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This is the kind of innovation Detroit needs to seriously look at. Humans and technology are just another ecosystem subject to the same laws of nature including gravity and evolution. No matter how superior we may think are we cannot defy either of them. Our automobile paradigm is unsustainable and therefore it is a matter of time before it becomes extinct. This futuristic concept is rightly called Horizon.

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Source: Inhabitat.com

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Cars are an aging species that has become detrimental element of the environment . We must embrace evolution and let cars be replaced by a more advanced and sustainable species in the human ecosystem, Personal Rapid Transit.

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Everyday it is becoming a little bit easier to reduce your carbon footprint. Two significant factors in today’s personal contribution to environmental degradation and climate change are product ownership and vehicle emissions.

Very few of us particularly those living outside cities can avoid these two sources of pollution. If you live in the suburbs or outside an urban area, you are condemned to drive even if it is to go to the groceries. In addition 99% of us require burning fossil fuels to operate our vehicles. Society still resists our escape from such disturbing and in my opinion, shameful predicament.

So while corporations and governments maintain the travesty of fossil fuel extraction and burning, creative entrepreneurs continue to look for more sustainable transportation alternatives such as the business model illustrated here which reduces the two almost inescapable sources of Green House Gases (GHG) associated with owning a vehicle.

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Student's homework at Career & Technical Education! Photo Credit: Gas2.0.org

On page 44 of the April 2011 Techniques Magazine issue you may find my latest writing collaboration with LEED architect and designer James Seaman. This magazine is published the Association for the Career and Technical Education (ACTE). Enjoy.

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The fascinating vehicle shown in this video uses ultracapacitors to achieve a level of performance that is light years away from today’s electric vehicles. If you want to learn quickly how ‘ultracaps’ could make our green technologies more competitive including electric vehicles, check my Examiner.com article on ultracapacitors made up of part 1 and part2

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The lithium ion battery is so far the key enabling technology for the next major transformation of the automobile and the greatest move up to this point towards sustainability. The auto industry has had to borrow technologies from our personal digital devices to reach its next evolution, including the energy storage, lithium ion batteries used in the next generation of electric vehicles.  Michigan is bound to play a major role in the development of this technology. Learn the full story on my article at Examiner.com

Lithium Ion battery. Source: Argon National Lab

 

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