It appears we are very near the same type of inflection point in price and performance that led to the explosion in solar PV several years ago. Since electricity remains by far the best and cheapest alternative fuel that can be made without releasing CO2 — one that is cheaper to run a car on than gasoline even at current low oil prices — this game change is good news for both consumers and the climate.

Game Change: Tesla And GM Announce Affordable, Long-Range Electric Cars

At last! We’re moving further and further into the #SunlightREVolution. Looking forward to more affordable EVs in the future. 


Power Up On The Go

A major concern for people thinking about buying their first electric vehicle is something that has come to be known as range anxiety, the fear that the car will run out of juice before they get to their destination or a recharging point. The perception is so widely felt that it’s considered an obstacle to large numbers of consumers adopting the technology. Yet experts say electric vehicles powered by renewable sources like the sun and wind are necessary to achieve energy independence and to slow human contributions to climate change.

One way of extending electric vehicle range besides the difficult road of improving battery technology is to build recharging infrastructure like that which has been developed for gasoline distribution and sales. But the act of recharging itself also throws up obstacles for widespread adoption–getting a quick boost to extend range by 50 miles can take 20 minutes using DC fast charging, and connecting to a regular AC household plug can take 20 hours to refill a depleted battery. 

A few groups of researchers around the world are looking beyond these early issues in the developing electric vehicle industry. Instead of building refuel points like those used in the gas station model, they are working on delivering electricity to vehicles while they’re on the go, no stopping needed. It’s called wireless power transfer, and it is starting to show promise. Learn more and see the video below.

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Denver's new building code requires garages to support electric vehicles
New single-family homes and duplexes built in Denver would need wiring in garages to support electric vehicle plugs under building code updates

Denver’s new building codes include a change aimed at making it easier — and cheaper — for more residents of the fast-growing city to charge electric vehicles at home.

Although opposed by homebuilders, the electric vehicle readiness requirement says new single-family homes and duplexes built in the city will need to have the right electrical wiring to support electric vehicle plugs in their garages. At the least, the new homes must have conduits leading to the electrical panel.

While owners of older homes often must dig or break through walls, that latter option would allow a resident to install the wiring needed for a charging plug easily.


Ubco 2×2 Utility Bike

There are very few motorbikes out there capable of tackling various types of terrain, while providing you with a comfortable, stable ride regardless of whether you’re using it for work or for joyrides. One such bike is the Ubco 2×2 Utility Bike and, to make things even better, it’s an electric motorbike.

About those 'environmentally friendly' electric cars...

We’ve said it before on this blog. Those electric cars that are supposedly helping save the environment pollute more than gasoline powered vehicles.

The study, by the National Bureau of Economic Research, looked at five major pollutants: carbon (CO2), sulphur dioxide (SO2), nitrogen (NOx), particulate matter (PM 2.5), and volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
They took into account 11 different 2014 models of EVs, as well as the ‘closest substitute’ gas car.

For gas cars, the researchers studying the car’s fuel-efficiency rating, the average wind patterns in an area and other environmental factors, such as farmland.

This provided researchers with the total emissions of driving a certain gas car one mile in a given U.S. county.

For EVs, researchers analysed at how much electricity each car drew from a regional grid and the hourly emissions profiles for the five pollutants at 1,486 power plants across the U.S.

This gave them a figure for the amount of environmental damage that car produced at the power plant, according to a report in CityLab.

Overall the results showed that the west of the US is a lot cleaner than the east when it comes to driving EVs.

In monetary terms, electric cars are about half-a-cent worse per mile for the environment than gas-powered cars.

With gas cars, the worst damage, which is shown on the map in red, took place in highly-populated urban areas such as New York.

Environmental damage for EVs appears to be worse in the Midwest and Northeast, where the electricity grid tends to rely on coal power plants.
In places like LA, EVs produce less environmental damage because the city’s air shed traps pollutants from gas cars.

Here, electric cars are 3.3 cents per mile better for the environment than gas-powered vehicles. Outside of populated areas, electric cars are generally 1.5 cents per mile worse than gas-powered.

The federal government currently pays $7,500 for every electric car purchased — a subsidy that the study authors say the US should scrap.

As JWF notes, the science on this is settled. So stop denying science, you crazy science denier.


Alden staRRcar, 1966. A proposal by William Alden for a dual-mode transit system whereby electrically powered vehicles could be driven independently before joining up with a tracked network which would take over both powering and navigating the unit thus making the vehicle autonomous for longer journeys. The idea was developed by Boeing Vertol into a much larger tracked vehicle for 20 people that became the Morgantown Personal Rapid Transit system which first opened for service in 1975, and with the exception of a closure for expansion, has remained in service ever since



These are the two small wind turbines that have been operating on the second floor of the Eiffel Tower since February. They are said to be generating 10,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity annually, which is enough to power the tower’s commercial operations on the floor below.

The sustainability initiative is a partnership between the City of Paris and a company called Urban Green Energy. GE teamed up with UGE starting in 2012 to connect one of their small wind turbines like the ones at the Eiffel Tower to the GE WattStation, an electric vehicle recharger. The integrated system is called the Sanya Skypump, and electric vehicles that use it to top off their batteries are essentially powered by the wind. That’s pretty cool.

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Self-driving, 3D printed bus can be hailed with an app

Last year, Local Motors debuted their infinitely recyclable, 3D printed car. Now, seeking to sustainably revolutionize the transport industry by removing the need for vast factories and rigid public transport schedules, the team has created Olli, the world’s first 3D printed, driverless and electric shuttle bus. READ MORE…


Porsche Mission E Concept Electric Supercar 

There was something strange at the Porsche stand at the Frankfurt Auto Show this year. Between the gas guzzling 911s and Carreras there was an imposter, the first electric Porsche. Although still a concept car, theMission E shows that Porsche is focused on the future and is ready to embrace new ideas and standards. Not only does the Mission E meet the new ecology standards, it does it in true Porsche style.  Check this impressive car!

Tesla​ has finally unveiled its $35,000 Model 3 electric car! On stage, Elon Musk​ announced that the car will have at least 215 miles of range, 0-60 in under six seconds, and every single one will have Supercharging as a standard feature.

• See our full photo gallery from the unveiling event.

• Watch our video from the back-seat of the new Model 3.