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Toyota’s Lightweight 1/X Concept Car

Toyota latest innovation of hybrid car is trying to reduce the weight of the car. Toyota 1/X concept car is looking for more ways to reduce every inch from a gallon of gas possible. This 1/X concept design is based on hybrid Prius, Toyota hope to be able to double impressive mileage ranking compare to Prius. Interesting design can be seen from the roof, it’s transparent, heat and noise insulating, and made from a bio-plastic derived from kenaf and ramie plants. This car features thinner wheel compare to normal cars due to its extreme light weight. If we take a look at the overall design, with the lightness of the car, this means it can travel with 4 gallon tank of fuel for over 600 miles.

toyota 1/x concept

toyota lightweight 1/x concept

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Charge Your Battery While Biking With reCycle

Every gadgets on the market today require energy or power to make it work. The challenge of this design is to find a way to harness this energy. ReCycle targets the wasted energy that is generated while riding a bicycle and empowers consumers to not only consume, but produce. Kinetic energy produced while biking creates an electric charge which charges a lithium ion battery. This battery can be removed and used to power a variety of electronics.

The battery is inserted into the charging unit and captures the kinetic energy (normal movements) created while riding a bike. There are minimal amount of mechanical fasteners to allow for each assembly or access to the internal components.

Any electronics that need to be charged or powered can be plugged directly into the battery. The simple aluminum construction allows for easy access to the internal components for repair or upgrade

recycle wasted energy

recycle wasted energy for charging lithium battery

recycle wasted energy while biking

Designer : Evan Grant

Toyota Hi-CT Hybrid Concept Car

Toyota Hi-CT hybrid concept car offers an enjoyable vehicle with weird looking design, but according to Toyota’s team of young Japanese and European designers, this is the reflection of what a cool and great vehicle should look like. The idea behind this hybrid concept car is the theme of “unbalanced”, creating something that make people stop and take a good look.

The Hi-CT is a plug-in hybrid with a 1.5L motor and uses lithium-ion batteries, which are located underneath the floor of the vehicle in order to maximize the interior space of the car. While it looks quite boxy and big, it is in fact quite small. The entire vehicle is 3.3 meters long, 1.6 meters wide and 1.7 meters high. It is, effectively, a cube on wheels. Due to the tiny size, it can only carry two persons. However, being a �lifestyle� car, there�s enough space inside it for everything that an active user or two could need. The rear trunk can be modified so that surfboards, bicycles and camping equipment can be carried around for those days where you need to get out to nature.

The interior looks futuristic, I don’t really care anymore about the outside look. Those young designers surely think outside the box when they designed this car.

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toyota hi ct concept

toyota hi ct hybrid concept car

toyota hi ct car concept

From Toyota via Inhabitat

Vectrix ZEV Zero Emission Motorbike

Vectrix ZEV is an all-electric motorbike, this can be one of great solution for your efforts toward greener earth by reducing fuel consumption and emission while riding around the town. Vectrix ZEV motorbike runs clean, super far per charge and extremely fast, this could be an alternative for four-wheeled city travels.

The Vectrix ZEV allows you to jump from 0-50mph in seven seconds, pretty fast huh? You can go around 50 miles before Vectrix Zev needs to be recharged. You can charge this motorbike pretty much anywhere as long as it has an electrical outlet. Using this environmentally friendly motorbike is one great move to save our planet, plus this motorbike is sexy and very stylish.

vectrix zev electric motorbike

vectrix zev green technology electric motorbike

vectrix zev eco friendly electric motorbike

vectrix zev electric motorbike

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SABDES Eco Friendly Super Yacht

A luxury yacht from SABDES with green technology to create greener earth. Scott Blee, the designer, has already planned ahead for future system upgrades as technologies advance, eliminating major redesign and structural changes. Being aware of global warming, SABDES superyacht is designed carefully in the early stages in order to minimize power consumption and emissions. Each yachts systems are carefully considered in the early stages of design in order to minimize power consumption and emissions. Hull designs are optimized for minimal surface and hull wake, reducing their impact on sensitive marine life, and shoreline erosion. Aside from this yacht eco-sensitive slant, SABDES yachts are ultimately designed to be stylish.

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sabdes eco friendly super yacht

sabdes luxury super yacht

sabdes super yacht green technology

Source : SABDES via Tuvie

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Zero Pollution Car Techonology

It’s not a dream anymore to actually drive the cleanest car in the world. Zero pollution vehicle is going to be born, the Compressed Air Vehicle is the first affordable and accessible clean car. It brings us our dream: to drive pollution-free and free of fuel dependency. Since the Compressed Air Vehicle is running exclusively on compressed air, it emits only air – zero pollution. The air expelled from the tail pipe is actually cleaner than the air used to fill the tank. This is because before compression, the air is run through carbon filters to eliminate dirt, dust, humidity, and other urban Air impurities that could hamper the engine’s performance. At speeds over 35mph the Compressed Air Vehicle uses small amounts of fuel either gasoline, propane, ethanol or bio fuels to heat air inside a heating chamber called the as it enters the engine. This process produces emissions of only 0.141lbs of CO2 per mile. That is up to 4 times less than the average vehicle and more than two times less than the cleanest vehicle available today.

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zero pollution car concept

From : Zero Pollution Motors

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Tesla Roadster, Fully Electric Car Goes Into Production

Another great news for electric car lovers, zero-emission Tesla Roadster has announced that its electric sportscar has started a regular production. Which mean, soon, you’ll be able to drive electric sports car that have perfomance 210+mile range between battery charges. Very exciting indeed, especially with the price tag under US$100,000/car, you can also start your reservation for 2009 model.

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tesla roadster full electric car into production

tesla roadster full electric car concept now into production

tesla roadster full electric car

From : TeslaMotors

Th!nk Electric City Car Goes To Showrooms

Finally one of most talked about electric city car, Th!nk, goes to showrooms. This car concept revealed at the 2008 Geneva Motor Show, with two-seater and top speed of 65 mph, great vehicle for just round the town. Th!nk city car will need 10 hour charge from any domestic power outlet.

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ford th!nk electric city car

From : Th!nk

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Electric Bike Goes 75 Miles per Charge from Giant Bike

Giant Bike introduced Twist Freedom Dx which look like a regular bike, but don’t get tricked by its surface. This bike is actually an electric bike which has torque sensor that monitors your pedaling and controls a 250-watt DC motor located in the front wheel. The source of power comes from two lithium ion batteries which can help you ride the bike up to 75 miles/120 kilometers.

This is great innovation as cars alternative, Giant, the manufacturer hopes that it will be popular in developing countries. Available in May 2008 with $2000 as its price tag.

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