TRANS PORTATION curated News February 7th

Bykes - Freak Snow Can’t Stop Cycling in Portland
The “worst winter storm in years” didn’t stop cyclists on Portland’s Hawthorne Bridge. Photo: Jonathan Maus, Bike PortlandIt’s not often that the Portland region sees snow. But yesterday, like a handful of other odd places, including Texas, America’s bike capital got walloped (by northwest standards anyway).As it happens, a little snow can’t change Portland, reports Jonathan Maus at Bike Portland, who captured a series of photos showing cyclists ...
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http://http://streetsblog.net/2014/02/07/freak-snow-cant-sto


CARS - Audi Q8 e-tron: Competitor To The Model X?
Originally published Gas2.While everybody was talking about the Tesla Model S in 2013, 2014 is supposed to be the year of the Tesla Model X SUV. But Tesla may see its thunder stolen by the Audi Q8 e-tron, a planned all-electric SUV with a sporty flair and a real-world driving range of some 370 miles. Just don’t expect to see this wunder-SUV before 2017.That gives Elon Musk a full three-year head start to get the Tesla Model X out of the fac .. ...
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http://cleantechnica.com/2014/02/06/audi-q8-e-tron-competito


CARS - BMW introducing i8 to US with Hello Future Olympics ad
Filed under: EV/Plug-in, Green Culture, BMW, VideosIt's not all unfinished hotel rooms and unconventional toilet situations at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games. During the broadcast of the opening ceremony tonight, BMW is going to introduce the American TV audience to its plug-in i brand of vehicles. Of course, since we have things like Twitter and YouTube (which the Russian hosts might not be too happy about), you can already see the first sp ...
BMW i8 hello future tv ad
http://green.autoblog.com/2014/02/07/bmw-introducing-i8-us-h


CARS - Chevrolet Shows 'The New Love' In Values Commercial For Sochi
If Chevrolet CMO Tim Mahoney was seeking deeper and broader cultural relevance for the brand's "Find New Roads" positioning with its high-stakes sponsorship of the Sochi games, he's probably going to get it with Chevy's first new TV ad out of the chute for the Winter Olympics .. ...
http://www.forbes.com/sites/dalebuss/2014/02/07/chevrolet-sh


CARS - Chevy Volt, Cadillac ELR, Opel Ampera Production — CNN Video Takes An Inside Look
Originally published on EV Obsession.CNN recently took a look at how the Chevy Volt, Cadillac ELR, and Opel Ampera are made. It’s a rather short video, but hey, it’s an inside look with a few interesting notes. Check it out:Check out more Chevy Volt & Cadillac ELR on EV Obsession.Chevy Volt, Cadillac ELR, Opel Ampera Production — CNN Video Takes An Inside Look was originally published on: CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, .. ...
http://cleantechnica.com/2014/02/07/chevy-volt-cadillac-elr-


CARS - Chicago: Toyota demos its TRD Pro Series line [w/video]
Filed under: Chicago Auto Show, SUV, Truck, Toyota, Off-RoadWith a rich history of creating off-road worthy trucks and SUVs and a somewhat bland impression of its brand overall, Toyota has wisely created a line of TRD Pro Series vehicles to spice up its showrooms and newly engage customers. Debuting at this year's Chicago Auto Show before rolling into dealers this fall, the TRD-tuned vehicles include the 4Runner, Tacoma and Tundra, all with added ...
Toyota TRD Pro Series
http://www.autoblog.com/2014/02/07/toyota-trd-pro-series-tac


CARS - Chicago: Volkswagen GRC Beetle is Herbie's angry progeny
Filed under: Chicago Auto Show, Motorsports, Hatchback, Volkswagen, Off-Road, RacingVolkswagen and Andretti Rallycross unveiled the new GRC Beetle on the floor of McCormick Place, marking the German brand's first entry into the world of global rallycross following a championship season in the World Rally Championship with its Polo R WRC.The GRC Beetle, as we told you about yesterday, is motivated by a 560-plus-horsepower engine. Naturally, the ra ...
Volkswagen GRC Beetle
http://www.autoblog.com/2014/02/07/volkswagen-grc-beetle-is-


CARS - Detroit Auto Show Looks Ahead -- Far Ahead
This year, the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS, a.k.a. the Detroit auto show) provided what I think is an interesting metaphor for the auto market of the future.  I’m not talking about the variety of prototypes and next-generation drivetrains – that’s the auto market within the next decade.  I’m talking about some of the trends in the show that point to what the auto market will look like in 30 to 50 years.  And it will look a lot d ...
http://www.forbes.com/sites/pikeresearch/2014/02/07/detroit-


CARS - No 2015 Ford Mustang V6 in Europe - but EcoBoost Could Make it a Huge Success
Part of owning an American performance car in other countries outside of North America is being able to boast about the muscular V8 engine tucked under the hood but when the 2015 Ford Mustang hits The 2015 Ford Mustang GT at the debut A low front end shot of the 2015 Ford Mustang GT A low front corner shot of the 2015 For ...
http://www.torquenews.com/106/no-2015-ford-mustang-v6-europe


CARS - Renault Electric Vehicle Concept With Driverless Tech
Renault and sister company Nissan have been clear leaders trying to get us to commercialized driverless cars, and they are also clear leaders in the realm of electric vehicles. The Nissan LEAF is the top-selling electric vehicle globally, while the Renault Zoe and Renault Twizy are the top-selling electric vehicles in Europe. The latest EV news from Renault is about a concept EV that utilizes driverless tech, the Next Two. Learn more about .. ...
http://cleantechnica.com/2014/02/07/renault-electric-vehicle


EVs - BMW's new i3 electric car is sold out for now, gets HOV lane stickers in California
BMW's new electric car, the i3, went for sale in Europe in November and is expected to launch in the U.S. in May and in Asia in around the same tim .. ...
http://www.treehugger.com/cars/bmw-i3-electric-car-sold-out-


EVs - Chevy Volt owner surprised to see electric bill go down after getting his Volt, but knows why
Some Chevy Volt owners have expressed surprised after noticing that, following the purchase of their Chevy Volts, their electric bills actually went down. Find out why .. ...
http://www.treehugger.com/energy-efficiency/chevy-volt-owner


EVs - Chevy Volt, Cadillac ELR, Opel Ampera Factory — CNN Takes Inside Look (VIDEO)
CNN recently took a look at how the Chevy Volt, Cadillac ELR, and Opel Ampera are made. It’s a rather short video, but hey, it’s an inside look with a few interesting notes. Check it out: Check out more Chevy Volt & Cadillac ELR on EV Obsession.Chevy Volt, Cadillac ELR, Opel Ampera Factory — CNN Takes Inside Look (VIDEO) was originally published on EV Obsession .. ...
http://evobsession.com/chevy-volt-cadillac-elr-opel-ampera-f


EVs - Kia Soul EV Debuts At Chicago Auto Show
Originally published on Gas2.The 2015 Kia Soul EV debuted at the Chicago Auto Show today, and besides the funky looks and Millennial appeal, the Soul EV is pretty standard fare. With between 80 and 100 miles of driving range, and acceleration on par with a Prius, the Soul EV is set up to neither impress nor disappoint.The 81-kilowatt motor is good for 109 horsepower and 258 ft-lbs of torque, pushing the boxy Soul EV to a top speed of 90 MPH .. ...
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http://cleantechnica.com/2014/02/07/2014-kia-soul-ev-safe-op


EVs - Renault Unveils Autonomous Electric Vehicle Prototype
Renault has just unveiled an autonomous electric vehicle prototype aimed for commercialization by 2020. The prototype autonomous EV is called the Next Two. “Using sensor technologies, Next Two enables the delegation of driving functions from the driver to the car in congested traffic up to [30] km/h (18.6 mph) on main roads. It also offers [...]Renault Unveils Autonomous Electric Vehicle Prototype was originally published on EV Obsession .. ...
http://evobsession.com/renault-unveils-autonomous-electric-v


EVs - Sustainable San Francisco, Racing to 100% Renewable
The healthy influence of Tesla Motors in San Francisco has naturally pushed the clean renewable electric movement forward. Nowadays, Model S cars dot San Francisco streets, and the Model X and Gen III are expected to join the S relatively soon. Tesla’s Fremont Factory and Palo Alto headquarters are in the South Bay, about 45 […]The post Sustainable San Francisco, Racing to 100% Renewable appeared first on EV News Report .. ...
http://evnewsreport.com/sustainable-san-francisco-racing-to-


EVs - Tesla / Elon Musk Townhall Meeting In Amsterdam (56-Minute Video)
Tesla CEO Elon Musk and CTO JB Straubel recently stopped into Amsterdam for a 1-hour townhall meeting with Tesla Model S owners and enthusiasts. A video of the meeting was recorded (natch) and is embedded above. Questions related to navigation, charging in Belgium, vehicle-to-grid technology and plans, song availability in Europe, solar + Tesla, and much [...]Tesla / Elon Musk Townhall Meeting In Amsterdam (56-Minute Video) was originally publish ...
http://evobsession.com/tesla-elon-musk-townhall-meeting-amst


EVs - Tesla In Top 10 Car Brands (With Just 1 Car), According To Consumer Reports
Even though the Tesla Motors brand is only a few years old now, that doesn’t mean that the name doesn’t carry some prestige to it. After only four years on the market, the Model S has managed to work its way rather firmly into the public consciousness, an impressive feat when you think about it. [...]Tesla In Top 10 Car Brands (With Just 1 Car), According To Consumer Reports was originally published on EV Obsession .. ...
http://evobsession.com/tesla-top-10-car-brands-just-1-car-ac


EVs - Tesla Motors Already Ranks As #5 Car Brand, According To Consumer Reports
Originally published on EV Obsession.Even though the Tesla Motors brand is only a few years old now, that doesn’t mean that the name doesn’t carry some prestige to it. After only four years on the market, the Model S has managed to work its way rather firmly into the public consciousness, an impressive feat when you think about it.The popular EV manufacturer is now ranked in the top 10 of Consumer Reports‘ annual Car Brand Perception Survey .. ...
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http://cleantechnica.com/2014/02/06/tesla-motors-already-ran


EVs - Top 10 electric car "states" are...
If you love electric cars and you love rankings, this article is for you! The top 10 electric car states have been unveiled, and there are some surprises on the list .. ...
http://www.treehugger.com/cars/top-10-electric-car-states-ar


FUELS - Gasoline-Like Biofuels From Plant Waste — Promising New Process Developed
A new process for the creation of gasoline-like fuels from cellulosic plant waste materials has been developed by researchers from the University of California, Davis.The process — essentially the first of its kind — means that the commercial production of plant-based biofuels may soon extend beyond biodiesel, and also encompass other important types of fuel.The great advantage of processes such as this — and in contrast to other forms of b .. ...
converting CO2 to CO to fuel
http://cleantechnica.com/2014/02/07/gasoline-like-biofuels-p


TRAFFIC - A Bill to Make American Streets Safer Surfaces in the Senate
Has the moment finally arrived for a national complete streets law?Guadalupe Street in Austin, Texas. Photo: City of Austin Public Works Department/FlickrA bill creating incentives for transportation agencies to design safe streets for everyone — pedestrians and cyclists in addition to motorists — is back on the floor of Congress this week. Senators Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) and Mark Begich (D-Alaska) are sponsoring the Safe Streets Act of 2014, wh ...
Guadalupe Street in Austin, Texas. Photo:
http://usa.streetsblog.org/2014/02/07/a-bill-to-make-america


TRAFFIC - What Sets Apart the Places Where People Walk More?
A lot of research has shown a link between living in a walkable community, active transportation habits, and better health outcomes.As residential density increases, so do walking and biking. Image: PLOS ONEBut what aspects of “walkability” are tied to better health? Is it the mix of uses, the connected street grid, the density of housing, or all of the above? It’s an important question to understand if we want to design places that encourage hea ...
Image: PLOSE ONE
http://usa.streetsblog.org/2014/02/06/what-sets-apart-the-pl


TRAINS - 1920s London Underground Posters Remind Us That Trains Are Wonderful
Remember the Roaring Twenties, when the future looked like Metropolis and cities were going to become battalions of marching skyscrapers? In these colorful 1920s ads for the London Underground, trains never felt so much like the transport of tomorrow.Read more...    .. ...
1920s London Underground Posters Remind Us That Trains Are Wonderful
http://io9.com/1920s-london-underground-posters-remind-us-th


TRANSPORT - Can Transportation Reach Zero Emissions by 2050?
The U.S. electricity sector is undergoing a steady shift in favor of clean energy. But transportation isn't seeing the same level of change. In this week's podcast, recorded live at the Department of Transportation, we'll look at where the tipping points may occur in electric vehicles, car-sharing, public transport and freight. This week's podcast was recorded live at the Department of Transportation. Joining us are Greg Winfree, assistant secre ...
http://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/can-transportati


TRANSPORT - Can Transportation Reach Zero Emissions by 2050?
The U.S. electricity sector is undergoing a steady shift in favor of clean energy. But transportation isn't seeing the same level of change. In this week's podcast, recorded live at the Department of Transportation, we'll look at where the tipping points may occur in electric vehicles, car-sharing, public transport and freight. This week's podcast was recorded live at the Department of Transportation. Joining us are Greg Winfree, assistant secre ...
http://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/can-transportati