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Why NASA thinks the Tesla Autopilot is a bad idea

Green Car Reports

Since news broke last month that the driver of a Tesla Model S running on the Autopilot driver-assistance system died in a crash, the technology has inspired intense debate. Regulators are investigating the crash to determine whether the fault was with the human driver, Autopilot itself—or a combination of both. Now, one agency with a.

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Reusing electric-car batteries: great idea, lots of practical challenges

Green Car Reports

In practice, however—especially at scale—the idea turns out to have some practical challenges that must be overcome. In theory, it's a wonderful concept: once their tenure in an electric car is over, lithium-ion battery packs with as much as 70 percent of their energy capacity remaining can be sold and reused.

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Fiat calls for your future transport ideas

Green Cars News

The Italian carmaker is organising a virtual roundtable to invite everyone interes[.].

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Think electric car named top idea of the year

Green Cars News

Electric carmaker, Think is celebrating its city EV being named as one of the ‘100 best ideas of the year’. Spanish magazine Actualidad Económica, a leader in the fields of economics and business dubbed the electric vehicle as one of the top ideas of the year as part of its annual awards. award best idea electric car production Think

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Diesel Fuel From Air: Neat Idea, Very Inefficient Use Of Energy

Green Car Reports

It sounds like an intriguing idea: Make diesel fuel from air rather than fossil-fuel petroleum. Better yet, make it from carbon dioxide--the greenhouse gas whose concentration in the atmosphere has risen precipitously since the dawn of the Industrial Age. Diesel fuel, after all, is a hydrocarbon chain.

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Top ten weird and wonderful transport ideas. The Green Piece

Green Cars News

Tuesday 6 August, 2013. The Green Piece Column. Toyota recently revealed that it was trialling a new mobility device it calls the Winglet.

Supplier ZF: Intriguing EV Ideas, But No Plans To Get In The Battery Business

Green Car Reports

The supplier ZF has designed and engineered a city-sized EV. Yet it has no plans to build such a model; the one-off prototype is just a means for the German supplier, touting its combined capabilities with TRW Automotive, which it finished acquiring earlier this spring, to flex its muscle on safety and efficiency initiatives and show its. EV EVs Z

Open-Source Electric Cars? Umm, No, NOT A Good Idea

Green Car Reports

In the world of software, open source is officially A Good Thing. It enables a far greater creative and technological base to tweak and change a piece of software than might be possible from within the company that created it. Many are keen on the concept of open source electric cars--that is, electric cars where the built-in software can be

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Tesla's Elon Musk Has More New Business Ideas & A Lot To Say

Green Car Reports

If you're Tesla CEO Elon Musk, "always beating the traffic" would be your power of choice, though given Elon's ideas past, present and future, some would argue that it's a long way off what he's actually capable of. If you had a mediocre superpower, what would it be? Musk sat down for a "fireside chat" with Pando Daily, and revealed some

Better Place Battery Swapping: The Technology Behind The Idea

Green Car Reports

Last week, we shared with you our first-hand experience of driving an electric car through a Better Place battery swap station in Israel. Publicly, especially outside of Israel, Better Place’s concept of switching out depleted electric car battery packs for fully charged ones at its proprietary automated switch stations is what the firm is

Latest GOP Slap At Volt: Can't Hold A Gun Rack (Hint: Bad Idea, Boys)

Green Car Reports

Real Americans only drive pickup trucks (imported oil be damned). It's obvious because slaps at green cars and fuel-economy rules have become a staple of political campaigning among certain candidates. Yesterday, Newt Gingrich mocked the current Administration's promotion of fuel-efficient cars in a speech at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa

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GM-Backed Bright Idea Plug-In Hybrid Van To Be Built By AM General

Green Car Reports

Startup Bright Automotive announced last week that, once the company completes its funding, its advanced plug-in hybrid Idea delivery van would be assembled under contract by AM General. How times change.

Fake 'Shifting' For Electric Cars: Dumbest Idea Of The Year

Green Car Reports

Gosh, those crazy electric cars. They're so different and confusing, eh? We've now come across a new and thus-far unparalleled example of just how far people will go to avoid dealing with the realities of electric cars. Which are, of course, smooth, quiet, and torquey, meaning they're fast off the line. We already know the Gummint plans to require

Nissan Pivo3 Concept: New Ideas For A Production Electric Minicar

Green Car Reports

At first glance, Nissan’s Pivo3 concept from this week’s Tokyo Motor Show looks pretty wild: Seating is staggered, with the driver ahead of two passenger seats; wheel-hub motors provide power; and aggressively configured four-wheel steering that allows the nine-foot-long Pivo3 to U-turn on a seven-foot radius. But if you filter out

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Alligator-powered car: the latest biofuel idea

Green Cars News

The latest crazy idea to fuel your car with is one that may make you positively cringe. group of researchers from the University of Louisiana think that alligator fat may make the perfect substitute for fossil-based fuels. According to the New York Times, scientists at the University say that alligator fat could be a [.].

Elon Musk: Daimler Saved Tesla, DoE Loans A Bad Idea

Green Car Reports

In the toughest days of Tesla's early years, CEO Elon Musk said on film, he wired $3 million of his personal fortune to the company so it could make payroll. Now the always-quotable CEO is downplaying the effect the $465 million in U.S. Department of Energy low-interest loan guarantees it received under the government’s Advanced Technology

DOE soliciting ideas for H-Prize topics

Green Car Congress

The US Department of Energy (DOE) Fuel Cell Technologies Program (FCT) is soliciting ( DE-FOA-0000680 ) ideas for H-Prize topics ( earlier post ) and criteria for advancements that would help to enable the widespread commercialization of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies. Hydrogen Production. Hydrogen Distribution. Hydrogen Utilization.

Five Holiday Gift Ideas For Electric Car Drivers

Green Car Reports

With just over two weeks of shopping days left before Christmas, you’ve probably already purchased a lot of your holiday gifts. But while sweaters and socks might be the gifts that you’ve traditionally given, why not look for something a little more fun for the electric vehicle owner in your life? Over the coming weeks we’ll come

Electric scooter is a smart idea

Green Cars News

A electric scooter concept which first appeared at the 2010 Paris Motor Show is to go into production. The escooter from city car maker, smart, will be available on the market from 2014. Two years ago in Paris, smart revealed a portfolio of electrically-powered transport concepts, including smart forwo electric coupe and cabriolet cars, an [.].

Green channel boost to eco-friendly business ideas

Green Cars News

UK firms are being encouraged to make greater use of a so-called ‘green channel’ which helps speed up patent process for innovative eco-friendly ideas to help bring them to market more quickly and provide a boost to business. Green credentials Gordon Murray Design green car

ChargePoint calls PG&E’s proposed 25,000-station charging network a bad idea

Green Car Congress

On Monday, PG&E announced it had filed an application with the California Public Utilities Commission to build out a network of 25,000 electric car charging stations. Allowing one monopoly utility to define the EV charging hardware, network, pricing, features and everything in between, will reduce competition and innovation. —Pasquale Romano.

Has the Green Idea City Invited YOU Yet?

Creative Greenius

Call it a closed session if you want to be really accurate.

Five Holiday gift Ideas For Hybrid Car Drivers

Green Car Reports

Last week, we told you about our Five Holiday Gift Ideas For Electric Car Drivers, and today it’s time to turn our attention There’s just over one week left until Christmas, so we hope you’ve done most of your gift shopping to spare you that last-minute holiday rush.

What ideas are being floated to save Caltrain, and whether it is worth saving?

National Green Transportation

Yesterdays summit meeting to save Caltrain (organized by the Friends of Caltrain; see: Friends of Caltrain seeks to save Peninsula train service from death spiral) was a hubbub of ideas to save and restructure the service. Do you like this story? The same few steps were

Valentine's Day Idea: Wrap Your Car In Hearts And Love

Green Car Reports

Suppose your beloved walked into the garage this morning and found the car covered in pink hearts and declarations of love. That'd be a pretty impressive Valentine's Day gift, right? Well, start your planning for next year, 'cause this one will take more than a last-minute dash to the florist and the card store. Smart USA, which sells the 2011

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Fox Anchor Hates Volt, Loves Infiniti LE, Claims It Was His Idea

Green Car Reports

If you’re a regular here at GreenCarReports, you’ll already be familiar with a Mr. Neil Cavuto, presenter and Senior Vice President of Business News at Fox. He is, in his own words, a vocal electric car skeptic. But something unusual happened during a recent segment on Fox: the 53-year old said something nice about an electric car.

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Electric Cars are for Girls

I am thinking of converting my 89 Honda Civic s/w to an all electric power driven system. really don't want to go to a kit.

Electric-drive cars should fuel, charging is 'dead end,' says NanoFlowcell

Green Car Reports

Well, here's a novel idea for electric-car fans to kick off the week with. Zero-emission cars powered by electric motors shouldn't use batteries that can be recharged, because a public charging network is "a dead end." Instead, they should use flow-cell batteries that can be "refueled" in minutes at centralized filling stations.

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Want a solar panel with your electric car? Tesla bets you do in SolarCity bid

Green Car Reports

In fact, he’s betting nearly $3 billion on the idea. Tesla CEO Elon Musk is betting that electric car buyers want home solar panels in addition to batteries. On Tuesday, Musk announced that Tesla [NYSE: TSLA] would acquire SolarCity, one of the nation’s largest residential and commercial solar power providers. Elon Musk solarcit

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BMW i5 electric crossover SUV in 2019: latest rumor-mill roundup

Green Car Reports

Now, we think we've pieced together a rough idea of the car, its timing, its configuration, and its technology. The next electric BMW has been the subject of intense interest and discussion for many months. The BMW i5 electric crossover SUV (with optional range extender) will likely be unveiled at an auto show sometime next year, and go into.

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The Solar Powered Electric Car From Back In 1960 (Video)

Green Car Reports

But the idea of a solar-powered electric car is far from new. Green Vintage plug-in cars solar

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Honda's Electric Four-Motor CR-Z Prototype: We Drive It

Green Car Reports

The idea of the four-motor electric car has been around since the start of the 20th century. One of Ferdinand Porsche's first ideas, in fact, was the Lohner-Porsche that debuted at the 1900 Paris World Fair, with a hub motor in each front wheel. plug-in cars Sport Hybrid SH-AWD

What Will A Formula E Electric Race-Car Look Like? Here's One Idea (VIDEO)

Green Car Reports

A few weeks ago we told you that the FIA governing body had announced its call for entrants for its new all-electric race car series, Formula E -- and now we’re starting to see interest from potential competitors. Among the first we’ve seen is not a racing team -- but a design for a racing car to be used in the series. Designed by

Bad Idea: Electric Car Charging Stations Doubling Up In Handicapped Spaces?

All Cars Electric

Where is the best place to site an electric car charging station? That’s the question that city planners, shopping malls and parking garages all over the world have to answer as they try to support electric car owners keen to patronize local businesses in exchange for the ability to plug in. But recently, we’ve seen a number of

When Electric-Car Drivers Learn How Gas Cars Work: Video

Green Car Reports

One of the major tasks of electric-car advocates is getting people used to the idea of cars with plugs. Green Humor Videos plug-in cars

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Mercedes Follows Tesla, Will Offer Home Energy Storage Batteries Too

Green Car Reports

Yet that seems to be an idea the world's oldest car manufacturer is. As the newest carmaker on the block, it's perhaps not surprising that Tesla Motors likes to do things differently. That includes reaching beyond the automotive sector with its recently-announced plans to sell standalone battery packs for home and commercial energy storage.

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California Test Track For Elon Musk's Hyperloop To Be Built

Green Car Reports

Tesla's Powerwall home batteries have grabbed headlines recently, but another of Tesla CEO Elon Musk's many big ideas could be reaching an important stage in its development. That would be the "Hyperloop," a system of tubes and windowless pods that's unlike any current form of mass transportation. Elon Musk California mass transit Hyperloop

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Tesla CEO Musk reveals Hyperloop transport idea

Green Cars News

That’s equivalent to travelling around 760mph-[.]. Green credentials Tesla Motors

Al’s Bright Idea for Hermosa, Ted’s Tough Stance Against Oil & Why I’m Worried About It Mattering

Creative Greenius

Payoff money to an oil company that actually pays for some of the damage the oil’s company’s products caused every time they are burned.

80-Foot Long Electric Bus Concept From Poland: Uses Fuel Cells Too

Green Car Reports

Aggressive promotion by carmakers is slowly getting the public used to the idea of electric vehicles, but probably not ones like this. This massive plug-in electric bus concept comes from Polish bus-maker Solaris--and it uses fuel cells too. DON''T MISS: Portland Tests BYD K9 All-Electric Passenger Bus: Quick Ride The 24-meter (78.7