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Is Tesla Motors A Carmaker...Or Really A Grid-Storage Company?

Is Tesla Motors A Carmaker...Or Really A Grid-Storage Company?

Many among the Detroit auto media were skeptical of Tesla Motors for years, correctly noting just how hard it is to start a car company and build a genuinely appealing product--electric car or not. But as Tesla continues to sell Model S electric luxury sedans, expanding into Europe and China as... read more

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SolarCity

Is Tesla's Solar City Sibling The 'Energy Company Of The 21st Century'?

Some solar-energy companies have had a hard time in recent years, but SolarCity may look a little more promising. That isn't just because Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk is the... read more December 30, 2013 by 


 
Structure of methanol. Image: Wikimedia Commons

Methanol Made With Renewable Energy Could Power Fuel Cells (Video)

Instead of a "hydrogen economy," should policymakers discuss a "methanol economy?" Nobel laureate Dr. George Olah and Surya Prakash, director of the University of Southern... read more December 13, 2013 by 


 
Photovoltaic solar power field at Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee

Spray-On Solar Cells Show Promise For Cheaper Sun Power

What if you could get solar panels in a can? A team of researchers at the University of Alberta has developed a solar cell made from a spray-paint like material, Mashable... read more September 20, 2013 by 


 
2013 Scion iQ EV hits the U.S.

Toyota: No More Plug-In Electric Cars If Electricity Doesn't Get Cleaner (In Europe)?

European buyers waiting for an electric Toyota may have quite some time to wait--until the electric grid cleans up, basically. That's the word from Toyota Europe, which says... read more June 11, 2013 by  25


 
Solar Panels by Flickr user Chandra Marsono

Will Solar Panels Destroy Electric Utilities' Business Model? Yes, They Say

Technology can be a real drag. CDs killed cassettes. MP3s killed CDs. Video killed the radio star. Bummer. Now, a new threat looms in the dark pit we call progress: solar... read more May 31, 2013 by  65


 
2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI test car running on Solazyme algae-derived diesel fuel

Diesel Fuel Derived From Algae Now Testing In 2 VW TDI Models

For a century, we've gotten almost all our gasoline and diesel fuel from petrochemicals. Now Silicon Valley startup Solazyme [NSDQ:SZYM] is testing diesel fuel derived from... read more March 8, 2013 by  27


 
Solar Panels by Flickr user Chandra Marsono

Saudi Arabia Uses Your Gas Dollars To Fund...Solar Energy

Renewable energy, especially solar, is making inroads into the U.S. power grid, but it's a very slow process. And especially in the wake of the Solyndra collapse, it's one... read more October 8, 2012 by  8


 
Onstar Hopes To Make Charging Chevrolet Volts Greener

2013 Chevy Volt, OnStar, Is Smart-Grid Ready: The Utilities Aren’t

Imagine a future where plug-in cars not only know when the cheapest time to charge is, but also work in concert with utility companies to recharge when it is greenest or when... read more August 22, 2012 by  15


 
wind farm

Could Treehuggers Determine The U.S. Presidential Race?

Let's face it: political discourse in the U.S. isn't very pretty. It's generally a matter of two large parties -- each backed by an army of fundraisers, copywriters, and... read more August 17, 2012 by  28


 
Ethanol infographic from coalition of livestock and poultry producers (crop)

Big Food Steps Up Fight Against Ethanol Mandate (Infographic)

Ethanol continues to be a political football, with the alcohol fuel coming under fire from the auto industry, environmental pressure groups, and others. The latest to line up... read more July 23, 2012 by  11


 
Big square baler harvesting wheat straw for production of cellulosic ethanol

Ethanol Goals Passed By Congress Cannot Be Met: New Study

Ethanol has been problematic for several years now. Promoted as a way for the U.S. to grow its own vehicle fuel, the alcohol was so popular several years ago that Congress... read more May 3, 2012 by  6


 
2012 Chevrolet Volt

Get A Bullfrog With Your Volt? In Canada, It's Not What It Seems

If you think that the Chevrolet Volt Bullfrog Power Edition sounds like a rather odd limited edition model, we can understand the confusion. It's nothing to do with the... read more February 13, 2012 by  1


 
Electric power plant outside Ithaca, New York

For Your Consideration: A Handful Of Energy Facts To Ponder

It's pretty clear that the United States has absolutely no energy policy at the moment. Attempts at long-term planning to reduce energy use are largely stalled in the toxic... read more September 8, 2011 by  6


 
All ALMS' GTC-category cars use E85 Photo: Anne Proffit

Racing Goes Green: ALMS Focused On Reducing Environmental Impact

Automobile racing isn’t the first sport that comes to mind when one ponders alternative energy or environmental causes. That said, not all racing series are alike: the... read more July 13, 2011 by  4


 
2011 Tesla Roadster Sport. Photo by Joe Nuxoll.

Tesla Electric Car Plus Solar Power Equals Zero-Cost Driving (Video)

Almost every Tesla Roadster owner is probably a car enthusiast, but Mike Koenigs is also a true clean-power activist. First, he set up a “Life with Tesla” website... read more June 30, 2011 by  7


 
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