Those of us who drive a quadracycle – are we subject to the same rules as a normal car driver? Click on the image to view video. (2.7 meg QT).
Taking the car on a fast road can be a pretty hairy experience. It is classed as a quadracycle – perfect for urban streets, but how does it fair on a three lane carriageway? I’ve had emails from people asking about use on a motorway. Don’t think I’ll be vlogging that one…Click on the image to view video (3.8meg QT)
Happy New Year to one and all. Now that winter is truly with us, (reduced range and all) my thoughts have turned to summer. Back in June we went on a green rally. This was a chance for all the electric cars in London to show some muscle (a load of Revas and an electric scooter). Camden council hosted it in Regents Park and there was music, entertainment and general fun to be had. Thumbs up to Camden for hosting this but I reckon they could take a leaf out of Westminsters book if they really wanted to encourage use of the EV in London. Keep an eye out for the boy laughing. I think he’s amazed at our embracing of a green future (he is, isn’t he..?). Click on the image to view video. (3.3 meg QT.)
Had my six month service this week. They turn up in a mobile van crammed with gadgets, plug a pda into the battery unit and run some diagnostic checks, and that’s just about it! No oil change, nothing. Sometimes brake fluid levels will need topping up, but right now I dont think it could have much less environmental impact when it’s compared to a service on a regular car. Click on the image to view video. (2.4 meg QT).
I love this car. It’s a 2+2 electric that is being developed by Subaru. Perfect for urban use, even with the kids. Of course, its not ready yet….but I wonder if anyone has more info on it. Here’s some footage of it at the Tokyo Motor Show. Thanks to lets.kumanichi for footage. Click on the car image for video. (3meg QT)
Some Westminster car parks offer free electricity for electric vehicles. This is ace, quite frankly, as it does away with the worries one would normally have with range. On this particular trip I parked next to a Ford Think. I looked into buying one of these a couple of years ago but they seemed very difficult to get hold of at the time. Click on the image to view video (2.8 meg QT).
Interesting article in the Guardian today citing the power of our ‘videoblogging’ media. Rocketboom get a big mention. Great to see that Britain might be waking up to the capability of vlogging. But where are you Brits? All you need is a camera and a pc. Register yourselves on vlogmap and go for it!
I’m in the congestion zone now, and the traffic is moving quite freely (no surprise at £8 per day). The car is fairly nippy so long as it’s in F (fast) mode. Need to keep an eye on that charge level though. Mind you, it’s been handy this week, what with an impending fuel crisis here in the UK. Click on the image to view video (2.3 meg)
I’m struggling to come to terms with the idea that you can park for free in central London with this car. You’ll understand what I mean if you’ve ever had an altercation with a traffic warden here. Due to the terrorist attacks, there were 50,000 extra cyclists on the roads last Thursday, some of whom looked decidedly wobbly. I ‘ve also heard that the second hand value on these cars is appreciating…perhaps there is an ev future after all. Click on the image to view video.
A few of the readers from EV World have shown an interest in starting a vlog so I thought I’d let you know what I know. The best place to start is at Freevlog. They will guide you through the process of starting to vlog with a series of really informative films. The other great place to look is at videoblogging.info which is a good resource. It’s also worth checking out a few of the vloggers that make it look really simple. Try Steve Garfield over in the States and 29Fragiledays for another UK Vlogger. Happy Vlogging!
Before I can drive the car I need to give it some juice. I’ve forgotten to put the parking permit into the car and I’ll have a parking ticket before you know it. There is a strict order of events for charging the car. I just need to unlock it, unplug it, put the parking permit in, lock it, plug it in… and don’t set the blowers off. Click on the image to view video
5 months waiting and the car is finally here. They come off the ship, are taken to a base where the car is registered and the road tax is applied for (no charge for road tax on electric vehicles). Then it’s delivered. Apologies for the wobbly cam – think I was a bit overexcited! Click on the image to view video.
Is this the end of tube travel..
Great news for vloggers, within the next two months Google is expected to unveil a search engine for Web-only video this summer that will let people preview media clips from its Web site.
Although the drive behind the video search facility is advertising revenue and payment for viewing videos online, the implications for those producing free video content and distributing is via blogs is huge. Just like blogs have changed the balance of power between the journalists, marketers and PR wonks and the audience of bloggers and their readers, I believe something similar can be done with video blogging.
But first let’s do vlogging for entertainment and fun.