Three finds from the NY International Auto Show. Javits Center, April 18th to 27th, 2014
There is a big controversy brewing in New York City. Our new mayor, Bill de Blasio, has vowed to get rid of the carriage horses in Central Park by the end of 2014 and replace them with Horseless eCarriages. It was at the 2014 Auto Show that folks got their 1st look at the proposed Horseless eCarriage. I think it was very well done. According to the press release handed out it at the show "blending early 20th century style, nostalgia and romance with 21st century eco-technology, comfort and safety, the Horseless eCarriage is the first brass-era-type car in more than a 100 years. The eight-passenger, fully electric prototype balances incredible visual appeal with NHTSA safety standards and society’s desire for clean transportation. The rear-wheel drive, lithium ion battery-powered Horseless eCarriage is an 84-horsepowered vehicle with a top speed of 30 mph and a range of 100 miles." It will be controlled via GPS at about 5 miles per hour while in Central Park. An eCarriage costs about $150,000 to $175,000 to build. As expensive as that sounds, folks in favor of the electric conversion say that over time the eCarriage will be more cost-efficient than maintaining a stable of horses. There are a great many factors involved and a lot of people fighting on both sides. I have no idea which side will prevail, but whatever the solution I think all the horses have been cared for, working or not, and employment should be provided for the current carriage drivers. The Creative Workshop link below goes to the website of the eCarriage design team.
Giz Wiz Video of the eCarriage:
This is the company that makes the eCarriage. Strangely, last time I checked (4/23/14) all info about it has vanished!
See or hear this show: www.twit.tv/giz1465 (This show link goes live late 4/23/14)