiful all-purpose eco-project will take another decade to complete. This beautiful city in the city establishment of Dubai, with its three super-structures is going to be an eye-catching wonder for the tourists and a motivating idea to the Eco-friendly architects.

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Friday, April 3, 2009

Bubbletecture Environment Circle with living space

The fundamental concept behind this design ‘bubbletecture’ is very eco friendly concept of ‘circulation.’ And consign is found in Hyogo and Japan and the unique architectural part is a showcase of the melding of function and maximum utilize of accessible topography. The uneven land terrain was not altered. The limited flat land was utilized. The design keeps natural landform intact. The mission was not to let construction alter the natural environment. All this is the triumph of the Shuhei Endo Architect Institute that was established in 1988.

Japanese cypress thinning wood logs were used to regulate CO2 emission. Steel boards were utilized to minimize further rusting. A roof and a wall were greened with the application of water-retentive moss for moisture. The architectural materials used are natural and environmental, as well as bearing the characteristic of being maintenance-free.

The part of the structure touching the ground is strengthened with an underground beam, while the part that floats from the ground uses a steel frame. Part of the building frame is also used as a water tank for purposes of fire prevention. The single-layered three-dimensional truss structure is made out of Japanese cedar thinning wood log. The flatland areas and the more uneven topography all have trusses made of this wood. Via

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Thursday, April 2, 2009

A Green Museum for Kids!

Certified in LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), the Brooklyn Children’s Museum is the very first ‘green’ museum to be found in New York. It focuses on environmental education and consciousness for children, as much as loads of fun for kids while they are in the process of discovery and thought. Here, kids learn about the environment in many innovative ways, and through interesting methods and strategies of presentation. Since many exhibitions are interactive, a trip to the museum is a guaranteed fun day for the whole family.

True to its mission of environmental consciousness and best practices, the Brooklyn Children’s Museum is a ‘green’ structure in itself, quite expectedly. The museum is a bastion of conservation: efficient energy use is practiced in terms of efficient lighting and temperature-control. The museum is an innovation that follows the latest trend in ‘green’ buildings. It boasts of a good percentage of its needed electrical power converted from its solar cells. The heating and cooling levels inside the museum are regulated by sensors that ‘feel’ the volume of people inside. There are also separate sensors that detect the amount of artificial light that is just necessary. Even the ventilation system has its own sensors that detect the CO2 level and, consequently, dictate the amount of oxygen that needs to be replenished inside. All in all, the museum is a child-friendly environment.

Brooklyn Children's Museum sample activity the museum building is a showcase of sustainable construction, with its many components that come from recycled materials. In turn, these materials, such as bamboo, cork, rubber, and linoleum, are easily replaceable. Definitely, the museum is a showcase of what being Eco-friendly is all about and what better clients to have than the ones that will continue the future generations on the crucial idea of taking responsibility for environmental protection. Via

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Wednesday, April 1, 2009

2009 Pininfarina B0 Electric Car

The Pininfarina B0 (pronounced B Zero) is a tribute to the legacy of Andrea Pininfarina (1957-2008) who believed that ‘designing and building cars is not only a business choice but a social responsibility.’ The B0 is clearly the solution for a pollution-free world, as was envisioned by its creator. This electric car of sheer styling is a collaboration born out of the partnership between Bollore and Pininfarina. The four-seater, four-door hatchback with an automatic gearbox is being built in Turin and will be powered by Bollore’s LMP technology, using the LMP battery that is rechargeable over a few hours only through a standard domestic main socket.

The car is a mass production model. The initial units will roll off by the end of 2009. The fully-electric vehicle will not produce any CO2 emission because of its use of the LMP revolutionary battery technology. It is No exhaust gases or particulates from this car. For the past 15 years, Bollore has been developing a solid-state lithium polymer battery that does not need any maintenance and has a lifespan of approximately 200,000 km (125,000 miles).

The B0 also runs on super capacitors that enhance acceleration and recycling power. These super capacitors make it possible for the car to store and recycle the energy that is generated while braking. High-performance solar panels, found on the car’s roof and part of its hood, augment the power needed for some of the car’s equipment. All the materials entailed for use in the creation of this vehicle are recyclable. Via

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