TRANS PORTATION curated News March 3rd

BATTERIES - Modular Large-scale (5MW) Battery Storage System to be Built This Year
In what could be a potential gamechanger for wider adoption of renewable energy as a bigger component of utility grids, a large modular battery storage system is planned for construction later this year in Aachen, Germany. The system, which is being billed as the world’s first modular large-scale battery storage system, is called the Modular Modular Large-scale (5MW) Battery Storage System to be Built This Year was originally posted on: PlanetSav ...
http://planetsave.com/2014/03/03/modular-large-scale-5mw-bat


BATTERIES - Nissan LEAF battery survives screwdriver stabbing and blowtorch attack! (video)
It's not exactly done with a NTHSA-approved methodology - don't try this at home, kids! - but this real-world torture test of a Nissan LEAF battery cell shows just how much abuse these things can take without much happening .. ...
http://www.treehugger.com/cars/nissan-leaf-battery-survives-


Bykes - It's all in the details, when you are trying to build a bike and pedestrian friendly city
Fort Lauderdale is clearly trying, but they don't quite get it right .. ...
http://www.treehugger.com/urban-design/its-all-details-when-


Bykes - Riding bikes to school: 'we’re creating a cycling culture here'
While 48% of kids want to cycle to school, only 2% actually do. Laura Laker looks at how a school in east London has bucked the trend with as many as 10% of its pupils cycling to school .. ...
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/bike-blog/2014/mar/03
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CARS - Finally, a $1,200 BMW (but You Pedal It Yourself)
http://nybw.businessweek.com/articles/2014-03-03/the-cheapes


CARS - Ford Uses Heavy Duty Humans to Test the Seats of the 2015 F150
The biggest news pertaining to the 2015 Ford F150 is the redesigned exterior that is comprised largely of aluminum, but Ford has put just as much fine detail and precision testing into making sure The 2015 Ford F150 XLT from the side A silver 2015 Ford F150 XLT from the rear A 2015 Ford F150 pushing a plow ...
http://www.torquenews.com/106/ford-uses-heavy-duty-humans-te


CARS - Ford's Driverless Car Takes The Wheel
Driving will become safer and congestion will decrease, Ford Motor Co. executives predict, as cars take on more driving functions, such as braking, slowing down, speeding up, turning, and paying attention to the surroundings .. ...
http://www.forbes.com/sites/christinentierney/2014/03/03/for


CARS - Honda Civic Type R Concept hits the ground running ahead of Geneva debut
Filed under: Concept Cars, Coupe, Performance, Geneva Motor Show, Europe, HondaWe've seen it teased, caught it testing, hell, we've even driven the thing, but until just now, we hadn't been privy to the visual drama that is the all-new Honda Civic Type R Concept. Thankfully, the day before the start of the Geneva Motor Show is about as leaky as Robert Redford's sailboat.We'll get the full details tomorrow - which may even include a discourse on H ...
Honda Civic Type R
http://www.autoblog.com/2014/03/03/honda-civic-type-r-concep


CARS - Jeep and Subaru Win a Snowy Month of Car Sales
Nissan also did well in February, but it needed big discounts and incentive .. ...
http://nybw.businessweek.com/articles/2014-03-03/jeep-and-su


CARS - Maserati Alfieri Concept seen and heard in early leak [w/video]
Filed under: Coupe, Performance, Geneva Motor Show, MaseratiAs is so often the case ahead of a major debut, somebody wasn't able to keep the latest concept car from Maserati under wraps all the way until the drawing of its curtain at the Geneva Motor Show. The low-slung silver coupe you see above is said to be the Maserati Alfieri Concept, and, though these images aren't exactly the greatest, it looks pretty good. We like the small proportions of ...
Maserati Alfieri Concept
http://www.autoblog.com/2014/03/03/maserati-alfieri-concept-


CARS - Prius comes in many styles
The Prius is a family now .. ...
http://www.torquenews.com/galleries/prius-comes-many-style


CARS - Tesla's Elon Musk Closing In On BMW Heirs As The World's Richest Automotive Titan
For years, Johanna Quandt and her children, Stefan Quandt and Susanne Klatten, have been the auto industry's wealthiest individuals, thanks to their nearly 50 percent stake in the German automaker BMW. The three billionaires inherited their wealth from their late husband and father, Herbert Quandt, the German industrialist credited with saving BMW from bankruptcy in the early 1960s .. ...
http://www.forbes.com/sites/joannmuller/2014/03/03/teslas-el


CARS - The Lexus CT 200h is the cool one
Slideshow Image: Description: Lexus CT uses the Prius drivetrain .. ...
http://www.torquenews.com/gallery/lexus-ct-200h-cool-on


EVs - #1 metro area in US for electric car growth is no longer in California
If you thought the top market for electric car growth was somewhere in California, you'd be right many months out of the year, but not the 4th quarter of 2013 .. ...
http://www.treehugger.com/cars/1-metro-area-us-electric-car-


EVs - Fit EV Production Ending In Fall, Despite Increased Interest
Originally published on Gas 2. Honda has announced that production of the Fit EV will end despite increased customer interest—as the company will meet its self-imposed quota this fall. So long, and nice to know ya. Unlike the Fiat 500e, which sold out so fast that dealers were able to get away with overcharging customers, Fit EV Production Ending In Fall, Despite Increased Interest was originally published on: CleanTechnica. To read more from Cle ...
http://cleantechnica.com/2014/03/03/fit-ev-production-ending


EVs - How to market an electric car in America: Bash urbanism, walking, and the French.
Americans don't walk and stop and caf├ęs or take vacations. That's why they get to drive $75,000 plug-in hybrids .. ...
http://www.treehugger.com/corporate-responsibility/how-marke


EVs - Musk's remarks nudge hopes for affordable Tesla EV
(Phys.org) —Monday's headlines hummed with Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk's few remarks about what may be in the cards for its upcoming "budget" electric vehicle, the Model E. At the least, the remarks drive a little closer to a price amenable to the mass market. Key points are that the Tesla Model E will be 20% smaller than the Model S and that it will carry a battery good for 200 miles on a single charge. Musk was speaking at the California Public ...
http://phys.org/news/2014-03-musk-remarks-nudge-tesla-ev.htm


EVs - Nissan LEAF edges out Volt, Model S for 2014 plug-in dominance
Nissan has announced official sales figures for the month of February and they are about 200 units higher than last month and more than double those of February 2013 .. ...
Dominating Nissan LEAF
http://www.torquenews.com/1080/nissan-leaf-edges-out-volt-mo


EVs - Prius, not Tesla, the best Green Car according to Consumer Reports
The organization that rates appliances rates the Prius the best one for green driving. Consumer Reports has awarded the 2014 Toyota Prius the Best Green Car award for 2014. The Prius V is the big one The Lexus CT 200h is the cool one Prius Plug-in is the 4rth leading EV .. ...
2014 Toyota Prius
http://www.torquenews.com/1083/prius-not-tesla-best-green-ca


EVs - Tesla’s Giga Battery Factory Threatens the Auto, Utility and Building Controls Markets
Tesla’s Giga factory aims to reduce the cost of lithium-ion batteries by 30 percent in three years and 50 percent by 2020. This big, bold move invites historical comparison. Henry Ford’s massive factory scale and vertical integration cut the cost of internal combustion-based cars by more than half, made Ford Motor Company the (then) biggest car company in the world, and helped bolster the American middle class in the process. A hundred years lat ...
http://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/Teslas-Giga-Batt


FUELS - Port Of Honolulu Will Soon Be Home To State-Of-The-Art Hydrogen Fuel Cell Technology
The Port of Honolulu will soon be home a state-of-the-art hydrogen fuel cell auxiliary power system — providing clean low-emissions power to docked and/or anchored ships. The current plan — which follows up on last year’s pre-pilot study and analysis — is for a highly portable, self-contained hydrogen fuel cell unit to be deployed to Port Of Honolulu Will Soon Be Home To State-Of-The-Art Hydrogen Fuel Cell Technology was originally published on: ...
http://cleantechnica.com/2014/03/03/port-honolulu-will-soon-


PUBLIC - Nation’s First All-Electric School Bus Hits the Road
When it comes to energy efficiency, schools are a relatively easy target. There is a natural synergy between educating the next generation and teaching sustainability and efficiency, whether it’s telling kindergartners to turn off lights when they leave a room or running sophisticated energy efficiency competitions between graduate school departments. Schools often own the buildings they occupy, making it easier to swallow long-term paybacks for ...
http://feeds.greentechmedia.com/~r/GreentechMedia/~3/ZlGbPK8


TRAFFIC - Think it’s safe to type a quick text while walking? Think again
Texting and walking is a known danger, but an emergency doctor says distracted walking results in more injuries per mile than distracted driving. Consequences include bumping into walls, falling down stairs, tripping over clutter or stepping into traffic. The issue is so common that in London, bumpers were placed onto light posts along a frequented avenue to prevent people from slamming into them. Though injuries from car accidents involving text ...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/03/140303143347.ht