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Rebranding Electric Drive

February 24, 2014 by James Greenberger
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Elon Musk may have duplicated Steve Jobs’ feat of making a tech item fashionable. But more likely he simply rediscovered why people buy a car: an emotional attachment. Selling EV’s and PHEV’s may be less about selling environmental benefits than about selling a sexy, exciting new technology.[read more]

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Reinventing Batteries for Electric Vehicles: Interview with ARPA-E Deputy Director Cheryl Martin

August 30, 2013 by Jesse Jenkins
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ARPA-E Deputy Director Cheryl Martin

Last week ARPA-E awarded $36 million under the agency’s new Robust Affordable Next Generation Energy Storage Systems, or RANGE, program. In an exclusive interview, Deputy Director Dr. Cheryl Martin discusses RANGE and the agency’s efforts to reinvent the EV battery.[read more]

Why Hybrids May Be More Climate Friendly Than Electric Cars

August 13, 2013 by Stephen Lacey
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Climate Friendly Cars

Another organization has jumped into the sometimes confusing debate over the cleanliness of electric vehicles. A new report finds that in most states, conventional gas-powered hybrid cars may still be cleaner than all-electric vehicles.[read more]

More Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Than People In The US

July 1, 2013 by Zachary Shahan
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EV Charging Station

This is something that may be unique to me, but I don’t think so — for a long time, I thought electric cars needed a special charging station or charger, not realizing that electric cars can be plugged into typical household electricity outlets.[read more]

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Energy Debate Redux: Will the Grid of the Future Run on DC Power?

June 13, 2013 by Jesse Jenkins
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POWER!

Do you have a solar system at the home? An electric car in your drive way? Smart phones, tablets, game consoles and other electronics proliferating in your home?[read more]

Cold Realities About Electric Vehicles: Tesla vs. NY Times

February 15, 2013 by Josie Garthwaite
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Despite all the heat of the Tesla vs. New York Times interlude, however, it illustrates something we already know: batteries are finicky beasts, relatively speaking.[read more]

How to Lower the Cost of Gasoline

September 20, 2012 by James Greenberger
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Gas Prices via Shutterstock

We are not, however, without weapons in the battle against high gasoline prices. But the best weapon we have is not increasing domestic petroleum production. The best weapon we have is giving American consumers a viable alternative to gasoline. Today, 99% of all vehicles in the United States run on petroleum-based fuels. It is no wonder that petroleum producers can price their product at fantastic margins, often a significant multiple of production costs.[read more]

How Wireless Charging Could Speed Up The Electric Car Market

August 13, 2012 by Joseph Romm

San Diego-based Qualcomm Inc. recently announced that it has partnered with the automaker Renault for a field trial of its new wireless electric vehicle charging system later this year in London.According to Forbes:“The California-based company signed a memorandum of understanding with Renault to work on the field trial and to figure out...[read more]

How green is your EV?

April 18, 2012 by Michael Giberson

On Monday the Union of Concerned Scientists released an analysis estimating the MPG equivalence of electric vehicles. The point of the analysis is this: taking as given an objective of greenhouse gas emission reduction, how do electric vehicles compare to internal combustion vehicles in that dimension? To do such an analysis requires...[read more]

How Green Is My Electric Vehicle?

April 18, 2012 by Geoffrey Styles
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One of the biggest challenges in assessing the environmental benefits of electric vehicles is that electricity is generated in so many different ways, with differing costs and consequences, and that patterns of generation vary by region, season, and time of day. As a result, categorical claims that EVs are always greener than the hybrids...[read more]

The Smart Grid Can Change the Energy Agenda

March 19, 2012 by Christine Hertzog
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President Obama focused on energy and gas prices in recent speeches, deriding the opposition party’s outright preference for all things oil. “They dismiss wind power,” he said. “They dismiss solar power.… We’re trying to move towards the future, and they want to be stuck in the past.” Their peculiar focus on this singularly bad fossil...[read more]

If GM Volt is in such low demand why is it so hard for people to get one?

March 7, 2012 by Tyler Hamilton
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By now most people who follow green technology developments know that GM has temporarily suspended production of its Volt plug-in hybrid.  Specifically, production will be shut down for five weeks so that GM can “align production with demand.” A post-crash-test battery fire with the Volt last year (which was overblown, but...[read more]

What Does an EV-Friendly City Look Like?

March 5, 2012 by Nino Marchetti
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What does it take to make a community friendly to electric vehicles (EV)? The Electric Drive Transportation Association has a pretty good idea, and is currently highlighting communities across the country that are employing effective strategies to encourage EV adoption.[read more]

Yet Another Battery Breakthrough

January 8, 2012 by Lou Grinzo
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Photo by mariordo59 via Flickr, Creative Commons

If you could wave your handy dandy magic wand and create a single technological breakthrough that would make a huge impact on our intertwined climate and energy challenges, you’d be hard pressed to come up with something better than a killer battery.Find a way to make a battery pack that greatly exceeds the range of those in the Leaf,...[read more]

Renewables, Energy Storage & Data Analytics: The 3 Sisters of the Smart Grid

December 19, 2011 by Christine Hertzog

American history buffs and foodies know the story of the three sisters of agriculture, a brilliant combinatorial planting technique practiced by Native Americans.  This uniquely American agricultural invention elegantly illustrates the concept of synergy.  Synergy is defined as the interactions of two or more things combined to...[read more]