Tag: alternative energy

38 Posts

Mar 08, 2016

The Big Battery Breakthrough (or Maybe Not)

Jim Motavalli

The Feds' ARPA-E agency says it has achieved the "holy grail" of cell development. Unfortunately, we've been down this road before.

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Oct 15, 2015

2016 Green Car of the Year: No Diesels or Electrics, Please

Jim Motavalli

A certain manufacturer in the news influenced the list, but there are still other strong and very interesting contenders for Green Car of the Year. Check 'em out!

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Aug 19, 2015

Solar Cars? Very Cool, but Still a Pipe Dream

Jim Motavalli

Who wouldn't want a zero-emission greenmobile powered by the sun's rays? But the sad fact is that the panels don't generate enough energy. 

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May 22, 2015

Saying No to Big Oil: Four Bright Ideas Compete for $125,000

Jim Motavalli

Convoying trucks, wirelessly charging electric cars and clean fuel for boats--which one will win the Safe Energy Security Prize? Car Talk wants your vote, too.

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Nov 18, 2014

Toyota's Big Bet on the Fuel-Cell Mirai

Jim Motavalli

The zero-emission car can travel 300 miles on a five-minute fill-up, so the big challenge isn't the cars but the expensive refueling stations. But how does three years of free fuel sound?

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Nov 02, 2014

The Fast Track From Propane Grills to Propane Cars

Jim Motavalli

Can you run your car with the same stuff you use to grill that T-bone steak? Absolutely! Right now 150,000 American police cars, trucks and school buses run on propane, and that's just the beginning. Here's why.

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Jun 06, 2014

Ready, Set, Innovate: The College Car Challenge That Leads to a Job

Jim Motavalli

Fifteen colleges compete to build a better plug-in hybrid, and auto companies--from GM to Tesla--are hiring the seasoned veterans.

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May 13, 2014

Apply Here: $16 Billion in Green Car Loan Money

Jim Motavalli

An obscure Federal loan program saved Tesla and brought Nissan Leaf production to America. The program went quiet in the wake of the ill-fated Federal loans to Solyndra, but now it's back in business-- with $16 billion to share. Here's a look at what's coming. 

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Dec 12, 2012

Hurricane Sandy, Solar Power, and an "Aw Shucks" Moment

Jim Motavalli

Rob and Garrett's 6.5-kilowatt portable solar array--built for a zero emission trip across the U.S.--was in the right place at the right time to turn on the lights and help the relief effort in hard-hit Far Rockaway, Queens.

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Nov 15, 2012

Making the Case for Propane: From Gas Grills to Cars and Trucks

Jim Motavalli

Propane, the same stuff in our gas grills, also powers our cars? Southern cops are saying yes. Propane is an interesting fuel--liquid at near-room temperature, with relatively cheap refueling. The alternative--CNG and LNG--also have a case to make.

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