Author Archives: Charis Michelsen

Congress Still Hates Biofuel (For the Military)

June 20th, 2012 | by Charis Michelsen

The U.S. military is – perhaps unsurprisingly – one of the driving forces behind alternative fuel sources; after all, not being dependent on potentially hostile foreign countries for vital fuel is a matter of national security. However, in the short term, said alternative fuels are more expensive than standard fossil fuels, and that creates a few problems.


Nissan’s Electric Leaf Becomes a Van: The e-NV200

May 27th, 2012 | by Charis Michelsen

Nissan has been quite enthusiastic about its electric car, the Leaf -- and with pretty good reason. It goes, it's comfortable, and it's cute to boot. The next step, clearly, is to take the tech that works so well in the Leaf, and turn it into a miniature cargo van


Rocket EV Electric Bike Sets a New Quarter-Mile Record (201 MPH in 6.94 Seconds)

May 10th, 2012 | by Charis Michelsen

One of the advantages to driving an electric vehicle is all the torque --- you get off the line super fast. Where that has typically started to go ever so slightly downhill for the average EV drag racer is in sustaining a quicker top speed than drivers in a conventional gas-powered vehicle for an entire quarter mile. This is no longer quite the case.


Support the Solar Industry, Boost the Economy

April 19th, 2012 | by Charis Michelsen

The Coalition for American Solar Manufacturing (CASM) published a survey of itself this week, stating that four of its founding manufacturers purchased upwards of $400 million in goods and services last year in an effort to keep American solar industry


Germany’s First Electric Taxi (Interview)

April 3rd, 2012 | by Charis Michelsen

Germany’s first electric taxi has been rolling around Munich for the last year --- a Mitsubishi i-MiEV. Leased and operated by taxi company Isar-Funk, the little EV has been an experiment in balancing practicality with efficiency, and testing what it’s really like to spend the day in an electric car.


Nissan’s Big Turn On — One Million EV Advocates in 100 Days

April 3rd, 2012 | by Charis Michelsen

Nissan is convinced that electric cars are the wave of the future, and it’s doing quite a bit to get the rest of the world to agree. The latest efforts are in the form of “The Big Turn On” campaign, in which Nissan offers a prize of 30 quick chargers to the city with



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