Our next stop on our bike tour of the nation brings us to New Orleans, where flat terrain, streets laid out in a grid system, and an abundance of festivals, historic districts, art happenings and phenomenal restaurants make biking not only accessible but well-worth it. It’s no wonder New Orleans is ranked 6th in biking […]
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There was a significant move from concentrating solar power (CSP) projects to PV projects due partly to PV’s plummet in prices in 2011, but new research from SBI Energy is predicting that the CSP market will rise again in 2012 and in the next five years. CSP is at the very least an important solution to […]
A report released by the Rails to Trails Conservancy asserts that people in rural areas walk and bike at rates much like their metropolitan counterparts. The “Active Transportation Beyond Urban Centers” reveals important details about America’s travel patterns in rural communities that the Rails to Trails Conservancy hopes will garner support for more federal investment […]
New York City’s Department of Transportation and Alta Bicycle Share, Inc. will be opening the largest bike share system in the country by summer of 2012. Ten thousand bikes in 600 stations around Manhattan, Brooklyn, and the surrounding burroughs will be available 24 hours a day throughout the year for short bike rides. The Details: […]
The “Bicycling and Walking in the United States: 2012 Benchmarking Report” was published by the Alliance for Biking and Walking on January 23rd. The report, which was funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the AARP, and Planet Bike ranks the levels of bicycling and walking in every state and 51 of the largest cities in […]
The City of Miami Beach loves attention. It was the first to bring a bike sharing program to South Florida with DECOBIKE, and now it has partnered with Hertz to offer “Hertz On Demand,” the first car-sharing program for a municipality (the service is already available at Florida International University, among others). The partnership kicked […]
The HIRIKO project, originally the CityCar from Massachussets Institute of Technology’s (MIT) Media Lab, introduced its revolutionary prototype to Durao Barroso, President of the European Commission on January 24th. The unveiling in Brussels is a symbolic first step toward production. “Hiriko” sounds Japanese, but it’s a Basque word for “urban,” which is pretty cool, especially […]
We previously wrote about the major advances being made to the bike infrastructure in Miami-Dade county in our first Bike the Nation post. It’s clear that Miami is set to have a bicycle renaissance of its own thanks to local support, the true impetus for change. Any given day there is a group ride scheduled, a […]
Mahindra & Mahindra, one of India’s chief automakers, presented a line of three cars ready for production in 2012, including one Reva NXR, an all-electric city compact hatchback. The EV will be available later this year. The company has high hopes, despite car sales in India hitting a record slump in October due to higher […]
What happened? You were doing so well! After covering the success of Latvia’s electric OSCar eO, it’s only natural to wonder what happened with the other electric vehicle that was also going for a historic first: Tim Coronel’s electric McRae Buggy. We covered the Buggy back in July during its prep stages in the Spanish Baja. The […]
Millions of people around the world use bicycles as their primary mode of transportation mainly because it’s cheaper than driving. But it also happens to be great for one’s health, a simple way to reduce carbon dioxide and monoxide emissions as well as gasoline usage, and a wonderful way to get to know your city and the people you rub elbows with. Take a look at how our nation’s cities are becoming more bike-friendly!
The OSCar eO, a range-extended electric vehicle created by Latvian motorsport engineering company OSC, is the first E-REV to ever finish the brutal Dakar Rally. The 2012 rally raid wound through Argentina, Chile and Peru’s varied terrains and climates- a grueling test of endurance for conventional vehicles, let alone an electric vehicle. The Latvian team’s […]
New Energy Technology, Inc. (NET) has created a novel method for generating electricity using existing vehicles by way of its MotionPower™ System. NET, in partnership with the City of Roanoke, VA, debuted the electricity-generating system (the first of its kind) the last week of October. Around 580 vehicles participated in the 6 hour event, the […]
My friend-in-scooters and fellow Gas2.org writer Jo Borras sent me this nostalgia-pumping link to a Lambretta scooter ad straight from 1962, and I couldn’t stop grinning. The iconic Lambretta, ladies and gentlemen, was created amidst song in a lab clearly made from cardboard and glitter. It’s true; just watch the video.
Daimler AG’s Mercedes-Benz has notified the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration of yet another voluntary safety recall for 6,872 of its darling BlueTec diesel models due to potential fire hazards. Leaky Diesel Luxury Car No Bueno The automaker already recalled 2,297 2011 diesel models in November 2010 thanks to improperly lubricated O-rings leading potentially […]
The Spanish tuning house RBM Sport has developed a “bolt on” package that allows Porsche’s Boxster S to run on liquefied petroleum gas (LPG, or “autogas” in Europe). Christened the Porsche Boxster “Ecologic,” the car can be started and run on conventional gasoline, and “switched” to LPG from inside the cabin. RBM claims the little Porsche […]
Cyclists in Copenhagen can now find refuge and bicycle tool repair kits at certain Statoil gas stations around the city.
Pininfarina and Bollore’s adorable B0 electric city car is finally hitting the Parisian streets thanks to the Autolib’, an all-electric, self-service car sharing program.
Domino’s Pizza Enterprises is dipping its toe in the EV pool down under, ordering seven Vmoto electric scooters for its home delivery fleet.
San Francisco-based, neighbor-to-neighbor car sharing company RelayRides (founded in June 2010) has set itself apart from other carsharing networks like Zipcar and CityCarShare by giving car owners a chance to earn a bit of extra cash by participating in the company’s car-sharing business. The service installs a communications device used to lock and unlock cars […]