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Auto Show - Less Green in 2014

As we've done for the past several years, EcoGeek went to this year's North American International Auto Show (the Detroit Auto Show) to see what is new in clean and look there pharmacy levitra green transportation. However, this year's displays continue to move away from a focus on environmental awareness as a major selling point. This has seemed to be the levitra online pharmacy trend over the past few years. In retrospect, it seems that the peak of generic viagra canada the green focus was probably the 2009 Detroit Show.

Green isn't gone entirely. MPG is still a factor that is touted at some brands, but it seems to matter no more than other numbers like horsepower or cargo volume that manufacturers use to buy cialis us compete with one another. Electric drive continues to work its way into more and more cars (with mild hybridization becoming more common). But cars are not green-focused the way they were a few years ago. The fact that Ford has five different hybrid and electric drive vehicles would have been a big story just a couple years ago, but now it is just part of a major automaker having a complete line.

Where once they seemed like an outsider, Tesla seems to have developed into a mainstream member of the club. For this year's display, Tesla had two of their Model S coupes and display panels about interior finish choices; the Roadster was not in sight. The only non-traditional manufacturer on the display floor this year was VIA trucks, which had vehicles in three different places. Michelin (who has always been a major sponsor of the Detroit Show) and a couple other parts suppliers also had space on the main floor, but not to the levitra china extent as during the depths of the economic decline.

The common theme across much of the show this year was the engine-on-a-stick. It's not that it hasn't been done before, but it seemed to be much more prevalent. Lots of 20mg levitra "here's what the engine looks like," and usually nothing, or very little, in the way of explanatory text to accompany it. Overall, the show did seem to be moving back toward a more car-centric focus on the basic stuff that the core car-people really love. With that in mind, it's not at all surprising that the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray was named Car of the Year.

The driving course on the lower level is cheapest levitra prices gone this year, as well. When it was introduced a few years ago, there were literally dozens of different vehicles, primarily electrics and hybrids, that could be driven, to introduce the public to the experience of driving a vehicle with something other than a gasoline engine. Over the past few years, this became less and less of a feature, and is now completely omitted from the viagra sales hong kong show.

Although green cars have largely become a sideline, rather than the focus of the Auto Show, the fact that they have become a part of most manufacturers' lines should be taken as a sign of www.aldentheatre.org progress. There certainly were some interesting new vehicles at this year's show, and we will take a more detailed look at some of these.

 

EV-Sharing in Paris - Update

A few years ago, we covered Paris’s plans to initiate an electric car sharing program. Through the Autolib car sharing program, which boasts over 1800 vehicles and 800 charging stations, the French capital now ranks among the world’s leaders in EV presence and www.shoreacres.net charging locations.

Autolib’s system was built by a subsidiary of Bolloré, the company that helped create the compact Bluecar. This system focus on being extremely user-friendly, by monitoring the relative location and battery charge of each vehicle. Members of the program can simply swipe their cards at a charging station and use a nearby car with the best charge. Only cars with a 40 percent or higher charge are released to order levitra on line members, and an agent will even contact drivers who’ve ventured past the levitra pharmacy last charging locations in the suburbs or drive with a battery that has a charge lower than 20 percent.

As IEEE Spectrum reports, more EVs on the road means more familiarity with seeing and driving them--and less local air pollution should they have been fossil fuel powered instead. With ample charging locations and shorter distances, in an urban environment, shared EVs can also shine well within their range. That being said, the convenience of personal vehicle ownership, for those who can afford it and even when space is at a premium, is a challenge all car sharing programs will continue to combat. The Autolib program in particular has its share of critics among EV car sharing supporters, who say the program’s focus on being flexible means its members are more likely to have their own personal cars as well, and that programs that allow the reservation of vehicles have much more success in reducing personal automobile ownership. The Autolib program has also not yet generated profits, although general director Morald Chibout believes the program will become profitable sometime in 2014.

via: IEEE Spectrum

image CC BY 2.0 by Francisco Gonzalez

 

VW Announces Production of cialis from canadian pharmacy Two Electric Cars

Following up on expectations, Volkswagen announced the production of two new electric vehicles last week. The 2015 e-up! (exclamation mark included) and the 2015 e-Golf were unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show. While both hatchback vehicles contain lithium-ion batteries and electric motors, they have different specs. The smaller of the two, the e-up! runs on generic cialis canada pharmacy a 18.7-kWh lithium-ion battery and contains a 60 kW / 82 PS electric motor capable of 210 Nm of torque. The e-up! has a driving range of up to 99 miles (159 km), and uses a mere 11.7 kWh per 61 miles.

One of our writers test drove a pilot vehicle of the other EV announced for production: an all-electric version of we choice canada cialis prescription the Golf. The e-Golf has a 24.2 kWh lithium-ion battery, and a 85 kW/ 115 PS electric motor with a max torque of 270 Nm. It also has a driving range of up to 118 miles (190 km), and uses 12.7 kWh of energy per 62 miles. While the viagra mail order e-Golf will appear in the U.S. market, production numbers have not yet been released and cialis online canada it is unknown whether the e-up! will follow. In addition to announcing production of these new cars, Volkswagen claims that, by 2018, it wants to produce the most electric vehicles worldwide.

 

KAIST Bus Charges Itself En Route

There are many solutions, proposed or in development, to address the “range anxiety” EVs produce, from implementing fuel cells to self-propelled trailers. The Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) has developed another solution to tackle the problem. The system, called OLEV (online electric vehicle), lets vehicles charge themselves while on the road or even when stationary.

Last month, two self-charging buses outfitted with OLEV took to the road in Gumi, a city in central South Korea, carrying commuters along a 15-mile roundtrip route. These buses are equipped with lithium-ion batteries, charged by electric cables under the road. These cables create a magnetic field, which a receiving device under the OLEV converts into electricity, wirelessly charging the batteries on board.

While range anxiety is a major challenge for the EV industry at large, unfortunately this solution isn’t one that’s easily transferred to buy cialis online without a prescription all EVs--unless many, many more roads were equipped with the technology, too--and overhead cables still remain easier to install. Nevertheless, this system application already has plans to expand, with 10 more buses set to hit the just try! women viagra road in Gumi by 2015.

via: IEEE Spectrum

image via KAIST

 

The Solar-Powered Hyperloop

With airplanes ranking among the biggest gas guzzlers in the transportation industry, Elon Musk’s Hyperloop sounds like a potential replacement for such energy inefficient travel--at least between places 1,000 miles apart. Instead of boarding commercial airplanes, people could travel via aluminum pods, whizzing through elevated steel tubes toward cities typically congested on the ground below. If the Hyperloop could be produced as designed, it’d be completely solar-powered and reach past the average speed of an airplane at 800 miles per hour.

Even at this design stage of the Hyperloop there are many valid critiques to consider. For example, at such high speeds, the friction would make figuring out cooling methods that wouldn’t impede the pods themselves essential, and the g-forces, double that of typical roller coasters, could make for an uncomfortable ride. Musk states that disappointment with California’s new “high-speed” rail sparked this idea, but it doesn’t seem like it’ll move beyond the idea stage soon.

As HuffPo reports, since Tesla and SpaceX are so demanding, Musk claims he will likely not make the Hyperloop himself. Although there are advantages to the current lack of http://touchstoneclimbing.com/viagra-50-mg-tablets Hyperloop production: as it stands, anyone can offer suggestions to improve the system, as the last page of the plans lists two emails where readers can send feedback. Still, with so much remaining to be sussed out--from safety issues to purchase daily cialis the legal concerns surrounding construction--it seems we’re a long way away from seeing a prototype in action.

via: Huffington Post

image credit: Hyperloop Alpha - Elon Musk

 
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