Ford Motor Company yesterday announced the release of a five-seater electric station wagon developed in partnership with commercial vehicle company Azure Dynamics, according to CNET.
Dallas-based Panda Power Funds today announced that it has raised a $420 million private equity fund to finance new and existing solar energy and natural gas projects in Texas and other high-growth states. The blockbuster fund will be used for construction, capital and infrastructure maintenance.
Guest Post Brace yourselves, electric-car advocates, for another possible round of alarmism and superficial reporting about fires in plug-in cars.
Electric vehicle infrastructure startup Better Place has raised $200 million of Series C financing from a consortium of investors including GE Capital and UBS, the company announced today.
Electric car-maker Tesla’s second vehicle, the Model S, won’t be available until next summer, but the company is taking a version of its new electric sedan out for a little publicity spin with a North American tour.
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Apple is beginning construction on the “Project Dolphin Solar Farm” for its data center in Catawba County, North Carolina.
Electric motorcycle maker Brammo has raised $28 million in a new funding round led by Polaris Industries, the company announced today.
Government-backed electric car company Fisker Automotive is delaying plans for production after missing its early manufacturing goals. According to a report by the Washington Post, the delays are being blamed on regulatory issues, and the company is brushing off any comparisons to Solyndra, another clean-energy company that received half a million in government loans, which filed for bankruptcy in September.
Venture Capital deals in the third quarter of 2011 dropped 12 percent in dollars invested compared to last quarter. Clean technology and life sciences industries were particularly hard hit, according to a report released today by PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association.
A UK high court today ruled that it would not uphold the libel claims brought against the BBC TV show TopGear by car maker Telsa. For those of you not familiar with TopGear, it features a trio of badly dressed men of a certain age engaged in a series of ever more zany challenges involving cars.
Research shop The CleanTech Group just announced its companies of the year, in addition to 100 companies to watch on the Global Cleantech 100 list.
Contrary to Doc Brown’s famous lines in Back to the Future II, the next version of the DeLorean still needs roads — but it doesn’t need gasoline.
Storied venture capitalist Vinod Khosla and his firm, Khosla Ventures, have raised a $1.05 billion fund.
Guest Post Even as Wall Street is being occupied and corporations are reviled, there is a revolution quietly raging across the country that empowers corporations to be a strong force for good. This week, California joined that revolution when Governor Jerry Brown created two new classes of corporations for businesses that seek to pursue both profit and purpose: Benefit Corporations and Flexible Purpose Corporations.
Editor's Pick Some crazy concept cars have emerged since the electric car frenzy hit the market in 2008. Where are they now?
Data center power-saving software company Power Assure has pulled in a $13.5 million funding round led by strategic partner ABB in addition to previous investor Draper Fisher Jurvetson, the company announced yesterday.
Search giant Google today announced it has made another large investment in a residential solar provider, this time dropping $75 million into Clean Power Finance, an online service that connects solar panel installers with investors.
FirstFuel Software, a provider of analytics software that tracks energy usage in commercial buildings, announced today it has raised $2.4 million from Battery Ventures in its first round of funding.
Greenstart, a new clean technology startup incubator based in San Francisco, officially opened its doors today when San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee cut the ribbon for the office space.
Solar panel prices have fallen more than 40 percent this year to $1.30 per watt, well below the high of $3.50 per watt they hit in 2008. But that shouldn’t scare clean technology investors interested in U.S.-based solar providers, where the solar panel market is predicted to double this year, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA).
Venture capital firm Khosla Ventures today announced the addition of veteran clean technology investor Andrew Chung as a partner.
Tesla Motors chief executive Elon Musk was the final keynote speaker at the TechCrunch Disrupt 2011 conference in San Francisco this week. He’s a longtime entrepreneur and one of the co-founders of PayPal, along with Max Levchin and Peter Thiel.
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“The average teenage girl (according to a UK-based survey) spends 16 minutes in the shower. 16 percent of them spend more than 30 minutes.” says Nick Christy. Christy’s company Water Recycling Shower just won the Dutch Postcode Lottery Green Challenge and can potentially save cash-strapped parents, and the rest of us, 70 percent on the cost of heating their shower. The prize of $684,000 will be used to refine the product and get it to market more quickly.
A wave of anti-science sentiment in the U.S. government — through the lens of ignoring global warming and a reliance on fossil fuels — could hamper innovation in the clean technology space, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers partner John Doerr (pictured right) said.
“I don’t like being one of the venture capitalists … everything is a deal to them.”
Early Facebook investor and PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel has a problem with clean technology companies.
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“Range anxiety” for pure battery-powered electric car owners wears off quickly as a driver begins to understand the capabilities and charging patterns of their car, according to a new study by the Technology Strategy Board.
Social games maker Guerillapps today launched Trash Tycoon, a social game about recycling that’s designed to encourage “upcycling” — the process of converting old trash into usable products.
Editor's Pick We’ve had local food, organic food, slow food and even urban farming. Now get ready for disco farming.
Guest Post Editor’s note: Automakers are making big bets on plug-in hybrids and range-extended electric vehicles, as VentureBeat’s Matthew Lynley recently wrote. There’s just one problem: In California, hybrids aren’t legally allowed to use public charging stations meant for electric cars. This post, by John Voelker of GreenCarReports.com, explains how a bill meant to change that is pitting some electric car advocates against GM.
The humble barnacle may seem an unlikely villain in the war on climate change, but those little crustaceans are not as innocent as they look. Ships encrusted with barnacles experience turbulence, which can increase the fuel they use by up to 50 percent.
A glut of photovoltaic solar panels on the market has caused solar cell manufacturer Solyndra to go under. The company filed for bankruptcy and laid off 1,100 workers this morning.