Electric scooters and Segways are both legitimate forms of transportation, but they’re just so dorky looking. A new product called the ZBoard from Intuitive Motion might save the genre, with a combination of cool technology and attractive design. Also, it just looks hella fun to ride.
As reported earlier, Mercedes-Benz will be launching a new all-electric version of its entry-level A-Class model dubbed the A-Class E-Cell. This limited production model is being developed together with Tesla and will reportedly make its world debut next month at the 2010 Paris Auto Show.
It’s been almost three weeks since we published a Tesla story.
Many houses, stores, and factories across the U.S. now have arrays of photovoltaic solar cells mounted on their roofs. These days, that’s hardly news.
PetroAlgae, a company claiming that it has found a cheap way to convert algae into fuel — a goal that formidable competitors like Sapphire Energy and Solazyme are also chasing — just filed for a $200 million IPO despite a weak public market for green companies. Early signs suggest that this move could do more harm than good to the burgeoning algae industry.
Advanced battery maker A123 announced more than its quarterly earnings yesterday. In addition to posting a lackluster $22.6 million in revenue, the company spun off a new energy storage startup called 24M Technologies to work on more unorthodox lithium-ion architectures.
Infrastructure for electric transportation is heating up. Companies like Coulomb Technologies and Ecotality are already deploying electric vehicle charging stations region by region. And just today, general Motors said it was gearing up to announce a charging partner for its forthcoming Chevrolet Volt.
Venture capital funding in cleantech companies swelled to $1.5 billion in the second quarter of 2010, its highest level since Q3 2008, according to a report released today by Ernst & Young. This is a staggering 64 percent increase over the amount invested in Q2 last year.
Green conscience and new technology are both laudable, but getting extra money in your back pocket is nice too.
Many global automakers have research outposts in Silicon Valley.
Now we know: The first two plug-in cars from major manufacturers will go head-to-head on warranties and lease prices: $350 a month for the 2011 Chevrolet Volt, $349 for the 2011 Nissan Leaf.
With General Motors, Nissan and Mitsubishi all moving forward on plans to launch plug-in and all-electric vehicles in the next two years, Honda — one of the largest automotive companies in the world — has been conspicuously absent. But no longer.
Two months after announcing their informal intention to build an electric vehicle together, Tesla Motors and Toyota have made their relationship official, inking a deal to co-produce an all-electric edition of Toyota’s RAV4 SUV.
Almost a year ago, General Motors launched a little marketing campaign connecting its 2011 Chevrolet Volt range-extended electric car to the figure “230 mpg.”
Throughout the history of the internal combustion engine there have been a multitude of scientists, inventors and entrepreneurs shouting claims about revolutionary new engine designs promising greater efficiency, more power, fewer emissions and lower production and running costs.
Auto industry analysts get paid to issue reports, and most of them are vastly better at data analysis and number crunching than we’ll ever be.
Good news for those of you who shorted Tesla Motors‘ stock: the electric car company’s shares are already falling in price as the zeal around its $226 million public debut begins to fade — after just two days.
Quick, name the last automaker to go public before yesterday’s Tesla Motors IPO. Stumped?
Tesla Motors is already off to a good start before its debut on the Nasdaq as TSLA tomorrow. The electric car company’s shares have been priced at $17 a pop, exceeding the expected range of $14 to $16.
Less than a week before Tesla Motors — the darling of the emerging electric car industry — is scheduled to go public (June 29), reporters and analysts are still divided on whether the sale will soar or not. But activity on secondary market sites, where private shares of the company have been traded for months, suggests that Tesla’s sexy products and perennial buzz may be enough to carry off a lucrative IPO.
Coulomb Technologies unveiled ambitious plans today to install 4,600 new charging stations for plug-in vehicles in homes and commercial spaces across the U.S. — a project nearly half-funded by federal stimulus money.
Even as many electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles near their launch dates — foreshadowing the demise of the internal combustion engine — a small Michigan company called EcoMotors is betting that fossil fuel engines are here to stay for a while, and that they could be much more fuel efficient (the same logic that is often used with clean coal initiatives). It just landed $18 million to make its case.
General Motors, fresh off announcing its first profitable quarter in almost three years and with potential government funding, is keeping the good news rolling. The company is revealing today that it will integrate Google’s Android operating system into existing OnStar technology in its highly-anticipated plug-in Chevrolet Volt, due out this fall.
General Motors posted its first quarterly profit in almost three years today — a victorious declaration of its financial rehabilitation. It only took a major bailout, the slashing of several vehicle brands, and massive layoffs to turn things around, but the outlook is good — and made even shinier by a forthcoming line of exciting new products, capped off by the plug-in Chevy Volt.