Cars

Top Electric Car Countries (Charts)

Published on August 19th, 2017 | by Matt Pressman

Countries worldwide are taking an aggressive stance in order to expedite the transition to electric vehicles. Yet automakers are moving slowly — the Big Three in Detroit are taking a wait-and-see approach with vehicle electrification. And Germany's finest are also dragging their feet. One automaker is leading the way. According to The Telegraph, "Tesla, owned by billionaire Elon Musk, announced that its ‘budget’ Model 3 electric car went on sale earlier this month. This is the first Tesla car targeted for the mass market as it comes with a much more affordable [$35,000 USD] price tag."... Read More


Batteries

Electric Cars vs Gasmobiles, Technically Speaking (VIDEO)

Published on August 19th, 2017 | by Guest Contributor

Considering the far-reaching cascade of change that is about to be unleashed on human society by the transition from the internal combustion engine to the electric motor, there’s a good case to be made that everyone should have at least a rudimentary understanding of how these two competing forms of propulsion work (many journalists, to say nothing of political and business leaders, are in dire need of a basic primer)... Read More


Clean Power

Solar Plants Are Cropping Up On Farms

Published on August 19th, 2017 | by Guest Contributor

If the United States wants to kick its coal habit, it will need to install a lot more solar power. That raises an important question: Where should all those panels reside? They could always go live on a farm upstate. ... Read More


Batteries

The Economist Announces The Death Of The ICE (Finally)

Published on August 19th, 2017 | by Matt Pressman

The most recent cover story in The Economist announces, "The death of the internal combustion engine... it had a good run. But the end is in sight." In a remarkable account, The Economist reports that the internal combustion engine's "days are numbered. Rapid gains in battery technology favour electric motors instead. ... Today’s electric cars, powered by lithium-ion batteries, can do much better."... Read More


Clean Power

Australian Wind Energy Continues To Deliver Record Low Prices

Published on August 19th, 2017 | by Guest Contributor

Just three months after Origin Energy stunned the renewables industry with a record low power off-take deal for the 530MW Stockyard Hill Wind Farm in Victoria, AGL Energy has delivered more of the same, securing an off-take price of below $60/MWh through the sale of its 453MW Coopers Gap Wind Farm, between Kingaroy and Dalby in Queensland’s south-east... Read More


Cars

How To: Write Fake EV Press Releases (Template)

Published on August 19th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

Need to write a press release about some electric vehicle (EV) vaporware? Need to counter another announcement from Tesla? Need to act like you're on the cutting edge of auto tech and the burgeoning car-as-a-service (CaaS) market? Need to fend off the shareholder push to be an electrification leader? Have no fear — an EV press release template is here!... Read More


Batteries

Darwin Could Be Site Of Australia’s First Battery “Gigafactory”

Published on August 18th, 2017 | by Guest Contributor

Darwin is set to play host to Australia’s very own – and mostly likely it’s first – solar powered battery “giga-factory,” after local renewables outfit Energy Renaissance said it had received support from the Northern Territory government for its proposed 1GWh lithium-ion battery manufacturing plant... Read More


Clean Power

How Solar Thermal + Storage Won On Cost In South Australia

Published on August 18th, 2017 | by Guest Contributor

Originally published on RenewEconomy. By Sophie Vorrath As the South Australian government basks in the glow of procuring a second world-leading and game-changing renewable energy technology project for the state, attention is turning to the finer [&hellip... Read More


Clean Power

Will Renewable Energies Displace Natural Gas?

Published on August 18th, 2017 | by Guest Contributor

Bloomberg’s renewable energy affiliate forecasts that wind and solar power will make major inroads into the global market share of natural gas within a decade. This is a crucially important question for major oil companies who are betting their future on gas... Read More


Batteries

Volcano Lakes May Contain Vital Lithium Deposits, Say Stanford Researchers

Published on August 18th, 2017 | by Steve Hanley

Lithium is a key component of lithium-ion batteries and lithium-ion batteries are a key component of the transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy and electric cars. But until now, it has been in relatively short supply, sparking fierce competition among mining companies. It is one of the most abundant elements in the world, but commercial mining has been limited due to limited demand. A new Stanford study offers some insight into where more lithium can be gathered. It is titled, "Lithium enrichment in intracontinental rhyolite magmas leads to Li deposits in caldera basins." Wow. Sounds like a real page-turner, doesn't it... Read More


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