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Fuel from emissions? Catalyst converts carbon dioxide to ethanol

Fuel from emissions? Catalyst converts carbon dioxide to ethanol

At least in North America, ethanol is a contentious fuel. A decade ago, it was seen as a homegrown and carbon-neutral way to use less gasoline—and federal legislation mandated that increasing volumes be blended into U.S. fuel supplies. Much debate followed over using "food for fuel," its... read more

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Rendering of future Drive Oregon storefront in downtown Portland for education about electric cars

Federal funds to back Portland storefront for electric-car marketing, pop-up roadshows

The U.S. Department of Energy announced Monday that it would award almost $1 million to Drive Oregon over three years, to fund a regional marketing campaign that will promote... read more September 1, 2016 by

Pastor Jonathan Wiggins recharges BMW i3 electric car in Resurrection Fellowship Church parking lot

Colorado Megachurch Goes Electric: BMW i3, Charging Stations, And More

Electric cars and organized religion aren't necessarily seen as fellow travelers, but one megachurch is bridging the two in pursuit of its mission. The Resurrection... read more February 26, 2016 by

Elio Motors 84 mpg 3-Wheeler [Image: Elio Motors]

Future Of '84-MPG' Elio 3-Wheeler Depends On Government Loans

Elio Motors says it's closer than ever to putting its "84-mpg" two-seat three-wheeler into production, but that still may not be close enough. The company recently secured... read more January 22, 2016 by

Wind farm, by Flickr user Patrick Finnegan (Used under CC License)

Renewable Energy Doing So Well That Subsidies Could End: Energy Secretary Moniz

Government subsidies have been an important lifeline for renewable energy, helping to make different technologies viable even when costs are not in their favor. But at what... read more August 30, 2015 by

2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid - production model

How Much Do Plug-In Hybrids Plug In? Volt Has Most Electric Miles, Data Shows

It's one of the big unknowns about plug-in hybrids: How much do they actually get plugged in? Battery-electric cars have to plug in to remain usable, but plug-in hybrids and... read more May 20, 2015 by

EcoCar 3 Chevrolet Camaro

How A Chevy Camaro Gets Greener: Student Competition In EcoCar 3

All cars are getting more fuel-efficient under the rising requirements for corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) from now through 2025. Still, if you thought about the... read more April 13, 2015 by

2015 Kia Soul EV and 2014 Nissan Leaf, at Blink DC fast charger  -  Fife, WA

Aging Electric-Car Batteries Can Still Offer Useful Range: Report

The first wave of modern electric cars still remains fairly young, but as those vehicles rack up more miles, the performance of their gradually aging battery packs is a topic... read more April 9, 2015 by

Oil well (photo by John Hill)

Will Oil Price Collapse Because We're Out Of Room To Store It?

Oil prices have dropped precipitously over the past few months, and while that's led to lower gas prices, it's also creating a somewhat unusual problem. No matter how much or... read more March 5, 2015 by

President Obama inspects the 2011 Chevrolet Volt

Energy Secretary Confirms: U.S. Will Fall Short Of Obama Goal Of 1 Million Electric Cars By 2015

In his 2011 State of the Union address, President Barack Obama set the goal of putting 1 million plug-in electric cars on U.S. roads by 2015. So with 2015 upon us, will the... read more January 23, 2015 by

MetLife electric-car charging station for employee use - Johnstown, Pennsylvania

Workplace Charging Doubles in Two Years, 90% Of Charging Stations Full

It's clear that more public charging stations are needed to boost the practicality of driving electric cars. And it turns out that a good place to put those stations is the... read more December 3, 2014 by

Toyota Fuel Cell Sedan at Aspen Ideas Festival  [photo: Riccardo Savi]

DoE Offers $1 Million Prize For Advances In Small-Scale Hydrogen Fueling For Homes

As automakers get more serious about hydrogen fuel-cell cars, the biggest impediment to adoption will be a chicken-and-egg situation: low numbers of cars offered in limited... read more November 17, 2014 by

Fisker Karma aluminum spaceframe

DoE Program That Funded Tesla, Fisker To Restart; Alcoa In Line For Loan?

It's baaaaaaaaack. The U.S. Department of Energy's $25 billion low-interest loan program may be about to start awarding new loans. The DoE's Advanced Technology Vehicle... read more October 10, 2014 by

Mitsubishi i electric car at San Antonio Missions National Historic Park

Nine New Projects Announced For Clean Vehicles In National Parks

If you're planning a summer vacation to a U.S. national park this summer, you may start to see a few changes when you get there. The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Clean... read more April 15, 2014 by

Technician secures cover on ithium-ion battery pack at Nissan plant in Smyrna, Tennessee

DoE Reboots Advanced Auto-Tech Loan Program That Funded Ford, Nissan, Tesla, Fisker

It's baaaaaaaaaaaack. U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz announced yesterday that the DoE had revised and updated its Advanced-Technology Vehicle Manufacturing... read more April 3, 2014 by

2012 Fisker Karma during road test, Los Angeles, Feb 2012

Fisker Assets Sold For $149 Million To Wanxiang, Chinese Parts Maker

The assets of bankrupt Fisker Automotive were sold to Wanxiang America at the close of an auction in Delaware bankruptcy court that lasted more than two days and lasted 19... read more February 15, 2014 by


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