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New York Gets Its First Public EV Charging Station

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

(WNYC, New York) Own an electric car? Thinking about buying one? Until now, you've been, um, running on empty if you're stuck in New York City with a low battery.

But starting today, California company Coulomb Technologies plans to install 300 of the stations—called ChargePoints—in the New York metropolitan area by October 2011.

Carmakers Chevrolet and Ford, as well as smart USA, distributor of the "Smart Car,"  plan to bring Electric Vehicles—known as EV in industry parlance—to New York City streets in the coming months.

"We want New York City to be prepared when people start buying them," New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said at a press conference unveiling the station today.

Motorists will be able to pay about $2 to fill an empty battery -- enough for about four hours of driving. The charging stations look like gas pumps -- but are much narrower and more elegant.

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Some Detroit Truckers say Financial Pressures Push them to Neighborhood Streets

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

(WDET, Detroit) Detroit's public radio station wraps up its series on trucks in residential neighborhoods talking to some truckers who say they can't afford NOT to stray from established routes.    Also in the series:   A multi-generational fight to keep trucks off residential streets.   Live in Detroit? WDET-FM is looking for your help in tracking trucks in residential neighborhoods.

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Neighborhoods and Trucks Meet in Detroit

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

(Detroit, MI - Rob St. Mary, WDET) Trucks aren't allowed in residential neighborhoods in Detroit, but with the help of mobile phone texts and a mapping tool, the public radio station in the Motor City, is showing that they're going into those neighborhoods anyway. In the first part of a series, reporter Rob St. Mary talks to a neighborhood resident who's been collecting photographic evidence.

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To follow their whole series, or participate in their mapping project, click here.

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Study: Off Hours Truck Deliveries Save Time, $$

Friday, July 02, 2010

(WNYC Newsroom). Trucks making deliveries after seven pm and before 6 am shaved an average of forty eight minutes on their routes. That's according to the results of a pilot program by the New York City Department of Transportation. City Transportation Comisssioner Janette Sadik-Khan says the off-hour delivers also resulted in fewer parking tickets, down from$1000 per truck to almost nothing. The four month pilot enlisted thirty-three companies around Manhattan, including Foot Locker, Whole Foods, and Cisco. Some businesses have expressed reluctance to schedule off-hour deliveries because it can cost more in overtime and make last-minute deliveries more difficult. And some have said it's not an option for perishables.

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Bronx Gets Electric Truck: 15,999 To Go.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

(Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation) Hunts Point, the Bronx is New York's major food distribution center. There's a fruit and vegetable wholesaler, a seafood market -- and lots of lots of trucks. The area, in the poorest congressional district in the nation (yes, it beats Mississippi, yes it beats Appalachia), also has an asthma rate that is 700 percent of the national average. Now, Down East seafoods has bought a zero emissions truck, with the help of a local development corporation and the local congressman. More, from Marketplace.

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Houston plans for future gridlock

Friday, March 19, 2010

Houston traffic-roads(Houston - KUHF News Lab) In the next 30 years, Houston is expected to add 3.5 million people.  It's a planning challenge on all levels, especially transportation.  How will Houston bill ways to get to work that encourage people to reconsider roads?  That's the subject of a year-long study now underway, as city officials get ready for the newcomers.  KUHF's Wendy Siegle reports on what planners will be looking at and how the public is giving its input.

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The Takeaway: New York Mayor Bloomberg at Climate Talks in Copenhagen

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is in Copenhagen this week to take part in the Climate Summit for Mayors.  Last week, the Mayor passed his Greener, Greater, Buildings Plan, and this week he hopes to inspire leaders from other cities to follow suit.  With cities around the worldproducing more than 80 percent of the global carbon dioxide emissions, changes in urban systems can have green effects globally.  We speak with Bloomberg from Copenhagen.

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