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Plug-In Electric-Car Sales Will Bounce Back After 2015 Decline: Report

Plug-In Electric-Car Sales Will Bounce Back After 2015 Decline: Report

Despite record overall new-car deliveries, the market for electric cars and plug-in hybrids actually declined slightly in 2015. Plug-in car deliveries stood at around 115,000 units, down from around 120,000 in 2014. The results so far for January--historically a rough month for car sales... read more

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Teaser for Chevrolet Colorado hydrogen fuel-cell research vehicle

Hydrogen For Military Use: Chevy Colorado Fuel-Cell Truck

While General Motors has cut back its fuel-cell research efforts for passenger cars, it has joined forces with the U.S. Army to build a Chevrolet Colorado mid-size pickup... read more November 23, 2015 by


 
Oil field (Image: Flickr user johnny choura, used under CC license)

Why Exxon Is Attacking The Media Over Climate Change Research

Beginning in the 1970s, Exxon conducted research that confirmed the occurrence of climate change, and that the burning of fossil fuels is a major contributor to it. But--at... read more November 12, 2015 by


 
Vauxhall Ampera

Younger Car Buyers In U.K. Want Electric Cars Far More Than Older

Electric cars represent a relatively small number of new-car sales today, but could a change in buyer demographics change that? Cars with plugs still seem fairly alien to... read more October 23, 2015 by


 
Carbon nanitube optical rectenna [Image: Rob Felt, Georgia Tech]

From Sunlight To Electricity: First Optical Rectenna Created In Lab

It's been the dream of visionaries for decades: Sunlight converted into direct current to use for recharging emission-free electric cars. Photovoltaic cells offer that... read more October 12, 2015 by


 
Flow-cell battery prototype developed by Harvard University

Flow Batteries Could Back An Affordable Tesla Powerwall Rival

As renewable-energy use becomes more widespread, energy storage could become a major business. Using stationary battery packs to store energy increases the effectiveness of... read more October 2, 2015 by


 
2015 Ford Focus Electric

Electric Cars Cut Greenhouse Gases, Energy Use: New EPRI-NRDC Study

Electric cars charged on the grid generally have a lower carbon footprint than internal-combustion vehicles--and their wells-to-wheels carbon emissions only shrink as more... read more September 23, 2015 by


 
'Diesel fuel only' caution on Audi Q7 TDI

Researchers Modify Oilseed To Lower Viscosity For Use As Biodiesel Fuel

Heading into another U.S. presidential election year, getting more biofuels into the U.S. gasoline supply continues to pose both political and logistical hurdles. But... read more August 17, 2015 by


 
2015 Nissan Leaf

Canadian Plug-in Electric Vehicle Study: 1 Percent To 30 Percent Is The Challenge

Even two years ago, about a third of Canadian car buyers were open to buying a plug-in electric car--but they need a lot more practical and real-world information about the... read more July 21, 2015 by


 
Solar Panels by Flickr user Chandra Marsono

HyperSolar Nears Voltage Needed For Solar Hydrogen Production

What's so magical about 1.5 volts, you may ask? It turns out that it's the practical voltage required to produce hydrogen gas from water using artificial photosynthesis... read more July 1, 2015 by


 
2015 BMW i3 REx  -  Driven, Portland OR, April 2015

Ultra-Efficient BMW Four-Seat Plug-In Hybrid For Research Only, Not Sales: Report

The limited-production Volkswagen XL1 ultra-economy two-seater gets astounding fuel efficiency from its two-cylinder diesel plug-in hybrid powertrain. It's well over 100... read more June 17, 2015 by


 
2015 Tesla Model S P85D - 'Chiseled by man and nature'  [photo: George Parrott]

Tesla Not Disruptive, Future Is Tiny Electric 'Golf Carts': Harvard Scholar

Friday's the day we use for the stranger and more oddball stories in our lineup, and one of the more unusual we've seen in a while comes from Harvard University. It's an... read more May 29, 2015 by


 
Faradion prototype electric bicycle powered by sodium-ion battery pack

Faradion Electric Bike: Prototype Powered By Sodium-Ion Batteries

Lithium-ion battery cells are currently dominant in electric cars and energy storage, but researchers are constantly looking to improve on them. The need to increase the... read more May 24, 2015 by


 
Big square baler harvesting wheat straw for production of cellulosic ethanol

Biofuels: Don't Assume They're All Carbon-Neutral, New Study Warns

To many, biofuels seem like the ultimate compromise between lower carbon emissions and practicality. It's easy to see the appeal of fuels billed as cleaner replacements for... read more May 13, 2015 by


 
A123 Systems lithium-ion battery cells

Is The Elusive 'Ideal' Electric-Car Battery Hiding In Plain Sight?

Andy Thomson is at the white-knuckled, breath-sucking end of his electric car’s range. His battery is almost flatlining. It’s minus 26 Celsius outside on the... read more May 12, 2015 by


 
NASA battery-powered airplane 'Greased Lightning'

New Battery And Energy Research And Technology: What We're Reading

Modern electric cars have been on sale for over four years, and in that time they've proven that battery power works in the real world. Now, they're being joined by the first... read more May 10, 2015 by


 

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