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2015 World Green Car Award Goes to BMW i8

Chosen from an initial entry list of 10 new vehicles from all over the world, The BMW i8 was declared the 2015 World Green Car Award Winner at a press conference hosted by the New York International Auto Show, Bridgestone Corporation, and Autoneum. The short list of three finalists included the BMW i8 as well as […]

April 6th

Si2 Pilots Do Yoga Inside Solar Plane

While flying around the world in a solar plane, Si2 Pilot Andre Borschberg relates, “Though the cockpit is not big enough, I still do yoga and meditation to keep fit, aware and awake.” Then, taking off once again in the Solar Impulse 2 (Si2), Andre Borschberg piloted the innovative solar plane on the next stage […]

March 30th

Best Green Car of 2015?

Originally published on EV Obsession. For the second year in a row, the Tesla Model S was the “best overall” car on the market, according to Consumer Reports in its 2015 “10 Best American Cars You Can Buy” ranking. Something that got a lot less hype is that the Chevy Volt was named “best green car” […]

March 16th

Solar Impulse 2 Launches Historic Solar #RTW Flight

(Originally published on EdenKeeper.org) In the first airplane to fly without any fuel, Andre Borschberg and Bertrand Piccard are taking turns piloting Solar Impulse 2 on a 35,000-kilometer flight around the world. Powered only by the energy of the sun, the airplane’s route is circling the Earth in an eastward path that started in Abu […]

March 13th

Detroit Electric, US Electric Car Leaders, Nissan Le Mans Hybrid, & Public Transit’s Massive Savings (Cleantech Talk #4)

Update: we’re on iTunes! Also published on EV Obsession, Gas2, and CleanTechnica. Chris and I just wrapped up our 4th podcast. We’ve improved the sound a bit via a new podcasting app (more improvements on that front coming next week), really gotten comfortable with the podcasting format, and are continuously trying to improve the show. […]

March 12th

Cleantech Talk #3

Also published on EV Obsession, GAS2, and CleanTechnica. Chris DeMorro and I jumped into our third Cleantech Talk podcast just a couple of hours ago. I think we really hit our stride with this one. It was a lot of fun, and felt like a really long tennis or ping pong rally this time… as […]

March 4th

Cleantech Talk Podcast #2

Also published on EV Obsession, Solar Love, CleanTechnica & GAS2. Chris DeMorro and I recorded our second “Cleantech Talk” podcast earlier today. It is embedded below for your listening pleasure. I’ve begun the process of getting the podcast included on iTunes, but it’s a bit complicated, so I didn’t want to wait for that to be […]

March 4th

Cleantech Talk Podcast #1

Also published on EV Obsession, CleanTechnica, and Gas2. Chris DeMorro and I have just launched a new podcast series, “Cleantech Talk.” We’ll surely get into other topics down the road, but for this first one, it was all about electric vehicles. We discussed 4 big stories from the past week, which I’ll write a bit […]

March 4th

Innovative Agriculture + Energy Pilot Project Launching At Masdar City (Exclusive Videos)

Masdar City will soon be home to an ‘innovative’ new energy + agriculture pilot project that’ll seek to efficiently produce both food and biofuel feedstock, according to recent reports. The project will aim to transform desert land into a biologically productive state capable of supplying fish, shrimp, and oil-rich plant crops, to the operators of the system […]

January 24th

Best Elon Musk Interview Yet?

Here’s a really interesting interview with the head of Tesla Motors, SolarCity, and SpaceX — Elon Musk. This is perhaps the most interesting interview I’ve seen with him, as it runs through life stories from age 6 to today. For some reason, it took me ages to get to this, and it is actually from 2013, but […]

January 1st

Tesla Range Update, & Elon’s Deleted Tweets

Aside from press releases we receive via email (we get a lot!), I scan over 100 sources in order to find “the biggest” or “most interesting” stories I can for our team to cover. One of those sources is the Tesla Motors Club forum. Just after Christmas, I noticed a post that included two new Elon […]

December 30th

Electric Vehicle Evolution In One Photo

While modern electric vehicles are just coming around, just seeing decent sales, many probably don’t realize that electric vehicles were extremely popular back at the beginning of the 1900s. The first car dealer in the US only sold electric cars. That was 1896. That was not long after the first known auto race, which was […]

December 28th

Newspaper Claims Elon Musk “Used BMW” For Publicity

Update from the editor, Zachary Shahan: For clarity’s sake, we’ve received word from a Tesla representative that better explains what happened. Basically, it seems that, when interviewed by Der Spiegel, Elon provided a straightforward answer to a question that somehow got used by the reporters to seed a lot of speculation, and essentially put extra words in […]

December 11th

How To Advance The EV Revolution (Report)

Originally published on EV Obsession. Some good people at Urban Foresight, the International Energy Agency, the Electric Vehicles Initiative, and Clean Energy Ministerial have put together an “EV City Casebook” that I highly recommend checking out (it’s free). The focus of the casebook is a summary of “50 big ideas shaping the future of electric mobility.” We’ll be […]

December 8th

Tesla Model S = Most-Loved Car In America

Consumer Reports conducts massive surveys of car owners every year to find out how much they love their cars and how much they don’t. Interestingly, in recent years, the top spot on the charts has been dominated by electric cars. In 2011 and 2012, the Chevy Volt made its owners the happiest. In 2013, it […]

December 8th

Tesla Model S P85D Is Selling Like Hotcakes

As fiercely capable as well as independently thinking and acting as an electric Batmobile, or something Q provided for James Bond, the Tesla Model S P85D is the ultimate halo car. 691 horsepower, instant torque, semi-autonomous driving capabilities, a drive setting labeled “Insane,” and suave style — Bond would be so lucky. Of course, a halo car […]

November 30th

BMW 3 Series Plug-in Hybrid Unveiled

BMW recently unveiled a prototype plug-in hybrid electric version of its popular “3 Series” of production models. Utilizing a four-cylinder TwinPower Turbo gasoline engine (via the new Efficient Dynamics engine group) along with an electric motor, the prototype compares performance-wise with BMW’s 3 Series six-cylinder model — of course, that’s equal performance with far less fuel […]

November 30th

Renault-Nissan Alliance Has Sold 200,000 Electric Vehicles

With 58% of the global zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) market, there’s a strong argument to be made that the Renault-Nissan Alliance is the top electric vehicle manufacturer in the world, and the world leader has just passed its 200,000th electric vehicle (EV) sale. Renault and Nissan EV drivers have now driven approximately 4 billion kilometers, far […]

November 27th

2016 Chevy Volt Peekaboo Pics Unveiled

Originally published on EV Obsession. Update: I just noticed that sister site GAS2 also recently published on this story. 3 pics from that article are now added to the bottom of this one, and you can head over to GAS2 for more info and commentary. Volt owners in Los Angeles got a sneak peek of the 2016 Chevy […]

November 24th

Tesla & BMW Teaming Up?

As I wrote a couple of weeks ago, as a percentage of total car sales, no auto manufacturer is selling more electric cars than BMW (not counting 100%-electric companies like Tesla Motors). The percentage (4.9%) is even more than double what Nissan has achieved this year (2.1%). Of course, in many respects, Tesla Motors is […]

November 24th

“Best Electric/Hybrid Buy” of 2015? Chevy Volt

Kelley Blue Book (KBB) has awarded the Chevy Volt the “best buy of 2015” designation in the electric/hybrid car category. That’s an impressive designation in a category that includes the BMW i3, Nissan LEAF, Tesla Model S, and Toyota Prius. Of course, if you actually look at the benefits of electric cars, I think you […]

November 21st

BMW i3 = 2015 Green Car of the Year

What’s the greenest new car of the year? A BMW electric car. The BMW i3, a wonderful entry electric car from BMW, was just announced the 2015 Green Car of the Year by Green Car Journal. With carbon fiber, aluminum, bamboo, recycled plastic, and the greatest efficiency of any vehicle on the market, it’s really no surprise […]

November 21st

Walkable Neighborhoods Linked To Less Cognitive Decline

A daily walk or two improves mental acuity and vitalizes the walker. Walking is particularly useful as a daily activity of aging adults and seems to keep cognitive decline at bay. A recent study probed how walks mitigate aging and stimulate our minds even if one has degenerative problems. Providing secure walkability is important for any […]

November 20th

Tesla Factory Upgrade Puts X-Men Names On Robots

Tesla Motors announced late last night (well, late last night over here in Europe) that it was implementing some factory upgrades. Going from a production of 0 not very many years ago to 22,000 last year, and then to 35,000 this year, has been quite a ride… but it’s just the beginning. With factory upgrades, […]

November 18th

Tesla Model S & BMW i3 Get New Skins

Tesla may be the most American car company nowadays, and especially once the gigafactory gets rolling. In honor of Veterans Day, Tesla rolled out a a Tesla Model S with camouflage vinyl wrap and louvered back windows. The special Model S was also stamped with a nice Twitter hashtag, #TeslaVets. It’s a nice tribute to the guys and gals who put their […]

November 15th