Life in the Fast Lane

Hard to Find: Hydrogen Fuel and Natural Gas

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Photo: Photo: Earthworm/flickr http://bit.ly/1il16CR

The Long Electric Drive – Part 2

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Kelly O’Brien reflects on long-distance EV drives, in this Part-2 report.

Tesla supplies their own network of power stations throughout the country. But what happens when there are more electric vehicles competing for avaialble charging slots?
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Photo: mithrildesigns/flickr http://bit.ly/1itNSmd

Road Trip in a Tesla S

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Making life with an electric car practical, Tesla Motors Supercharger stations enable Kelly to travel to Arizona, enjoying new towns along the way.superchargerlandingpagemaps_open_0415014

One-Liter

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Among the most efficient cars in the world310px-Volkswagen_XL_driver_side: Volkswagen’s XL1 gets about 260 mpg.

Bicycling Environment is a Limiting Factor

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Listen to Kelly O’Brien’s feature, above.

Many roads fall short on their legal function as a right of way for all means of transportation. Maintenance favors the middle lanes, road design can leave bikes and pedestrians using gutters and other surfaces that may be unpleasant or hazardous. On Highway 68 on the Monterey Peninsula, there are rumble strips to wake up drivers who may drift toward the shoulder – good idea but these consist of deep clefts in the road surface a few inches across. You can’t ride a bike there.

Photo: Stephen Laufer

Photo: Stephen Laufer

Here’s a slide show of Complete Streets put together by the group Smart Growth America. There’s no one model for the concept. Complete Streets are roads designed to be used by all the members of their community. An urban complete street may include special lanes to conduct bus and cycling traffic through intersections. A rural complete street may separate these kinds of traffic as their speeds will vary greatly.

Contacts for ‘Bicycle Services‘ within local transportation agencies:
Transportation Agency for Monterey County
Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission

Revival of BMW’s Mini EV?

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There are rumors that BMW will bring back their plug-in version of the Mini Cooper. Photo: giantquesadilla / flickr

There are rumors that BMW will bring back their plug-in version of the Mini Cooper. Photo: giantquesadilla / flickr

Any BMW Mini EV revival could depend on popularity of the I3.Photo: saebaryo / flickr

Any BMW Mini EV revival could depend on popularity of the I3.Photo: saebaryo / flickr

What’s the Future for Hydrogen Fuel Cells?

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Where’s the infrastructure? Who’s going to buid it? While there are a number of invested detractors, what is the future for hydrogen fuel?

Photo credit: National Renewable Energy Lab / Photo by Dennis Schroeder / flickr

Photo credit: National Renewable Energy Lab / Photo by Dennis Schroeder / flickr