Category Archives: alternative fuels

Southern California Edison on Emerging Plug and Play Grid

The goal of an as yet undetermined number of people is to get off the grid entirely, of course. Continue reading

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Chevrolet Bolt EV Range Rated at 238 Miles by EPA

GM is hoping a taxpayer subsidy via a federal tax credit of up to $7,500 will make the EV saleable in what is a moribund market segment. Continue reading

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Army, GM to Show Colorado-Based Fuel Cell EV

Neither GM nor TARDEC released vehicle specifications, but the Army said it is focusing on the technology and its capabilities, irrespective of the platform. Continue reading

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Fuel Cell Pricing Wars – 2017 Hyundai Tucson, Toyota Mirai

Fueling infrastructure – the lack thereof – is the giant problem with hydrogen fuels and assorted technologies. Continue reading

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Biofuels – Academic Food Fight on Global Warming

The crux of environmental justification is based on the assumption that biofuels, as renewable alternatives to fossil fuels, are inherently carbon neutral because the carbon dioxide released when they are burned was derived from CO2 that the growing corn or soybean plants pulled from the atmosphere through photosynthesis. Continue reading

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Toyota Kicks off Hydrogen Horizon Automotive Challenge

During the program, teams of high school students have the opportunity to build their own fuel cell remote-control vehicles and learn first-hand about the future of fuel cell technology. Continue reading

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FMC to Triple Lithium Hydroxide Output – Betting on EVs, Hybrids

Year- to-date with a state of the art hybrid, the Chevrolet Volt has sold 6000 units. The comparably sized Chevrolet Cruze sold 14,000. Production of the Cadillac ELR – a version of the Cruze on sale since 2014 – ended a few months ago. Continue reading

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The Force is with a Camaro SS in Funny Car

The new Funny Car body is the first based on the sixth-generation Camaro SS. Continue reading

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Toyota Prius Sets Parade Record at Alameda Air Field

More significant than a publicity stunt / photo op is that Toyota and Lexus have double the number of hybrids on the roads than any other auto manufacturer. Continue reading

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Nissan’s “No Charge to Charge” Aims to Revive EV Sales

Nissan LEAF EV sales during 2015 of 17,000 declined -43% when the overall light vehicle market grew almost 6% in the U.S.. Continue reading

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Chevrolet Bolt – Rerun Debut at NAIAS after CES

The Bolt EV is said to have more than 200 miles of range on a full battery charge. The expected selling price should be below $30,000 after Federal tax credits when the Bolt EV goes into production before the end … Continue reading

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Largest US Market for Zero Emission Vehicles is California

California is and likely will remain the largest market for zero emission vehicles in the United States because of the state’s increasingly stringent ZEV mandate. Continue reading

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More EV Charging Stations for COP21 in Paris

France already has about 10,000 quick and standard charging spots. In the Paris region alone, there are more than 4,000 spots, making Paris one of the most “plugged in” cities in Europe. Continue reading

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GM, US Army to Build Off-Road Hydrogen Fuel Cell Colorado

In 2007, GM launched “Project Driveway,” a 119-vehicle fleet of hydrogen fuel cell-equipped Chevrolet Equinoxes that were driven in daily use for more than 3 million miles by more than 5,000 consumers. Like so many advanced GM programs, commercial applications never saw the pavement. Honda and Toyota have fuels cells in use now by civilians. Continue reading

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Toyota Turns Landfill Methane into Cars

Toyota’s Georgetown, Kentucky manufacturing plant will begin generating electricity from methane, a byproduct of garbage decomposition at the nearby Central Kentucky Landfill next week. Capturing and burning the methane is said by the EPA to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Continue reading

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