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BMW’s New Zero-Emission Electric Vehicle

Posted by gerry @ 8:41 am on August 13, 2009

As part of a joint venture between Bosch and Samsung SDI, BMW has announced that they will launch an electric vehicle (using state-of-the-art lithium-ion battery technology) as a sub-brand of BMW.  Let it be known that when BMW talks about sustainability, they back up their word with actions.

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Public Transit is Lacking in Cambridge

Posted by gerry @ 2:02 pm on September 14, 2008

One major issue I have with the Cambridge/Kitchener/Waterloo triangle is the lack of reliable public transit.  Having lived in large metropolitan areas such as Toronto and Ottawa, I have always relied on public transit in the past.  That is, until I moved to Cambridge.  My rationale for moving to Cambridge (from Toronto) was that living close to my office would reduce my carbon footprint.  However, the moment I moved to Cambridge, I was informed that I needed to purchase a vehicle.

Quiet frankly, Cambridge is a city that is completely dependant on vehicles.  Roads are not pedestrian-friendly (and often do not have sidewalks), and bicyclists have no bike paths to bike on.  Furthermore, the Cambridge transit system is completely disconnected to other cities.  We do not have reliable local public transit, nor can we travel between cities effectively.  For example, in order to get to Waterloo, I can drive 20 minutes in my compact car; or, alternatively, I can transfer between a myraid of buses and hopefully get there in 90 minutes. 

It’s also extremely difficult to travel to other cities from Cambridge via public transit.  For example, to get to Ottawa, I need to take a taxi to the Cambridge greyhound station, take a bus to Toronto Union Station, then hop on a train to get to Ottawa!

There’s always been talk about GO train service in Cambridge, and for rapid high-speed rail service connecting Cambridge with Kitchener/Waterloo, but nothing ever happens.  It just seems that all these proposals get bogged down because of political in-fighting and red-tape.  Hopefully, I will live to see Cambridge get reliable public transit within my lifetime.