Today’s Headlines

  • Parks Department Truck Driver Kills Skateboarder Near Forest Park (NewsPost)
  • Accounts of Clinton Hill Cyclist Fatality Remain Inconsistent (NewsBklyn Paper)
  • Tractor-Trailer Driver Critically Injures Man in Maspeth (Post)
  • MTA Won’t Close Canarsie Tube for Repairs Until 2019 (NY1)
  • 72nd Street Station Construction May Hold Up Opening of 2nd Ave Subway (2nd Ave Sagas)
  • Shelly Silver and Judy Rapfogel Still Drive Cars With Government Parking Placards (Post)
  • C&S Spoke to People on the Street About the BQX Streetcar
  • Chris Christie in No Hurry to Fix NJ Transit’s Budget Mess (WNYC, MTR)
  • Thousands of Words in the Times on the Impeding Closure of a Soho Gas Station
  • How Not to Coordinate a Multi-City Bike-Share System (Jersey Journal)

More headlines at Streetsblog USA

  • Jules1

    No, just saying driving a mile in Manhattan tends to be MUCH more time consuming than just about anyplace else in the world.

  • AnoNYC

    Thanks for the link.

    Would be nice if bicycling could at least absorb some of that 35.5% of commuters. That could do wonders for relieving our mass transportation system.

    I’m a strong believer in a multi-modal city, but we really need to reduce driving by any means necessary and provide incentives for mass transit users to ride (like low stress infrastructure).

    One positive thing happening is that bicycling is becoming socially popular here. People are increasingly aware of health, and they have realized that driving is an expensive and environmentally degrading mode which offers limited advantages for the most common local trips. The new infrastructure is definitely attracting more people to bike too, one of the biggest obstacles to overcome is safety. Two of the biggest issues are enforcement and regulation. Drivers licenses are too easy to acquire, and law enforcement is much too lenient.

  • AnoNYC

    Or even just super rapid charging. 80% in 30 minutes is already really good actually. Imagine 100% in 5 minutes.

  • Alexander Vucelic

    Doh

    so Out in flyover country Gas stations are 20-40 Miles apart on the ( lavishly subsidized ) interstates.

  • Joe R.

    Of course e-bikes are a great answer to the issue of doing subway-length commutes by bike. You’ll still need a lot more non-stop infrastructure to make such commutes time effective but e-bikes provide a ready answer to the excuse of not wanting to arrive at work sweaty. NYC just needs to get its head out of it behind and make them legal.

  • Joe R.

    The idea of battery swapping is pretty much dead. It just doesn’t make sense to add all the costs and potential problems when only a tiny minority will benefit. With rapid charging poised to get recharge times under 10 minutes, battery swapping offers no advantages and lots of logistical issues. Also, as range approaches 200 to 300 miles, which is easily possible in a commercial vehicle where cost is less of an issue, the need to swap batteries or rapidly recharge pretty much vanishes. You just plug your vehicle in each night to top it off for the following day. Few people ever drive 300 miles in one day. For those who do rapid charging offers the best answer anyway. You can top off the battery every two hours or so during rest stops.

  • Joe R.

    Because of the way batteries work, it’ll probably always take overnight to go from a nearly depleted battery to 100%. However, you can go to 80% very fast, perhaps in 10 minutes or less. Batteries also last far longer if their state of charge remains between 20% and 80%. For these reasons then for a given amount of real-world driving range you probably need about 60% more energy storage than if you were to assume the battery’s full capacity is used.

    Another thing about electric vehicles is the refueling mentality of the public needs to adapt. Gas cars are run until nearly empty and topped off. This is primarily for convenience since gas stations aren’t always nearby. On the other hand, a viable electric car model would have chargers everywhere there’s parking. These chargers would be wireless and automatic. You park, the car starts charging for as long as you’re parked. Using that model, your vehicle would almost always be in at least an 80% state of charge. Range issues would pretty much be moot.

  • AnoNYC

    For now.

    80% in 30 minutes is a substantial improvement in charging time versus even just a couple years prior. Here is Tesla’s current capabilities by comparison:

    “[Tesla Superchargers] take about 20 minutes to charge to 50%, 40 minutes to charge to 80%, and 75 minutes to 100%.”

    With a range of about 250 miles on a Tesla, a 30 minute charge during a lunch break would almost provide enough energy for the average cabbie’s entire shift. If Nissan e-NV200s can equal or exceed this benchmark at the current prices, I don’t see why a cab driver would not go electric.

    And yes, eventually we may see wireless charging at parking locations but I consider that long off. Probably long after much of the city’s core and most dense areas are largely pedestrianized. There’s also the possible reality that cities may become dominated by electric, automated car share services over privately owned automobiles.

  • AnoNYC

    Banning eBikes in NYC was just plain stupid. It’s going to be increasingly difficult to enforce as the become more common and also increasingly look more like traditional bicycles (batteries integrated into frame).

    eBikes make more sense in NYC than any other place in the United States.

  • Joe R.

    I suspect long term cities likely will go to automated electric cars. It makes little sense for a person to own a car in a place like NYC. That’s especially true of the many city residents who at best use it only on weekends.

    I wonder what benchmark Tesla is using for “100% charge”? I’ve done lots of battery tests in the course of my work. Invariably, regardless of chemistry, it takes 12 to 24 hours to get to 100%. Some chemistries can get into the high 90s in the 75 minutes Tesla claims but never all the way to their absolute maximum capacity. My guess is Tesla might be using something like 95% state-of-charge for 100% capacity. Nothing wrong with doing that other than the need to derate a battery’s energy capacity by 5%. Their 250 mile range might really be closer to 260 something miles if you let the battery sit all night charging.

  • Kevin Love

    My favorite part is “Using a century old refining process…”

    For anyone who knows anything about refining, that is hilarious.