The ELF Could Replace a Car for a Lot of People

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TreeHugger Sami lives in Durham, North Carolina where they make the ELF, a solar and pedal powered hybrid vehicle that is “specifically designed to get the cycle-challenged out of their cars.” I recently was in Durham and visited Organic Transit with Sami, and got to try out the ELF for myself, as well as getting a factory tour. Here’s background from Sami if you want to catch up: Meet the ELF: An American-built solar-powered trike Organic Transit ELF velomobile now with two-seater option

credit: Dr. Apoorv Agarwal getting out a frame

The ELF is built with as many local components as possible, starting with a welded aluminum frame being handled here by former Ford exec and now General Manager Dr. Apoorv Agarwal, who gave us our tour.

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It’s hard to photograph this stuff with the busy backgrounds, but basically the components are built up on

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9 must-have classic car accessories

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Owning and driving a classic car can be rewarding, but it helps to know a few tricks.


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Owning and driving a classic car is easier now than it ever has been. You can find parts for all but the most esoteric models, thanks to the internet. And it’s easier than ever to get advice on finding a mechanic or fixing things yourself. Still, classic cars have special needs and as someone who’s had a few — currently (and likely forever) my W108 Mercedes-Benz — I’ve found some of the best products to help keep your classic going.

These are all products that I’ve personally had experience with (except for the halon fire extinguisher, knock on wood-paneled dashboard) and have found to be helpful in a variety of situations from breakdowns to basic weekend afternoon car care.

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Which Cars Have the Best Ambient Lighting? (And What Is It?)

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Ever wonder if you could turn your car’s interior into a full-on light show? Well, that’s now possible because many modern vehicles offer cool ambient lighting, even on non-luxury cars. Keep reading to find out what ambient lighting is, as well as what cars have the best ambient lighting systems.

What Is Ambient Lighting?

The feature  utilizes interior lights mounted around the cabin to enhance the design and maybe even soothing driver and passenger. In addition to the foot wells, some ambient lighting systems often illuminate the door and dash trim, cupholders, climate control vents, and speaker surrounds. Some cars provide the option to tailor the color of the ambient lighting and a few even allow the lighting to pulsate in time with the audio system for added customizability.

Every automaker does ambient lighting differently. Some are subtle like in certain Nissan, Infiniti, Honda, and Acura products. On the other

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How Climate Friendly is Bike Sharing? It’s Complicated

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In Oklahoma, where modern bike sharing began, they’re called Tulsa Townies. In New York, they’re CitiBikes. In Denver, bike sharing is called B-Cycle. In Washington, D.C., the program is Capital Bikeshare.

These brightly colored bikes and their riders, often seen braving a gauntlet of impatient taxis, city buses and delivery trucks in dense urban areas, are nearly ubiquitous in these cities, granting commuters the freedom to leave their cars behind and get to their destination on their own schedule without having to walk far or take a bus or train.


Denver B-Cycle bikes at a docking station.
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Though bike sharing in other forms has been around for decades, automated electronic bike sharing systems are a recent invention, and they’re spreading quickly through the country’s biggest cities. New York’s CitiBike program, which began in May 2013, counted 8.7 million riders in its first year.  

Several things are nearly

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I Finally Took My Horrible Old Schwinn On Some Trails And It Instantly Exploded

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Illustration for article titled I Finally Took My Horrible Old Schwinn On Some Trails And It Instantly Exploded

Photo: Raphael Orlove

Less than a mile into the trail, I crossed over a little plank bridge, over a small hump and then KERSNAP. I knew something was wrong, it just took me a minute to realize that two rather important parts of my bike had completely detached.

Illustration for article titled I Finally Took My Horrible Old Schwinn On Some Trails And It Instantly Exploded

Illustration for article titled I Finally Took My Horrible Old Schwinn On Some Trails And It Instantly Exploded

Illustration for article titled I Finally Took My Horrible Old Schwinn On Some Trails And It Instantly Exploded

I didn’t quite expect to love this bike, an ‘87 Schwinn Cimarron I venmo’d a guy $150 for across the country and had shipped home. The bars looked wrong. The drivetrain looked wrong. It didn’t come with eyelets on the fork, like Cimarrons are supposed to. But once I got the thing, put it together, started bombing park trails here around Brooklyn with it, I started to fall for the thing. It felt like a tough little bastard, and I couldn’t stop trying to bunny hop it off of every curb I could, launch it off of every jump

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Towing company illegally auctioned off Marine sergeant’s car while she was deployed, DOJ alleges

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Justice Department attorneys have filed a lawsuit against a Tampa, Fla., towing company, alleging the company illegally auctioned off a Marine sergeant’s car while she was deployed to Okinawa.

The company, Target Recovery Towing, Inc. and Target Recovery & Transport, Inc., is accused of violating federal law by auctioning off the 2011 Nissan Versa belonging to Marine Sgt. Jennifer Eunjung Ko, without first getting a court order, according to the complaint filed Aug. 18 in federal court in Tampa. The actions were in violation of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act, the complaint alleges.

And although Ko, whose last name is now Wilbur, no longer had possession of the car, she still was responsible for the car payments, and continued making those monthly loan payments to her lender. She was in Okinawa for about two years, from February, 2017 until February, 2019. In June, 2020, she left the Marine Corps.

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Flying cars: future transport or futile dream?

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LONDON, England (CNN) — Looking from the balcony of his 83rd story penthouse, the young executive scans the sky ahead, the keys to his new Porsche itching in his hand. Stepping into his garage he opens the driver’s door, sits inside, flicks on the ignition and listens as the four turbofans blast into life. Disengaging the skybrake, his Porsche hovers effortlessly, mere inches above the ground, before he floors the gas pedal and launches powerfully into the crimson sky.

Room for all the family: George Jetson effortlessly pilots his flying car

The science fiction future, as imagined by children growing up between the 1950s and 1980s is already here: we have the flat panel televisions mounted on the wall like canvases, we have the Dick Tracy personal communication devices (and we’ve managed to cram jukeboxes inside them — we call them iPhones) but we’re missing something. Popular Science, the magazine

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Car industry urges ministers to drive incentives for electric vehicle purchases

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The Government is being urged to accelerate the take-up of clean cars, as polling suggested many people are not planning to switch to electric vehicles soon.

Ministers have proposed to phase out sales of new conventional petrol and diesel cars by 2035 – and potentially earlier – as part of efforts to tackle climate change and air pollution.

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) is calling on ministers to commit to significant long-term incentives for electric vehicle (EV) purchases and binding targets on charging infrastructure amid concerns over costs and the ability to charge up easily.

The industry body wants no tax on cars that are capable of zero emissions and a long-term commitment to plug-in grants which reduce the cost of electric cars.

Plug-in hybrids should also qualify for the financial benefits, the SMMT said.

This funding would reduce the upfront price of a family car by

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McLaren plans new lightweight vehicle architecture | Automotive Industry News

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The new architecture will enable McLaren to transition to 100% electrified supercars

The new architecture will enable McLaren to transition to 100% electrified supercars

McLaren Automotive has said it will introduce a new flexible, lightweight vehicle architecture for its next generation of electrified supercars.

The new architecture, designed specifically to accommodate new hybrid powertrains, has been entirely engineered, developed and produced in-house in the UK at McLaren’s McLaren Composites Technology Centre (MCTC) in the Sheffield region.

The company claims the new flexible vehicle architecture utilises innovative, world-first processes and techniques to strip out excess mass, reduce overall vehicle weight, while also further improving safety attributes.

It will underpin the next generation of McLaren hybrid models as the supercar company enters its second decade of series vehicle production.

The first new McLaren hybrid supercar to be based on the new architecture will launch in 2021.

“The new ground-breaking vehicle architecture is every bit as revolutionary as the MonoCell chassis we introduced with the

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Jaguar Planning Small Electric Vehicle To Rival Tesla Model 3

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Jaguar is reportedly working on an entry-level electric vehicle to compete against Tesla Model 3 and Polestar 2 in the coming years

Jaguar Land Rover’s financial troubles started long before the global health crisis made a significant impact. In the second half of 2018, the British manufacturer owned by Tata Motors reported a huge loss of $113 million. Resultantly, JLR began cost-cutting measures like slashing jobs and scrapping projects such as Range Rover SV Coupe.

The company picked ousted Renault boss Thierry Bollore as the chief executive and he will be at the duty from September 10 with the sole aim of bringing the brand back to profitability. Bollore took over at Renault in January 2019 before being pushed out in October. At JLR, he will take over from Ralf Speth, whose tenure lasted for more than a decade.

According to a report emerged on the internet, Bollore will be

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