TRANS PORTATION curated News February 19th

BATTERIES - Tesla Earnings Live: Musk Sees Big Growth Ahead; Giant Battery Factory Plans Next Week
Tesla reported great numbers and is discussing them live right now. With the stock hitting all-time records after hours and the company looking ahead to the future, CEO Elon Musk teased that Tesla might be accessing the capital markets again soon. The company plans on talking in the near future -- perhaps as soon as next week -- about its plans to build a giant battery facility, what it's calling a Gigafactory, to supply the $35,000, third-genera ...
http://www.forbes.com/sites/markrogowsky/2014/02/19/tesla-ea


Bykes - Los Angeles launching its 1st "Bicycle Friendly Business District"
Los Angeles has a new Bicycle Friendly Business District program. The pilot district to launch the program will be Northeast LA .. ...
http://www.treehugger.com/bikes/los-angeles-launching-its-1s


Bykes - Top European cities for walking + bicycling + transit may surprise you (infographic)
Can you guess which European cities have the highest percentage o .. ...
http://www.treehugger.com/bikes/top-european-cities-walking-


CARS - 20 Best Used-Car Bargains

http://www.forbes.com/pictures/ehmk45mhfk/acura-tl-4


CARS - 2013 Toyota Prius number one vehicle in California
Toyota announced today that for the second consecutive year the Toyota Prius was the number one nameplate sold in California .. ...
http://www.torquenews.com/1083/2013-toyota-prius-number-one-


CARS - Buick GS 455 in Garage
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http://www.torquenews.com/gallery/buick-gs-455-garag


CARS - Dealers Order 8,000 EcoDiesels in First Three Days
By John CappaIf there was any doubt about pent-up demand for a light-duty turbo-diesel engine, those questions have been answered. More than 8,000 EcoDiesel-powered 2014 Ram 1500s were ordered by Chrysler Group dealers between Feb. 7 and 10.According to Automotive News, the figure represents nearly 50 percent of the half-ton pickup's typical monthly production; more than 400 of these pickups have already been sold to customers.Bob Hegbloom, dire ...
Ram EcoDiesel II
http://news.pickuptrucks.com/2014/02/dealers-order-8000-ecod


CARS - First Drive: 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA250 4Matic [w/video]
Filed under: Videos, Crossover, Mercedes-Benz, First Drives, LuxuryWe all knew that Mercedes-Benz couldn't afford to resist the small SUVover segment for much longer. After all, it seems to be the fastest-growing segment in the galaxy, and in particular, it's the premium niche of that class - led by the hugely successful Land Rover Evoque and BMW X1 - that is making these smaller vehicles more viable and attractive. Off we go, then, in this spank ...
2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA250
http://www.autoblog.com/2014/02/19/2015-mercedes-benz-gla250


CARS - Hyundai Needs To Conquer California To Right Its Sales Ship
As reported by the Los Angeles T .. ...
Hyundai
http://www.torquenews.com/108/hyundai-needs-conquer-californ


CARS - Infiniti bringing Q50 Eau Rouge to Geneva, now with engine [w/video]
Filed under: Concept Cars, Sedan, Performance, Geneva Motor Show, Infiniti, LuxuryDuring last month's Detroit Auto Show, Infiniti rolled out the lustrous Q50 Moulin Eau Rouge concept - a preview of what could be a solid performance offering from Nissan's luxury arm. Problem is, the car shown in Detroit was all show and no go - literally.Infiniti was keen to talk about how the Eau Rouge would feature "a big personality, V-cylinder engine with forc ...
Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge
http://www.autoblog.com/2014/02/19/infiniti-q50-eau-rouge-en


CARS - Report: Next Chrysler minivan to get optional AWD, nine-speed auto
Filed under: Minivan/Van, Chrysler"The minivan package has always been a sacred thing ... it's basically a life tool" - Ralph GillesThe stalwart duo of Chrysler minivans will be reduced by half in the vehicle's next generation, with the Dodge Grand Caravan likely going away in favor of a new people-mover-type vehicle. And while the reworked Chrysler Town & Country shouldn't radically shake up the usual minivan formula, a new report from Autom ...
Chrysler Town & Country
http://www.autoblog.com/2014/02/19/chrysler-minivan-all-whee


CARS - The Experience So Many Will Go Through… That Will Disrupt The Auto Industry
One of our writers, Sandy Dechert, recently sent me an excellent GMO Quarterly Letter—in particular, she sent along a part of it written by Jeremy Grantham regarding the Tesla Model S. I’ll first share this segment of the letter before adding my own commentary: I recently took a drive in a GMO colleague’s Tesla from New [...]The Experience So Many Will Go Through… That Will Disrupt The Auto Industry was originally published on EV Obsession .. ...
http://evobsession.com/experience-many-will-go-will-disrupt-


CARS - Video: Nokian concept winter tires get studly on demand
Filed under: SUV, Safety, Technology, VideosStudded snow tires are a rarity in the US today. Many drivers opt for all-season tires for the entire winter, and those that don't generally buy studless snow tires. In many states, studded tires are only permitted during a specific period of the year or even only when the road is snow-covered because they cause added wear to bare roads. But Finnish tiremaker Nokian thinks it has created the perfect sol ...
Nokian extendable studs
http://www.autoblog.com/2014/02/19/nokian-concept-studded-wi


CARS - What should the speed limit be for cars in cities?
20 MPH/30 KPH seems to be a good compromise, with the number of deaths being very small and the number of uninjured victims being more significant, unlike with higher speeds where things are reversed .. ...
http://www.treehugger.com/cars/what-should-speed-limit-cars-


EVs - Belectric Goes After Building-Integrated PV With Organic Solar Cells
Talk of building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV), or coating window glass with PV materials, typically occurs when a solar startup is running on fumes or a charlatan is in the room. (Here's a BIPV effort from Abound Solar and eIQ electronics, now both defunct.) The BIPV I speak of is not the building-applied photovoltaics from the likes of Lumeta or Global Solar or SoloPower or Hanergy's MiaSolé. Instead, the term "BIPV" refers to solar power so ...
http://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/Belectric-Goes-A


EVs - Tesla Earnings: Model X Delayed Till 2015, But The Financials Look Good
Tesla's fourth-quarter earnings didn't contain many surprises as the company had pre-announced it delivered nearly 6,900 cars last month at the Detroit Auto Show. And with the final figure clocking in just 8 vehicles below that, the company set records with $761 million in revenues, exceeded a target CEO Elon Musk set earlier in the year of 25% gross margin, and earned 33 cents per share. For the year, Tesla delivered 22,477 Model S sedans and ta ...
http://www.forbes.com/sites/markrogowsky/2014/02/19/tesla-ea


EVs - Tesla, Gaining Momentum, Expects Big Jump In Sales in 2014
said it expects to sell more than 35,000 Model S vehicles in 2014, a 55 percent jump over 2013, and improve its gross margin to 28 percent by the end of the year .. ...
http://www.forbes.com/sites/joannmuller/2014/02/19/tesla-gai


EVs - Test Driving an iTesla: What Apple and Elon Musk Can Do for Each Other
http://origin-www.businessweek.com/articles/2014-02-19/test-


EVs - Wireless Prius charging makes conventional EVs seem old fashioned
It has always amazed me that people are content to argue over electric vehicle (EV) charger standards and complain about lack of EV charging spots. What a hassle .. ...
http://www.torquenews.com/1083/wireless-prius-charging-makes


PUBLIC - Former Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood joins electric bus company: "EV is the future of transit"
Ray LaHood, who was transportation secretary between 2008 and mid-2013, certainly wasn't perfect, but he surprised many skeptics by favoring many policies that greens have been advocating for a long time .. ...
http://www.treehugger.com/public-transportation/former-trans


TRAFFIC - Good idea: The Netherlands has traffic lights that automatically give priority to cyclists!
Sometimes the most impressive thing is big infrastructure, but sometimes, we really enjoy the small details that shows that people really care.. .. ...
http://www.treehugger.com/bikes/netherlands-has-traffic-ligh


TRAFFIC - Study: The most dangerous countries for drivers
Filed under: SafetyYou are over ten times more likely to die of cancer or heart disease in the US than die in an auto accident - at least, according to a new study from the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute. The examination uses World Health Organization data to compare the rates of death by car accidents, heart disease, cancer and cerebrovascular disease in 193 countries.Worldwide, auto fatalities average 18 per 100,000 pe ...
Car crash
http://www.autoblog.com/2014/02/19/most-dangerous-countries-


TRAFFIC - The Best Complete Streets Policies of 2013
More than 80 communities, states, counties and planning agencies adopted complete streets policies in 2013, according to Smart Growth America.A growing number places are adopting policies to create safe space on the streets no matter how you get around. This year 80 new complete streets policies were passed by municipalities, states, counties, and planning agencies around the United States looking to make walking and biking safer. That brings the ...
More than communities, states, counties and planning agencies adopted complete streets policies in 2013, according to Smart Growth America, which tracked their approximate locations.
http://usa.streetsblog.org/2014/02/18/the-best-complete-stre


TRAFFIC - What should the speed limit be for cars in cities?
20 MPH/30 KPH seems to be a good compromise, with the number of deaths being very small and the number of uninjured victims being more significant, unlike with higher speeds where things are reversed .. ...
http://www.treehugger.com/cars/what-should-speed-limit-cars-


TRANSPORT - Why Is It Still So Hard to Find Out How States Are Spending Transpo Money?
Based on available information, 88.7 percent of all state transportation projects include nothing for walking and biking. Image: Advocacy AdvanceYou would be lucky to get half as much information about a $5 million transportation project in your state as you can get from a toothpaste tube about how to brush.That sad comparison comes from a new report by Advocacy Advance (a project of the League of American Bicyclists and the Alliance for Biking a ...
Summary of Nationwide Findings for Bicycling and Walking Projects by Project Type. Image: Advocacy Advance
http://usa.streetsblog.org/2014/02/19/why-is-it-still-so-har