The Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) lists 12 important clean energy developments of 2015. Stationary solar energy storage made the list, namely the Tesla Powerwall and its German competitor, Sonnenbatterie. RMI notes that electric and autonomous cars are "on the rise," citing the launch of the Tesla Model X and the development and testing of Google's self-driving car. Stricter fuel economy and emissions regulations for heavy-duty trucks are helping to save money and the environment. The Keystone XL oil pipeline was finally shot down, and energy-efficient mobility systems aim to curb oil consumption. Additionally, renewable energy is becoming cheaper and more abundant, with corporations and cities making huge shifts toward greener power. Read the whole list in detail from Energy Efficiency Markets.
The US Navy wants to lease between 400 and 600 electric passenger vehicles. The aquatic branch of the Armed Forces issued a solicitation in hopes of awarding a contract to lease the pure-electric vehicles for use at Navy and Marine Corps installations in California. In addition to the vehicles, the contract could also include services such as web-based telemetry, roadside assistance and preventative maintenance. The one-year contract would have an option for a second and third year. The Navy also recently put the Phoenix ZEUS EV to work at Naval Base Ventura County Port Hueneme. Read more from Green Car Congress.