Whether it be ten block walks in the snow to the bus stop or the difficulty of transporting furniture or groceries home from the store, there have traditionally been very few cities where there is no practical advantage to having a car. But a new trend in transportation has many citizens rejecting automobile ownership in favor of car sharing services like Zipcar, and supplementing public transportation with bicycles.
April 23, 2008
Congestion fees may be a new concept in the United States, but the idea dates back decades and has been implemented in dozens of traffic-heavy highways and urban areas throughout Europe and Asia. Such measures have usually been successful in reducing congestion and encouraging the use of public transportation, while helping to raise the funds necessary to build alternative transportation infrastructure.
April 7, 2008
Ecolab, the top gun car wash manufacturer/supplier (world largest sanitizer company with $5 billion in sales), announced its new program to certify car washes in the US as green. The company is looking for a two-tier improvement in the car washes it supplies: make them green and market them as green to eco-aware consumers. The program is called Blue Coral Beyond Green. Modern Car Care reported the new rollout as Ecolab’s effort to move a laggard car wash industry into the green era.
March 22, 2008
For many years, new car buyers considered cup holders more important than fuel economy. Forking over three dollars for every gallon of gas has shifted those priorities. The auto industry has responded to the new desire for fuel economy by offering a growing number of fuel-efficient models—not just hybrids.
March 5, 2008
The sound tires make rolling on the road is the sound of friction and friction is a leading factor in burning more fuel to push the car down the road. Michelin, the high-end tire maker (and host of the Michelin restaurant guide) just announced its $6.8 million research program on making tires more friction-free. The company is teaming with Michelin Americas Research Co. and the International Center for Automotive Research of Clemson University in South Carolina.
February 16, 2008