Tuesday, June 03, 2008

"Green" Transportation

In a time when green carbon footprints is a topic that could easily be overheard in many "coffee and casual conversations" around the world.....what is being done in our transportation markets to help sustain a green environment?

Remember when you used to be long to the book of the month club? This same concept is now moved to the streets. Streetcar is one such company in the UK that "offers self-service cars and vans for rent by the hour, day, week or month. The vehicles are parked in a dense network of dedicated spaces in several UK cities and can be booked for as little as 30 minutes or as long as 6 months."

There are presently over 3,000 members in the UK and other similar companies are popping up around the world in large cities to help reduce the amount of vehicles that are on the road.

How about a car that runs on air? The proposal is to run a vehicle using compressed air. You know, the same compressed air that we fill our car tires up with at the service station.

Compressed air engines have been around since the 1800's. The Mekarski system was invented in 1870 to move public transportation - tram systems.

Just do a search on YouTube for air cars and you will get about 14,100 results. A concept that seems to be back!

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