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Solar Power Initiative By DoE Could Make Grid Electricity Cleaner, Cheaper

Solar Power Initiative By DoE Could Make Grid Electricity Cleaner, Cheaper

Some of our electric car-owning readers already reap the benefits of solar energy with roof-mounted panels, but on a grid level solar still has a long way to go. The U.S. Department of Energy wants to change that, revealing targets that would mean one third of the Western U.S. energy demands could... read more

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Fold-out solar pavilion for Volvo V60 Plug-In Hybrid (Image: Synthesis Design + Architecture)

Is This Volvo Solar Pavilion The Ultimate Electric Car Accessory?

Solar panels are great, but they can be a bit... well, bland sometimes. We can't argue with their benefits, but unless you've a keen eye for photography, they aren't really... read more July 16, 2013 by  6


 
Stanford's Luminos World Solar Challenge car (Image: Stanford Solar Car Project)

Luminos Solar Electric Car For Australian Race Cruises At 55 MPH

The latest United States entry into October's World Solar Challenge in Australia has been unveiled by a team at Stanford University. First held in 1987, the World Solar... read more July 11, 2013 by  3


 
Rusty car (Image: Flickr user Another Seb)

Is Rust The Key To Cleaner, Solar-Generated Hydrogen?

Rust is usually something to be avoided in the automotive world, unless you're a hot-rodder looking for that sun-scorched appearance or a VW scene kid wanting the "rat look"... read more July 9, 2013 by  5


 
University of Michigan's World Solar Challenge car (Photo: Flickr user Michigan Engineering)

University Of Michigan Solar Car Takes Sun Power To New Extremes

If you want to know why road-going electric vehicles aren't powered by solar panels mounted on the roof, here's your answer. Technically it's feasible, but you'd have to do... read more June 20, 2013 by  5


 
Solar Panels by Flickr user Chandra Marsono

World's Largest Coal Company To Use Solar Power In Bid To Cut Energy Costs

It's perfectly reasonable to be skeptical when an alternative energy organization says we should move away from fossil fuels, and likewise reasonable to be skeptical when the... read more June 7, 2013 by  7


 
Photovoltaic solar power field at Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee

Electric Cars Vs. Solar Panels: Which One's The Gateway Drug?

Among the 100,000 or so U.S. drivers with plug-in electric cars, it's widely noted that a lot of them charge their cars using photovoltaic solar arrays. But which comes... read more June 4, 2013 by  64


 
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  70


 
Utah highway

Solar Roads: Is The Future Of Energy Under Our Feet?

Whatever the future energy mix, it's becoming apparent that coal and gas are both hugely consumptive and not entirely great for the environment--even if they provide large... read more April 8, 2013 by  6


 
Lotus Mobile solar charging array (Image: Monarch Power)

Lotus Mobile: A Portable, Affordable Solar Charging Solution?

Given millions of years of adaptation to conditions, it's no surprise that nature is pretty good at doing what it does. Each leaf on a tree, and indeed the shape of a tree's... read more April 2, 2013 by  10


 
Photovoltaic solar power field at Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee

Could Carmakers Sell More Electric Cars With Green Energy Included?

In our experience, owners of electric vehicles are also rather keen on green energy. Where appropriate, many fit solar panels to supply some of their energy needs, and others... read more April 1, 2013 by  3


 
Chiton marine snail could inspire improved battery and solar cell development (Wikimedia Commons)

Snail's Teeth Could Help Develop Future Battery Tech--No, Really

We often cover the progress of battery technologies here on Green Car Reports, and while always of interest, few new discoveries are really that surprising. The potential of... read more March 13, 2013 by 


 
Sunseeker solar glider (Image: Solar Flight)

Next Kind Of Electric Transport: Solar Electric Aircraft?

In utopian visions of the future, we won't have to burn anything to get anywhere. No fossil fuels, no coal, no burning of any sort. For some, that future is already... read more March 4, 2013 by  1


 
SolarCity

Elon Musk & SolarCity Offer Honda, Acura Owners Subsidized Solar Power

Do you own a Honda, or maybe an Acura? You might be eligible for a discount on solar power at your home. If you think that sounds strange, you're right. Why would a solar... read more February 22, 2013 by  11


 
V-Tent solar charging system [Image: Hakan Gursu, Design Nobis]

Solar Tent Keeps Electric Cars Charged When Parked

Solar power and electric cars go hand-in-hand, and many owners equip their homes with solar panels to ensure the electricity they're charging with is as green as possible... read more February 11, 2013 by  5


 
Solar Field, Mojave Desert [Credit: ©2012 Jamey Stillings, courtesy of the Forward Thinking Museum]

What A Really Gigantic Solar Power Plant Looks Like

Viewed from hundreds of feet, individual elements of Solar Field One, part of the Ivanpah power plant in the Mojave Desert take on a hypnotizing, scale-like appearance. The... read more January 25, 2013 by  4


 
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