GM to Boost Electric Vehicle Production 20 Percent

March 2, 2013 by Joseph Romm

Chevy Volt

After a difficult first year in 2011, sales of the Chevy Volt shot up to a respectable 23,461 car sales for 2012 — driven largely by consumer demand reacting to high gas prices.[read more]

GM to Produce 500,000 Green Cars By 2017

November 23, 2012 by Nino Marchetti

General Motors, seeming more confident in the face of rising Volt plug-in hybrid sales, looks to be expanding its vehicle electrification efforts. Primarily through its brand Chevrolet, the Detroit automaker hopes to significantly bump up the number of green cars it produces by 2017. It begins this process next week with the domestic...[read more]


Bob Lutz: Global Warming is a crock of $#%!

March 5, 2012 by David Lewis

That's what Bob Lutz, former senior executive for General Motors, says he believes.  Lutz is said to have been the driving force that spurred GM to create the Volt.  Bill Maher set up a panel featuring Lutz on his latest show and kicked off the discussion by asking Lutz to comment on the fact he made this statement about global...[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]

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]

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]

Will a SmartGrid and GM’s Volt Stimulate the Electric Vehicle Industry?

August 11, 2011 by Robert Rapier

I remember my first trip to Bentonville, Arkansas to visit the WalMart corporate headquarters. As I looked at the offices of all the vendors who sell to WalMart, I remember thinking “being the world’s biggest retailer has its advantages.” So it is with the development of the electric car (EV). We root for companies like Tesla but, to move the market in a substantive way, you need to be big.[read more]

CAFE Society? The Green Skeptic on FOX Business

July 28, 2011 by Scott Edward Anderson

I sat down with Stuart Varney & Company on FOX Business this morning to talk about the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards proposed by the Obama administration. My take: I think better fuel economy is a good thing. Here is the video: Watch the latest video at I'm a free-market guy and don't...[read more]

The Return of the American Diesel Car

July 28, 2011 by Robert Rapier

The following guest essay is by Paul Nash, a regular reader here at R-Squared. Paul is an Australian who now lives near Vancouver, Canada. He is an environmental engineer who specializes in doing municipal water and energy efficiency projects, and has had experience in managing small town water and energy utilities. He is also...[read more]

Will Range Anxiety Impact Electric Car Sales?

March 28, 2011 by Robert Rapier

I have always liked the concept of electric cars. I could imagine a future in which fleets of electric cars are being charged by electricity from clean sources, and where the impact of peak oil won’t be especially burdensome. In a story I did last year covering a newly-released report on electric cars, the advantages of electric cars...[read more]

Cooling with Less Warming: EPA Starts Refrigerant Changeover for Car Air Conditioners

March 25, 2011 by David Doniger

The Environmental Protection Agency has issued a pair of decisions that begin a changeover of the refrigerants that do the cooling in car air conditioners.  Over the next few years, it will be out with the old (HFC-134a) and in with the new (HFO-1234yf).  We’ll be able to cool our cars with less global warming.  Both...[read more]

ABB and GM team up to study after-Volt battery uses

September 21, 2010 by Tyler Hamilton

For at least a couple of years now there’s been talk about what to do with battery packs after they’ve served their useful life, say, 10 years, in an electric car. The reason being that the batteries, while they may lose their punch after a decade of use in a car, still have useful storage capacity that collectively can be used for...[read more]

The Verdict’s in on the Chevy Volt - 4 stars out of 5 for GM's plug-in hybrid electric car

February 18, 2010 by Joseph Romm

GM has made a huge leap into the 21st Century by pursuing the Volt. If ever this company needed a new car on which to hang its future, the time is now, and the Volt is it. This car and its future offspring should win back the attention of the motoring public — and we say that genuinely! 40 Vancouver electric vehicle enthusiasts test...[read more]

910 Miles Per Gallon*

January 25, 2010 by Geoffrey Styles

Yesterday provided one of those occasional treats that makes blogging about energy so enjoyable. In conjunction with the Washington Auto Show, I had the opportunity to drive a demonstration version of the eagerly-awaited Chevrolet Volt around an impromptu test track, accompanied by the Volt's Vehicle Line Director, Tony Posawatz, who...[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]