22. Aug 2010 - 07:00Einar Ragnar Jónsson

Iceland: Will Iceland become the world's new center for electric cars? Only time will tell

Based on the assessment of a specialist writing for the New York Times, Iceland is a superb center for electric car development given its emphasis on renewable energies, and technological capacities. His article has been published in numerous foreign news media.

Jim Motavalli is co-organizing the conference Driving Sustainability 2010, which will discuss the new energy sources being used in transportation, including the sources soon-to-be implemented in Reykjavík come this autumn.

Optimistic, he asserts that fifteen charge centers in the country will suffice due to the concentrated population distribution in the southwest part of the island. This, alongside its sustainable energy production, enables the country to be an ideal testing ground for the commonplace use of electrical cars.

Given its bountiful renewable energy sources, Iceland does not depend on coal for its energy. Motavalli hopes that an experiment of this scale would hush up critics claiming that the electric cars would cause major pollution indirectly, due to them being run with energy produced from coals.

Sadly, the economic depression is slowing the project’s progress, as is the difficulty of getting the electric cars on the streets. However, it has not diminished the interest for exciting eco-friendlier transportation options, says Motavalli. Even the President of Iceland is interested, he says after having formally met the President just over a year ago.

An agreement with Mitsubishi about the importation of i-MiEV electrical cars is now in the works. Sadly, there is concern about the car’s usages and people’s interest within Iceland. One wonders whether the tycoon Gísli Gíslasson is considering whether or not to import Indian Revas electrical cars, to ensure the project's survival.

He says, with a slight hint of prophesy, “It is not strange to believe that the current electricity gurus of the world have Iceland on their minds, given that no other country can initiate an overhaul [of electric cars] so quickly.”

Iceland’s technology-oriented frenzy doesn’t hurt either. Motavalli believes that Iceland would be quick to claim the electrical car for itself – despite the dismal economy.

He then playfully personifies the country, as if it were sweetly calling said gurus to pay Iceland some much-deserved attention: “ ‘Here we are,’ says Iceland, ‘have us in mind when you write your proposals about delivery.”

Will Iceland become the new world center for electricity-dependent cars? - Only time will tell.




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Spaugileg grein í The Economist: Kanadamenn uppnumdir yfir miklum áhuga Íslendinga á Looineinum

Kanadamenn eru uppnumdir í hvert sinn sem útlendingar fjalla um gjaldmiðil þeirra á jákvæðan hátt. Svo hefst grein í hinu virta tímariti The Economist þar sem fjallað er um umræður á Íslandi að taka upp „loonie“, eins og kanadíski dollarinn kallast,  sem nýjan gjaldmiðil landsins.


06.Sep 2010 - 19:58 Einar Ragnar Jónsson

NASA scientists notice the similarities of the planet Mars and Iceland - PICTURES

NASA scientists have just recently brought to light the similar geographical terrains of Mars and Iceland. NASA has released phenomenal photographs that have been taken from outer space using the HiRISE photographic device.

19.Aug 2010 - 14:46 Vignir Már Lýðsson

Kaupthing's director of Board agrees to come to Iceland - Serious Fraud Office investigating - VIDEO

Sigurður Einarsson, former director of Board of Kaupthing Bank, arrived yesterday for hearings at Special Prosecutor's office which began this morning.
14.Aug 2010 - 08:00 Einar Ragnar Jónsson

Iceland: Bishop’s daughter: ‘Sexual assaulter once came to power – It can’t happen again’

Ólafur Skúlason, previous bishop

Guðrún Ebba Ólafsdóttir – daughter of Ólafur Skúlason, previous bishop – wants that every preventative measure be taken to ensure that no sexual offender is able to reach the highest position of any church ever again. Guðrún has invited the Church council - the highest executive authority of the Church in Iceland - to a meeting, after her request for a hearing.

13.Aug 2010 - 12:03 Einar Ragnar Jónsson

Iceland: summer isn’t over just yet - Possibly hottest day of the year this weekend: over 20°C!

Einar Sveinbjörnsson

A meteorologist says that the summer is not even close to being over, and the hottest day of the year may be right at our doorstep. The heat this weekend could exceed 20 degrees.

13.Aug 2010 - 10:46 Einar Ragnar Jónsson

Iceland: Scientists get lucky: Paul Allen’s submarine used for research near Surtsey

Octopus, Paul Allen’s yacht, and Surtsey Island

Icelandic scientists, currently undergoing research about Surtsey’s aquatic deeps, have received permission to use the technology of Paul Allen on the Octopus, the world’s 8th largest luxury yacht; this includes two submarines, enabling them to research the oceanic environment.

12.Aug 2010 - 15:31 Einar Ragnar Jónsson

Iceland: National football team plays dreadfully – fresh blood needed to revitalize team

 The Icelandic national football team’s performance yesterday against Lichtenstein was far from being satisfactory, say previous teammates. One of the previous members went as far as to say that the entire team should be replaced with younger players.
12.Aug 2010 - 11:39 Einar Ragnar Jónsson

Iceland: Icelandic bank collapse leads to layoffs in Britain

Over a hundred municipalities are currently pursuing legal suits at courts to be recompensed for the money invested in Iceland banks before the collapse. The city of Plymouth is currently in economic despair, with the government needing to reduce public spending by about 10 million pounds. 
11.Aug 2010 - 17:00 Einar Ragnar Jónsson

Iceland: British Airways – First Lady doesn’t get any special treatment from us

British Airways has lost the luggage of Dorrit Moussaieff, Iceland’s First Lady, three times. She has criticized the airline for providing bad service. British Airways says that Queen Elizabeth II would receive the same treatment if she were to lose her luggage.

11.Aug 2010 - 06:00 Einar Ragnar Jónsson

Iceland: First Lady angry at British Airways: lost luggage 3 times - revenge for volcano?

In three different flights with British Airways, Dorrit Moussaieff, the First Lady of Iceland, did not receive her luggage, and has consequently said that the airline’s service is appalling.

10.Aug 2010 - 23:00 Einar Ragnar Jónsson

Iceland: Advert - “Are you cheating? Book flight and hotel at Dohop and cheat in peace"

The travel company Dohop has recently posted a controversial advertisement with the text “Are you cheating? Book flight and hotel at Dohop.com and cheat in peace.”

10.Aug 2010 - 10:45 Einar Ragnar Jónsson

Iceland: Supermodel Ásdís Rán’s Bulgarian Playboy Pictures too hot for Facebook?

Ásdís Rán / Playboy

The world’s most popular men’s publication, Playboy Magazine, decided not only to photograph Ice Queen Ásdís Rán – Icelandic supermodel, Reality TV Host, and ‘Hottest Icelandic Woman’ – for the Bulgarian edition of Playboy, but to expand the shoot to 14 page short series. Ásdís then posted the pictures on her Facebook page, only to have them be deleted: Apparently, Ásdís Rán is too hot for Facebook.

09.Aug 2010 - 15:00 Einar Ragnar Jónsson

Not Alþingi’s problem that foreigners can’t read banking report – let them translate it!

Pressan/Gunnar

Alþingi’s parliamentary Report of the Special Investigation Commission (SIC), having reviewed the causes of the now-notorious banking collapse in Iceland, remains untranslated – much to the dismay of foreign stakeholders. Helgi Bernódusson, the director of the parliamentary office, has received several complaints from said stakeholders, and asks why they don’t simply translate it themselves – it’s not Alþingi’s problem that foreigners do not understand Icelandic.

09.Aug 2010 - 11:00 Einar Ragnar Jónsson

Iceland: 90,000 attend Gay Pride Parade - more colorful and diverse than ever

Tens of thousands of people came together in downtown Reykjavík last weekend to celebrate the 12th annual Gay Pride Parade. Jón Gnarr Kristinsson, the mayor of Reykjavík, was at the front of the parade that went down Laugavegur: the twist is that he was dressed in drag in celebration of the ‘Different Days’ (Hinsegin Dagarnir, in Icelandic), which was held by Reykjavík Gay Pride.


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