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UPDATE: 'Under The Dome' Video: China's 'Silent Spring' Air-Pollution Wakeup

UPDATE: 'Under The Dome' Video: China's 'Silent Spring' Air-Pollution Wakeup

The 1962 book Silent Spring and the 2006 documentary An Inconvenient Truth were invaluable in raising awareness of the dangers to human life posed by environmental contamination. Now, perhaps the history of the environmental movement will note a new call to action, from the age of viral videos... read more

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2011 Chevrolet Volt plugged into Coulomb Technologies 240V wall charging unit

Electric Cars Equal Gasoline Cost Of Just 75 Cents A Gallon

The last time you could buy a gallon of gasoline in the U.S. for 75 cents was around the late 1970s. If you own an electric car today though, the price you're paying for... read more July 23, 2014 by 

Photovoltaic solar panels on roof of Honda Smart Home at UC-Davis, California

Residential Solar Competitive With Electricity In 25 States Next Year: NRG CEO

Solar power for your home has been around a long time, but for many homeowners, it's required subsidies, special financing arrangements, and still delivered long payback... read more June 24, 2014 by 

2014 Nissan Leaf

Minnesota Leads Nation, Mandates Off-Peak Electric-Car Charging Rates

Government incentives continue to play an important role in electric-car adoption, encouraging drivers to plug in by sending them checks or giving them solo access to carpool... read more June 23, 2014 by 

Slide showing Tesla Motors gigafactory statistics, from Feb 2014 presentation

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... read more April 7, 2014 by 

Two BNSF locomotives hauling coal trains meet near Wichita Falls, Texas

Proposal: Buy Out, Shut Down U.S. Coal Industry For $50 Billion

Give Felix Kramer credit for thinking big. Twelve years ago, he and others founded CalCars, a group dedicated to promoting plug-in hybrid vehicles with large battery... read more March 12, 2014 by 

Solar Panels by Flickr user Chandra Marsono

Electric Cars & Solar: Will They Make Gasoline & Utilities Obsolete?

These are interesting times in the automotive and electric-utility businesses. While the reasons are different, it turns out they may intersect. It's been quietly discussed... read more January 23, 2014 by 

Plug-in electric cars at PSE+G facility in Newark, New Jersey

How One Electric Utility Encouraged Employees To Use Plug-In Cars

While workplace charging is still a work in progress at most companies, a few progressive corporations and nonprofits now offer incentives to employees to commute in plug-in... read more October 31, 2013 by 

Power plant

The Next Big Emissions Battle Is Not Cars; It's About Coal

The rules for vehicle gas mileage are pretty much locked down from now through 2025. The math is complicated, but vehicles in 2025 will have to reach a fleet-wide average of... read more October 8, 2013 by 

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  71

Nissan Leaf Charging Port Cover

Electric-Car Charging: Why Some Households Are Paying Too Much

Owners of plug-in vehicles like the Nissan Leaf, Chevrolet Volt, and even the new Tesla Model S may be paying too much when they charge their car. Why? Because they... read more September 26, 2012 by  12

GE WattStation Electric Car Charging Station

When Do Electric Cars Really Charge? All At The Same Time

If you’re not an electric car driver, the chances are that how and when electric cars recharge is one of the lesser mysteries of the universe. After all, if every... read more August 23, 2012 by  15

Scenes from dedication of electric-car charging station at Creekside Inn, Palo Alto, CA

Electric-Car Warning: Check Your Utility Bill Carefully!

It is apparently quite possible that the local utility company that provides the power to charge your new electric vehicle may not have "all its ducks in a row" when it comes... read more April 30, 2011 by  8

2011 Chevrolet Volt home charging

Do High Electricity Tariffs Make CA Electric Cars Costly?

California might be considered the U.S. spiritual home of the electric car, but according to a new study by Purdue University in indiana the cost of charging electric cars in... read more January 14, 2011 by  6


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