When You Talk To The Fans, You Find People Who Are Loving EVs
We spent the day wandering around the Formula E debut in Miami, watching the many fast cars and wondering what the many fans thought about these electric speed demons. Turns out, people like fast things.
Work Continues By Hyperloop Transportation Technologies
Hyperloop Transportation Technologies intends to build a five-mile circuit next year as the centerpiece of a planned community in California. The short course wouldn't allow for the high speeds that could be possible from a longer design, but it allows the company to work out pod designs.
Pavegen Tiles Would Even Generate Electricity From Walkers
The design firm Gensler won an award for its proposal called the Underline to convert unused rail tunnels underneath London into routes for pedestrians and cyclists. The pathways would generate some of their own electricity from special tiles that collect the kinetic energy from people walking on them.
President Obama's budget proposal includes a plan to increase the federal tax incentive on EVs and plug-in hybrids to $10,000 and immediately slash the money off the price of green vehicles at purchase. It would also broaden the credit to be applicable to compressed-natural-gas-fueled models.
What do we need to have happen first? Have more people buy electric vehicles, or provide charging stations for EV drivers to plug into? Two researchers believe the government could stimulate the electric-car market by building more chargers. It might be even more worthwhile than offering tax credits.
Though the Apple Watch is not yet on sale, software developers already have a version of the Tesla Model S iPhone App running for it. The functionality is somewhat limited at the moment, but it shows what could be possible from the gadget in the very near future.
September 12-20 will be the fifth annual National Electric Drive Week. Now a global event, Plug In America, the Sierra Club and the Electric Auto Association work with local organizers to put on events that get the public hands-on with EVs, plug-in hybrids and electric motorcycles.
We take a walk about the Washington Auto Show with Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz – and are then told we can't film him. So, instead, we just go look at the mostly empty displays on the first (and only) media day and made a little video.
A few weeks ago, the University of Minnesota released a study on the environmental costs of alternative fuels. Not really a big news kind of event, right? Well, the study made a splash and generated lots of "Oh, really?" kinds of headlines. Those weren't the most accurate ones possible.
The outlandish Hyperloop, from the brain of Elon Musk, is getting some real-world traction thanks to the Hyperloop Transportation Technologies and a new "crowdstorm" document describing how it could work.
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).