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Electric Vehicle Revolution Would Cut CO2 Emissions Tremendously

Via EV Obsession: Mass adoption of electric transportation (this includes off-road applications) would lead to substantial reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, according to a new report from the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). The new report — “Environmental Assessment of a Full Electric Transportation Portfolio” — also notes that […]

September 22nd

Chinese Car Company Opens R&D Arm In Silicon Valley

Via EV Obsession: In a very interesting move, the Chinese auto manufacturer Beijing Automotive Industry Holding Company (BAIC) has apparently opened up a new electric vehicle (EV) research and development (R&D) center in Silicon Valley. As it stands now — during the “launch phase” — the research center is reportedly home to 20 employees, who […]

September 16th

Protected Lanes Key To Increasing Urban Bike Usage, 7 Times More Potent

A new nationwide US survey has found that protected bike lanes equipped with physical barriers can have a major impact upon the usage of bicycles by residents, due to the enhanced sense of reassurance they provide to prospective cyclists. (This finding is probably the 500th time this conclusion has been made by scientific research.) The survey […]

September 14th

US Emerges As The Biggest EV Innovator

The US automobile industry has emerged as the biggest innovator in the field of electric vehicles according to a recent analysis of patent and intellectual property data. The analysis of global patent numbers indicates that US auto manufacturers have moved ahead of the pack in the electric vehicle category, despite reports of declining levels of innovation floated […]

September 7th

Autonomous Electric Taxis Could Dropkick Global Warming

Many of us have begun dreaming of a future where most of the cars on the roads are autonomous cars, and of course electric cars. Beyond dreaming, many are expecting this will be a reality before we shed out human flesh and… well, I’ll leave it to you to guess what’s next. But how would that actually […]

July 9th

Sulfur-ion Batteries to be Cheaper, More Energy Dense

A new type of battery that both lithium and sulfur ions is currently being developed at the DOE’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and it promises to outwit, outplay, and outlast the best batteries currently on the market, for a fraction of the cost. How big of a boost does sulfur give “conventional” lithium-ions? The lab’s researchers are reporting that their sulfur ion batteries have approximately four times the energy density of the lithium-ion batteries currently found in electric cars like the Nissan Leaf and Tesla Model S.

June 23rd

Celebrating Progress: A Martian Rover Party On Earth

As most of you know, NASA landed their most advanced rover yet on Mars. However, many Americans were not aware that this was about to happen, or why they should care that we (the taxpayers) just spent $2.6 billion on a nuclear vehicle with a top speed of 5mph. That none of us will ever get to drive. What is the point of this vehicle, and why should we be glad to have spent that money?

August 7th