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EV Summit Conversations — Clotheslines, Uber, Safety

The first day of the EV Summit in Florida was flowing with inspired conversations that extended far beyond the presentations. At lunch, Florida Solar Energy Center presenter Danny Parker talked about net zero impact and how much energy clothes dryers suck. I mentioned that I love clotheslines — I find them interesting, colorful, and fresh watching them flap in the breeze. Why on earth do we discourage the most bacteria-free means of drying our clothes in so many neighborhoods?

October 27th

Greening the Hajj Pilgrimage to Mecca

Originally published on EdenKeeper.org The Hajj season of 2016 is underway in Saudi Arabia and the world’s attention is finely tuned to the environmental impacts of four million pilgrims converging on Mecca. The pilgrimage crowd is phenomenal and attempts to “green” the hajj, as we’ll cover in this update, are continuously improving and as innovative […]

September 13th

CARB Integrating Cap-And-Trade Revenue In California Low-Income Neighborhood Bikeshares

It is no secret that the health of the air affects everyone. Presently, California’s plan for zero emissions includes using cap-and-trade revenue to help stop air pollution in specific clean transportation programs. Following last year’s carsharing programs in low-income neighborhoods, California now allows cap-and-trade revenue to fund California disadvantaged neighborhood bikeshare projects. Nextcity.org relates, “Last year, the [state] […]

August 24th

Top Prize Solar Bus Shelter Offers Rain Protection & More

Originally published on Green Building Elements. The greatly underestimated public bus shelter is the latest subject of a creative solar power makeover. When winners of a new competition were announced on June 30, 2016, an innovative new set of designs entered the high-tech highway to solar-powered shelters. With solar-powered glow-in-the-dark lighting, the top prize-winning bus […]

August 8th

Top Questions About The Nissan LEAF

Originally published on CleanTechnica As I slow to a stop at an EV charger, someone walking by the LEAF takes a long look at the EV and what I am doing. I see the quizzical bubbles of questions popping. The questions people ask about the Nissan LEAF at a charging station have me falling into […]

April 30th

New Energy System Coming… NOW

Originally posted on CleanTechnica. Imagine that the norm is electricity meters running backward. Yes, your solar panel collected so much it turned your meter around. Decentralized power plants, the people collecting and storing energy. Just a few of the thoughts on the following videos. Imagine a new energy system that some are creating — but why not […]

April 15th

ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING ONLY

Originally published on CleanTechnica. I live in an area with plenty of EV chargers, and typically I experience no charging problems due to lack of chargers. A few times, I’ve found gas cars in EV charging spaces. So I slowly moved on. The question arising: Why does a gas car park directly in front of […]

April 15th

Genuine & Buoyant EV Enthusiast Community

Originally published on CleanTechnica. The most genuine and buoyant EV enthusiast I’ve met (outside of a CleanTechnica person) pulled up next to me recently at an EV charger late one night in Fort Myers. Driving home that evening from out of town, I needed one last charge on the way. I had to find a bathroom. […]

April 15th

Governments Urged to Settle on Key Aviation Climate Package

Ahead of the approaching International Civil Aviation Organization Assembly scheduled for September, the organization has launched a new regional outreach + education session series with the intent of building consensus on the issue of a global climate agreement for air transport, according to a new press release. The new series of regional events — dubbed […]

March 31st

CLEANTECH REVOLUTION TOUR → BERLIN Updates: Energy-Efficient Location, Another EV Speaker…

Via CleanTechnica: We’ve got several notable updates regarding our first cleantech conference — CLEANTECH REVOLUTION TOUR → BERLIN — to share with you. First of all, we now have: → a Facebook event page (share with friends!) → an event webpage (which we’ll continuously update) → an eventbrite page for registering (again, register, and share with friends!) … and a confirmed […]

March 24th

Songification of Electric Cars

Originally published on CleanTechnica. Everyone will have a different take — rather, taste — about the following list. Certainly, I never seem to have a mainstream perspective on much of anything — except perhaps with avant-garde, holistic types. I started a collection of songs that compare to the drive and experience of the EVs I love. Continue the idea and […]

March 21st

Nissan LEAF vs Ford C-Max Energi

Originally published on CleanTechnica. The moment I got in the spacious canopy of the LEAF, moving effortlessly with a unique and agile responsiveness, I changed. With a softer drive, the LEAF is as easy as cars get. I think it is the most naturally cooperative car to drive. Until the Model 3 or 2018 LEAF […]

March 21st

Virginia Auto Dealers Think Tesla’s In Conspiracy With State

Originally published on EV Obsession. The battle between Tesla Motors and various auto-dealer associations around the country keeps grinding on, with things looking unlikely to resolve completely anytime soon. That said, things have been getting downright strange in some instances…. Case in point: the Virginia Automobile Dealers Association has apparently decided to sue both Tesla […]

March 21st

BMW i5 Likely To Use Carbon Fiber

The product chief of BMW’s “i Series” of electric vehicles, Henrik Wenders, recently gave an interesting interview to Car and Driver where he commented that the “i5” body would utilize the same carbon-fiber reinforced plastics technology used in the i3, and that a range-extended version of the model would also be offered.

March 21st

3:1 Tesla Chargers Outnumber Gas Stations In Manhattan

Originally published on EV Obsession. Manhattan will soon be home to as many as 3 times more Tesla electric vehicle charging stations than gas stations, following the company’s recent decision to expand the destination charger network there. The decision to expand the Tesla electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure in the densely built Manhattan island portion […]

March 20th

Cleantech Revolution Tour Event — April 8–10 In Berlin, Germany

Originally published on CleanTechnica (with slight modification). As I wrote just before Christmas, CleanTechnica is planning to implement solar + electric vehicle events in cities across North America and Europe (and perhaps further at some point). In partnership with GridHub, an exciting renewable energy startup based in Berlin that I’ll write more about shortly, we’re launching the […]

March 8th

New Flyer Completes 1,800 Electric Bus Passenger Rides, 1,150 Miles

Originally posted on Cleantechnica.com Smoothly traveling 1,150 miles, New Flyer has completed 1,800 electric bus passenger rides, and 11 in-service demonstrations in Miami–Dade County, Florida. I recently enjoyed a ride on the New Flyer XcelsiorÆ Electric Bus, a zero-emissions bus, with the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority, which is collaborating with the Sierra Club on demos of future bus […]

February 29th

That 5-Hour Nissan LEAF Trip

Originally published on CleanTechnica. “So, how do you like it?” I always respond, I love it. I have never driven a car that I appreciate so much — near as much. The drive, the ambiance, the adept maneuvering, and the entire 1-minute experience of plugging in to refuel at clean charge points. Never smelling gas […]

February 29th

The Looming Electricity Storage Threat Our Utilities Face

Originally published on CleanTechnica Once upon a time, utilities were the keepers of the nation’s electricity storage and distribution infrastructure, or grid, as it were. Using plentiful coal, hydropower, and even natural gas, the job of keeping the lights lit has long represented a modern-day miracle. Flick a switch, and power up whatever might be […]

February 5th