Category Archives: transportation

Volt production charging ahead, despite GM woes

GM’s Rob Peterson told MarketWatch that getting the Volt launched by 2010 is still a “top-priority program” for General Motors, which is staring bankruptcy in the face and is pleading — along with Ford and Chrysler — for a multibillion-dollar bailout from Washington. This is reassuring, and of course it makes loads of sense. If GM has any chance of getting more bailout money it has to convince U.S. Congress that it’s serious about changing its ways by producing vehicles that are more efficient and will help wean the United States from foreign oil. To cut back on the Volt wouldn’t send the right message to Washington, so the Volt in many ways is the only thing that GM has going for it. There’s also the fact that most of GM’s main competitors also have plans for plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles by 2010 or shortly after, so to stay competitive it really has no choice. Continue reading Volt production charging ahead, despite GM woes

Skymeter GPS congestion-toll system gets green light from Cisco

Skymeter Corp., a Toronto startup trying to raise the bar on congestion-tolling technology — i.e. “road user charging” — has received high grades after a small pilot project with Cisco Systems in Seoul, Korea. Following a six-month pilot, Cisco named Skymeter its “technical solution partner” for location, time and distance-based road user charging. Continue reading Skymeter GPS congestion-toll system gets green light from Cisco

Eco-driving training gives 24 per cent boost to fuel economy

Ford Motor Co. has released test results showing that drivers, when properly trained, can boost their fuel economy by an average of 24 per cent. “The 48 total drivers who took part in the validation tests saw results ranging from 6 percent fuel economy improvement to more than 50 percent, depending on their driving style and ability to master eco-driving behaviors,” according to a release from Ford. “Eco-driving instructors coached drivers to employ smoother breaking and accelerating, monitor their RPMs and drive at a moderate speed.” Continue reading Eco-driving training gives 24 per cent boost to fuel economy