Peak Moment: Transit on Demand (Have Cell Will Travel)

22 Jan 2009 | |
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What if you could make a call at any time on your cell phone and have a vehicle come to you within minutes, take you to your local destination, and cost about as much as a bus ride? Allen Hancock's notion of demand-responsive transit fills the gap between the private automobile and public transit. Rather than fixed routes and schedules, smaller vehicles guided by intelligent software with gps (geographic positioning system), circulate to where riders are and want to go. Flexible, efficient, low-cost, it uses existing vehicles and roads. Where's the town that will implement this exciting pilot project? (Episode 140).

Peak Moment Television: Shocks, Shortages, and Scenarios - Planning for a Post-Oil Future

06 Nov 2008 | |
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Responding to peak oil will require reshaping our communities. These two interviews, taped in September 2008 at the ASPO-USA conference, are with Megan Quinn Bachman of Community Solutions, and Bryn Davidson of Dynamic Cities Project. Episode 134.

KunstlerCast: Water Transit

20 Nov 2008 |
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James Howard Kunstler responds to a listener question about the future of water transportation in North America. There is a fabulous inland waterway system in North America that is going to become very important again. But if we want to remain serious about trade in this country, we are going to have to rebuild the infrastructure for water and rail transportation. Episode 39.

KunstlerCast: The future of air travel

25 Sep 2008 |
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James Howard Kunstler says that the airline industry is visibly disintegrating around us and it probably won't be around in the form we know it for much longer. He predicts that air travel will be very different in as few as 36 months: cheap airfares for the broad middle class will not be available; long distance air routes might be temporarily nationalized; eventually, flying will become an increasingly elite activity for the wealthy. Episode 32.

KunstlerCast: Personal Transit & Green Buildings

08 May 2008 |
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James Howard Kunstler takes questions on personal rapid transit, sustainable green buildings and the happy motoring program in America. He also scolds us for us referring to ourselves as consumers. This show is the result of a special collaboration between The KunstlerCast and Planetizen, the online network for professional planners. Episode 13. With transcript.

KunstlerCast: Reinvesting in Rail

26 Jun 2008 |
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James Howard Kunstler often says that America has a train system that the Bulgarians would be ashamed of. Fixing our rail system would have a greater and more immediate effect on our gas consumption than fixing our trains. No new technology would be required. It would create jobs and benefit all ranks of society. Episode 20.

Peak Moment: "Team Fate": Under the hood of a next-gen plug-in hybrid

12 Jun 2008 | |
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Take a tour of a plug-in electric hybrid modification of a 1996 Mercury Sable, with UC Davis graduate students Patrick Kaufman and Bryan Jungers (interviewed in episode 113). Under the hood you'll see modifications and some interesting new components. Unlike commercial hybrids -- primarily combustion engines with an electric-motor assist -- theirs is primarily an electric vehicle with a small combustion engine to extend its range beyond the all-electric 60-70 miles. Batteries recharge in 6-8 hours with electricity costing about 75 cents per gallon of gas equivalent (2006 prices). Don't miss Janaia's first-time drive of an electric vehicle. Episode 114.

Peak Moment: "Team Fate": College students pioneering plug-in hybrid electric vehicle design

05 Jun 2008 | |
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Students at UC Davis Hybrid Vehicle Research Center have been creating plug-in hybrids for national competitions for some time. "Team Fate" members Bryan Jungers and Patrick Kaufman describe how they "gut" the drive train of a standard vehicle, replacing it with an electric motor, a bank of batteries, continuously variable transmission, and some clever electronics. The resulting vehicle runs on electricity, assisted by a much smaller flex-fuel internal combustion engine only when needed. Bryan and Patrick also enlighten us on topics ranging from battery technology to hydrogen fuel cells. Episode 113.

Peak Moment: Plug-In Hybrids Power the Grid

24 Apr 2008 | |
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Professor Andy Frank, Director of the UC Davis Hybrid Vehicle Research Center, has a plan to power more than just our cars. In his vision, plug-in hybrid vehicles can be used as mobile batteries, contributing solar power to the grid, and helping to "load balance" the demand. Roofs built over our parking lots contain solar panels that charge the cars' batteries in daytime. At home, the same batteries can help power ahouse, or feed energy back to the grid. The result: fewer power plants. Episode 107.


Saying Goodbye to Air Travel

14 May 2008
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Richard Heinberg muses on the passing of the days of cheap air travel: The airline industry has no future. The same is true for airfreight. Noair carrier has a viable plan to make a profit with oil at currentprices—much less in years to come as the petroleum available to worldmarkets dwindles rapidly.