Cars & Transportation

By on November 15th, 2008

Hitchsters is an easy-to-use website that conveniently connects travelers going to and from airports so that they can share a ride (and thus split the fare). The matching system makes riding in a car to the airport more affordable, more convenient, safer, and more environmentally-friendly.

This idea is especially great because of the fact that traveling by airplane is nothing close to eco-friendly. launched this week in the San Francisco Bay Area and they plan to expand to other cities in the near future. helps match people looking to ride-share on the way to or from the airport (SFO, OAK & SJC) and hooks them up with a high-quality, yet inexpensive car service. By doing so a person saves on average $21/ride and reduces their carbon footprint by 30 lbs compared to taking a cab alone. are trying to get the word out to help people save some money and save the environment a bit too. They’ve already launched in NYC and were honored last year by Time Magazine when they were named one of the “50 Best Websites of 2007”.

How it works (form website):

How it works

Log in to your MyHitchsters account, enter your trip itinerary, and select your saved location. (Not there? Add a new one to your MyHitchsters profile).

When matched, you will be notified with a text message and e-mail containing the first name and cell phone of your co-rider (nothing else is shared). As an additional safety feature, we preserve the phone numbers of all of the successful matches.

A partnering car service calls each party to arrange the ride.

If you are sharing a ride to the airport, then you will only be matched with someone else who is leaving from your area to go to the same airport. If you are sharing a ride from the airport, you will only be matched with someone who is on the same flight (no worries about late flights) and going to the same area you are.

After your trip, you will have an opportunity to evaluate your co-rider, and the limo company, with a “thumbs-up” or “thumbs-down” rating.

By on November 3rd, 2008

Apparently owning a big boat and being eco-friendly at the same time are now possible. Making it’s debut at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, the DSe Hybrid 12m from Island Pilot is powered using a combination of diesel, solar, electric power and when the production model comes out it will also have wind turbines to top everything.

Using only solar power the boat can cruise at speeds of six knots with absolutely no emissions which is great for a Sunday afternoon in the sun. On the other side if you need to get somewhere in a hurry you can always switch to diesel and get it gliding at 13 knots. Without the diesel engine running, this sea marvel is almost silent.

The bad side is the $600,000 price tag that comes with it. If your a true greenie and you have the money, Island Pilot is taking pre-orders for a 2009 delivery but be prepared to lay down another $5,000 just to reserve one.

Via: Gizmag and Engadet

By on October 24th, 2008

The BMW Hydrogen 7 is the world’s first production-ready hydrogen vehicle. Yes it can fully work on hydrogen which I believe make it the world most eco-friendly car.

If the Hydrogen is created from renewable energy, it makes it 100% clean. Than you may ask why can’t you find it in showrooms? Like they say in this video there is no infrastructure to support hydrogen refuelling. If oil producers turned themselves to ward’s making hydrogen instead of digging for oil and causing environmental disasters, we could truly be heading into a greener more sustainable world. But that’s just IF.

In this video learn more about this car the BMW Hydrogen 7. For more information click Here.

By on October 6th, 2008

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your use of alternative forms of transportation. In this video clip learn about alternative to driving such as car sharing.For more information click Here

By on September 6th, 2008

Hi everyone I’m sorry for not posting for a few weeks. I was away on vacation and when I came back I got laser surgery to my eyes so I wasn’t able to sit in front of my PC for a long enough time.

So here is a starter for my comeback. Has always I love to post a video once in a while and I happened to stumble upon this video for

It’s a really basic explanation on how to save gas when driving your car. You probably know that there are many ways you can spend less money on gas and reduce your overall fuel consumption but the easiest ones are often the most efficient. Veronica Delfino talked to an expert who gave some tips on reducing fuel consumption.

By on August 17th, 2008

Is this the look of an embarrassed Argentinian Cow?  Perhaps we’ll never know.

This is a snapshot of a cow that, willingly or not, participated in a recent experiment funded by the government of Argentina to measure the methane “output” of our bovine friends.  A tube is inserted into the cow’s, ahem, gas-producing orifice, and linked to a big, pink balloon on its back. “Oh this?  Why, it’s nothing.  Don’t open that valve!”

Apparently, the cow’s didn’t mind.  Perhaps after getting a numbered tag crudely stapled to your ear, carrying around a lightweight gas tank is calf’s play.  Still, if I was at a party with a deflated plastic bladder attached to my rear end, and it suddenly, in the middle of some great witty banter, inflated, I’d head for the door pronto.  Maybe cows don’t have parties.

Some good did come out of this ridiculousness.  The Argentine government established that fully 30% of its total national greenhouse gas emissions come from their more than 55 million cows.  And methane is more than 20 times more effective at trapping heat in the atmosphere than the much-more-demonized CO2.  So the Argentines are now experimenting with different types of feed for their livestock to try and reduce the methane emissions.

Probably, we should all give up beef, which as a food source is among the most inefficient in terms of land and feed use.

But until that time, perhaps more cows will have to suffer the embarrassment of the pink balloon.

By on August 10th, 2008

Like you, I’ve come to hate my local gas station. Even though I drive a Prius, and patronize the cheapest gas station in my town (paying cash to get a discount), I still can’t help but adopt an attitude of disgust and disdain when I hand over my money. $20 doesn’t fill the tank anymore, and my car and my soul feel a little empty.

But there’s at least one person who hasn’t had to experience the humiliation of the fill-up more than once this summer. Meet Danni Brancaccio, a college student 20 years of age who has pledged to get through this summer using only one tank of gas.

Her shiny blue-green 1997 Honda Civic gas tank holds 11.9 gallons, and she is sipping that liquid as slowly as she can. The Vancouver, Washington native rides a bike 1.5 miles every morning to her nearby park-n-ride, then takes the bus to her law-clerk job 16 miles away in Portland, OR. Sometimes she catches a ride with her mom, but only if her Mom is going that way.

Her “one-tank-or-bust” idea is resonating with the media, and she’s been featured on ABC and CNN, where she represents herself with intelligence and humor. According to her CNN spot, the benefits of her experiment are not only publicity and money savings — she’s also lost five pounds.

And, it seems like she is walking and riding her way to success. With only a few weeks left in her summer, she’s still got a 1/4 tank left.

I find this kind of effort deeply inspirational, but I still don’t think it’s going to get me on an LA bus. Last time I took the bus, when I first got here 18 years ago, it stopped suddenly in the worst part of town, and the driver then demanded we all get off and wait for another bus, which took another 45 minutes to show. So I’m afraid I’m not the world’s best bus advocate. But hey — I’m only 30 miles from the beach — maybe I can ride my bike, or catch a ride from my mom.

Read Danni’s blog here.

By on August 6th, 2008

Look at this thing.  It looks like something Doc Brown would drive in “Back to the Future,” doesn’t it?  Or that Woody Allen would steal in “Sleeper”?

It’s the Aptera Typ-1, a prototype three-wheeled, two seater road vehicle that the company claims can get 300mpg in its hybrid version (there’s also an electric version which can go 120 miles on a charge).  For $500 you can reserve one for when they start rolling them out in 2009.

Aptera, which apparently is Greek for “wingless flight,” is a company of a dozen employees based north of San Diego California.  Not only do they intend to sell these babies for “under $30,000,” they also intend to enter the car in the Automotive X-Prize competition.  You might remember the X-Prize, which awarded $10 Million to Burt Rutan for his first private manned space flight.  The Automotive X-Prize, funded by the same group, promises $10 Million to the competitor that can create a car that is mass-produceable and gets at least 100 mpg.

Although it looks like a pretty wide load, the Aptera folks claim that is will fit in a standard parking space.  Still, most parking spaces these days are that frustratingly narrow “compact” deal, so better to park on the street, I’m guessing.

I think I’ll hold onto my $500 and wait to see how the first batch of these performs on the road, but then I might be tempted, just to see the jaws drop when I pull it into my driveway.

Click on the video to see the darn thing in action: