is a perfect introduction to one of the Obama era’s great conservative subcultures: the men and women who “roll coal.” For as little as $500, anyone with a diesel truck and a dream can install a smoke stack and the equipment that lets a driver “trick the engine” into needing more fuel. The result is a burst of black smoke that doubles as a political or cultural statement—a protest against the EPA, a ritual shaming of hybrid “rice burners,” and a stellar source of truck memes." [more inside]
Jack Goldman died this month.
Mac? Windows? X11? You may think of visionaries who shaped technology as you know it. You might imagine that they were the original thinkers or visionary businessmen. You're wrong. The guy who laid the foundations started out trying to invent the electric car at Ford
, before being hired to Xerox creating the legendary PARC labs that invented computing as we know it; he lived to see his prediction
that "...any electric car produced in our lifetime will have to be a hybrid" come true.
Official: GM reveals the production Chevy Volt 2011
Two takes on the immediate future of the electric car: we are either "Going Nowhere Fast
" (if you ask a petrolhead from Top Gear magazine
) or we are witnessing "The End of the Petrolhead
" (if you ask The Economist). A bestiary of current and planned models includes TeslaMotors
(now in production), Fisker Automotive
(who are being sued by Teslamotors), the GM Volt
(due 2010), The Lighting Car Company
, the plug in Prius
, the GWiz
(now slightly less squishy
apparently), the Corbin Sparrow
, a few (vapory?)
models from Zap!
and the wondrous Sinclair C5
"The Toyota Prius
is much too powerful and luxurious a road car," thought Walter Mitty. "What I desire is a Zest Roadster
Google went solar yesterday!
Google's PV solar system went live yesterday (or at least the stats page did.) Also, they converted 100 Priuses to plug-in electric vehicles
, to be recharged by the PV solar panels. Pictures.
Vegetarian is the New Prius
: following a report from the UN indicating that the billions of livestock raised for meat
are wreaking more havoc on the environment than fossil fuels, environmental activists
are linking vegetarianism
with fighting global warming.
Dear Valued Hybrid Customer...
I can't tell if this is a joke or something. As rhetoric, it's well done. As a reasoned argument it falls apart if you actually know anything at all about hybrids.
With gas prices rising, SUV sales
(16-20 mpg city) have been declining. What are some alternatives for urban commuters? Prius
(56 mpg) and other hybrid vehicles
(50 mpg city; available in Canada, but not the US) and other microcars
. Electric motor scooters and bicycles
. Electric cars like the General Motors EV1
seem to be stalled, although people are working on a battery-powered SmartCar
What about hydrogen vehicles? In the medium term, MIT's Laboratory for Energy and the Environment
doesn't think they'll outperform hybrids (full report
). A comparison of fuel-cell and battery electric vehicles
gets into some of the details of how they work.
Turn your webwasher off for this link
I hate banner ads, which is why I use webwasher, they're annoyingly large, wasteful, and don't work. The reason they are dying and taking the rest of the dot-com industry along with them.
I don't know much about Hondas or cars all entirely, but prius seems like a good idea, better fuel efficiency saves on money and doesn't pollute as much. The reason I like the ad though, is it's not intrusive, it doesn't have a 200k gif of a windows alert box telling you 'your connected is too slow. CLICK HERE to make it faster OK', it doesn't blink or use flash. It is tailored to a specific audience, people that look up directions and drive their cars, the product that the company sells.
I hope this is the future of advertising on the web, but then again, how exactly are you suppose to fish out people to buy your 'ultra small hidden bathroom cameras'?
Honda's releasing the first electric-gas hybrid car
this year. It claims to get up to 70mpg too. I love innovative vehicles and cutting edge design, but I have to admit I think it's butt ugly (although, this
does remind me of my old CRX
). I bet they'll want $30k-$50k for it too. So close, yet so far... (update: they want about 20 grand for it
- not that bad for an electric/gas car, but it is
still just a two-seater)