Notice anything strange about the bike in the picture? The bright red hub isn't exactly subtle, but it does hide some impressive tech. Called the Copenhagen Wheel, this is a device developed by the SENSEable City Lab at MIT that basically can turn a normal bike into a connected electric bicycle simply by replacing your standard rear wheel with this one. The Wheel then adds regenerative braking, batteries, general packet radio service (GPRS), and a motor to your ride. There are also sensors to de
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Two of the UK's top politicians – Prime Minister Gordon Brown and London Mayor Boris Johnson – now have access to electric cars, at least for a little while. For the PM, a Mini E will be added to the Downing Street car pool for two months and will be made available to ministers for official business. Johnson's new electric car is an i-MiEV, which he is using in Denmark during COP 15, the United Nations Climate Change Conference 2009. While he's only using the car for a short while,
The news out of Copenhagen today is how disagreements over the old Kyoto Protocol might influence the rest of the two-week discussions in the COP 15 United Nations Climate Change Conference 2009. Since we're focused on how these global talks might impact transportation, we noticed a report from the National Post that says green cars "are expected to get a big boost from the on-going international climate talks in Copenhagen." Specifically, some people expect the conference to result in a boost i
Pretty much anyone with an eco-agenda is making their voice heard at the COP 15 United Nations Climate Change Conference 2009 in Copenhagen. Delegates from 192 countries are attending and throwing their two cents into the communal pot, including Brazil, which is in Denmark to defend ethanol. In fact, representatives from Brazil say that biofuels are "the only real alternative to fossil fuels," especially for developing countries.
Sure, there might be a fleet of advanced technology vehicles cruising the streets of Copenhagen this week and next for the COP 15 Copenhagen United Nations Climate Change Conference 2009, but that doesn't mean that literally tons of CO2 won't be emitted during the talks.