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What’s The Effect of Driving Electric on Broader Energy Conservation? (CleanTechnica #EV Report)

One of the benefits of driving electric is that electric motors and drivetrains are inherently much more efficient than gasoline- or diesel-powered engines/drivetrains. Aside from that inherent energy conservation, though, how much do electric car drivers strove to conserve energy? And how much does driving electric encourage them to conserve energy? These are matters we dug into a little bit in our …

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Tesla Model X safety, Fisker battery news, fuel economy rules, Mercedes electric cars: Today’s Car News

Today, another award for the Tesla Model X, a BMW investment in electric buses, Mercedes will build luxury electric models in China, and our readers really, really care about fuel-economy rules. All this and more on Green Car Reports. You've no doubt heard that the Trump Administration wants to relax fuel-economy rules for 2022-2025 vehicles; we...

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BMW venture arm invests in U.S. electric-bus maker Proterra

You can't buy one at your local car dealer, but electric transit buses have a significant role to play in reducing vehicular emissions and expanding the spread of electric-vehicle technology. Two companies have a majority of the U.S. market for electric buses, which is growing quickly if perhaps more quietly than that for electric cars. The U.S...

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Mercedes to make electric cars at its China factory with BAIC

It's not only electric cars: China is also now the world's largest market for luxury cars. Audi got an early foothold among party officials and high-ranking government officials, but the allure of global brands has ensured that Mercedes-Benz and BMW sell lots of cars there as well. Now, Mercedes parent company Daimler is combining its local...

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Thomas McKrell, research scientist and mentor in nuclear science and engineering, dies at 47

Thomas J. McKrell, a research scientist in the Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering (NSE), passed away on June 9 at the age of 47. An expert in materials behavior, especially corrosion of metallic alloys used in nuclear and conventional power plants, he came to MIT in 2006 after serving as a consultant in the power industry for more than a decade. During his time at MIT, McKrell focused primarily on nuclear engineering, in particular, thermal-hydraulics. He became a technical leader in the area of heat …

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Fisker EMotion won’t launch with graphene battery; 400-mile range still promised

Henrik Fisker, the man behind the relaunch of the company that bears his name, has released some new details on the upcoming EMotion sedan. However, the news isn't necessarily the best that electric-car fans and advocates could have hoped for. The graphene battery technology Fisker has frequently touted over the past year will not be included when...

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Wind, Solar, & Energy Efficiency Replacing Coal In The UK

Wind and solar energy, as well as energy efficiency measures, are serving to replace the overwhelming majority of power which in the UK had previously been supplied by coal power, according to a new analysis conducted by Greenpeace's Energydesk. Wind, Solar, & Energy Efficiency Replacing Coal …

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London Mayor Sadiq Khan Wants To Make City World’s Leading Smart City

London Mayor Sadiq Khan, speaking at the opening to London Tech Week, outlined his vision for London to become the world's leading 'Smart City' and launched a £1.6m Clean Tech Incubator called Better Futures aimed at helping 100 London-based businesses deliver low-carbon and clean-tech products.

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UK Installs 640 Megawatts Of New Solar During First Quarter, Says Finlay Colville

The United Kingdom installed an impressive 640 megawatts of new solar capacity in the first quarter of this year, dominated by 4.99 megawatt solar farms seeking to qualify for 1.2 Renewable Obligation Certificates before the scheme was phased out on 31 March

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Tidal Power: Still Expensive, Still Unlikely To Contribute Much

GE, among others, is hoping to build a 320 MW tidal generation plant in Wales. How much will it actually generate at what cost and will it actually reduce CO2 emissions Tidal Power: Still Expensive, Still Unlikely To Contribute Much was originally published on

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Fill Your Hydrogen Car At Home? Only If You Are A Bond villain

Filling up a hydrogen car at home would require about a million dollars of equipment and a three-car garage sized space for it. Or you could just plug an electric car into the wall Fill Your Hydrogen Car At Home? Only If You Are A Bond villain was originally published on

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California joins Germany in climate coalition to support Paris pact

The 50 states that make up the U.S. don't get to set their own foreign policies (neither do Canadian provinces). But that doesn't necessarily prevent them from working with other countries on matters of mutual interest. And that's just what California is doing in an agreement announced this weekend that expands its efforts to battle climate change...

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Microfluidics for the masses

A new MIT-designed open-source website might well be the Pinterest of microfluidics. The site, Metafluidics.org, is a free repository of designs for lab-on-a-chip devices, submitted by all sorts of inventors, including trained scientists and engineers, hobbyists, students, and amateur makers. Users can browse the site for devices ranging from simple cell sorters and fluid mixers, to more complex chips that analyze ocular fluid and synthesize gene sequences. The …

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New IEA Report Delivers Failing Grades to Most Green Technologies

Say you're a member of the world community and a signee of the Paris Agreement's long-term goals. You'd probably want to track your progress and assess your results. You'd essentially be asking, "How well is the human race doing in its quest to transform its energy mix away from polluting sources?" It's not doing so well, according to a new report from the IEA, Tracking Clean …

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How Utilities Can Avoid Complacency and Boost Customer Satisfaction

Steve Ballmer's first reaction to the Apple iPhone was not his best moment. During a TV appearance in 2007, the then-Microsoft CEO and current owner of the NBA's Los Angeles Clippers, mocked the market potential of the iPhone. With a $500 price tag and no keyboard, the executive felt comfortable saying that Apple's latest whiz-bang invention was more sizzle than substance. We all know how that turned out. David Rowan, editor-at-large …

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Tesla Model X gets uniform 5-star safety ratings from NHTSA, first SUV to do so

Tesla's Model X has secured a major accomplishment: it is officially the first SUV to receive 5-star crash-test ratings in every single category. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Model X uniform 5-star ratings, which Tesla says is due to the design of the all-electric crossover utility vehicle. As in the Tesla Model S...

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20 Gasmobiles Tesla Model 3 Will Body Slam

The Model 3 is placed at the bottom of the premium sedan market. Of course, being a unique vehicle in a heavily undersupplied niche market, it competes with models well beyond the small premium sedan market, so definitely don't consider this to be anything close to a comprehensive global competition summary — the Model 3 will be attracting people who would have otherwise bought a Toyota Camry, Toyota Corolla, Honda Civic, Ford Mustang, Nissan LEAF, …

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How much would relaxing U.S. fuel-economy rules matter? Poll results

One of the earliest acts of the Trump Administration was to announce that it would re-examine emission rules finalized by the EPA in the waning days of the Obama Administration. Making good on that promise, EPA administrator (and climate-science denier) Scott Pruitt reopened the commenting period on tailpipe-emission limits of carbon dioxide...

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Global Oil Majors Are Poised for a Resurgence in Solar and Wind

Wind and solar have reached a point where they're impossible for the world's largest oil and gas companies to ignore. But it's not yet clear how the majors will choose to capitalize on this growing market, having wavered on clean energy in the past. A new report from Wood Mackenzie examines the threat renewable energy poses to legacy oil and …

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Brexit Offers The Chance To Put An End To The EURATOM Treaty

If implemented, Brexit would de facto mean the UK's withdrawal from all European treaties, including the European Atomic Energy Community (EURATOM) treaty. Signed in 1957, EURATOM together with the European Economic Community and the already expired European Coal and Steel Community was one of the treaties establishing the Brexit Offers The Chance To Put An End To The EURATOM Treaty was …