Category Archives: Alternative Transportation

Tesla Electric Car Plans

Starting with the over $100,000 Roadster, Tesla Motors has steadily innovated and shrunk this with each model, and now has plans for a $35,000 all electric car.

Tesla electric car plans also include building solar powered charging stations across the United States, so that you can now drive from LA to NYC on clean energy from the sun!

Tesla Electric Car Plans

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Tesla to Setup More Supercharger Stations Across the US and Canada

“Within six months the Tesla Supercharger network will connect most of the major metro areas in the US and Canada, the company said, making it possible to travel from Los Angeles to New York using only the Tesla Supercharger network.”

Bicycle Friendly State Rankings

Below are a new map and chart prepared by the League of American Bicyclists and theAlliance for Biking and Walking which ranks the 50 states on their bicycle friendliness in 2013.

As is evident from the map, the Western states, the Upper Great Lakes, the Middle Atlantic states, and New England rank best, while the Lower Great Lakes, South Central, and Great Plains states rank the poorest in bicycle friendliness.

To view full rankings visit: http://panethos.wordpress.com/2013/05/02/ranking-states-on-bicycle-friendliness/

Solar Electric Cars more efficient than most Biofuels

“The analysis considered land-use, greenhouse gas emissions, fossil fuel use, and took into account the production and use life cycles of both the fuels themselves and the vehicles they power. …all things considered, a pretty clear win for solar-powered electric battery vehicles.”

http://cleantechnica.com/2013/03/28/solar-electric-cars-crush-biofuels-in-efficiency/

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…this is an interesting study, however it is not considering a much more efficient ethanol crop, algae!

Check this out: http://organicmechanic.com/ethanol-from-algae/

DC Going Green with SmartBikes


The U.S. is slowly changing to green. DC, Washington is the first city in America to use a SmartBike program to help reduce Co2 emissions and save the environment. It’s an effective method to give people access to eco-friendly transportation. SmartBike Rider Stations can be found all over Europe in countries like Spain, France, Italy, Norway, and Sweden. Now it’s available right here in the good ole’ USA. This is a very successful step towards finding more methods of alternative transportation to integrate into our lives. Local residents and commuters in the D.C. area can access SmartBikes instead of driving, catching a taxi, or other means of fossil fuel dependent transportation.

The SmartBike is specifically designed for repeated use under various weather conditions. An average bike will be used 10-15 times per day by different users. Most individuals take an estimated 20 minutes to ride the bicycle to their desired destination. These bikes are built sturdy to withstand a few bumps and rough handling. It can easily be maneuvered and is lightweight weighing only 16.5 kg. All SmartBikes are weather resistant as well. The safety and comfort makes it a great dependable public transport device. Utilizing a green program like this is an excellent way to live a more sustainable life. SmartBikes allow you to sneak in cardio exercise throughout your busy day while you reduce harmful Co2 emissions in the process.

This bike sharing program works effortlessly. Since it is a self-service bicycle rental system participants pay a relatively small annual membership fee of $40 to obtain their swipe card. The card is swiped into the stations slot and a bike will be released for use. When the individual has completed their trip they can simply dock the Smartbike back. It’s very convenient and simple. The service can be accessed at any hour of the day seven days a week. Each station is positioned strategically all along the city of DC. They can commonly be found near bus stations, offices, and major shopping areas. The program will offer a new greener option for citizens. SmartBike is time tested system that has been operational for over ten years in other countries. Clear Channel Outdoor is the first company to establish a complete automated bike sharing program in the United States. The first SmartBike program was started in Rennes, France in the year 1998. It has been going strong ever since.

It’s thrilling to see the first automated bike sharing program in America. The high gas prices and current environmental issues make this an excellent green alternative. More bike rentals should be an important component of local and federal eco-conscious transportation plans. SmartBike DC will produce an estimated 120 bicycles for this initial venture. Clear Channel Outdoor is currently working with cities such as San Francisco, Chicago, and Portland about starting the program in their area as well. Hopefully, the success of SmartBike DC will motivate other cities to follow in their footsteps also.

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Green Cars in Paris

From AutoBlog Green:

Paris Mayor announces more details about EV public rental service

Paris is a city with its fair share of traffic problems. It’s also the largest city where a public bicycle rental service is being used, very successfully (Ve’lib) and we already knew about the city’s plans to install a similar service featuring electric cars. An EV rental plan even helped the Mayor win re-election, and more information about this plan has now been unveiled. First of all, the fleet is going to be exclusively electric, with 4,000 units. That’s a very large order for a single model of a vehicle – but which model has not yet been announced. The system, called Auto’lib, which means “Auto à libre disposition” (Help-yourself car) will not only be installed in the city itself, but it will cover the suburbs (banlieue), expanding the range that the bike rental service operates in.

The scheduled roll-out date is late 2009 and to handle the 4,000 EVs the system will have 700 stations (with 200 of them underground) and a powerful computer system coordinating the rentals. Prices aren’t yet known (rumors hint at about €250 per month, including full insurance), but it seems likely that Parisians will be able to enjoy the service with their regular “Navigo” mass transit cards.

Smart Energy Technology: www.OrganicMechanic.com

Artist Spotlight Eric Masters –, Clock Maker, Horologist and Time Shifter

Eric Masters literally shapes time as he builds clocks out of everyday materials with IMOTIME in San Diego, CA. His focus and commitment to save these unconventional items from a landfill and turn them into clocks is just one of the reasons to love his artwork. Most people would not look at a doll, old board game or electronic can opener and see a time piece but that is exactly what Eric does; all with a little tongue in cheek.

Describe a day in your personal or professional life.

My favorite day is Saturday. I get up early (ok, I always get up early), have my coffee, and go online and check for the garage sales in the neighborhood. Then I hop on my bicycle, which has two giant baskets, and go out and meet the folks and find fun stuff to make into clocks. The interaction with the people and excitement of finding new things is great. I come home and play and play, and then there are clocks.

Who or what influences your work and why?

Well, I love looking at other people’s fun and interesting clocks on Etsy and other places, and listen to what people say about why they are interested in my clocks.

Is it your personal belief that creativity, and the ability to create art, is innate?

I was never artistic with my hands. Not until I was in my late thirties did I ever make something, and then say ‘wow, that is cool, and others might like it, as well.’ But, yes, it was there. I may not be able to draw a pretty picture, but I can make something beautiful, or crazy, with these hands, and I love it.

Explain your art- what exactly is it you do? How do you describe it?

I am a horologist. I make clocks out of everyday and odd objects I find at thrift stores, garage sales, in the alley, etc.

When did you first become interested in time as an art form?

Fun question – I can’t remember how long ago…

What was the inspiration behind using such unique items in your work?

I was once watching Martha Stewart, and she made a clock from a metal cake cover. I thought it was fun, so I tried it, and gave it to my friend, who loved it. Thus the idea of time, and making art, came to me at the same, um, moment.

It appears as though your mantra is “If it isn’t nailed down it will likely become a clock”, would you agree?

Ha! Why would a nail stop me???! Yes, anything and anything could be a clock… at least in my head.

When did you first discover your talent and artistic ability?

Please refer to Martha story above. Maybe five years ago.

Where did your first inspiration come from?

Lovely Martha.

Can you tell me about your creative process?

Mostly mad drilling and smelly gluing.

Were you influenced by the Green Movement?

Not really. But I love that I am now involved in doing something that is cool AND good for momma earth. I am into it now, and proud! Was once called ‘cheap’. Now ‘chic’.

What have you incorporated into your lifestyle to facilitate going green and conserving energy?

Almost 100% of my supplies are recycled. I use mostly recycled boxes, shipping supplies, etc. Bike everywhere, or bus.

Are there any historical or contemporary artists that you specifically admire?

John Waters.

What is important to you about conservation and preserving our environment?

It seems like it should be easy to be proud of and work hard for the environment that gives us so much. I can’t see why people fight against it, rather than jumping in… And so much of the things we can do end up saving ourselves money. Sounds like a no-brainer to me.

What is your favorite project or work you’ve completed thus far?

Probably ‘Mountain Time’. A real head-turner.

What challenges have you had in your work?

Getting the word out. Being confident in the final product. I tend to worry very much that the customer will not be happy.

Do you feel that the Internet has a positive or negative influence on art? How does the Internet affect your work?

That first question might be for an artist with a higher pay-grade than me. The internet made my work available to the world, so I love it. It also provides me with ideas and challenges.

What is your greatest ambition as an artist?

I would love to be able to make a decent living on my art.

What are your long term career goals?

Making clocks and having fun doing it.

What are you currently working on?

I am currently working on about 20 clocks. Did I mention my A.D.D.? Found a fun set of rooster trivets that should look cool when finished.

What advice would you give a young artist just getting started?

Have fun, and don’t let other people’s words keep you from doing what you like.

What “Green” Product would you recommend to our readers?

Water.

What is your best “going green tip”- for example turning off lights, or eating one meatless meal a week?

Reuse things that you thought were not reusable. Use things others thought were not reusable…

How would your friends describe you?

Crazy. My nickname in college was Crazy Boy, and I love it. I hide from my friends most of the time these days, so maybe Extra Crazy.

Do you have a website or online presence where people can view your work?

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