Green Transportation

The latest and greatest on the many ways to move around, from electric cars and hybrid vehicles to commuter and electric bikes.

Pair a Tesla with Solar Panels to Shrink Your Carbon Footprint

By Vikram Aggarwal, EnergySage

By pairing your Tesla or other electric vehicle with solar panels, you can minimize one of the biggest contributors to your carbon footprint.

Transportation and Traveling While Living Off-Grid

By Aur Beck, Advanced Energy Solutions Group

Transportation: walking, horse, bicycle, hitch hiking, carpooling.

The PV EV RV: A Mechanical-Engineering Question for Solar-Electric Vehicles

By Brett Belan, Apparent Energy

With the advent of thin, semi-flexible solar panels weighing in at just 6 pounds per 150 watts, the weight limitation of solar panels on vehicles has been lifted. On my Electric VW Bus, allows for 100 miles of range in 5 hours of direct solar exposure. Here is more on my off grid mobile tiny home with all the electricity you need to heat, cool, light, and then drive — a PV EV RV!

Walking Picks Up Speed for Exercise and Transportation: 20 Tools and Signs of Progress

By Jay Walljasper

Following Surgeon General’s prescription, Americans discover that a simple stroll is good for health, happiness, and social harmony. Millions of Americans are now discovering that walking is good for our health, our social lives, our communities, our economic prospects and our overall happiness. Here are some of the recent signs.


Solar Power Meets Electric Vehicle Atop a VW Microbus

By Brett Belan, Apparent Energy

I always wanted an electric vehicle. My first rendition put 1,200 watts on top of the vehicle. I realized that if I built a highway-legal vehicle with a good amount of solar on top, I would really have something valuable. I had no idea.

New York’s Hudson Valley Revs Up for Electric Vehicles with New Campaign

By Seth Leitman

The first electric vehicle (EV) consumer education program in the Hudson Valley goes live this fall. For the growing population of consumers who are curious about EVs and want to learn more, Drive Electric Hudson Valley will provide consumer workshops, informational materials, and test drive opportunities throughout the fall

How to Make City Streets More Friendly

By Jay Walljasper

Laughter, lively music and lip-smacking appreciation of food from many cultures animates St. Anthony Avenue in St. Paul, Minnesota, as a crowd whoops it up at the Better Bridges Bash. Even chilly temperatures and gusty winds can’t dampen folks’ enthusiasm — nor does the unpromising location right next to the roaring traffic on the I-94 freeway. That’s the point of the event: to better connect neighborhoods on either side of the freeway by improving the bridges and to explore ways to make the area more friendly to people when they are not in cars.

Walking Makes Strides in All Kinds of Communities

By Jay Walljasper

“The health benefits of walking are so overwhelming that to deny access to that is a violation of fundamental human rights,” declared Dr. Robert D. Bullard, father of the environmental justice movement in a keynote speech at the National Walking Summit in Washington, D.C. “All communities should have a right to a safe, sustainable, healthy, just, walkable community.” We found inspiring stories from places across the U.S. where people got things started in communities not so different from where you live.

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