Chauffeured Tesla’s across America

Chauffeured Tesla’s across America

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Texas startup, Elec trip founded in 2018 aims to add luxury and convenience to regional commutes between major Texas cities by providing transportation in Teslas.

Mandeep Patel, a University of Texas at Austin student, had the idea for the company just about a year ago while completing an internship. Patel had the company up and running just a few months later.

ElecTrip’s no-compromise solution is cost effective, comfortable, and carbon neutral.

“One thing we really pride ourselves on is being sustainable, energy-efficient, and having no emissions,” Lee says.

ElecTrip offers door-to-door service for their customers, who can customize pickup and drop-off locations in any major Texas city. The company has eight routes between Houston, Austin, Dallas, and San Antonio. Prices range from $249.99 to $429.99, but customers can opt to share rides to cut down on cost, with cars seating three to five riders.

Less than a year old it has already coordinated hundreds of rides, according to the website. While starting the company while still juggling classes — Lee expects to graduate from UT in 2020, while Patel is graduating this year — Lee says being a student-run startup has its perks.

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Cruise boat fuelled by fish waste

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Norway cruise company to use rotten fish to power their engines.

“We are talking about an energy source (LBG) from organic waste, which would otherwise have gone up in the air. This is waste material from dead fish, from agriculture and forestry,” Hurtigruten CEO Daniel Skjeldam.

“Our main aim is to improve and cut emissions,” he said.

The pleasure boats go to both the Artic and Antarctic with routes in and around Greenland, Iceland and most Northern parts of Russia.

The shipping sector is facing tougher international regulations, including cuts in CO2 emissions by at least 50 per cent by 2050 compared with 2008 levels, and a ban on fuels with sulphur content above 0.5 per cent from 2020 against 3.5 per cent now.

Hurtigruten wants to be carbon neutral by 2050.

“The changes in the Arctic over the past 20-30 years are not caused by carbon dioxide emissions in the Arctic, but you can see the effects of the emissions elsewhere in the world first in the Arctic,” Skjeldam said.

“Our crews have seen glaciers retreat and plastic waste on beaches where they land,” making this a positive contribution to the environment on a larger scale.

Norway’s Hurtigruten is investing 7 billion crowns ($826 million) over three years to adapt its 17-strong fleet.

Six of its older vessels will be retrofitted to run on a combination of liquefied natural gas (LNG), electric batteries and liquefied bio gas (LBG).

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