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Nissan Electric Cars Invade Bhutan

February 23rd, 2014 | by Guest Contributor

Photo of a Leaf negotiating Thimphu, capital city of Bhutan, released by Nissan 2/21/14. A new agreement between leading EV manufacturer Renault-Nissan and the Asian mountain nation of Bhutan looks like a win for both parties, and a great development&hellip

New Florida Plant Can Make Ethanol from Grass and Garbage

August 6th, 2013 | by Jo Borrás

The INEOS plant heats organic materials in collected organic waste materials (food, yard clippings, etc.) which produces a mixture of carbon monoxide and hydrogen. Bacteria feed on the heated waste to ferment the gas and create ethanol. The company says it intends to begin selling ethanol to US fuel companies and plans to release its first shipments later this month

Dear Government, When do Cyclists Start to Matter?

June 19th, 2013 | by Jo Borrás

I was riding in the bike lane on Toronto’s Harbord Street last week during the afternoon rush hour and thought boy, there sure are a lot of bikes, so many that I stopped to take a photo of them. It turns out that this wasn’t an aberration, but a significant trend. Cycle Toronto recently did a traffic count and found that in the course of a day, fully 45% of the vehicles on Harbord Street were bicycles

Op-Ed: Big Oil Tells More Lies About Ethanol, Only Idiots Believe Them

June 11th, 2013 | by Jo Borrás

In a legal brief filed with the US Supreme Court, the American Petroleum Institute – a powerful, well-funded lobbyist group that represents more than 500 oil and natural gas companies – insisted that transportation fuels containing 15 percent ethanol (E15) could damage cars and trucks. Should we believe them

Infrastructure Horror: Thousands of Bridges Could Fail Without Warning

June 4th, 2013 | by Jo Borrás

America's transportation infrastructure is in bad shape. Just how bad, though, is something we don't really hear about - and, when we do, the news is usually horrifying. Consider: according to a number of reports, there are literally thousands of bridges across the country that could collapsing if - get this - just a single part fails

Federal Government To Double Hybrid Fleet

April 30th, 2013 | by Christopher DeMorro

While not as big of an issue as it once was, the rising Federal deficit remains of grave concern to many politicians. With fuel expenditures a huge expense for governments at all levels, the Federal government is looking to double the size of its hybrid fleet, a move it says will (eventually) save a million gallons of fuel per year

Congress Considering A Pay-Per-Mile Road Tax

February 12th, 2013 | by Andrew Meggison

With gas taxes bringing in less and less revenue, states like Massachusetts and Washington are considering a pay per mile tax. This idea of charging drivers a taxed based on how much they drive is even being bandied about Congress. Basically a pay per mile tax, or Vehicle Mile Tax, would charge American drivers per mile driven instead of charging the current 18.4 cent-per-gallon Federal gasoline tax they pay now

China’s Wanxiang Buys Battery Maker A123 Systems For $260 Million

December 10th, 2012 | by Christopher DeMorro

Call it the worst case scenario come true. After going through a court-managed bankruptcy and auction, defunct EV battery maker A123 Systems has been (mostly) sold to Chinese auto parts maker Wanxiang group The selling price of $256.6 million was the highest bid, though the sale still has to be approved by the government

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