Wednesday, November 21st, 2012
Researchers from the University of Michigan said this month that the crop of new cars and trucks sold in the U.S. in October are the most efficient ever to hit American roads. Their average fuel was 24.1 mpg combined. That’s a four mile-per-gallon improvement from five years ago.
This gain in fuel efficiency equates to a collective (more…)
Friday, November 16th, 2012
General Motors aims to build as many as 500,000 vehicles that utilize some sort of electric technology by 2017.
Speaking to reporters this week, GM’s product development chief, Mary Barra, said the company’s fleet of cleaner vehicles will include the plug-in Chevrolet Volt; the all-electric Spark EV, which will go (more…)
Wednesday, July 25th, 2012
A new report on the sales of hybrids and electric cars indicate June saw a surge of 164 percent. According to Kelley Blue Book’s Blue Book Market Report for July 2012, sales have remained strong, which is atypical in periods following a fuel price peak like the one in March. Lexus CT200h, for instance, saw sales grow 500 percent year-on-year. (more…)
Wednesday, June 13th, 2012
The promising but financially troubled A123 Systems lithium-ion battery maker announced yesterday that it has made a significant advance in battery technology that will enable electric car batteries to last longer and cost less.
A123 has been a leader in the race to develop (more…)
Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012
One of the problems with an all electric car is charging them. As opposed to gasoline stations, there are far fewer opportunities to charge electric vehicles. Shai Agassi hopes Israel is ready to embrace the efficiency and economics of electric cars. His company Better Place rolled out four electric car charging stations in northern Israel. It is planned to (more…)
Thursday, March 15th, 2012
Chevy may be scaling back it’s production of the Volt, but other companies are forging full steam ahead to meet the goal of 1 million advanced technology cars on the road by 2015.
Just a few days ago, the first fully assembled CODA to be sold to eagerly waiting consumers drove off the (more…)
Thursday, July 7th, 2011
A California-based start-up will begin selling electric cars in Israel next month that include a subscription package for a leased battery and the costs of recharging the vehicle.
Instead of owning the batteries, consumers will be able to purchase a subscription for a certain number (more…)
Tuesday, May 24th, 2011
Paris, which has already a four-year-old bicycle-sharing program, Vêlib, will soon be home to approximately 3,000-shared electric cars. The car project, known as Autolib, is due to be introduced by December of this year and is financed by Bolloré SA, one of the companies owned by bold entrepreneur, (more…)
Monday, May 2nd, 2011
Electric vehicles are often touted as much better for the environment than cars with internal combustion engines. But just what are the environmental costs associated with electric vehicles?
It Starts with Production
For starters, electric cars are still made with materials (more…)
Tuesday, April 12th, 2011
What choice will consumers make? After attending the 2011 Toyota Sustainable Mobility Seminar in La Jolla, California (April 4-7, 2011), this is what I walked away thinking. In all respects, Americans are already asking themselves questions like this about the life they live. With regard to the cars we drive it is time to think hard about the way we drive and what we drive. (more…)