Author Archives: Charis Michelsen

The World’s Prettiest Solar Car Drives Through America

February 3rd, 2012 | by Charis Michelsen

The world’s prettiest solar car – the one CleanTechnica readers may remember as coming from Bochum - kicked off its U.S. leg of its journey around the world this week. The SolarWorldGT is in California today, after successfully


GM Announces Eco-Stickers for All Chevy Cars

January 31st, 2012 | by Charis Michelsen

For the first time in the United States, cars on the road will bear a green label with environmental data proudly proclaiming themselves to be eco-cars. The company creating this new sticker is none other than GM’s Chevy brand, and the first car to show off its environmental data


The Hiriko Project Presents a Foldable Electric Microcar

January 28th, 2012 | by Charis Michelsen

I love two-seater electric microcars for city traffic; they're efficient, adorable, and emissions-free. I'm quite happy to say that another one was unveiled in Brussels this week. The Hiriko is a tiny (and super cute) electric prototype with a little bit of a twist


Berlin Police More Green Than Blue With New Electric Cars

January 27th, 2012 | by Charis Michelsen

Blue striping on a white background makes the eleven new cars roaming the streets of Berlin immediately recognizable as emergency vehicles (although the word “POLICE” in white text down the side doesn’t hurt). What’s invisible to the average eye


Cheaper Energy Storage Systems = More Renewable Energy

January 27th, 2012 | by Charis Michelsen

Energy storage on a large scale would help even out the intermittent nature of renewable energy; in fact, techniques such as batteries and fuel cells are used on smaller scales right now to manage grids with high percentages of renewable sources. The problem with wide-scale use is that energy storage systems [...]


Emissions Trading Scheme for the Shipping Industry?

January 27th, 2012 | by Charis Michelsen

The European Union keeps looking for ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions; one of those ways is Initiative 120 (the one where they want all new cars to have less than 120g/km of carbon dioxide emissions). Another place to cut down emissions is the shipping industry – it’s just that the EU doesn’t quite know where to start


The Best Used Car is the Toyota Prius

January 25th, 2012 | by Charis Michelsen

Need another reason to buy a hybrid? Here’s one – the Dekra Used Car Report (which focuses on green vehicles) announced this year that the Toyota Prius was the compact vehicle with


Synthetic Negative-Carbon Gasoline Replacement is from California

January 20th, 2012 | by Charis Michelsen

This last year has seen a lot of attention for biofuels (both positive and negative). One company that managed to miss most of the attention was the startup Cool Planet Biofuels, but given their most recent announcement, they may start getting their time in the spotlight. Cool Planet Biofuels announced that the California Air Resources Board (CARB) has approved tests of their new product, gasoline that they claim is “negative carbon.”


Green Community Competition in Saitama, Japan — Public vs. Private Sector

January 20th, 2012 | by Charis Michelsen

Clean energy is definitely a great thing for the average consumer – but it’s a little hard to get and it’s not easy to ensure a steady and sufficient supply from 100% green sources. Cue the formation of several coalitions testing the idea of a green neighborhood to see just how clean, energy efficient, and


Two Doors and an Electric Motor — Tata Technologies Presents the Emo

January 17th, 2012 | by Charis Michelsen

An EV for $20,000? That seems like it would address the most pressing issue most prospective car buyers have with electric cars (namely, that they’re expensive). Automaker Tata showed up in Detroit last week with just such a prototype, titled the “Emo” (for Electric MObility)


Toyota 2000GT Resurrected With Solar-Electric Tech (Video)

January 17th, 2012 | by Charis Michelsen

The Tokyo Auto Salon 2012 with NAPAC was held at the Makuhari Messe in Chiba Prefecture (across the bay from Tokyo) on the auspicious day of Friday the 13th. One of the more fun projects at the show was a solar-electric blast from the past, a labor of love on the part of a group of Toyota’s engineers


Electric City Driving With Skoda’s E-Citigo

January 17th, 2012 | by Charis Michelsen

Czech automaker Skoda is really trying to find the green line and stick to it. The company announced this week that their new small family car intended for urban driving only, the Citigo (see what they did there), will also come with a purely electric drive


Lufthansa Declares Biofuel Trials Successful, Ceases Using Biofuel

January 13th, 2012 | by Charis Michelsen

The German airline Lufthansa has ceased its domestic trials of biofuel – but not because the trial failed. On the contrary, 1,471 tons of CO2 have been saved on over a thousand domestic flights between Frankfurt and Hamburg. Lufthansa is capping off its trial run with


US Transport Industry Plotting to Put More EVs on the Road

January 13th, 2012 | by Charis Michelsen

Electric cars are pretty great, for a number of reasons. They’re also expensive and there isn’t a lot of infrastructure to support them (yet), but apparently a number of US transport industry stakeholders feel that the advantages are enough to kickstart a national electric vehicle


More High-Speed Trains for Britain

January 11th, 2012 | by Charis Michelsen

A comprehensive network of clean, quick, and punctual trains is a wonderful thing. It also seems to be somewhat rare, but Britain is making a massive step forward in that respect. The HS2 high speed rail scheme is meant to improve on the infrastructure of Britain’s rail network, connecting London to Birmingham, Manchester, and Leeds and


Why Electric Cars Are Awesome

January 10th, 2012 | by Charis Michelsen

Most of you reading this are already inclined toward green-type technology, whether that’s clean power generation, electric transportation, or more efficient ways to do things. Today, I’m going to give you one more reason to stop supporting – or at least vocally dislike – big gas and big oil


Kia Finally Has EVs in North America

January 10th, 2012 | by Charis Michelsen

Kia has finally brought its first production electric vehicle to North America to debut at the 2012 consumer electronics show. It’s actually two cars we’re going to see - Kia’s Ray EV and their Naimo Zero Emissions concept car will both have their North American debut at the show today in Las Vegas


No More Renting — the Peugeot iOn Can Be Bought Outright

January 9th, 2012 | by Charis Michelsen

Peugeot’s iOn has been rolling around Europe for a while, with the caveat that it could only be leased. For those who’d rather own their EV, Peugeot has now decided that anyone who really likes the iOn can go ahead and buy it


It’s a Motorcycle! It’s a Car! No, It’s the C-1!

January 6th, 2012 | by Charis Michelsen

Most drivers who wouldn’t touch a two-wheeled vehicle with a ten-foot pole (motorcycle, scooter, you name it) will tell you that they’re dangerous and uncomfortable; what’s to stop them from tipping over and it’s just cold and wet anyway and I will be in my nice warm quiet car, thank you. The proponent of said two-wheeled vehicle will then insist that their bike is super fuel efficient, accelerates (and brakes) quickly, is more maneuverable, takes up less space (yay, easy parking), and so on


Rent an Electric Car? No Problem!

December 22nd, 2011 | by Charis Michelsen

The largest car rental agency in Europe, Europcar, has recently made a few EVs available in Vienna, and this week they announced 5 rentable electric Citroen C-Zeros in



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