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Treehuggers and gearheads unite! Long viewed as primarily the green-car enthusiast's domain, electric vehicles can actually be just as satisfactory for pedal-mashers, provided that there's a charging system nearby, writes Blake Herrschaft for the Rocky Mountain Institute.


The Rocky Mountain Institute has worked on transportation projects before – see the Hypercar and its evolved kin, the Bright IDEA van, or Project Get Ready – so two the new videos from RMI aren't a surprise. What they are, though, is a refinement of the Institute's longstanding solutions for more efficient vehicles: reduce weight, push governments to support what RMI calls "Revolutionary+ vehicles," encourage next-gen biofuels (i.e., non-corn-based ethanol), encouraging people to use

Want to help the country meet or beat President Obama's goal of 1 million plug-in cars by 2015? Perhaps, by working with like-minded folks at the community level to knock down barriers and help set up infrastructure, you can. Project Get Ready is a non-profit initiative that has emerged from the Rocky Mountain Institute's (RMI) Smart Garage Summit to help accomplish just that. They've already signed up three cities and are looking for more. To help guide interested individuals, their freshly lau

Amory Lovins - co-founder and chairman of the Rocky Mountain Institute was interviewed by Newsweek columnist Fareed Zakaria last week. Lovins and the Institute he helped create have a very good reputation. They sit up on their mountain and think big thoughts, thoughts that we should be thinking for ourselves.

The concept of vehicle-to-grid (V2G) power sharing has been mentioned on our site quite a few times in the past. For one instance, check out our interview with Michael Brylawski, a member from the Rocky Mountain Institute. The basic principle here is that electric cars charged at night while electricity is cheap can actually give some of that power back during the day when electricity costs more, and the owners of the vehicle that is giving that power back can get a credit towards the purchase o

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As part of Wal-Mart's program to double the fuel efficiency of its heavy-duty truck fleet in 10 yeas, not only have they just announced that they're investigating dual-mode, diesel-electric drivetrains, but other cutting edge truck technologies may be on the way as well. The Rocky Mountain Institute, who developed the Hypercar concept, has been working with Wal-Mart to redesign its truck platform with the focus on aerodynamics, tires, transmissions, and auxiliary power systems.

The Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI), a non-profit organisation, was established in 1982 by resource analysts L. Hunter Lovins and Amory B. Lovins in response to the oil crisis of the late 1970s and early 1980s to examine and consult on energy policy. RMI now has around 40 full-time staff and consults to extensively to the automotive industry, amongst others.