Author Archives: Cynthia Shahan

2017 World Urban Car = BMW i3 (94 Ah)

April 14th, 2017 | by Cynthia Shahan

As the inaugural winner of the 2017 World Urban Car award at the New York International Auto Show, the new BMW i3 (94 Ah) is getting a well deserved nod of attention. The i3 is a blast to drive, subcompact (allowing for much easier urban parking and maneuvering), elegant, clean, and widely available. In a world of growing city fees or bans for dirty vehicles, it's apropos that an electric vehicle win the inaugural World Urban Car award

The Future Began In 1907 At Detroit Electric — $1.8 Billion Revives The EV Company Now

April 13th, 2017 | by Cynthia Shahan

Detroit Electric was an original innovator of the electric car. It opened shop in 1907, over a century ago. The company reignited in new form in 2008, but it has apparently taken a while to get rolling again. Presently, Detroit Electric's new Leamington Spa factory in the UK is in the midst of a staffing drive enabled by a $1.8 billion dollar joint venture deal

Kentucky Coal Museum Switches To Solar Power

April 10th, 2017 | by Cynthia Shahan

Experts believe that even the recent deregulation of the coal industry will not be enough to bring back coal jobs. 1923 is the past, and we are past the time when coal was booming — coal is in a rapid decline for a few reasons. The coal industry remains more a part of our country's fast-transforming history than anything else. That's the story of the solar industry today

PSA Group Starts Operations In USA Carsharing Services

April 10th, 2017 | by Cynthia Shahan

New carsharing services keep coming on the heels of one another — there's a new announcement seemingly every day. The PSA Group is the latest to join the fun, with a press release announcing the start of carsharing operations in the

Ford #1 In Navigant Research Automated Driving Ranking

April 7th, 2017 | by Cynthia Shahan

A long list of ecological ills come from the neverending stream of motorists burning millions of barrels of oil a day in the US alone — carcinogenic air and water, a destabilized climate, a dying Great Barrier Reef, and an overall threat to human life itself

Leveling The Playing Field Via “Parking Cash Out”

April 5th, 2017 | by Cynthia Shahan

Donald Shoup pointed out many years ago that if companies pay the costs of parking for their employees, a common fringe benefit (and an expensive one, at that), those employers are essentially giving “an invitation to drive to work alone.”

Transit Users & Jobs Need Our Support: A Call To Action Against Horrific Budget Cuts

April 5th, 2017 | by Cynthia Shahan

Day after day, we witness backtracking in our country. Looking at the big picture, after nudging tenaciously year after year, the hurdles some of us thought we had energy to overcome are set up once more like barricades to common sense and dignity. Some of the hurdles that we thought determined environmentally and socially compassionate forces had overcome slip through our grasp metaphorically like water — or worse, dehydrate from the flames of oppression

UK’s Electric Nation Project Recruits New EV Owners With Free Smart Chargers

April 4th, 2017 | by Cynthia Shahan

Yes, the air keeps getting cleaner in the Midlands, South West, South Wales, and Milton Keynes. Electric vehicle awareness and the EV market are growing. And better news is that Electric Nation is sustainably recruiting any hesitant new adopters. New EV owners can now have one of the very latest home smart chargers installed – for free

London & Paris To Test Real-World Vehicle Emissions

April 4th, 2017 | by Cynthia Shahan

Every town and city in the world with motorists must be vigilant at this time to reduce needless and toxic emissions. Vehicle emissions that perpetrate cancers and many other diseases are choking our bodies and choking our planet. London Mayor Sadiq Khan and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo have set in motion a combined effort to test how dirty vehicles really are in order to kick illegally dirty vehicles out of their cities. The plan is being aided by Emission Analytics.

Connected & Autonomous Vehicles To Improve Quality Of Life For 6 In 10 People With Limited Mobility In UK, Study Finds

April 4th, 2017 | by Cynthia Shahan

The transition to autonomous electric vehicles is nearly here, offering more transit options, increased mobility, superior energy efficiency, and increased safety. With more attention to vehicles that can move themselves on our behalf, modern options in transit will serve those who previously had no or little mobility -- perhaps did not drive and couldn't practically use conventional mass transit

The Eco Tour Di Sicilia via 200 Renault ZOE Electric Cars

March 31st, 2017 | by Cynthia Shahan

Travel within the profoundly rich cultural realms of Italy sounds entrancing, delicious, and worth the time. How much more desirable to travel in an all-electric Renault ZOE not compromising the age-old landscapes! Well, you can do just that — the Eco Tour Di Sicilia and Renault ZOE has put Italy's Cultural Heritage centre stage

100% Electric Nissan e-NV200 Returns Iconic Harrods Delivery Fleet In London To Its Early Electric Roots

March 31st, 2017 | by Cynthia Shahan

Do you ever wonder what shape the world might be in if electric cars had not been replaced by gas cars so long ago? It has been over 100 years after the legendary London department store Harrods first added an electric van to its fleet. Harrods is now returning to electric vehicle technology. The company has selected the 100% electric Nissan e-NV200 delivery van as the latest addition to its delivery fleet

Citroën E-Berlingo Multispace: Electric Minivan Arrives

March 31st, 2017 | by Cynthia Shahan

For those who enjoy a larger leisure activity vehicle of delivery van, the Citroën Berlingo has been around serving such needs for over 20 years. What's been missing? Of course, most of those vehicles have run on fossil fuels. That's what the electric Citroën E-Berlingo is for

Toyota Prius Driver Test Drives Nissan LEAF

March 28th, 2017 | by Cynthia Shahan

"Well I can tell you the first thing I like about Nissans in general — is that I love their seats — the way they hug your body. The seats in my hybrid are not as nice." Diego Alejandro continues: "This is really cool. I love all the high-tech stuff, the way it sounds when you turn it on. I like the sound. It sounds futuristic. It sounds like a jet."

Another Milestone For Renault: 100,000th Leased Electric Vehicle Battery

March 28th, 2017 | by Cynthia Shahan

Renault's customers are partial to leasing their batteries, an option that very few electric car producers have offered. There are certainly pros and cons to leasing the battery versus buying it as part of the car, but there's no doubt that ZOE buyers/lessees overwhelmingly choose the former. In fact, 94% of UK ZOE owners leased their battery in 2016. Furthermore, Renault just hit a big milestone, with more ZOE drivers having leased a battery than most brands can claim for total EV sales

Nissan’s Electric Vehicles — Resilient Power & Mobile Emergency Backup

March 26th, 2017 | by Cynthia Shahan

I like the breeze off the Gulf of Mexico, but it's sometimes too strong — the summer hurricane season is upon us, and who knows what's around the corner? Those essential services we typically take for granted can stop quickly, and then be gone for hours or even days. The dark is nice for a change, but the food might spoil. No lights, no electricity, no cooling, no heating, no stove, no refrigeration — lacking these essentials for long presents a huge challenge for 21st century creatures

Fleet Experts Name Hyundai IONIQ Electric “Best Plug-in Car” For Fleets

March 23rd, 2017 | by Cynthia Shahan

The Hyundai Ioniq Electric has gotten a lot of accolades from early reviewers, including from us. A new press release from the UK reports that an expert panel has now served up a prestigious award to the car as well. Fleet News chose the IONIQ Electric as the "Best Plug-in Car (0g/km)" for fleets. Hyundai seems to have really earned this award (even if it didn't win) and is developing a name for itself in the world of future mobility. The company actually won a second award as well — "Green Manufacturer of the Year."

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