This week at TreeHugger: The one and only George Clooney has signed on to promote the new electric Smart Car in Italy this summer. Take a peek at Moppels, flexible, LED-illuminated desk lamps from Germany that run for more than 100 hours on three AAA batteries. Speaking of LEDs: the world’s smallest LED, the PicoLED, will go into mass production in April, with 10 million of the tiny 1.0 x 0.8mm diodes rolling out every single month. Lastly, our podcast experiment is over, and the audio division of your favorite green-lifestyle, more-punch-less-crunch, eco-optimist blog is now hot and ready for your podcasting pleasure.
Hybrid Technologies, the Nevada-based lithium-ion battery slinger working on smart's new electric vehicle, just announced that it has recruited George Clooney to promote its new electric Smart Car in Italy this summer. The zippy electric ride has posted top speeds of 80 mph, along with 120 miles of autonomous range and a 6-8 hour charging time. HT starts filling orders for the car Feb. 2007, starting at $35,000.
Meet the Moppel, the latest fancy, funky LED lamp to cross the TreeHugger radar. The flexible desk lamps from Germany run on three AAA batteries and can also plug in to a computer's USB port, and the Moppels come in a variety of designs including dinosaurs, snakes and various human personae. Some feature magnetic or suction cup hands and feet, so they can stick to surfaces in both a handy and annoying way.
Because two LED stories are better than one: Kyoto-based electronic component creator Rohm recently announced that the world’s smallest LED, the PicoLED, will go into mass production in April. Currently, the smallest LED is one that measures 1.6 x 0.8mm; Rohm aims to create 10 million of the tiny 1.0 x 0.8mm diodes each month, which ought to be just about enough to light up the entire planet with light-emitting goodness.
Lastly, TreeHugger and iTunes are together at last: we're happy to announce that the audio division of your favorite green-lifestyle, more-punch-less-crunch, eco-optimist blog is now hot and ready for your podcasting pleasure. TreeHugger Radio been cranking along with this experiment in green web radio for a little bit now and we’re currently up to our 17th segment. What does Daryl Hannah think about all the green? Tune in and find out.
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