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Try New Transport Options

Transport options

Fuel prices continue to soar and along with the cost of insurance and maintenance, many people are finding driving a car more of a hassle than a pastime. Riding a bike will certainly save money on gas and give you a great cardiovascular workout while doing so. Choose your bike wisely. Do you live in the flatlands? A leisure or cruise bike is good for flat surfaces and provides a smooth journey. If you live in the rigid backsides of the country or in a city with many hills, you may want to pursue mountain bikes. Invest in a security lock… read more

Driving Options For All

The Wheel Chair Accessible Car

For most wheelchair users a modified vehicle costing up to $80,000 is their only option. Such financial challenges have barred many wheelchair users from driving a car at all, and eco-friendly transport was surely out of the question. Then along came the Kenguru, the first low-speed electric vehicle designed specifically for wheelchair users. The Kenguru (pronounced “kangaroo”) can accommodate one passenger seated in his or her wheelchair for a range of up to 60 miles. The Kenguru has only a single door to the rear of the vehicle for direct wheelchair access. It’s opened by remote control. Inside the driver… read more

2014 Ford F150 Can Run on CNG

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Ford’s iconic pickup truck, the F-150, will come with an alternative fuel option for 2014, with the 3.7l V6 being capable of running on compressed natural gas (CNG) or liquified petroleum gas (LPG). The gaseous-fuel prep package available for the 2014 model includes hardened valves and valve seats, as well as hardened pistons and rings, in order to switch between operating on gasoline or on natural gas. According to Ford, once the CNG/LPG package is installed, the F-150 can cover over 750 miles per tank (depending on tank size), with an average fuel efficiency of 23 MPG (highway). “Businesses and… read more

First Solar-Powered Family Car

First Solar-Powered Family Car

Imagine how wond­erful it would be if your car could continue running without you spending money on fuel. Much like solar-powered homes, solar cars harness energy from the sun converting it into energy for fuelling the car’s motor, but instead of using a battery, some solar cars direct the power straight to an electric motor. We just found out that a team of students from the solar team at Eindhoven University TU/e were working on that matter and have recently unveiled a vehicle called “Stella”, which is said to be the world’s first solar-powered family car. The team of 22 students… read more

Cycling, Flying…or Both

Paravelo: the world’s first flying bike

For those of you who love extreme sports and ride bikes in the city, but want to avoid traffic jams, there is a new two-wheeled that you will absolutely adore. Created by a pair of British enthusiasts who have a passion for both cycling and flying, John Foden (37) and Yannick Read (42), the XploreAir Paravelo is a bike that transforms into an aircraft. The inventors say it is the world’s first fully functional flying bicycle. “If you have a thirst for adventure, but are without the storage space or bank balance large enough for a helicopter, then the Paravelo is… read more

The Velocino – The Pocket Sized Italian Bike

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Handy, pocket sized and very cute, Velocino is Italian manufacturer Abici’s latest bike. Charming and charged with history, they are a re-design of a bike first commissioned by Italian dictator Mussolini, who wanted a two-wheeler which was the perfect size to carry around with him. In fact, Abici’s first models were inspired by classic pieces from the 30s, 40s and 50s that owners Giuseppe Marcheselli, Stefano Seletti and Cristiano Gozzi would find in old bike shops and nearby scrap yards within Italy’s Alpine region of Lombardy. But one day they found an old Velocino model and never looked back. Each Velocino… read more

Becoming The Jetsons

Becoming The Jetsons

Flying automobiles have been dreamt of since Leonardo Da Vinci started painting, and were first popularized in the mid-1900’s by shows like ‘The Jetsons’. The production of these vehicles is the next logical step in transportation, yet reaching that point is harder than you may think. There are specific explanations for this delay in futuristic automobile production, and here are the reasons why we don’t have flying Deloreans in our garages. Flying Cars don’t exist because Self-Driving cars don’t exist Until reliable self-driving cars can be mass-produced, we will never see a legitimate flying car. Of course, there are prototypes… read more

NYC Bike Share Program

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Last year, Citigroup Inc. paid $41 million to New York City to sponsor their new bike renting program; one of the first of its kind in the United States, and one of the largest initiatives in the world. Starting last summer, 10,000 bikes with Citigroup’s logo on them were placed at 600 docking stations around Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Long Island. Considering that the majority of New York City’s workers live within 5km of their workplace, this program makes sense as a viable option to provide low-cost transportation to those in need, while making efforts to reduce pollution levels. Essentially, the… read more

Facts On Green Living

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We sometimes hear the terms “Going Green” without fully understanding the benefits of such a lifestyle. There’s the obvious planet and money-saving advantages, but we sometimes don’t think about the specifics. We’ve compiled a list of what we think are some of the top facts of taking on a greener lifestyle and minimizing our carbon footprint. The Pros Recycling 1 ton of paper saves 17 mature trees, 78 gallons of oil, 7,000 gallons of water, and 41,000 kilowatt hours of energy 113,204 aluminum cans are recycled every minute Composts can capture and destroy 99.6% of industrial chemicals in contaminated air… read more

Water Powered Jet Pack

Jetlev jet pack

Don’t expect Boba Fett to fly across town anytime soon, though you may see him lifting off at a beach near you. A Florida-based company called Jetlev has designed and built a commercially available water-propelled jet pack. They offer flights and training through their website, with several packages tailored for newbies and returning customers. Created by Raymond Li, a Chinese-born Canadian, the eco-friendly water-powered jetpack has received wide popularity, and a steady stream of customers to both purchase and rent the innovative recreational flier. The Jetlev consists of a carbon glass composite jetpack, a 260hp engine unit, and a hose to… read more