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6 Really Cool Electric Car Apps

6 Really Cool Electric Car Apps

Despite all their environmental benefits, 87 percent of consumers are still skeptical about electric cars, Consumer Reports found. People cite several reasons for their reluctance when it comes to electric vehicles, including price, reported safety concerns and range limitations. If you want to drive an electric vehicle, we’ve got the best electric car apps to


The Future of Electric Utilities

Traditionally, electric utilities have been in the business of providing reliable power to their customers.  Prices for each class of customer are fixed by state regulators and a customer’s choice is pretty much limited to whether they want to turn on the switch or not.  Much of the EDF Smart Power initiative is focused on


The 100th Anniversary of the Invention of the ‘Assembly Line’

“Innovation can come in a variety of forms, but it’s particularly powerful when technological innovation and procedural innovation are combined. In 1913 in Highland Park, Michigan – a city within the city of Detroit – Henry Ford debuted the first moving assembly line.  The automobile was, in its own right, one of the most miraculous


Why Electrical Charge Strips Could Revolutionize Superconductivity

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory have identified a series of clues that particular arrangements of electrical charges known as “stripes” may play a role in superconductivity—the ability of some materials to carry electric current with no energy loss. But uncovering the detailed relationship between these stripe patterns and the


Why Elon Musk is a ROCKSTAR

The man is a rockstar. A solar superhero. Websters Dictionary defines an entrepreneur as a person who organizes, manages, and assumes considerable risk of an enterprise. Creator of Zip2, which he sold and pocketed over $22 million, and X.com, which later became PayPal and made him more than $165 million in stock options, Elon Musk


Electric Car Throwdown: BMW vs. Tesla

Tesla motors has company in the luxury electric vehicle market. BMW recently revealed its first mass-produced electric vehicle, dubbed the BMW i3. According to Business Insider, this futuristic-looking two-door coup will hit the U.S. market in 2014 and retail for $41,000. That’s significantly cheaper than the Tesla Model S electric car, which starts at a


In Focus: Green Walls

As the modern sustainability movement tightens its tendrils on current design trends, ‘green walls’ (or vertical gardens) are becoming increasingly popular as the eco-friendly among us reap the benefits of injecting life, quite literally, into our home interiors. These stunningly serene green walls are not only aesthetically pleasing and perfectly in keeping with the primitive


Energy Efficient Transportation Could Save Cities $70 Trillion

Serious investments in improving the energy efficiency of urban transportation systems would have a huge payback for cities around the world to the tune of $70 trillion in savings, says the International Energy Agency (IEA). The savings comes from money that no longer has to be spent on vehicles, fuel and infrastructure. The need for cities to act is urgent, IEA


Does Congestion Charging Work?

In this infographic put together by Car Finance 24/7 we inspect the most controversial topic in transport: the congestion charge. Typically Congestion Charging aims for 3 main goals: The first one being the reduction of congestion in busy urban areas. The aim is to encourage motorists to reconsider their travel habits. The second goal is to raise


Tesla Joins Nasdaq 100

Shares of Tesla Motors (Nasdaq: TSLA) hit another record high today, after NASDAQ announced it would join the NASDAQ-100 index. Tesla, the best performing automaker this year, has seen its shares jump to $125, up 259% so far in 2013. Yesterday NASDAQ announced Tesla would replace Oracle Corp. in the index as of July 15th. Oracle is moving from Nasdaq


Honda & GM Team Up On Next Generation Fuel Cells

General Motors and Honda announced a long-term, definitive master agreement to co-develop next-generation fuel cell system and hydrogen storage technologies, aiming for the 2020 time frame. The collaboration expects to succeed by sharing expertise, economies of scale and common sourcing strategies. GM and Honda plan to work together with stakeholders to further advance refueling infrastructure,


$600M Solar Testing Facility Coming to Texas A&M

Last week Texas A&M University-Central Texas announced ambitious plans to build a $600 million solar testing facility, which it said would be the largest in the world. The university is partnering with the Center for Solar Energy to develop a roughly 800-acre site. It will also include a solar farm that will power the campus.