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Don’t look now, but the solar-powered car is making a comeback. Ford announced the C-MAX Solar Energi Concept, a sporty-looking hatchback whose roof is lined with solar panels. The idea is that the car will offer “the best of a plug-in hybrid without depending on the electric grid for fuel”--which is a brilliant idea if it pans out. The roof panels of the C-MAX Solar Energi have a concentrator, like a magnifying glass, that more efficiently collects the sun’s rays to charge the battery. The company claims that a day’s worth of sunshine can deliver the same performance as its plug-in hybrid, the C-MAX Energi, and the vehicle can deliver 108 MPGe city and 92 MPGe highway... Read more...
For the majority of Americans, when a fabulously wealthy person buys a private island, the eye-rolling is so severe that is causes widespread migraines. Thus, one’s knee jerk reaction to hearing via the Wall Street Journal that Oracle’s CEO Larry Ellison just dropped $300 million to acquire 98% ownership of Hawaii’s Lanai island is more of the same. However, there’s more to the story. Image credit: WSJ According to the report, Ellison has more in mind for the 141 square mile island than luxurious vacationing. True, he’s planning an “ultraluxury” hotel, but he’s also planning to bring back commercial agriculture, build a sustainability laboratory,... Read more...