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Announcing “Give Water a Brake!” Petition

By EarthGarage
February 8, 2012
File under: Safety

You may not know this but traditional brake pads are comprised of some really nasty materials including copper.  Every time you step on the brakes when you’re driving,  materials are worn off the pads in the form of brake dust. This eventually winds up in the environment, contaminating our precious water resources.

Copper, even in small quantities, harm salmon and other fish.  Copper interferes with the ability of salmon to smell.  They need their sense of smell to avoid being eaten by predators and navigate back home to spawn.  The consequence has been a massive decrease in the salmon population.

California and Washington have already passed legislation that will eventually remove all copper from brake pads. Rhode Island and New York have introduced similar bills that have not yet been passed.

The team at Earthgarage has created the “Give Water a Brake!” petition.  Our goal is to get the rest of the U.S. and our neighbors in Canada to pass legislation that will begin phasing out copper and other hazardous materials in brake pads.

Please sign our petition using the form to the right of this blog. Let your friends know by posting on Facebook and Twitter.  If you publish a blog, please grab our petition embed code located directly below the petition form. Details on the subject can be found here.

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be blogging about this subject in more detail.  If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact me at

When you’re in the market for a new set of brake pads, ask for copper-free pads.

Give Water a Brake! is sponsored by our friends at FDP Friction Science, manufacturer of EcoStop brake pads. EcoStop is the only copper-free brake pad currently on the market.

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Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Coming to Kohl’s

By EarthGarage
February 6, 2012
File under: Alternative Transportation, Electric, Fuel Efficiency, Innovation, Sustainable Practices

Kohl’s Department Stores (NYSE: KSS) recently announced it will install electric vehicle (EV) charging stations across America. 33 stores in Arizona, California, Florida, Maryland, Michigan, New York, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Washington will take part in the pilot program.

Kohl’s customers will be able to charge their EVs for free while they shop. Charging stations can be activated with radio frequency identification cards (RFID) or by using telephone numbers located on the charging stations. Each participating store will have one to four parking spaces reserved for EV drivers.

According to Kohl’s Chief Administrative Officer John Worthington, “Not only are these stations an added shopper convenience, they also encourage environmental responsibility among our shoppers. We will continue to explore additional locations to pilot charging stations at our stores nationwide.”

Read the entire article at EnergyBoom

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Driverless Cars: What’s Holding Back the Automobile of the Future?

By EarthGarage
February 2, 2012
File under: Auto Industry, Innovation, Sustainable Practices

Google Driverless Car

As convenient as cars are, each and every one of us has gotten frustrated at the unbearably slow driver in the left lane or the rude driver who refuses to drive any farther than two feet away from your rear bumper.

Unsafe driving practices such as these cause traffic jams, accidents, and deaths every single day on our roads and highways. And what is the root cause behind all of these issues? Humans.

Google, the company behind some of the most influential technological innovations of the past decade, is committed to creating the safest, most practical, eco friendly car of the future: the driverless car.  …read more of Driverless Cars: What’s Holding Back the Automobile of the Future? here

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2010 Paris Motor Show Overview: Lotus Concepts

By Kirk Linden
October 15, 2010
File under: Uncategorized


Lotus is a company steeped in racing history for its unwavering philosophy of reducing weight to increase both efficiency and performance.

And this racing heritage shows in their five sports car concepts unveiled in Paris: the Elise, the Elan, the Espirit, the Elite and the Eterne.

esprit.jpgWhile all five may differ in their size, engine layout or number of doors, they all share one enticing thing in common: the option of a Formula One-style KERS system.

KERS (Kinetic Energy Recovery System) is a technology that was developed by and for Formula One teams during the 2009 season to deliver a boost of power on demand to the driver.

elan.jpgSimilar to hybrids and electric-only vehicles, it stores energy using regenerative braking, but in the case of KERS, it is available at the press of a button when the driver sees fit.  Ferrari is another manufacturer that has incorporated this technology into a concept with their 599 HY-KERS this past spring in the Geneva Motor Show.

While automakers continue to focus on efficiency and safety, it’s a positive sign that some level of engagement and excitement remains in the works for those of us who still enjoy driving.

Read more about the new Fisker Karma, Jaguar C-X75 , Exagon Motors Furtive eGT and Audi e-tron Spyder.

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2010 Paris Motor Show Overview: Audi e-tron Spyder

By Kirk Linden
October 14, 2010
File under: Auto Industry, Fuel Efficiency, Innovation


Audi continues to tease us by showcasing yet another member of their e-tron family, the e-tron Spyder.

Over the past couple of years Audi’s e-tron brand has come to represent their foray into the all-electric car market, but this time they have added a plug-in diesel hybrid.

audi.jpgThis decision may well represent Audi’s belief that, while an all electric supercar like the original e-tron may be an ideal halo car for their electron-propelled brand, the majority of consumers in the near future will likely need, or simply want, a fossil fuel-powered back-up for their driving needs.

The final installment of the 2010 Paris Motor Show Overview on Friday will feature the Concept Cars of Lotus.

Read more about the new Fisker Karma, Jaguar C-X75 and the Exagon Motors Furtive eGT.

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