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New Tesla Factory (Pics & Video), Ford Smartwatch EV App, Awesome Audi A3 Commercial… (Clean Transport Highlights)

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Artega Unveils “Scalo” Electric Sports Car

Amongst the many other cars revealed at the recent IAA motor show in Frankfurt, Germany, was the Artega “Scalo” electric sports car.


Spin8 Unveils Roadmap To EV Charging Station Buildout In Italy

Spin8 revealed its new roadmap to build out Italy’s electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure during the coming years at the recent IAA motor show in Frankfurt, Germany. The new roadmap — dubbed Carica Innovativa (“Recharge Italy!”) — outlines a means of increasing EV adoption in the country via an improved charging network.


Tesla Opens New Factory In The Netherlands

With so much news around the Tesla Model X, you’d think all the news about Tesla was spy shots and changes to the design studio. But a big piece of news that we didn’t want to skip was the opening of Tesla’s new factory in the Netherlands, in the city of Tilburg.

Ford “Smartwatch” App Lets EV Owners Monitor Battery Remotely

Those who drive one of Ford’s electric vehicles and who also possess an interest in “smart watches” may be interested to hear that the company has developed a new app that allows owners to remotely control their car on a smart watch.

The 2013 Ford Fusion


Audi’s e-tron Quattro EV SUV — Formal Debut At IAA

The much ballyhooed Audi e-tron Quattro all-electric SUV concept finally made its official debut at the recent IAA in Frankfurt, Germany — potentially bringing some greater insight into the company’s production electric SUV, which is currently slated for release around 2018.

Audi e-tron quattro concept at the International Auto Show 2015 in Frankfurt/Main.

Audi A3 e-tron Commercial Rocks (Video)

To give people the experience of electric drive, you have to first attract them to the car, and that is typically done through commercials. This commercial nails it because it quite effectively makes the A3 e-tron look sexy and fun, and also green (implied subtly via the various green neighborhood folk — a solar installer, a bike-riding young lady, a bumper-sticker-sticking Prius driver, and a backyard farmer — gawking at the A3 e-tron).

Kaitlyn’s Law and Tesla

Kaitlyn’s Law:

It is against California law to leave a child under the age of seven alone in the car without the supervision of a person at least 12 years old if:

  1. The keys are in the ignition or the car is running, or
  2. There is a significant risk to the child.

Model S P85D vs BMW M5 Comparison Review on

Tesla Model S P85D vs BMW M5 Nighthawk comparison review in Fairfax Media. The best of the old way or the beginning of the new?

2016 Cadillac ELR Is Much Better Than 2014 ELR

As some of you may remember, I leased a 2014 Cadillac ELR for about 15 months and had a lot of complaints. Now I’m driving a 2015 Ford Fusion Energi Titanium… and I was really loving it until I drove the refreshed 2016 ELR this afternoon!

Tennessee Resident Who Purchased Car Assembled At VW’s Chattanooga Factory Files Class Action Against VW For Massive Fraud

Mark P. Chalos, managing partner of the Nashville office of the national plaintiffs’ law firm Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, announced that Jason Hess filed a nationwide class action lawsuit today in federal court in Chattanooga, Tennessee, against Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. The complaint charges that for over six years VW intentionally and systematically cheated its customers, lied to the government, and misled the public about the true emissions and performance of four-cylinder diesel engine vehicles sold under the Volkswagen and Audi brands.

Nashville Neighborhood Conducts Car-Free Experiment

A neighborhood in West Nashville is in the midst of a “Don’t Car Campaign,” concluding on September 25, to determine just how walkable and transit-friendly their homes can be.

Friday Fun: Cities Around the Globe Celebrate Car-Free Day

According to the UNEP, an estimated 1 billion people are exposed to outdoor air pollution annually, out of which roughly 1 million die premature deaths. To improve air quality and decrease urban congestion, cities across the world are getting creative: last Tuesday (September 22nd), citizens danced, walked and biked in the streets for international car-free day. Organized informally in Europe during the early 90s, car-free day was later established as a Europe-wide initiative by the European Commission in 2000. Since then, more than a thousand European cities have joined the movement, with hundreds more outside the continent joining on. This past Tuesday, cities like Beijing, New Delhi, Mexico City, and Rio de Janeiro took a breath of fresh air as they closed down roads to motorized traffic, giving citizens the opportunity to walk and bike to work free of unsafe traffic congestion.

Atlanta Approves 31 New Miles of Bike Lanes Amid Growing Bike-Lash

Bike advocates in the famously car-centric Atlanta are finding success despite outspoken opposition.

Dallas Working to Build More Protected Bike Lanes

Not all bicycle infrastructure is created equal. Dallas planners are working to find new ways to build protected bike lanes instead of sharrows and other half-measures.

How to Build a Real-Time LED Display of Your City’s Transit System

The makeshift display secured into the wall glows and pulsates, creating a hypnotic aura like a lava lamp for the modern-day engineering student.

The Outsized Benefits of Transforming Parking Lots to TOD

Chicago’s sale of three city-owned parking lots demonstrates how selling underused land for the purposes of transit-oriented development can benefit people and government.

Build It and They Will Come: Big Expansion Expected for Houston Bikeshare

Critical funding from the Houston-Galveston Area Council’s Transportation Policy Council will expand the size of Houston’s B-Cycle bikeshare system. The investment is intended to attract more users.

Jersey City Bikeshare Launches; Hoboken’s System on the Way

The New York Times recognizes the signs of urban biking’s renaissance in the launch of bikeshare systems in New Jersey cities.

Boston Mayor Considering Shoup-Style Makeover for Downtown Parking

Mayor Martin J. Walsh and Chris Osgood, the latter Boston’s new “chief of streets,” are looking to San Francisco as a model of dynamic parking.

Airbus Glider Set to Enter the Record Books

It’s called the Perlan 2, after the record-setting glider that billionaire Steve Fossett and a copilot took to a glider record of 50,722 feet back in 1996. The crew behind the Airbus-designed Perlan 2, however, isn’t interested in re-setting the glider record. They’re going for the overall record, and they’re doing it without any sort of engine (electric or otherwise).

Icon A5 Is The Tesla Of Airplanes

A fully loaded Tesla Model S will cost you close to $150,000. For about $50,000 more, you could have yourself something truly unique, the Icon A5 — an airplane that can land on the water or the ground and then slip neatly into your garage, right next to that shiny new Tesla.

Toyota Prius All-Wheel-Drive Option Leaked

It’s impossible to keep a secret any more. In the age of the cell phone camera and the internet, all information wants to be free. Thanks to folks at the Indian Autos blog, photos of an internal Toyota staff manual have found their way online. They show that there will be a Prius all-wheel-drive option when the fourth-generation car goes into production, but they don’t say when that option will be available or which markets it’s coming to.

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