Big Coal Doomed: Not By Climate Rules But Fracking & Finance

Big Coal Doomed: Not By Climate Rules But Fracking & Finance

Coal is the worst fossil fuel, that much is clear. Its carbon footprint per kilowatt-hour of electricity when it's burned by electric utilities to make electricity is far, far higher than that of natural gas. And that's even before the slowly improving economics of renewable sources come into play... read more

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F-16 Fighting Falcon undergoing mid-air refueling [Image: U.S. Air Force via Flickr]

New Jet Engine Designs Could Let Military Save 25 Percent Of Fuel Burned

Cars and trucks are far from the only vehicles that burn fossil fuels, obviously. Jet aircraft too burn large amounts of fuel, and that's become a point of concern for a... read more August 11, 2015 by 

Tesla Store opening in Westfield Mall, London, Oct 2013

Tesla Must Alter Electric-Car Buyer Bounties, State Law Says

Tesla has come under fire from franchised car dealers in several states for its direct-sales model. That's led those dealers to lobby for changes to existing franchise laws... read more August 11, 2015 by 

2011 Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid

Tesla Hacking Bounty, 2015 Toyota Prius C Crash Tests, VW Touareg Hybrid Dropped: Today's Car News

Today, Tesla raises its hacking bounty to $10,000, the 2015 Toyota Prius C becomes an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety "Top Safety Pick," and the Volkswagen Touareg... read more August 10, 2015 by 

Car2Go Smart Fortwo, in Portland

Car2Go Cutting Out Portland's Lower-Income, Racially Diverse Areas?

The Daimler-owned car-sharing operation Car2Go recently announced that it was massively reducing its coverage area around Portland, Oregon. According to the company... read more August 10, 2015 by 

2015 Nissan Leaf

Electric-Car Mandates: Can't Meet 'Em, Makers Say, While Buyers 'Shrug' At Efficiency

With the approaching midterm review of the Corporate Average Fuel Economy rules coming up in the next two years, automakers and advocates are positioning themselves to lobby... read more August 10, 2015 by 

2011 Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid

Another Defunct Hybrid: 2016 Volkswagen Touareg SUV Loses Hybrid Option

This is a tough time for hybrids. Gas prices are down, the fuel economy of other vehicles is rising steadily, and the aged Toyota Prius is now six years old and on the verge... read more August 10, 2015 by 

2016 Tesla Model S

Tesla CTO Hikes Hacking Bounty To $10K (And Does A Shot)

Tesla Motors chief technology officer JB Straubel appeared at Def Con last week to thank the hackers who uncovered vulnerabilities in Model S electric car software. And... read more August 10, 2015 by 

2015 Toyota Prius C IIHS small-overlap front crash test

Latest Toyota Prius C Dubbed IIHS Top Safety Pick After Updates

The 2015 Toyota Prius C hybrid subcompact has now become a "IIHS Top Safety Pick" among new cars, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The crash-test... read more August 10, 2015 by 

2015 BMW i3

Test Pays BMW i3 Electric-Car Owners To Let Utility Delay Charging

The rise of modern electric cars has brought concerns that their cumulative charging needs could have an increasing impact on electric power grids. Too many cars charging at... read more August 10, 2015 by 

Tesla automated charging-station prototype video screencap

Tesla Releases Video Of Snake-Like Charger Plugging Into Electric Car Automatically

While it continues to expand its network of Supercharger DC fast-charging stations, Tesla Motors is looking at ways to improve those stations. That's led it down a rather... read more August 9, 2015 by 

Tesla Model S electric-car road trip, Route 66 Museum, Elk City, Oklahoma  [photo: David Noland]

Tesla Hacking, i-MiEV Driven, Norway's Zero-Emission-Car Plan: The Week In Reverse (Video)

What's Norway's ambitious plan to get rid of gasoline cars altogether? And, who's talking up electric cars in the pickup-heavy heartland of Oklahoma oil country? This is our... read more August 8, 2015 by 

2016 Toyota Mirai hydrogen fuel-cell car, Newport Beach, CA, Nov 2014

CA Renewable Hydrogen Rule: Forcing The Carbon Numbers To Work

California's plan to reduce carbon emissions from transportation anticipates a mix of battery-electric and hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles. Recharging batteries from the electric... read more August 7, 2015 by 

2016 Mitsubishi i-MiEV

2016 Mitsubishi i-MiEV Drive, 2015 Ford F-150 Crash Tests, EPA Power Plan Backlash: Today's Car News

Today, we drive the 2016 Mitsubishi i-MiEV electric car, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) crash tests the 2015 Ford F-150 full-size pickup truck, and... read more August 7, 2015 by 

Tesla design studio (screencap from Australian '60 Minutes')

Are These Tesla Model 3 Prototypes Under Those Sheets? (Video)

Tesla Motors says it will unveil the 200-mile, $35,000 Model 3 electric car next year, ahead of a production start presently scheduled for 2017. The new sedan is a key part... read more August 7, 2015 by 

Coal, by Flicker user oatsy40 (Used Under CC License)

Final EPA Power-Plant Rules: Far More Impact On Coal States

The completed rules issued this week by the EPA to limit carbon emissions from power plants run 1,560 pages--nighttime reading only for policy wonks. But the agency's final... read more August 7, 2015 by 


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