Shrink Your Footprint

Shrink Your Footprint

There is endless discussion in the media about the need to change our  existing habits in the developed world in order to lower carbon emissions and save the planet. Many of us feel powerless to effect real change, but there are small ways we can all make a difference. Work at home With modern networking devices and technologies such as VPN more of us are working from home, if not fulltime, then certainly as a partime  option during our working week. This not only saves time and energy in transportation, but also often allows families to achieve more quality time together. e-reading… read more

Compare Cars to See which is Greener

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By knowing more about the environmental impact of the next car you buy, you can get the greenest car for your money, and a new car comparison site aims to make that as easy as possible. RideNerd makes comparing two vehicles simple and quick, because users can either enter the two cars they want to compare, or they can pick from a series of rankings, such as “Plug-in cars with the best range” or “Hybrids with the best MPG” and get the info they need with a single click. “We have collected massive amounts of data, like environmental stats from… read more

New Faces In The Space Race

New Face in Space Race

Proponents of space exploration certainly recall the past predictions of science fiction that suggested we would be out of our Solar System by this time, and trudging on to other galaxies. Unfortunately, those travel plans have yet to materialize. NASA’s modern space program was designed with several purposes in mind, the foremost being human dominance in the universe. When President JFK announced the United State’s dedication towards reaching the Moon, he stoked an already blazing global space race that first began with the Russian ‘Sputnik’ program. Years later, amid budget cuts and the red tape of bureaucracy, we’ve still barely… read more

Its Electric, Now It’s Not With Rubbee For Bikes

Its Electric, Now It’s Not With Rubbee For Bikes

Bicyclists beware. There’s a cool conversion just around the corner you may want to keep your eyes on. The Rubbee Drive is a rechargeable system that easily converts standard bicycles to electric ones, then back to basic wheelers. An alternative to e-bikes, the Rubbee’s friction drive component can be attached onto the seat of most conventional bikes and electrical currents give the rider a push with an energy transfer rate of 96%. Designed to be uncomplicated, after an initial installation the transformation can happen in well under a minute. The equipment can be effortlessly mounted or taken off and powered up or… read more

Plug It In

Plug It In

  Not many events celebrate a mass amount of people plugging in for an electric charge, unless that particular event is National Plug In Day. This annual day of active recognition began in 2011 and the goal is to bring awareness to the benefits of electric vehicles (EVs). With main dates taking place this coming September 28th and 29th 2013, depending on the location, at least 75 cities in the U.S. and areas in Mexico and the Netherlands have currently signed up. The plug in gathering is celebrated with parties, parades, test drives and traveling caravans of full on EVs and… read more

The Bicycle that becomes a Motorcycle

The Bicycle that becomes a Motorcycle

When you need to get around in the city, sometimes one option isn’t enough. A bike is great way to travel in some areas, while a motorcycle will let you travel greater distances without a whole lot of energy input from the rider. But now you can have the best of both worlds, with the Greyp, a transportation option that lets you pedal it like a standard bike when you want to, but ride it like an electric motorcycle when that’s called for. The Greyp G-12 can either be pedaled manually, with electric assist, or hit up to 65 km/h… read more

World’s First Bamboo Electric Mountain Bike

World's First Bamboo Electric Mountain Bike

Bamboo is an amazing renewable resource, as it’s not only capable of being used for everything from flooring to food to fiber (textiles and paper) to construction, but because it’s one of the fastest growing plants on Earth, groves of bamboo can be rapidly replenished. And now there’s yet another bamboo product on the market, this time the frame of an electrically-powered mountain bike, from E-Wheels, “The Beast”. While bamboo-framed bikes aren’t new, an electric mountain bike made from bamboo certainly is, and E-Wheels claims theirs is the “world’s first electric bamboo mountain bike”. Featuring a powerful (250W) motor from… read more

Rent Cars by the Minute

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Car2go is a German company that allows drivers to hire cars by the minute. Depleting the need to justify an hourly rate with moderate to long distance travel. Instead, cars can be utilized for shorter trips when walking is impractical and public transport, inaccessible. As with mid-distance commutes to work and last minute trips to the grocery store. Car2go has vehicles deposited throughout participating cities, all which can be found through an app and reserved online in as little as 30 minutes in advance. If you’re not making a reservation, simply use any of the car2go vehicles closest to you…. read more

Japanese MagLev Train Hits 310 MPH

Japanese MagLev Train Hits 310 MPH

The future of rail transportation, at least in Japan, is a levitating train capable of reaching speeds in excess of 300 miles per hour. The most recent trial of the fastest maglev train in the world, the L-Zero, on a 26-mile test track in Japan, demonstrated its ability to double the speed that current “bullet trains” can achieve. The L-Zero, which uses magnetic levitation technology to float just above the tracks, thereby reducing friction and increasing potential speeds, is the latest in a series of designs aimed to be put into use between Tokyo and Nagoya by 2027. The 286… read more

Scrooser: Modern Lifestyle Electric City Scooter

Scrooser: The Modern Lifestyle Electric City Scooter

Finally, there’s an electric scooter that adults won’t feel embarrassed to ride. Looking like something taken straight from the playground and put through an enlarger, the Scrooser is a big-wheeled electric assist scooter that has been dubbed a “modern lifestyle city scooter”. The Scrooser has the configuration of an old-school kick scooter, except scaled up to an adult size and featuring big fat tires that are said to enable a ride akin to surfing or snowboarding. The scooter isn’t a “step aboard and hit the throttle” type of transportation option, but instead it assists the rider’s efforts with an impulse… read more