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Gear to Make Your Electric Vehicle Even More Eco-Friendly


EV UCLAAs a driver of an electric vehicle (EV), you've made the crucial leap toward eco-friendly transportation. Not only could you be receiving government subsidies for your environmentally-conscious choice, you're also emitting less carbon emissions that contribute to pollution and climate change. While you deserve a pat on the back for your eco-friendly choice, you don't have to stop at the purchase of an EV. Below are five upgrades, gear and tech on the market that will make your EV more eco-friendly.

Upgrade to Efficient Tires

Your old tires can drastically decrease your car's energy efficiency. Avoid neglecting your tires by monitoring for any potential wear and replacing them as needed. Vehicle tires sold by Continental offer eco-friendly options that lower rolling resistance while cutting down carbon dioxide emissions. With temperature-activated functional polymers, these tires offer strong traction and long tread life, allowing you to remain safe in your vehicle in even the worst weather driving conditions.

Install LED Lights

Light emitting diode, or LED, lights are not only environmentally friendly — they're also cost effective and efficient. LED lights have a longer life-span, lasting up to 25 times longer than their counterparts. They also don't contain any mercury, reducing their overall global footprint and environmental impact. LED lights also use less energy and emit less heat than traditional car lights. They're easy to maintain and highly resistant to breaking, allowing you the comfort of driving safely on the road for longer periods of time.

Use a Solar Charger

If you charge your electronics, including smartphones or tablets, using your car's power adapter port, you could be draining your car's battery and its efficiency. With a solar charger like the R7 7 Watt Rollable Solar Panel from Power Film Solar, you can charge electronics without draining your vehicle's battery. This means a longer life span for your car's battery and less periodic maintenance and replacement.

Invest in a GPS Tracking System or Route Planner

One of the easiest ways to make your vehicle more eco-friendly is to practice efficient driving. This includes avoiding speeding while accelerating and braking at a steady pace. A GPS tracking system, including systems sold by Mastrack, is great to keep tabs on your car. But it also provides you with alerts, including:

  • Real-time traffic
  • Google maps to provide you directions
  • Check engine notifications
  • Maintenance monitoring
  • Mileage tracker

You'll also receive alerts if you're driving too fast, which will allow to monitor your average speed and track your vehicle's overall efficiency. For those days you're running errands all over town, download a route planning app such as Route 4 Me that will plan the most efficient commute in just a few seconds. Finding a concise route will save you time and money, and shorten your drive time by up to 35%.



The BikeSpike: A GPS tracker for your bike

Ever wondered where your stolen bike went? With the BikeSpike, you can now keep an eye on your bike using your smartphone and computer and always know exactly where it is located!

Currently featured on the KickStarter, the BikeSpike is a security device that allows cyclists to “digitally lock” their bikes with its smartphone app. Once you have the BikeSpike hardware installed on your bike, you are able to monitor the location of your bike instantaneously. This technology adds an additional layer of security to your basic locking practices by sending alerts to your phone and email if your bike is moved out of a predefined boundary.

Apart from GPS tracking, here are some other smart functions that the BikeSpike serves:

  1. The accelerometer sensor can detect when a crash happens. It automatically notifies the key members of your contact list, and shares your location when you are involved in a collision.
  2. You can share the location data and photo of your bike to the public and local law enforcement, so you can get some help with getting your bike back!
  3. The app provides a template that makes it easy to create detailed police reports when your bike gets stolen.
  4. You can easily share your biking statistics, such as distance, speed and courses, with your friends.
  5. You only need to charge the BikeSpike hardware once a month. You will receive notification on your phone when the battery is running low.

The BikeSpike opens up many possibilities for API development. We can only imagine how many fun bicycling-related gaming and fitness mobile apps can be created with this new technology!

Take a look at their KickStarter campaign and let us know what you think.