A new study finds that barley straw could be a viable source of biobutanol. Researchers at the University of Eastern Finland found that the plant's hemicellulose sugars - with the help of a little starch - can be fermented into the biofuel. As a renewable fuel, biobutanol makes a good alternative to ethanol. It offers greater energy density, lower volatility and it is less corrosive to vehicle components. Read more at Green Car Congress, or in the press release from the University of Eastern Finland.
Car2go has launched in Miami Beach. Users can enjoy one-way service across more of the Miami area, and Car2go even covers the tolls along the way. "We've been thrilled with the excitement that Miamians have expressed over our decision to expand to Miami Beach," says Luis Campo, General Manager of Car2go Miami. "A day at the beach should be fun and relaxing, which is why we're proud to bring a simple, convenient new option to get there." To celebrate the expansion, Car2go is hosting a launch party at the Clevelander on Ocean Drive from 6 to 8 PM on October 2. Car2go has over 31,000 members in the Miami area, more than 2,500 of whom live in Miami Beach. Read more in the press release below.
Miami's Hottest Destination Just Got More Accessible
MIAMI BEACH, Fla., Oct. 1, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- car2go N.A., LLC, the market leader for one-way carsharing in North America, begins service today in Miami Beach, making it easier and more affordable than ever before for Miami residents and visitors to visit the beach. New car2go members can register with the promotional code BEACH to receive discounted registration and 30 minutes of free drive time and begin experiencing the flexibility of car2go.
"We've been thrilled with the excitement that Miamians have expressed over our decision to expand to Miami Beach," said Luis Campo, General Manager of car2go Miami. "A day at the beach should be fun and relaxing, which is why we're proud to bring a simple, convenient new option to get there. Our goal is to take all of the hassle out of travel so members can focus on what matters most – spending time on Miami Beach with friends and family."
With car2go's unique one-way approach to carsharing, members don't need to make reservations in advance or return the vehicle to any specific location. Instead, they can enjoy the flexibility of hopping in any one of hundreds of car2go smart fortwo vehicles that are available 24/7 throughout Miami and Miami Beach, and only pay for the time they use the vehicle. Once members are finished, they can leave the vehicle at any city metered space, any residential neighborhood street within the car2go Home Area, or any car2go designated parking space.
car2go has continued to improve service in Miami based on feedback from members on what is most important for their transportation needs. Recently, car2go announced that it would begin covering all tolls incurred by members during car2go trips in Miami. Coupled with car2go's affordable by-the-minute pricing, the elimination of tolls during car2go trips ensures that car2go is a cost-efficient option for moving throughout Miami and Miami Beach.
To celebrate car2go's expansion to Miami Beach, members are invited to an exclusive launch party at the Clevelander on Ocean Drive. Between 6-8PM on October 2nd, members can enjoy free food and music at the South Beach hot spot, as well as free drive-time and exclusive swag giveaways throughout the night. car2go will host a VIP Drop Zone nearby at 13th and Collins, where members can enjoy free, guaranteed parking for car2go vehicles.
FIND IT, DRIVE IT, PARK IT: A DIFFERENT WAY TO CARSHARE
Members can locate a car2go vehicle via the car2go smartphone app, the car2go website, by calling the customer call center, or simply by finding an available car on the street anywhere within the Home Area in Miami.
When members are finished using the vehicle, they may park at any city metered space, or on any residential neighborhood street within the car2go Home Area, as well as any car2go designated parking space. car2go Miami offers 11 surface lots with 26 designated parking spaces in Miami Beach. Parking, fuel, insurance, and maintenance are included at no additional cost.
Members can use the car2go service by the minute and pay only for the time they use the vehicle, with discounted rates for hourly and daily use. There are no annual or monthly fees required to use the service.
For more information or to register to become a member of car2go, please visit www.car2go.com/en/Miami/. Members are also encouraged to keep updated on the latest local car2go events and promotions by following @car2goMiami on Twitter.