TRANS PORTATION curated News May 22nd

BATTERIES - Toyota increases lithium-ion battery production 6x to upgrade Prius
Toyota has been rather slow to adopt lithium-ion technology compared to some other automakers, but it seems like they want to catch up ...
http://www.treehugger.com/cars/toyota-increases-lithium-ion-

BYKES - Rate of bicycle-related fatalities significantly lower in states with helmet laws
Existing research shows that bicyclists who wear helmets have an 88 percent lower risk of brain injury, but researchers at Boston Children's Hospital found that simply having bicycle helmet laws in place showed a 20 percent decrease in deaths and injuries for children younger than 16 who were in bicycle-motor vehicle collisions ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2013-05-bicycle-related-fatali

BYKES - Video: You Had Me At Rocket Bike
I think you'll agree that the 163 mph, hydrogen-peroxide rocket bike in that picture up there fits Gas 2's Jo Borras-stated mission perfectly. Watch as French bicyclist François Gissy sets a new speed record, below, and then marvel at what a pathetic 'fraidy-cat you really are.When people ask me about what Gas2 is about, I tell them (rather philosophically) that this blog "is sort-of a 'sequel' to the 20th century, which was all about fossil fu ...
record-bike
http://gas2.org/2013/05/22/video-you-had-me-at-rocket-bike

CARS - 5 Hybrid Car Myths Debunked
There are numerous myths and urban legends circulating on hybrid cars, and they die hard! Here are five of the most tenacious hybrid cars myths, debunked.Hybrid Cars Are Less PowerfulWhile the first models of hybrids did lack in power, the newer, modern models have nothing to envy to their gas powered cousins; their performance is only increasing. According to Carsdirect.com, the Lexus GS 450h has more than 300 horsepower and can beat many gas po ...
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http://gas2.org/2013/05/21/5-hybrid-car-myths-debunked

CARS - Fisker Karma Prices Plummet On Used Car Market
The not-quite-bankrupt Fisker Automotive is struggling to stay afloat, and affluent buyers of the beautiful plug-in hybrid know it. While hundreds of lining up for a supercharged V8 conversion, other owners are divesting themselves of their Fiskers on the used car market, taking a huge financial hit in the process.And who can blame them? With Fisker Automotive hanging by a thread, support and parts for these expensive hybrids will be difficult to ...
fisker-sale
http://gas2.org/2013/05/22/fisker-karma-prices-plummet-on-us

CARS - Ford Is Adding Jobs And Skipping Vacations To Keep Up With Surging Demand
There's a tradition among U.S. automakers to shut down factories for two weeks in early July for what's called the model-year changeover -- that's when routine maintenance is performed as production of current vehicles ends and next year's models begin. During hard times, that summer shutdown has often been extended for weeks or even months at some factories ...
http://www.forbes.com/sites/joannmuller/2013/05/22/ford-is-a

CARS - Formula E Adds Bangkok Venue, Reveals Latest Race Car Design
For electric racing fans, there is no event more anticipated than the inaugural Formula E season, which kicks off next year. Several world-class cities have already been selected to host these contests of speed, and most of the schedule is already determined. This week though Bangkok was added as a host city, and Formula E also revealed what the Renault-designed race cars will look like.In conjunction with Spark Racing Technology, Renault helped ...
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http://gas2.org/2013/05/22/formula-e-adds-bangkok-venue-reve

CARS - GM Prepping CNG-Powered Chevy Impala?
Compressed natural gas, or CNG, may be the fuel of the future here in America. Vast untapped resources of CNG are only now being exploited, and automakers are responding with a limited offering of CNG vehicles. Spy shots suggest that GM could be prepping a CNG-powered Chevy Impala for either fleet or public sale.GM already offers a CNG-powered pickup and van, but thus far has stayed away from the passenger car market. But GM has big ambitions for ...
cng-impala
http://gas2.org/2013/05/21/gm-prepping-cng-powered-chevy-imp

CARS - Photos From The Track At Austin's Formula 1 Grand Prix
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CARS - Student-Built Karmann Ghia EV Driving From Kansas To D.C. On Tweets
Can the power of social media literally propel a car halfway across the country? That's the hope of a group of high school students who converted a Karmann Ghia into an EV, with plans to drive it from Kansas City to Washington D.C., but with a twist. The car will only go when it gets mentioned on social media. So you know what we have to do.Mindddrive is the organization that helped put this project together, taking troubled teens off the streets ...
minddrive
http://gas2.org/2013/05/22/student-built-karmann-ghia-ev-dri

CARS - Tesla to repay $465m Department of Energy loan 9 years ahead of schedule
Tesla Motors, famously called a "loser" by Mitt Romney, is on quite the winning streak these days ...
http://www.treehugger.com/cars/tesla-repay-department-energy

CARS - Top 10 Most Brand-Loyal Cars
Keeping existing customers is a hallmark to success in any business - here's a look at the new cars that are top rated at bringing repeat buyers back into automakers' showrooms ...
http://www.forbes.com/pictures/mkk45igdl/kia-forte-2

CARS - Video: EV West's BMW M3 EV On The Dyno
With major automakers now churning out EVs of their own, electric car conversion shops have taken a backseat in the news. Well, most shops at least. EV West has continued to crank out some incredible electric cars, including the Pikes Peak-dominated BMW M3 EV. At the behest of the fellows at Drive, EV West put their electric Bimmer on the dyno, and you won't believe the results.Unlike conventional cars, EVs are rated in kilowatts rather than hors ...
ev-west
http://gas2.org/2013/05/21/video-ev-wests-bmw-m3-ev-on-the-d

CARS - Weird Ride Wednesday: Compressed Air Cars
The search for an alternative fuel source other than oil should leave no idea untested. Still, there are some ideas with more potential than others, and some alt-fuel concepts are just plain strange. Compressed air vehicles have been around for around 150 years, but the technology has never caught on with automakers. There's a reason for that, and it's called torque, or the lack thereof.Compressed air has been used to power engines since the mid- ...
airpod
http://gas2.org/2013/05/22/weird-ride-wednesday-compressed-a

EVs - Helio Castroneves And Dario Franchitti: Their Love-Hate Relationship With Tesla And Why They Don't Respect Formula 1 Drivers
Dario Franchitti and Helio Castroneves are both racing for their 4th Indianapolis 500 win this weekend (May 26, ABC Sports 11 am ET) ...
http://www.forbes.com/sites/hannahelliott/2013/05/22/helio-c

EVs - Is the Formula E being extravagent with two electric race cars per driver?
Is Formula E's plan to have two cars per driver a super-extravagence? This is a question raised in comments on a posting on another site (see link below) reporting on the Formula E 2014 season calendar.Because the Formula E cars have battery packs that support only 15-20 minutes of racing, and the Formula E race is supposed to last much longer (90 minutes?), each driver will race until th ...
http://www.electricracenews.com/2013/05/is-formula-e-being-e

EVs - Recent Events Suggest The Electric Vehicle Will Not Be A Novelty For Much Longer
In January, Pike Research issued a report forecasting electric vehicle penetration of 1.8 million vehicles in the largest 102 US cities by 2020. A lot of observers were likely skeptical, as was I. But three facts in recent days suggest we are traveling past the milestones that suggest this scenario may indeed occur, and that Pike's number may be modest in 7 years' time ...
http://www.forbes.com/sites/peterdetwiler/2013/05/15/recent-

EVs - Tesla CEO On Repaying Taxpayer Loan: I Hope We Did You Proud
Electric car-maker Tesla Motors wired almost half a billion dollars to the U.S. government on Wednesday, erasing the remaining balance on its 2010 taxpayer loan and sidestepping a continuing controversy over the Obama Administration's support for a handful of companies pursuing green-car development ...
http://www.forbes.com/sites/joannmuller/2013/05/22/tesla-ceo

EVs - Tesla Motors On Track To Repay DOE Loan
Tesla Motors shares increased after it announced a decision to offer stock and notes in an $830 million deal that will enable it to repay its debt to the US government earlier than planned. Things are looking better than ever for the electric automaker.This follows other positive events for Tesla, including the company's first quarterly profit. Still, Tesla owes the government $465 million for the loan provided by the US Department of Energy (DOE ...
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http://gas2.org/2013/05/21/tesla-motors-on-track-to-repay-do

PARKING - PUBLIC - "Modified Social Benches": An Experiment in Outdoor Socializing
This article originally appeared on Shareable.Photos courtesy of Jeppe Hein.Jeppe Hein, a Danish artist known for creating experiential art, has put an interesting twist on park benches by populating the town of De Haan in Belgium with his eye-catching "modified social benches." The benches, which range from the super-comfy-looking to the seemingly unsittable, are intended to bring people together i ...
http://www.yesmagazine.org/happiness/benche

PARKING - PUBLIC - Eye-Poppingly Gorgeous Underground Stations from Around The World
The history of rapid-transit began 150 years ago, with the opening of the Metropolitan Railway in London in 1863. In the next century and a half, dozens of architects and engineers have worked on underground tunnels and stations. Some are abandoned now, but others are as good as new. Here are some of the most wonderful underground railway stations. Rådhuset, Stockholm, SwedenRådhuset (Court House) station was opened in 1975 as a part of the Sto ...
http://io9.com/eye-poppingly-gorgeous-underground-stations-f

PUBLIC - Long Beach to get wireless chargers for their new electric buses
Inductive charging is coming to public transportation in Long Beach, California, with the addition of two wireless charging stations for its electric buses ...
http://www.treehugger.com/clean-technology/long-beach-get-wi

TRAFFIC - TRAINS - A Group Of Skaters Recorded The Gripping Aftermath Of Friday's Metro Train Crash
A group of young skaters caught probably the best (and well-commentated) aftermath footage of the Friday evening train wreck in Connecticut. BI's own Dina Spector reported the crash when it initially happened: Two Metro-North trains collided Friday evening in Connecticut, leaving 60 people injured, five who are in serious condition, The New York Times reports. The skaters decided to scoot once the police showed up, but they got pretty much the wh ...
http://www.businessinsider.com/video-metro-north-crash-skate

BATTERIES - Toyota increases lithium-ion battery production 6x to upgrade Prius

Toyota has been rather slow to adopt lithium-ion technology compared to some other automakers, but it seems like they want to catch up.

http://www.treehugger.com/cars/toyota-increases-lithium-ion-battery-pr

BYKES - Rate of bicycle-related fatalities significantly lower in states with helmet laws

Existing research shows that bicyclists who wear helmets have an 88 percent lower risk of brain injury, but researchers at Boston Children's Hospital found that simply having bicycle helmet laws in place showed a 20 percent decrease in deaths and injuries for children younger than 16 who were in bicycle-motor vehicle collisions.

http://medicalxpress.com/news/2013-05-bicycle-related-fatalities-signi

BYKES - Video: You Had Me At Rocket Bike

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I think you'll agree that the 163 mph, hydrogen-peroxide rocket bike in that picture up there fits Gas 2's Jo Borras-stated mission perfectly. Watch as French bicyclist François Gissy sets a new speed record, below, and then marvel at what a pathetic 'fraidy-cat you really are.

When people ask me about what Gas2 is about, I tell them (rather philosophically) that this blog "is sort-of a 'sequel' to the 20th century, which was all about fossil fuels. Gas2, then, is about a world that's not about oil and gasoline, and when things like bicycles (which use no fuel), motorcycles (which use less fuel), and electric/bio-fuel cars (which use different fuel) eventually take the focus away from cars and oil, we'll get to say 'I told you so'." With that in mind,

The record-breaking, Subaru-shaming rocket bike engine itself was made by Swiss company Exotic Thermo Engineering, was built to Gissy's specifications, and runs on a rapidly expanding mixture of hydrogen peroxide ... which is certainly "different fuel"!

Let us know what you think, or if you're planning on breaking Gissy's record yourself, in the comments, below.

Source: DNA France, via CNET Australia.

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CARS - 5 Hybrid Car Myths Debunked

hybrid-badgeThere are numerous myths and urban legends circulating on hybrid cars, and they die hard! Here are five of the most tenacious hybrid cars myths, debunked.

Hybrid Cars Are Less Powerful

While the first models of hybrids did lack in power, the newer, modern models have nothing to envy to their gas powered cousins; their performance is only increasing. According to Carsdirect.com, the Lexus GS 450h has more than 300 horsepower and can beat many gas powered vehicles in a 0 to 60 road test. And that says nothing of the myriad of performance-oriented hybrids, like the Porsche 918, on the horizon.

Hybrid Cars Are The Greenest of the Greens

Sadly, this is a myth too. While they undoubtedly reduce your gas consumption, hybrid cars are manufactured at a high ecological cost. The making of their battery, among other of their components, is extremely polluting and necessitate rare earth metals. The exploitation of rare earth is one of the most polluting industries on the planet.

Hybrid Cars Are Too Expensive

Granted, if you compare a hybrid with an equivalent gas powered car, the price will be slightly higher. But saying that hybrid are significantly and systematically more expensive is simply wrong. Truth is, hybrids, just like regular cars, come in a whole range of sizes and prices. Not to mention that, with all the money saved on gas, the investment is quickly made profitable. Here is a list of the 10 best hybrid values on the market.

You Need Practice to Learn How To Drive Them

For some reason, some people are lead to believe that hybrid cars are tricky to drive, that you must trigger some kind of complicated device in order to switch from gas to electricity. In fact, you don't do anything differently when you drive a hybrid then when you drive a gas powered vehicle. You just buckle up, turn on your engine, press on the accelerator and drive. Your hybrid car itself will decide which power source is best, electric or gas.

Hybrid Cars Must be Plugged In

Hybrids rely on two power sources: Gas and electricity. When you run out of electricity, gas will take over and the battery will recharge itself, just like a conventional car's battery recharge itself when the engine is running. Plug-in hybrids do require being plugged in to recharge their batteries, but conventional hybrids do not. Pretty self-explanatory, right?

Hopefully this has helped debunk some of the myths surrounding hybrid cars. Pretty soon, with gas prices only going up, we may all drive a hybrid of one kind or another.

Mireille is a travel, music and theater enthusiast. She wrote for the stage and television, and is now working as a freelance blogger for Via Rail a Canadian railroad transporter helping travelers find the best Toronto packages and getaways.

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CARS - Fisker Karma Prices Plummet On Used Car Market

fisker-saleThe not-quite-bankrupt Fisker Automotive is struggling to stay afloat, and affluent buyers of the beautiful plug-in hybrid know it. While hundreds of lining up for a supercharged V8 conversion, other owners are divesting themselves of their Fiskers on the used car market, taking a huge financial hit in the process.

And who can blame them? With Fisker Automotive hanging by a thread, support and parts for these expensive hybrids will be difficult to come by. As of this writing there are 23 seperate ads for Fisker Karmas on eBay, and another 114 up for sale on Cars.com, and 138 on Autotrader.com (there is almost assuredly some overlap). For a vehicle with only 2,500 units built (and only about 2,000 sold), that's a pretty terrible turnover.

That's just half the story though, as the prices for the $110,000 Karma have dropped in some cases by more than half. The lowest I could find was on eBay with bidding under $40,000, with most prices hovering between $60,000 and $80,000. After taxes and title and what-have-you, this is about 50% of what most people paid to put a Karma in their driveway.

Unlike Tesla, there is no Fisker guaranteed-resale-value plan, and even if there was, I doubt Fisker could afford it right now. Owners are on their own, not that I feel bad for them.

It's just another hit of bad publicity for Fisker. The billion-dollar grave they dug just seems to get deeper and deeper.

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CARS - Ford Is Adding Jobs And Skipping Vacations To Keep Up With Surging Demand

There's a tradition among U.S. automakers to shut down factories for two weeks in early July for what's called the model-year changeover -- that's when routine maintenance is performed as production of current vehicles ends and next year's models begin. During hard times, that summer shutdown has often been extended for weeks or even months at some factories.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/joannmuller/2013/05/22/ford-is-adding-jobs

CARS - Formula E Adds Bangkok Venue, Reveals Latest Race Car Design

new-formula-e-car-featureFor electric racing fans, there is no event more anticipated than the inaugural Formula E season, which kicks off next year. Several world-class cities have already been selected to host these contests of speed, and most of the schedule is already determined. This week though Bangkok was added as a host city, and Formula E also revealed what the Renault-designed race cars will look like.

In conjunction with Spark Racing Technology, Renault helped pen this Formula 1-inspired electric race car. Called the Spark-Renault SRT 01E, it has design elements from some big name racing outfits including McLaren and Dallara. While teams are encouraged to enter their own designs, and officially sanctioned race car will also be available for teams to buy.

The electric race cars are estimated to have enough juice for up to 30 minutes of racing, though the races themselves are an hour long, necessitating a car swap halfway through. So far Los Angeles, Rome, London, Miami, Beijing, Bueno Aires, Putrajaya, and Rio de Janeiro have all been tapped as venues for the inaugural Formula E season. London is also a potential host city, with a former Olympic arena serving as a race track.

With the addition of Bangkok to the roster, there is but one spot left on the ten-race season. Where will the final host city be located? Could be anywhere at this point, though as always, I am rooting for the good ol' USA. Why not New York City, after all?

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Source: Autoblog Green

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CARS - GM Prepping CNG-Powered Chevy Impala?

cng-impalaCompressed natural gas, or CNG, may be the fuel of the future here in America. Vast untapped resources of CNG are only now being exploited, and automakers are responding with a limited offering of CNG vehicles. Spy shots suggest that GM could be prepping a CNG-powered Chevy Impala for either fleet or public sale.

GM already offers a CNG-powered pickup and van, but thus far has stayed away from the passenger car market. But GM has big ambitions for the new Chevy Impala, including flipping the rental fleet sales from 70:30 to 30:70, helping retail sales and public perception. But fleet owners tend to love CNG vehicles, though infrastructure remains an issue.

Besides the obvious CNG badge on the back of this Impala, it also wears a different engine cover and exhaust tips. Right now GM is probably studying the market for such a vehicle, though hybrids and diesels seem to be the cars of choice right now for those seeking fuel efficiency.

If GM dares to build a CNG-powered large sedan, it could help this alternative to oil gain a foothold in the skeptical U.S. market.

Source: Motoring Journal

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CARS - Photos From The Track At Austin's Formula 1 Grand Prix

http://www.forbes.com/pictures/mkm45ghfkg/photos-from-the-track-austin

CARS - Student-Built Karmann Ghia EV Driving From Kansas To D.C. On Tweets

minddriveCan the power of social media literally propel a car halfway across the country? That's the hope of a group of high school students who converted a Karmann Ghia into an EV, with plans to drive it from Kansas City to Washington D.C., but with a twist. The car will only go when it gets mentioned on social media. So you know what we have to do.

Mindddrive is the organization that helped put this project together, taking troubled teens off the streets and giving them a project they can be proud of. Using a 1967 Karmann Ghia is a great way to get the attention of old folks, while utilizing an all-electric drivetrain will please the younger, greener crowd.

It's the third such conversion of the group, which tackled an Indy race car and a Lotus Espirt EV conversions before. I love this combination of old school meets new school, with an emphasis on engaging the younger crowd. The social media twist makes it even cooler.

The car will only move when it reads either the hashtag #MINDDRIVE or gets a mention on Twitter with the @minddriveorg, or using Facebook shares and likes. With major sponsors reaching millions of people via social media, the team should have no trouble making it from Kansas City to Washington D.C. in good time.

I'll be sure to kick in a few tweets and likes to help them on their way, and so should you. Their journey kicks off next week, so make sure to follow and like them on Facebook now.

Source: Minddrive | Wired

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CARS - Tesla to repay $465m Department of Energy loan 9 years ahead of schedule

Tesla Motors, famously called a "loser" by Mitt Romney, is on quite the winning streak these days.

http://www.treehugger.com/cars/tesla-repay-department-energy-loan-9-ye

CARS - Top 10 Most Brand-Loyal Cars

Keeping existing customers is a hallmark to success in any business - here's a look at the new cars that are top rated at bringing repeat buyers back into automakers' showrooms.

http://www.forbes.com/pictures/mkk45igdl/kia-forte-2

CARS - Video: EV West's BMW M3 EV On The Dyno

ev-westWith major automakers now churning out EVs of their own, electric car conversion shops have taken a backseat in the news. Well, most shops at least. EV West has continued to crank out some incredible electric cars, including the Pikes Peak-dominated BMW M3 EV. At the behest of the fellows at Drive, EV West put their electric Bimmer on the dyno, and you won't believe the results.

Unlike conventional cars, EVs are rated in kilowatts rather than horsepower and torque. But what does the 400 kilowatts translate into on the dyno? Not as much horsepower as you might expect, but a ton of torque; 850 ft-lbs of torque, in fact, and 342 horsepower at just 600 rpm. Host Matt Farrah compares it to a Ford Super Duty pickup with a tune, and he's not far off.

All that torque has trashed more than a few parts on the EV West Bimmer, losing parts like a clutch and differential to all that torque. Even on the dyno the beefed-up Powerglide transmission may have thrown a gear.

Building EVs doesn't always have to be about going green; sometimes it is just about all that torque. Even so, host Matt Farrah seems skeptical about the future of electric racing. And that's his right.

But after seeing a car like the EV West BMW M3 EV in action, I have to wonder how he can have any doubts that the future of racing is electric. Sure, the sound of conventional race cars is awesome, but the potential for performance in EVs hasn't even been tapped yet. Just wait until the Formula E series hits streets and see what I mean.

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CARS - Weird Ride Wednesday: Compressed Air Cars

airpodThe search for an alternative fuel source other than oil should leave no idea untested. Still, there are some ideas with more potential than others, and some alt-fuel concepts are just plain strange. Compressed air vehicles have been around for around 150 years, but the technology has never caught on with automakers. There's a reason for that, and it's called torque, or the lack thereof.

Compressed air has been used to power engines since the mid-19th century, first gaining popularity in coal mines where combustion engines were deadly. Paris famously used pneumatic trains to help dig the tunnels of its vast metro and tunnel system. Pneumatic power even propelled the first naval torpedoes, though the first compressed air car companies did not last long.

Even so, that hasn't stopped some recent upstart auto companies from penning their own plans for compressed air vehicles. Even Tata Motors, a massive Indian auto company, has pledged to build compressed air vehicles. Then there is the MDI AirPod, that odd-looking concept at the top of this post. But despite building working prototypes, there are a number of design flaws that keep air cars from going to market.

For one, compressed air motors don't make as much power or torque as car owners are used to, meaning very low top speeds, often around just 40 mph. That is barely enough for city driving, and highway cruising is totally out of the question. It can also take many hours to fill the tank of a compressed air car, despite a seriously limited range, and problems with cooling the tank and heating the air make these vehicles quite power hungry.

The Peugeot Air Hybrid could return up to 117 mpg.

The Peugeot Air Hybrid could return up to 117 mpg.

Despite these drawbacks though, companies like Peugeot are still exploring the use of compressed air in a hybrid drivetrain setup, allowing for up to 117 mpg. Compressed air vehicles are also remarkably quiet and, discounting the air compressors themselves, produce absolutely no emissions. They're also very, very cheap to operate.

This could make them ideal tourist buses or city service vehicles, but as actual commuters? Compressed air cars have a long, long way to go.

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EVs - Helio Castroneves And Dario Franchitti: Their Love-Hate Relationship With Tesla And Why They Don't Respect Formula 1 Drivers

Dario Franchitti and Helio Castroneves are both racing for their 4th Indianapolis 500 win this weekend (May 26, ABC Sports 11 am ET).

http://www.forbes.com/sites/hannahelliott/2013/05/22/helio-castroneves

EVs - Is the Formula E being extravagent with two electric race cars per driver?

Is Formula E's plan to have two cars per driver a super-extravagence? This is a question raised in comments on a posting on another site (see link below) reporting on the Formula E 2014 season calendar.Because the Formula E cars have battery packs that support only 15-20 minutes of racing, and the Formula E race is supposed to last much longer (90 minutes?), each driver will race until the

http://www.electricracenews.com/2013/05/is-formula-e-being-extravagent

EVs - Recent Events Suggest The Electric Vehicle Will Not Be A Novelty For Much Longer

In January, Pike Research issued a report forecasting electric vehicle penetration of 1.8 million vehicles in the largest 102 US cities by 2020. A lot of observers were likely skeptical, as was I. But three facts in recent days suggest we are traveling past the milestones that suggest this scenario may indeed occur, and that Pike's number may be modest in 7 years' time:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/peterdetwiler/2013/05/15/recent-events-sug

EVs - Tesla CEO On Repaying Taxpayer Loan: I Hope We Did You Proud

Electric car-maker Tesla Motors wired almost half a billion dollars to the U.S. government on Wednesday, erasing the remaining balance on its 2010 taxpayer loan and sidestepping a continuing controversy over the Obama Administration's support for a handful of companies pursuing green-car development.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/joannmuller/2013/05/22/tesla-ceo-on-repayi

EVs - Tesla Motors On Track To Repay DOE Loan

tesla-motors-logo-2Tesla Motors shares increased after it announced a decision to offer stock and notes in an $830 million deal that will enable it to repay its debt to the US government earlier than planned. Things are looking better than ever for the electric automaker.

This follows other positive events for Tesla, including the company's first quarterly profit. Still, Tesla owes the government $465 million for the loan provided by the US Department of Energy (DOE) to develop zero emissions vehicles (ZEV). Tesla Motors said it would sell 2.7 million shares of its common stock, and $450 million of convertible senior notes.

Elon Musk will help the debt repayment process by purchasing $100 million dollars of shares in Tesla Motors himself, and at the same price as the current public offering. $45 million of those shares will be via public offering, and the other $55 million directly from Tesla Motors.

He owns 27 million shares in Tesla Motors, which accounts for 24% of Tesla Motor's stock. Tesla Motors' stock value increased from $33.87 at the end of 2012 to $93.56 on Thursday, almost tripling overnight.

According to Bloomberg Businessweek: "Tesla's rapid stock price rise has some skeptics. Deutsche Bank raised its target price - but only to $50, from $35, and kept a "Hold" rating on the stock. A note from the firm said the target price implies a 14 percent pre-tax margin on 40,000 cars sold. That's a little higher than the premium assigned to Porsche during its rapid growth in the early 2000s, the note said."

But others are feeling the Tesla love. According to a Morgan Stanley analyst, Adam Jones: "What Tesla has accomplished isn't luck, it's real".

Source: Businessweek.com

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PARKING - PUBLIC - "Modified Social Benches": An Experiment in Outdoor Socializing

This article originally appeared on Shareable.

Photos courtesy of Jeppe Hein.

Jeppe Hein, a Danish artist known for creating experiential art, has put an interesting twist on park benches by populating the town of De Haan in Belgium with his eye-catching "modified social benches." The benches, which range from the super-comfy-looking to the seemingly unsittable, are intended to bring people together in unexpected ways and make them more aware of their surroundings.

While they look enough like traditional park benches to be recognizable as something you sit on, Hein's benches have features that break the park bench mold: tight angles, slopes, missing pieces, loops, dips, closed circles and more. With their unusual shapes, the benches are conversation starters and people magnets and they add a fun touch to public spaces.

Of the benches Hein says, "With their modification, the spaces they inhabit become active rather than places of rest and solitude; they foster exchange between the users and the passers-by, thus lending the work a social quality."

No choice but to sit...together.

No choice but to sit...together.

Is it a gazebo or a bench? You choose.

Is it a gazebo or a bench? You choose.

A bench and slide, great for families and hipsters.

A bench and slide, great for families and hipsters.

The tete-a-tete taken to a new level.

The tete-a-tete taken to a new level.

This bench seats many and orders space in the park.

This bench seats many and orders space in the park.

The nap bench.

The nap bench.


Cat Johnson contributes regularly to Shareable.net, where this article first appeared. She is a freelance writer reporting on community, culture, music and design. Other venues she's written for include GOOD, the Santa Cruz Weekly, Metro Silicon Valley, and No Depression. Follow her on Twitter at @catjohnson.

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PARKING - PUBLIC - Eye-Poppingly Gorgeous Underground Stations from Around The World

The history of rapid-transit began 150 years ago, with the opening of the Metropolitan Railway in London in 1863. In the next century and a half, dozens of architects and engineers have worked on underground tunnels and stations. Some are abandoned now, but others are as good as new. Here are some of the most wonderful underground railway stations.

RÃ¥dhuset, Stockholm, Sweden

RÃ¥dhuset (Court House) station was opened in 1975 as a part of the Stockholm rapid transit system, one of the best examples of organic architecture. Pictured above.

(via Tobias Lindman/Flickr)

T-Centralen Station, Stockholm, Sweden

The only place where all three of Stockholm's metro lines meet has this really wonderful one platform station, opened in 1975.

(via Paolo Rosa/Flickr and Erzsébet)

Solna Station, Stockholm, Sweden (1975)

(via Wikimedia Commons/Wargklo)

Stadium Station, Stockholm, Sweden (1973)

(via Skye Christensen/Flickr and Wikimedia Commons/Allgau)

Westfriedhof Station, Munich, Germany

This station was opened in 1998, but the 11 large lamps (with red, blue, and yellow lights) were installed three years later.

(via Hannes Maurer 1 - 2)

Marienplatz Station, Munich, Germany

Marienplatz Station is one of the most frequently used stations in Munich, and was opened as part of the new S-Bahn network for the 1972 Summer Olympics.

(via Jaw3, Flickr/MrOmega and Wikimedia Commons/FloSch)

St.-Quirin-Platz Station, Munich, Germany (1997)

(via Wikimedia Commons/Florian Schütz, Wikimedia Commons/FloSch and Ian Fisher/Flickr)

Brudermühlstrasse Station, Munich, Germany (1989)

(via Jaw3)

Olaias Station, Lisbon, Portugal

Olaias Station was designed by Tomás Taveira and opened shortly before the Expo 1998. Walk through the station on 360cities.

(via IngolfBLN/Flickr)

Drassanes Station, Barcelona, Spain

This station was opened in 1968, but was completely renovated between 2007 and 2009 with GRC (Glass Reinforced Concrete) panels and interesting details designed by the Barcelona-based ON-A Architects.

(via buildtonet)

Budapest Metro Line 3, constructed in the 1970s and 1980s

(via Hype and Hyper)

Avtovo Station, Saint Petersburg, Russia

This highly ornate white marble station was opened in 1955 and designed by Y. A. Levinson.

(via Wikimedia Commons/Sbarichev, Wikimedia Commons/Florstein and Andrew L. Moore)

Elektrozavodskaya Station, Moscow, Russia

Elektrozavodskaya Station was named after an electric light bulb factory nearby and opened in May 1944 during the WWII. It's famous for its decorations, designed by Vladimir Schuko, Vladimir Gelfreich and Igor Rozhin.

(via Wikimedia Commons/Eugeny1988)

Komsomolskaya Station, Moscow, Russia

Opened in 1952 and designed by Alexey Shchusev and Viktor Kokorin, this station has some mosaics, red granite, marble and other artistic decorations.

(via 3 years in Moscow, Chaos In Patterns and Wikimedia Commons/Lite)

Kiyevskaya Station - Koltsevaya Line Hall, Moscow, Russia

The richly decorated hall was opened in 1954 and has a quasi-baroque style with large mosaics by A.V. Myzin and gold-colored trim.

(via Wikimedia Commons/Antares 610)

Slavyansky Bulvar Station, Moscow, Russia

The station, designed by S. Volovich and opened in 2008, has green Cuban marble on the walls, and grey granite with darker (Gabbro granite) marble edges.

(via Wikimedia Commons/VanHelsing.16, Jaime Silva/Flickr and somebody_/Flickr)

Zoloti Vorota Station, Kiev, Ukraine

The Orthodox cathedral-like Zoloti Vorota was opened on December 30, 1989 as the part of the first stage of the Syretsko-Pecherska Line. Designed by Boris and his son Vadim Zhezherin, S.Adamenko, and M. Ralko.

(via Wikimedia Commons/AMY)

PuhÅ­ng and Yonggwang Station, Pyongyang, North Korea

PuhÅ­ng

Many foreign tourists were allowed to travel only between PuhÅ­ng Station and YÅ?ngwang Station (both opened in 1987) on the ChÅ?llima Line. The Pyongyang Metro is the deepest in the world-the track runs 360 ft (110 m) underground.

PuhÅ­ng

PuhÅ­ng

YÅ?ngwang

YÅ?ngwang

(via Wikimedia Commons/Gilad Rom, Wikimedia Commons/John Pavelka, Geolocation.ws/afchagen, Flickr/John Pavelka 1 - 2)

Museum Subway Station, Toronto, Canada

This station was redesigned by Diamond and Schmitt Architects in 2008.

(via architecture NOW)

O'Hare Station, Chicago, Illinois

This station, with its curved and luminous walls made of glass, is located at O'Hare International Airport. It was designed by Murphy/Jahn and opened in 1984.

(via Wikimedia Commons/Daniel Schwen and Eden Politte/Flickr)

Arts et Métiers Station, Paris, France

The steampunkish underground station near the Musée des Arts et Métiers was opened in 1904, but was redesigned by the famous Belgian comics artist François Schuiten in a style inspired by the works of Jules Verne.

(via Pathien/Flickr, Steve Calcott/Flickr and RG1033/Flickr)

Formosa Boulevard Station, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

This transfer station was built for the 2009 World Games, but opened in September 2008. It has the largest glass work in the world, designed by Narcissus Quagliata, covering an area of 23,465 sq ft (2180 sq m) with 4,500 glass panels.

(via Wikimedia Commons)

The stations of the Line A, Prague, Czech Republic

The colorful opened Dalek skirts with hemispheres on the walls make these stations from the 1970s look really fantastic.

(via Flickr/Brad Ackerman, Flickr/ian LF and Kristin Esteves)

Bockenheimer Warte Station, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

The construction was finished in 1986, but it was expanded in 2001 under the leadership of Zbigniew Peter Pininski.

(via Wikimedia Commons/Jcornelius, Bobanac Andreas/fotocommunity, Christine Moje/fotocommunity, mibi55/fotocommunity and Jürg Stuker/Flickr)

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