Volvo ditches diesel, Costa Rica goes carbon-free, EVs relieve stress

The Express: Volvo DITCHES diesel: Carmaker to stop selling diesel engined cars in the UK

May 16, 2018 by Luke John Smith
“VOLVO will stop selling diesel engine cars in the UK, starting next month with the new S60.

Volvo will never launch new diesel cars in the UK, according to new reports.

The Swedish car maker is expected to announcement today at the Financial Times’ Future of the Car Summit in London.

Speaking to Financial Times, Volvo’s chief executive Hakan Samuelsson said: “We’re not saying diesel is more dirty, but it’s more complicated and more expensive.”
»» Read the complete article at The Express

EcoWatch: Costa Rica President Announces ‘Titanic and Beautiful Task’ of Abolishing Fossil Fuels

May 10, 2018 by
La Fortuna WaterfallCarlos Alvarado, the new president of Costa Rica, announced the country’s “titanic and beautiful task of abolishing the use of fossil fuels in our economy to make way for the use of clean and renewable energies.”

He made the remarks at his inauguration speech Wednesday in front of a crowd of thousands, the Independent reported. The 38-year-old former journalist also wants the country to be a global example in decarbonization.

“Decarbonization is the great task of our generation, and Costa Rica must be among the first countries in the world to achieve it, if not the first,” he said.”
»» Read the complete article at EcoWatch

domain-b: Microwaved plastic increases lithium-sulphur battery lifespan

May 10, 2018

Purdue engineers have figured out a way to tackle plastic landfills while also improving batteries by putting ink-free plastic soaked in sulphur-containing solvent into a microwave, and then into batteries as a carbon scaffold.

“No matter how many times you recycle plastic, that plastic stays on the earth,” says Vilas Pol, associate professor in Purdue’s School of Chemical Engineering. “We’ve been thinking of ways to get rid of it for a long time, and this is a way to at least add value.”
»» Read the complete article and explanation at domain-b

Motoring Research: Electric taxis make cab drivers happy, study finds

May 15, 2018 by 
Electric London CabLast month London introduced an electric version of the city’s iconic cab. Motoring Reserarch reports: “In an experiment designed to monitor metal health activity of drivers in both the new LEVX TX electric taxi and the previous diesel model, Dr Duncan Williams subjected four London cabbies to a series of trial drives. The aim: to find out if the quiet cabin of an electric vehicle had an effect on the wellbeing of the hard-working taxi drivers.

The electroencephalogram – or ‘brain cap’ to us non-scientific types – monitored brain activity over a set route through London, providing insight into the differing mental states between drivers of electric and diesel vehicles.”
»» Read the complete article at Motoring Research

Images: La Fortuna Waterfall, Costa Rica: Photo by Isabella Jusková/Unsplash, London Cab: LEVC,Icons made by Freepik from

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