Zipcar a More Efficient Choice for Drivers

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For every Zipcar vehicle used, 15 personally-owned cars are taken off the road. Zipcar, which was founded in 2000, is a US-based shared-transport program wherein drivers can reserve a car for use for either a monthly-rate or per-use fee. The program depletes the need to own a car and allows drivers  access to a vehicle on an as-needed basis. Often reservations can be made the same day. It is expected that 10 percent of populations will adopt shared-transport in the future. Shared transport is often a cheaper alternative to car-ownership, depleting the cost of insurance, maintenance, and even gas. Drivers… read more

Urban Outfitters to Sell Jetson E-Bikes

Urban Outfitters to Sell Jetson E-Bikes

The popularity of electric bicycles, or e-bikes, and other electrically-powered transport options is beginning to show a bit more, as seen by the announcement that the boutique retailer (and e-tailer) Urban Outfitters will soon be selling Jetson E-Bikes at five of their locations across the U.S.. “The Urban Outfitters shopper is looking for fun, savvy, stylish products that help make their lives more exciting and help them to express their individuality, so this partnership make sense for all parties involved. Electric bikes are quickly becoming the trending transportation alternative for everyone from city dwellers to students living on college campuses.”… read more

Tiny Electric Car Folds In Half to Park

Tiny Electric Car Folds In Half to Park

What’s better than an electric car for city driving? An electric car that can fold itself in half and park just about anywhere. Inspired by the design of the armadillo, which can roll itself up into a ball when threatened, a team of researchers at Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) has developed a small foldable electric car for urban transportation. The Armadillo-T can shrink from its original length of 2.8 meters to just 1.65 meters when it’s folded up, allowing it to fit into just one-third of a normal parking spot. The two-seater vehicle is powered by… read more

Singapore to get Driverless Electric Shuttle

Singapore to get Driverless Electric Shuttle

The future of public transportation, at least on a smaller scale, may be not only electric vehicles, but driverless electric vehicles that can autonomously navigate along pre-determined routes and drop passengers at their choice of stops. In Singapore, an autonomous electric shuttle will soon be put into service on a two kilometer route between Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and JTC Corporation’s (JTC) CleanTech Park, allowing for a real-world test of the system. During the initial two-year partnership between NTU, JTC and Induct Technologies, the shuttles will be tested, improved, and optimized, with the aim of providing a safe and reliable… read more

Terrafugia Flying Car Gets Public Demo

Terrafugia Flying Car Gets Public Demo

The Terrafugia Transition flying car got its first big public demonstration at the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh show, where a crowd of people witnessed a 20 minute presentation that included the conversion from airplane to car, driving on the ground, and then aerial maneuvers above the show. The Transition is a two-seater street-legal airplane that can drive on the the highway, fly through the skies, and then fit inside of a single car garage (once the wings are folded). “The Transition® brings a new level of freedom, flexibility, and fun to personal aviation by combining driving and flying in one state-of-the-art… read more

Celebrate World Carfree Day

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In a world that’s rapidly being overrun by fossil-fueled motorized vehicles, it’s important to bring awareness to the fact that an auto-centric lifestyle is not the only option, and that our neighborhoods, our communities, and our cities have a lot to gain by supporting better cycling, walking, and public transportation opportunities. One way to do that is to organize or be a part of a car-free day celebration near you, especially on or around September 22, when you can join together with many other global communities in celebrating World Carfree Day. “As the climate heats up, World Carfree Day is… read more

UNSW Team Unveils “Practical” Solar Electric Car

UNSW Team Unveils "Practical" Solar Electric Car

The UNSW Solar Racing Team, also known as Sunswift, has just unveiled their entry into this year’s World Solar Challenge, and its design is a bit of a departure from the traditional single-seaters that get designed for this challenging race. Instead of a vehicle that would look right at home in a sci-fi movie, the team at Sunswift built their latest solar car with a sporty two-door design that could be a candidate for the practical solar car of the future. “Boasting zero-emissions, the solar-powered beauty leans towards private transport applications, standing with the potential to be Australia’s first practical… read more

How To: Build Your Own Electric Motorcycle

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DIY’ers, we’re back again with another awesome tutorial on how to build your very own electric motorcycle. This time around, it’s a fairly simple 3-Step process: Step 1: Watch the video. Step 2: Follow the steps from the video. Step 3: Motor around town on your wicked awesome electric bike and inspire a DIY eco-project following. But wait, there’s more! You’ll practically become a legend among the other town-folk who elected to go the simple route and actually buy their bikes. You’ll learn important practical skills, including electrical engineering, soldering, welding, and wiring, along with feeling a tremendous amount of self-accomplishment… read more

BMW i8 Plug-In Hybrid Sportscar Boasts 113 MPG

BMW i8 Plug-In Hybrid Sportscar Boasts 113 MPG

Following the announcement of the BMW i3’s launch in 2014, the second in the company’s i series is a plug-in hybrid sportscar, boasting a dual drive system and a whopping 113 mpg fuel rating. The BMW i8, currently a prototype, but expected to be the second production car in the company’s alternative drive series, features a TwinPower Turbo 3-cylinder gas engine powering the rear wheels, and the eDrive system, with a compact electric motor driving the front wheels. Both drive systems can be engaged for more aggressive cornering and handling, in essence becoming an all-wheel drive sportscar. “The BMW i8… read more

How To Convert Your Car Into An Electric Vehicle

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With bigger and better electric vehicles debuting on a regular basis, you’re probably starting to feel the pressure to upgrade to a more eco-friendly mode of transport, i.e. the Tesla Model S. Unfortunately for most of us with moderate budgets, going out and buying a new vehicle just isn’t an option, even with government subsidies. Luckily, there are tons of tools readily available to help us convert our own cars into environmentally-friendly street vehicles. And if the DIY scene isn’t your thing, take a look at our article on quick tips to green up your car. Here’s Part 1 of a series… read more