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    Read This: ​Electric vehicles will widen emissions gap with conventional cars

    Despite some claims to the contrary, green cars will get downright emerald when it comes to environmental friendliness, as electric production gets cleaner, according to a recent Natural Resources Defense Council blog post. Electric vehicles contribute as much as 53 percent fewer ...

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    Official: Hawaii HECO utilities will cut charging rates to encourage EVs

    One of the smallest US states continues to be one of the biggest proponents of electric-vehicle adoption, and is now offering special electric-use charging rates for folks who install EV charging stations. The Hawaiian Electric Co. (HECO) has received approval from the state's Public Utilities ...

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    Official: Coda Energy emerges as Coda Holdings bankruptcy finishes up

    Coda Energy has been officially unveiled. As Coda Holdings, Inc., and its Coda Automotive electric carmaker subsidiary, has closed bankruptcy sale proceedings, the energy storage division is now ready for business. Global investment management firm Fortress Investment Group has led a consortium ...

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    Official: U of M researcher says plug-ins, hydrogen cars are 'no carbon cure-all'

    Your Monday green-car buzzkill is brought to you buy University of Michigan research professor John DeCicco, who says more electric vehicles won't do much to slow global warming if energy-production methods aren't addressed. DeCicco, who's with the university's Energy Institute, says the ...

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    Video: Prisoners pedal for electricity in Brazil, lighting the city at night

    Generating electricity through energy sources other than coal and nuclear is being debated in legislatures and board rooms around the world. In addition to natural gas, wind, solar and geothermal, there's one zero-emission energy source that we really don't hear much about: prisoner power. But ...

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    When it comes to infrastructure, EVs are easier to charge than E85 is to pump

    Quick, which is easier to find: a public charging station for an electric vehicle or a station that offers E85? Despite the much larger number of flex-fuel vehicles on the road, it turns out that when you bring the fight down to electricity vs. ethanol, EV drivers have nearly a 2-1 edge. Based ...

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    Report: Nissan on coal-powered EVs being dirtier than gas cars: Bullsh*t

    Few electric vehicles are actually "zero emissions," but calculating the exact carbon footprint of an EV can be daunting. Not only do different utilities each use a different mix of coal, nuclear, hydro, wind, and solar, many areas also offer individuals the opportunity to buy "greener" power. ...

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    Report: Mitsui, Toshiba to construct massive 50-MW solar power facility in Japan

    Ford's solar array at Michigan Assembly Plant
    The Japanese duo of Mitsui Chemicals and Toshiba have crafted a plan to construct the island nation's most extensive solar power facility to date, according to the Nikkei business daily. The project is in anticipation of the passage of a bill ...

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    Report: Electricity consumption up 12.2% in China in 2011

    China's National Energy Administration (NEA) announced on Sunday that the nation's total consumption of electricity from January 2011 through the end of July shot up approximately 12.2 percent when compared to the same time frame in 2010. It's estimated that China consumed nearly 2.69 trillion ...

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    Utility CEO: 170,000 electric vehicles wouldn't overload Portland's grid *UPDATE

    Portland, OR strives to be the U.S. hub for plug-in vehicles. What other city has dedicated an entire block to plug-in vehicle charging? During a ceremony on Tuesday, Portland mayor Sam Adams plugged in the first vehicle at "Electric Avenue" and dedicated the charger-lined street. On display for ...

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    Video: The simplest electric motor?

    At some point in every engineer's academic career, they probably got to try their hand at creating an electric motor with parts that included a nail, a few feet of copper wire, and a magnet. If your own school days somehow missed this formative event, or if those times of yore are feeling a ...

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    Study: Electric vehicles are way too dirty in China

    Operating an electric vehicle in China today emits more greenhouse gases than simply driving a gasoline-fueled equivalent, according to emissions expert Juerg Gruetter of Gruetter Consulting. The reason is that, despite the country's push to promote electric vehicles, China's power grid is so ...

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    Honda's "third pillar" will be solar, gas cogeneration

    Back on July 14th, Takuji Yamada, Honda's chief operating officer of power product operations, made it known the Japanese automaker sees solar gas cogeneration technology as its "third pillar." What are the first two? Passenger vehicles and motorcycles, which means that cogeneration is about to ...

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    Climate advisory panel says UK should rely more on nuclear reactors, less on wind farms

    The UK should construct more nuclear reactors and substantially reduce its investments in offshore wind power to meet targets for carbon emissions and renewable power, says the government's climate advisory panel. Specifically, two more nuclear reactors, capable of pumping out a total of 3.2 ...

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    Massive shutdown of U.S. coal plants expected within 5 to 8 years

    Back in December of 2009, Sustainable Business reported that no new coal-fired power plants were erected that year. In fact, SB indicated that 26 coal plant proposals had been either "defeated or abandoned." Well, it appears that the trend to shift away from coal power will continue. Late last ...

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    Did China really overtake U.S as world's largest energy consumer? Looks like it

    Last July, the Wall Street Journal reported that China had overtaken the U.S. to become the world's largest energy consumer. According to the WSJ, data gleaned from the Paris-based International Energy Agency (IEA) confirmed that China's energy consumption surpassed all other nations. The IEA's ...

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    Venture capitalist Khosla says U.S. will someday produce too much electricity

    The U.S. has relied upon conventional energy sources to meet our electrical demand for a long, long time. While conventional energy sources rarely failed to keep up with our burgeoning electrical demand, the recent interest in renewable energy sources may actually push supply beyond our needs. ...

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    Pininfarina unveils Nido EV prototype for modular EV platform

    Pininfarina Nido EV – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Italian design house Pininfarina unveiled its Nido EV prototype today as the starting point for a new modular platform for electric and hybrid vehicles. The Nido EV is an update of the design of the 2004 Nido city car concept with ...

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    Scientist wants automakers held accountable for how electricty is generated for plug-ins

    A lot of interesting conversation takes place annually at the SAE World Congress. The conference brings together heads of companies, scientists, engineers and people from many other walks of life. With so much diversity present at a single event, it's only a matter of time before some off-the-wall ...

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    Shocked by your outrageous electrical bill? EV owners might be (for a while)

    Imagine the shock of a homeowner when they get a bill from their electric company that's twice as high as previous statements. Outrage will likely ensue as they decipher the bill and determine that one of the latest additions to their home have driven electrical costs through the roof. This ...


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