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Monthly Archives: October, 2012

GOT THE BLUES?

THERE HAS been a lot in the news these days about the color blue: a new African monkey, the male of whom has an astonishingly blue butt; a berry reported … Continue reading

October 24, 2012 · 2 Comments

TOYOTA SEMINAR NUGGETS

THIS LAST of five mini-essays on the 2012 Toyota Future Mobility Seminar, held Oct. 16-17 in Denver, collects technological nuggets gleaned there. The price of motor fuels was a recurring … Continue reading

October 23, 2012 · 1 Comment

NREL HAPPENINGS

THE NATIONAL Renewable Energy Laboratory hosted attendees of Toyota’s 2012 Future Mobility Seminar at its Golden, Colorado, facilities on Oct. 17. Here are some technical take-aways from a most interesting … Continue reading

October 22, 2012 · 2 Comments

BOULDER PHEVS

ONE HUNDRED and forty two families in Boulder, Colorado, received Toyota Prius Plug-in hybrids for 9-week stints. Scads of data collected over two years on recharge strategies, trip length, user … Continue reading

October 21, 2012 · Leave a comment

BROWN PALACE HOTEL

“AND THEY’LL all want lifts to Brown’s Hotel, ’cause lots o’ them been travelin’ for quite a spell.” Just as Judy Garland sang “On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa … Continue reading

October 20, 2012 · 2 Comments

ZEV AND US

THOSE OF us residing in California—and in 14 other states more or less following its lead—will soon be into ZEV 3, the third phase of this state’s Zero Emissions Vehicle … Continue reading

October 19, 2012 · 2 Comments

ARTFUL VULTEE BITS

JUST ABOUT every U.S. pilot in World War II trained in a Vultee BT-13 or one of its variants. I share a dual affinity with these aviators, first through friendship … Continue reading

October 18, 2012 · 2 Comments