The Lamborghini ‘Asterion LPI 910-4′ is being revealed at the 2014 Paris Motor Show and marks the company’s first plug-in hybrid technology. The power system combines a V10 5.2 naturally aspirated engine with three electric motors to deliver a total of 699 kWh (910 hp). This, as well as the 560 Nm of torque available, enables the supercar to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 3.0 seconds and to a top speed of 320 km/h. The automobile delivers performance figures that are customary for Lamborghini but it is the CO2 emission reducing technologies that makes it stand out from their previous models. For example; it only releases 98 g/km of carbon dioxide, has a fuel consumption of 4.12 1/100 km combined cycle and a 50 km pure electric range.
Great alternative material application on an everyday object. I only wish there were a better way to treat the edges of the board; they look a little rough in these images.
The first man-made biological leaf could enable humans to travel deeper into space than ever before. Because plants don't grow in a zero-gravity environment, the material could be used to provide oxygen for extended periods of time. All it needs is light and little bit of water to convert carbon dioxide into breathable oxygen.
Berlin studio Läufer + Keichel has designed a lightweight chair for German manufacturer Schneiderschram based on the wooden crates used to transport fruit. It's a fantastic repurposing of material that would normally get thrown away or down-cycled at best. In this case, the material is up-cycled into a beautiful chair.
After making its official debut at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show in March QUANT's new electric sports car has been approved for use in Munich on public roads. The car is without a doubt breathtaking both inside and out with exquisite attention to detail and beautiful design lines. However its beauty and form are not what makes the car special nor are its impressive performance specs. The thing that makes the QUANT E-Sportlimousine special is that it runs on salt water. WOW!
When I first heard about the car and its technology I sat down and did some math regarding how far salt water could take us as an alternative resource to fossil fuels. I did a quick (and potentially inaccurate) internet search and found out that approximately 800,000,000 gallons of gasoline are consumed daily worldwide. According to the US Geological Survey there are 332,519,000 cubic miles (no, I do not stutter. MILES!) of salt water on the planet which translates to 352,670,000,000,000,000,000 gallons. Assuming the amount of salt water and the fuel consumption rate remained constant that would mean the worlds oceans could power cars for the next 1,207,773,972.6 years if every fossil-fuel burning engine converted to salt water. Needless to say, that's a long time.
However, here's the part that worries me: scientists have been preaching for decades that the worlds oceans are a sensitive ecosystem and even small changes can impact global weather patterns and climates. If that's true, at what point does salt water consumption begin to impact our oceans and the earth itself? I don't really know the answer to that question but 800,000,000 gallons of fuel consumed everyday is a lot. True, it's just a drop in the bucket when compared to the incredible volume of the ocean itself but common sense tells me at some point the consumption rate could impact the environment even more than fossil fuels.
Having said all that, I realize there are many people out there who know more about this topic than I do. If you are reading this blog and have any insights that could shed more light on the subject please leave a comment below.