UPDATE, NOV. 21, 4:21 P.M.: The Santa Ana Police Department just announced that it, too, will conduct a checkpoint tonight, from 9 p.m. through 3 a.m. Saturday in the area of 1400 South Bristol Street.
I suddenly find myself in the market for a car again, which means I will again want an electric car to offset the large carbon footprint I created by driving a Caddy Eldo convertible for years. My quest takes me Saturday morning to Huntington Beach, a one-stop shopping destination for different mode ... More >>
If your electric car comes with a portable plug, you can charge it up at home. More charging stations are also coming on line up and down the state. But here in Orange County, we love to shop. No sweat if you take to the aisles at four OC shopping malls.
See the update at the bottom of the next page on Santa Ana's Saturday night checkpoint--WITH the location! ORIGINAL POST, JUNE 27, 6:37 A.M.: A DUI/drivers license checkpoint is up in Dana Point from 6 tonight through 2 a.m. Saturday.
A diverse coalition of community-based, public health, science and conservation groups across the state launched a campaign this week to put 1 million more electric cars, trucks and buses on California roads within 10 years.
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Some recent sobriety checkpoints in Orange County netted no or very few DUI arrests despite thousands of cars passing through them. Interpret that as you will--they're working or they're unnecessary--not that it matters what you think as more stops are coming, starting tonight in Santa Ana and Gar ... More >>
See the update at the end of page 2 with the date and location of Irvine's DUI checkpoint.ORIGINAL POST, MARCH 15, 10:44 A.M.: Beginning tonight and continuing through early Monday, DUI checkpoints and special patrols will be scattered across Orange County due to the gallons of green beer flowing ov ... More >>
One in an occasional series reviewing consumer vehicles that are powered by water, natural gas, electricity, hybrid motors, high-efficiency gasoline engines or some other alternative source.Late last month, Hyundai announced that after the current 2012 Formula Drift and Global RallyCross Championsh ... More >>
If the 75 or so cars that pulled into a massive Cypress parking lot Sunday seemed unusually quiet, that was by design. Electric car drivers, makers and enthusiasts gathered at the Mitsubishi Motors North America headquarters for Orange County's National Plug In Day celebration.
You can be the late Doug Korthof, who inspired this very "Ride Me" category, hopes Cal State Long Beach students get a charge out of the donations made to his alma mater in his name.It's two 240-volt electric vehicle chargers that belonged to the Seal Beach activist, who envisioned a world full of ... More >>
UPDATE, JUNE 8, 11:11 A.M.: In addition to the sheriff's department's DUI patrols in Lake Forest, Mission Viejo and Ranch Santa Margarita, city police agencies hold sobriety checkpoints tonight in Westminster, Santa Ana and Garden Grove.The Westminster and Garden Grove police departments did not ann ... More >>
There's mucho police enforcement going on along Orange County streets, starting tonight with a DUI/drivers license checkpoint in the 8000 block of La Palma Avenue in Buena Park from 7 p.m. through 2 a.m. Saturday. The Garden Grove Police Department holds its own on an undisclosed stretch of that cit ... More >>
UPDATE, APRIL 27, 11:58 A.M.: If you believe sobriety checkpoints cost cities too much for the inconvenience and scant arrests they generate, the Costa Mesa Police Department counters with this: you're wrong.Funded by grants from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway ... More >>
One in an occasional series reviewing consumer vehicles that are powered by water, natural gas, electricity, hybrid motors, high-efficiency gasoline engines or some other alternative source.My first item in the "Ride Me" category was an obituary for Seal Beach's Doug Korthof, an environmentalist and ... More >>
Today we begin here at Navelgazing's "Ride Me" lot one in an occasional--and someday, perhaps, weekly--series on consumer vehicles powered by water, natural gas, electricity, hybrid motors, high-efficiency gasoline engines, my tears or other alternative sources.Kicking things off is the peppy litt ... More >>
UPDATE, FEB. 14, 2:31 P.M.: What a wonderful way to mark Valentine's Day: Adopt a Charger ("Accelerating the adoption of plug-in vehicles via fee-free electric car chargers") has established the Doug Korthof Memorial Charger Fund. Money raised will be used to install and maintain a charging stati ... More >>
Police received a call at 10:38 a.m. Friday that a man was masturbating while driving a Toyota Prius at Irvine Boulevard and Browning Avenue in Tustin.Gentlemen (and Danica Patrick), start your en-jokes . . .
The final numbers are in from "Avoid the 38"--as in avoid the 38 Orange County law enforcement agencies that coordinate strategies to take you off the road if you're driving drunk. Over the Winter Holiday DUI Mobilization crackdown that ran Dec. 16-Jan. 1, 836 people were popped for driving under ... More >>
It will either bolster the argument that sobriety checkpoints are working or prop up the side that claims such enforcement operations are unnecessary, but in either event drunken-driving fatalities are down dramatically in California, according to state data. A record low 791 people were killed i ... More >>
CORRECTION, DEC. 12, 9:50 A.M.: No, it was not a bank of dead batteries that prevented filmmaker Chris Paine and his new documentary Revenge of the Electric Car from showing up as advertised (by . . . gulp . . . me) at the Art Theatre in Long Beach Sunday. As it turns out, that event was Dec. 4. ... More >>
Flickr user Brothers LeReuters had a tantalizing story about how the French, particularly those who live in Dordogne, are converting duck fat into biofuel. If the headline piqued your interest, it's probably because you associate duck fat as the luxury item it is here. Even Reuters played up that ... More >>
dmv.ca.govCalifornians who drive hybrid cars will face a rude awakening tomorrow when they lose their special carpool lane privileges.Since 2005, thousands of hybrid vehicles have been granted access to the carpool lane, even if there was only one person inside. Lawmakers OK'd the move as an ince ... More >>
Hot on the tire tracks of announcements that Volvo is road testing its V60 Plug-in Hybrid, Volkswagen will soon have plug-in Golf and Jetta hybrids and Toyota will offer plug-in options for all Priuses by 2014 comes an all-day symposium in Irvine today dedicated to the hottest automobile market.C ... More >>
Escape!For (at least) the second time in eight days, an Orange County woman has been arrested for driving her SUV into her husband.In the most recent case, the make and model of the wifey weapon of choice was a Ford Escape--giving new meaning to the word escape, at least for the hubby who managed ... More >>
You really can't blame Anaheim Ducks captain Scott Niedermayer for hanging up his skates. What is there left to accomplish in hockey? He led Canada to the gold medal in the last Olympics and alongside his brother Rob helped Anaheim win its first Stanley Cup in 2006-07 (the franchise's first so fa ... More >>
An electrifying rideElectric-car advocate/Toyota Prius critic Doug Korthof of Seal Beach is bullish on the hybrid Nissan LEAF.
Is it news that the Orange County Sheriff's Department will be looking extra hard for drunks behind the wheel tonight, or would it be news if they were not?Either way, the force announced "saturation patrols" will be out there as part of the "Avoid the 38" DUI Task Force, which is funded by the C ... More >>
UPDATE: The Orange County District Attorney's Office this morning stepped up pressure on Toyota, unveiling a consumer complaint hotline, an online complaint form and access to its first civil complaint against the automaker (details after the jump) . . . Courtesy of Elizabeth JamesThis is where Eliz ... More >>
UPDATE: The U.S. Transportation Department has opened an investigation into brake problems in 2010 Toyota Prius, according to the Washinton Post. Photo by Daniel KramerAs the Weekly reported last year, Bobette Riner had her Prius a couple months before it took off and died, leaving her stranded on t ... More >>
Penningtron / Flickr / Creative CommonsIf you're driving on Friday or Saturday, skip the candy corn martinis and stick to the virgin blood punch: The OC Sheriff's Department says it'll be cracking down on drunk driving this weekend. The statewide "Avoid the 12" program will be in effect. That mea ... More >>
Santa Ana may find itself at the center of this country's clean-burning alternative fuel future beginning next month, when IMPCO Technologies begins manufacturing "innovative alternative fuel solutions for the North American transportation market," according to a release from IMPCO's holding company ... More >>
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We swear this will be our final electric-car post, at least until the next one, but there was one other tidbit we learned from Chris Paine, the writer-director of the excellent Who Killed the Electric Car?, which is now playing at Edwards University in Irvine. Paine, Seal Beach activist Doug Kortho ... More >>
Who Killed the Electric Car? filmmaker Chris Paine turned anger to action
Hot on the heels of last night's Orange County Film Society's premier of Chris Paine's Who Killed the Electric Car?– a documentary that makes the "compelling case: that oil companies, automakers, lawmakers, consumers and the media killed a workable solution to air pollution, global warming, so ... More >>
In yesterday's thrilling Clockwork, we shared the weirdness that ensued after we interviewed Who Killed the Electric Car? writer-director Chris Paine, when we discovered during the entire chat our Los Angeles Times was open, unbeknownst to lil' ol' us, to an Associated Press story with the headline: ... More >>
We're flipping through this morning's Los Angeles Times, waiting for Who Killed the Electric Car? director Chris Paine to call. He does, and we have a nice chat, as he's still flying high from a well-received Los Angeles Film Festival screening two nights previous. After hanging up, we go to the Wee ... More >>
We began our review of Who Killed the Electric Car? by describing the funeral that opens the new documentary. In his Newsweek column, Brad Stone does the same thing--before going on to say the funeral may have been premature.
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