April 13, 2009

A little bit of air ?

140 grams CO2/km were issued on average in 2008 by the fleet in circulation in France, against 149 in 2007. While two years ago, fewer than one in ten French interest in the fuel before buying a car, "according to the Agency for Environment and Energy Management (ADEME), the share of cars emitting less than 140g CO2/km represents 63% of sales in 2008. With Portugal, France is the only country to reach this level, the European Union average was 154g. Finally we can say cocorrico!

Source Direct Soir, April 10th 2009: http://directsoir.directmedia.fr/v1/Pages-Presse/Archives-Telechargement.aspx

April 10, 2009

Paris Bike Days

THE 17,18 and 19 APRIL 2009, PARIS BIKE DAYS welcome you to their first edition at PARC FLORAL DE PARIS. Here's a real go 100% in PARIS bike for bike enthusiasts and living in the Paris region.

The festival is to honor all the bikes and all such practices. It is addressed to all practitioners, that people bike every day, only at weekends or occasionally on holidays. Also, she can try on real roads and the future bike trail.

About: http://www.parisbikedays.com/index.html

April 09, 2009

Rent your car, for when in Paris ?

They are still looking for partners to place and develop cars for the big brother of the Vélib ', the Autolib', a network of motor vehicles for free service in the Ile de France. Manufacturers are not loans and other problems on the horizon. How to protect vehicle vandalism whose Vélib 'are victims? We must also find places for the 1400 stations planned. Parking spaces should disappear in favor of places Autolib '.

Greens estimated today that it is a step backwards with the proposed use of cars rather than other means of transport. But the deputy mayor considers contaire qu'Autolib "enable many Parisians to separate permanently from their cars clean while maintaining independence and mobility.

I have a question for you: for which price per hour would you be ready to rent this transport?

Source image: http://www.snut.fr/index.php/2008/06/02

March 30, 2009

The Nano car, ecological ?

As we have announced, the cheapest car in the world, Nano, will be released shortly from the factory at a price of 100 000 rupees (€ 1450) and will soon be exported to rich countries, starting with the Europe.

The emergence of the Nano has raised concerns among the green countryside, who have warned of an environmental nightmare on the roads of India. Although there are only 5 million cars in use in India (only 7 in 1000 have a car), the roads are blocked by dozens of other vehicles.

The company plans to sell 100 000 cars this year, before moving production to its new plant in Gujarat, which is capable of producing 250 000 units per year.

Mr Tata said the car would be the greenest in India. With four doors, five seats, the Nano has a 624cc engine at the rear, which provides 23.6 km per liter, and CO2 emissions with a rating of 101 g / km (grams of carbon dioxide kilometer).

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March 26, 2009

Bicycle versus car

Faster than the car

All tests show that in most cities, the bike is unbeatable at rush hour for distances of less than 5 km (50% of trips between home and workplace). You are soon to that car or public transport. Your journey is usually shorter (less detours) and you do not waste time in traffic jams or find a parking spot.

Never late

Punctuality is the politeness of kings. Winds cycling in traffic, you're never stuck. You do not lose 30% of your travel time to find a parking space.
Result: your travel time is always the same regardless of the movement and you're always on time!

Good for Health

Your life expectancy increased by 2.5 years with a regular cycle. Above all, you live better: your heart is in better shape *, your performances have improved respiratory **, stress and blood pressure were evacuated in a few pedal strokes, you get sick less often than cars and you are more dynamic.

Good for the wallet

With cycling, you make great savings in travel costs (no fuel to pay), to purchase the vehicle (no car purchase), maintenance (no car to go see), insurance and parking. A car costs an average of 5,000 euros per year, more than 400 euros per month! Do your accounts!

A healthy air bicycle than by car

Contrary to popular belief, exposure to pollutants of the cyclist is 2 to 3 times less than the motorist: 

- The sealed cabin of the car is much more polluted than outside because it concentrates the pollutants; 

- The highest position of the cyclist to avoid inhaling gas "creeping" 

- The two-wheeler does not long remain at the heart of traffic!

Besides that, not taking the car, you reduce your emissions to zero CO2 and microparticles. You offer a better air quality for everyone and you participate in the fight against global warming.

Safer than the car

In town, the mode of transport the most dangerous is the car, which gives the false feeling of being protected! Cyclists, however, much better anticipate the dangers of traffic. According to Road Safety in France, cycling is now about 4% of trips, 4% of injuries, and 4% of those killed in a traffic accident. It is on average no more risky to travel by bicycle than on foot! And progress is particularly evident in cities where the number of cyclists has grown rapidly: there are more bicycles and fewer accidents!

Costs at work

By car, you are stressed, in traffic jams at rush hour, without control of your travel time varies from one day to another, irritated by others and often exasperated when you are looking for a parking spot. By bike, you took the air, made a reasonable effort and took a good time. You are in your head and in your body. Modern bikes have so much speed that you can titrate your full effort. And the clothes are modern light and breathable so that your comfort is optimal during the journey. 

* 30 minutes of cycling per day reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease by 5. 

** + 13% in 2 years

Source: http://lesvertsdebagnolet.over-blog.com/article-28878948.html

March 19, 2009

Planète Durable Show 2009

The 2nd Edition of the Planète Durable Show, dedicated to sustainable consumption, opens its doors from 2 to 5 April 2009 at Paris Expo Porte de Versailles (Hall 7). On the occasion you can have fun on a test track of 150 square meters with electric bicycles, "biclou" competition. The green movement is their show. You want to try a hybrid car? Honda will help you slide behind the wheel of the "Insight" on-site testing at the outset of the show. The event aims to make us understand our world and its future, but also to present practical solutions and pleasant to now adopt a lifestyle more virtuous. When do we start ?

March 11, 2009

What want people who buy a car?

The needs of a Parisian are not the same an inhabitant of a small town. We hope that the hybrid will be available soon, an offer varied and that everyone can find their ideal car.

We want to drive fast (we sell cars that go up to 200 km / h), but to save the planet (reminder: the electric vehicle made at 110 to break).

And you, tell us : what are your primary motivations?

March 08, 2009

La Blue Car, the car to rent in less than a year

100% electric car, 0 noise, 0 pollution. It is fully automatic and starts faster. It promises us a great comfort. The French company Bolloré and Pininfarina's Italian partner, which brings its good reputation, launched this week at the Geneva Motor Show Pre-booking of their electric car, Blue Car, a car to plug into a standard which will not not for sale but for rent for 330 euros per month, with an initial minimum commitment of three months. The first vehicle will be on the roads in less than a year. Nice marketing operation!

Six countries will be involved in a first-time: Italy, Germany, France, UK, Spain and Switzerland) and North America will follow. The car battery contains a lithium-metal-polymer that offers a range of 250 km. Recharging the battery takes just a few minutes to make 20 or 25 km and five hours to fully charge the car.

The car will be built in Turin by Pininfarina, which has a capacity of manufacturing 70,000 vehicles. Bolloré has built two plants to batteries Quimper (France) and Montreal (Canada) due to start mid-June, with a capacity equivalent to 10,000 cars in 2010, 20,000 in 2011 and 30,000 in 2012.

If successful, Bolloré already planning to build a new one, maybe in Bolivia, where are the reserves of lithium to deliver up to 70,000 vehicles, according to Vincent Bolloré. While manufacturers and Japanese amércains also rely on lithium batteries, the key question remains: lithium be enough?

The reserves of lithium, rare metal, 70% of reserves are in Bolivia and Argentina. One can imagine a monopoly of lithium in the Andean countries. The risk is the shift of geopolitical tensions related to resources in South America.

Meanwhile, I dream of going to try the machine and check if the promises of comfort are required.

March 07, 2009

Geneva Motor Show, following

We were expecting the advent of all-electric. New solutions. Or are the first visitors dubidatifs. Manufacturers don't propose "shocking solutions". No short-term proposals. Desire of consumers disappointed at the lack of ambition of the manufacturers. Electric cars alongside those of gasoline or diesel, which continues to dominate the market.

Yes, sales are collapsing, there are billions lost, plans layoffs are increasing and we see the liquidation of U.S. giant General Motors is drawing on the horizon. More than ever it is time to think about tomorrow.

90 new cars and as promised, a pavilion dedicated to clean energy.
Some new additions:
- The Bentley Continental Supersport, 630 horses running on biofuel
- The all-electric sports car of the California Tesla
- Prius the third generation of Toyota's hybrid vehicle
- The Blue Car, the first 100% electric car general public by Bolloré and Pininfarina)

Leading adjust slowly. They promised massive changes for 2011. We have to keep patience ...

February 22, 2009

High-speed train in the USA?

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This would be unseen in a country where long-haul passenger railroad is underdeveloped. Indeed, the American prefer to travel by car or by plane (for long distances)… at least until the crisis. Will future high oil prices coupled with a fall of the purchasing power promote the development of high-speed train, as it is already the case in Europe and some Asian countries?

Coincidence or not, the Obama administration is studying this solution, until now relegated to the closet because of financial and technical barriers, in addition to the lack of  political support.

Today, there is only one long-haul passenger railroad company in the USA: Amtrak.

Is it a market to explore closely for French companies like Alstom or the SNCF? Would U.S. citizens be ready to "abandon" their cars for the train?



Map source: http://www.dot.wisconsin.gov/projects/state/docs/prwg-exec-sum.pdf