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Cruise the world on solar power alone on the Silent 55 yacht
Humans have always been drawn to the water on our planet. To the lakes, the rivers, the seas all around us. Not surprising, considering how important this liquid substance is to our daily lives. Yet at times it may be a bit… much. Just think about those individuals who are so fond of boating and sailing that they embark on all kinds of wild oceanic adventures. From crossing the Pacific and Atlantic to sailing around the world, there seems to be an undeniable appeal to exploring the best our earth has to offer from the water. The richest-of-the-rich have added an extra layer to this with their expensive yachting hobbies. Huge ships that are best described as floating palaces grace the most gorgeous seas and coasts, entertaining guests and cruising coastal hot-spots. The ecological price of yachting These expensive hobbies do however carry a higher price tag than merely the one attached to its hull upon purchase. Large boats are notorious polluters, that use up scarce resources and fuels in its operation and frequently leave a trail of waste and pollution in its wake. The use of renewable energy for boating is still in its infancy. This is exactly why we are so excited to discover initiatives that are dedicated to making ocean-travel more sustainable, while not taking away the luxury and pleasure it brings along. Take the Silent 55, a solar-powered yacht that can cruise for weeks at a time on solar energy alone. A prototype of carbon-neutral yachts using renewable  energy Ok, let’s nuance the previous statement a bit. It is not like you can actually keep on going continuously for weeks at a time at top speed, using nothing but renewable energy. According to its manufacturer, the Silent 55 can cruise for up to 160 km per day. The energy needs are directly derived from its 30 high-efficiency photovoltaic solar panels. These panels deliver peaks around 10 kilowatts into an inverter and charge the battery.   Unfortunately the manufacturer has not revealed any specifications with regard to the capacity or size of this battery. The critical solar energy connoisseur will recognise that the numbers mentioned above are not exactly spectacular. The amount of solar energy generated seems low, especially when offsetting it to the options the manufacturer provides for engine power: respectively at 2x135 kW (E-Power configuration) and 2x 30 kW (cruiser configuration).   Frugality is key to saving the planet : go easy on the engine   Founder Michael Köhler does, however, insist that this is sufficient to cruise at a ‘normal’ speed for hours at a time, although he recommends a reduced speed in the evenings and at night. In order to reach optimum efficiency, it seems important to cut back your use of other on-board appliances that require energy, and go easy on the throttles.   If you are afraid that you will quite literally end up dead in the water, several add-ons are available that may offer some much needed support. For those who are not entirely opposed to coughing out some extra CO2 in the atmosphere, a diesel generator can be added that will provide some 100 kW.   For those who prefer the natural approach and insist on renewable energy sources only, the inclusion of a mast and sails is the way to go. A particularly intriguing option is the ‘sky sail’, which is basically a large kite that will be let up in the air to an altitude of 150 meters. This way, it can take advantage of the high-altitude winds while its shadow does not interfere with the solar panels’ capacity to soak up direct sunlight. Comfortable and customisable living on-board While the concept of powering the yacht by solar panels is promising, the inventors were clearly more concerned with the technology than with its design. While the top deck is completely taken over by the solar panels, you have ample space to relax on the main deck. Inside, you can enjoy some 40 square meters of living space and a variety of options for sleeping quarters (up to 3 bedrooms, each with en-suite bathroom). For some €1.4 million this eco-friendly yacht can be yours. Quite a steal, considering the lower costs of fuel and maintenance. Although the interior might not be for you if you are used to ‘regular’ yachts with over-the-top-bling and accessories. For those of you, we recommend looking into the larger versions (19,5 meters and 24 meters respectively) that Silent Yachts is working on. Gives you just that little extra space for a grand kitchen or media room. https://www.whatsorb.com/transportation/-solar-catamaran-makes--green--tourism-just-shine-a-little-more-
Humans have always been drawn to the water on our planet. To the lakes, the rivers, the seas all around us. Not surprising, considering how important this liquid substance is to our daily lives. Yet at times it may be a bit… much. Just think about those individuals who are so fond of boating and sailing that they embark on all kinds of wild oceanic adventures. From crossing the Pacific and Atlantic to sailing around the world, there seems to be an undeniable appeal to exploring the best our earth has to offer from the water. The richest-of-the-rich have added an extra layer to this with their expensive yachting hobbies. Huge ships that are best described as floating palaces grace the most gorgeous seas and coasts, entertaining guests and cruising coastal hot-spots. The ecological price of yachting These expensive hobbies do however carry a higher price tag than merely the one attached to its hull upon purchase. Large boats are notorious polluters, that use up scarce resources and fuels in its operation and frequently leave a trail of waste and pollution in its wake. The use of renewable energy for boating is still in its infancy. This is exactly why we are so excited to discover initiatives that are dedicated to making ocean-travel more sustainable, while not taking away the luxury and pleasure it brings along. Take the Silent 55, a solar-powered yacht that can cruise for weeks at a time on solar energy alone. A prototype of carbon-neutral yachts using renewable  energy Ok, let’s nuance the previous statement a bit. It is not like you can actually keep on going continuously for weeks at a time at top speed, using nothing but renewable energy. According to its manufacturer, the Silent 55 can cruise for up to 160 km per day. The energy needs are directly derived from its 30 high-efficiency photovoltaic solar panels. These panels deliver peaks around 10 kilowatts into an inverter and charge the battery.   Unfortunately the manufacturer has not revealed any specifications with regard to the capacity or size of this battery. The critical solar energy connoisseur will recognise that the numbers mentioned above are not exactly spectacular. The amount of solar energy generated seems low, especially when offsetting it to the options the manufacturer provides for engine power: respectively at 2x135 kW (E-Power configuration) and 2x 30 kW (cruiser configuration).   Frugality is key to saving the planet : go easy on the engine   Founder Michael Köhler does, however, insist that this is sufficient to cruise at a ‘normal’ speed for hours at a time, although he recommends a reduced speed in the evenings and at night. In order to reach optimum efficiency, it seems important to cut back your use of other on-board appliances that require energy, and go easy on the throttles.   If you are afraid that you will quite literally end up dead in the water, several add-ons are available that may offer some much needed support. For those who are not entirely opposed to coughing out some extra CO2 in the atmosphere, a diesel generator can be added that will provide some 100 kW.   For those who prefer the natural approach and insist on renewable energy sources only, the inclusion of a mast and sails is the way to go. A particularly intriguing option is the ‘sky sail’, which is basically a large kite that will be let up in the air to an altitude of 150 meters. This way, it can take advantage of the high-altitude winds while its shadow does not interfere with the solar panels’ capacity to soak up direct sunlight. Comfortable and customisable living on-board While the concept of powering the yacht by solar panels is promising, the inventors were clearly more concerned with the technology than with its design. While the top deck is completely taken over by the solar panels, you have ample space to relax on the main deck. Inside, you can enjoy some 40 square meters of living space and a variety of options for sleeping quarters (up to 3 bedrooms, each with en-suite bathroom). For some €1.4 million this eco-friendly yacht can be yours. Quite a steal, considering the lower costs of fuel and maintenance. Although the interior might not be for you if you are used to ‘regular’ yachts with over-the-top-bling and accessories. For those of you, we recommend looking into the larger versions (19,5 meters and 24 meters respectively) that Silent Yachts is working on. Gives you just that little extra space for a grand kitchen or media room. https://www.whatsorb.com/transportation/-solar-catamaran-makes--green--tourism-just-shine-a-little-more-
Cruise the world on solar power alone on the Silent 55 yacht
Cruise the world on solar power alone on the Silent 55 yacht
A solar powered car made from plastic waste. Follow Clean2Antartca on Antartica
WhatsOrb is an official partner from Clean2Antartica Since November 2018, WhatsOr is an official sponsor from the Clean2Antartica project. Adventure for Change. Waste meets adventure Two people are heading for the South Pole in a vehicle made of plastic waste, powered by the sun. Join us, because creating a cleaner world is an adventure for everyone. How did the Clean2Antartica challenge start? Liesbeth and Edwin (Netherlands) were making dinner, when they tossed away another plastic packaging. It was the straw that broke the camel’s back. They turned around their trashcan and their mindset. Why is plastic suddenly worthless? Why do we blame the government or the supermarket? Leaving your comfort zone all the way to Antartica The next day they went to the butcher with their own reusable packaging. An uncomfortable situation, but a moment of success that set off a personal adventure. Liesbeth and Edwin went from the discomfort of their own trash to taking on the freezing challenge of Antarctica. Start small, but start today to ‘recycle plastic waste How do you go from the kitchen table to Antarctica? By starting, failing, and adjusting. People said it's impossible. They said plastic waste wouldn't be good enough, the car would fail. But here we are, ready to be the first to reach the South Pole with clean technology. Liesbeth and Edwin don't want to set a record. They want to inspire you to take your own step for a better a world. Expedition to Antarctica by ‘plastic waste car powered by solar An expedition for a cleaner world on the coldest continent on earth. A test of man and machine, to inspire a personal adventure at home. Photo by: Clean2Antartica Leaving the comfort zone From Antarctica’s base camp, Liesbeth and Edwin will drive to the South Pole and back. A journey of 2400 km through an icy desert where the sun never sets. In -30°C, man and machine will be tested on the driest, coldest, and highest continent on the planet. This is about the power of embracing discomfort. Whether it's about an expedition or taking the first steps to reduce your plastic . A zero waste continent: Antartica Antarctica contains 90% of the world’s ice and belongs to no one. It is zero waste by law, making it the perfect destination for a zero waste adventure. We can learn from Antarctica and make sure it stays that way. We also want to raise awareness for the Antarctic treaty. If not extended in 2048, the continent will be opened for commercial exploitation. Adventure with purpose We want people to rediscover their world. To experiment with plastic waste and explore a world of possibilities. Our expedition is a spark for personal adventure. It has all the charm of a classical expedition and the purpose of creating a better world. Going on an adventure, at home or far away, can make us better humans. We arrived on the South pole. -27 °C. The expedition with the  solar powered car has started! “We got a little impatient here in our Mission Control Center. Rumors went that the expedition team had already landed on Monday and that turned out to be true. Nevertheless, we had contact with them for the first time on Wednesday. Exciting! Photo by: Clean2Antartica Bad weather and a small incident with the wheel of the Solar Voyager caused some delay, but we have good news. We see movement in our Mission Control Center, it looks like they are going to drive today! Yes, that did not look too good. The suspension of the front wheel had been shot off. Probably because two rings were not installed properly. Fortunately everything was still complete and the Solar Voyager could continue. This accident has ensured that the team is even sharper. Hopefully this will not cause any further problems in the expedition.” Episodes Antarctica: Our start and many more adventures with the solar waste car Rough start! Strong wind and a crash, but they arrived at Union Glacier. Episode 3, the arrival on Union Glacier. And as Liesbeth says, we’re ready to rock and roll! All systems work. Panels are tested. Food is packed. On Monday, we leave for Union Glacier, for our first steps on Antartica. Follow the mission our Antarctica. Check out the expedition videos and stay tuned for new updates about this adventure. https://www.clean2antarctica.nl/en https://www.whatsorb.com/news/electric-car-sion-attracts-5-000-reservations-for-it-s-unique-solar-battery-concept
WhatsOrb is an official partner from Clean2Antartica Since November 2018, WhatsOr is an official sponsor from the Clean2Antartica project. Adventure for Change. Waste meets adventure Two people are heading for the South Pole in a vehicle made of plastic waste, powered by the sun. Join us, because creating a cleaner world is an adventure for everyone. How did the Clean2Antartica challenge start? Liesbeth and Edwin (Netherlands) were making dinner, when they tossed away another plastic packaging. It was the straw that broke the camel’s back. They turned around their trashcan and their mindset. Why is plastic suddenly worthless? Why do we blame the government or the supermarket? Leaving your comfort zone all the way to Antartica The next day they went to the butcher with their own reusable packaging. An uncomfortable situation, but a moment of success that set off a personal adventure. Liesbeth and Edwin went from the discomfort of their own trash to taking on the freezing challenge of Antarctica. Start small, but start today to ‘recycle plastic waste How do you go from the kitchen table to Antarctica? By starting, failing, and adjusting. People said it's impossible. They said plastic waste wouldn't be good enough, the car would fail. But here we are, ready to be the first to reach the South Pole with clean technology. Liesbeth and Edwin don't want to set a record. They want to inspire you to take your own step for a better a world. Expedition to Antarctica by ‘plastic waste car powered by solar An expedition for a cleaner world on the coldest continent on earth. A test of man and machine, to inspire a personal adventure at home. Photo by: Clean2Antartica Leaving the comfort zone From Antarctica’s base camp, Liesbeth and Edwin will drive to the South Pole and back. A journey of 2400 km through an icy desert where the sun never sets. In -30°C, man and machine will be tested on the driest, coldest, and highest continent on the planet. This is about the power of embracing discomfort. Whether it's about an expedition or taking the first steps to reduce your plastic . A zero waste continent: Antartica Antarctica contains 90% of the world’s ice and belongs to no one. It is zero waste by law, making it the perfect destination for a zero waste adventure. We can learn from Antarctica and make sure it stays that way. We also want to raise awareness for the Antarctic treaty. If not extended in 2048, the continent will be opened for commercial exploitation. Adventure with purpose We want people to rediscover their world. To experiment with plastic waste and explore a world of possibilities. Our expedition is a spark for personal adventure. It has all the charm of a classical expedition and the purpose of creating a better world. Going on an adventure, at home or far away, can make us better humans. We arrived on the South pole. -27 °C. The expedition with the  solar powered car has started! “We got a little impatient here in our Mission Control Center. Rumors went that the expedition team had already landed on Monday and that turned out to be true. Nevertheless, we had contact with them for the first time on Wednesday. Exciting! Photo by: Clean2Antartica Bad weather and a small incident with the wheel of the Solar Voyager caused some delay, but we have good news. We see movement in our Mission Control Center, it looks like they are going to drive today! Yes, that did not look too good. The suspension of the front wheel had been shot off. Probably because two rings were not installed properly. Fortunately everything was still complete and the Solar Voyager could continue. This accident has ensured that the team is even sharper. Hopefully this will not cause any further problems in the expedition.” Episodes Antarctica: Our start and many more adventures with the solar waste car Rough start! Strong wind and a crash, but they arrived at Union Glacier. Episode 3, the arrival on Union Glacier. And as Liesbeth says, we’re ready to rock and roll! All systems work. Panels are tested. Food is packed. On Monday, we leave for Union Glacier, for our first steps on Antartica. Follow the mission our Antarctica. Check out the expedition videos and stay tuned for new updates about this adventure. https://www.clean2antarctica.nl/en https://www.whatsorb.com/news/electric-car-sion-attracts-5-000-reservations-for-it-s-unique-solar-battery-concept
A solar powered car made from plastic waste. Follow Clean2Antartca on Antartica
A solar powered car made from plastic waste. Follow Clean2Antartca on Antartica
The Solar Bike, a mix between a trustworthy two-wheeler and a Tesla
Most people associate true sustainable and green transport with trustworthy methods of getting from A to B: by foot, horse, or the bicycle. In recent years, some innovative means of transport were added to this list - including the electric vehicles of Elon Musk’s Tesla. So, what do you get when you cross the trustworthy two-wheeler with a Tesla? That is the question that Danish engineer Jesper Frausig pondered, before coming up with the Solar Bike: a fully  elektric bike that runs entirely on renewable solar power. Using the power of the sun, it will take its rider wherever he needs to go using the ancient-old allure of the bike - but without the heavy work. Regular bike meets battery power While it is designed to resemble a regular  bicycle as closely as possible, the Solar Bike has specially engineered wheels, fitted with very efficient photovoltaic cells - so solar panels attached to the wheels. The energy that it generates is directly transmitted to the battery when the bike is stationary. Hence, the Solar Bike does not require any additional, long-waiting charging time, as it will automatically start charging when it is parked. Then, while in motion, this stored energy is used to power the motor. And those who worry that it might not suffice, will be surprised to learn that speeds range from 25 km/hour to 50 km/hour. Practically, depending upon the net sunshine, the solar cells might provide sufficient power to have the bike run for anywhere between 2 km and 25 km per day.   A bright future for solar-powered e-bikes No word yet as to the planned release date for the bike. In fact, since the ‘big launch’ of the concept in the summer of 2015, it has been somewhat quiet around Frausig’s team. Not to worry: the basic idea is good and has already been adopted by many other bike manufacturers. This makes it only a matter of time before the first solar-powered bike will hit the market. https://www.whatsorb.com/transportation/the-me-mover-brings-sustainable-transport-and-training-together
Most people associate true sustainable and green transport with trustworthy methods of getting from A to B: by foot, horse, or the bicycle. In recent years, some innovative means of transport were added to this list - including the electric vehicles of Elon Musk’s Tesla. So, what do you get when you cross the trustworthy two-wheeler with a Tesla? That is the question that Danish engineer Jesper Frausig pondered, before coming up with the Solar Bike: a fully  elektric bike that runs entirely on renewable solar power. Using the power of the sun, it will take its rider wherever he needs to go using the ancient-old allure of the bike - but without the heavy work. Regular bike meets battery power While it is designed to resemble a regular  bicycle as closely as possible, the Solar Bike has specially engineered wheels, fitted with very efficient photovoltaic cells - so solar panels attached to the wheels. The energy that it generates is directly transmitted to the battery when the bike is stationary. Hence, the Solar Bike does not require any additional, long-waiting charging time, as it will automatically start charging when it is parked. Then, while in motion, this stored energy is used to power the motor. And those who worry that it might not suffice, will be surprised to learn that speeds range from 25 km/hour to 50 km/hour. Practically, depending upon the net sunshine, the solar cells might provide sufficient power to have the bike run for anywhere between 2 km and 25 km per day.   A bright future for solar-powered e-bikes No word yet as to the planned release date for the bike. In fact, since the ‘big launch’ of the concept in the summer of 2015, it has been somewhat quiet around Frausig’s team. Not to worry: the basic idea is good and has already been adopted by many other bike manufacturers. This makes it only a matter of time before the first solar-powered bike will hit the market. https://www.whatsorb.com/transportation/the-me-mover-brings-sustainable-transport-and-training-together
The Solar Bike, a mix between a trustworthy two-wheeler and a Tesla
The Solar Bike, a mix between a trustworthy two-wheeler and a Tesla
World Car Free Day  re-thinking our daily commute
Every year we see sustainability-related events like Sustainable House Day and Zero Emissions Day Also we have World Car Free Day. Taking place in September, this event “promotes improvement of mass transit, cycling and walking, and the development of communities where jobs are closer to home and where shopping is within walking distance”. It was established as a global event in 2000, but various projects of similar nature had taken place from time to time since 1956. Similar to Zero Emissions Day, World Car Free Day has set out a challenge: To spend one carefully prepared day without cars. To study and observe closely what exactly goes on during that day. Then, to reflect publicly and collectively on the lessons of this experience and on what might be prudently and creatively done next to build on these. We are going to focus on the last part of this challenge and look at the latest developments in eco-friendly transportation. Making  public transport greener Copenhagen is a city with a green mission – the municipality has set a target of switching all of the city’s buses to electric power by 2030. And local operating company Movia is quickly moving towards reaching that goal – they have just announced that 41 new electric buses will join their fleet at once this year 2019. The Netherlands has an even more ambitious goal. Back in 2016, Environment Minister Dijksma has signed an agreement with all transport operators in the country that by 2025 all buses used in public transport should be electric or hydrogen-powered. By then, two of the country’s provinces (Noord-Brabant and Limburg) have already switched completely to electric vehicles and became the drivers behind that agreement. All electricity that powers the buses will be generated completely sustainably by solar panels or wind turbines in the region, lowering the CO2 emissions further. Buses aren’t the only type of public transport that the Dutch are making more sustainable – the trains are quickly becoming greener every year. Holland’s national train company, Nederlandse Spoorwegen, became the world’s first railway company to get 100% of the energy needed to power its trains from wind. The company’s new goal is to re-use 75% of their waste by 2020. Trams have long been considered the cleanest form of public transport and the city of Melbourne, Australia is aiming to take it one step further. Back in January 2017, Victorian government has announced the construction of two new solar farms that will power the trams. With transport being the second largest and fastest growing contributor to Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions, changes like these can make a huge difference and highlight more opportunities for improvement. A small solution to a big problem While making public transport greener is important, it is also crucial to remember that the main challenge is getting the public to wave goodbye to their cars. One of the problems to solve is accessibility – most of the time smaller towns and villages simply do not have good access to public transport and thus living there makes owning a car a necessity rather than a luxury. The City of Candiac in Québec, Canada is currently hosting a long-term demonstration project for an autonomous electric shuttle that is aiming to promote use of public transport in such underserved areas. These shuttles have a capacity of 15 passengers and will run throughout the fall of 2018. Once winter season starts, the project will enter an experimentation phase without passengers to test the shuttle’s performance in winter conditions. This approach sounds very promising and hopefully we will see more similar projects taking place around the world. Other sustainable alternatives to cars Of course mass transit isn’t the only way to reduce the amount of cars on our roads. Malta’s Public Transport has teamed up with Ioscoot to introduce a more eco-friendly alternative to renting a car on the island – electric motorbikes. This initiative is set to become a solution to both carbon footprint and traffic problems. The service allows users to pick up and drop off scooters at designated spots and all they need is to download the app and have a valid moped licence. All of the  scooters have space for 2 passengers and have 2 helmets in different sizes in their storage compartments. Ioscoot is already offering this service in Madrid and Barcelona, where it is already quite successful. It is impossible to write about sustainable car alternatives without mentioning bicycles. More cities are adjusting their roads to include bike paths and are closing off inner cities for cars. Cycling offers many benefits, such as low cost, the ability to avoid traffic and of course it provides the exercise many of us have to time for otherwise. One of the biggest drawbacks of cycling is the question of storage – in some areas bike racks are hard to come by and hallway space is too valuable. And what about those situations where you happen to need your bicycle when you are at work or out with your friends, while it’s locked in front of your house? These reasons are exactly why bike-sharing is becoming incredibly popular. In 2008 there were only 128 bike-sharing services worldwide – today there are more than 1’600! Companies that are traditionally associated with cars – such as Uber and Lyft – are entering that market as well. There are a lot of efforts to make our commutes easier and “greener”, and while some of them are focused on the longer term many solutions are available to us today. So if you haven’t biked since you were in school – World Car Free Day is the perfect opportunity to brush up that skill! Are there any eco-friendly transport initiatives taking place in your area? Tell us all about them in the comments! https://www.whatsorb.com/solution/transportation/general
Every year we see sustainability-related events like Sustainable House Day and Zero Emissions Day Also we have World Car Free Day. Taking place in September, this event “promotes improvement of mass transit, cycling and walking, and the development of communities where jobs are closer to home and where shopping is within walking distance”. It was established as a global event in 2000, but various projects of similar nature had taken place from time to time since 1956. Similar to Zero Emissions Day, World Car Free Day has set out a challenge: To spend one carefully prepared day without cars. To study and observe closely what exactly goes on during that day. Then, to reflect publicly and collectively on the lessons of this experience and on what might be prudently and creatively done next to build on these. We are going to focus on the last part of this challenge and look at the latest developments in eco-friendly transportation. Making  public transport greener Copenhagen is a city with a green mission – the municipality has set a target of switching all of the city’s buses to electric power by 2030. And local operating company Movia is quickly moving towards reaching that goal – they have just announced that 41 new electric buses will join their fleet at once this year 2019. The Netherlands has an even more ambitious goal. Back in 2016, Environment Minister Dijksma has signed an agreement with all transport operators in the country that by 2025 all buses used in public transport should be electric or hydrogen-powered. By then, two of the country’s provinces (Noord-Brabant and Limburg) have already switched completely to electric vehicles and became the drivers behind that agreement. All electricity that powers the buses will be generated completely sustainably by solar panels or wind turbines in the region, lowering the CO2 emissions further. Buses aren’t the only type of public transport that the Dutch are making more sustainable – the trains are quickly becoming greener every year. Holland’s national train company, Nederlandse Spoorwegen, became the world’s first railway company to get 100% of the energy needed to power its trains from wind. The company’s new goal is to re-use 75% of their waste by 2020. Trams have long been considered the cleanest form of public transport and the city of Melbourne, Australia is aiming to take it one step further. Back in January 2017, Victorian government has announced the construction of two new solar farms that will power the trams. With transport being the second largest and fastest growing contributor to Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions, changes like these can make a huge difference and highlight more opportunities for improvement. A small solution to a big problem While making public transport greener is important, it is also crucial to remember that the main challenge is getting the public to wave goodbye to their cars. One of the problems to solve is accessibility – most of the time smaller towns and villages simply do not have good access to public transport and thus living there makes owning a car a necessity rather than a luxury. The City of Candiac in Québec, Canada is currently hosting a long-term demonstration project for an autonomous electric shuttle that is aiming to promote use of public transport in such underserved areas. These shuttles have a capacity of 15 passengers and will run throughout the fall of 2018. Once winter season starts, the project will enter an experimentation phase without passengers to test the shuttle’s performance in winter conditions. This approach sounds very promising and hopefully we will see more similar projects taking place around the world. Other sustainable alternatives to cars Of course mass transit isn’t the only way to reduce the amount of cars on our roads. Malta’s Public Transport has teamed up with Ioscoot to introduce a more eco-friendly alternative to renting a car on the island – electric motorbikes. This initiative is set to become a solution to both carbon footprint and traffic problems. The service allows users to pick up and drop off scooters at designated spots and all they need is to download the app and have a valid moped licence. All of the  scooters have space for 2 passengers and have 2 helmets in different sizes in their storage compartments. Ioscoot is already offering this service in Madrid and Barcelona, where it is already quite successful. It is impossible to write about sustainable car alternatives without mentioning bicycles. More cities are adjusting their roads to include bike paths and are closing off inner cities for cars. Cycling offers many benefits, such as low cost, the ability to avoid traffic and of course it provides the exercise many of us have to time for otherwise. One of the biggest drawbacks of cycling is the question of storage – in some areas bike racks are hard to come by and hallway space is too valuable. And what about those situations where you happen to need your bicycle when you are at work or out with your friends, while it’s locked in front of your house? These reasons are exactly why bike-sharing is becoming incredibly popular. In 2008 there were only 128 bike-sharing services worldwide – today there are more than 1’600! Companies that are traditionally associated with cars – such as Uber and Lyft – are entering that market as well. There are a lot of efforts to make our commutes easier and “greener”, and while some of them are focused on the longer term many solutions are available to us today. So if you haven’t biked since you were in school – World Car Free Day is the perfect opportunity to brush up that skill! Are there any eco-friendly transport initiatives taking place in your area? Tell us all about them in the comments! https://www.whatsorb.com/solution/transportation/general
World Car Free Day  re-thinking our daily commute
World Car Free Day re-thinking our daily commute
Electric car Sion attracts 5.000 reservations for it
More than a year before the start of production, Sono Motors has already registered more than 5,000 reservations Current reservations for the world's first series-produced electric vehicle with solar integration would correspond to sales of over 100 million euros. Munich (Germany), June 14, 2018 - The mobility provider Sono Motors has announced the reservation of more than 5,000 vehicles of the innovative electric car Sion just ten months after the presentation of the first prototype. The company states that down payments have already been made for each of these vehicles and several hundred cars have already been paid in full. The current amount of reservations would correspond to a turnover of over 100 million euros. Significant milestone for the Sono solar  electric car Photo: SONO MOTORS GmbH The young company has thus reached another significant milestone on its way to series production. Fabrication is scheduled to start in the second half of 2019 in cooperation with a European contract manufacturer. The Sion is the first electric car to go into series production that can generate additional range from solar energy by integrating solar modules into the bodywork. "For us, this is one of the most important moments since we founded Sono Motors. We have taken a decisive step towards our vision of actively developing solutions to become more independent of the resource oil through electromobility," says Laurin Hahn, CEO, and co-founder of the company. "We want to make electromobility accessible to everyone and enable the owners of the Sion to generate energy by themselves." New mobility concept solar  electric car "The Sion represents a completely new mobility concept," adds Jona Christians, CEO, and co-founder of Sono Motors. "The combination of an electric and solar vehicle is unique in this form. Besides, our clear goal was to make the Sion particularly efficient and sustainable through supplementary mobility systems. This means that the car can be used as a mobile power plant at any time and not only absorb but also deliver power via a bidirectional charging function. A specially developed app will offer the possibility to share both the vehicle and battery power with others, as well as the organization and handling of car-sharing opportunities.” Test drives the Sion To date, more than 10,000 people in Europe have seized the opportunity to test drive the Sion, learning about the vehicle, the associated mobility concept and the development of the company. "The discussions during the test drive tours are a valuable opportunity for us to gather ideas and feedback from our supporters. This allows us to develop the Sion in cooperation with our community. During these personal exchanges, we experience enormous enthusiasm and loyalty for our goal of getting the Sion on the road. That's what motivates us every day," explains Navina Pernsteiner, creative director and co-founder of Sono Motors. To date, people from over 30 countries have reserved the vehicle directly via the company website. Over 80 percent of the reservations come from core markets such as Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. Interested parties from Italy, Spain, and the United States have also reserved vehicles. About Sono Motors Photo: SONO MOTORS GmbH From the garage project of two friends and the vision of a sustainable mobility concept independent of fossil fuels, the innovative and owner-managed automobile company Sono Motors emerged in 2016. Today, an experienced team of engineers, designers, technicians and industry experts develops and builds a future-oriented electric car with integrated solar cells and innovative mobility services, suitable for everyday use. All CO₂-emissions resulting from the production and manufacture of the vehicle will be offset. Supported by well-known investors and crowdfunding, the first prototypes were produced in 2017 and have already been driven and experienced by more than 10,000 interested parties on test drive roadshows. The vision of the company founders was confirmed by the overwhelming response to the vehicle and mobility concept and will become a reality: the electric car Sion will go into series production in 2019. {youtube} Press Contact  Julius Zimmer | Mobile: +49 (0) 176 180 501 24 | E-Mail: press@sonomotors.com The entire founding history can be found here: www. sonomotors.com/story.html/ Sono Motors increases price of its Sion solar-powered electric vehicle Website: www.sonomotors.com Photos: SONO MOTORS GmbH https://www.whatsorb.com/solution/transportation/hybrid
More than a year before the start of production, Sono Motors has already registered more than 5,000 reservations Current reservations for the world's first series-produced electric vehicle with solar integration would correspond to sales of over 100 million euros. Munich (Germany), June 14, 2018 - The mobility provider Sono Motors has announced the reservation of more than 5,000 vehicles of the innovative electric car Sion just ten months after the presentation of the first prototype. The company states that down payments have already been made for each of these vehicles and several hundred cars have already been paid in full. The current amount of reservations would correspond to a turnover of over 100 million euros. Significant milestone for the Sono solar  electric car Photo: SONO MOTORS GmbH The young company has thus reached another significant milestone on its way to series production. Fabrication is scheduled to start in the second half of 2019 in cooperation with a European contract manufacturer. The Sion is the first electric car to go into series production that can generate additional range from solar energy by integrating solar modules into the bodywork. "For us, this is one of the most important moments since we founded Sono Motors. We have taken a decisive step towards our vision of actively developing solutions to become more independent of the resource oil through electromobility," says Laurin Hahn, CEO, and co-founder of the company. "We want to make electromobility accessible to everyone and enable the owners of the Sion to generate energy by themselves." New mobility concept solar  electric car "The Sion represents a completely new mobility concept," adds Jona Christians, CEO, and co-founder of Sono Motors. "The combination of an electric and solar vehicle is unique in this form. Besides, our clear goal was to make the Sion particularly efficient and sustainable through supplementary mobility systems. This means that the car can be used as a mobile power plant at any time and not only absorb but also deliver power via a bidirectional charging function. A specially developed app will offer the possibility to share both the vehicle and battery power with others, as well as the organization and handling of car-sharing opportunities.” Test drives the Sion To date, more than 10,000 people in Europe have seized the opportunity to test drive the Sion, learning about the vehicle, the associated mobility concept and the development of the company. "The discussions during the test drive tours are a valuable opportunity for us to gather ideas and feedback from our supporters. This allows us to develop the Sion in cooperation with our community. During these personal exchanges, we experience enormous enthusiasm and loyalty for our goal of getting the Sion on the road. That's what motivates us every day," explains Navina Pernsteiner, creative director and co-founder of Sono Motors. To date, people from over 30 countries have reserved the vehicle directly via the company website. Over 80 percent of the reservations come from core markets such as Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. Interested parties from Italy, Spain, and the United States have also reserved vehicles. About Sono Motors Photo: SONO MOTORS GmbH From the garage project of two friends and the vision of a sustainable mobility concept independent of fossil fuels, the innovative and owner-managed automobile company Sono Motors emerged in 2016. Today, an experienced team of engineers, designers, technicians and industry experts develops and builds a future-oriented electric car with integrated solar cells and innovative mobility services, suitable for everyday use. All CO₂-emissions resulting from the production and manufacture of the vehicle will be offset. Supported by well-known investors and crowdfunding, the first prototypes were produced in 2017 and have already been driven and experienced by more than 10,000 interested parties on test drive roadshows. The vision of the company founders was confirmed by the overwhelming response to the vehicle and mobility concept and will become a reality: the electric car Sion will go into series production in 2019. {youtube} Press Contact  Julius Zimmer | Mobile: +49 (0) 176 180 501 24 | E-Mail: press@sonomotors.com The entire founding history can be found here: www. sonomotors.com/story.html/ Sono Motors increases price of its Sion solar-powered electric vehicle Website: www.sonomotors.com Photos: SONO MOTORS GmbH https://www.whatsorb.com/solution/transportation/hybrid
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