Author Archives: Jo Borrás

New Electric eSpire Offers More Go for Less Green (still a lot)

September 10th, 2011 | by Jo Borrás

The new eSpire electric bicycle from Third Element was one of the hits of the past week's Eurobike 2011 show, offering more power, more speed, and more range than its predecessors, at a substantially reduced price ... but it's still decidedly "up" the upscale. Click through to check it out!

Solar, Wind, and Human Powered Trike Goes Around the World

September 3rd, 2011 | by Jo Borrás

Imagine a post-apocalyptic future, but not the kind of BS “everyone wears eyeliner and leather” post-apocalyptic future of so many (so many) Hollywood movies. Just imagine that the oil dried up, some big war was fought, and all the people who worry about stock algorithms were taken out as collateral damage. Imagine, in other words, that the s*** went down, and only the nice guys were left. Real “the meek shall inherit the Earth” stuff. Source: Gas 2.0 (

Which is Smarter? Smart Car … or Smart Bike?

August 20th, 2011 | by Jo Borrás

Mercedes' boutique Smart brand recently added a high-end electric bicycle to the company's growing lineup of trendy, urban commuter vehicles - begging the question, if a Smart car is smart, is a Smart bike smarter? One look at the pic and you'll know my answer! Click through for more

DIY Flywheel Hybrid Bike Boosts Without Batteries (video)

August 18th, 2011 | by Jo Borrás

Hybrid flywheel energy storage got off to a bit of a shaky start in Formula 1 back in 2009, but the technology is gaining ground outside the motorsports arena in production cars, utility companies, and – now – it’s found its way into bicycles!

Ford Hybrid Pickup Gets Put to the Test by PG&E

August 14th, 2011 | by Jo Borrás

Drivetrain specialists ALTe are field-testing an extended-range electric Ford pickup in concert with utility company PG&E. The new drivetrain means the full-size truck will more than double its mileage - but will commercial truck buyers accept it? Check it out

New BMW i Concepts Debut (w/ gallery)

July 30th, 2011 | by Jo Borrás

In one fell swoop, BMW has released its new “i” sub-brand on the world, and made every other car on the road look like a relic from the horseless carriage days. The future, as they say, is now - and this is what it looks like

Intelliwheels Gears up for Faster Wheelchairs

July 26th, 2011 | by Jo Borrás

Electric powered vehicles are better than fossil fuel powered vehicles, but fossil fuels have a way of creeping into conversations about electric vehicles. Perhaps that's rightly so. After all, what good does a broad adoption of EVs do for the world if we've just offset fossil fuel use from our cars to our power stations, right? Right. So, given that electric power is good, human-power (whenever possible) is probably better -- and any new technology that encourages us to power ourselves around town should probably be welcomed with open arms

KERS-equipped Pedal Car Brings F1 to the Bike Lane

July 8th, 2011 | by Jo Borrás

Think pedal-cars are just big toys? They are – but this one, from Argentinian designer Nico Jara, promises to bring some real “big boy” tech to the game with lightweight composite construction and its very own take on kinetic energy recovery systems (KERS). Click through for more

Korea to Abandon Printed Textbooks by 2015

July 8th, 2011 | by Jo Borrás

In a bold move, South Korea's ministry of education recently announced plans to remove printed textbooks from Korea's schools by the year 2015. Called “Smart Education”, the plan calls for the creation of a dedicated cloud network - which will host digital copies of the students' required reading and lessons – that can be accessed through “any” Internet-connected device, from low-power netbooks to tablets to (presumably) Android-powered washing machines, which will be provided to students' families if they are unable to afford them (the netbooks, not the appliances)

Electric Irish Water Taxi is the Future of Venice

July 7th, 2011 | by Jo Borrás

That futuristic little space pod up there is called the CAT (for City Aquatic Transport), and is the product of Irish industrial designers from the Curve Creative studio aimed at providing an alternative to automotive traffic on congested urban roads

EADS Announces VoltAir Electric Airline Concept

June 27th, 2011 | by Jo Borrás

The all-electric VoltAir "electrifies" show-goers at last weekend's Paris Air Show, with swappable battery packs, hyper-efficient propellers, and a bit of a fishy look, if we're being honest

Coming Soon: the Laptop You Power by Typing

June 26th, 2011 | by Jo Borrás

A team of researchers at Australia's Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) have successfully demonstrated a new, "piezoelectric" film's capacity for turning the mechanical pressure of punching keys into clean, usable electricity!

GOP Front Group AAPS Behind Bogus Biofuel Death Claims

April 11th, 2011 | by Jo Borrás

Every once in a while, I read something that doesn't quite jive. Sometimes it's a simple typo or a misplaced decimal point, and a quick double-take + common sense will straighten things out. Other times, like when I read a report on Autoblog Green about the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) predicting a move to ethanol-based bio-fuels "could kill 200,000 people a year", something more sinister (or possibly just "more stupid") is behind the apparent disconnect

Extreme Wind Turbines Mean Extreme Testing

April 7th, 2011 | by Jo Borrás

Wind power is definitely "big" these days, especially in light of Japan's ongoing nuclear crisis in the wake of last month's earthquake. The failure of several contingency plans at the Fukushima facility has cast doubts on nuclear power's role in future energy policy, with several EU member nations discussing scaling back even current levels of nuclear power production

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