Quotes from the video below:
"I am in a miniature, road-going, fighter plane! I want guns strapped to the side of this, something that fires missiles maybe."
"Absolute Hand on heart, I've never had so much fun in a car"
"He is my partner...and also my lover"
The Carver goes 115 mph, has one motorcycle tire, two car tires, banks into turns and gets about 47 mpg. Currently they cost around $40,000, but they're aiming for a $18,000 pricetag and a hybrid version on the horizon. You get the climate control and comfort of a car, with the mileage and fun of a bike. I don't realy know why I want one so bad, but it looks like amazing fun.
Wouldn't it be horribly convenient if there were a company who's mission was to organize all the world's information. OK...it also might be a bit scary, but Google's mobile maps is great for car, drive and air quality.
Just turn on your cell phone, connect to Google Mobile Maps and look at all the main roads. If it's green it's clear, yellow it's congested, and red it's halted. You immediately how to get where you're going without wasting gas idling in stop and go traffic.
The good folks at
brought a green vehicles initiative from the The State of New
York to our attention. Governor Pataki and state Senate Majority Leader Joseph
L. Bruno announced a new program
the state fleet to plug-in hybrids. The pilot program will spend $10 million to
retrofit 600 vehicles to be able to charge their batteries by pluggin' in to the
And for all those nay-sayers, we have a a nifty
alternative fuels comparison chart (PDF), showing how much cheaper and cleaner grid power is than gasoline engine generated power.
"Plug-in hybrid vehicles can be plugged into the electric grid –
such as a normal 120 volt household outlet - to boost mileage. This will allow
the vehicles to operate on emissions-free battery power, reducing the amount of
fuel utilized and significantly decreasing the release of harmful pollutants,
including greenhouse gases. Since the utility grid has lower demand during
overnight hours, the recharging of plug-ins would not add to the peak
We thought maybe they'd just want to be the first ones to get their hands on the
Tesla Roadster we
seem to be so fond of here.
There's talk about GM...ok...we've said some nasty things
. But we've
said some nice things
too. And today, we'll be saying something nice
again. In 2007, GMC will be releasing the first hybrid electric
trucks. Now, some people may see a hybrid Sierra as greenwashing, but
I'm having none of it. I honestly believe that trucks are one of the
most important kinds of vehicles to go hybrid.
Improving the gas mileage of a car from 60 to 70 mpg saves about 2
gallons of gas per 1000 miles. Increasing the mileage of a truck like
the Sierra from 15 to 25 mpg, as GMC has, saves ten times that. And,
quite frankly, I think we need trucks just as much as we need passenger
This is a big deal. A lot of people need trucks, especially out here
in the hinterlands, and I'm not about to criticize them. But right now
people who neeed 350 horsepower and a flatbed don't have any options
above 20 mpg. And the hybrid Sierra (greenwashed or not) gives people
EV Rental Cars
, as yet, doesn't actually rent any pure electric
vehicles, but you can certainly get your hands on a hybrid with no
problem. The company currently only rents three cars, the Prius, the
Civic Hybrid and the Highlander Hybrid. What they won't rent is
anything else. They rent low emissions vehicles only, though, the highlander is
Anyhow, it's an interesting idea.
For now, it's an idea that only
seems to work in California (Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego, San
Francisco, Oakland and San Jose) though they've got one in Pheonix now,
and soon to be in Las Vegas. It's also a good place to pick up used
hybrids if you're in the market (and in California.) They've got a
fleet of over 350 cars now, so they've gotta have quite a few up for
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