Posts Tagged ‘eletric’

It’s Buster Bluth’s Bike! – It’s the Faraday Porteur Electronic, Just $3500! – Bamboo Fenders, Two Top Tubes!

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

Some people bike as a hobby and others build bikes, sort of as a hobby, it looks like, the way rich Buster Bluth might.

This ride isn’t for everybody, but maybe it’s for you.

(Skirt wearers need not apply. Oh, and the message to the hundreds of semi-professional bike thieves of SF appears to be “Steal Me First!”And be sure to ask yourself, “Is my kickstand sourced from Switzerland and, if so, what does that say about me and my place in the world?)

Deets below

“Faraday Bicycles Announces Shipment Date For Porteur Electronic Bike - Porteur to be exhibited at E Ink booth at CES 2014

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Faraday Bicycles, a San Francisco-based company, is pleased to debut the highly anticipated production version of the Faraday Porteur at the E Ink booth during the 2014 CES show.  The Porteur was launched on Kickstarter in fall 2012, and after a year in development, Faraday Bicycles will begin shipping its entirely pre-sold first production run in early 2014.

(Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140107/NY41808)

Faraday Bicycles created the Porteur to be the first of a new breed of electric bicycles; a purpose-built design combining the speed and exhilaration of a state-of the-art e-bike with the timeless looks of a classic European city bike.  At less than 40 pounds, the Porteur is one of the lightest electric bikes on the market, while still delivering over 20 miles of range from its custom lithium-ion battery pack.  The Porteur’s intuitive and low-profile handlebar controls are complemented by an E Ink display that provides information on the bike’s battery status.  The high-contrast, low power, conformable display is an excellent match to Faraday’s brand attributes of technical sophistication and minimalist aesthetic design.

“The Faraday Porteur is in every way first and foremost a bicycle, from the way it looks to the experience of riding it,” said Faraday founder and CEO Adam Vollmer.  ”We chose to use an E Ink display because it lets us clearly convey technical information to the rider without sacrificing Faraday’s ‘retro meets modern’ design philosophy.”

“We are extremely pleased to be part of such an innovative product as the Porteur,” said Giovanni Mancini director of product management for E Ink, “This is an excellent showcase of how E Ink displays enable design by giving designers the ability to display information where you would not think possible.”

Faraday’s limited edition, US-made pilot production run will begin shipping in early 2014, and is entirely sold out.  Pre-orders for Faraday’s second production run, with an expected ship date of Q3 2014, can be placed at www.faradaybikes.com.  For dealer and distributor inquiries, or more information, please contact info@faradaybikes.com, or visit www.faradaybikes.com.

The Faraday Porteur will be featured by E Ink in booth 31646 during the 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, NV, from January 7-11, 2014.

About Faraday Bicycles
Faraday Bicycles was founded by designer and engineer Adam Vollmer and spun out of the renowned design and innovation firm, IDEO.  Originally conceived of as a concept, the brand was brought to life by the overwhelming popular response and enthusiasm for Faraday’s vision of the future of bicycling.  Together, the Faraday team brings together decades of experience designing sophisticated consumer electronics along with a shared passion for cleaner, healthier, and more enjoyable transportation alternatives.

Presenting “adverCar” – A Way to Make $100 a Month with Your Ride – Plus,Leasing an Electric Car for $139/Mo

Wednesday, January 1st, 2014

Sort of.

First up is adverCar - all the stickers north of the bumpers earn the owner of the Smart Car $100 a month or so.

Do I object to the sticker covering part of the back window?

Yes. Yes I do.Moving on…

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Second up is the chance to pay $2000 to get started on a lease for an electric Smart Car, sort of. You pay $80 a month to lease the battery and also $59 to lease everything else – the car itself without the battery.  Why do they do it this way? IDK.

Anyway, all this is news to me…

280 Tableau: America’s Own Version of the Autobahn, San Mateo County – Luxury Cars Famous for Fires

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

Ah yes, the 280. Spacious, fast and full of luxury cars.

To wit:

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Ah yes, the famous Tesla Model S. Let’s compare it’s on-the-road-caught-on-fire rate with, I don’t know, that of the well-designed, all-electric Nissan Leaf and maybe, I don’t know, the plug-in hybrid Chevy Volt. Oh wait a sec, Nissan Leaves and Chevy Voltses NEVER CATCH ON FIRE.* Well gee, why is that, Elon Musk? What’s wrong with your cars and/or your customers?

And the jelly-bean Lexus RX / Toyota Harrier. I suppose this “Tall Camry” / “Tall Lexus ES” is a luxury car. It doesn’t catch on fire, all that much.

And the Mercedes Benz GL. It does catch on fire. Sometimes. And for no good reason.

Taken via Google Glass** from my Toyota, which was paid off twelve years ago, and which is 40% of the way through its working life.

*And these are more established cars with more time and more passenger miles on the road than the Model S

**Or not!

Why Does SFMTA MUNI DPT Put “ELECTRIC POWERED” Stickers on Its Diesel-Powered Buses?

Thursday, August 8th, 2013

It’s a simple question.

Now actually, the SFMTA does have electric buses.

But those vehicles don’t have ”ELECTRIC POWERED” stickers.

The only MUNI vehicles with ”ELECTRIC POWERED” on the side are diesels

Thusly:

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Isn’t it ironic?

Dont’cha think?

Hey! Speaking of MUNI and diesel, the term “Biodiesel” is a lie the way the SFMTA uses it.

How about that?

Hey! Speaking of MUNI and petroleum products, which has spilled more into San Francisco Bay – the famous oil-spilling Cosco Busan or MUNI? 

Can you guess? It’s MUNI.

In closing, MUNI sucks.

Look Who’s Enjoying the New Oak Street Bike Lanes Now: It’s Brocephus on His Remote Controlled Electric Skateboard

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

Left hand in your pocket and the right on the trigger of the hand throttle:

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Go Bro, Go!

The Difference Betwixt the Former Mayor and the Current Interim Mayor is the Choice of Official Staff Car

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

[UPDATE 2014: Upon further review, the Chevy Volt's license plate has been grayed out. I had assumed that the Volt would be used as the previous vehicles, the Tahoes and Town Cars, had been used. But now I can see a possible security issue.]

Remember the former mayor’s Chevy Tahoe with an engine bigger than that found in the some San Francisco City buses? It was necessary for “safety,” or something.

Here it is, parked in a bike lane for an hour or two on a Golden Gate Park “Healthy Sunday.”

Anyway, that machine is long-gone now, so here’s the new ride for our new “interim” Mayor – it’s a Chevy Volt plug-in hybrid.

See? It was ordered a while ago. I think the Feds paid for about half of its $40k or so price.

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All right, let’s review. Despite what people at City Hall are saying…

The Chevrolet Volt is Not an Electric Car – Repeticion: El Chevy Volt No Es Un Coche Electrico

Let’s see here, even if you keep this rig charged up and topped off with juice all the time, it’s going to burn fuel from its gas tank, right?

“The Mountain Mode option gathers an energy reserve in the lithium-ion battery so that the car has the full power of both the gasoline engine and the electric powertrain behind it for, say, navigating a series of San Francisco inclines.”

Or I don’t know, just drain every last drop of gas from the tank and fill it up with sawdust and then see how far you and your Volt make it, I don’t care.

Or, just get a Nissan Leaf – that probably would have been the better move, considering the stated parameters.

Oh well.

Anyway, those are the differences between the old and new Mayors so far – not much else has changed.

The Chevrolet Volt is Not an Electric Car – Repeticion: El Chevy Volt No Es Un Coche Electrico

Monday, April 25th, 2011

[UPDATE: Well, I spoke too soon - Pigs, Giraffes, & Elephants just decided to foot the bill for their departing CEO. See below]

I don’t know, the problem with talking about “GM’s race to develop the electric Chevrolet Volt” is that the Chevrolet Volt isn’t an electric car.

It’s a plug-in hybrid, just like those familiar Toyota Priuseses you see being driven (badly) all over town.

So, calling the Volt “electric” is muy prohibidado, ‘specially for the writers at the New Yawk Times.

A PG&E exec motoring through the Inner Richmond to the glamorous West Bay suburbs of the 415 – let’s hope he won’t get $35 million of our money* when he screws something up/kills people and then quits/gets fired.

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(Garish decals removed, you’re welcome)

*”PG&E Shareholders to Pay Pension Benefits for Retiring CEO

SAN FRANCISCO, April 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Earlier today, PG&E Corporation’s (NYSE: PCG) Board of Directors voted to amend the pension benefits for retiring Chairman, CEO and President Peter Darbee to provide that all pension benefits will be funded by the Corporation’s shareholders.

“With Mr. Darbee’s decision to retire, the Board is fully committed to taking steps that demonstrate the company is moving in a new direction,” said Lee Cox, the Board’s Lead Director. “Renewing public faith in PG&E is critical to our future. Today’s decision is another opportunity to show customers, regulators and others that PG&E is listening closely and taking action to earn back their confidence.”

The company announced last week that Darbee will retire effective April 30, 2011. Effective May 1, Cox will serve as interim Chairman, CEO and President of PG&E Corporation until a long-term successor to Darbee is onboard.

PG&E Corporation is a Fortune 200 energy-based holding company, headquartered in San Francisco. It is the parent company of Pacific Gas and Electric Company, California’s largest investor-owned utility. PG&E serves more than 15 million Californians throughout a 70,000 square-mile service area in northern and central California. For more information, visit the Web site at http://www.pgecorp.com.