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Your zoning code/map is ahead of its time when…


There is an app for that. There is a required vertical altitude setback from flying car streets and highways. Your code book is entitled “Jetsonian Code for ___” (fill in the blank). You can actually find them on the internet. Landing … Continue reading

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Ecomodal transportation hubs


This post summarizes several ideas that could be employed to facilitate the establishment of sustainable transportation hubs where intermodal cross-movement between multiple green (or active) transportation options takes place with ease. In a nutshell, these facilities are described by using … Continue reading

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“Jetson’s cool” EV charging service stations


At the bottom of this post are several conceptual designs for EV (electric vehicle) charging stations. Needless to say, many resemble something out of the futuristic 1960s cartoon series, The Jetsons. Each has its own unique twist on the concept of … Continue reading

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Leading the charge, pt. 2 – states with best EV station access


While the total number of electric vehicle charging stations is one measure of successful employment of charging station infrastructure (see post from 5/11/13), to the average driver, ease of accessibility is a better measure. Once again, Tennessee is the big … Continue reading

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If hybrid/electric car owners ruled the planet…


Just some fun and hopeful thoughts on a better, safer, cleaner world. Many of these ideas are not as far-fetched as they sound (see weblinks). Enjoy! New SUVs would be outlawed and the owners of existing ones forced to enlist … Continue reading

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Leading the charge – states with the most EV charging stations


Below is a list of the 25 states with the most electric vehicle charging stations installed and operational as of April 25, 2013 according to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Alternative Fuels Data Center. This data does not include single-family … Continue reading

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How hybrid cars improve driving safety


As a recent hybrid car purchaser I have quickly noticed some distinct safety benefits from driving a hybrid car over a standard motor vehicle beyond the obvious gas mileage improvement. However, even the best hybrid car can get less than … Continue reading

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Unscientific hybrid/electric observations


I counted 23 hybrid and/or plug-in electric cars on the trip between Lansing and Grand Rapids Thursday afternoon – 17 eastbound and six westbound, while a total of 26 were counted on Friday evening along the same route – 21 … Continue reading

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Here comes the sun for EV charging stations


Over the past weekend I learned that Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo has recently installed a bank of solar-powered electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in one of its parking lots. What a terrific idea! This design eliminates the need for … Continue reading

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Envisioning the ultimate carpool lot


Here in Michigan we tend to love our cars.  No big surprise there. While one can successfully argue that most of our state (with some notable exceptions) is not a top-notch contender when it comes to mass transit, it would … Continue reading

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