The Facts:A Dutch company has unveiled an electric car that charges itself with via solar power.
long have solutions to our problems existed? Is finding the solutions
the problem, or have they been here for a long time? If we have the
solutions readily available, the what’s the problem that we need to
A Dutch company from Eindhoven has released a prototype car that has already sold 100 orders to be filled in 2011. What’s special about the car is that it is completely electric as well as solar powered. The prototype car actually won the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge, and it represents the world’s very first long-range solar car. It’s a four passenger vehicle and it’s called Lightyear One.
According to the company, the car will get to a range of approximately 725 km, and 400 km in the winter at highway speeds with heating on. This is truly amazing, and it represents what humans have had the ability to do for a number of years. Just imagine if every single car was electric and solar powered? You would never need to charge your car, it would always be self charging. It completely takes conventional charging and gas out of the equation, which is amazing.
The car is now available
for reservation, with the first deliveries set to begin next year
within the European Union. Lease options are restricted to the
Here at Collective Evolution, we’ve
always talked about how humanity has many of the solutions to our
problems. Often times, the issue isn’t with finding solutions to the
world’s problems, it’s with actually implementing them. The systems and
all of the red tape and corruption that take place have prevented us
from moving forward. Electric and solar technology with regards to
transportation could have been implemented a very long time ago, but
again, the problem is not with having the solution, it’s with
implementation. This problem has plagued our world for a very long time,
and it’s something we need to continue to be vocal about.
Although this particular car can be
charged using the sun, it also has the option to be plugged into a power
outlet. It can charge up to 400 km at night from a normal household
Some other points about the car include:
The car is constructed from high-tech materials to have the lowest weight possible while maintaining stringent passenger safety.
The roof and hood are comprised of five
square meters of integrated solar cells in safety glass so strong that a
fully-grown adult can walk on them without causing dents.
Lightyear One is propelled by four independently driven wheels, so no energy is lost in transit from the engine to the wheel.
In addition to solar power, Lightyear One can be charged at a (fast)charging station or a regular outlet.
Crash testing has yet to be undertaken, but they’re looking forward to crashing one “for science.”
The optimized aerodynamics and design
mean that a fully-charged battery has a range of up to 800km, more than
you need to go from Amsterdam to Paris. The integrated solar cells of
the 5 m2 hood and roof mean that Lightyear One charges up to 12km/h as
it goes. The already superior range continues to extend with every hour
of sunlight. So what starts as a drive from Lisbon to Madrid can
continue on to Valencia or Barcelona without stopping for anything but
Unfortunately, and as expected, the car is unaffordable for most people. Buyers can reserve one of the 500 electric vehicles for a reservation fee of €4000 on their website as well as find out more information by contacting the company directly with any inquiries. The first deliveries of the car are expected in 2021.
Plastic waste is one of the biggest threats to humanity, animals, and the environment.
The first plastic created by Leo Hendrik
Baekeland in 1907 was based on synthetic polymer made from phenol and
formaldehyde. Since then plastic has been used to create just about
anything you could think of. It is cheap to manufacture and affordable
to buy and replace. It is also used for almost all products we use and
throw away without a second thought.
As populations grew, the use of plastics
grew as did plastic waste—one of the biggest threats to humanity,
animals, and the environment.
While scientist and experts try to find
solutions to non-recyclable plastic waste, we’re running out of landfill
sites and continue to poison our air by incinerating plastic waste and
choking our oceans. Thankfully forward thinking companies are finding
ways of reusing plastic waste while many others are focusing on finding
biodegradable alternatives to replace plastics altogether.
As an example of recycling waste plastic, UK company MacRebur has developed a product by recycling plastic bottles to improve the quality, durability, and cost of asphalt roads.
While working with a charity in southern
India that helps people working on landfill sites find items for
possible re-use for selling or reusing, MacRebur CEO Toby McCartney was
intrigued when he saw “pickers” using retrieved plastics to fill
potholes. They melted the bottles onto the road by pouring diesel on it
and setting it alight, resulting in an effective, quick, and low cost
From that basic idea the MacRebur team worked on finding the ideal mix of waste plastics to granulate and add into the making of asphalt roads. After years of tests and trials all over the world, MacRebur created three formulas of waste plastic and asphalt, all of which meet various worldwide road standards and have been rigorously tested against standard asphalt, bitumen, and Polymer Modified Bitumen.
MacRebur asphalt not only boosts the
lifespan of roads, it also has a smaller carbon footprint by the reduced
amount of fossil fuel used in the manufacturing process.
“We went through about five-to-six
hundred different designs of different polymers that we were mixing in
before we found one that actually worked.”
Only plastic labelled as waste—which includes black plastic—is used and it must melt at a specific temperature. Roads made with the plastic additive should last longer, be more flexible, and withstand damage from heat, cold, and everyday use better.
According to McCartney, plastic roads are
60% stronger than traditional roads and lab tests project they may last
up to three times longer. Of course, only the test of time will
determine if they actually meet the estimated lifespan.
“We are wanting to solve two world
problems. On one side we call it the waste plastic epidemic, and on the
other side the poor quality of roads that we have to drive on today.”
The MacRebur mixture is also suitable for motorways, airport runways, race tracks, and car parks.