Electric Vehicles in May 2013

June 9, 2013 by James Greenberger

May 2013 was a terrible month for electric vehicles, wasn’t it? Well, no, in fact, it wasn’t. Monthly automotive sales data painted a picture that should cause many electrification skeptics to rethink their assumptions.[read more]

Low-Cost EV Batteries Get a Hand From Carbon Nanotubes

June 7, 2013 by Tina Casey

carbon nanotubes

Researchers at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico have discovered a pathway for developing low cost electric vehicle batteries, which could lead to a new generation of affordable EVs.[read more]

Debunking the "Electric Cars Aren’t Green" Myth

June 7, 2013 by Lindsay Wilson

EV emissions

It’s time to bust this thing wide open. "Electric cars aren’t green" is a great bit of counter-intuitive headline bait, but it’s bad maths.[read more]

Nissan Leaf Achieves Best Safety Rating From IIHS

May 27, 2013 by Zachary Shahan

Nissan Leaf crash test

Here’s some more good Nissan Leaf news to wrap up the weekend. The 2013 Nissan Leaf has received a “Top Safety Pick” rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.[read more]

Progress Projected for Renewable Energy, EV Industry

April 26, 2013 by Kristopher Settle

renewable energy forecast

Despite the controversy that surrounds the industry’s long-term effectiveness, the evidence continues to pile up in defense of renewable energies in terms of energy generation and the automotive industry.[read more]

Another EV Startup Failure and What This Means for the Industry

April 13, 2013 by Sandy Tung

Since the birth of the EV, a number of innovative startups have been set up and failed. Does the latest failure mean bad news for the EV industry? Or is it too soon to tell?[read more]

ARPA-E: Cleantech Innovation and the Pursuit of Decarbonization

March 26, 2013 by Clifton Yin

testing biofuels on USS Nimitz

Cutting transportation sector emissions is critical to mitigating climate change. New research initiatives signal government recognition of the importance of transportation decarbonization and the need for innovative technologies.[read more]

EV Op-Ed in Wall Street Journal Fails at Math

March 14, 2013 by Max Baumhefner

EV efficiency

Bjorn Lomborg's Op-Ed, “Green Cars Have a Dirty Little Secret,” argues that electric vehicles' emissions efficiency never makes up for the energy required to build them. How does Lomborg do the math?[read more]

Driverless Cars Before Electric Ones

February 25, 2013 by John DeCicco

Pushing electric cars into the market before we have driverless cars is putting the cart before the horse. Those concerned with sustainable transportation should turn on to the promise of intelligent connectivity and help overcome the regulatory, insurance and institutional barriers.[read more]

U.S. Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Sales Jump in March

April 19, 2012 by Nathanael Baker

In March, sales of hybrid, plug-in, and clean diesel cars grew significantly in the United States, casting a positive light on the emerging low emission transportation industry.According to statistics compiled by HybridCars.com and Baum & Associates, a Michigan-based market research firm focusing on automotive issues, hybrids sales...[read more]

MIT Study: Rebound Effects Erode Auto Efficiency Gains

January 10, 2012 by Jesse Jenkins

Automotive engines steadily improved in efficiency by roughly 60 percent from 1980 to 2006, according to a new study by MIT economist Christopher Knittel. That means we could already be driving cars that get an average of 37 miles per gallon (MPG), well above today's average of 27 MPG. The catch, points out Reason's Ronald Bailey: we'...[read more]

Next-Generation EV Batteries Zap Range Anxiety

November 28, 2011 by Silvio Marcacci

Range anxiety, or concerns about how far electric vehicles will travel on a single charge, is one of the biggest limitations facing the EV industry. In fact, a recent survey said only 20 percent of American drivers would consider buying an EV with a 100-mile range. But what if EVs could drive 500 miles on a single charge? That’s exactly what one of America’s most innovative companies is working on. energyNOW! correspondent Josh Zepps looked under the hood of a next generation battery design that uses nanotechnology to make EVs more powerful than ever.[read more]

Map of Hybrid/Electric Vehicle Sales Across the US

November 23, 2011 by Tom Konrad

NPR is doing a series looking at automakers’ push to meet the new CAFE standards. Included is this map of hybrid/electric vehicle sales across the US by market: http://api.tiles.mapbox.com/v2/npr.basemap-world,npr.hybrid-sales/mm/zoompan,tooltips,legend,share.html#4/36.65000000000001/-96.96999999999997 I thought it would be interesting...[read more]

Acceptable EV Charge Times

November 21, 2011 by Lou Grinzo

Fascinating poll results about what people think a reasonable recharge time is for an EV: Vehicle Technologies Program: Fact #702: November 21, 2011 Consumer Preferences on Electric Vehicle Charging: Question: Considering your expected vehicle use, what is the longest time to fully recharge the battery that you would consider acceptable when buying or leasing an electric vehicle?[read more]

Will Wireless Vehicle Charging Become Like EZPass?

November 17, 2011 by Scott Edward Anderson

Image via Wikipedia A rather poor diagram of inductive charging. Qualcomm, long a leader in the wireless and mobile space, is expanding into in the electric vehicle (EV) charging market with its acquisition last week of HaloIPT. The acquisition, reportedly $70 million, has some in the EV charging space scratching their heads. Not...[read more]