Archive for November, 2010

Bus vs. Truck

I’m a little disappointed to find out today that it costs less in fuel for me to drive to the office than it does to take the bus. 2 zones is $3.75, and fuel would be around $2.40.  I’d still save on parking, but only when the free spot I found 1/2 block from my office is unavailable.

In short, disappointing.

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How much can YOU save by changing your commute?

Today I used a combination of Google Maps and this Fuel Calculator website to see how much it cost me to drive to work. I drive a small, 4L  Ford Ranger, the same Ranger I use to haul your recycling in, and the smallest pick-up capable of doing the job.  It costs somewhere between 0.18 cents/km when I don’t have the trailer attached for work, and 22 cents when I do.

There are 2 main routes to work that I take, one on the highway, and one on Marine Drive from North Vancouver to my office downtown. Sometimes I take the highway because it SEEMS faster to me, but that route, according to Google Maps adds 1.8 km to my drive and will take 1 minute longer each direction.  According to the data, just by taking the shorter, and APPARENTLY FASTER route, I would save….

1.8km * 2 = 3.6km * .18cents/km = 65 cents per day or $14.03 per month and 43.3 minutes (per month)

Try it out for yourself. I thought it was pretty interesting.

Stay tuned to see how that compares to the bus…

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1000lb (454 K.G.) Car Design Challenge

When I bought my scooter, I couldn’t believe how fun it was. There were many things I took note of. How ineffective the cell phone ban was, was definitely high on the list. But that’s not all that I started to pay attention to. Most notably was what all that engine under the hood of my truck was for. It was to move the steel cage I was in. I was a barely insignificant part of the equation! 2L engine, 4L engine does it matter? To move me around, it seemed that 0.050L was all it would take!

This year at the LA Auto the design goal was to create a vehicle that didn’t exceed 1000lbs or 454 kilograms. Here’s a link to the LA Auto Show’s website: and because their photographs weren’t very good, I’ve included a link to Greenmuze’s article on the same topic It’s much easier to see what the cars look like on that site.


By the looks of things, a strong argument favouring simplicity over science could be to cut the weights of vehicles rather than design fancy new fuels. Moving me (in the city at up to 60km/h) only takes 50cc worth of engine after all. It’s certainly worth debating. Scooters stand a decent chance of DRAMATICALLY cutting your fuel bill, and at the same time reducing traffic.

via Greenmuze

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