Chargeway: the best electric-car idea you've never heard of

Green Car Reports

Pretty much everyone knows how to put fuel into a conventional car. You pull up to the pump, open the vehicle's fuel door, put in a credit card, select diesel or one of three grades of gasoline, lift the hose, and pump. (In In New Jersey and Oregon, someone else does this for you.) Electric-car charging isn't quite that simple. DON'T MISS: Car buyers.

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. Tesla Motors plug-in cars NASA self-driving cars Tesla Autopilot

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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. At the simplest level, a. Batteries battery pack electric utilities plug-in cars solar reuse energy storage

Car buyers have no idea electric-car charging stations even exist

Green Car Reports

Electric cars have promised to revolutionize transportation for years now. As more manufacturers offer electrified vehicles and prices continue to drop for battery technology, the easy correlation would be to assume that consumer interest has spiked. Actually, it remains pretty darn low, according to extensive research from J.D. Power. DON'T MISS. plug-in cars Charging station charging infrastructure

Fiat calls for your future transport ideas

Green Cars News

Fiat is calling on motoring enthusiasts to share their ideas for the future of sustainable transport as part of the ‘Our Future Mobility’ project created by the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA).

Hyundai gets thinking for Future Mobility IDEA fest

Green Cars News

The Korean carmaker has revealed a series of single-person mobility concepts designed by its engineers as part of its company IDEA festival. We all love a light-hearted story on a Friday and thankfully Hyundai has delivered the goods today.

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. Take hydrogen and carbon dioxide, add some. climate change carbon dioxide alternative fuel vehicles diesel fuel renewable diesel fuel

Elon Musk's Hyperloop idea: 'real, happening' says CTO of 1 of 3 companies vying to build it

Green Car Reports

Elon Musk may have moved on from the "Hyperloop" high-speed transport system he sketched a couple of years ago, but multiple companies have pledged to continue its development. One of them is Hyperloop Technologies Inc., which is trying to recruit engineers from the Detroit car industry to make the Hyperloop a reality. This is real. This is. Detroit Elon Musk mass transit Public transport Hyperloop

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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. While the fact that a car giant like Toyota even troubles itself to look at small mobility solutions like this is quite admirable, there is a fine line bet[.].

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

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 ZF

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

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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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

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

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.

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. That's the outfit that built the Humvee and Hummer H1, and spawned the now-defunct HUMMER brand, including the HUMMER H2--which AM General also

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

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. A 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 [.]. Biofuels alligator fat research University of Louisiana

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

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 [.]. Latest news concept ebike electric escooter smart

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. Earlier post.) In response, Pasquale Romano, CEO of ChargePoint—currently the world’s largest electric vehicle (EV) charging network—issued a statement charging that the PG&E proposal “ creates a monopoly in EV charging equipment and services that will stifle growth and innovation in the market.”.

Has the Green Idea City Invited YOU Yet?

Creative Greenius

This isn’t the kind of transparency or sunshine I expect from local elected officials and this level of secrecy isn’t worthy of a “Green Idea City&# label.

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

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. Intellectual property Minister Baroness Wilcox issued a reminder to businesses of the useful ‘green channel’ patent process [.]. Green credentials Gordon Murray Design green car

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

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. But have you got a present for your favorite hybrid car driver?

Different Electric Car Motor Ideas

Electric Cars are for Girls

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

NASA looking at geothermal energy from Yellowstone supervolcano

Green Car Reports

Through intense monitoring programs, scientists have a clear idea of the Yellowstone volcano's behavior. Now NASA scientists are exploring a radical idea that could one day neutralize the. Although claims of imminent volcanic eruption are likely exaggerated, any eruption of what's known as the Yellowstone Supervolcano would cause global chaos. United States clean energy energy Natural Disasters

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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

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

Creative Greenius

Sarah Sikich, Heal the Bay’s Science and Policy Director, Coastal Resources at the podium, California State Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi and State Senator Ted Lieu behind her – Photo by Jose Bacallao (lifted from Facebook).

If autonomous electric cars are coming, why not ships too?

Green Car Reports

In an effort to cut congestion on its roads, the country of Norway is experimenting with the idea of autonomous, electric ships to replace large semi trucks, reports Gas2. Vehicle engineering and development focuses heavily on passenger cars and light trucks, but what about other forms of transportation? Not only do semi trucks clog roadways, but. Norway Autonomous cars cargo ships Boats

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Ohio workshop seeks ideas for National Network for Manufacturing Innovation

Green Car Congress

NASA and the National Institutes of Standards and Technology (NIST) are sponsoring the second in a series of regional public workshops to gather ideas and suggestions on the design of the proposed National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI). Workshop participants will learn about the principles and concepts behind the NNMI and participate in interactive sessions designed to solicit ideas on how best to structure the network and the institutes.

California Energy Commission soliciting ideas for natural gas research, development and demonstration projects

Green Car Congress

As part of this process, the Commission is seeking ideas for natural gas research initiatives in the following areas: energy efficiency; renewable energy; natural gas infrastructure; natural gas related environmental research; and natural gas related transportation research. The template asks potential applicants to discuss their research idea, why it’s important and needed, and the issues/barriers they hope to overcome.

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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.

Ubitricity street lamp socket provides electric-car charging

Green Car Reports

A German company has brought forth its idea of how to provide convenient, cost-effective electric-car charging and now it has made its way to the United Kingdom.

Odds for auto startups are incredibly high; can Tesla beat them?

Green Car Reports

By now, the model of a young, energetic entrepreneur with a bright idea who turns it into a world-changing business is well established. Much of the energy and growth in the U.S. economy comes not from large corporations but from small startup companies, as economic data shows. Think Facebook or Google, or before them Microsoft or IBM or Kodak, or. Aptera Elon Musk Tesla Motors Startups Elio Motors Faraday Future Lucid Motors Bollinger

Greenius on Patch.com: Finding Free Green to Fund the Green Idea City

Creative Greenius

I don’t need to tell you how tight money is today. The economy may technically be “in recovery,&# but everyone I know has been spending less, cancelling services, delaying big purchases and taking another staycation.

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. Some electric cars use roof-mounted solar panels to provide supplementary electric power. In fact, a solar roof seems to have become an obligatory accessory on electric and plug-in hybrid concept cars.

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