Monday, June 30, 2008

BMW Isetta 300 sighting

As I drove into my driveway today, I noticed someone – or something – was parked in my parking spot. My neighbor was talking to Andy, owner of this beautiful little BMW Isetta 300. I totally forgot to ask the year, because I got too busy talking about the joys of riding a scooter or other high-mileage vehicle like this super little deal. Thanks to Andy for letting me take photos of his microcar wonder.

Electric Vehicles from Subaru

The R1e is driven by a 40 kilowatt motor which can push it up to 65mph. Its lithium ion battery pack gives it a range of 50 miles and can be charged to 80 percent capacity in 15 minutes, using a special quick charger.
The Stella is a four-seat car sold in Japan, narrow but tall. The electric Stella concept uses a 40-kilowatt electric motor powered by lithium ion batteries. This powertrain gives it a maximum speed of 62 miles per hour and a range of 50 miles.

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Site Selection

As we have focused over the last 6 months on the final stages of the Roadster launch, we have intentionally dialed back the public discussion on our sedan program. However, I can assure you that during that time, we have continued to make significant progress on several fronts. Our vehicle design and program development teams [...]

Saturday, June 28, 2008

More Barefoot site, specs and store

Photos_left_albert3Barefoot fans, thank you for being patient while we worked on updating our website with more personality, specs and the new Barefoot Store. Some of the highlights include:
-Updated product specs-Pricing and availability for the Model One 2008-Store to order your Model One and merchandise...Come on, you know you want one!-Updated team members and advisors-Video interview with Albert Straus of Straus Dairy-Job PostingsPlan to see more of us and more active posting in the coming months as we get closer to our delivery date of late 2008!

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Le Roadster Tesla aux 24 Heures du Mans: French and English Double Feature

Pour faire connaître notre Roadster en Europe un de nos angles est donc de le présenter à l’occasion des plus grands évènements de sport automobile en Europe. On insiste ainsi sur le fait
que cette voiture n’est pas une punition, c’est une voiture raison et surtout une voiture passion qui va convaincre les plus [...]

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Tesla Impresses in Scandinavia

One hectic week in June was all it took for the Tesla Roadster to make a lasting impression in northern Europe.
First stop was Norway where the environmental organization Bellona had invited Tesla Motors to show the roadster to European VIP’s at the C8 Climate Summit. The interest was overwhelming and VIPs like the former Norwegian [...]

Monday, June 23, 2008

7GEN: Technosanity #4: Review: A Crude Awakening

This is a very deeply interesting documentary about oil, oil supplies, the peak oil phenomenon, and the coming looming disasters which await us. The documentary is not "balanced" in that they gave no voice to the other points of view, but I suppose they think those other points of view are so far out of truth to not be worth addressing.
It starts with some assertions of truth: Oil is the Blood of the Dinosaurs, Oil is the Bloodstream of the Global Economy, Oil is the Blood of the Earth


Peak Oil Links

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Sunday, June 22, 2008

7GEN: Technosanity #3: Peak Oil

Today I want to talk about the Peak Oil situation and do an overview of some of the current news related to this.
Let's start with a quick primer on what this is.
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Do you own big oil?

If you’re wondering who owns “Big Oil,” chances are good the answer is “you do.”
If you have a mutual fund account, and 55 million U.S. households do, there’s a good chance it invests in oil and natural gas stocks. If you have an IRA or personal retirement account, and 45 million U.S households do, there’s a good chance it invests in energy stocks.
Read the entire article.

Monday, June 16, 2008

eBike Trip to Ceres!

We went a visiting to CERES today! It was the first outing for my eZee Torq having only just got heem back yesterday, and even with the long hiatus, battery charged fine and I didn’t even come close to running out, even going back via Merri creek and stopping in at FOE on the way home.
At Ceres, Chris had a bit of a look around the bike shed area, then we went and had a lovely lunch – there wasn’t a huge rmenu but the salad and the gluten free orange & poppy seed cake + bush chai were all great. My salad looking delicious:
But Chris looked a little alarmed by his muffin:
Got asked by one of the staff about my tshirt, and had to provide a business card, heh. Then we went wandering, and I took many photos:
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I then went and bought a bunch of seedlings at the Nursery, we wandered back down past the hoardes of chilluns, and then all loaded up zee bike, we chuffed off back to the city, via the Merri trail, though the way was confusing at times and we ended up having to go up stairs at one point. Oops. Of course, we had to stop for photo ops along the way:
Here’s a pic of Chris’ Brompton Folder “at rest”:
and ready to roll [it's really neat the way it just flips over!]
and finally here’s me and my eZee Torq [not the most flattering pic of me ever, but eh]:
And then, just when I thought we were almost in the city, we came upon the Collingwood Children’s Farm which I had no idea was there! It was delightfully green, and very traditional farm vibe, almost a little too tidy and pristine, like Switzerland (if you’ve ever been there, you’ll know what I mean). Must go back for one of the Farmer’s Markets there or the Convent next door, as well as a nice breakfast at the Cafe [nom]. I have to say, the food at Ceres will be hard to beat.
So there, that was our Adventure. It was neat. I am hoping to do more eBiking rides in future. If you can suggest any good rides in Melbourne, please do!

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ebikeblog: Today’s xkcd…

Electric skateboards, by cost, get the equivalent of about 300 miles per gallon. Lithium batteries just need to get cheaper.
Ah, xkcd, you finally have something I can post here.
I’d just like to point out that electric skateboards don’t get anywhere near the mileage of electric bikes - a good average would be anywhere from 1000 - 2000 mpg equivalent. Some weight behind that assertion can be found here, here and here

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Welcome Googlers

Since I've put up this blog, it has received a steady trickle of visitors from Google searches related to solar / electric / recumbent bicycles. I find this fascinating reading and thought I would share the list of search terms some of you are using to find this site. Here's a list of the top searches based on how long each person spent on the site. The map to the right shows which cities visitors are from.

  • how to build recumbent bike
  • solar power bicycle build your own
  • electric bike solar
  • solar bike conversion
  • mid drive electric bicycle motors
  • recumbent bicycle solar panels & kits
  • tadpole trike mid-drive setup
  • solar powered recumbent
  • recumbent bicycle solar
  • how to make solar powered bicycles

For those of you who are considering a solar powered bicycle project, I recommend starting with my entry on How to Build a Solar Powered Bike.

Drop me a comment. I'm curious to hear about your projects.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Donald Rumsfeld buys a scooter

Well, we may never know why, but according to Eoin over at the Christian Science Monitor, who quotes Jeff Dufour and Patrick Gavin over at the Examiner, former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld recently bought a Vespa LXV. Do you think he’s feeling the pinch at the gas pump, or feeling worried about carbon emissions? I think the answer will remain a known unknown (or would that be an unknown unknown?).

Monday, June 9, 2008

report on the International Energy Agency report

From Reuters:
IEA urges $45 trln “energy revolution” to halve CO2
World governments must quickly start a $45 trillion “energy technology revolution” that could drive up the cost of producing carbon ten-fold, or risk emissions surging by 2050, the West’s energy watchdog warned on Friday.
The world would need to build dozens of nuclear power plants a year and bury carbon emitted from dozens more gas and coal plants, plus cutting the carbon intensity of cars, trucks, buses and planes eightfold, to halve emissions by mid-century, the International Energy Agency said in a new report.
Read the rest of the article on the Reuter’s web site.

Saturday, June 7, 2008

7GEN: The Coming Energy Wars

Hmm... "Oil prices could hit $200 a barrel in the next few months. How the spike changes everything." ... Oh, really? Yeah, this is a big problem alright. The article starts off with the average gas price "edging towards $4 per gallon"... er, in California it's been over $4 per gallon for quite awhile ... in any case it's obvious that the higher price is going to cause the populace to make some changes. This happened in the 1970's during the prior oil price shock, as that was the previous time in which efficient cars were popular. It's happening again.

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The Coming Energy Wars

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Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Le Roadster Tesla sous les sunlights de la Côte d’Azur

Suite à l’annonce de la commission de Bruxelles de faciliter l’homologation pour l’Union Européenne des voitures produites en petite série en 2009, nous avons donc décidé d’accélérer la commercialisation de notre Roadster sur le Vieux Continent.
Pour se faire et vu la concordance de temps, nous avons donc choisi comme terrain de présentation de [...]

Monday, June 2, 2008

free mpg calculator for non-commercial websites

Webwinder Calculators offers a free version of its MPG calculator that you can add to your own web site. Try it out here, and get the code here.