TRANS PORTATION curated News January 31st

AIRSHIPS - Complaints: Flying the not-so-friendly skies
A new study shows that network carriers receive more complaints than cheaper airlines, regardless of actual service quality .. ...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/01/140130141309.ht


BATTERIES - Tiny edible batteries could power future biomedical gadgets
A low-cost non-toxic sodium ion battery could be swallowed like a pill and used to power medical sensors or other biodegradable medical gadgets .. ...
http://www.treehugger.com/gadgets/tiny-edible-batteries-coul


CARS - Ford's Doing Everything But Buying Spots During Super Bowl
Ford CMO Jim Farley long has demonstrated a practical aversion to the Super Bowl because he believes the Ford brand has always been able to spend $4 million in marketing funds than on a 30-second spot in the Big Game. But this year, he's going beyond simply bypassing the Super Bowl as an advertising platform for Ford .. ...
http://www.forbes.com/sites/dalebuss/2014/01/31/fords-doing-


CARS - Spy Shots: Mercedes CLS is getting a facelift, interior and exterior spied
Filed under: Spy Photos, Sedan, Mercedes-Benz, Design/Style, LuxuryThe Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class basically invented the four-door coupe niche when the first generation was unveiled in 2004. While it had less practicality than a traditional sedan, it made up for it with tons of style. The second generation continued the lineage in 2010, albeit with a less bulbous shape than the original. The refresh for the second-gen CLS has been recently spied, wi ...
Mercedes-Benz CLS Refresh Spy Shot
http://www.autoblog.com/2014/01/31/mercedes-cls-getting-face


CARS - The Ferrari 458 Speciale

http://www.forbes.com/pictures/mkm45gkmdh/the-ferrari-458-sp


EVs - BMW exec says public chargers not important for EV success
Filed under: EV/Plug-in, Green Culture, BMWWhat has BMW learned from years of electric vehicle test programs and working with Mini E drivers and the ActiveE Electronauts? According to BMW board member Herbert Diess, it's that public charging is not an important piece of the puzzle of making EVs a success. The way those early EV drivers used their vehicles told BMW that, "public infrastructure is not really very important because most people are c ...
NRG eVgo - Unveiling of Charging Station
http://green.autoblog.com/2014/01/31/bmw-exec-public-charger


EVs - BMW i3 Greener Than Tesla Model S, But Which Is Greening The World More?
The BMW i3 and the Tesla Model S aren’t even in the same class, but they’re close enough that there seems to be a bit of rivalry going on between them, or at least that’s what the media likes to argue. BMW’s North America chief, Ludwig Willisch, recently claimed that the BMW i3 was the “greenest” [...]BMW i3 Greener Than Tesla Model S, But Which Is Greening The World More? was originally published on EV Obsession .. ...
http://evobsession.com/bmw-i3-greener-tesla-model-s-greening


EVs - London Chauffeur Fleet To Get 20 BYD e6 Electric Sedans
London’s first zero-emissions chauffeur service, Thriev, has signed an agreement with the noted EV manufacturer BYD Auto for the procurement of twenty BYD e6 electric sedans. The new fleet from BYD is currently set to officially enter service on Feb 3rd, 2014 — marking it the opening of the first such zero-emissions taxi or chauffeur [...]London Chauffeur Fleet To Get 20 BYD e6 Electric Sedans was originally published on EV Obsession .. ...
http://evobsession.com/london-chauffeur-fleet-get-20-byd-e6-


EVs - Official: Saleen Tesla Model S announced as tuner's first EV
Filed under: Technology, Hatchback, Tesla, ElectricSaleen has made its name on building some of the meanest modern muscle cars around, which was why it was so surprising when it announced in December that its next project will go electric. Has the famed pony car modifier lost its mind? Or is it right in thinking the performance potential of the Tesla Model S is too big to ignore?Details remain scant about the project, but Saleen promises to trans ...
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http://www.autoblog.com/2014/01/31/tesla-model-s-saleen-anno


EVs - Tesla team attempts Guinness World Record by driving from Los Angeles to New York City
While it's been possible to drive across the U.S. in an electric car for a long time, until recently it was impossible to do if you wanted to only charge at Supercharger stations .. ...
http://www.treehugger.com/cars/tesla-team-attempts-guinness-


TRANSPORT - Wayback Machine: Still waiting for that Personal Rapid Transit
The self-driving car pretty much closes the books on this one, thankfully .. ...
http://www.treehugger.com/public-transportation/wayback-mach