Pedego Trips the Electric Bike Fantastic

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Pedego
The electric bike on the left is like the one I rode, but that's not me standing next to it.
This is another in an occasional series on consumer vehicles powered by water, natural gas, electricity, hybrid motors, high-efficiency gasoline engines, my tears or other alternative sources.

Oil slicks, drunken drivers and snapping mutts are banes of many bicyclists' existence.

Mine is "The Hill."

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Santa Ana Opens OC's First Bicycle Huts

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BikeConnect.org
Hut to it!
Just in time for Bike to Work Week, the City of Santa Ana announced it is the first city in Orange County to install integrated modular bike huts. What is an integrated modular bike hut? It's an enclosed place where you can safely store your bike--for a fee, of course.

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Pump Documentary on Breaking the Oil Monopoly Rolls at UC Irvine TONIGHT

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Fuel Freedom Foundation
It's a gas, gas, gas ...
UPDATE, APRIL 27, 7:42 A.M.: Updating to remind that the documentary about oil dependence Pump screens at 6 this evening in Room 134 of Steinhaus Hall at UC Irvine. For more details, visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/455308817958911/.

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2015 Hyundai Sonata Eco Drives Like a Hybrid But It Actually Gets the Unleaded Out

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One in an occasional series reviewing consumer vehicles that are powered by water, natural gas, electricity, hybrid motors, high-efficiency gasoline engines or some other alternative source.

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Photos by Matt Coker/OC Weekly
Yes, the 2015 Hyundai Sonata Eco will get you to Baghdad by the Bay no problem at all.
Whenever I tell a friend I am writing about an electric or plug-in hybrid car, the first question I am invariably asked is, "Will it get you to San Francisco?" Why yes. Eventually. The people asking don't drive to the Bay Area as much as I do; I have family up there. But the question points to a car-buying mindset that minimizes every-day driving because, I guess, people figure if a vehicle can take you 414 miles in one trip (with a stop or two to fill up), it will automatically take care of their shorter commuting needs.

Might I point you folks to the 2015 Hyundai Sonata Eco?


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Peter Heinrich Conrad Reinert Tied to Scams Involving Hybrid Cars, Anti-Counterfeiting

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RipOffReport.org
Keep reading before you buy in.
An Irvine businessman has been hauled into federal court and remains in custody for allegedly duping about 50 investors out of at least $3.6 million in scams involving technological "inventions" to thwart counterfeiters of state documents and increase gas mileage of any car to 150 mpg.

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Back to the Future DeLorean Restoration Film is Pushed into the Present with a Local's Help

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Universal Pictures
Tinker away, Doc Brown.
A Laguna Niguel marketing company is helping to spread the word about a Kickstarter campaign for a documentary on the plight to save the DeLorean "time machine" from the Back to the Future movies.

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I Am a Mitsubishi i-MiEV Driver, and I Am a Range-Anxiety Addict

One in an occasional series reviewing consumer vehicles that are powered by water, natural gas, electricity, hybrid motors, high-efficiency gasoline engines or some other alternative source.

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Battery don't fail me now!
The Human Factors and Ergonomics Society released a study in March that I thought sounded silly. "Understanding the Impact of Electric Vehicle Driving Experience on Range Anxiety" argued that consumers are still afraid of acquiring EVs because of the fear of becoming stranded with an empty battery. I figured the advancements in EV technology, including some models' on-board indicators of mileage remaining on the charge and locations of an ever-growing number of charging stations, would have stamped out the range anxiety cited in the report by "the world's largest scientific association for human factors/ergonomics professionals."

But I must confess that when I recall my recent week with a 2014 Mitsubishi i-MiEV, I start getting the range-anxiety shakes.


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2015 Kia Soul EV Turns at Least One Cynic into a Hipster Hamster Lover

One in an occasional series reviewing consumer vehicles that are powered by water, natural gas, electricity, hybrid motors, high-efficiency gasoline engines or some other alternative source.

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Kia America
Soul Sister
What blew me away most about my week-long test drive of the all-electric 2015 Kia Soul EV was despite the boxy exterior, booming sound system and man-size hamster ads that scream BOOMPF-BOOMPF-BOOMPF, DOOIT-DOOIT-DOOIT, what stood out most was the quiet, ultra-smooth ride.


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Santa Ana Cops Crack Down on Easter Cruising

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OC Weekly archives
Better switch to Santa's sleigh in Santa Ana, Mr. Bunny.
Road closures, lane restrictions and extra patrol officers will help the Santa Ana Police Department crack down on the annual tradition of cars cruising streets on Easter Sunday.

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Wingz and Uber Become First (Legal) Ridesharing Operators at John Wayne Airport

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NerdWallet (click for study)
UPDATE, MARCH 31, 4:39 P.M.: Wingz and Uber on Monday became the first ridesharing companies to be issued permits to operate (legally) at John Wayne Airport. They were the first companies to provide the documentation necessary to receive permits, explained airport public relations manager Jenny Wedge. Wingz started providing rides Monday while Uber's service started today.

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