The City of Nitro, near Charleston, bought the Tesla Model 3 for about $40,000 — a little more than its other cruisers cost — and then spent another $10,000 to outfit it with lights, sirens and other equipment a police car needs, CNN affiliate WCHS reported.
In a post on Facebook, the department said it decided to buy the Tesla after doing a lot of research, having discussions with Tesla and talking with an Indiana police department that has five Model 3s in its fleet and plans to buy more.
“We believe time will show that through the fuel savings, maintenance cost and resale value, that this car will be cost-neutral to the citizens of Nitro,” Mayor Dave Casebolt told WCHS.
He told WCHS the car can go 500 miles on $18 worth of electricity, while their other police cruisers need about $90 in fuel to cover the same distance.
“The savings, we figure, will be in the neighborhood of $5,000 a year per vehicle,” Police Chief Chris Fleming told WCHS.
The Nitro Police Department has installed a Tesla charging station outside the building and department policy is to keep the vehicle charged to at least 50% at all times, so it’s always ready to patrol.
The city has also purchased two other patrol cars this year, according to its Facebook post — Ford Interceptor Hybrid and a regular Ford Interceptor.
It plans to compare the three vehicles for a year and decide which one provides the best cost benefit.
Transportation is a key element in Amazon’s (AMZN) delivery network. With Amazon’s commitment towards achieving zero carbon by 2040 as part of The Climate Pledge, it is crucial for Amazon to rework on how its packages move around. It is going to be a long journey, but Amazon has already begun innovating, developing, testing, and collaborating on alternatives which can deliver packages to its customers with lesser and eventually no carbon footprint.
Here’s an overview of its initiatives to create a sustainable transportation ecosystem.
Amazon’s electric delivery vehicles by Rivian were rolled out February 2021. The company expects that its electric vehicle deliveries will reach up to 15 additional U.S. cities by the end of the 2021. Amazon plans to have 10,000 vehicles on the road as early as 2022, and all 100,000 vehicles deployed by 2030. Amazon has been investing in Rivian over last two years. Rivian first announced an equity investment round of $700 million led by Amazon in February 2019, and in September, Rivian announced that it was developing an electric delivery van utilizing its skateboard platform and that 100,000 of these vans had been ordered by the e-commerce giant.
Amazon is partnering for sustainable deliveries outside the U.S. as well. In August 2020, Mercedes-Benz joined The Climate Pledge, and entered its largest electric vehicle commitment, which aimed at providing more than 1,800 electric vehicles to Amazon’s delivery fleet in Europe during the year. The order comprised of the eSprinter, one of the newer electric commercial vans, and the eVito, which is a midsize electric van. In February 2021, Amazon partnered with Mahindra Electric in India to further strengthen its commitment towards electric mobility in the country. Back in January 2020, Amazon has committed that its fleet of delivery vehicles will include 10,000 EVs by 2025 in India. The company has been working with several Indian OEMs to build a fleet of vehicles.
Amazon is investing in solutions that can help decarbonize its freight transportation network. In 2020, Amazon bought battery electric trucks from Electric Lion. In February 2021, the e-commerce giant ordered hundreds of trucks that run on compressed natural gas (CNG) from a joint venture between Cummins (CMI) and Vancouver-based Westport Fuel Systems (WPRT).
Developing the electric vehicle infrastructure is crucial, and Amazon has invested in developing network of charging stations for its partners. One such example is the largest deployment of electric mobility in the German Amazon logistics network in July 2020. The Essen delivery station is equipped with 340 charging stations and operates over 150 electric delivery vehicles every day to deliver Amazon parcels to customers in the Ruhr area.
Amazon is exploring a range of alternative delivery methods dubbed as ‘micro-mobility’ to increase efficiency and reduce emissions. The company has a bicycle fleet which includes traditional bicycles and pedal-assist electric bikes connected to cargo trailers. These are being used in cities such as New York, Tokyo, and Paris. In addition, it operates e-cargo bikes in few U.S. cities. In 2021, more
There are plenty of hidden costs involved in buying and driving a new vehicle, from depreciation to maintenance. If you add them all up, the national average cost hit $9666 this year, according to AAA. (Find out your own cost with AAA’s interactive tool.)
Different vehicle segments stand out in different ways, with electric vehicles having low per-mile charges but high depreciation, while half-ton pickups have the highest overall driving costs.
Changes in methodology mean it’s not easy to directly compare annual average costs through the years, but AAA does point out that when it did its first Your Driving Costs study, in 1950, gas was 27 cents a gallon and the average car cost nine cents a mile to run.
Calculating out the exact dollar amount someone pays for transportation each year can be futile. Each person has their own situation, and some people pay more for track tires each year than others pay for 12 months of bus tickets. Still, there’s something to be learned from general trends—like the fact that the overall average cost to own and operate a new car in 2021 was $9666.
That’s the headline number from the American Automobile Association’s (AAA) latest “Your Driving Costs” study, which is the group’s annual attempt to figure out how much Americans spend buying and driving their cars. Using a proprietary formula, AAA has been figuring out what it costs the average driver to operate their car through these studies since 1950 and, while the methodology has been adjusted through the years, the mission remains the same: take the most popular models on the market and “[break] down the cost of owning a new car including depreciation, finance, fuel, insurance, license/registration/ taxes and maintenance/repair/tires.”
Depreciation is listed first there, and that might be because that is unsurprisingly where new cars end up costing owners the most money. For 2021, new cars cost their owners $3,900 in annual lost value, based on the difference between the purchase price and its estimated trade-in value after five years. Insurance was another $1342 a year, while financing adds $712. Taxes and fees came to $669, and then there are the running costs of 10.7 cents a mile for fuel and 9.6 cents a mile for maintenance, repair, and tires. AAA’s “average” costs are based on driving 15,000 miles a year.
While these average costs are interesting, differences between vehicle types and powertrains mean certain figures will stand out depending on which vehicle category you’re looking at. For example, electric vehicles have lower per-mile fuel and maintenance costs, but they suffer from high depreciation rates (which can make buying a used EV tempting for those interested in such a vehicle). The vehicle segment with the highest overall driving costs is half-ton pickups, which cost an average of 77.3 cents per mile. The lowest? Small sedans, at only 48.2 cents per mile. Subcompact SUVs benefit from low depreciation rates, but medium SUVs are the segment that is
Mil-Spec Automotive set out to do for Hummer H1s what Singer does for Porsche 911s, rebuilding them to a Swiss-watch standard, modernizing them with myriad upgrades, and then pricing them like Fabergé eggs. We pointed out some chips in the enamel of MSA’s original egg when we drove a Mil-Spec Hummer H1 in 2018, but the company has spent the pandemic developing the second generation of its H1 build, which it dubs the M1 or M1-R, depending on its state of tune. The upgrades make it even more worthy of consideration, with factory-original used examples of the low-production 2006 Hummer H1 Alpha fetching $200,000 or more at auction.
Mil-Spec Hummer H1 Engine Specifications
As before, the most crucial MSA upgrade is to the Hummer’s wheezing stock diesel or small block gasoline powertrain. Those pitiful V-8s are replaced by a 2006-2007.5 model-year 6.6-liter Duramax diesel. The Mil-Spec team regards this LBZ engine as “the last of the hot-rod diesels.” As before, HSP Diesel Performance & Accessories of Romeo, Michigan does an extensive balance and blueprint rebuild, strengthening various components to withstand power and torque that gets elevated from the stock 350-hp/650-lb-ft rating to 500 hp and 1,000 lb-ft in M1 spec (that’s about what the first-gen MSA H1s produced). This engine runs EGR to preserve the emissions compliance required of the 1992-2004 model-year VINs appearing on these civilian Hummers’ titles (this one’s a 1998). Spending $60,000 on the Intrepid Performance Package turns the wick up to 800 hp and 1,300 lb-ft.
Achieving either output requires a much larger turbo and intercooler, an upgraded Bosch fuel-injection system, and a new engine controller, and managing that enhanced output requires an equally robust transmission. In this case, that’s an Allison 1000 T6 six-speed automatic, also reinforced by HSP to either Stage 3 or Stage 5 standards, depending on engine output. A new electronic gear selector and transmission controller provides access to all six gears via optional steering-wheel paddles or console buttons (the stock mechanical shifter only featured D-2-1 positions).
To keep everything cool there’s a greatly enhanced thermal management system that starts with a more robust engine-mounted clutch and fan with shrouding that better seals it to the angled radiator/intercooler/AC condenser stack under the hood. Two electric pusher fans augment this as necessary. A small power-steering cooler also rides up front, but transmission cooling happens at the rear via a separate cooling circuit positioned where the auxiliary fuel tank used to be. (A 30-gallon fuel cell replaces the standard fuel tank.)
As with the first-generation Mil-Spec Hummer H1, the M1s all start as well-worn civilian Hummers that get fully disassembled and have their girder frames blasted and powder-coated. They are then reassembled using lots of new/old-stock and aftermarket parts for a better-than-new driving experience. The inboard brakes are upgraded to 12.5-inch vented and slotted rotors all around clamped by single-piston calipers with the option of six-piston Wilwood calipers ($14,000, including heavy-duty differentials).
The Lincoln Motor Company recently revealed a quartet of concept cars aimed at depicting the types of vehicles the automaker might potentially produce in 2040, and the designs are shocking and compelling in all the best ways. The concepts were created by four teams of transportation design students at the ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena, California—one of the world’s premier institutions for up-and-coming automotive thought—and were based on a very simple brief.
“We didn’t want to restrain or limit the students, so we had very few descriptors,” says Kemal Curic, Lincoln’s design director, who helped shepherd the project into existence. “We wanted an autonomous, electric, and shared two-seater, four-seater, high-riding four-seater, and six-seater. We wanted to include our brand pillars of humanity, beauty, and gliding, based on our vision of Quiet Flight, which is what Lincoln stands for. And we said, let’s dream up something the world has not yet seen.”
The results are quite stunning, and complete, in part because the automotive students worked in conjunction with colleagues in other design departments—film, illustration, animation, and architecture—to create not just vehicles, but also stories of the worlds in which these vehicles might exist.
A two-seat autonomous Glider is inspired by Lincoln Zephyrs and Continentals of the past—Streamline Moderne vehicles from the ’30s and ’40s, favored by Frank Lloyd Wright—and we see a son allowing his paralyzed father to experience the joy of “driving” again. A four-seat sedan loads up digital images that provide a couple with scenes from their 30-year marriage as they tour locations where these memories were made. A four-seat SUV takes a family on an adventure, displaying images from their mother’s initial connection with astronomy as she prepares to go into space. And a six-passenger luxury cruiser, built out like a living room, takes an up-and-coming band on a relaxing drive as they prepare for their first big gig.
“I was mesmerized by the visualization,” says Curic. “I love putting all these diverse skill sets together where we focus not only on the vehicle but also on the feeling these vehicles will convey in 2040. I was blown away by the architecture, environmental, and storytelling bit. They do a lot of Hollywood work at ArtCenter, so it’s all about the narrative.” These narratives help communicate more fully how the appearance of the car might change—but, perhaps more important, how it might be integrated into our lives in new ways as technologies and needs shift. Curic notes the “intriguing architecture and buildings, and the vehicles built into these backgrounds…[the stories give a] more holistic sense of our future incorporating cars into the built environment,” says Curic.
Moreover, the designs demonstrate a shift in the ethos of the next generation of automotive designers, as they
En español | About 600,000 older adults stop driving each year, according to the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a).
That can make it harder for aging or ill loved ones to make doctor’s appointments, shop for necessities, visit family or attend social events. And that increases their isolation, negatively affecting their health and well-being.
Transportation can become one of the biggest responsibilities for family caregivers. About 40 percent of caregivers spend at least five hours a week providing or arranging transport, according to a 2018 survey from the National Aging and Disability Transportation Center (NADTC), a program administered by n4a and Easterseals that promotes accessible transit.
Providing transportation is not always easy or convenient. “Some family caregivers just can’t leave their job every time somebody needs a ride to the doctor, much less even to the grocery store,” says Virginia Dize, an n4a program director and codirector of the NADTC.
Finding alternatives for times you can’t get your loved one where they need to go likely will require some research. But a variety of options are available that can lessen the burden on caregivers and help older and disabled people keep appointments and stay socially connected.
When you can’t provide a ride
The types of transit available differ widely from location to location, as do opportunities for specialized or discount service.
Metropolitan areas tend to be transportation-rich, with public bus, rail or trolley lines and various commercial options. In small towns and rural regions, you might have to rely on prebooked “demand response” services or volunteer organizations.
In a joint publication on transportation options, NADTC and Eldercare Locator, a federal directory of local services for seniors, list several programs and services geared in varying degrees to helping older and disabled people get around. Remember that not all of these options are available everywhere, but your area is likely to feature at least some.
Primarily bus and rail services, operated and financed by federal, state and local governments, with fixed routes and set schedules, these systems usually offer discounted fares for older adults and people with disabilities. Vouchers may be available as well.
Some transit agencies and local aging or disability organizations provide free training to help riders learn to travel safely. Buses, railcars and stations usually will have accessibility features, but public transit might not be a suitable alternative for people who will have difficulty navigating stairs, waiting outside or walking to and from stops.
Public transit agencies are required by law to provide “complementary paratransit service” for people who are unable to use regular lines. Paratransit operates during the same hours as normal service and covers comparable routes.
Riders must meet eligibility criteria set out in the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA). Vehicles typically are vans outfitted for accessibility.
Trips should be scheduled at least a day in advance and generally are shared with other passengers who have booked similar times. Paratransit providers typically have a 30-minute pickup window, from 15 minutes before
April 3 (UPI) — Firefighters in New York state said a lucky dog is expected to be OK after getting stuck under his owner’s vehicle and being taken for a 40-mile drive.
The Rochester Fire Department said firefighters and Humane Society rescuers responded to the city’s Public Market when the owner of the 2-year-old beagle, Zeke, called and reported the canine was trapped under their vehicle.
The owner said Zeke must have gotten stuck under the vehicle before it was driven at least 40 miles.
The rescuers enlisted help from staff members at Lollipop Farm, including a veterinarian who was able to sedate the dog to be safely extracted from under the vehicle.
The fire department said Zeke is being treated for his injuries and is expected to be OK.
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Why Ride a Bicycle When You Can Drive a Car –
11-21-2019, 01:18 AM
Sometimes I marvel at the stupidity of Europeans. They are Godless, but also brainless.
Take the City of Copenhagen. It is packed with bicycles. There is even bicycle congestion.
I do not want to see adults riding bicycles in Freehold. We are a city of practical people who don’t waste our precious time poking along on sweaty bicycles.
Isaiah 24:1-3 Behold, the LORD maketh the earth empty (2)…as the taker of usury, so with the giver of usury to him. (3) The land shall be utterly emptied, and utterly spoiled: for the LORD hath spoken his word.
Re: Why Ride a Bicycle When You Can Drive a Car –
11-21-2019, 03:31 AM
Your average vegan tree hugger avocado toast eating LIEberal hipsters are the main proponents of this bicycle riding craze, and I’ve done some calculations to show just what idiots they are:
31,000 calories = 1 gallon of gas = $2.50
31,000 calories of avocado toast = $117.80
If that werent enough, keep in mind all the water it takes to grow the wheat and avocados, the fertilizer (made from fossil fuels), diesel trucks and trains for transporting them, the energy it takes to bake the bread and make the toast. Sure gasoline emits CO2, but so do humans – in addition to methane (farts).
This makes Freehold, Iowa probably the most sane place on earth (and Jesus would agree).
1 slice of avocado toast = 200 calories ($0.76 each)