TRANS PORTATION curated News January 24th

BATTERIES - RMIT researchers develop concept “proton flow battery”
RMIT University (Australia) researchers have developed a concept battery based on storing protons produced by splitting water—a reversible fuel cell with integrated solid proton storage electrode. As only an inflow of water is needed in the charge mode, and air in discharge mode, the system is called a “proton flow battery”. This new concept has the potential to increase roundtrip efficiency compared to the conventional hydrogen-based electrical ...
http://www.greencarcongress.com/2014/01/20140124-rmit.htm


Bykes - A bike ring that doesn't scratch your bike- It's made of rubber
The Federal Inc. bike ring bends and flexes, but is still secure .. ...
http://www.treehugger.com/bikes/bike-ring-doesnt-scratch-you


Bykes - Less Affluent Americans More Likely to Bike for Transportation
People on the lower end of the income scale are more likely to bike to work than high earners. Image: People for BikesWho are bike improvements for? That can be a contentious question in cities where the implementation of bike infrastructure is associated with affluent white people. But as the above chart from Michael Andersen at People for Bikes shows, lower-income Americans are actually more likely than wealthy people to use a bike to get to wo ...
Low-income groups are more likely to bike to work than high earners. Image: People for Bikes
http://streetsblog.net/2014/01/24/less-affluent-americans-mo


Bykes - San Francisco E-Bike Sharing Coming Soon
Originally published on Gas2.Bike sharing programs have been cropping up in major metro areas all over America, but some cities are more conducive to cycling than others. The hills of San Francisco can wear out even the most potent of peddlers, so the forthcoming addition of electric bicycles to the ranks of the non-profit City CarShare system is a welcome reprieve for weary road warriors.The e-bikes, built by Juiced Riders of Chula Vista, .. ...
juiced-riders
http://cleantechnica.com/2014/01/23/san-francisco-e-bike-sha


Bykes - Vintage Bicycles Could be the Truly Sustainable Bike Option
Environmentalists and active folks love bicycles, because they’re not only efficient and a fun way to stay fit, but they’re also probably the most sustainable method of transportation we have. But is buying a brand new bicycle really that environmentally friendly? After all, new bikes require an entire global supply chain to produce and distribute, along with the related environmental costs that an industrial system incurs.One way that we ca .. ...
vintage bicycle roetz bike
http://planetsave.com/2014/01/24/vintage-bicycles-sustainabl


CARS - 10 Worst-Selling Cars Of 2013

http://www.forbes.com/pictures/ehmk45mffg/1-acura-zdx-2


CARS - 6 design elements on 2015 C-Class you don’t want to miss
At the NAIAS, Mercedes introduced the new 2015 C-Class with design elements that are easily overlooked unless they are pointed out .. ...
2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class
http://www.torquenews.com/1084/6-design-elements-2015-c-clas


CARS - 8,000+ Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Sales In 3 Months
Originally published on Gas2.While the fortunes of Mitsubishi Motors might seem in doubt here in America, over in Europe the just-launched Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV has become something of an overnight success story. Since it went on sale in October of 2013, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV has moved over 8,000 units, with orders for another 11,000 still in the books.Though Mitsubishi launched the Outlander PHEV in just a few select markets th .. ...
Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
http://cleantechnica.com/2014/01/23/8000-mitsubishi-outlande


CARS - EU takes Germany to task over auto air conditioning
The European Commission formally took Germany to task for breaching rules on the environment Thursday in a row over automaker Daimler's air conditioning coolant .. ...
http://phys.org/news/2014-01-eu-germany-task-auto-air.htm


CARS - It's not the economy, stupid; young people really are turning their backs on cars
Car columnist Jeremy Cato says it's all about the money, and that kids still want cars. Here's why he's wrong .. ...
http://www.treehugger.com/cars/its-not-economy-stupid-young-


CARS - Kia to reveal 2015 Sedona minivan in New York
Filed under: New York Auto Show, Minivan/Van, KiaHold on to your sippy cups, America. The Kia Sedona minivan may have gone to recess for the 2013 model year, but it mounted a quiet comeback for 2014 sporting the slightest of updates. Thankfully, those minor tweaks will only have to sustain it a short time. Kia knows it can't afford to nap for another year against strong rivals like the Honda Odyssey and Chrysler Town & Country, and the Korean ...
2015 Kia Sedona spy shot
http://www.autoblog.com/2014/01/24/kia-reveal-2015-sedona-mi


CARS - Lenovo to buy IBM's low-end server business for $2.3bn
Chinese computer giant Lenovo will buy IBM's low-end server business for $2.3 billion, it Thursday, giving it a platform to compete in that sector with US giants Dell and Hewlett-Packard .. ...
http://phys.org/news/2014-01-lenovo-ibm-server-business-23b.


CARS - Men Love European Sports Cars, Women Want Korean Crossovers, Survey Says
Sometimes it seems automakers should just stop trying to play both sides of the proverbial fence and develop distinct vehicle brands that are designed to appeal specifically and separately to men and women. According to a recent study of gender-specific online car shopping habits, those of the male persuasion are four times more likely to shop for a luxury sports car than their female counterparts, with Maserati and Porsche being the most male-sp ...
http://www.forbes.com/sites/jimgorzelany/2014/01/23/men-love


CARS - New Deep Magenta Metallic Chevrolet Camaro to Debut in Chicago (Image)
General Motors hasn’t offered up any images of the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro in the new Deep Magenta Metallic but the rendering above should offer a pretty good idea as to what we can expect when this .. ...
The 2014 Camaro SS in Deep Magenta
http://www.torquenews.com/106/new-deep-magenta-metallic-chev


CARS - Official: McLaren reveals nostrilled MP4-29 F1 car for 2014 season
Filed under: Motorsports, Mercedes-Benz, Racing, McLarenThe 2014 McLaren Formula One car has officially been unveiled. The new, turbocharged MP4-29 will be piloted by former world champion Jenson Button and Danish rookie Kevin Magnussen. The 2014 F1 season is set to be a challenging one for McLaren, as it attempts to bounce back from its first winless season since 2006 and its first season without a podium since 1980."I think we can bounce back, ...
2014 McLaren MP4-29
http://www.autoblog.com/2014/01/24/mclaren-reveals-mp4-29-f1


CARS - Opinion: Automakers need to stop stalking celebrities
Filed under: Marketing/Advertising, CelebritiesSince the invention of the automobile, cars and stars have gone together like paparazzi and the Kardashians.During this season of starlet-adorned award ceremonies, from the Golden Globes through to the Oscars, you will find a lot of car companies all vying to loan out their vehicles to any celebrity with a recognizable face who happens to be heading to a red-carpet award ceremony. There is, however, ...
Britain Premiere of The Wolverine: Outside Arrivals
http://www.autoblog.com/2014/01/24/automakers-need-to-stop-s


CARS - Report: Volkswagen Golf R Evo may debut at Beijing Motor Show
Filed under: Performance, Hatchback, Volkswagen, Beijing Motor ShowIf a report in Auto Express is correct, a lighter, faster brother to the Volkswagen Golf R will be shown to the world at the Beijing Motor Show in April. Said to be called the Golf R Evo, the even harder hot hatch would be unveiled as one of those concepts that's practically a de facto presentation of the genuine thing. The Evo in its name will come from having a carbon fiber roof ...
2015 Volkswagen Golf R at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show
http://www.autoblog.com/2014/01/23/volkswagen-golf-r-evo-may


CARS - Rumormill: Genii capitalizing on Lotus F1 tech with new sports car?
Filed under: Performance, LotusDetractors will tell you that there's little to be applied from Formula One racing to the cars we drive, but what about the cars most of us could only dream of driving? We're talking about supercars from the likes of Ferrari and McLaren - two hugely successful F1 racing teams that have successfully made the transition into building exotic sports cars for the road. And soon there may be one more.That would be the Lot ...
Lotus F1 car and Evora
http://www.autoblog.com/2014/01/24/genii-capital-lotus-f1-sp


CARS - Spies In Your Tires? This Gizmo Will Help Your Car Drive Itself
A few years back, on a weeklong bus tour of Continental AG’s technology and engineering centers in Germany, one item attracted more attention from journalists than nearly any of the other whiz-bang connected-car stuff: A simple tire pressure monitor .. ...
http://www.forbes.com/sites/bobgritzinger/2014/01/24/auto-te


CARS - Spy Shots: First Jeepster prototype spotted with final, boxy form
Filed under: Spy Photos, Crossover, Jeep, Off-Road, FiatThe long-awaited baby Jeep is getting closer to production, as evidenced by these spy photos. Previously, the only images of the so-called Jeepster saw it wearing a Fiat 500L body (see below), while this new batch of photos show hefty amounts of camouflage. How is that better? Well, it's very likely there's a production body hiding under all that cladding.While picking out styling details is ...
Jeep Jeepster Spy Photos
http://www.autoblog.com/2014/01/23/jeep-jeepster-prototype-s


CARS - Subaru puts safety before style: Customers love this new technology
Its not enough for an automaker to offer a safety system on their cars. The safety system needs to work and also impress the drivers who use them .. ...
2015 Subaru EyeSight
http://www.torquenews.com/1084/subaru-puts-safety-style-cust


CARS - Video: Google Street View car versus The Stig in Mercedes SLS is not a fair fight
Filed under: Coupe, Performance, Technology, Videos, Mercedes-Benz, Opel, UK, CelebritiesEveryone loves the Stig, and it's hard to blame them. Whether it is the British, American, Australian or even Russian versions of Top Gear, there is something undeniably cool about a mystery man who can lap a track as quick as the top racing drivers in the world.When Google Street View showed up at the Top Gear test track to add it to the mapping service, the ...
Top Gear Street View
http://www.autoblog.com/2014/01/23/google-street-view-vs-the


CARS - Watch the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette C7R Race Car Come to Life in 4 Minutes
Pratt & Miller Engineering the New Hudson Michigan were responsible for the design, engineering, production and testing procedures for the new Corvette C7R race car just like they were for the .. ...
The chassis of the Corvette C7R
http://www.torquenews.com/106/watch-2015-chevrolet-corvette-


CARS - What our nose can tell us about the health of our car
A recent post by a Massachusetts Chevy Volt owner asking for help diagnosing a problem with her EV got us thinking about all the ways that scent can be used to troubleshoot a car .. ...
Car Smells
http://www.torquenews.com/1083/what-our-nose-can-tell-us-abo


EVs - $50 Million For Advanced EV Tech And More
With the Chevy Volt highlighting its successes so far, the US Department of Energy announced yesterday a new round of $50 million in funding for new projects to bump the US auto industry up to more energy efficient and petroleum-independent technologies, including advanced batteries and other EV-related goodies.The new $50 million funding package consists of 13 “interest areas.” That includes a nice chunk of change in support of the Obama A .. ...
$50 million more DOE funding for US auto industry
http://cleantechnica.com/2014/01/23/do-commits-50-million-mo


EVs - ECOmove — In-Wheel Electric Motor Company From Denmark
At the recent EVS27 symposium in Barcelona, I had the opportunity to speak with Mogens Løkke, the director of in-wheel electric motor company ECOmove. Although I have covered in-wheel electric motor company Protean a couple of times, this is the first time I heard about ECOmove. Mogens had a lot of interesting information to share [...]ECOmove — In-Wheel Electric Motor Company From Denmark was originally published on EV Obsession .. ...
http://evobsession.com/ecomove-wheel-electric-motor-company-


EVs - Electric Sports Car From Nissan Still Under Development
Originally published on Gas2.Since it went on sale in late 2010, over 100,000 Nissan Leafs have been sold, marking an important milestone for both the brand, and electric cars in general. But what about the promised electric sports car Nissan teased a few years ago? It’s still in the works, according to Nissan’s design chief, and it could combine elements of popular past concepts.In an interview with Motor Authority, Nissan’s global design .. ...
nissan-esflow-concept
http://cleantechnica.com/2014/01/23/electric-sports-car-niss


EVs - FedEx to test Nissan's electric e-NV200 delivery van in Washington DC area
After pilot programs in international markets like Japan, Singapore, the United Kingdom and Brazil, FedEx will deploy a fleet of electric delivery vans in Washington DC .. ...
http://www.treehugger.com/cars/fedex-test-nissans-electric-e


EVs - In-Wheel Electric Motor & Electric Car Company From Denmark — Ecomove
Originally published on EV Obsession.At the recent EVS27 symposium in Barcelona, I had the opportunity to speak with Mogens Løkke, the director of in-wheel electric motor company ECOmove. Although I have covered in-wheel electric motor company Protean a couple of times (and sister site Gas2 has also covered it), this is the first time I heard about ECOmove. Mogens had a lot of interesting information to share about his company. Check it all .. ...
http://cleantechnica.com/2014/01/23/wheel-electric-motor-com


EVs - Mercedes Brings B Class Electric Drive To Detroit
Mercedes pulled out all the stops at this year’s Detroit Auto Show. From diesel electric hybrids and e-bikes to long wheelbase, V12-powered super-sedans, it seemed like Mercedes had it covered, and that includes a new competitor in the emerging entry-premium EV market currently occupied by the Cadillac ELR. This is the Mercedes’ B Class Electric Drive — a model that’s already on sale in other parts of the world and makes use of some serious .. ...
http://cleantechnica.com/2014/01/24/mercedes-brings-b-class-


EVs - Model S goes on sale in China for $121K, but Tesla says it's leaving money on the table
About a year after announcing plans to open a retail location in China, Tesla is releasing its Model S sedan there. Coming in at 734,000 CNY or about $121K US, it carries a premium over the $81,070 US base price (without incentives), but Tesla .. .. ...
http://www.engadget.com/2014/01/23/model-s-goes-on-sale-in-c


EVs - My Exploration Of The C-Max Solar Energi
Originally published on Kompulsa.At the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS/Detroit Auto Show), I saw many cars. However, I was curious about the Ford C-Max Solar Energi, due to the fact that it’s solar-powered and especially the fact that it seats a family.Ford C-Max. Image Credit: Nicholas Brown / Kompulsa.You may have seen solar-powered cars in the past, but they often seated only one person, and were very unusually shaped. To .. ...
Ford C-Max.
http://cleantechnica.com/2014/01/23/experience-c-max-solar-e


EVs - Official: Tesla announces aggressive Model S pricing for Chinese market
Filed under: Car Buying, Sedan, China, Tesla, ElectricMost cars exported to China end up with a hugely inflated price tag - often hovering around twice as much as what we'd expect to pay in the United States. Part of that can be chalked up to duties and taxes - which can be quite prohibitive in the People's Republic - but a big part of it comes down to profitability. Tesla, however, is committed to doing things differently.While some sources were ...
Tesla Model S
http://www.autoblog.com/2014/01/23/tesla-model-s-aggressive-


EVs - Specifications For EREV London Cab Revealed
Frazer-Nash and Ecotive have been developing an extended range electric vehicle (EREV) for use as a taxi in London and other UK cities. It is called a Metrocab. The EREV utilizes two rear-mounted electric motors (50 kW each), with one at each wheel for propulsion. Those motors are powered by a 12.2 kWh lithium-ion (lithium polymer, in this case) battery bank which can be recharged using a standard power outlet.The extended range electric Me .. ...
Metrocab EREV
http://cleantechnica.com/2014/01/23/specifications-erev-lond


EVs - Tesla Supercharges Tomorrow. Oil Keeps Kicking Today.
Electric vehicles are the best opportunity in the coming years for all major markets to reduce oil consumption substantially. The United States alone with its 250 million vehicles (USDOT approx.) uses about 8.7 million barrels per day (bpd) of gasoline (EIA). With such a large potential market, Tesla stock (TSLA) is like a young excitable pup playing on […]The post Tesla Supercharges Tomorrow. Oil Keeps Kicking Today. appeared first on EV News Re ...
http://evnewsreport.com/tesla-supercharges-tomorrow-oil-keep


EVs - Tesla takes an electric roadtrip across Europe to celebrate new Supercharger network (video)
To celebrate the new network of Supercharger fast-charging stations (fast, free, and powered by renewable energy) that allow Tesla electric car owners to drive across the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, and Austria, Tesla decided to take a roadtrip .. ...
http://www.treehugger.com/cars/tesla-takes-electric-roadtrip


FUELS - REG Acquires LS9, Green Biochemicals Firm, For $61M
Renewable Energy Group (REGI) acquired renewable chemical technology company LS9 for what could amount to $61.5 million in cash and stock.  Renewable Energy Group is the largest biodiesel producer in the U.S. and is greatly dependent on the Renewable Fuel Standard, a biomass-based diesel mandate. REGI went public in 2012, and according to its IPO filing, "Our strategy is to optimize and grow our core biodiesel business, to diversify into renewab ...
http://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/REG-Acquires-LS9


FUELS - Study finds one-atom thick film of MOS2 an efficient and inexpensive catalyst for H2 production
Researchers at North Carolina State University and Duke University have shown that a one-atom thick film of molybdenum sulfide (MoS2) may work as an effective catalyst for creating hydrogen. While not as efficient as platinum, the MoS2 think films are relatively inexpensive. The work, published in the ACS journal Nano Letters, thus opens the door for less expensive hydrogen production.The researchers found that the thickness of the thin film is c ...
http://www.greencarcongress.com/2014/01/20140124-mos2.htm


TRAFFIC - Honda develops braking system for early pedestrian detection
Honda's hoping you haven't had your fill of self-driving autos from CES, because it's just revealed an automatic braking system that's supposedly better than similar technologies out there. According to the Japanese automaker, its system's capable of .. .. ...
http://www.engadget.com/2014/01/23/honda-pedestrian-automati


TRAFFIC - Suburban Maryland Calls Wider Roads “Pedestrian Improvements”
Road widening is being disguised as pedestrian spending in the DC suburbs. Photo: This is Bossi/FlickrIt’s one step forward, two steps back for transit and livability in the Washington region. Today, Greater Greater Washington reports that the highway lobby in Virginia is seeking to wrest control over transportation funding from the northern part of the state in order to shift transit and walkability spending to road projects.Meanwhile, it’s a si ...
http://streetsblog.net/2014/01/23/suburban-maryland-calls-wi


TRAINS - Empty freight runs waste millions of pounds and cost the earth
Road freight operators could save millions of pounds and significantly reduce carbon emissions by improving their operations, according to recent research involving Heriot-Watt University .. ...
http://phys.org/news/2014-01-freight-millions-pounds-earth.h


TRANSPORT - Fewer Americans have their own vehicle
(Phys.org) —American households without a vehicle have increased nearly every year since 2007—providing further evidence that motorization may have peaked in the United States, says a University of Michigan researcher .. ...
http://phys.org/news/2014-01-americans-vehicle.htm


TRANSPORT - Google patents ads that offer a free ride to your next shopping spree
Having items shipped to our door when we order them -- or even before -- is nice, but a new Google patent flips things around and offers potential buyers an immediate trip to the store. Apparently, Mountain View's toying with the idea of arranging .. .. ...
http://www.engadget.com/2014/01/24/google-transportation-awa


TRANSPORT - Official: Ford partnering with MIT, Stanford on autonomous vehicle research
Filed under: Technology, FordAsk any car engineer what's the biggest variable in achieving fuel economy targets, and he'll tell you "the driver." If one human can't understand human driving behavior enough to be certain about an innocuous number like miles per gallon, how is an autonomous car supposed to figure out what hundreds of other drivers are going to do in the course of a day? Ford has enlisted the help of Stanford and the Massachusetts I ...
Three Ford Fusion Hybrid Autonomous vehicles
http://www.autoblog.com/2014/01/24/ford-mit-stanford-autonom