TRANS PORTATION curated News September 30th

Bykes - Bike Share Programs Are A Huge Success In Metropolitan Areas
Bike riding in major U.S. cities has nearly doubled over the past ten years, an one major source of bicycling’s recent resurgence are bike share programs that have sprung up in cities across America. This programs are proving especially popular with the young and hip.In the quest to seek out green transportation, it is hard to beat riding a bike and many U.S. cities have recognized this. Bike share programs have taken many American cities by stor ...
bikeshare
http://gas2.org/2013/09/30/bicycling-usa-bike-share-programs


EVs - Electric Vehicles Speeding Toward 7% Of All Global Sales By 2020
Hybrid vehicles may have had pole position so far in the race to a sustainable transportation future, but electric-only vehicles are about to pull even – and they’re both becoming a significant part of global vehicle sales.Combined worldwide sales of hybrid and plug-in electric vehicles will reach 6.6 million annual units by 2020 and become almost 7% of the total light-duty vehicle market, according to Navigant Research’s 2013-2020 Electric .. ...
Annual global EV sales by type
http://cleantechnica.com/2013/09/30/electric-vehicles-speedi


EVs - Nissan announces 'No charge to charge' for LEAF electric cars
It looks like Tesla's leadership in offering free fast-charging at public charging stations to Model S owners might be starting to turn the practice into an expected perk for EV owners .. ...
http://www.treehugger.com/cars/nissan-no-charge-charge-nissa


EVs - Nissan is a Best Global Brand for 2013, up 8 points over last year

http://www.torquenews.com/1080/nissan-best-global-brand-2013


EVs - Nissan is keeping current-generation Rogue despite redesign for 2014

http://www.torquenews.com/1080/nissan-keeping-current-genera


Bykes - Bike Share Programs Are A Huge Success In Metropolitan Areas

Bike riding in major U.S. cities has nearly doubled over the past ten years, an one major source of bicycling’s recent resurgence are bike share programs that have sprung up in cities across America. This programs are proving especially popular with the young and hip.In the quest to seek out green transportation, it is hard to beat riding a bike and many U.S. cities have recognized this. Bike share programs have taken many American cities by stor ...

bikeshare

http://gas2.org/2013/09/30/bicycling-usa-bike-share-programs-huge-succ

EVs - Electric Vehicles Speeding Toward 7% Of All Global Sales By 2020

Hybrid vehicles may have had pole position so far in the race to a sustainable transportation future, but electric-only vehicles are about to pull even – and they’re both becoming a significant part of global vehicle sales.Combined worldwide sales of hybrid and plug-in electric vehicles will reach 6.6 million annual units by 2020 and become almost 7% of the total light-duty vehicle market, according to Navigant Research’s 2013-2020 Electric ...

Annual global EV sales by type

http://cleantechnica.com/2013/09/30/electric-vehicles-speeding-toward-

EVs - Nissan announces 'No charge to charge' for LEAF electric cars

It looks like Tesla's leadership in offering free fast-charging at public charging stations to Model S owners might be starting to turn the practice into an expected perk for EV owners ...

http://www.treehugger.com/cars/nissan-no-charge-charge-nissan-leafs-el

EVs - Nissan is a Best Global Brand for 2013, up 8 points over last year

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http://www.torquenews.com/1080/nissan-best-global-brand-2013-8-points-

EVs - Nissan is keeping current-generation Rogue despite redesign for 2014

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http://www.torquenews.com/1080/nissan-keeping-current-generation-rogue

TRANS PORTATION curated News September 27th

AIRSHIPS - Branson Has 'Another Idea' For Cheap Space Travel
In an interview last week, Virgin boss Richard Branson hinted that he has "another idea" for cheaper space travel. Continue reading
http://news.discovery.com/space/private-spaceflight/branson-


AIRSHIPS - Half of British pilots admit to falling asleep in cockpit - survey
LONDON (Reuters) - More than half of British airline pilots say they have fallen asleep in the cockpit, a survey said, ahead of an EU vote on flying hours which a pilots' association said could.. ..
http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/09/27/us-britain-pilots-


BATTERIES - Electrovaya Receives Initial Purchase Order for Lithium Ion SuperPolymer®2.0 Batteries from OEM for the United Arab Emirates
Toronto, Ontario – September 24, 2013 – Electrovaya Inc. (TSX: EFL) today announced that it has received a purchase order for approximately USD 1.0 million from an OEM in the United Arab Emirates. The order is for a high-value application for strategic portable power systems and is the first order from the Middle East. It [...]The post Electrovaya Receives Initial Purchase Order for Lithium Ion SuperPolymer®2.0 Batteries from OEM ...
http://evnewsreport.com/electrovaya-receives-initial-purchas


BATTERIES - MXenes Could Spark New Li-Ion Battery Revolution
We were just thinking that fuel cells could give lithium-ion batteries a run for the money when it comes to dominating the electric vehicle market of the future, when along comes MXenes, a new group of funky little atom-thin, two-dimensional materials that could keep Li-on in the front of the pack. MXenes were discovered about three years ago by scientists at Drexel University’s  A.J. Drexel Nanotechnology Institute and they’ve just announce .. ...
MXenes could improve Li-ion batteries for EVs.
http://cleantechnica.com/2013/09/27/mxenes-hold-key-next-gen


Bykes - CRP’s Energica Ego Is The Italian You’ve Been Dreaming Of
photo courtesy of energicasuperbike.comI am vehemently opposed to writing “Hey, look what I found on the internet!” articles, but this is too important to not mention. RideApart’s Wes Siler was the only journalist invited to Italy to take CRP’s newest electric bike, the Energica for a spin. I wanted to make sure Gas2 readers could read his detailed ride report, available here. You may recall us giving you a peek into CRP’s factory back in 2010 wh ...
http://gas2.org/2013/09/27/crps-energica-ego-is-the-electrif


Bykes - On Portland’s Hawthorne Bridge, 20 Percent of Traffic Is Bikes
Ever encountered a transportation agency that says it’s not worth the money to install bike access on an urban bridge, because bikes aren’t “real transportation?” Point them to the case of Portland’s Hawthorne Bridge.On Portland's Hawthorne bridge, bikes account for about 20 percent of traffic. Image: Bike Portland`Jonathan Maus at Bike Portland reports that the bridge just recorded its two millionth bike trip since it began electronically tallyi ...
http://streetsblog.net/2013/09/27/on-portlands-hawthorne-bri


CARS - 5 Worst-Selling Cars of All Time
By Ben DeMete ..
http://www.forbes.com/sites/investopedia/2013/09/27/5-worst-


CARS - 7 cars get top rating in high-tech safety test
Seven midsize vehicles earned the top rating in a new insurance industry test of high-tech safety features designed to prevent front-end collisions .. ...
http://phys.org/news/2013-09-cars-high-tech-safety.htm


CARS - 7 cars get top rating in high-tech safety test
Seven midsize vehicles earned the top rating in a new insurance industry test of high-tech safety features designed to prevent front-end collisions .. ...
http://phys.org/news/2013-09-cars-high-tech-safety.htm


CARS - First Drive: 2014 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG
Filed under: Sedan, Performance, Mercedes-Benz, First Drives, LuxuryFor Chief Execs In One Hell Of A HurryWe've finally calmed down from thrashing the all-new, front-wheel-drive-biased, 4Matic A45 and CLA45 from Mercedes-Benz's AMG performance division. Our driving experiences were good and, above all, more responsive than any mainline AMG model in memory - both cars took a little getting used to dynamically, but getting comfortable didn't take l
2014 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG
http://www.autoblog.com/2013/09/27/2014-mercedes-benz-s63-am


CARS - Flashback Friday: The 1982 Mercedes Plug-In Hybrid Wagon
High gas prices have forced car companies to deploy a host of new technologies, including diesel and electric vehicles, though technology has come quite far since the early 1980s. One needs only look at this 1982 Mercedes electric wagon to see just how far battery-electric vehicles have come in the last three decades.The centerpiece of this Mercedes concept was a 1,322 pound nickel-iron battery pack the filled the entire cargo area up to the wind ...
mercedes-electric-wagon-3
http://gas2.org/2013/09/27/flashback-friday-1982-mercedes-pl


CARS - Ford acquires software startup Livio to advance smartphone-based in-car connectivity
Ford has acquired startup connectivity application developer Livio for about $10 million. Livio—which started with Livio Radio—currently offers software development products including Livio Connect API, Livio Connect SDK, hardware emulators, reference code, libraries for iOS, Android and Blackberry, an authentication server, testing tools and a firmware update transfer feature. Livio, co-founded by Jake Sigal and Massimo Baldini, will be a wholly ...
http://www.greencarcongress.com/2013/09/20130927-livio.htm


CARS - GM Debuts the 2015 Chevrolet Silverado HD and GMC Sierra HD

http://www.torquenews.com/106/gm-debuts-2015-chevrolet-silve


CARS - Modular Travelpack concept turns car into a camper (Video)
A neat idea for converting existing vehicles for long road-trips: a camper unit that pulls out and adapts to different uses in seconds .. ...
http://www.treehugger.com/modular-design/ovicuo-renault-kang


CARS - Ram 1500 EcoDiesel Could Get 27 MPG Combined
It is astounding to me that it has taken until this moment in American history for an automaker to fit a full-size truck with a small, efficient diesel engine. Chrysler has done it though, and the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel could have a profound effect on the rest of the truck industry, especially if the marketing team’s claim of a 27 mpg combined rating turns out to be true.The Ram 1500 with the Pentastar V6 engine already lays claim to being the most f ...
2014-ram-1500-diesel
http://gas2.org/2013/09/27/ram-1500-ecodiesel-get-27-mpg-com


CARS - Report: Nissan Titan's upcoming Cummins diesel originally meant for Ram
Filed under: Truck, Work, Nissan, DieselThe Cummins 5.0-liter turbocharged diesel V8 that Ram initially planned to use in its pickup trucks instead will find its way into the 2015 Nissan Titan as an option, Automobile reports. It will be the first time a non-Ram pickup truck will be available with a Cummins diesel engine.The move comes after Chrysler decided to use a 3.0-liter V6 EcoDiesel engine designed by VM Motori (which is partially owned by ...
2015 Nissan Titan will be offered with a Cummins 5.0-liter diesel V8 that was originally meant for the Ram 1500.
http://www.autoblog.com/2013/09/27/nissan-titan-cummins-dies


CARS - Ring Brothers Bringing NASCAR powered 1965 Ford Mustang to SEMA

http://www.torquenews.com/106/ring-brothers-bringing-nascar-


CARS - Subaru vehicles top crash avoidance safety list 
Two Subaru models, the Legacy and the Outback, topped the list of vehicles with collision avoidance systems rated the best in the industry, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety .. ...
http://www.nbcnews.com/business/subaru-vehicles-top-crash-av


CARS - This Car Won't Drive If Driver Is Distracted
An Emotiv neuroheadset measures a driver's brain activity to gauge if he or she is focused on the road. If not, the car slows down. Continue reading .. ...
http://news.discovery.com/autos/drive/this-car-wont-drive-if


EVs - Nissan Celebrates LEAF Sales Milestone on National Plug In Day
All-electric Nissan LEAF deliveries top 35,000 since Dec. 2010 launch NASHVILLE, Tenn. – With cumulative U.S. sales passing 35,000, Nissan LEAF is bringing owners throughout the United States together to share their enthusiasm and experiences during National Plug In Day on Sept. 28 and 29. Nissan — the global leader in electric vehicle sales — [...]The post Nissan Celebrates LEAF Sales Milestone on National Plug In Day appeared first on EV News R ...
http://evnewsreport.com/nissan-celebrates-leaf-sales-milesto


EVs -Hertz offering Tesla Model S dream cars in SF and LA airports
Hertz Dream Cars is adding the Tesla Model S and Tesla Roadster to its fleets in the San Francisco and Los Angeles airports.
http://www.torquenews.com/1075/hertz-offering-tesla-model-s-dream-cars-sf-and-la-airports

EVs - Nissan LEAF buyers in Texas get charged up free of charge

http://www.torquenews.com/1080/nissan-leaf-buyers-texas-get-


EVs - Plug In Day 2013: This Weekend Check Out an Electric Car
This weekend the third annual National Plug in Day 2013 celebrates surging electric car sales at more than 90 events. Today, more than 130,000 Americans are driving electric vehicles less than three years since they arrived on the mass market. With more than a dozen models now on the road, EV sales, have been rising by about 200 percent a year.Ever wondered what it's like to drive an electric car? Ever wanted to talk to someone who is not a car ...
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michael-marx/plug-in-day-2013-


EVs - Prince Albert unveils Venturi VBB-3, world's most powerful EV [w/videos]
Filed under: EV/Plug-in, UK, USA, Racing, VideosWhen you're royalty, you can associate yourself with things as cool as the world's most powerful electric car, and that's just what Prince Albert of Monaco is doing. The Prince, along with Princess Charlene, made the trek out to the Beehive State to make a photo appearance with the Venturi VBB-3 at Wendower airfield. He was probably hoping to get a quick drive of the 3,000-horsepower rocket on wheel ...
prince albert of monaco with the venturi vbb-3
http://green.autoblog.com/2013/09/27/prince-albert-unveils-v


EVs - Self-driving Nissan LEAF gets license plate for road testing

http://www.torquenews.com/1080/self-driving-nissan-leaf-gets


EVs - Tesla Model S Was Top-Selling Car In Norway During First Two Weeks Of September
The Tesla Model S was the best-selling car in Norway during the first two weeks of September, according to the industry newsletter Automotive Industry Data — eclipsing the sales of any other model or type of car, electric or gasoline-powered. Given that the Model S has only been available in Norway since the beginning of August, that is an impressive market share — one which really highlights the high rate of electric vehicle adoption in the .. ...
Tesla Model S driving.
http://cleantechnica.com/2013/09/27/tesla-model-s-top-sellin


EVs - Top 10 Electric Cars
No longer restricted to tiny two-seaters and experimental designs, modern electric vehicles come in all shapes, sizes and price ranges. GAYOT.com's Top 10 Electric Cars range from high-performance sports cars to value-oriented family sedans.Tesla Model SBase price: $71,070Range: 208 miles w/60 kWh motor; 265 miles w/85 kWh motorHorsepower: 362 hpSpeeding from 0-60 in 5.6 seconds and achieving a top speed of 125 mph, the all-new Tesla Model S cha ...
2013-08-16-nissanleaf.jpg
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/gayot/top-10-electric-cars_b_3


EVs - Who Drives Electric Cars? + Electric Cars Growing Rapidly (Infographic)
The Wall Street Journal (which I just railed on the other day for a horrible post about solar energy) has actually published a pretty interesting infographic on who drives electric cars. Granted, I saved myself the probable pain of reading the related article — but maybe it was actually a decent piece as well. If [...]Who Drives Electric Cars? + Electric Cars Growing Rapidly (Infographic) was originally published on EV Obsession .. ...
http://evobsession.com/drives-electric-cars-electric-cars-gr


FUELS - Papyrus charcoal offers new fuel source
Turning local sources of underused biomass like maize cobs or papyrus stems into charcoal briquettes could provide better fuel for people across East Africa, scientists suggest. This new, sustainable energy source could help boost local economies, curb rampant deforestation and avert health problems caused by inhaling smoke from firewood .. ...
http://phys.org/news/2013-09-papyrus-charcoal-fuel-source.ht


TRAFFIC - Thousands of drink-drivers reoffend
Almost one in five motorists listed on an official register of the most dangerous drink-drivers has been on it before, the BBC learns .. ...
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-24281043#sa-ns_mchannel=rss&#38


TRAFFIC - iPod use while driving is dangerously distracting
New road safety research suggests that scrolling through music selections on MP3 players while driving is just as distracting as text messaging or entering details into a navigation system .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2013-09-ipod-dangerously-distr