Lithium-Powered Electric Car Now Available In U.K.

See our new review of Electric Cars In 2011 This month sees the launch of the Elettrica, the first production electric car on the UK market with the option of a lithium power supply. The car is said to provide almost twice the range of other small electric cars at 70 miles. Lithium-ion batteries are more commonly found in laptops …

The World’s Largest Solar Stadium: 1.3 Megawatts

The world’s largest solar stadium began operation this week. It’s the Stade De Suisse, located in Bern, Switzerland. Originally, the stadium had 7930 solar cells from Kyocera installed, but recently an additional 2808 solar cells were added. The stadium now has an overall output of 1.3 megawatts of power, and it is expect to produce about 1.134 gigawatt hours of …

Powerful Combination: Montague Folding Bike + Bionx Electric Conversion

This customized bike, the Biontague, is a powerful combination of a folding bike and a lithium-ion powered electric motor. It was created by Electric Cyclery in Laguna Beach, California. They built the Biontague by taking a Montague Swiss Bike LX folding mountain bike (we featured this bike previously here) and fitting it with a Bionx PL350 electric conversion kit. The …

Can-Crushing Frog

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From Japan, comes this frog that can crush cans! You can buy it from this Japanese store. A less whimsical can crusher can be found at Amazon for $20.

Sun and Wind Powered Bike Trailer

The Navitas is a bike trailer that generates its own power using the sun and wind. Designed by Paul Smith, a student at University of Derby in England, the trailer has a rear wheel that splits three ways to become a vertical axis turbine. There is also a compact solar panel to help to provide a charge to the onboard …

$30,000 Electric Car For 2009

Miles Rubin, founder of Miles Automotive Group, wants to build an all-electric car that costs $30,000. It would be a zero-emissions vehicle with a top speed of 80 miles per hour and a range of 120 miles. Basically, the idea is to have this electric car compete head-to-head with a conventional sedan like the Camry. Rubin’s company already builds low-speed …

Yamaha’s $2000 Electric Bike

This compact electric bike, the EC-02 from Yamaha, costs just under $2000. First introduced in Japan two years ago, the EC-02 is similar to the Enertia motorcycle I wrote about recently in TreeHugger. But this scooter has more modest specs: a top speed of 18 MPH and a range of 40 miles. So it’s more suitable for commuters and scooting …

76-Acre CityCenter Project in Vegas Aims To Be Green

The MGM CityCenter is a $7 billion project under development on the Las Vegas Strip. The 76-acre complex is the largest green building project in the U.S. The designers actually hope to receive a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification for this project. But when the first hotel guests stream through the lobby of the 4,000-room resort at …

First Ski Resort Wind Turbine Begins Operations

The first wind turbine to be installed at ski resort in the U.S. was recently turned on, and is producing clean power. The turbine, dubbed “Zephyr”, was installed at Jiminy Peak, a resort in western Massachusetts. The turbine is rated at 1.5 megawatts, and it will produce an estimated 33%-50% of the resort’s power needs, and excess power will go …

New Commuter Bike By Kona

This is a new bike from Kona, called the Ute, to be released in 2008. With a cargo rack as part of its design, it will be one of the few bikes designed with the commuter in mind. The bike also comes with two grocery-style pannier bags that include a raincover. You can also opt to get a four bag …