Here’s some more fun Tesla Model X, electric vehicle, and clean transport news for you:
If you read my live blog of the Tesla Model X unveiling, you probably saw that Google cofounder Sergey Brin was sitting in the VIP section in the front. Later on, when Elon Musk was handing off the Founder Series Model Xs to their owners, a lady came up and Elon said something to her like “standing in for Sergey” or “stand-in for Sergey.” My initial thought was, “Hmm, Sergey Brin?”
If you watched Elon Musk hand off 5 Founder Series Tesla Model Xs the other night, you may well have been wondering who those people are. Google cofounder Sergey Brin seems to have been one of them (but kept it on the down-low). Perhaps the second-most-famous of the bunch is Steve Jurvetson. Steve is a highly successful investors who’s been flying high in recent years thanks to investments in just about everything Elon works on. He seems to be a super friendly and optimistic guy, and I’ve only heard good things about him.
— Bubba Murarka (@bubba) October 1, 2015
Those keeping an eye on the American commercial electric vehicle (EV) market may want to take note of the company EV Fleet Inc (EVFI), currently based out of North Carolina.
If you have ever considered taking your car and converting it into an electric vehicle (EV), then you’ll probably want to take look at the video below. It’s really quite interesting, showing the fruits of a self-taught DIY (do it yourself) attempt to convert an early Volkswagen Samba Van into an EV.
Agustín Agustinoy wants to change the way we think about bicycles. Instead of bikes that are big, dumb, and bulky, he wants bikes that are sleek, smart, and individualistic. He argues that most bikes look old fashioned. Because they are not modern looking, people don’t feel as comfortable expressing their personality through them in the same way they do with a car. Oh, and if they fold and are electric, that is way cool, too!
Sorry it has been so long since the last post, life has a way of getting busy between my Parishes, Marquette Catholic High School, where I am Chaplain, and my own personal pursuits.
The City Council of Dallas, Texas, has gone ahead and given preliminary approval to the creation of a new light-rail line intended to improve transportation options in the city’s downtown core, according to recent reports.
Nearly two-thirds of all Americans would use high-speed rail if it was available, based on the findings of a new survey from the American Public Transportation Association (APTA). To be more exact here, 63% of those surveyed stated an interests in utilizing high-speed rail service if it was available.
Today is the final day of the National Bike Challenge! We have a lot of reasons to celebrate the past five months, and it’s easy to see our numerical accomplishments (more than 37 million miles!) on the homepage. But what’s even more rewarding is hearing from participants about their personal experiences and success stories this year. Below are just a few of the comments left by riders today looking back on the 2015 Challenge—keep them coming!
The vast appeal of the open streets movement was on display in Atlanta last weekend, as the city hosted the Open Streets Summit and its very own event: Atlanta Streets Alive.
Ten times more land in Chicago is now designated for transit oriented development—affording new development reduced parking requirements, density bonuses for affordable housing, and new strength for the city’s Pedestrian Street design regulations.
Boulder, Colorado may be one of the most bike-friendly cities in the U.S., but that did not stop the City Council on Tuesday night from voting to remove the protected bike lanes on Folsom street and return the road to four lanes of vehicle traffic.
In our third edition of “Where We Ride: An Analysis of Bicycling in American Cities” we take a look at the growth of bicycle commuters throughout the country, based on new data from the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey. We dissect broad trends, like where among large cities bike commuting is growing fastest, and take on and more granular analyses, like which cities are exploding with bike commuters by region and size.
Congratulations to all of the winners and to everyone who participated in the Challenge this year. Together we logged almost 38 million miles! Below are the winners listed by category.
Volkswagen of America CEO to Testify Before House Subcommittee Next Week on Emissions Affair; Request for all Related Documents
As part of its ongoing investigation into Volkswagen’s emissions issues, the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, chaired by Rep. Tim Murphy (R-PA), of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce has scheduled a hearing for Thursday, 8 October. The hearing is entitled, “Volkswagen’s Emissions Cheating Allegations: Initial Questions.”
VW Says Complete Investigation of Emissions Scandal Will Take Several Months; Suspending General Meeting in November; Report on Solutions Next Week
In a statement issued following its meeting on 30 September the Executive Committee of Volkswagen AG’s Supervisory Board said that it has concluded that the completion of investigations into the emissions testing scandal will take at least several months.