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Norway Loves The Nissan Leaf … But Why?

May 9, 2012 by Nino Marchetti

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Nissan recently sent out a release to the automotive press touting the fact that the company had sold 1,000 Nissan Leafs in Norway in just six months. The company went on to claim that the Leaf became the second-best selling Nissan in Norway and the ninth-best selling passenger car overall in February, claiming almost 2 percent of the...[read more]

Chrysler’s Electric Efforts Show Spark Of Life

May 3, 2012 by Nino Marchetti

It’s been a tumultuous few years since “Big Three” automaker Chrysler’s highly publicized 2009 bankruptcy and subsequent $14 billion bailout. Now, the company seems to be pulling itself from the wreckage thanks to a new alliance with European automaker Fiat, an ambitious and long overdue redesign of some of its stalwart models and...[read more]

The 1 Percent’s Electric Car: The $980,000 Rimac Concept One

April 24, 2012 by Nino Marchetti

In life there will be most of us, and there will be the one percent. There will be those of us who fly in coach, and there will be those of us who have their own private jets. When it comes to green cars, there will be those of us who drive the Prius, and those who drive the $980,000 Rimac Concept One electric sports car.[read more]

U.S. Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Sales Jump in March

April 19, 2012 by Nathanael Baker

In March, sales of hybrid, plug-in, and clean diesel cars grew significantly in the United States, casting a positive light on the emerging low emission transportation industry.According to statistics compiled by and Baum & Associates, a Michigan-based market research firm focusing on automotive issues, hybrids sales...[read more]

Is the Chevy Volt's payback period really 26 years?

April 10, 2012 by Ken Paulman

A recent story in the New York Times says it takes 26 years to break even if you buy a Chevy Volt rather than a Chevy Cruze. But a closer look at the math reveals that figure is questionable.[read more]

Administration's Tax Proposals Would Hamper US Energy Output

February 22, 2012 by Geoffrey Styles

The Obama administration is proposing significant changes in US corporate taxes, as reported in today's Wall St. Journal. If enacted, the corporate tax rate would fall from 35% of income to 28%, although the elimination of numerous tax incentives would subject many companies, including most in the energy sector, to higher taxes overall....[read more]

Smart Grid Innovations Will Reduce the Pain of Consumer Energy Costs

February 15, 2012 by Christine Hertzog

The electricity value chain is undergoing extraordinary changes as it modernizes into the Smart Grid.   At a recent series of Smart Grid workshops hosted by the California Public Utilities Commission, one utility speaker noted that the majority of transformations will occur at the consumption side of the electricity value chain...[read more]

Why Is the Nissan Leaf Selling Faster than the Chevy Volt?

February 14, 2012 by James Coan

With the high gas prices we are facing today, the popularity of the fuel-efficient car is seeing its inevitable increase. Two of the fiercer competitors of this type of car are the Chevrolet Volt and the Nissan Leaf, both released within days of each other in December 2010. Although the Volt was more substantially advertised and thus...[read more]

The Dawn of a New Day for Autos

February 7, 2012 by Nick Nigro

A lot has changed in the two years since I made my first visit to the Washington Auto Show. Back then, gas prices averaged $2.68 per gallon and the Nissan LEAF looked like a “car of the future” compared to the other vehicles on the showroom floor. Now, prices at the pump are 25 percent higher, averaging $3.50 per gallon in 2011, and fuel...[read more]

Electric Cars & Overpopulation — R-Squared Energy TV Ep. 10

February 2, 2012 by Robert Rapier

In this week’s episode of R-Squared Energy TV, I answer questions on the future of electric cars, and the global population, which many feel is the root of so many problems. Some of the topics discussed are: When electric cars might be expected to make significant inroads in the auto market Why some people will continue to be tentative...[read more]

D.C. Auto Show Focused on Efficiency

February 1, 2012 by Geoffrey Styles

Last week I attended the media preview of the Washington Auto Show. With its dual focus on cars and energy policy, this is always a high point of the winter for me, even if this year's display lacked a draw of the magnitude of the pre-production Chevrolet Volt I drove at the 2010 show. Instead, I was pleased to find that the emphasis on...[read more]

The Electric Car and the New Normal

January 31, 2012 by Rocky Kistner

About halfway between St. Louis and Chicago, nestled in the fertile corn and soybean fields of Illinois, a quiet electric car revolution is sprouting up in the town of Normal, a town that in some ways is anything but. That’s because this vibrant, forward-looking community of 50,000—along with its adjacent sister city...[read more]

Ushering in a Hydrogen Economy

December 15, 2011 by Charles Arthur

Making It interview with Dr. Mustafa Hatipoğlu, managing director of the International Centre for Hydrogen Energy Technologies (ICHET), a UNIDO project supported by the Turkish Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources.[read more]

Guest Post: Evergreen Brick Works in Toronto to Host 'EV Fest' for Electric Car Lovers

October 20, 2011 by Tyler Hamilton

People know that Evergreen Brick Works celebrates both the natural and cultural heritage of Toronto. But what role does it play in shaping the future of sustainable transportation in this city and beyond? Evergreen Brick Works is more than a vibrant space for community festivals and appreciating nature in the city. It is also a living lab and a hub for green innovation, where like-minded people and businesses can explore, advance and apply urban sustainability solutions.[read more]


Smart Car Makes Greenest Vehicles List

April 14, 2011 by Rosana Francescato

I put flowers on my car to tell it apart from others that park neaby. When I bought my used Smart Fortwo last year, I had in mind not only fuel efficiency but also ease of parking, a valuable feature for a car in San Francisco. And that has in fact proven to be a major bonus that I wouldn’t easily give up. I don’t drive enough to be...[read more]