GM says it’s equal to shutting off gas pumps in the state for a full eight hours.
San Francisco boasts the most fuel-efficient used cars, but you might be surprised at the location of the most fuel-inefficient cars.
If anyone can shake life into Daimler’s electric vehicles, it’s Tesla, and further collaborations could prove beneficial for both companies.
We took delivery of our Leaf in February 2011, and over the next two-plus years recorded more than 16,000 trouble-free miles. But with the consistently positive reviews of the upscale Tesla Model S, this year we decided to make the big jump to that car.
While it won’t help the distracted driving problem, in-car Internet access is becoming a popular option among tech-conscious customers, and a new source of revenue for car makers and data providers.
On Volvo’s S80 prototype, the trunk lid and a plenum cover are both made of the material. The former, says Volvo, is “a functioning electrically powered storage component” with the potential to replace the batteries seen in today’s cars.
The next time you’re driving your electric car through New York City, you may be able to charge up using one the city’s many manholes.
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.
Sometimes it’s hard enough to find a gas station that has diesel. Imagine driving an electric vehicle (EV) in a new area and not knowing where to find the nearest charging station. Range anxiety is an issue for many EV owners, but today they are getting a bit of relief.
US company Nuvve will use Denmark as the first test market for a new technology allowing electric vehicle (EV) owners to sell energy stored in their EV batteries back to the grid.
Ford has identified the 25 most electric vehicle (EV) ready cities in the U.S., based on the company’s latest research. The 25 cities are dotted all over the country from Hartford to Honolulu. A previous Pike research report highlighted 6 cities expected to be early EV adopters: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas and Houston.
Governments around the world are bowing to public pressure to reduce the levels of greenhouse gases their respective countries produce, and more often than not, the first sector they look at is the auto industry. Here in the U.S. the government has imposed a tough 34.1 mpg fleet-wide fuel economy standard for 2016, while in Europe the government wants to put a limit on CO2 levels — something that could have disastrous effects for niche players like Ferrari.
Capacitor maker Ioxus announced today that it has raised $21 million to ramp up development and production of ultracapacitors — a nascent battery space that could more useful than traditional batteries in electric cars.
These are exciting times to be a car shopper, as the choices in every possible category just keep getting better and more fuel-efficient.
Not so long ago, the notion of luxury German brand BMW hiring an engineer from General Motors might have been a stretch. The company prefers to promote engineers from within its Munich engineering headquarters.
Nissan is facing yet another setback with its electric-powered vehicle, the Leaf. Today, the carmaker acknowledged reports of the Leaf failing to start due to problems with its air conditioning unit.
Back to the Future may have been right: The cars of tomorrow will be powered by capacitors (they will not, presumably, be able to time-travel).
Many comments are appearing on the internet taking enthusiastic positions for either the new 2011 Chevy Volt or the Leaf.
The Leaf may be the first full-scale, all-electric production car from a major automaker to be sold in the U.S., but Nissan hasn’t exactly been quick to get it into the hands of customers.
Here’s the latest action we’re following today on the GreenBeat:
Battery startup Amprius has raised $25 million to commercialize what it says will be the next generation of lithium-ion batteries, signing on major new investors like Google CEO Eric Schmidt and venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caulfield & Byers.
Competition is heating up in the electric car sector, and the next few years will be a challenging testing ground for startups looking to gain a foothold among consumers as more and more major automakers launch electric and hybrid cars.
Here’s the latest action we’re following on the GreenBeat today:
Dozens, even hundreds, of different models get recalled each year by their makers to address defects or potential problems.
Electric cars are getting blinged out.
Toyota, maker of the hybrid Prius and the upcoming plug-in version of the Prius, will launch its own home electric car charger, jumping into what is shaping up to be a crowded market.
Google said today it had invested in a startup called Transphorm, whose power-conversion efficiency technology could some day help create more efficient electric cars.
Here’s the latest action we’re following today on the GreenBeat:
When people think of Texas, there are always certain stereotypes that come up — cowboys, twangs, conservative politics, boots, guns, and big, gas-guzzling trucks.
While its official world debut isn’t pegged until the 2011 in just a few weeks, the ESFLOW electric sports car concept has been revealed in the flesh–or should we say aluminum and carbon fiber?–at a special media event in Frankfurt, Germany this week.
For such a hotly anticipated car, the Nissan Leaf has seen deliveries creep slowly off the assembly line — but don’t tell the Department of Energy.
Writing about green cars can be a challenge. On the one hand, this site attracts many new-car buyers who want to learn more about more fuel-efficient alternatives to what they’re driving now. Consider the Ford Explorer driver who bought a Honda Fit because it was really all he needed.
Electric vehicle (EV) fans the world over have been getting excited about the prospect of Toyota’s upcoming electric RAV4 model (pictured). The original RAV4 EV is still celebrated by its owners and EV enthusiasts alike — and commands impressive prices when examples come up for sale.
Here’s the latest action we’re following on the GreenBeat: Gevo shares rise after $107 million biofuels IPO — Gevo’s shares have climbed about 13 percent today to $16.94 at the time of this posting, up from its initial offering price of $15. The company IPO’d on the Nasdaq at the high end of its range, selling 7.1 million shares at that price. Gevo plans to use the proceeds in part to retrofit an ethanol facility in Minnesota to produce isobutanol, a versatile alcohol compound used in rubber and lubricants. The company is backed by Khosla Ventures and Richard Branson’s Virgin Green Fund.
Is what’s good for GM also good for the environment?
During the first half of 2010, nearly 13,000 U.S. taxpayers wrongly claimed a staggering $33 million under the electric tax credit incentive scheme, a Treasury Department inspector general report has revealed.
Here’s our roundup of the week’s tech business news. First, the most popular stories that VentureBeat published in the last seven days:
Cleantech companies just can’t seem to get it right.