The city of Des Moines, Iowa has only seen a $13 return on its investment so far after spending $16,000 last year on three electric car charging stations.
The ChargePoint units, installed in front of the Franklin Avenue Public Library and funded by a mix of city, state and library money, have been used just 13 times since last spring, the Des Moines Register reports. Each use generates one dollar of revenue.
A thousand+ year payback isn’t exactly considered a smart business plan…
As fans of gas-guzzling classic cars prepare to cruise Woodward Avenue next week, a group of environmentally conscious individuals gathered Saturday in Ferndale to promote human-powered vehicles.
The Green Cruise returned to the city for the ninth year with a myriad of events for those more inclined to hop on a bike than to hop behind the wheel.
Sound like a very dry event. I bet they are trying to raise awareness for their cause. Environmentalists are always trying to raise ‘awareness’ of one issue or another.
The cruise was formed nine years ago when a Ferndale mother living near the route for the Woodward Dream Cruise organized some of the neighborhood children on their bikes and went for a ride. Her goal was to raise awareness for green transportation.
The article goes on to say that about fifty…. Only fifty cyclists are participating in the Green Cruise.
Aside from the fact that environmentalist are wrong about nearly everything, one big problem is they are not very much fun. If they are not haranguing people about the evils of excessive toilet paper use, trying to raise awareness about the plight of the spotted owls they are always worrying about peak oil, global warming, global cooling, population growth, or some other made up disaster that never happens. They really are a miserable bunch of people.
What would you rather do? Pedal a bike to ‘raise awareness’ of bicycles as a form of transportation (as if no one has ever ridden a bike before) or hang out watching awesome vintage cars listening to old time rock and roll music with thousands of your closest friends?
I know where I’d rather spend my time…
Here is a roundup of several ‘first drive’ impressions of the new 2014 C7 Corvette Stingray. Aside form the first driving impressions of the new Corvette Stingray, is the different approach each review team takes with their video.
First up is Motor Trends ‘Top Gear- Lite’ review complete with several glamour shots of the new ‘Vette:
Next up is Car and Drivers no nonsense nuts and bolts review that looks like it was filmed in my neck of the woods. This video captures the best engine sound:
Last up is Edmunds. They strike a decent balance in their reveiw between MT and C&D. Unfortunatly they slide a little too heavy into the Ruin Porn toward the end.
The take away from all three video reviews is the new ‘Vette lives up to the hype.
FYI, 280 km/h = 174 mph.
Driving impressions and launch control acceleration 0-280 km/h of a 911 Turbo S Prototype during a test run in extremely hot, humid and high conditions in South Africa. More in sport auto 8/2013. http://www.sportauto.de
I need to find a 2014 Corvette (C7) video for comparison…
One of the risks associated with vintage car racing is damaging a rare, priceless piece of automotive history, but we’re pretty sure that one recent participant is just happy to be alive. Edmund Burgess, of Lavenham, UK, was participating in the Prescott Speed Hill Climb in Gloucestershire, UK when, according to Car Buzz, the brakes reportedly failed on his 1924 Bugatti Type 13 causing it to go off course and roll over.
And here’s the video…
Luckily, Burgess escaped injury and after the wreck went out for a pint.
This is such a cool story, combining several of my favorite things (history, the space program, classic cars & Corvettes) into a single story… The Astrovette:
Gentlemen, let’s just get this depressing truth out of the way: For the male of the human species, life reached apogee for those lucky few rocket-riding, Corvette-driving, moon-venturing NASA astronauts in the space-smitten Go-Go that was 1960s America. Theirs was a perfect storm of timing (the dawn of space-capable engineering), almost unlimited government funding (beat those Russkies!), a Holy Grail forged by a martyred president (JFK’s “before this decade is out”), delicious extras (free Corvettes were just the beginning), and star-struck coverage from three TV networks and Life magazine (ticker-tape parade, anyone?). In contrast, what’s a boy of today supposed to want to be when he grows up?
Alan Bean wasn’t a Corvette man when he joined NASA’s third astronaut group in 1963. “I couldn’t afford to be a car aficionado,” he says. “I was an airplane aficionado. All I did was concentrate on flying planes for the Navy.” But Corvette fever was hard to fight off. Like such Original Seven astros as Alan Shepard, Gus Grissom, and Gordo Cooper, Bean qualified for that most prized of star-voyager perquisites: access to a new Chevy every year for the princely sum of $1. (The deal had been arranged by local Florida dealer and former Indy 500 winner Jim Rathmann; see sidebar.) “So naturally I got Corvettes,” Bean says. “I had red ones, black ones. Every year they’d take our orders and give us new cars.”
When NASA assigned Bean to his first space flight, Apollo 12, the second lunar landing, he and his crewmates got creative. Theirs was an all-Navy crew: Pete Conrad (mission commander and Bean’s former test-pilot instructor), Dick Gordon (command module pilot), and Bean (lunar module pilot). When it came time to choose their new ’69 Corvettes, Bean remembers, “We said, ‘Let’s get ‘em all the same!’” The trio played around with a few ideas, ultimately settling on gold with black trim. “I don’t know why, being Navy guys, we didn’t pick blue and gold,” Bean says. “But we were busy with Apollo 12, so we didn’t have time to think about it too much.”
Be sure to read the rest of the story, it is very interesting, even if you aren’t that into history, the space program, classic cars or Corvettes.
Now, on to the links…
ChrisWy: In White House meetings Obama’s campaign chief gave IRS commissioner his marching orders
WWTFT: The Blood of Tyrants
TheCL: The Electronic Concentration Camp
WixomWeb: Detroit Citizens Protect Themselves After Police Force Decimated…
CH2.0: Your Obama Scandal Template
SJ: Why the left demonizes our Founding Fathers
Bunker: IRS Shulman’s wife works for a ‘Progressive Organization’
Asylum Watch: Sue and Settle and Retard Economic Growth
TMGGB: Career Bureaucrats Are Far Worse Than Our Elected Politicians
The Eye: Uncivil War Birds
CC: Visa Overstays and DACA Applicants Get Lucky
Spellchek: Age old agendas guide geo-political events
FCBZ: Recall Efforts Against AZ Sheriff Joe Arpaio Fail, “Respect Arizona” Violated State Law & Lawsuit Filed Against Group
MTTM: AFFT Calls on Congress to Eliminate IRS Targeting by Enacting the FairTax
Gator: Why can’t Democrats just compete?
Jen: Lawbreakers in a Lawless Society
Tom: SOME POUR THEMSELVES OUT SO THAT OTHERS MIGHT NOT BE SPILLED OUT
LaS: How To Handle a Petty, Petulant, Thin-Skinned, Despotic Demagogue
The TCN: GovernorPerry Needs Your Input on Budget, CSCOPE
The NC: Ted Cruz- Obama Does Not Respect First, Second, Fourth, or Fifth Amendments
Teresa: Constitution vs Constitution?
Hogewash: Nixon’s Third Term?
PR: Is The IRS Accountable Or Not?
Via (appropriately) Torque News:
[T]he portable dyno under the back end of this Shelby GT500 literally explodes with a shower of sparks flying from the right of the screen. This is where you would find all of the bearings and internal workings of this type of dyno so it has been widely speculated that the supercharged Shelby Mustang just pumped too much power into the dyno and the bearings of the rollers which absorb the force from the tires just could not keep up. When the bearings failed, the shower of sparks was caused by the rollers under the wheels locking up and when that happened, the supercharged muscle car literally tossed the dyno out from under itself. From the look of things, there was very significant damage to both the dyno (which was likely scrap after this was all said and done) as well as the high priced Shelby Mustang.
And here is the video in question:
And another angle:
Later that day, I’m sure the Mustang owner had an interesting conversation with his insurance agent…
Michigan has awful roads. They have been awful for a very long time and now, our Nerd Governor, Rick Snyder (R) is pushing hard for a tax increase to fix the roads:
State legislative leaders and Gov. Rick Snyder met here Wednesday in an effort to kickstart stalled talks on the governor’s desire to spend more than $1 billion extra annually to fix roads and bridges.
There was no breakthrough during the talks Wednesday, said House Minority Leader Tim Greimel, D-Auburn Hills, but the conversation was positive and another meeting is scheduled for next week.
“There was some movement,” Greimel said Thursday, but Democratic and Republican elected officials remain a long way from reaching a comprehensive road funding solution.
There is a 50-50 chance a deal will be reached, Greimel said.
Let’s get this straight. The State of Michigan as an institution has historically failed to maintain our state’s roads and bridges. Today, the same institutions are coming after Michigan taxpayers trying to shake us down.for an additional $1 Billion a year to do the job they were supposed to do in the first place.
This is ridiculous.
Michigan drivers already fork over a lot of money in taxes to maintain roads. When gasoline is @ $4.00 / gal, Michigan drivers fork over $0.59 / gal in Federal, State Gas Taxes & Michigan Sales taxes. The math is simple; put 10 gallons of gas in your tank and The Nerd and Obama peel of $5.90 for themselves in taxes receipts ostensibly tagged for road maintenance.
Everyone else in the private sector has tightened and re-tightened their belts. Time has come for Lansing (and Washington) to do the same.