shadow

Sustainable Neighborhoods + Electric Transport = Winning The Future

We write a lot about electric vehicles here on CleanTechnica, because we're a tech site. But some of the best ways to cut emissions involve no tech at all. One of the best things you can do to cut your carbon footprint and pollution output is live in a walkable, mixed-use location where much of your recreation and relaxation can be done right there in the neighborhood or community where you live. That eliminates the need to drive, traffic on the road, the stimulus to build more roads, and extra parking lot asphalt

shadow

Around 5 Billion Trips Were Made By US Transit Rail During 2016

Around 5 billion trips were made by transit rail services in the US during 2016 — which relates to travel by light rail, heavy rail, and commuter rail — according to data published by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) and brought to my attention by the Department of Energy's Fact of the Week service

shadow

Dubai Launches Hydrogen Fuel Cell Taxi Pilot Program

The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) of Dubai has launched a new hydrogen fuel cell taxi pilot program, with new modified Toyota Mirai units going into service. This is apparently… Dubai Launches Hydrogen Fuel Cell Taxi Pilot Program was originally published on EV Obsession.

shadow

Lithium-Ion Battery Pioneer Akira Yoshino Says Self-Driving Taxis Will Need Tougher Batteries

One of the pioneers in the development of lithium-ion battery development — Akira Yoshino, the inventor of a prototype lithium-ion battery back in 1985 — was recently publicly quoted as saying that if autonomous vehicles are going to be deployed so as to allow for nearly constant short-range use (taxis, etc.), then batteries will have to become a lot tougher

shadow

Electric Motocross Motorcycle … Tesla Model 3 Photos … Nissan LEAF Test Drive From Early Tesla Model S Driver (Top 20 CleanTechnica Stories of the Week)

Missed some stories on CleanTechnica this past week? Of course you did — no one can read them all! See what people were most enticed to read, and click through to some of the stories if they tickle your fancy or you just want to see where the discussions in the comment threads went

shadow

MIT research laid groundwork for promising Alzheimer’s-fighting drink

Much of Professor Emeritus Richard Wurtman's career in MIT's Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences revolved around developing new treatments for diseases and conditions by modifying chemicals produced in the brain. Since coming to MIT in 1970, Wurtman and his research group have generated more than 1,000 research articles and 200 patents, laying the groundwork for numerous successful medical products. For example, the 3 million people in the United States who take melatonin as a sleeping aid are using …

shadow

Cheaper RAV4 Hybrid, faster electric-car charging, solar sedan, Pacifica Hybrid: Today’s Car News

Today, we've got a cheaper hybrid SUV, the first of three Best Car To Buy 2018 finalists, a prize-winning solar sedan, and millions for much faster electric-car charging. All this and more on Green Car Reports. Over the weekend, as we do every seven days, we ran down last week's most important green-car stories. We also covered the very unusual...

shadow

Mens et Manus America examines election integrity

Various concerns about the security of U.S. elections have arisen over the past two decades, some more significant than others. While many studies have shown that voter fraud, for instance, is vanishingly rare in the U.S., what about the state of electoral administration, lost votes, and cyberattacks? On Oct. 16, two experts teamed up at MIT to share insights from their research on what is and isn't working in America's electoral system. "Data, Technology, and the Integrity of Elections," the first talk in this …

shadow

Green Car Reports Best Car To Buy 2018 finalist: Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid

If ever a green family vehicle had a rocky launch, it would be the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid. Only two months after deliveries of the eagerly awaited plug-in hybrid seven-seat minivan began in April, sales were halted for several when a potentially faulty diode was identified. In June, 1,368 Pacifica Hybrid minivans in the U.S. and a further 309 in...

shadow

How Far Will BMW USA Sales Fall In 2018?

It has been said repeatedly — the auto company likely to be most hurt by the Tesla Model 3 is BMW. BMW is known for sporty. Tesla does sporty better. BMW is known for innovative. Tesla does innovative better. BMW is known for premium. Tesla does premium better How Far Will BMW USA Sales Fall In 2018? was originally published on CleanTechnica. …

shadow

Sporty BMW i3s, electric Mini, diesel jail sentence, tougher emission testing: The Week in Reverse

Which huge company challenged the public to "read the documents," only to get bitten when two researchers did exactly that? What new and updated electric cars will appear at the Frankfurt auto show? This is our look back at the Week In Reverse—right here at Green Car Reports—for the week ending on Friday, September 1, 2017. Friday...

shadow

Electric Car Incentives In Norway, UK, France, Germany, Netherlands, & Belgium

All across the globe, aggressive mandates are being set up to transition countries away from petrol and diesel cars. In fact, according to Climate Change News, "the European commission is considering implementing an electric car quota to be achieved by automakers by 2030, according to diplomats and sources familiar with the issue. With France, the Netherlands and Britain planning diesel bans by 2040, commission officials are said to view a new mandate as a natural step."

shadow

Tesla Network & Its Competitors — Racing Into The Future

The revolution that will soon transform the world's transportation system centers around four parallel and mutually-reinforcing trends: electrification, autonomy, connectivity and new ownership models. Tesla almost single-handedly initiated the first three in production vehicles, and continues to dominate those fields Tesla Network & Its Competitors — Racing Into The Future was originally …

shadow

Tesla’s Growing Used Car Sales

As the media never tires of reminding us, the price of a new electric vehicle is still considerably higher than that of a (supposedly) comparable gas-burner. However, one point that is seldom discussed is that a huge slice of the auto market consists of used vehicles. Millions of car owners go through their entire lives without ever considering the purchase of a new car. Now that EVs have been available for several years, a lively used market has developed, making electric driving available to an ever-growing segment of the …

shadow

Elon Musk’s Unusual Communication Tendencies, + A Recommendation

Elon Musk has built game-changing businesses transforming the automotive, aerospace, and energy industries. Part of Musk's unique skillset is his ability to learn fast and communicate what he's learned so brilliantly. According to Matthew DeBord at Business Insider, Elon Musk "is certainly one of humanity's most accomplished autodidacts: he has taught himself automotive engineering, rocket science, and solar design. Because he's an autodidact, he's also a didact — he likes to explain what's he's learned and knows to …

shadow

Offshore Wind Costs: Toward a Zero-Subsidy Era?

Offshore wind equipment is reaching record heights and unforeseen low costs that are allowing it to be deployed with fewer and fewer subsidies. MAKE Consulting (which recently joined the GTM and Wood Mackenzie family) has a new analyst note that further illustrates the increasing competitiveness of offshore …

shadow

The Top Solar Manufacturers Are Not Necessarily Making the Highest-Quality Modules

Can the silicon-based (mostly Chinese) solar module industry maintain its reliability given the constant price declines in component and system costs? Current solar module pricing at 30 or 40 cents per watt might not leave a lot of room for building in reliability. DNV GL's PV Module Reliability Scorecard gathers reliability test data from its lab on a large group of panel manufacturers. The lab has been testing solar modules for more than six years and has reams of historical data to compare performance …

shadow

London Taxi Company’s Range-Extended Electric Black Cab Beats The Heat

London Taxi Company's new range-extended electric black cab performs quite well in high heat conditions, as determined by recent comprehensive testing in Arizona, the company has revealed London Taxi Company's Range-Extended Electric Black Cab Beats The Heat was originally …