Author Archives: Cynthia Shahan

Trump’s 2018 Budget = Severe Cuts To Federal Funding For Transit, Bicycling, & Walking — Is Not Pro-Life, Not Pro-Child

May 30th, 2017 | by Cynthia Shahan

Study after study after study after study shows exhaust from gas cars and diesel engines to be a major factor of disease in our world, and — tragically — in our children. With such a large amount of information on air pollution out there, why on earth would an administration claiming to care for children cut funding for clean transport (not to mention the EPA)? Is the party and its president simply disrobing its pro-child guise, its pro-life guise with the understanding that voters won't pay attention or care


“Think Blue” Volkswagen Program Intends To Cut Environmental Impact ~50% By 2025

May 27th, 2017 | by Cynthia Shahan

The goals of Volkswagen's ongoing effort to be more environmentally friendly go beyond producing more electric cars. The environmental targets of its resource-optimized factories are also focused on aligning with the Paris Climate Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations. Volkswagen is now planning 45% reduction instead of 25% reduction in CO2 emissions, energy and water consumption, waste production, and solvent emissions by 2018 (compared with 2010)


Lyft Offers Scheduled Rider Pickups, A First In The “Ridesharing” Industry

May 27th, 2017 | by Cynthia Shahan

The experience of going online as a driver for Uber or Lyft used to be about the same. Drivers sign on and sit and wait for rider requests to ping into the system. Drivers of on-demand taxi services are going to gravitate to Lyft rather than Uber more after this weekend, though. A new Lyft app provides Lyft drivers with the option of picking up a planned rider request. Accepting rider requests days or hours beforehand is an immense change and a big plus for drivers. Additionally, the entire experience is unheard of until now — to know where the passenger is going and how long the drive/ride may be


BMW i3 & i8 “With An Attitude” Via West Coast Customs … Coming To SEMA

May 25th, 2017 | by Cynthia Shahan

Teaming up with the i division of BMW, West Coast Customs — known for thinking outside the box — had some fun with a BMW i3 for this year's SEMA trade show. The BMW i3's styling is already unique, but if you want even more out-of-the-box electric car styling, have a look. BMW actually gave West Coast Customs a few BMW i3s and a BMW i


Harvard Study: Greenery In Your Neighborhood Cuts Women’s Mortality Rates

May 23rd, 2017 | by Cynthia Shahan

Green, in my experience, starts with childhood. Nothing compares with climbing trees as a child. A close second was laying flat on my back in the yard or woods behind my house and cloud gazing. It just felt good. A Harvard Study from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health explains more of what a child instinctively understands


Wireless EV Charging Pilot For Renault Kangoo Z.E. Via Qualcomm & Vedecom

May 21st, 2017 | by Cynthia Shahan

Renault has partnered with Qualcomm Technologies and Vedecom to explore wireless electric vehicle charging at a rate as high as 20 kilowatts (kW) — with the wireless charging working even up to 62 miles per hour (100 km/h)! In other words, this rate of wireless electric vehicle charging (DEVC) could enable vehicles to charge while driving. ... Well, that certainly would hush any charge anxiety


2018 Nissan LEAF Teaser Shot Emailed — New Headlights

May 18th, 2017 | by Cynthia Shahan

The increased range of the 2018 Nissan LEAF is a major plus new buyers can count on — we don't know the exact range yet, but it's sure to be much higher than first-generation electric cars. It is time to compete with Chevy Bolt and Tesla Model


Mitsubishi UK Technicians Will Receive Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Training

May 15th, 2017 | by Cynthia Shahan

In conversations with city employees about a swift transition to EVs, I listen to the feedback about the mechanics, the technicians that work on city-owned vehicles. They are not accustomed to EVs, but it is time to train them to become experts. That is what Mitsubishi is doing — in the UK. All technicians will receive IMI (Institute of the Motor Industry) qualifications in electric and hybrid vehicles


Florida Sea Level Rise & Unchecked Coastal Developments

May 14th, 2017 | by Cynthia Shahan

The piercing emerald-green waters of the Gulf coast of Florida and the wilder expanse of shimmering waves on the Atlantic coast, especially near Miami, attract immense amounts of development on an essentially flat limestone sponge — a porous sandy terrain. Even without climate change, the tropics are a throw of the dice when hurricane season comes along. With climate change and sea level rise, coastal developments make no sense — and yet, day by day, month by month, large coastal luxury buildings shoot sky high, with almost no sidewalk to spare on one side and sand that will soon be under water on the other. No wall can hold back that water — it will just leak through underneath


Florida Lawmakers Act On Solar Amendment Approved By 72.6% Of Voters

May 12th, 2017 | by Cynthia Shahan

Florida has many faces. One face strives to support clean energy and jobs being lit by the sun. In spite of the fact that a group of people cast their votes in this swing state toward a tragically absurd direction (choosing a political leader who is ecologically unaware, deaf, and blind), the state continues to move towards renewable growth — solar in particular. The Palm Beach Post reported that a bill to implement the constitutional amendment designed to expand the use of solar and other renewable energy devices is ready to go to Governor Rick Scott. It is now delivered to the governor's desk. Time to act swiftly, governor.


Nissan e-NV200 Undertakes 35-Day European Electrip Showcasing European Electric Corridor

May 11th, 2017 | by Cynthia Shahan

Moving the EV juices around in Europe and tuning a broader audience into the enormous value and irreplaceable quality of driving and riding in electric vehicles is France's Lionel Suissa and his Electrip team — a group of artists promoting electro-mobility. From late spring into early summer, a Nissan e-NV200 will revel in a 35-day European Electrip across 8 countries. Suissa will be leading the 35 day tour that starts in Barcelona and winds up in Norway. The precise purpose is to showcase the European Electric Corridor


Nissan Targets 550 Kilometer Electric Car By 2020

May 8th, 2017 | by Cynthia Shahan

Driving a Nissan Leaf as a city car with short jaunts out of town is fine. I never lack range or charge for such uses, even without home charging. But what if you want to drive the Appalachians or roam a UNESCO world heritage site — for hours. Nissan CEO Hiroto Saikawa recently talked about a 300 mile target for 3 years from now


Panasonic Opens Its 1st EV Battery Factory In China

April 28th, 2017 | by Cynthia Shahan

In line with the fast-growing EV market, Panasonic is opening a new EV battery factory in China -- the world's #1 EV market. Panasonic is known for partnering with Tesla -- they have been building Gigafactory 1 and improving lithium-ion battery cell chemistry together


Your Used Nissan Leaf Might Be Appreciating. You Can Thank Overseas Cities (For Banning Gas Cars)

April 24th, 2017 | by Cynthia Shahan

The good news today is all of my regular EV charging spots were filled with other Nissan Leafs. I'm used to seeing Teslas and Chevy Volts. Of late, I spotted a few more Leafs. People do love the airy, comfortable Leaf. There's more good news if you own a Nissan Leaf — your used Leaf is appreciating. According to Torque News, "It might be the only car in history whose price isn’t depreciating but appreciating.”


New Orleans — “Biking Boomtown” — Doubled Rate Of Bicycle Commuters In 10 Years

April 21st, 2017 | by Cynthia Shahan

New Orleans rivals and surpasses other America cities in so many ways. Music first comes to mind — oh, to be the birthplace of Jazz — but there's also the city's French and Spanish Creole architecture, its cross-cultural and multilingual heritage, cuisine, annual celebrations such as the colorful, magical Mardi Gras. New Orleans also deserves praise for propelling itself so rapidly ahead in terms of transport — doing what it takes other cities many years to do


Tesla Voluntarily Recalling 53,000 Model S & Model X Vehicles Due To Potential Parking Brake Issue

April 20th, 2017 | by Cynthia Shahan

The ludicrous acceleration of a Tesla is one thing, but you also need solid brakes to go the other way — and parking brakes, for keeping put on a hill or steep driveway. Regarding the latter, Tesla is voluntarily recalling 53,000 Model S and Model X vehicles over a potential issue with the parking brake that could prevent it from releasing. In other words, it's not a dramatic issue, but it does entail a fairly large recall


Germany Increased Electric Car Charging Points 27% In 2016

April 17th, 2017 | by Cynthia Shahan

The vitality and satisfaction of early EV adopters keeps on increasing. A vast market of electric car enthusiasts is prompting companies to offer more electric cars and more charging stations. Cleaner air, quieter roads, quieter neighborhoods, and precision autonomous features are where it's at. With all the new varieties, growing ranges, and broadening styles of EVs, consumers see more charging spots at community places as important to their new lives



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