Tesla Trumps Toyota 3: Why Electric Vehicles Are Beating Hydrogen Cars Today

August 27, 2014 by Joseph Romm

Tesla and Toyota

While electric vehicles have experienced a marketplace renaissance in the last decade, hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles have not. Multiple models of EVs (like the Tesla and Nissan Leaf) and plug-in EVs (like the Chevy Volt) are selling in this country and around the world, but there are no commercial consumer FCVs yet.[read more]

Tesla Trumps Toyota Part II: The Big Problem With Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles

August 16, 2014 by Joseph Romm

Tesla and Toyota and the Future

The biggest problem hydrogen fuel cell automobiles and vehicles face is that while they deliver no obvious major consumer, societal, or environmental benefits compared to the rest of the competition, they do have a bunch of obvious consumer defects.[read more]

The Dawn of a New Day for Autos

February 7, 2012 by Nick Nigro

A lot has changed in the two years since I made my first visit to the Washington Auto Show. Back then, gas prices averaged $2.68 per gallon and the Nissan LEAF looked like a “car of the future” compared to the other vehicles on the showroom floor. Now, prices at the pump are 25 percent higher, averaging $3.50 per gallon in 2011, and fuel...[read more]

China's Rare Earths Monopoly

December 16, 2011 by Silvio Marcacci

Rare earth minerals may be the most important, let least understood factor in America’s transition to a low-carbon, clean-tech future. They’re essential to virtually every source of renewable energy and consumer technology we use today. But China dominates worldwide rare earth supplies and production, and their monopoly could corner the world economy. energyNOW! chief correspondent Tyler Suiters explores how U.S. dependence on China’s rare earths could affect our energy future and high-tech lifestyles.[read more]

Carsharing The Future Of Driving? GM, Ford, Toyota Say Yes

October 26, 2011 by Deron Lovaas

Earlier this month, General Motors announced it will help millions of GM vehicle owners to rent out their cars. The new peer-to-peer car sharing service—a partnership with a start-up company called RelayRides—is intended to “reduce traffic congestion in America’s largest cities and address urban mobility concerns,” according to...[read more]

Toyota: U.S. Prius Sales Hit One MIllion

April 6, 2011 by Mike Gregory
Photo: Paul Garland/Flickr (Creative Commons)

Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc., today announced the one-millionth sale of the Toyota Prius, the world's first mass-produced hybrid gas-electric vehicle, in the United States.[read more]

Hybrid Electric Car Victory

December 22, 2010 by Joseph Romm

“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.” — Mahatma Gandhi founder Felix Kramer tells the plug-in hybrid story in this re-post.  For background, see “Plug-in hybrids and electric cars — a core climate solution.” In 2001, I never expected when I started thinking about better cars...[read more]

What if 25% of the Cars were plug in...How much power is needed?

May 24, 2010 by Nathan Temple

Last week Toyota announced a partnership with Tesla motors backed by $50M in investments. Tesla is the manufacturer of the trendy $100K all electric plug in sports car and has a model for us all in the works, the Model S. Toyota wants the technology and I can just imagine a Tesla/Prius in every garage. Gov. Schwarzenegger hailed the...[read more]

Cleantech’s Unsung Heroes

January 25, 2010 by David Levy

Some clean techsectors are overhyped, while others have unrecognized potential by David L. Levy When most people think about clean energy, solar and wind are the first things that spring to mind. Markets for these renewable energy sources have exhibited rapid growth of about 25-30% annually, and these sectors have attracted the lion’s...[read more]

Toyota to double global production of hybrid vehicles by 2012

January 19, 2010 by Ee Mien Low : Toyota plans to double its global production of hybrid vehicles in about two years, positioning such fuel-sipping cars as a core profit earner. The automaker recently notified parts suppliers that it intends to roll out about 800,000 hybrids domestically in 2010, with the figure to be raised to around 900,000 in...[read more]

Toyota Hybrid

December 15, 2009 by MichaelSmith1

Plugging into affordability Toyota plans to start selling plug-in hybrid By YURI KAGEYAMA The Associated Press Tue. Dec 15 - 4:45 AM TOKYO — Toyota showed its new plug-in hybrid Monday, available for leasing this month in Japan, the U.S. and Europe, and promised the green vehicle for sale to regular consumers by 2011 at an “affordable...[read more]

Calls on Toyota to leave the Chamber

October 18, 2009 by A Siegel

Pressure is mounting, from many sides, on the US Chamber of Commerce, which has been actively fighting moving forward with sensible climate legislation. The Chamber’s position is so severe that, in fact, multiple businesses (such as PG&E) have left the chamber, others have stepped down the board with public statements distancing...[read more]

Electric Car on Road to Recovery

September 23, 2009 by MichaelSmith1

Electric Car on Road to Recovery By Kevin Harrison I love anything and everything to do with cars and have most of my life. My car addiction is probably nearing an unhealthy obsession and I should probably think about checking myself into AA (Autoholics Anonymous). Or maybe the Henry Ford Centre.But as much as I love cars, there are a...[read more]

Toyota hybrid vehicle sales worldwide surpass 2 million units as of Aug 2009

September 20, 2009 by Ee Mien Low -> : As of Aug 2009, Toyota's global cumulative sales of its hybrid vehicles have topped the 2-million mark. The first Toyota Prius was launched in Dec 1997, the 2nd-gen Prius in 2003 and Toyota's HSD [Hybrid Synergy Drive] system was expanded to MPV's and SUV's. On May 31, 2007, the global...[read more]

Camry Hybrid production begins in Australia

August 31, 2009 by Big Gav reports that Toyota has begun production of hybrid cars in Australia - Camry Hybrid production begins in Australia.Sparks flew this morning as Toyota Australia turned on the robots that will make the country’s first hybrid car based on a Camry.Dignitaries on hand included Federal Industry Minister Kim Carr and Victorian...[read more]