My friend Elmer used to be too cheap to buy gas much, so he stayed at home, mostly. Last month he got himself one of those new plug-in electric cars, and now you see him tooling all over the county.

Transportation Blog Posts


Depending on whom you talk to, we in Maine spend 50-70% of our energy dollars on transportation. So, we stand to gain the most savings by exploring all the ways we can conserve and convert our fuel usage for a more sustainable ride.

Jory Squibb's handmade mini-car, "Moonbeam"

Jory Squibb of Camden shows off his home-made,100 mpg microcar "Moonbeam" at the AltWheels festival in Boston.

06/23/2012 - 2:54pm

Diagram of a wireless inductive charging system in the Nissan Leaf electric vehicle

The owner of Maine's first Nissan Leaf looks into his crystal ball and sees...

06/20/2012 - 12:31pm

Enhanced Acceleration via Nissan's unique motor control technology in a Nissan LeafFinancial graphs of your 401K and other investments?…not quite.

06/11/2012 - 2:59pm

The Volvo V60There are more and more types of hybrid vehicles on the market today; here is an explanation of two main types: the hybrid electric vehicle and the plug-in hybrid electric vehicle.

Hybrid Electric Vehicles

06/03/2012 - 3:20pm

Maine's first Nissan Leaf belonging to Mark LausierWe are treated to another missive from Maine's first Nissan Leaf owner, Marc Lausier.  Here is his vehicle parked by Maine's scenic coast.

05/24/2012 - 2:22pm

 Gadge Lausier and his Nissan Leaf If you have started feeling curious about electric vehicles (EV's), you may enjoy this little report from the first brave soul in Maine to buy th

04/19/2012 - 4:55pm

To assist GO MAINE vanpoolers to make alternative arrangements for carpooling to work after the service ends on August 31, GO MAINE is hosting a series of information meetings to talk about alternate commuting options.

What to expect at the meetings:

04/16/2012 - 9:57am

In April, the Bicycle Coalition of Maine (BCM) again will host The Great Maine Bike Swaps, which offer a great way to buy used bicycles at an affordable price. You also can sell the bikes cluttering your garage or basement and turn them into cash.

03/23/2012 - 10:46am

Jeff Raymond of Pownal writes a "Maine Folk News" weekly e-newsletter.  This week's edition contains a great inspiration to park the car and get out on the bike as early as we can. Enjoy:

Howdy Folks & happy spring. Or "sprimmer" if you prefer.

02/22/2012 - 6:22pm

As more hybrid and electric automobiles are produced by carmakers and purchased by consumers, the need to maintain and repair the vehicles is only expected to increase. That’s why new curriculum and technology has been introduced to students enrolled in the transportation trades programs at Northern Maine Community College (NMCC).