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Volvo Working with Imperial College to Create Cars with Bodies Made from Batteries

Volvo Working with Imperial College to Create Cars with Bodies Made from Batteries

Electric cars, as well as other vehicles featuring renewable energy and eco-friendly statistics, may be the perfect fit for some out there, but for car manufacturers, there's still one problem: the size and weight of the battery therein. While companies try to figure out how to make the battery lighter and smaller, yet still produce the same amount of energy as they do now (if not more), it looks like Volvo, working with the Imperial College in London, has other plans. Like to create future vehicles that have the battery part of the body of the car.

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Suzuki e-Let’s Electric Scooter Developed in Conjunction with Sanyo

Suzuki e-Let’s Electric Scooter Developed in Conjunction with Sanyo

Today, Sanyo announced and unveiled their brand new creation: the Electric Drive System, which the company worked exclusively with Suzuki to develop. The EDS is utilized within the brand new e-Let's, an electric scooter that combines a high level and high-performance control circuit, with a high-performance in-wheel motor, which were primarily created by Sanyo. The scooter was created to save space, and not waste any parts, and weighs in at only 74kg, including the battery.

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Poor Little Fishbowl Design Concept Flagged by PETA

Poor Little Fishbowl Design Concept Flagged by PETA

There are hundreds of design concepts out there that focus on being eco-friendly. Helping out the environment, in one way or another, is a focus of a lot of people now-a-days. And while many of them focus more on the renewable energy side of things, there are still other concepts created that focus on other aspects that need attention: like water conservation. The Poor Little Fishbowl was designed by Yan Lu, and it's designed to show people how much water they waste every time they use the sink. But, this sink has a catch.

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Ecoball Portable Speakers Offer Solar Powered Built-In Battery

Ecoball Portable Speakers Offer Solar Powered Built-In Battery

Battery life is a cruel mistress. Some of our favorite gadgets offer up a battery life that is respectable, and that we don't necessarily have to worry about if we were to, you know, go outside. But others just don't. And that's why charging them while we're on the go is essential for some people. That's where solar power excels, as it gives us the ability to charge some of our gadgets by utilizing the power of the sun. And that's one of the main points of the Ecoball project.

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Energysport Recharges Your Gadgets While You Pedal

Energysport Recharges Your Gadgets While You Pedal

If you've ever been on a long bike ride, and you realize too late that you forgot to charge your favorite MP3 player before you left, you know that it can be a pretty quiet ride the rest of the way. And if that's not what you're into, then keeping your gadgets charged while you're on the go is a main priority. Thanks to designer Filipe Lima, you can now pedal your bike and charge your gadgets at the same time, thanks to the Energysport.

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Green Pass Turnstile Harnesses Energy from Movement

Green Pass Turnstile Harnesses Energy from Movement

Turnstiles may be one of those things that, if you ever find yourself thinking about it, may seem like a thing of the past. But they're still out there, doing their thing in train stations and what not all over the globe. But, let's face it -- it's been a long while since they've seen any kind of upgrade. So, if they were to get an upgrade, why not one that utilizes the energy that gets produced every day by people passing through them?

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Apple Opting Out of Environmental Ranking System Forum for the Future

Apple Opting Out of Environmental Ranking System Forum for the Future

Ranking systems are used for pretty much everything, in one way or another. And ranking how "green" your piece of technology is one way all those eco-friendly individuals out there can determine whether or not your gadget is the next thing they'll shell out their money for. Thanks to a new system brought together from UK carrier O2, cell phones are making their presence known on the green list. However, you shouldn't expect to see the iPhone on there -- Apple's not allowing their device to be tested, or listed.

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Toyota Prius Getting Optional Speaker System for Under the Hood in Japan

Toyota Prius Getting Optional Speaker System for Under the Hood in Japan

Apparently, there were one too many complaints about how quiet the Prius is, over in Japan. Citing the safety of pedestrians, it looks like Toyota is getting ready to implement a new speaker system that they will install under the front hood, which will project a sound loud enough to mimic that of a "normal" car's engine, and therefore letting folks know that the sneaky vehicle is approaching behind them.

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Solar Power Toothbrush is Real, Destroys Bacteria with Electrons

Solar Power Toothbrush is Real, Destroys Bacteria with Electrons

We don't know why we didn't think of it first. A solar powered toothbrush is exactly what we need. After all, your toothbrush sees the rays of the sun all the time, right? Oddly enough --or perhaps not--, we imagined that reading about a solar powered toothbrush wouldn't be interesting enough to give a second glance to, but sure enough, scientists over in Japan have managed to pique our interest. After all, if you create a toothbrush that's energized by solar power and can literally destroy bacteria without toothpaste, well, you deserve some attention.

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Sony Eclipse Concept Design Offers Solar Powered Wireless Media Management

Sony Eclipse Concept Design Offers Solar Powered Wireless Media Management

As far as concepts go, this one's sitting at the top of the hill, at least until it gets dethroned soon enough. Brought to you by Sony, the Eclipse is designed to give you a truly wireless, and eco-friendly way to manage --and listen to-- your media. And considering we know we're not the only ones out there that hate wires, we imagine that something like this would be a smash hit.

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