Posts Tagged ‘electric’

What It’s Like Paying $100 to Drive a $2500 Electric Motorcycle/Bike About San Francisco for Four Hours

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

You didn’t see this type of thing…

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…back in the day.

As seen on Haight Street:

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I could think of worser ways for you tourist types to spend your time/money. This would seem to be similar but more expensive than touring about the city on an open-air double-decker bus, on a dreaded sunny day…

What Happened to All the Tesla Roadsters of the Bay Area? They’ve Disappeared – Why’s That?

Monday, June 15th, 2015

I’ll tell you, there was a time when most of the Lotus Eliseses I saw in the Bay Area were Lotus Eliseses. Then a few years back, most of the Elises I saw were Tesla Roadsters. And then, starting a year or two ago most of the Lotus Elise I’ve seen on the Bay Area went back to being actual Lotus Elise. Isn’t that funny?

Like here, for instance. Is this the first Tesla Roadster I’ve seen this year? The past year? I think so.

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Man, they’re hard to tell apart, the gas and electric versions. The Tesla version is less stubby, but I generally need to see the “T” logo to be sure. Isn’t that sad?

I guess having a Roadster isn’t a thang anymore. So they sit around garages, aging, slowly discharging, and gathering dust. They never really were practical, you know?

Now let’s hear some government-subsidized propaganda from yesteryear:

“One of the more common misconceptions about the Tesla Roadster is that it is an electrified Lotus Elise. This has been an interesting problem to deal with because the Tesla is vastly different from an Elise and it is important that people are aware of this.”

But in fact, the Tesla Roadster is/was an electrified Lotus Elise. Exactly. Take an Elise, stretch the chassis, throw out the Toyota engine (frankly, the best thing about the vehicle, you know, with billions invested over the years, coming from what’s still the best car manufacturer in the world) add a very heavy battery pack and a motor and boom there’s your Tesla Roadster.

The dude what wrote all that back in aught-eight shortly later quit / got fired / resigned – it’s hard to say.

The question now is whether you’d rather operate the original gas powered version or the newer electric kind. Certainly the gas-powered one handles better, due to its lightness. But both versions are impractical two-seaters, so maybe that’s why most people don’t own/use/garage either kind. Oh well.

Anyway, that’s the sad end to the vaunted Tesla Roadster – it’s still in the back of your closet, but you don’t wear it anymore…

The Most Intense Commuter You’ll Ever See: Tech Bro + Boosted Skateboard + Panhandle Bike Path = ???

Friday, May 29th, 2015

Coming:

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Going:

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Hooray. Hooray for Boosted Boards!

“Undergrounding” – Once Again, the Rich and Connected Want to Impose Their Aesthetic Values and Have the Little People Pay For It

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

The problem with London Breed attending house parties to raise money for herself is that it warps her perspective. On the subject of 9th Avenue:

“It’s one of the major gateways to Golden Gate Park and it just looks so horrible”

And which part looks horrible? The infrastructure, supposedly.

To me, it looks beautiful:

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Isn’t it funny how real estate interests out there deny how bad the fog is, and the wind, always with the swirling wind, but, somehow, it’s your internet and the N Judah overhead wires what’s really holding them back?

Anyway, to the rich people who want to impose their aesthetics on the rest of us, why don’t you raise the money to pay for “undergrounding” yourselves and then pay into a fund to cover the future additional costs of “undergrounding?”

Just asking.

Sighted: A Renault Twizy on Page Street – It’s the Smallest Car You’ll Ever See – It’s Part of the Scoot Network

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

Here’s the latest:

Renault has initiated an experiment in San Francisco with the scoot-sharing startup @http://www.scootnetworks.com/ to evaluate a potential fit for their fleet”

Le Twizy seen on Page – from Spain with love:

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Yes, there’s room for two:

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I know what you’re thinking – you’re thinking, “Will It Drift?”

Bon courage, Twizy. Bienvenue a San Francisco!

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…

The Street-Legal Golf Carts of Pacific Heights – An $11,000 GEM e4 Neighborhood Electric Vehicle – Is This The Future?

Thursday, May 7th, 2015

How some people are living in the 94115:

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IDK, I think I’d rather have a Nissan Versa, which of course would not make a good golf cart

Something New for 2015: Tech Bros Recording Themselves Performing Motorized Unicycle Tricks in Golden Gate Park

Monday, April 27th, 2015

As seen at 6th Avenue and Fulton, more or less, The Skatin’ Place – the serious bidness of Having Fun:

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A Message from Boosted Boards to BART Riders: “I HAVE A $1500 SKATEBOARD – GET OUTTA MY WAY!”

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

More or less:

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Commercial photo shoot checklist:

Willowy model – check

Product with extra-orangey wheels – check 

Location with no visible BART signs – check 

Shooting permit from ____ – ????

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?