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David Friedman

About the author: David Friedman is an engineer with expertise on fuel efficiency, alternative fuel, battery, fuel cell, and hybrid electric vehicle technologies and the policies needed to turn them into real solutions for U.S. oil dependence, air pollution and global warming. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and is a Ph.D. candidate in transportation technology and policy. Subscribe to David's posts

California’s Electric Car Program a Very Big Step, But Contains Missteps

The California Air Resources Board (ARB) just released all the details of their new advanced clean cars program. It includes policies to cut vehicle smog-forming and particulate pollution, reduce vehicle global warming pollution (in cooperation with federal regulators), guarantee consumer access to clean fuels, and help accelerate the market for electric cars. You can see our big picture take on it here. Read More

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Gone Fishin’: Chairman Issa Seeks Clean Car Controversy Where There Is None

Fishing is great sport. My dad and I used to go fishing for skipjacks (baby bluefish) off Rocky Point in Rhode Island. It is great for relaxing, for bonding with family and friends, and, if you are both patient and lucky, it can put some good food on the table.   Read More

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One Incredible Day for the Future of the Automobile

Yes, it is worth repeating. Today is one incredible day for the future of the automobile, public health, America’s oil addiction, and global warming.  Read More

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BMW’s New Take on Clean Cars: Hand Sanitizer?

BMW of North America recently announced that it is launching a new “all-natural” hand sanitizer and moisturizer called Purif-i. In their press release, the company says that, “The unique collaboration between a natural cosmetics manufacturer and the BMW i mobility brand is an example of how nature and technology can work together and effectively enhance each other.” It goes on to note that, “Purif-i was created for the BMW i generation, a generation always in search of products that not only make life in megacities easier, but also minimize environmental impact. ”

As a parent of a toddler, I’ve got no beef with hand sanitizer, and I know I’m not in BMW’s marketing niche (my wife and I own ten-year-old cars and bike to work about half the time), but come on, seriously? Read More

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The Latest News on Gas Prices is Bad News for Our Economic Recovery

Across the country, articles are showing up with the news that gasoline prices are down anywhere from three to fifteen cents since last week. The average drop was six cents per gallon according to data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

That sounds like good news, no? Well, there’s a catch… Read More

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No Guilt by Association for Electric Cars

In my last post, I mentioned my affinity for electric cars and that it was widely shared.

What I did not realize is that the popularity extended to a deposed(?) dictator sitting on billions in oil wealth. Read More

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How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Electric Cars

Since this is my first blog, I’m going to start with a bit of a personal confession. I love electric cars. I’ve been writing, doing research, and even a little experimenting on them for two decades. Read More

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