Efficiency is very interesting concept. One can be very efficient in doing the wrong thing. That does not make the solution very effective.
Again and again I am astonished as to how long it takes for a great idea for a design until it becomes mainstream.
It likewise amazes me how we design things on a daily basis, the things that are not the great inventions but just things like buildings and infrastructure.
The all new Mercedes C class appears not to be new in performance and features, rather in design and gadgets. The environmental credentials are rather disappointing.
Some time ago I was pointed to an article that outlined the environmental issues and hazards of electric cars. You read the headline above. Some of the content (please feel free to read the original article): But while electric cars hold such promise, they are also environmental vandals, especially when the electricity that feeds them…
A new Mercedes-Benz E 300 BlueTEC Hybrid posted an average consumption of just 3.8 litres of diesel per 100 kilometres is a great result, but is only a slow catch-up on already existing technology and comes with a significant price. We need more affordable hybrids.
US Conservatives Are Purposely Making Their Cars Spew Black Smoke To Protest Obama And Environmentalists
This is one of the most insane things I have seen and heard in a long time. While I can see that this a rather obvious sign of protest, it lacks any sense for health and safety even if we leave the environment totally aside – after all those people are not interested in environmental matters in the first place.
While it was a bit scary last month when the electric engine all of a sudden stopped working and I just made it home, I guess that is probably something that is not necessarily unexpected for a 13 year old car with more than 250,000 km on the clock.
Despite of having never seen any, there seem to be more electric cars on the market than I knew. And you probably did not know either.
We can clearly see a transition happening here from good old petrol only via hybrids (the second generation Toyota Prius dates back to 2000), then plug-in hybrids with an important gap-filler like the Chevrolet Volt being primary an electric car with backup power generator to plain electric cars, all which are already on the market. The transition is complete.
I find is astonishing how little though we tend to put into design really. Particularly when it comes down to buildings that are supposed to last 50+ years.
I have been driving “Paul” now for a year, a second generation model Prius, built in 2001, so about 12 years old.
Despite of people’s fear of ageing batteries, costly battery replacements and the funny belief that it may be not a “real” car, slow etc, it is beautiful to drive, can speed around corners (probably due to the low mounted battery pack), has easy steering, can make a U-turn on a street, can zoom into small car parks and is very silent.