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GE researchers create new prototype traction motor for hybrid and electric vehicles

GE researchers create new prototype traction motor for hybrid and electric vehicles

GE has announced the creation of a new world-class traction motor for hybrid and electric vehicles. The new prototype electric motor delivers higher power density and better acceleration efficiency in a smaller frame at a lower cost than existing electric motors. The goal for GE is to extend the range of electric vehicles and reduce fuel consumption for hybrids using the new motor.

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UCLA scientists working on energy-generating windows

UCLA scientists working on energy-generating windows

If the research being conducted by folks at UCLA continues, we may some day see buildings that are able to provide what would look like invisible electricity to the naked eye. The university has developed a transparent solar cell that could potentially allow electricity to come from windows that still allow people to see outside.

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GE researchers are working on a home refilling station for natural gas vehicles

GE researchers are working on a home refilling station for natural gas vehicles

GE has announced that its research division is working on a new development that it hopes will help spread the adoption of natural gas vehicles in the United States and around the world. GE is working in partnership with Chart Industries and scientists from the University of Missouri to develop an affordable home refueling station for natural gas vehicles. The researchers are working on the program through Advance Research Projects Agency for Energy or ARPA-E.

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ECOmove QBEAK EV promises 500-mile range

ECOmove QBEAK EV promises 500-mile range

I'm not sure I'll ever understand why many makers of electric vehicles can't (or won't) design an attractive car. It's like if you're driving a green vehicle some manufacturers think it has to be quirky and odd to scream green. I'm always happy that at least Tesla makes its EVs attractive. The latest quirky and not so good-looking electric vehicle to cross my desk is the ECOmove QBEAK.

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Apple returns to EPEAT after customer call to action

Apple returns to EPEAT after customer call to action

After approximately one week of being off the listing of environmentally friendly products entirely, Apple has decided to return to EPEAT after "many loyal Apple customers" expressed concern. Apple's hardware engineering chief Bob Mansfield has posted a letter that expresses Apple's change of heart and reassures the public that Apple never lapsed for a moment on their green initiatives and environmentally sound hardware manufacturing. The letter also lets it be known that their relationship with EPEAT has "become stronger as a result of this experience" and that they'll continue their work with ENERGY STAR as well as IEEE 1680.1, the standard on which EPEAT is based.

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Apple makes statement on EPEAT green registry drop

Apple makes statement on EPEAT green registry drop

This week Apple has made a statement on their recent withdrawal of all of their products from the EPEAT environmental registry. This statement notes that because EPEAT does not cover all of the environmental issues that Apple finds important, they've withdrawn their products from the registry. Additionally, Apple has let it be known that they are continuing to work with standards set by the US Government-backed Energy Star system.

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Can Apple re-write green standards?

Can Apple re-write green standards?

Apple's decision to yank its products from EPEAT certification could lead to a green coup of sorts in the consumer electronics space, as businesses and federal agencies push back against procurement regulations. The company's decision to withdraw from EPEAT registration means government agencies tied to EPEAT-approved hardware are forced to apply for special waivers, in a staff-bogging process described as "long" and "onerous" by experts. Meanwhile, while the process for time-consuming appeals monopolizes workers, Apple is pushing its own "comprehensive" set of environmental measurements.

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San Francisco drops Apple purchases over EPEAT withdrawal

San Francisco drops Apple purchases over EPEAT withdrawal

Apple, along with a large list of other technology companies, abided by EPEAT regulations to ensure that its products had a minimal impact on the environment. Just a few days ago, Apple requested that all its product be removed from the EPEAT certification list, which will have a knock-on effect for schools and businesses in San Francisco. State employees can use city funds to buy products covered by EPEAT, although they'll no longer be able to purchase future Apple products now that they’re no longer registered under the scheme.

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Apple breaks ties with EPEAT environmental group

Apple breaks ties with EPEAT environmental group

This week it's been revealed that Apple has requested that all of its products be removed from the national registry of environmentally sound products listed by EPEAT. This registry covers desktops, notebooks, and displays, and assures the public that every device with its seal of approval is environmentally sound. The EPEAT group is (as far as we know at the moment) still funded by the EPA, Apple, and a set of manufacturers across the USA.

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