TRANS PORTATION curated News March 20th

Bykes - A lot of cities could use a Trampe Cyclocable
Trondheim in Norway promotes cycling by making it easier to get up the hills .. ...
http://www.treehugger.com/bikes/lot-cities-could-use-trampe-


Bykes - Bicycle role model Barbie — Dutch, of course
Who better to teach you how to signal while bicycling than Barbie .. ...
http://www.treehugger.com/bikes/bicycle-role-model-barbie.ht


Bykes - Does the world need a glow-in-the-dark bike?
It's a nice idea, as long as it isn't sending the wrong message .. ...
http://www.treehugger.com/bikes/does-world-need-glow-dark-bi


Bykes - Electric Scooter/Briefcase — #FTW or #FAIL
Originally published on EV Obsession. If you’ve ever wanted a briefcase that can transform into an electric scooter (like a Transformer ), well, then you’re now in luck. Green Energy Motors Corp is now offering just such a scooter/briefcase. Looks like your dreams have come true — if you have $6000 dollars, that is…. (For [&hellipElectric Scooter/Briefcase — #FTW or #FAIL was originally posted on: PlanetSave. To read more from Planetsave, jo ...
http://planetsave.com/2014/03/18/electric-scooterbriefcase-f


Bykes - How did bicycling take over the Netherlands?
Everyone knows it: the Netherlands is the land of bicycles. But that wasn't always the case. Here's a quick look at why the Netherlands has so many bicyclists .. ...
http://www.treehugger.com/bikes/how-did-bicycling-take-over-


Bykes - Zero Electric Motorcycles Expands with New Australian Partner
SANTA CRUZ, California. – Zero Motorcycles, the global leader in the electric motorcycle industry, today announced a new Australian distribution partnership deal with Cento Per Cento. The team credited with re-launching MV Agusta to the Australian market in 2011, Cento Per Cento is an Australian-based distribution company focused on delivering premium motorcycle brands. Now serving.. .. ...
zero electric motorcycles
http://solarthermalmagazine.com/2014/03/18/zero-electric-mot


CARS - 2015 Ford F150 Will Introduce LED Headlights to the Half Ton Truck Segment
LED headlight technology has been growing in popularity so it doesn’t come as a huge surprise that the 2015 Ford F150 will feature this high tech lighting system .. ...
http://www.torquenews.com/106/2015-ford-f150-will-introduce-


CARS - Alfa Romeo to offer 4C buyers choice of headlights [w/poll]
Filed under: Convertible, Coupe, Performance, Alfa RomeoTypically an automobile will lose some of its more radical design elements on the road from concept to production, but Alfa Romeo has done things a little differently with the 4C... at least, that is, when it came to its headlights.When the sports car concept first debuted at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, it had an intriguing, glowing headlight design that seemed more stylish than functional. ...
Alfa Romeo 4C Spider
http://www.autoblog.com/2014/03/19/alfa-romeo-4c-headlight-c


CARS - Iowa policeman barely missed by flying car
Filed under: Videos, Police/EmergencySometimes in life we just get lucky, and that is exactly what two Iowa police are experiencing after narrowly escaping a pickup truck that careened off the road. The whole incident was caught on one of the officer's dashboard-mounted cameras.According to ABC News, the crash happened on March 17 on I-80 when the truck slowed because the cops were on the side of the road. A following tractor-trailer rammed into ...
Flying Truck
http://www.autoblog.com/2014/03/19/policeman-barely-missed-b


CARS - MotoGP should use a BMW bike with a sidecar for the safety vehicle
BMW provides safety vehicle for MotoG .. ...
BMW M4 MotoGP
http://www.torquenews.com/1/motogp-should-use-bmw-bike-sidec


CARS - Porsche announces plan to replace 911 GT3 engines
Filed under: Coupe, Performance, Recalls, PorscheAbout a month back, we reported that Porsche was suspending delivery of its 911 GT3 due to reported incidents of the engine bursting into flames. A few days later, Porsche told owners of the new track-ready models not to drive their cars and had their local dealers pick up the cars in question. Just a couple of days ago, we reported that Porsche was working on a fix, and now we have the official de ...
2014 Porsche 911 GT3
http://www.autoblog.com/2014/03/19/porsche-replace-911-gt3-e


CARS - Profit At Warren Buffett-Backed Chinese Automaker BYD Rebounded In 2013
Profit at BYD, the Chinese manufacturer of autos, batteries and phone components 10% owned by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway, rebounded last year after a disastrous 2012 .. ...
http://www.forbes.com/sites/russellflannery/2014/03/19/profi


CARS - Renault reveals new Trafic cargo van
Filed under: Minivan/Van, Europe, Work, RenaultHead over to Europe and you're bound to see this van scurrying about. Only you might not recognize it. That's because this product of a joint venture between the Renault-Nissan Alliance and General Motors is sold under four different nameplates: by Vauxhall and Opel as the Vivaro, by Nissan as the Primastar and by Renault as the Trafic.Since introducing the first-generation Trafic in 1980, Renault al ...
2014 Renault Trafic
http://www.autoblog.com/2014/03/19/2014-renault-trafic-cargo


CARS - Toyota's Harsh $1.2B Punishment Must Be Sending Chills Through GM's Mary Barra
The timing is incredible: one week after opening a criminal investigation into why delayed issuing a safety recall on some of its vehicles, the U.S. Justice Department showed it is deadly serious about holding companies accountable, leveling a criminal fraud charge against GM’s biggest rival, , for the very same offense .. ...
http://www.forbes.com/sites/joannmuller/2014/03/19/toyotas-p


CARS - Volvo's connected cars could make winter driving safer for everyone
With its latest research project, Volvo is hoping to make driving in inclement weather a bit less dicey. The Swedish automaker is testing a safety system that uses mobile data networks to relay icy road conditions from vehicle to vehicle. Once you.. .. ...
http://www.engadget.com/2014/03/20/volvo-ice-detection-netwo


CARS - Watch the crazy way you refill washer fluid in the Renault Twingo
Filed under: Budget, Videos, Hatchback, Renault, Design/StyleIn many ways, the new Renault Twingo is a very old-school car. While its look and mechanicals are entirely modern, moving the engine to the back with rear-wheel drive harkens back to small, European cars of the '60s. The little Frenchman has a platform co-developed with Daimler and shares its underpinnings with the next-generation Smart. However, It also brings back some of the quirkine ...
Renault Twingo
http://www.autoblog.com/2014/03/19/renault-twingo-washer-flu


CARS - Would you buy an 84 mpg car for $6,800?
Elio Motors is offering extremely high gas mileage for an absurdly low price. Will it take off .. ...
http://www.treehugger.com/cars/would-you-buy-84mpg-car-6800.


EVs - Chairman says BMW will make 100,000 electric vehicles a year by 2020
Filed under: EV/Plug-in, Hydrogen, Manufacturing/Plants, BMWWe know demand for the BMW i3 has been high, both in the US and Europe. It appears that BMW's crystal ball is showing a steady increase in interest between now and 2020. By that year, according to Norbert Reithofer, chairman of the board of management for BMW AG, the company expects to build 100,000 units a year. That's not quite as EVs many as Tesla is talking about for 2020 (500,000), ...
BMW i3
http://green.autoblog.com/2014/03/19/chairman-bmw-will-make-


EVs - Decoupling the Confusion Surrounding EV Charging Stations
EV Connect’s VP of Marketing, Tad Benson, writes about the EV charging market’s inefficiencies and the confusion around the word “network”. If a company wants to run its accounting on a computer, the company uses accounting software (either on their computers or as Software as a Service (SaaS)).  If a company wants to manage sales […]The post Decoupling the Confusion Surrounding EV Charging Stations appeared first on EV News Report .. ...
http://evnewsreport.com/decoupling-confusion-surrounding-ev-


EVs - Electric Vehicles Could Be Cheaper To Recharge if Electricity Providers Control Charging Speeds
Electric vehicles may offer a path to a more sustainable transportation future. But they also might drive up electricity prices if they are charged during times of peak electricity demand. In a new study, Carnegie Mellon University researchers found that optimally varying the charging speed of plug-in electric vehicles can cut the cost of generating.. .. ...
cheaper electric car charging
http://solarthermalmagazine.com/2014/03/18/electric-vehicles


EVs - Global Production of Electric Vehicles to Surge by 67 Percent This Year
Southfield, Mich. —Driven by tighter emission standards in Europe, worldwide production of electric vehicles (EVs) will soar by 67 percent this year, according to IHS Automotive, driven by Polk. Total production of EVs—both pure electric models and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs)— is projected to rise to more than 403,000 this year, up from slightly.. .. ...
electric vehicles
http://solarthermalmagazine.com/2014/03/18/global-production


EVs - Tesla and World Energy Angst
Tesla Electric Cars Since a successful Tesla is in the national interest, federal lawmakers would be wise to stop all this state auto dealership nonsense. The idea that Tesla cannot sell its electric cars in its stores in certain states is asinine. This issue is an obvious distraction for Tesla, with CEO Musk taking time […]The post Tesla and World Energy Angst appeared first on EV News Report .. ...
http://evnewsreport.com/tesla-and-world-energy-angst/12971


FUELS - Biodiesel from alligator fat reduces waste
Animal fat from chicken, pork, beef and even alligators could give an economical, ecofriendly boost to the biofuel industry, according to researchers who reported a new method for biofuel production. The report follows up on their earlier study on the potential use of gator fat as a source of biodiesel fuel .. ...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/03/140318093051.ht


FUELS - Discovery could yield more efficient plants for biofuels
(Phys.org) —Genetically modifying a key protein complex in plants could lead to improved crops for the production of cellulosic biofuels, a Purdue University study says .. ...
http://phys.org/news/2014-03-discovery-yield-efficient-biofu