TRANS PORTATION News December 31st

AIRSHIPS - BYOD on a Plane? Not so Fast, Says FAA.
Want to use your smartphone, tablet, or e-reader on a plane during taxi, takeoff, or landing? The FAA still maintains you can't, but is at least saying that it'll review the rule-in its own sweet time ...
http://www.forbes.com/sites/netapp/2012/12/31/byod-plane-faa

AIRSHIPS - SUGAR Volt: Boeing puts vision to work in hybrid electric aircraft
(Phys.org)-Boeing has been working on a project that signifies the future of commercial air transportation. As the story goes, about five years ago at a conference on advanced aircraft technologies, posing questions on what the future of aircraft would look like, somebody stood up and said, "What about an electric airplane?" Almost everyone laughed. Boeing personnel did not laugh. Can we make an airplane that has batteries that actually ...
http://phys.org/news/2012-12-sugar-volt-boeing-vision-hybrid

AIRSHIPS - The Secret to Airlines' (Somewhat) Decent Customer Service
As my US Airways flight was landing in Charlotte, NC, last Saturday the nice flight attendant announced on the loudspeaker that we were half an hour earlier than expected. "I know that you complain to your friends or family when we are late," she said, more or less, "so please let them know when we are early. ...
http://www.forbes.com/sites/erikamorphy/2012/12/30/the-secre


CARS - 10 Biggest Auto Recalls In 2012
This past year the auto industry recalled nearly as many models as it sold in the U.S. Here's the largest recalls of the year from Toyota, Honda, GM and Ford ...
http://www.forbes.com/pictures/ehmk45jgie/1-2-5-million-toyo

CARS - Imagine If Everything Were Powered How Our Cars Are (VIDEO)
Here's a great video that puts gas-powered vehicles (vs electric vehicles) into perspective a bit:Can you imagine if all of our machines were powered with gas? Oh my....Alternatively, can you imagine if we powered our cars with electricity instead of gas.(In case you missed it, that video was an ad for the Renault Z.E. brand.)Imagine If Everything Were Powered How Our Cars Are (VIDEO) was originally published on: CleanTechnic .. ...
http://cleantechnica.com/2012/12/30/imagine-if-everything-we

CARS - U.S. Auto Sales, Profits Are Up For 2012
U.S. auto sales for 2012 to be announced later this week are a shoo-in to be the best since 2007, and more than 1.5 million units higher than 2011 ...
http://www.forbes.com/sites/jimhenry/2012/12/31/u-s-auto-sal


EVs - 'Easy does it' gets you further in electric vehicles
Drivers of gas and diesel cars are usually aware that driving at high speed, harsh acceleration and hard braking all contribute to lowering their fuel economy. Scientists can readily explain in terms of the thermodynamics of the internal combustion engine why driving such a car more smoothly and at gentler speeds will increase significantly the distance that might be traveled on a single tank of fuel. But, what about electric vehicles (EVs) ...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/12/121220101853.ht

EVs - Tesla Superchargers Set Up On East Coast
Tesla has announced the locations of its first two supercharger electric vehicle charging stations on the US East Coast.These charging stations allow Tesla Model S owners to charge for free, and in a relatively short 30-minute period.The charging stations are located in Milford, Conneticut, and Wilmington, Delaware.Tesla Motors eventually wants to set up a cross-country network of chargers that would enable Tesla Model S owners to drive fro .. ...


http://cleantechnica.com/2012/12/29/tesla-superchargers-set-

EVs - UK Electric Vehicle Sales To Double In 2013?
Cheaper models and more charging stations are reasons to expect UK electric vehicle sales to double in 2013.If you're jumping for joy, hold your horses - there are currently only about 3,000 electric cars in Britain, and most of those are part of company fleets. But any increase is a good thing, and the Guardian reports that British companies will continue to be major EV buyers.Cheaper models with increased range and battery life (such as t .. ...


http://cleantechnica.com/2012/12/30/uk-electric-vehicle-sale

EVs - Using An EV To Power A Home
Here's a useful repost from the Electric Vehicle Association of Greater Washington, DC. This is quite a nice little advantage of EVs.Over 8 million people were left without electricity in the wake of Hurricane Sandy and last summer's derecho storm left many without power for a week or more. Some resourceful electric vehicle owners in the DC area have figured out how to use the big battery in their cars for emergency power. Television statio .. ...
http://cleantechnica.com/2012/12/30/using-an-ev-to-power-a-h


TRANSPORT - Traffic congestion can be alleviated throughout a metropolitan area by altering trips in specific neighborhoods, model shows
A new study shows that traffic congestion can be alleviated throughout a metropolitan area by altering the trips of drivers in specific neighborhoods ...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/12/121220143742.ht