California EV Company Hits One Billion Kilometer Milestone 1.5 Years Earlier
Just a few weeks ago, Nissan announced that its customers have driven over a billion electric kilometers in the four years that the world's best-selling EV has been on the road. That heady milestone means, Nissan says, that the Leaf has saved 180 million kilograms of CO2 emissions around the world.
We've been hearing for a while that the steady drop in US fuel prices are hurting sales of fuel-efficient cars like hybrids and plug-ins. As far as driving habits, though? Lower prices are the pump are having little impact on how much people are behind the wheel, according to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA).
While 2014 has been a big year for plug-in vehicle sales – the biggest ever, in fact – the overall numbers are still small. In fact, a new study by The Research Capsule says that sale are "geographically inconsistent" and that only five countries will end the year with more than 10,000 EV sales.
Renault Announces Suite Of Sustainable Mobility Projects; Leaf Owners Love Their Cars
Honda has released its "Green Dealer" Guide to the public. The guide, which is used to outline ways for Honda and Acura dealerships to be more environmentally responsible can also help other businesses take the same steps to green up their practices, save energy and even save money in the process. The guide, which ranks dealers based on a points system, provides incentive to dealerships to implement the environmentally practices, but it also helps Honda assert itself as a leader for green busine
The folks over at the EV West conversion shop are no strangers to video cameras, having put up a fair amount of footage on their YouTube channel over the years. Now though, they've decided to make their appearance on the web a more regular affair with the debut of the monthly EV Show. It aims, they say, to bring viewers the latest news in the electric vehicle industry, product information and a look at some of the projects they're working on.
Street Legal Formula-Style Racer Now Up For Crowdfunding
UPDATE: Looks like there's been a last-minute name change. Instead of the Predator's PC010 St, this vehicle is now the Egoista Motors' EM01 Stradale Project. Check out the live crowdfunding campaign here and the Facebook page here.
The BMW i8 is now available as a rental from LA-based, green-car-focused MPG Car Rental. The service allows those curious about the car to give it a try without committing to buy one, or to serve as a test drive if the dealership doesn't have one available. It also allows those on a waiting list to purchase the i8 to take some of the sting out of the wait and get behind the wheel much sooner. And, of course, renting the i8 is a way to dress up your drive for a night on the town. Read more in the
Three hundred miles down, 2,100 to go. Green-car advocates can soon travel a bit of American history thanks to a public-private collaboration that is stringing together some plug-in vehicle charging stations along the Illinois stretch of historic Route 66. Heck, maybe there will be some wind-powered electricity from Chicago.
One Of The World's Largest Green Car Gatherings In A Place That Needs It
There were any number of things said at the Michelin Challenge Bibendum last week that could easily be taken as platitudes. In the opening address by the CEO of the Michelin Group, Jean-Dominique Senard, for example, we have this: the Challenge has "the goal of imagining and creating the mobility of the future." Does that even have a meaning?
The air in Los Angeles is better than it has been in the past, but that isn't stopping four environmental and health groups from suing the EPA to do a better job. Two national groups (the Sierra Club and the Natural Resources Defense Council) are filing the lawsuit with two local groups (Physicians for Social Responsibility-Los Angeles and Communities for a Better Environment) in the Ninth US Circuit Court of Appeals against the EPA's "deficient smog plan," as Earth justice attorney Adrian Marti
Slovenia's Andrej Pecjak Had Kilometers To Spare After Reaching Croatia
There's a lot of EV love going on in Slovenia. While we've heard about the country's biofuel work before, the electric vehicle scene has thus far escaped our radar. This will no longer be the case, thanks to the work of Andrej Pecjak and the crew at the Metron Institut.
Istanbul University Student Team Creates Long-Range Electric Prototype
So much for the concept of starving college students. A group of engineering students from Turkey's Istanbul University has built one cool-looking electric vehicle that toured the country last month. The car, designed as a prototype for future versions, wasn't cheap, though, as more than $200,000 was sunk into it. Not exactly GM-splurges-on-the-Chevy-Volt numbers, but heady stuff for a college group. The car has a sleek look that may remind some of either General Motors' EV or the first incarnat
Company Might Be Forbidden From Selling Cars, But Fans Can Still Talk To Each Other
A month or so ago, the Iowa Department of Transportation stepped in to prevent Tesla Motors not only from selling the Model S in the state, but even from offering test drives. That move didn't sit right with some people, but it's not stopping the EV-curious in Iowa from learning about the popular electric vehicle thanks to Tesla's dedicated fan base.
Like the University of Georgia and its punchy Bulldog mascot, Georgia's electric-vehicle advocates are about to get a little more pugilistic, says the Atlanta Business Chronicle. That's because, for the second straight year, some state politicos may look to end Georgia's electric-vehicle subsidy. Count the EV Club of the South among those looking to take up the fight.
DOD Says Uncertain Cause 'Cannot Be An Excuse For Delaying Action'
In case the Pentagon didn't make it clear enough that climate change is a real and dangerous thing in its Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) earlier this year, perhaps the new Climate Change Adaptation Roadmap (PDF) will drive the point home. Some of the content is roughly the same, but that title sure makes it sound more desperate.
Is it a feature or a bug? According to AutoblogGreen reader Francois Viau, the locking mechanism that holds the 110V trickle charge cable to his Nissan Leaf is too weak, and that's a problem. That's because while he thought the cable was locked to his car during a charge session at work, someone stole the cable, and it cost him $2,200 to replace it (in Canadian dollars, from the Nissan dealer). To see just how easy it is to unlock the mechanism, Viau had a "small assistant" jimmy it open with a
We've said it before, we'll said it again: Bob Lutz gives great quotes. From his toilet-themed opinion of global warming to Toyota's deity status, the man knows how to get your attention. His latest? Saying that Tesla Motors is and will remain a fringe brand. Take that, Tesla fanbois.
Since National Plug In Day became National Drive Electric Week this year, electric-vehicle advocates, or at least the greedier ones, perhaps hoped for a sevenfold increase in attendance. Even though that didn't quite happen, the number of people who showed up to celebrate all that is electric and drives certainly surged. Some even broke a world record for good measure.
Rockefellers Divest From Fossil Fuels, And Much More
Is it just us, or did something happen at that 2014 United Nations Climate Summit in New York City this week? The largest-ever climate change march took place in the city and the headlines were full of interesting items, from the famous oil family the Rockefellers divesting their charity from fossil fuels to Google telling ALEC goodbye over climate change lies. World leaders from wildly different countries gave speeches detailing what they plan to do on the issue of climate change. US president
Three years ago, an Ottawa resident embarked on an effort to turn a $30 camera into a Tesla Roadster electric vehicle purely through the magic of bartering. Today, he's halfway to his goal. Sort of. Martin Provost, known for his Tesla Trade Up blog, has traded his way up to a $2,000 Pedego Comfort Cruiser electric bike, and it came from the CEO of Pedego, no less. If you're keeping track, that's two wheels out of the four that he's taken down. See, half way.