Diesel and gasoline emissions have become some of the leading concerns regarding greenhouse gases and global climate change. While diesel engines are more efficient than gasoline-powered engines, they have serious emissions problems. A breakthrough in diesel combustion technology may soon lead to cleaner diesel engines. (more…)
This is a new phenomenon that has started to kick in with the current economy. People are struggling to find a way to own a car on their own and car sharing has become the solution. Car sharing is the idea of renting a car for a few hours and returning it for another driver to use. The following will focus on the pros and cons associated with car sharing. (more…)
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency last week officially rated the 2014 BMW 328d sedan at 32 mpg in the city and 45 mpg on the highway, for combined fuel economy of 37 miles per gallon. BMW previously predicted that efficiency for the diesel “could well exceed 40 mpg.” The German carmaker delivered big-time on its promise (more…)
Tony Hsieh (pronounced “Shay”), whose net worth is north of $800 million, is working on a plan to convert some of the 9000 taxis in Las Vegas to electric vehicles (Teslas) hailed by and paid for with smart phones. I hesitate to criticize someone who’s been so monstrously successful, but I’m unclear on the benefit. Currently, is it hard hailing a taxi? Is it (more…)
This week a new sailing barge was launched on Lake Champlain that its backers hope will soon be in the vanguard of a new carbon neutral shipping alternative. The 39-foot Ceres — built by volunteers from the Vermont Sail Freight Project and farmer Erik Andrus — is an update on the type of cargo vessels that once plied the inland waterways throughout the (more…)
China is committed to having an electric vehicle industry. But just what kind of EVs it wants, and when, is still being decided. Meanwhile, investors looking to cash in on China’s EV industry seem to be looking for a good way to benefit from a yet-to-be-finalized government policy.
Here’s a good article that analyzes the eco-friendliness of electric transportation that makes a point that I try to emphasize in my discussions on the subject: the EV “selection effect.” The vast majority of EV buyers at this point make their decision based on their interest in protecting and preserving the environment, and are extremely likely to charge their cars with solar (more…)
I had a terrific Skype call this morning with a fabulous Munich-based company: Govecs, a purveyor of extremely high-end German-engineered electric scooters. I hope to get a marketing and PR gig with them, but I have to admit that they’re doing an awful lot of stuff right in my absence; for example, they have more content online than you can shake a stick (more…)