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Kubota unveils radical autonomous electric tractor in Japan

February 2nd, 2020 at 2:18 am » Comments Off

The X tractor is being presented in commemoration of Kubota’s 130th year in business  According to agricultural machinery manufacturer Kubota, there are now fewer farmers in Japan, trying to manage increasingly large amounts of land. With that problem in mind, the company recently unveiled a concept for helping those farmers out – a driverless tractor. […]



This customized RV with solar-panel body does not need fuel, electricity to run; ever

January 20th, 2020 at 12:52 pm » Comments Off

Named as the Iveco Daily Electric, the RV that can take you anywhere – completely for free. Cleaner vehicles with minimum emissions make up for a new segment that is currently the most hotly contested around the world. This is not only because of the emission norms of major countries that have compelled manufacturers to […]



Segway unveils S-Pod personal transport for scooter skeptics

January 7th, 2020 at 9:57 pm » Comments Off

For those of us who aren’t adventurous enough to ride scooters, Segway has come up with something new: the personal transportation pod. The well-known self-balancing personal transport brand (owned by Chinese company Segway-Ninebot since 2015) has unveiled the Segway S-Pod, a smart transporting pod for enclosed campuses such as airports, theme parks, and malls. Segway […]



Rolls-Royce ACCEL all-electric plane prepares to set a world record

December 28th, 2019 at 3:59 am » Comments Off

Rolls-Royce wants to create the ‘fastest electric plane ever,’ a goal that falls under its Accelerating the Electrification of Flight (ACCEL) initiative. The project is part of Rolls-Royce’s mission to advance aviation with the electrification of flight, opening the door for green air travel. The company is backed by government funding in this effort. Assuming […]



‘World’s first’ fully-electric commercial flight takes off

December 26th, 2019 at 12:46 pm » Comments Off

A Harbour Air electric aircraft An all-electric powered seaplane has taken flight in Vancouver, Canada, in what the operators describe as a “world first” for the aviation industry. The short test flight by Harbour Air and magniX involved a six-passenger aircraft fitted with an electric motor. The companies said it was a first step to […]



Coca-Cola test-drives Einride’s autonomous truck in Sweden

December 21st, 2019 at 2:46 am » Comments Off

An Einride vehicle will ferry goods between warehouses operated by Coca-Cola European Partners and Axfood, one of Sweden’s largest food retailers. Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP), the brand’s local bottling partner, will deploy the Einride autonomous electric transport system to its Swedish distribution network, according to a news release. As part of a commercial pilot, an […]



Heavy-duty trucks and buses must go electric, says new report

December 20th, 2019 at 2:44 am » Comments Off

The electrification of trucks and buses needs to be accelerated, says a new report released yesterday by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS).  The UCS report, titled “Ready for Work: Now Is the Time for Heavy-Duty Electric Vehicles,” states that there are currently about 28 million trucks and buses in the US, or 10% of […]



NYC turns to electric cargo bikes to solve delivery truck crisis

December 10th, 2019 at 4:09 pm » Comments Off

A new program in New York City will see electric cargo bikes promoted as a solution to the growing number of polluting and congesting delivery trucks throughout the city. Now I love shopping on Amazon and other e-commerce sites as much as the next guy. But I also recognize that the huge shift towards online […]



Large ‘Tesla ships’ all-electric container barges are launching this autumn

November 23rd, 2019 at 12:45 pm » Comments Off

The Dutch company Port-Liner is building two giant all-electric barges dubbed the ‘Tesla ships‘. The company announced that the vessels will be ready by this autumn and will be inaugurated by sailing the Wilhelmina canal in the Netherlands. The 100 million-euro project supported by a €7m subsidy from the European Union is expected to have […]



Ford announces launch of largest electric vehicle charging network in the US

October 27th, 2019 at 12:44 pm » Comments Off

Demand for electric cars has grown slowly. But the tsunami is coming  New York (CNN Business)Ford doesn’t currently offer any electric vehicles, but it announced Thursday that, once it does, it will offer the largest North American network of electric vehicle chargers of any automaker — including Tesla. Unlike Tesla, though, Ford didn’t build this […]



Tesla Semi electric truck to be turned into mobile music studio by Deadmau5

October 20th, 2019 at 1:11 pm » Comments Off

Deadmau5, a DJ and music producer, announced that he is getting a Tesla Semi electric truck to turn into a mobile music studio for his 2021 tour. When launching Tesla Semi in 2017, the automaker said that the production versions of electric truck, which is a class 8 truck with a 80,000-pound capacity, will have […]



The CEO of KLM predicts that the first commercial electric airplane will arrive in 15 to 20 years

October 18th, 2019 at 12:09 am » Comments Off

KLM “I think a realistic projection for an electric plane is somewhere between 15 and 20 years.” Nicolas Economou/NurPhoto via Getty Images Today, the sight of an electric vehicle is pretty unremarkable, which shows how much the sector has progressed. CEO of KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Pieter Elbers thinks we should see electric airplanes on […]



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