Archive for the ‘Transportation’ Category

Illuminate Highways With Turbine Light

Friday, February 5th, 2010

One way to make our cities more energy efficient is to use the energy we already use and make it go further.  That is the concept behind Turbine Light.  It uses the wind generated by cars and trucks to power the lights and recycles that energy used to produce more energy to light the highways.  It is a good idea, but there are a few issues with this concept. read more »

Volkswagon NCC Hybrid Coupe Concept

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

One problem with hybrid cars is that they look like hybrid cars.  Perhaps something that will help to bridge the aesthetic gap between what is green and what is gas could be the new Volkswagon NCC Hybrid Coupe Concept that was unveiled at the 2010 Detroit Auto Show.  This car, although not perfect, helps to shed the “green cars are ugly” image with aggressive styling and smart technology. read more »

Teenagers In West Philladelphia Shooting For Automotive X Prize

Monday, October 5th, 2009

Hybrid AttackTeenagers in a unlikely neighborhood attending West Philadelphia High School Academy for Automotive and Mechanical Engineering have built a hybrid that will go 0-60 mph in less than 4 seconds and get over 60 mpg.  They have also come up with an innovative, yet logical way to achieve these astounding statistics.   read more »

Boston Bike Sharing

Monday, August 17th, 2009

bixi-bikeBikes are great ways to get around, especially if you live in the city and go no more than a few miles to get to work or to get groceries.  They are more nimble and can get in and out of traffic much faster than cars or other forms of public transportation.  The only problem with bikes is that they are a pain to store, and where are you going to put that in a 600 square foot efficiency?

The Metropolitan Area Planning Council of Boston understood the plight of its citizens and started working on a project that would allow Bostonians to borrow bikes for short trips as early as next summer.

The Public Bike System Company, a Canadian company will start implementing the bike share stations in Boston and will eventually extend the program further into Cambridge, Brookline, and Somerville.

A similar program has already been implemented in Montreal and has had glowing reviews.  Riders will simply  scan a credit card before they take a bike.  No more waiting for buses or taxis, and more importantly, no more pollution.

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Nissan turning over a new “LEAF”

Thursday, August 6th, 2009

Nissan unveiled their first all-electric car design; the LEAF. This powder-blue wonder comes complete with two charge ports in the front, electricity saving headlights, right-side driving, and 5 doors (including the hatchback). Though the Nissan LEAF is not going to be available until late 2010, many questions have still been posed. Would the car perform up the standards of other cars on the market? How many miles will the car get to a full charge? How will consumers charge this new-age car? How long will charging to full battery take? So many questions. read more »

Tesla Model S – First Look

Monday, October 27th, 2008

We have heard news about this for a while now, but this time we are seeing the first speculated images. from Road & Track.  I am not one that would buy a convertible for my daily driver. They are less efficient due to aerodynamics, heavier b/c of the reinforcement of the frame, and they cost more…which is why it never made sense to me that Tesla would build its first electric as a convertible. Now they have a car that is more viable for people other than those that live in sunny California.

This 4-door sports car will have room for 5 and get 240 miles on a charge. The acceleration is still very respectable at under 6 seconds, and for a base price of $60,000, it will be priced even better than the Fisker Karma. Electric never sounded so beautiful.

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The All Electric Mini Cooper

Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

BMW released the first images of the all electric Mini E. There has been buzz about it before and it was simply a matter of time before the public got to see it for the first time. It comes with a 204hp electric engine, regenerative braking, and an astounding range of 150 miles.

The Mini E will use lithium-ion battery technology. Unlike the new Honda Insight, the Mini E will not have a gas engine. The car will only use the batteries to power the car. The top speed will be limited to 95mph to further save energy. read more »

Toyota Yaris Diesel Crowned MPG Marathon Champion – 70.49 MPG

Tuesday, October 14th, 2008

The ALD Fleet World MPG Marathon is a 400-mile fuel efficiency challenge that takes place in the UK.  There were 39 entries, and the simple goal was to get the best fuel economy possible.  The overall winner was a Toyota Yaris 1.4 D-4D driven by Andrew Andersz and Gary Luton with a final MPG 70.49 MPG US (84.66 MPG UK).  They achieved this astonishing economy even with 2 people in the car!  We wonder what the mpg would have been if there was only one person.  When only looking at gasoline powered cars, another Toyota came out on top.  A Toyota Aygo 1.0-liter driven by James Sutherland and Richard Hill which got 68.6 MPG US (82.39 MPG UK).  The sad part is that neither of these cars are available in the US.  Toyota, please bring more of these kinds of cars over here.  We will buy them…I promise.

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Teenager Builds Electric Car for $10K

Tuesday, October 14th, 2008

Welcome to the innovation center of electric cars…San Antonio, Texas, where Lucas Laborde built an electric car he plans on driving to school for $10,000.  He spent over 150 hours this past summer working on the car converting the gas powered kit car to an all electric car.  The Bradley GT II was the lucky conversion car that is now powered by 8 eighty pound lead-acid batteries.

Lucas’ father, Ralph Laborde, funded the project and let his son use the space at his company, River City Hydraulics Inc.  Ralph bought the kit car on Ebay for $5,000 and then spent the rest on the electrical parts and batteries that would later power the vehicle.  The converted Bradley now has a top speed of 45 mph and has a lot of low-end torque which is expected for electric vehicles.

The car does have its quirks in that the gull wing doors don’t close properly due to the stress of the 80 pound batteries twisting the fiberglass body.  However, this is a truly great accomplishment in that it takes years and several millions of dollars for auto manufacturers to come up with a working prototype.

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Now Available – 180 MPG Scooter!

Friday, October 10th, 2008

Perhaps there is a segment of the U.S. ground transportation industry that is on the cutting edge. ELV Motors is already producing scooters while others are still developing. Peugot and Honda made the headlines in the past couple of weeks with the announcement of new hybrid scooters, but ELV Motors seems to be a step ahead. Not only does this scooter have better gas mileage and is available today, it is relatively inexpensive at just under $3,000. The speed is limited to 40 mph, but who would take a scooter out on the highway anyway?

The bike weighs in at about 200 lbs., and has a 49cc engine to power the package. Anyone considering getting a scooter needs to take a close look at this one.

via ecogeek