October 20, 2010 |
With most cars, idling at the arrival curb of a major metropolitan airport results in an instantaneous visit from the parking police: Whistles blown, arms akimbo, ticket pads drawn. But the new 2011 Chevy Volt isn't most cars. Picking up the vehicle at Oakland International Airport, dozens of strangers slowed their wheeled luggage to get a better look at a car that's received as much attention as an A-list celebrity. And those DayGlo-vested police who normally strike fear in idling drivers' hearts?
July 23, 2008 |
Kid Rock has been sentenced to a year's probation and fined $1,000 for his role in a fight at a suburban Atlanta Waffle House last fall. The DeKalb County solicitor's office said the 37-year-old rock singer was also sentenced Monday to six hours of anger management counseling and 80 hours of community service. The entertainer, whose real name is Robert J. Ritchie, pleaded no contest to one count of simple battery. Four counts of battery were dropped. From the Associated Press cutline> ##et-quick23#k4f8vync#0N2668TB### Bailey Hanks is "Legally Blonde."
July 1, 2010
2010 Club Car Villager 2+2 Base price: $8,510 Price as tested: $8,783 Powertrain: 48-volt DC motor, 350-amp DC controller, 48-volt lead-acid battery pack, direct drive Horsepower: 5 Range per charge: 20 to 30 miles Maximum speed: 25 mph Dry weight: 1,129 lbs. $7,659 after 10% federal tax credit through Dec. 31, 2011 Final thoughts: Low-cost commute for light traffic
May 5, 2012 |
The car: 2012 Mitsubishi i SE The power: 66 horsepower and 145 pound-feet of torque coming from a 49 kW AC synchronous electric motor that's powered by a 16 kWh lithium-ion battery. It routs power to the rear wheels via a single-speed transmission. The photos: 2012 Mitsubishi i The speed: 0-60 mph in a long weekend (13.4 seconds) The bragging rights: Cheapest and most efficient electric vehicle currently on the market. Expect a 62-mile range from a fully charged battery, which comes with an eight-year, 100,000-mile warranty.
April 9, 2001 |
There's a Stage 2 power alert and I could be taken offline any minute if the California Independent System Operator orders rolling blackouts. But I'm not worried. I have a backup system that will keep my PC running at least two hours--long enough to get through a typical blackout. To test my backup system, I staged my own blackout by switching off the circuit breaker that provides power to my office. I'm still working. I'm writing this column from my desktop PC, which is plugged into an xPower 600 backup power system that delivers 600 watts of AC electrical current.
April 18, 2011 |
Kate Spade, Tiffany & Co. and Louis Vuitton — tony retailers at the Westfield Century City mall — are getting a new neighbor, but it won't be another fancy brand. In an unusual move for an automaker, electric car company Coda Automotive Inc. will open its first showroom at the shopping center in July. The automaker is hoping the glitz of those names will rub off on Coda, providing a marketing aura far bigger that what could be expected for a tiny, start-up automaker. Analysts are skeptical.
July 4, 2011 |
Getting out in nature for a hike or a trail run can offer an escape from the modern world. But that doesn't mean techie innovations should be left at home, especially when they enhance the experience in a quiet, unobtrusive way. If you want to get there or get back faster and safer, these lightweight devices can help. Pocket-size purifier SteriPEN Adventurer Opti: A 6-inch-long, 3.6-ounce water purifier that uses an LED ultraviolet light to destroy 99.9% of all bacteria, viruses and protozoa (such as giardia and cryptosporidium)