Christopher Maag North Jersey Record Published 10:40 p.m. UTC Aug 31, 2018 Electric cars are slow, ugly, golf carts. Driving one might kill you because it will run out of power and leave you stranded on the New Jersey Turnpike. If you still believe these two sentences are true, you haven’t hung out lately at Tom Moloughney’s strip mall. There you might see the Porsche Taycan, an electric car that launches from a dead stop to 60 mph in less than four seconds. There, in front of the Quick Chek convenience store, you might see the e-tron Quattro, a prototype of Audi’s all-electric SUV, still wrapped in a disorienting camouflage of red and black swirls to prevent us plebeians from observing its final design. Before anyone in else America, you might spot a foursome of Jaguar I-PACEs, each packing the power of a racecar into a five-passenger luxury electric cruiser. “I get to see these cars before the general public does,” said Moloughney, 51, a Chester … [Read more...] about Stylish, prototype electric cars get a charge out of this North Jersey strip mall
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Jacy Marmaduke [email protected] Published 1:22 p.m. UTC Jun 7, 2018 Fort Collins electricity rates are changing soon. It won’t be a simple increase or decrease. Come October, Fort Collins Utilities is transitioning to a new residential rate structure that charges you different amounts depending on when you use electricity. The time-of-day pricing could mean a slight increase or slight decrease in your bill, depending on the efficiency of your home and whether you limit your electricity use during peak hours. The peak hours are 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. from October through April and 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. from May through September. Weekends and major holidays aren’t included in the peak hour pricing. Read on for the origin story of the new rate structure, what it means for your electricity bills and how you can keep costs down without dining on gazpacho in your cold, dark kitchen. (Unless that’s your thing.) More: Huge wind farm could reduce Fort Collins electricity … [Read more...] about Fort Collins electricity rates are changing. Here’s how to keep your bills down.
There have been very few moments in time when transportation was radically and irrevocably changed across the entire world. From the invention of steam-powered trains, the introduction of cars and the globalization of airplanes, mankind has always aspired to revolutionize the way we move around. And it is beginning to seem like we are on the verge of another development that is ready to change the way we travel: self-driving cars. These automated vehicles, also known as AVs, claim to offer a safer and more beneficial means of transportation. Tesla, a flagship company leading the way for more automated cars, advertises that their autopilot option can see and protect its passengers from dangers or obstacles over 800 feet ahead of the vehicle, and can cut down on lives lost to accidents and human error. The potential benefits of automated vehicles are tremendous; If Tesla’s advertising is accurate, then thousands of lives could be saved, millions of dollars in damages avoided, … [Read more...] about OPINION: Automated cars are on the way, like it or not
(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.)Mark Wilson, Michigan State University(THE CONVERSATION) The recent deaths of a woman struck by a car Uber was testing in driverless mode and of a man whose Tesla Model X crashed when his hands were off the steering wheel because he was letting the car do some of the driving may shift the debate over autonomous vehicles.Those tragic fatalities are raising overdue questions about whether people and places will be ready when this new technology moves from beta-testing to a full-throttled rollout.As an urban planner who has analyzed how technology affects cities, I believe that driverless vehicles will change everything that moves and the stationary landscape too. Until now, the public and governments at all levels have paid too little attention to how letting these machines drive themselves will transform urban, rural and suburban communities.Critical junctureDriverless … [Read more...] about Driverless cars are already here but the roads aren’t ready for them
Democracy Dies in Darkness Sections Home Subscribe Try 1 month for $1 Username Sign In Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Subscribe Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Accessibility for screenreader Business by Rachel Siegel by Rachel Siegel Email the author April 3 at 7:23 AM Email the author Topping off the tank seems to make people thirsty. (Ben Margot/AP) If drivers of electric cars aren’t stopping at gas stations to fill their tanks, the opportunities for impulse purchases inside at the convenience store could dry up. That’s a real possibility, according to Morgan Stanley analysts who wrote that convenience stores could see a hit to beverage sales as more electric cars hit the road. But experts on the convenience store industry say any substantial threat from … [Read more...] about How the arrival of electric cars could hurt the beverage industry