Green Transportation

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

Mother Earth News Fair in Oregon and Our Solar Bus

By Brett Belan, Apparent Energy

We displayed the bus at the Mother Earth News Fair in Albany, Oregon. We will also discuss the performance with the new batteries and solar array and our trip to Burning Man.

Walkable Communities Find Their Stride from Coast to Coast

By Jay Walljasper

Huge health benefits heighten the need to make sure all Americans live in walkable communities.

What It’s Like to Drive a Chevy Volt Hybrid-Electric Car

By David Borden

Driving the Chevy Volt car is a pleasant experience and can be best summed up with the two “Qs”: Quick and Quiet. Read to discover notes on interior, handling, and automation features in the Chevy Volt. I hope you find my experience helpful in making your choice of a next car.

3 Green Transportation Options for City Living

By Maggie Tiede

No one likes sitting in traffic—especially not the eco-conscious among us. If you’re an urban homesteader, you know green travel is tough to manage in the city. What you might not know is that there are a number of strategies that can help you to beat the commuter blues, as well as to better accomplish day-to-day tasks like grocery shopping and recreation. Cut down on driving, step up healthy exercise, and explore new parts of your city, all while knowing you’re helping to reduce emissions and keep the planet healthy!


The Chevy Volt: The Belt and Suspenders of the Automotive World

By David Borden

In keeping with my cautious and frugal Yankee heritage and senior status, I am slowly shedding vehicles and transitioning to a single car. As an interim step, I bought a 2017 Chevrolet Volt Premier with two optional safety and convenience packages, and these are my initial impressions. Learn from this advice for first-time electric vehicle drivers in this Chevy Volt Review.

Solar Electric VW Bus: Phase 2

By Brett Belan, Apparent Energy

We put in a new Lithium battery pack and are building another solar array for phase 2 of our solar elctric vw bus.

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

Read how transportation, whether by foot, horse, bicycle, hitchhiking or carpooling takes on more meaning for this homesteader.

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