Posts Tagged ‘battery’

Checking In with SCOOT Networks – These Electric Mopeds are Parked All Over the Western A Now – “Not Ready for Primetime?”

Monday, August 15th, 2016

As seen on Steiner in the Western Addition:

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Definitely seeing more of these red scooters parked on the streets of San Francisco lately, for better or worse. That’s just my observation.

It’s time to take a look at what the peanut gallery has to say.

‘Bout what I expected – seems as if “range anxiety” was/is the big issue.

Oh, a new pricing scheme

Dealing with Permanently Congested Battery Street in the Financh: Just Drive on the Sidewalk, Thusly

Friday, August 5th, 2016

“Excuse me, excuse me, excuse me…”

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The legal way to get back to Union Square would be to cut through an alley and then use Sansome, but oh well…

Chinatown Park and Ride: Not a Bad Deal If You Want to Park in the Financh on Weekends for $3, Sort Of

Thursday, July 28th, 2016

Here’s the sign:

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And here’s the program.

And here’s what Yelp has to say.

I didn’t know about this deal- now I know why people are lining up to get into the Golden Gateway Garage before it opens on Saturday mornings.

Seems like a good deal for those who want to while away the hours in C-Town on a Saturday…

OHHHMMMMMMMM – Area Tech Bro Reaches Zen Level of Electric Unicycle Mastery – OHHHMMMMMMMM

Tuesday, May 31st, 2016

I think I was on-campus, you know, down in The Valley, back in aught thirteen when I saw my first post-collegiate tech bro* getting about on an electric unicycle.

Of course now it’s ought sixteen and these things have spread to Frisco’s Financh. But this tech bro is a true master. He’s got his hands in the pockets of his cargo shorts!

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A quick jog around a load of boxes and then we’re off, to The Future:

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Of course we might be heading the in the wrong direction, on the wrong side of the street, like literally, but nevertheless, we’re off to The Future.

*One time I called a late 30’s tech bro a tech bro and he got all pissed off, saying how he has kids in the SFUSD and so ergo, he couldn’t be a tech bro. But he works at Box! So I’m still thinking he’s a tech bro. I don’t think there’s an age cut-off…

Recycling Dead Batteries is Surprisingly Easy in Frisco – One Simple Trick!

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015

[UPDATE: Herb Caen eventually recanted re: the Frisco Issue – see Comments. Or here’s the short version:“Balderdash,” Caen wrote. “The toughest guys on the old S.F. waterfront, neither rubes nor tourists, called it Frisco, and no effete journalist would have tried to correct them.”]

Are you like  – do you pine for an Uber For Dead Batteries?

Person that comes to your house to remove your used AA batteries because you’re too lazy to ‘dispose of them properly.'”

Here you go – they’ll come right to your place for pickup if you put your used batteries in a baggie:

Curbside Battery Recycling Service – Most residents may place their batteries in a sealed plastic bag taped to the top of their black bin for curbside collection.” 

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This baggie system is news to me, as I’m accustomed to the Big Orange Bucket:

“Residents of multi-unit homes (4 units or more) should place batteries in their Orange Battery Bucket. If your building does not have one, ask your building manager to order one at (415) 330-1300. For more information on battery recycling, please visit: SFEnvironment.org/ecofinder

Like this:

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So who says our local garbage monopoly is all bad?

*As opposed to the actual Elon Musk. I’ll tell you, BEM is much cheaper for us than the real deal:

Elon Musk’s growing empire is fueled by $4.9 billion in government subsidies

The Illegal-Appearing Motorized Scooters of the Golden Gate Park Panhandle Bike Path

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

What powers this ride? The gasoline? Maybe, but this safety-oriented piloti doesn’t look the rebel rebel type.

OTOH, where’s the battery if this rig is all-electric? I know not.

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Compare all this with a legal all-electric bike rider ebikefan, whose mellow gets harshed by a mean-spirited hippie:

Encounter with ignorant E-Bike hater in San Francisco [HD] ebikefan

Success continues to elude the A2B electric bike people. I’ll tell you, most of the people in town you see on these e-bikes are somehow affiliated with the company itself, believe it or not. Something like $5000 is too too much for what these bikes are, but the other problem is that I wouldn’t want one if they gave me one for free.* I suppose if you’d paid me to ride one about and take charge of its safekeeping and lug it up and down stairs, well then I’d think about it. And if I accepted your deal, I’d be just like most of the other A2Ber’s in town, like, apparently, ebikefan, getting paid to operate an A2B…

*So don’t give me this oh, well, if you can’t afford a premium bike stuff. An A2B might be fun for Jay Leno to collect and have to gather dust in one of his garages (I’m seriously, I think he has one), but there’s a reason why they’re not popular…

Electric-Powered Skateboards and Bicycles Take San Francisco By Storm, Sort Of

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

And when I say sort of, I mean like this, a rare scene with three of them together in a kind of electric skater / biker gang in the Panhandle of Golden Gate Park…

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…one used to be even rarer.

Is this Our Transportation Future?

Angry, Angry Walrus and the Noose S/He’s Going to Use to Hang You – Alaska Commercial, 350 Cal

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

Walruses, walruses everywhere down in the 94104.

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It’s payback time:

SFGov’s New, All-Electric, Two-Seat Smart Cars – They’re Here

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

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How Tesla CEO Elon Musk is WRONG WRONG WRONG About How the Fremont Assembly Plant Has Been in Operation for “Over 60 Years”

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

Here’s the background:

How Elon Musk Hustled $1.4 Billion Out Of Nevada For Gigafactory

Now here’s Musk’s defense of the Nevada Gigglefactory battery tax incentive deal.

Which you can swallow or not, but I have a beef with this part in particular:

“However, the 20 year mark is simply when the last of the incentives expires. The Gigafactory itself will continue contributing economically to Nevada for much longer. Our automotive plant in California has been in operation for over 60 years with no foreseeable end in sight.”

Well, first of all, there’s nothing to stop Tesla or its successor from threatening to move away unless it receives another massive subsidy from the people of Nevada, right? So that’s just wrong.

But, more importantly, what’s up with this “over 60 years” thing? Let’s take a look.

Fremont Assembly began operations in 1963, right? 2014 minus 1963 = 51 years, right? 51 years is less than “over  60 years,” right?

And that doesn’t mean that this place was “in operation,” all that time, right?

And actually, it didn’t make sense to have such a big old GM factory in the Bay Area so it shut down in 1982. Let’s get some more deets:

“Operated as GM plant from 1963 to 1982, then became the site of NUMMI, GM’s joint venture with Toyota and the only major auto assembly plant remaining in California. Closed April 1, 2010, partially reopening as the Tesla Factory, an automobile assembly plant for Tesla Motors”

So Fremont Assembly was massively downsized when Toyota was coerced into starting up NUMMI, which lasted just 16 years.

Then NUMMI got massively downsized and now what’s left has been a Tesla factory for a couple years.

Now you might think that that’s good or bad, but this record sure doesn’t match what Elon Musk has to say.

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