More fun clean transportation news for your reading pleasure:
A new nationwide US survey has found that protected bike lanes equipped with physical barriers can have a major impact upon the usage of bicycles by residents, due to the enhanced sense of reassurance they provide to prospective cyclists. (This finding is probably the 500th time this conclusion has been made by scientific research.)
While Tesla’s Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) program was revealed quite awhile back, and the general thrust of the company selling “used” vehicles certainly isn’t a new idea, an interesting new wrinkle in that situation recently came to our attention.
This Nissan LEAF review video is a little old (over 2½ years old) but it’s a really good one that captures many of the benefits of electric cars much better than other EV review videos I’ve seen. There are a couple of mistakes made that Chris Emerson (actor and LEAF owner) probably knows now were mistakes. But, on the whole, it may be the most usefully informative EV video I’ve ever watched. So check it out and share it around.
A new report from Plug’n Drive on the subject of Ontario’s greenhouse gas emissions reductions plans explores various possible scenarios of electric vehicle (EV) adoption in the Canadian province, positing that if Ontario’s EV sales were to rise 25% by 2020, then the province would eventually end up with over 100,000 EVs on the road by 2050.
Lest we forget, conventional hybrid electric cars (no plugs), and especially the Toyota Prius, led the beginning of this transition to eliminate gas, lower emissions, and come into the age of the EV. Toyota has just revealed the 2016 Prius, and it is a big change from previous models — design-wise. It comes with what some have described as a “sporty style,” but …
This is the thread started by shank2k over on /r/teslamotors. According to his flair, he is a Tesla employee and seemed genuinely interested in hearing ideas for future Model S upgrades. Since this is the User Interface sub, I filtered out all the hardware requests (they were all the same for the most part; lots of support for ventilated seats, processor upgrades, automatic frunk, HUD, and more cupholders). Below are all the requests that could be implemented from a software standpoint alone.
Poll: Which of the following features do you think are most important for Chevy to add to the 2017 Volt
A new study places a dollar-based price tag on the environmental benefits of electric vehicles in terms of avoided greenhouse gas pollution, and the answer may surprise both clean-car enthusiasts and skeptics.
The idea that Americans should walk rather than drive: “a radical idea wrapped in a banal government document.”
Starting today, Amtrak’s Capitol Limited Line, from Washington, D.C. through Pittsburgh and ending in Chicago, will offer bicycle roll-on bicycle service. Congratulations to Adventure Cycling Association and Amtrak for making this happen!
Public transport is essential for a city to function. However, cities in the Global South often encounter financial and planning challenges when developing public transport systems due to the cost and complexity of design and implementation. For example, bus rapid transit (BRT) systems often provide good connectivity at accessible prices. Yet, when implementing BRT networks, city leaders tend to overlook the importance of properly integrating the new model with existing private operators, such as private bus companies. This situation has often led to higher costs for the urban poor, poor connectivity and reduced efficiency of the entire system. Caracas, Bogotá, Jakarta and Lagos are four cities experimenting with strategies to improve the way that BRT networks integrate with other modes of transport.