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What Can 70 Year Old Pininfarina Bring To The Electric Vehicle?

February 10th, 2019 | by Nicolas Zart

When most people think of Pininfarina, images of Ferrari and Alfa Romeo might spring to mind, but the Mahindra company wants to bring its long and impressive automotive expertise to electric vehicles (EVs). The question is, what can it bring to the table? The answer lies with its pedigree, passion, and expertise


Consumers Expect EVs, Hyperloops, & Home Robots By 2030, According To Dassault Systemes

January 12th, 2019 | by Nicolas Zart

Dassault Systèmes and CITE Research sent us the findings of a survey for understanding how consumers expect technology to impact their lives by the year 2030. The survey focused on home, travel, health, and retail. This comes on the heels of another NPR survey that says Americans are feeling more optimistic about their personal future, just not about politics. The study shows consumers expect Hyperloops, fully connected smart home systems, mobile payments, and personalized preventive health plans, among other things


Cloud Data Centers Have A Little (Dirty Air) Secret

December 19th, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

File it under the "you'd never thought of it unless you knew how energy backup data centers work." We rarely talk about data centers and the amount of energy they use, nor how it's used. What we talk even less about is how their backup data center generators work, are maintained, and are powered on a monthly basis. Hold onto to your hats, because it's a stinky business


Miami People Mover — Autonomous, Electric, & Free

December 6th, 2018 | by Jake Richardson

The Miami Metromover covers 4.4 miles without a driver, runs on electricity every day from 5:00 am to midnight, and lets people ride without paying a penny. It serves the downtown Miami area, and some of its destinations are American Airlines Arena, Miami-Dade College, Miami-Dade County School Board, and Bayside Market Place. 

Clarence Eckerson gave it a very enthusiastic review in a video he posted on Vimeo. He particularly notes the city scenery that can be filmed while riding


The Kilogram Is Dead. Long Live The New Kilogram!

November 25th, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

The kilogram was the last unit of measure connected to a real measurable unit. But as of the 16th of November, we lost the kilogram to the uncertainties of our never-resting, always moving universe. The kilogram just isn't what it used to be


With 10 Years Of “Clean Trucks Program,” Los Angeles & Long Beach Ports Report Cleaner Air

October 24th, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

Los Angeles and Long Beach, California, together have the second busiest port in the US. Both harbors are next to cement factories and petroleum refineries. Trucks coming in and out of the harbor on the always congested 710 highway belch and spew dirty diesel particulates in the neighboring community. In fact, kindergartens and schools conveniently located next to the highway are the hardest hit. Child asthma has skyrocketed over the decades, to the point where these children will never have fully developed lungs


Could Apple’s Hometown Of Cupertino Get A Hyperloop?

September 27th, 2018 | by Jake Richardson

Only 10% of Apple's headquarters employees live in Cupertino, which means thousands are commuting there and adding to local congestion. In order to cut down on gridlock and tedious, time-consuming drives, the idea of building a local Hyperloop has been discussed


China X Cleantech — End of Q2, 2018

July 7th, 2018 | by Tim Dixon

The second half of Q2 2018 has been notable and the flood of news from around the world continues. In China, the flood of developments is so massive that we can only show you a keyhole insight into what is happening


Siemens’ City Performance Tool Connects Long-Term Goals With Today’s Solutions

June 21st, 2018 | by Kyle Field

Siemens has rolled out its new Siemens City Performance Tool that takes a snapshot of current city infrastructure and helps city leaders identify current as well as future actions cities can take to meet their climate, transportation, and energy goals. To learn a bit more about the new tool and the reports it generates, we sat down with Siemens' Chief City Executive for California and Arizona, Dennis Rodriguez


Texas Bullet Train Connects To Regular Amtrak Routes To Reach More

June 7th, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

The state of the railroad system in the US is a mixed bag. The cargo and freight segment is competitive for a number of routes and purposes, but has basically just chugged along with incremental improvements. The rail passenger industry in the U.S. is easily 70 years behind Europe and on par with developing countries. Amtrak knows it. Everyone knows it. Bullet train projects have abounded since the 1970s and are still tantalizing us, but are hard to get rolling. Nonetheless, there may be progress


Austrian Federal Railways Pilot Adds PV Solar Generation to Train Lines

May 31st, 2018 | by Kyle Field

Rail operator Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB) has opened what it believes is the world's first solar power plant designed specifically for pairing with the electric railway system. The new system adds a photovoltaic electricity generation farm directly into the rail system, directly powering the trains that run along the Ostbahn (Eastern Railway)


Transit Life Is Livelier & Safer

May 26th, 2018 | by Cynthia Shahan

Life in dense cities and larger urban areas is often space condensed. Every square foot counts. One realizes quickly that transit can be highly efficient in such places — you can much more quickly walk to a tram, subway, or electric bus; jump on; and get where you want to go than if you and everyone else had to drive through clogged traffic one car at a time



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