Vanderbilt Improves Batteries With Quantum Dots; Ryder Uses Biomethane
Here's what happened at the 2015 World Solar Challenge. Iron pyrite nanoparticles improve battery performance. The army will test a fuel cell vehicle from GM. Two Ryder stations are switching to biomethane.
Audi is supporting Part-Time Scientists, Germany's Lunar Xprize team, by helping to develop this solar-powered, all-wheel drive moon rover that's set to launch into space by the end of 2017. Check it out ahead of tonight's red lunar eclipse.
A new video shows how happy retailers are with E15. While the output of onboard chargers improves, lower power ratings continue to dominate. SolarCity says Tesla's battery makes solar systems two-thirds cheaper.
Powertree To Rent Solar Parking Spots; Marco Andretti Races In Formula E
Elon Musk answers Reddit questions, SF company to offer solar EV charging at apartments, IHS predicts green car growth despite cheap oil, Honda releases its annual environmental report and Marco Andretti races for family team in Formula E.
Volkswagen Reports Environmental Program Is Doing Well; Beijing's EV Registration Lottery Flops; Dealer Protection Laws Hurt EV Adoption
Tesla has revealed the details of the upgrade of its Fremont, CA factory. One major change is the addition of a dedicated production space for the dual-motor P85D version of the Model S. Robots will be doing the battery installation on the Model S to save some time, and new export docks allow Tesla to get the cars out the door and on the way to their new owners more quickly. The new robots that move the cars around the factory have been named after X-Men characters, which makes our inner geeks s
KiOR Biofuel Company Bankrupt; Car2go To Hit 1 Million Users; VIA eREV Vans EPA Certified
Biofuel company KiOR has filed for bankruptcy. KiOR, which was born out of a partnership between Khosla Ventures and Dutch biofuel startup BIOeCON, has debts numbering $261.31 million, with just $58.27 million in assets. The company produced biocrude from cellulosic biomass, but was unable to meet its production targets at its facility in Columbus, MS, and was also facing quality problems and accused mismanagement. KiOR shuttered its biocrude plant earlier this year, and suffered a huge loss in
SolaRoad Might Not Be The Best Use Of Solar, But It Sure Is Interesting
There's just something appealing about the idea of a solar-powered road. Letting that ugly ribbon through the countryside generate power, interact smartly with cars, bikes and pedestrians and even charging up your electric car. It all just seems magical, doesn't it? Well, yes, which is why there are so many critics of a small (230 feet), $3.7 million solar bike path test space that was just installed in Holland.
We're not sure which is more impressive: that a team of Australian students set a new distance-speed record for an electric vehicle or the fact that the driver got that little solar-powered bad boy up to 82 miles per hour. Either way, the Sunswift team at University of New South Wales (NSW) has earned the right to crow about their solar-powered EV. It broke a record that stood for 26 years.
Foodlogica Delivers Food By Solar Trike; Ten9 Wants 1 Billion People To Adopt Sustainable Transport By 2025.
Hyundai and Kia are once again considering bringing diesel vehicles to the US. "It's something that's a strong consideration for us at this point," says John Juriga of Hyundai/Kia America. Diesel would help the group meet future fuel economy standards. While the obstacles that previously kept the brands from bringing diesel to the US in the past still exist, Juriga says they see a "more direct path" to making diesel work for them. Hyundai and Kia are also considering introducing cylinder deactiv
ARCA Racer Says NASCAR Fans Are Ready For Green Message
Leilani Münter is putting a red, white and blue spin on green at the Kansas Speedway tonight. That's where the eco-minded racer is debuting her Energy Freedom car with the message that people should be able to choose how clean they want their energy to be.
The Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive will get its own version of the PlugShare charging-station locator app. Developed by Recargo with the help of Daimler, the vehicle-specific app will be integrated into the car's navigation system. The system maps the location of nearby charging stations from various networks. So far, Mercedes-Benz doesn't offer a universal pay service for the various charging networks, like those offered by BMW and Nissan. Read more at Green Car Reports.
Bike Lanes Could Help Traffic Flow; Who Rides Public Transit?
Elon Musk and his cousin, Lyndon Rive, spoke about their ideas for solar power and energy storage at a private conference in New York. Musk, the Tesla CEO and Rive, CEO of SolarCity, said that within 10 years, every solar system SolarCity sells will come with battery storage, and that it will be cheaper than getting energy from a utility company. Tesla, which provides battery packs for SolarCity, will set aside a portion of its Gigafactory's production capacity for grid-scale energy storage. Riv