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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

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

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

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

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

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

Nissan Gathering EV Intelligence from Tesla Owners

Apparently, Nissan is gathering information from drivers about their wants and needs regarding electric vehicles. This is good news because it indicates they care about their customers and prospective customers enough to actually inquire. (Not all companies engage directly with their customers to seek feedback about products and services.) Doing so is a smart strategy […]

February 27th

8 Reasons Electric Cars Kick Your Car’s Boot

“Boot” = “trunk” in British English. It also sounds a bit like butt. Hence, the headline. It’s no secret at all to people who own or have driven electric cars — electric cars totally kick the ass (or boot) of their gasmobile cousins. It’s not simply a matter of how nicely they drive, but there […]

December 9th

Top 50 Solar Energy Stories Of 2013 (So Far): Part 5 (#41–50)

We’re trying to get more solar energy stories going here on Planetsave. To catch readers up, I’m doing a short series on the top 50 solar energy stories of 2013 so far. Learning from the Top 33 EV Stories article I recently published, I’m splitting this one into 5 posts. Otherwise, the page would take forever to load. […]

June 3rd

BMW i Drivers In Germany Can Opt To Charge With 100% Clean Energy

  Almost anyplace on Earth, driving electric vehicles is greener than driving gasoline-powered vehicles. But as is well known, and as cynical people of the world always like to point out, some electricity is greener than others. In particular, you don’t want to be driving your electric car powered with coal electricity. Basically, you want […]

October 17th

Green Leadership in Auto Industry: Marketing Ploy or a New Step in Corporate Responsibility

Every company interested in a profit has jumped on the green bandwagon recently. In the auto industry especially, every new model is advertised as being a hybrid, battery powered, or made with more sustainable production. Nearly 100 cars with over 30 combined miles per gallon were released in America in 2010 and 2011. Have auto companies suddenly seen the light and realized their role as leaders in society and dedicated themselves to protecting the public and the planet, or is it all marketing? The answer is, of course, it depends.