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Natural Gas Vehicles: More Support Needed

Natural Gas Vehicles: More Support Needed

While natural gas is abundant in the United States, its full potential has yet to be reached. Compared to traditional fuels, it is a more economical and reliable energy source and it is cleaner and safer. But due to the lack of infrastructure, and the high costs associated with extraction, it hasn’t been used as much


WOW: Airplanes More Energy Efficient Than Cars

While most people think driving a car is better for the environment than flying in an airplane, that’s not necessarily true because airplane engines are getting much more efficient. In fact, unless you drive a car that gets 33.8 gallons per mile (or carry more than one passenger), new airplanes coming off the assembly line are more fuel-efficient, according


Electric Car Drivers: Major Tempers?

Electric cars parked at charging stations at offices and public spaces in California’s Silicon Valley have been unplugged by frustrated fellow electric car drivers looking for a spot to plug in. A Chevy Volt owner complained publicly on an Internet message board that a Nissan Leaf owner had unplugged his car without explanation. On Twitter,


6 Million+ Hybrids Sold by Toyota

Talk about a milestone. The grandfather of hybrid vehicles, Toyota Motor Company, announced on Tuesday they are launching even more of the energy efficient cars after passing the six million global vehicles sold mark. In total, the 6.072 million hybrids moved include all of Toyota’s brands, including Lexus and other regional names. The figure is current as of December

China Goes Big on Electric Car Sharing Plan

What would it take to put more drivers behind the wheel of electric cars, in order to reduce pollution and dependence on oil? Perhaps by taking a hint from what’s happening right now in Hangzhou, China. With less than 1% of American households currently owning or driving an electric vehicle, there’s a huge opportunity for growth in


Nissan Leaf Driver Steals Energy from School

Kaveh Kamooneh says he was just trying to get a little juice while he watched his middle-school-aged son play tennis. Instead, he was arrested. Kamooneh plugged his Nissan Leaf into a 110-volt outlet at Chamblee Middle School in Georgia, according to local news reports. Shortly afterwards, a police officer told him he would be charged with


Mercedes + Tesla = B-Class Electric Drive

Electric cars are gaining serious momentum, and the number of car makers that start investing in electric vehicle technology is constantly increasing, as they realize that the demand for this type of vehicles is only going to go up in the future. Although Mercedes-Benz entered the electric car market a bit later than its competitors,


Treehouse’s One-Stop Shop for Solar

Few people walk into a car dealership and ask to see all of the 2.0 liter engines or only the 200 horsepower cars. Those technical specs are important, but most people shop by model, price or features. Yet homeowners that want to install solar panels often find themselves buried in a mound of technical details


Toyota and BMW Work on Hybrid Car

If ever there was going to be a “cool” car amongst hybrids, the brainchild of Toyota and BMW would likely go to the top of the list. While the Japanese automaker has held the upper hand in almost every category of “new wave” vehicles since the late 1990s, the tag “elite” isn’t applied as often


Tesla Motors: Building A Hybrid Battery System?

A family of Tesla patents and pending applications relating to a hybrid battery system has been generating a bit of buzz (see, e.g., Cleantechnica’s story here). The patent family includes U.S. Patent Nos. 8,190,320, 8,450, 974, 8,471,521 and 8,543,270 as well as U.S. Patent Application Publication Nos. 2013/0181511 (’511 Application) and 2013/0187591 (’591 Application), some of which are entitled “Electric