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What green tech best suits pickup trucks in 2030? Take our Twitter poll

The three most significant debuts at the 2018 Detroit auto show were pickup trucks, one from each of the Detroit Three automakers. The 2019 Chevrolet Silverado full-size pickup led on Saturday night, followed on Sunday by the 2019 Ford Ranger, a mid-size pickup that rivals the Chevy Colorado on sale since 2015. The trio was rounded out on Monday...

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Wind Industry Embraces Robots to Boost Safety, Cut Costs

An $8 million cash injection for a little-known startup this month highlighted the growing importance of robotics in wind turbine operations and maintenance. Ann Arbor, Michigan-based SkySpecs, which makes drone systems for wind farm inspections, gained the funding through a Series B financing round led by Statkraft Ventures with UL Ventures, Capital Midwest and previous backers Venture Investors, Huron River Ventures and others. SkySpecs will use the cash to add greater intelligence to an autonomous …

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The ITC’s New Solar Report Could Bolster Trump’s Broader Trade Agenda

The U.S. International Trade Commission released a new report on the Section 201 trade case this week that the Trump administration could use to defend new solar tariffs, if challenged at the World Trade Organization. Ambassador Robert Lighthizer, head of the U.S. Office of the Trade Representative (USTR), requested the …

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All New Flyer Facilities Can Now Manufacture Xcelsior CHARGE Battery-Electric Buses

New Flyer of America Inc., the largest transit bus and motorcoach manufacturer and parts distributor in North America, announced this week that its Anniston, Alabama, facility completed its first full build of an Xcelsior CHARGE. The bus is an entirely electric, zero emissions, and is indeed a heavy-duty transit bus. I enjoyed a ride in the New Flyer XcelsiorÆ Electric Bus last year. I found it quiet, comfy, and smooth. It was the best ride quality I've found on a bus

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This Is When Solar Power Will Replace Fossil Fuels

The transition to renewable energy will not happen overnight and a sudden overhaul of fossil fuels is not likely. But this way, as people begin connecting to wifi at smart bus shelters or recycling bottles in solar trash bins, it will become a mundane part of our everyday lives. Here's one company making the transition happen.

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Is ‘Drawdown’ the climate-change action map the world needs?

We often speak of methods and technologies we can employ as a society to curb climate change, either by reducing carbon emissions or through other means. But less frequently do we talk about them in real terms, including how much excess carbon these methods and technologies can pratically remove from the atmosphere. That's where Drawdown, a...

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Lyft & Aptiv To Showcase Self-Driving Cars At CES 2018 — Rides From Show For Those Who Request Them

This news is for those attending this year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES) show in Las Vegas who want to see what riding in a self-driving vehicle feels like. (Lookin' at you, Loren.) Lyft and Aptiv Plc are partnering for just such a demonstration

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Shenzhen now uses only electric buses: 16,500 of them

Over the last few years, the Chinese government has begun to push electric vehicles with all its might. In addition to incentivizing the purchase of electric vehicles, the central government has recently banned the sale of some 553 fossil-fuel passenger cars in the country. But when it comes to local concerns, a collection of municipalities...

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What topic should we have covered less in 2017? Twitter poll results

Over the nine years this site has published daily news about green cars, the focus of our coverage has shifted significantly. In February 2009, when we started daily coverage, our most popular topics were hybrid cars and the Toyota Prius. With Prius sales in 2017 less than half what they were just four years ago, the times have clearly changed...

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In 2017, The Myth of Powering the World with 100% Renewables Has Started to Crack

When thinking about 2017, it is easy to see the bankruptcy of Westinghouse and the subsequent cancellation of its Summer project in South Carolina as this year's big issue. But as the year has drawn to a close, the continuation of its AP1000 project at Plant Vogtle in Georgia has been approved by the regulator […] The post In 2017, The Myth of Powering the World with 100% Renewables Has Started to Crack appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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Can The U.S. Compete In The Electric Car War?

Recently, William Clay “Bill” Ford Jr., executive chairman of Ford Motor Co., said China was “at the heart” of the electric vehicle and the “mobility” movements. It was an interesting statement from the head of a company once identified as the heart and soul of the U.S.'s industrial Midwest. The post, Can The U.S. Compete […] The post Can The U.S. Compete In The Electric Car War? appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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A Look Back at 2017: The Year in Weather Disasters, and the Connection to Climate Change

From hurricanes to heat waves, 2017 produced countless headlines concerning extreme weather and the devastation left in its wake. We tend to think of extreme weather as an unpredictable, external source of destruction. When faced with catastrophes, we don't always recognize the role we play in intensifying their impacts. But as human-induced climate change continues […] The post A Look Back at 2017: The Year in Weather Disasters, and the Connection to Climate Change appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click …