Transport

Posted on December 29, 2014

peugeotTechnology increasingly impacts the way we live. We’re not talking about the WiFi devices that allow you to control your home from wherever you are, or a personal camera-toting drone – those are already on the market for under $200. Here are three technological developments which seem fated to have the same level of impact on our lives as the personal computer.

Posted on August 06, 2014

A group of Australian students and their new electric car prototype might give Elon Musk’s Tesla S a run for its money.

The Sunswift eVe went 310 miles on a single battery charge in a July test run. In contrast, the Tesla Model S can drive anywhere from 244 to 306 miles on a full charge.

And, it’s fast, too.

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Posted on May 29, 2014

Electric carsA brand new Maserati was ahead of me. Responding to a shot of gasoline, the rumble of its mufflers pierced my car windows. A few blocks later, I’m beside this polished symbol of testosterone and money. Red light. This is the situation where I can’t resist the opportunity to have some electric car fun.

Posted on October 30, 2013

by Thomas Cheney

Electric cars have drawn a lot of attention, but zero-emissions automobiles still have an environmental impact. For instance, mining and manufacturing materials for the batteries and chassis all have an environmental impact.

Posted on October 10, 2012

Car-pooling is great, if your co-poolers don't drive you crazy ... but pooling has rolled down that long lonesome road to a new stage of evolution: car-sharing.

by J. Cates

On any given day on any given road, you'll see someone using hundreds of kilos worth of metal, plastic, rubber, petroleum products, batteries, and glass, all at enormous expense, just to haul their carcass off to work, or maybe only as far as the corner store to buy a can of cat food.

Posted on September 26, 2012

by Martin Fournier

"The use of vegetable oils for engine fuels may seem insignificant today. But such oils may become in the course of time as important as the petroleum and coal tar products of the present time." --Rudolph Diesel, 1912

In 1893, German inventor and scientist Rudolph Diesel published a paper entitled "The Theory and Construction of a Rational Heat Engine." His theory described a new kind of combustion engine, which he later patented as the Diesel engine (1895). And the rest is history.

Posted on August 30, 2012

Good green policies like bike-ways, pedestrian friendly streets, increased transit, decreased freeways and car use, composting and recycling, urban food production, stream rehabilitation and green space protection can make all our lives better.

by Joe Foy 

Mirror mirror on the wall – who is the greenest of them all? My own face stared back at me, half covered in shaving cream. I had just read an on-line opinion article with my morning coffee entitled “Greenest city moniker an Orwellian nightmare” written by Harvey Enchin, and published in the Vancouver Sun. 

Mr. Enchin had started his article with the statement that “… Green economies don’t create wealth, but dissipate it, which should send a shudder down the spine of every person in Vancouver” What on Earth had sparked Mr. Enchin’s ire, I wondered? 

Posted on August 28, 2012

How about harnessing gravity to drive electric trains? What if every axle on the train was equipped with a generator that automatically engaged only on the down grades, assisting in braking, while producing electricity? Trains already have axle powered generators producing far more electricity than is required throughout the train, maybe the

Posted on August 17, 2012

Canadian cab operator has been carving out his own niche: he is the (self-proclaimed) world’s first hybridtaxi driver.

by Brendan Sainsbury

Like any self-respecting cabbie, Andrew Grant has a talent for small talk. But when the conversation turns to his prized 2004 Toyota Prius, things get a bit more animated. 

Posted on July 17, 2012

by Geza Vamos 

In choosing an electric bike there are several important considerations. First, decide how far you would like to go before the battery needs to be re-charged, how much you want to contribute with pedaling, how much you will save on car mileage and parking, and thus how much you are willing to invest. 

Posted on July 17, 2012

by Byron Sheardown

Byron and Monika Sheardown are the proud new owners of the latest electric vehicle in BC. They chose to convert a 2000 Dodge Neon to 100% fully electric. Randy Holmquist and the crew at Canadian Electric Vehicles in Errington BC on Vancouver Island meticulously converted the lame, tame ICE Neon into a Hi-Volt, street legal lightening

Posted on July 17, 2012

Although most American states allow Low Speed Electric Vehicles on their roads, in Canada only British Columbia allows their use on public roads, subject to the same restrictions as other low speed vehicles, such as avoidance of freeways, major bridges, and tunnels, as well as proper lights and signage.

Posted on July 09, 2012

The second age of sailing and the future of transport on the BC coast.

by David Shipway 

Over the last few years, folks living on the BC coast have watched fuel, ferry and freight costs skyrocket and have worried about the economic survival of their communities. While it’s easy to blame government waste and ineptitude in maintaining maritime infrastructure, there are other unavoidable factors driving change in our patterns of coastal life. 

Peak Oil has arrived, and the bumpy downslope will change everything we have taken for granted,

Posted on July 07, 2012

Tips on how to make your trip more eco-friendly.

by Judy Goldschmidt

Last year I travelled from Vancouver Island to Baja, Mexico to meet Susan who winters there. She is known as someone who really “walks the walk” when it comes to lowering her eco-footprint. She refuses to fly anywhere, doesn’t own a car, cell phone or personal computer and her preferred method of local travel is by bicycle.

Posted on February 28, 2009

by Carrie Saxifrage

We’ve ridden our electric bike on Cortes regularly for the last year, covering about 2,555 km at a cost of less than $6 in electricity. We’ve saved hundreds of dollars on gasoline and reduced our global warming emission by more than half a ton. To top it off, riding an electric bike is fun.

Electric bikes solve two problems: the weight of the car and the use of fossil fuels. In a car, most of the fuel goes toward moving the machine, not the person.

Posted on February 26, 2009

Although most American states allow Low Speed Electric Vehicles on their roads, in Canada only British Columbia allows their use on public roads, subject to the same restrictions as other low speed vehicles, such as avoidance of freeways, major bridges, and tunnels, as well as proper lights and signage.