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Posts Tagged ‘zero emission vehicle’

Driving a Tesla Model S: A Glimpse into the (Electric) Future

This past weekend I had the opportunity to test drive a Tesla Model S, and it’s an amazing car to drive. Its luxury and high performance has won it accolades like Motor Trend’s 2013 Car of the Year—but the inherent benefits of being an electric car are what really set it apart.

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Batteries Not Included: How Chemistry is Impacting Hydrogen Powered Electric Vehicles

Earlier this month I had the privilege of attending the 246th American Chemical Society National Meeting and Exposition. This event provided an opportunity for chemists to collectively geek out about non-oxidative conversions, triazollium-based ionic liquids, and rhodium catalysts — for example — and for chemical supply companies to showcase contraptions that jostled, stirred, shook, rotated, inverted, injected, and swirled chemical compounds. This all made very little sense to me as a non-chemist, though I came close to purchasing a turbo vortex evaporator, just to say I own one, but please don’t ask me what it does.

What made sense to me as a transportation policy analyst, however, was the amazing potential of these studies and equipment to dynamically impact our transportation future, especially when it comes to hydrogen-powered fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) — a technology that is a piece of our plan to cut projected U.S. oil use in half over the next 20 years. Read More

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Deal or No Deal: Are Electric Vehicles Worth It?

new report shows that the lifetime costs of owning electric vehicles (EVs) could be not just on par with conventional vehicles, but for many owners, cheaper than a gasoline vehicle. Read More

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Deflating the Wall Street Journal’s Hot Air on Electric Cars

The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) recently published a very misleading op-ed on electric cars. Given their similar history on climate change and oil subsidies, I’m sure this shocks you as much as would a dog bites man story. But the frequency of opinion pieces in the Journal and other publications that are peddling bogus memes around electric vehicles (EVs) calls for continued push back. Read More

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Ship It Green: Electrification of Delivery Trucks

$1.5 billion in a single day. That’s the estimated value of internet purchases made on Cyber Monday this year, up 17 percent from last year and the current record. Most of those purchases, ranging from iPads to Furby’s, will have traveled thousands of miles by ship, train, or truck before making the final leg of their trip in a local delivery truck. Of course, internet shopping prompts the question: Is getting the package delivered to your house better or worse for the environment than picking it up at the store? Read More

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In Ironic Twist, A123 Bankruptcy Shows Value of Electric Car Technology

Lost in the noise of the news of battery maker A123’s bankruptcy filing is an ongoing fight over who will get their hands on A123’s battery technology and manufacturing capacity. If clean tech like electric vehicle batteries was such a bad bet, as naysayers have tried to claim, you’d think nobody would touch the assets with a 10-foot pole. But, the naysayers are wrong. Read More

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Congressional Budget Office and Media Miss the Point on Electric Vehicle Incentives

A recent Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report critical of electric vehicle incentives raises some interesting points about technology development, but fundamentally misses the mark on the role that advanced technology incentives play. Read More

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A Model Year Ends, A New TV Season Begins, and Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Sales Are Up

Fall is officially here and television lovers are tuning in to the new season of their favorite shows. And, in an annual ritual dating back more than 60 years, we TV viewers are also tuning in to commercials from car companies promoting their 2013 Model Year (MY) line of cars and trucks.  Of course, for me the start of the new model year also means it is a great time to look at all the sales data that’s now out for MY 2012 to see if there are any new plot twists when it comes to hybrid and electric cars. Read More

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California Strives to Remain Ahead in Zero Emission Vehicles

California leads the nation in plug-in car sales, but the state isn’t resting on its laurels to maintain dominance in the emerging market for zero tailpipe emission vehicles. Read More

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Are Some Californians Paying Too Much to Charge their Plug-in Vehicles?

A recent survey of electric vehicle (EV) owners shows that a significant number of Californians may be leaving hundreds of dollars a year in fuel-cost savings on the table. The survey by the California Center for Sustainable Energy suggests that more than a third of EV owners in some utility territories may not be on the utility rate plan that would save them the most money. Read More

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