It’s Electric!…Minus the bus stop

It’s Almost 2011, and the New Year’s looking quite Green.

Much has been speculated and talked about the rise of environmentally conscious vehicles. It seems it’s something only discussed in the conversation of global warming, or in mixed conversation among those financially flexible enough to afford the costly hybrid cars and experimental models as their side mobiles.

What makes this approaching year different is the variety and economic range of the new slate of Eco-Friendly cars being rolled out, with sleeker designs than previous alternatively fueled cars and starting prices from $26,000 and up. The other big deal is the official major introduction of electric cars being made available to the public. The line-up of automobiles fueled by electric rechargeable power sources is formidable in number. Manufacturers from Nissan and Chevy are all bringing out first generation electric-powered rides with nouveau names like “Volt” and “Think City”. For a better look at what’s in store for 2011, check out this link http://www.practicalenvironmentalist.com/automobiles/2011-electric-cars-usa.htm

So far, I’m feeling the Think City model, and the idea of Toyota partnering up with Tesla Motors for an electric-powered RAV 4, but my favorite so far is definitely the Made-In-China CODA Sedan. http://www.codaautomotive.com/

The CODA made the news last week as its CEO took a prototype for a spin down midtown Manhattan in the rain to show off its capabilities, adaptability and overall style. 

They boast to have a 6.6 kilowatt charger at 220 volts which takes about 6 hours to charge, and state that that’s twice as fast as their leading competition. And while much has been said by early critics about its look, I’ll say that the CODA presents the most modern, sexy aesthetic of all of the green cars I’ve ever seen. For one, it actually looks like a car! Lord knows the Prius is God-Awful looking! It’s design is one that’s not instantly noticeable as electric and in a sea of comfort and luxury sedans in an urban metropolis, it’ll blend right in quite nicely yet stand out due to its unique look. Available in several colors and complete with all of those cool new features you all Love like hands free phone capability, seat-warmers and a digital touch screen radio.

Damn, I sound like a car salesman, but with tax incentives that bring the hefty price of driving smart down a bit and the moral confidence of knowing you’re not adding to carbon emissions globally, you just might wanna plug in.

So…Cars that fly…

We’ve heard this before…

But have we seen it?

Some are saying the new military vehicle prototype proposal by DARPA(defense advanced research projects agency) is inspired by the Classic Jetsons cartoon and their transport pods, made famous by the opening sequence.

Could you imagine? rolling out like any other old 4 wheel machine, but with the added bonus of being able to levitate and move above the clouds on a single tank of fuel? Then land Vertically??!

Of course I’m jumping the gun here, because this proposal is not entertaining the commercial use of such a vehicle. It’s primary intent is to serve as a means to provide fast transportation for soldiers in emergency situations or drop-offs. The project is officially named the Transformer (a.k.a. TX), and is hoped to begin in 2015 with proper funding.

This isn’t the first mention or development of a flying car. There have been numerous models, experiments and videos documenting the test driving/piloting of them. This just stands to be the simplest and most comfortable ideal yet.

Here’s a more in-depth article on it courtesy of Discovery.com

http://news.discovery.com/tech/flying-car-pentagon-jetsons.html

All I want to know is, Where does all of this money come from??