I’ve maintained for a while now that the best way to convince someone that nature is worth preserving is to get them out into it. It seems like the people at Roadtrek agree- and they’re going a step further by offering a new B+ class motorhome that not only uses recycled materials in its construction, […]
Browsing the "road" Tag
America’s infrastructure is in bad shape. Our roads are filled with pot holes. Sidewalks are cracked and crumbling. Bridges are literally falling apart. This problem is not going to fix itself… or is it?
Cannondale’s new CERV concept (Continuously Ergonomic Race Vehicle) was developed as a working prototype by Ohio-based Priority Designs. The design had to allow the handlebars to move up and down without altering the distance from the bike seat to the crank, maximizing rider comfort and muscle efficiency.
Eccentric mega-builder Franco Sbarro wants to bring the experience of driving a Formula 1 racecar to public roads. Sort of. In Sbarro’s universe, the F1 “experience” does away with a screaming, high-strung V8 engine and 200-mph wind in your face aesthetics and focuses on a central driving position and terrifying your 2 favorite victims friends […]
Mike Picard is cooler than me. He’s also cooler than that snobby Shakespearean starship captain I referenced in the title. I don’t know you, but odds are that Mike Picard is cooler than you, too. That’s Mike up there, rocking along in a fully “restored” Willys Jeep … his better than new, military-grade, go-anywhere, home-built, plug-in, electric Willys overland Jeep.
There’s nothing like a little psychoactive drug humor to liven up a green car blog, I say – and there is certainly a bit of “pill” to be seen in the shape of Club Assist‘s new mobile charging station (above). For those of you (like me) who have never heard of Club Assist, the company […]
America has over 5.7 million miles of paved roads, and while some of those roads are being left to rot, many millions of miles are in dire need of repair. Could an emissions-eating asphalt help clean the air around us?
The European Union’s “SAfe Road TRains for the Environment” (SARTRE) initiative kicked off last year, promising to ease traffic congestion and improve fuel economy while making highway travel safer and more convenient … by taking drivers out of the equation. SARTRE’s utopian vision has drivers commuting to work while reading a book, catching up on […]
What seems to be a serene country road (above) is actually a massive Gulf fish kill. Fish kills are common along the Gulf of Mexico, where dead zones pop up almost every year – but these fish kills have typically been limited to a single species of fish. What you see above, however, is a broad […]
Ever marvel at how many millions of miles of roads there are in America? After my recent cross country adventure, I can say I am honestly in awe at how much of our country has been paved over. There seems to be no place left in America where paved roads don’t lead, which is great […]
I complain about traffic congestion a lot, until I am reminded that compared to some parts of the world, America has it easy. I could not imagine living in Moscow or Beijing, where four-hour traffic jams are the norm. China faces an especially daunting task as their population continues to expand and urbanize; you can […]
America’s roads, especially around metropolitan areas, have long exceeded their capacity to move people and cargo efficiently. Having spent 3 hours on a six-lane super highway in SoCal to go just 60 miles, I now understand that better than ever. Part of the problem is all those long-haul trucks. They take up the space of […]
Here’s one for the thinking-out-of-the-box crowd. A research team at the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) in the Netherlands have invented a type of paving material that can be mixed in with normal asphalt or concrete that actually removes some pollutants from the air as cars travel over the surface. The effect works well enough […]
I am what one might call a car fanatic. I love cars of all shapes and sizes, from hybrids to Hemis. Truly. I think that sets me apart in the car world — that I am just as comfortable talking about fuel efficiency as I am discussing horsepower. There are so many cars out there, […]
Lots of people have lots of ideas for how to resolve our current transportation woes. Some ideas are impractical and wacky, while others could potentially solve all our problems and then some… if they are ever implemented. But whether or not certain ideas are feasible, I still find it interesting to see what other people […]
Fuel efficient and alternative fuel vehicles are just one part of the solution to our future transportation problems. US highways and our transportation infrastructure are both sorely outdated, and few advancements have been made to improve the actual driving experience. One idea we covered some months ago was the Solar Roadway, which would replace traditional […]
I remember when Subaru first introduced the WRX version of their Impreza sedan. I vowed to one day own one. Alas, to this day I’ve yet to get my hands on one, but that vow remains. There have been murmurs of an impending Subaru hybrid vehicle for about a year now, although the company is […]
[social_buttons] I am a big fan of Local Motors and their crowd-sourced Rally Fighter. A custom vehicle with its own frame and body–built borrowing many bits from dozens of other cars–the Rally Fighter manages to merge fun and fuel efficiency in one cool-looking body. Plus, CEO Jay Rogers built it to prove that there is […]
[social_buttons] Most of the technology we take for granted in our daily drivers had to work a long, harrowing course on the race track before every making it to our driveways. The money and competition that fuels high speed races often perfects technology on the track before making it to market. This fact has not […]
[social_buttons] I love winter, I really do. I also opted to get a 4×4 vehicle so I’m never really home bound, even in the worst blizzard. This is something not every New Englander has the luxury of owning, which means most people have to wait for those awful plow trucks to come through. Besides being […]