Archive for July, 2007

Green Commuting

I wrote about electric vehicles on my last post. The main focus was on the very commuter friendly Enertia Electric Motorcycle. This got me to thinking about commuting that has little impact on the environment.

Some of the things that automatically came to mind were bicycle commuting and mass transit. Green mass transit would include biodiesel buses and light rail that is run on clean energy such as wind power. It is inherently more efficient because of the amount of people that are able to be moved by one vehicle. Cycling would obviously be green because of zero emissions, zero fossil fuel consumption (maybe for tires and lube, but not for propulsion), and even the lower amount of paved land that is needed to support bike travel.

I have a particular interest in bicycle commuting since cycling in one of my past times. What could be better than starting off your work day with something that you love? Well, I have bike commuted a couple of times. I have to say, I got to work more awake and ready to go then ever. I did “hit a wall” later on in the day, but I think that will go away as my fitness increases.

Honestly, I haven’t bike commuted lately. Partially because we are having a record rainy season here in Dallas-Fort Worth, and partially because I have been making excuses. Any of you out there have any words of encouragement to get me off my butt and on a bike?

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The Enertia Motorcycle

A while ago I did a post about the Tesla Roadster that is sold by Tesla Motors in the United States. This car is a legitimate sports car. A Lotus chassis, 0-60 in 4 seconds, and a top speed of 130 prove it. The kicker is that this car is run purely off of electricity. The only downside is the $100,000+ price tag.

Don’t have that kind of cash, but would still like to own the technology? The Enertia Electric Motorcycle by Brammo is for you. 0-30 in 3.8 seconds and a top speed of 50mph make this bike a great choice for commuting. The 40-50 mile range will conquer most home to work distances and once at work you can charge it using a standard electrical outlet. The starting price of $11,995 (add $300 for shipping) is much more attainable for the rest of us. If you want a little more bling on your ride, you can opt for the $14,995 limited edition “Carbon” model.

They will begin shipping third quarter of 2008, so you have plenty of time to contemplate your purchase. They are also planning a scaled down version for campus cruising and a two up version for carrying a passenger.

Edited for Accuracy. Previous version pegged Brammo as the creator of the Tesla when it in fact is Tesla. “Responsible Fundraising” apologizes for this error.